Make them a STAR- Characters who should get their own book-a Top Ten list



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book

1. & 2  from Harry Potter

Sirius Black and Albus Dumbledore

Wouldn’t you love to know more about when Sirius meets James, or gets kicked out of the house by his crazy mother?  And what was Albus like as a kid?  Was he a know it all?

3.  from Macbeth

The Weird Sisters

These ladies are awesome- and pretty funny.

4.  from Rebecca

Mrs. Danvers

How did old Danny get so attached to Rebecca and why?

5. & 6.  from Lord of the Rings

Tom Bombadil and Legolas

I can’t even explain who Bombadil is- he just always was. Legolas now looks like Orlando Bloom in my mind, so of course I want more.

7.  from To Kill a Mockingbird

 Miss Maudie Atkinson

Why is she so nice?  Why isn’t she married?  Will she marry Atticus?  Buy Scout a dress?

8.  from The Stand

Ralph Bretner

We know more about the others who head West, but not much about Ralph.  Who was he before the plague?

9.  from Gone With the Wind

Ellen Robiard O’Hara

How did this elegant woman marry Gerald O’Hara?  How did she produce a child like Scarlet?

10.  from Jane Eyre

Bertha Mason

I need to know more about this crazy beauty.  Was she ever sane?  Did she want to marry Edward?

Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to my Daughter



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to a Certain Person

Since I have a 13 year old daughter, I figured I would pick her.

Now, my kids read.  They enjoy it, though not as much as I do.  But they will read for pleasure, and I can only hope that their love for it will grow as they age.  Or at least when they are not in school, which seems to drain them of the desire to read for pleasure.

There are certain books that I really believe it is important for a young girl to start reading as they get older.  So here is a list of the books I would recommend my daughter reads as she grows into a woman- (sniff)

1.  Little Women

This was almost a no-brainer for me.  What an amazing tale of sister, love, and family.  I was very lucky to grow up with two sisters, though I am sad to say my daughter is not.

2.  Jane Eyre

The story of a strong girl/woman.  I think she would really love this one.  Jane is a woman before her time.  I love how she stands by her own moral code throughout the book.

3.  All books by Jane Austen

I could of course pick my own favorite- Pride & Prejudice- but I think almost any book by Austen is almost mandatory reading for young women( except for Mansfield Park- Franny is easy too wimpy for me)

4.  A Little Princess

This is a beautiful story.  All girls should read it.

5.  To Kill A Mockingbird

This is a tough one.  My son had to read it in 8th grade, and I don;t think he was mature enough to really appreciate it.  Hopefully my daughter will be when she reads it.

As she gets older-

6.  Gone With The Wind

While I do not think Scarlett is a great role model, I really want her to read this.  It is one of my favorite books, probably because Scarlett ISN’T a perfect southern lady.

7.  The Handmaid’s Tale

Hopefully she will read this in her 20’s.  Before that- it can be a bit too scary- or unimportant to the ever invincible teen.

8.  The Help

I loved this story.  We actually sat down and watched this movie as a family- the kids both loved it, though i think the boy especially liked the part about Minnie’s chocolate pie a little too much.  Boys are gross.

9.  The Book Thief

I might have her read this soon- she would be ready.

10.  The Year of Magical Thinking

Now, I know this seems like a strange choice, and I actually debated whether I should include it.  I would like to imagine my child will not have to go through the pain of losing someone she loves, but I think that is a little unrealistic.  Still I hope she will be much older when she picks up this memoir that takes a stark look into the grieving process.  When I read it, I felt almost a strange relief, that I wasn’t the only person who had that debilitating experience of waking up day after day and having to remember all over again that I lost one of the most important people in my life.  Seeing the same thing in print was like a salve, even years later.

My Favorite Banned Books



Ok, as you might already know, this is Banned Books Week, which is sponsored by the American Librarian Association and is a celebration of books that have been challenged or banned.  I have been seeing posts all week about Banned Books, so I decided to investigate a little.  When I saw the list of books that have been challenged or outright banned, I was pretty surprised to see some of my very favorite books right there on the list.  So, I decided to put a little list of my own together of my favorite Banned Books!

1.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book has been called sexually explicit, violently graphic, and morally corrupt.

2.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Banned due to offensive language and racism.

3.  Brave New World by Aldophus Huxley

This is thought to have offensive language and insensitivity-insensitive-, hmmmm.

4.  Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Our beloved wizard is supposedly anti-family (with a family like the Dursleys-no duh!), and promoting the Occult and Satanism!!

5.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Objectionable due to offensive language and sexual content.

6.  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Banned due to racism- very strange since it IS a book about the Civil War!

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

This book is banned for quite a few reasons- one is that it is “irreligious” which is quite ironic considering the author’s known devoutness to Catholicism.  It is also banned in New Mexico  for promoting witchcraft and Satanism.  I thought the purpose OF the book was to defeat the evil in the world-silly me.

I guess at any point in time almost any book can be seen as objectionable to one person or another.   But maybe that is why the universe saw it fit to provide us humans with free will.

What is your favorite banned book?

Great posts about Banned Book Week- go see them!!

Other websites to visit to read more about banned books-

Banned Books Week Banner

Banned Books Week Banner (Photo credit: DML East Branch)

Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels!



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

This week’s topic is

Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

Surprisingly, I had a hard time coming up with many for this list.

1.  Pride & Prejudice

I know there are many out there that try, but almost every single one I have reads has failed miserably!  I wish Miss Austen had given us a little glimpse into the married life of Lizzy and Darcy.

2.  The Book Thief

I know this might seem like an odd choice, but I thought that books was so mesmerizing I wish I could keep reading-I might have to do a reread now!

3.  To Kill A Mockingbird

How did Scout grow up?  And Jem?  Did Atticus ever remarry? Sigh….

4.  Gone With the Wind

There was an attempt, but it fell quite short of the beauty of Margaret Mitchell’s masterpiece.

5.  The Help

I want to hear more from Milly and Abilene.  And how Skeeter made out in NYC!

and finally-

6.  Harry Potter

I have a feeling this will be on lots of lists today.  I know there were 7 books, but I still want to know how each year in Harry’s life is going!

I think a fun list would be books that were made into sequels that never should have been written!


The Clock of Life- a review



The Clock of Life

by Nancy Klann-Moren

published by Anthony Ann Books


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


In the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, during the 1980’s, Jason Lee Rainey struggles to find his way amongst the old, steadfast Southern attitudes about race, while his friendship with a black boy, Samson Johnson, deepens.
By way of stories from others, Jason Lee learns about his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam. He longs to become that sort of man, but doesn’t believe he has it in him.
In The Clock Of Life he learns lessons from the past, and the realities of inequality. He flourishes with the bond of friendship; endures the pain of senseless death; finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right; and comes to realize he is his father’s son.
This story explores how two unsettling chapters in American history, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, affect the fate of a family, a town, and two boyhood friends. (from Goodreads)

My Review

This is a wonderful debut novel from author Nancy Klann-Moren.  In what has been compared to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, we learn the story of Jason Lee Rainey as he grows up in a still segregated Mississippi.  On his very first day of school, Jason Lee becomes friends with a black boy, Sampson, which immediately makes him some very strong enemies.  Jason lives with his mom Cassie and his Uncle Mooks, who was injured in Vietnam, and is a little “off”.  His father, who served and died in the same war, is a source of wonder and mystery to Jason.  As the years pass, Jason Lee’s friendship with Sampson becomes stronger still and they become “blood brothers”.  Jason also slowly starts learning more about his dad from his dad’s best friend Wally.  In a box of old books given to him by Wally,  Jason finds his dad’s old journal.  Through this journal, he learns about his father’s work in the civil rights movement, including the March on Selma.    Jason Lee grows into a remarkable young man through this story.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and finished it pretty quickly.  The author has produced an extremely well written and researched piece of work and I was not surprised to learn that this novel will be used in classrooms starting in September.  I would definitely recommend this book.  It was a captivating story set in one of the difficult periods in our country’s history.


4 out of 5

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Bloody Sunday Mural

Bloody Sunday Mural (Photo credit: qbix08)

Top Ten Tuesday # 4



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

This weeks topic is-

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers of Books I Have Read

1. Brave New World-creepy!!

2. Lost & Found– how can anyone look at that face and not love it- plus I have one that looks JUST like it 🙂

3. The Great Gatsbythe eyes follow you around…

4. Where The Wild Things Are– one of my favorites

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows– he looks like he is ready to kick some Voldermort butt!

6. To Kill A Mockingbirdclassic

7. The Last Letter from your Lover– look how close they are, like the moment right before or after kissing

8. The Thirteenth Tale– books on a book cover grab me!

9. Wicked- TWOO was my favorite growing up-going to see the play this weekend with my daughter!

10. Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil– that is one scary statue-I know, I visited this cemetery in Savannah.


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