No Big Deal- Top Ten Hyped Books I Never Read

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This week’s topic is

Top ten Hyped Books I Never Read

1.  The Secret History

I could never (tried 3 times) get into this book.

2.  Outlander

I have it.  In paper back.  Which is too small for my old eyes to read!

3.  Moby Dick

No interest.

4.  Wuthering Heights

See #2.

5.  All the Light We Cannot See

I actually started it and put it down.  I busted wasn’t in the right frame of mind

6.  On The Road

See #3.

7.  The Catcher in the Rye.

I was supposed to read it in high school.  Hello, Cliff Notes.  Plus, I though Holden was an ass.

8.  The Alchemist

I have it.  I read 3 pages and put it down.

9. Me Before You  and  10.  East of Eden

I have them.  I bought them at my library’s book sale.  I have no excuses for not reading them

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I Can’t Wait! A Top Ten List

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This week’s topic is

Top Ten Mostly Anticipated New Releases

1.  Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

1.  Finders Keepers by Stephen King

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

3.  Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.

4.  No Better Friend by Robert Weintraub

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair’s relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

5.  The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand

A friendship is tested in this irresistible page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. 

6.  The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

In this adrenaline-charged thriller, genius-hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist face a dangerous new threat and must again join forces. 

7.  Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

A breakout novel from an author who “positively shines with wisdom and intelligence” (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You). “Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she’s describing siblings or fiancés or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapesis a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life’s work”

8.  The Truth According to Us by Anne Barrow

From the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society comes a wise, witty, and exuberant novel, perfect for fans of Lee Smith, that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what’s right






Which romances do you like/dislike?

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This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Things I like/dislike about romances in literature

I actually thought pretty hard about this and found it very difficult to come up with specifics.  Somethings just annoy me for no reason, so instead I picked 10 romances that I like/dislike.

1. Dislike

Romeo & Juliet

I know they are supposed to be the quintessential romantic couple, but please!  Maybe I am too old and pragmatic, but she is 13!!!  She meets him one night, marries him the next day, and is dead within the week.  This should serve more as a cautionary tale for young girls to not fall for a pretty face and slick dialogue.  And to listen to her parents.

2.  Like

Lizzy Bennet & Mr. Darcy

They fall in love despite first impressions.  They are both strong, smart, and spunky.  And he loves her fine eyes.

3.  Dislike

Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester

Again, another famous couple, but-hello- workplace sexual harassment??  And how does he forget about the wife in the attic?  Jane- he locked his wife in the attic!!!  Run away!  Plus- isn’t she a little young for him??

4.  Like

Rhett & Scarlett

Yes-they are toxic together, and she is a pretty bad person.  Despite that, they are on fire together.  I just wish she had figured it out before he left.

5.  Dislike

Daisy & Tom Buchanan

Too bad she didn’t have to guts to leave him-though I doubt she would have actually been happy with Jay Gatsby.  Anything would be better than staying with a brute who thinks he is above everything- his vows, the law.

6. Like

 Jo March & Laurie

It was just mean of Alcott to refuse to marry Jo and Laurie.   She said it was because she didn’t think the purpose of a woman’s life should only be to get married.  I agree, but come on!  Jo and Laurie were great together.

7.  Dislike- Amy March & Laurie

Really?

Amy is a bitch- she burned the manuscript, and got to go to Paris-the trip Jo was supposed to have.  Then she marries Laurie??  NO!  Plus he loves Jo- how might it feel to marry a man you know loves your sister best?

Bitch.

8.  Like

Eowyn & Farmir

There isn’t a lot of romance in LOTR, so I will take what I can get.  Aragorn and Arwen are awesome, but what about these other two?  Poor Faramir almost dies trying to prove himself to his crazy ass father, and Eowyn almost dies trying to prove she is as much of a warrior as any other man in Rohan.  They find each other and heal together.  And the Faramir in the movie was hot.

9.  Dislike

Anna Karenina and Vronsky

He is a POS- only after the conquest.  And she is a little too controlled by her urges.  You’re a mom, Anna, how about some self control??

I was actually glad when she had a date with the rails.  Harsh, but true.

10.  Dislike

Max De Winter & the 2nd Mrs. De Winter

I love Rebecca, and having the 2nd so quiet does help the story unfold, but this was an extremely dysfunctional relationship.  Rebecca might have been awful, but at least she was a  strong woman.

What romances do you like/dislike the most?

Top Ten Books I missed in 2014

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This week’s topic is

Top Ten 2014 Releases I meant to Read But Didn’t

1.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

2.  Gray Mountain by John Grisham

3.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

4.  The Martian by Andy Weir

5.  Landline by Rainbow Rowell

6.  Mrs. Hemmingway by Naomi wood

7.  Nora Webster  by Colm Toibin

8.  The Magician’s Lie by

9.  Lost Lake by Greer Macallaster

10.  Natchez  by Greg Iles

 

What books did you miss?

Top Ten Books on my shelf that have been waiting too long

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Hello All!  This is my first new post of 2015 (that I didn’t write and schedule in 2014)

Today’s topic was supposed to be top ten debuts I was looking forward to, but I couldn’t seem to get my head around it.  I wasn’t going to post at all, but then I found a couple of books that I bought the day after Christmas, and when I went to put them on a shelf, I realized I had SO many others just sitting there that I hadn’t read.  So, I decided to come up with a list of books I am hoping to read this year, that have been sitting on my shelf way too long.  Between the loveliness of ARCs, my obsession with my local library, and the damned ease of downloading onto my kindle, these babies have been languishing on my shelf.

1.  The Bell Jar

2.  Wuthering Heights

3.  The Count of Monte Cristo

4.  East of Eden

5.  The Alchemist

6.  Dolores Clairborne

7.  The Fountainhead

8.  Outlander

9.  Needful Things

10.  A Hundred Summers

So, which would you recommend?

I don’t know why I have ignored them for so long, though in fairness, #s 3, 6, 8, and 9 have such small print that I have to find really strong reading glasses first!

What books have you ignored?

Top Ten Authors New To Me in 2014

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This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Authors New to Me in 2014

So, looking over the books I have read so far this year, I am disturbed to find that I really did not read many new authors!  I feel shame and will try better in 2015!

1.  Hannah Kent- Burial Rites

2.  Graeme Simsion- The Rosie Project

3. Gabrielle Zevin- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

4. Beatriz Williams- The Secret Life of Violet Grant

5. Matthew Thomas- We Are Not Ourselves

6.  Lois Lowry- The Giver

7.  Monica McInerney- Hello From the Gillespies

8. Sherman Alexie- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

9.  Andra Watkins-To Live Forever- An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

10.  Priya Parmar- Vanessa and Her Sister

Can you recommend a new author for me?

Do Over! Top Ten Books I Want to Reread.

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This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Books I Want to Reread

I am a huge fan or rereading books that I love.  I think I have reread the Harry Potter series about 7 times.  (and need to reread again)  But here are some others that are definitely worthy of a second-or third- reading.

1.  Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafon

Maybe I will reread all three?

2.  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I try to reread these every few years, and it has been awhile.

3.  The Historian by Elisabeth Kostova

I know I loved it when I read it, but I don’t remember why.

4.  Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

With her new Prince Lestat out, I need a refresher.

5.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My daughter will be reading this in the spring for school and I want it clear in my memory so we can discuss it.

6.  Tender is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I read this-pretty quickly- a few years ago, and it left quite an impression on me.

7.  Northhanger Abbey and 8.  Sense and Sensibilty by Jane Auster

Two of the few by Austen that I only read once

9.  The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The first book I read by Allende that began my love for her writing.

10.  The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

What?  It will only be the 4th reread.  They are good, quick, and easy.  AND Mockingjay comes out in a few weeks so I need to brush up.