Top Ten Tuesday – July 23


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? The top ten words/topics that will make me run screaming in the other direction from a book.

OK, I totally added some words in there… but I am in a silly mood today. I don’t know if I will come up with ten, but I will sure try. As always, in no particular order.

As an agnostic person, I find a lot of Christian fiction to be far too preachy for my tastes. This isn’t meant as a slam against anyone who is Christian or who enjoys Christian fiction, it is just something I personally don’t enjoy.

This is one that is slowly being abolished, but for the most part, I stay well away from the non-fiction section of the bookstore and library. I like my stories to be made up.

I have nothing against erotica or sex in literature, but I personally don’t find anything really entertaining about straight erotica as a genre.

Anything referencing Stephenie Meyer or Cassandra Clare
In general if the book says “If you loved Twilight, you’ll love this!” or has an author accolade by either of these people… I will likely avoid it like the plague.

Independently or self published books
There are exceptions, but in general I find that when people can just type something up and throw it out into the world, they don’t put as much care into it as someone who has an editor and agent. This makes the whole independent and self-published industry a bit of a minefield. There definitely are gems, though. But I rarely have the patience to sift through the rocks.

A boring or bad cover
I will very much judge a book by its cover… so if the cover sucks, I am more likely to not pick up the book. It can be anything from being boring or not relating to the book… or sexist… or badly drawn. All bad things.

I will pretty much always skip over anything that is straight romance. Just not my thing. Double runner if it is a bodice ripper.

Anything war-related
This kind of ties into non-fiction, but I really don’t like books that are centered around wars. I am talking men-with-guns-in-trenches wars… not robot space wars or the ongoing war between good and evil.

Books out-of-order
I absolutely refuse to read series out-of-order. I have said this a few times now, but it will never ever change. I don’t care how interesting that book sounds… if it is anything but the first/next book in the series, it is going back on the shelf. If it is a screamingly good deal, I might still buy it but I won’t read it until I have read the others.

Books with bad reviews
Not a hard and fast rule, as I really like to make up my own mind about books… but if something has a lot of really bad reviews, especially from people with similar book tastes as me, it will make me wary.

So… what makes you put the book down and walk away slowly? (Or quickly!) Leave a comment or link me up to your TTT!


Top Ten Tuesday – Two for One!


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week I will be covering two TTT topics, since I missed last week’s due to family stuff.

Last Week’s TTT: Top Ten Movie Adaptations

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
They missed a lot of good stuff, and I wasn’t overly fond of some of the creative choices (like having the actors not in robes at all times) but overall, I loved this adaptation.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins was a screenwriter before she was a novelist. Of course this one was going to be good!

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
I read the book after I saw the movie. But that was OK because the book was essentially word-for-word the movie, which made me happy and a little annoyed that I was getting the same story.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This is a rare movie that I thought was better than the book. I loved the book, but there are just some things that are conveyed much better visually than in writing.

Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton
Shamelessly love both the book and the movie.

Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
Content aside, they did a pretty good job of making these books into movies.

P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
Whoever got the bright idea to turn the saddest book ever into the saddest movie ever needs to get a high-five. In the face. With a chair. I love the story, but I bawl my eyes out every single time.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The book and the movie are pretty drastically different, but both are awesome.

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
It has been so long since I read this, but I know I love both the movie and the book. So it gets a spot.

Marley and Me by John Grogan
The message this movie sends about dog ownership aside… I love dog movies. And this one was well done.

The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan
The movie that is based on this book is called Lost and Delirious. And it is one of my favorites. So it gets spot 11.

I could list more. I thought this one was going to be tricky, but once I got thinking about all the movies based on books I have seen (and their books that I have read) I just flew through.

Top Ten Tuesday for July 16: Top Ten Authors Who Need More Credit

This may turn into “authors I didn’t know about because I live under a rock”. We will see.

Patrick Rothfuss
He is becoming better known now, but he is so amazingly talented, and he is also very kind and funny. Check out his blog if you don’t believe me.

Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant
This woman is all things awesome. She is a feminist, she strives for equality, and she does amazing research when it comes to her books. Not to mention her books are SUBLIME.

Cathy Marie Buchanan
A fairly new Canadian author, she has a talent for some of the most beautiful prose in historical fiction I have seen.

Louise Cooper
Another awesome author. You will have to find most of her books used, though.

Hugh Howey
He started as an independent, and is now published by one of the biggies. He keeps his books DRM free, and as low-priced as he can manage. And Wool is one of the best (if not the best) Dystopian ever. Yet his following is more cult than anything.

Jasper Fforde
Before my book club read Shades of Grey one month, I had never heard of this guy. WHY THE HECK NOT?!

Elizabeth Haydon
Another author I never heard of until I stumbled on her books. She isn’t mentioned in fantasy discussions, and that makes me sad.

Blake Charlton
Creator of one of the most innovative magic systems I have read about. Plus, he overcame dyslexia to write his novels, which is HUGE!

OK, I only have 8… because most of the authors I like are pretty well-known.

So, what do you think of either of these TTT topics? Leave a comment!

Top Ten Tuesday: July 2


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

This should be relatively easy for me. Books very rarely, if ever, intimidate me due to size. Most of the time I find classic books the most intimidating to read, because I worry that I won’t “get” them on the same level that everyone else does. Yay for cognitive dysfunction due to illness! I also get intimidated because I tend to be really progressive and liberal and… I don’t even know what else. I think that classics have their place, but I also think that there is room for new books to be given the hallowed mantle of “classic”. And a lot of the time, I hate classic prose.

Without further ramblings, though I know you all enjoy those SO very much, and as always in no particular order…

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Lolita Les Miserables Journey To The Centre of the Earth Divine Comedy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (Goodreads)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Goodreads)

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (Goodreads)

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Goodreads)

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Goodreads)

Anna Karenina Pride and Prejudice Schindler's List The Wind Up Bird ChronicleSophie's Choice

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Goodreads)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Goodreads)

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally (Goodreads)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami (Goodreads)

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (Goodreads)

So, what books do you find intimidating? What makes a book intimidating for you?
Thanks for reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: June 25


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

My work schedule is kind of wonky, and I have Sunday and Monday off… so I tend to forget that Tuesday is Tuesday and not Monday. I almost completely forgot about TTT this week! OOPS!

This week’s top ten? Top Ten Books of 2013 (so far)

I have read 74 books so far this year. I have only rated (according to Goodreads) 12 of them five stars. Ouch, that is not a good average, is it? As always, in no particular order…

Naked In DeathMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreShades of GreyWoolLooking For Alaska

Naked In Death by J.D. Robb – Not a 5-star read for me, but the start of a new series, and damn enjoyable anyways.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – I loved this book and devoured it quickly, despite the product placement.

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde – Rich world building and a unique caste system made this one of my favorite dystopians.

Wool, Omnibus by Hugh Howey – Hands down one of (if not the singular) best dystopian book I have read.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – The first book in a long time that made me really think about how it affected me.

Lies of Locke LamoraThe Painted GirlsGone GirlWintergirlsParasite

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – OK, so I haven’t technically finished this one yet, but I am so close I may as well have. It is not without flaws, but it is very very good.

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan – The best historical fiction I have read all year.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – A dark and twisted book about the dark and twisted places in the human mind. Again, not without flaws, but a book I just couldn’t put down once I got into it.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – I haven’t officially reviewed this book yet, but oh my was it uncomfortable to read. But in a way that indicated a profound understanding of the subject matter, rather than a negative way.

Parasite by Mira Grant – Loved this book. Love Mira. Can’t wait until it is officially released so I can call it mine for real.

So what are the best books you have read so far this year?

Top Ten Tuesday – June 18


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? My Top Ten TBR Summer Reading List

Finally! One that won’t be hard! OK, it will be hard in the sense of having to narrow it down to JUST ten books, because I want to read ALL THE BOOKS EVER. I don’t know if this is supposed to be new releases or what, but mine will be a mix, because I don’t have the funds to support a new-release-heavy reading habit. Unfortunately. I think this list will serve as a goal of sorts. I will read these 10 11 books by summer’s end, so help me! Even better, I already own them all, so it means no trips to the library or the book store.

Without further ramblings, and as always in no particular order… My list!

Written In Red Garden Spells The Shadow of the Wind  The Eyre Affair Crossroads of Twilight





Written In Red by Anne Bishop (Goodreads) – This sounds SO GOOD!
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (Goodreads) – I loved The Sugar Queen (review), so I would like to read something else by Sarah Addison Allen.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Goodreads) – Mystery about books? Count me in!
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Goodreads) – My book club read Shades of Grey (review) by Mr. Fforde earlier this year, and I LOVED his writing style.
Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan (Goodreads) – I have been meaning to finish this series for a long time. This is book 10 in the series, so avoid the Goodreads page if you haven’t read the others.

Graceling World War Z Game of Thrones Drums of Autumn A Great and Terrible Beauty






Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Goodreads) – I have owned this book for forever and keep meaning to read it, but it keeps getting pushed aside. Not this summer!
World War Z by Max Brooks (Goodreads) – My husband and I are planning on seeing this in theaters, so I need to get it read and soon. But I love zombie books, so it is OK.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (Goodreads) – I would like to see what all the hype is about.
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Goodreads) – Another series I need to finish. This is book four, so stay away from the Goodreads page if you haven’t read any of the others. They tend to be extra spoiler-y.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Goodreads) – I bought this at the last used book sale and I really would like to read it. I have heard many good things.

Bonus: This one doesn’t have a cover on its Goodreads page, but I found it years ago at a used book sale. And I really want to read it. So this summer I will. The book?
Thorn: An Immortal Tale by Frances Gordon

So what do you plan on reading this summer? Share in the comments, or link me to your TTT post! I promise to visit.

WWW Wednesday – June 12


WWW Wednesdays is a weekly book meme hosted over at Should Be Reading.

To play along, simply answer the following three questions:
– What are you currently reading?
– What did you just finish reading?
– What do you think you’ll read next?

Lies of Locke Lamora14Parasite

I am currently working on finishing up The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch for my book club’s second fantasy selection. I am just over halfway through, and it is a great read. Some interesting things have been brought up about female characters though, and I plan on addressing my thoughts on that in another blog post.

Last night, I finished reading 14 by Peter Clines, which I got from NetGalley. It was a very interesting and enjoyable read. Other recent reads include The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines. Overall, my book choices lately have been pretty good, and I haven’t had a book for a while that I really didn’t enjoy.

Normally I have an obscenely hard time figuring out what to read next. But not right now. I got Parasite by Mira Grant from NetGalley, and I just about peed myself I was so happy. Mira Grant is the horror alias of author Seanan McGuire and she is all things awesome. *bounces*

So, what is your WWW? Link me up and I promise to visit, or answer in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: June 11


It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top Ten Beach Reads

OK, I don’t have a beach close to me. It is one of the down-sides of living in the middle of the country. I guess technically I have a beach a few hours away, but if you swim in the water, you get swimmer’s itch. So it is not a great beach. I do, however, like to go for long walks with my husband in the park and find a nice spot to read for a while. I also don’t read “typical” beach books, so my list might be a little different from some. Without further adieu, and in no particular order…

OutlanderNaked In DeathReady Player One by Ernest ClineNeverwhereThe Sugar Queen

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Seriously, if you like historical fiction with a healthy dose of romance, and you haven’t read Outlander yet… what are you waiting for?! It is a massive brick of a book but I was completely dragged into the world, making it a perfect beach read for me.

In Death Series by J.D. Robb

I promise, my list won’t be all repeats, but this one is another ideal beach read for me. Murder, sex, and laugh out loud moments with a lot of the characters. The series is 40 books long, but they are all really quick and engaging reads.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

One of my favorite science fiction books, ever. It is full of 80’s nerd culture references, and I highly recommend it if you are in any way an 80’s kid, or a nerd.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

OK, this is pretty much a good read anytime, because Gaiman is a genius, and this is a gem of an urban fantasy.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

This is the only book by Sarah Addison Allen that I have read. This one takes place in the winter, but I would still read it in the summer at the beach because the world is so easy to fall into and the book is just so fun.

The Hunger GamesWhere The Heart IsFeedThe Night CircusThe Name of the Wind

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The first book in this trilogy is highly engaging, action packed, and light enough to not bum you out too badly on your summer vacation. Love it!

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

It has been forever since I read this book, but I remember reading it at summer camp. It treads into darker waters, but comes out on a nice uplifting note on the other side. I need to re-read this one, but I lost my copy.

Feed by Mira Grant

Who doesn’t want to read about the zombie apocalypse on the beach??

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This isn’t a fast-paced book by any means, but it is a fantastic book that I was pulled into immediately and completely. It flows so smoothly that it seems like a perfect beach read to me. I could see being lulled into a sense of complete relaxation by the waves and this book.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

If you haven’t read this book, do it. Do it now. Actually, don’t. Wait until Mr. Rothfuss is finished with the series, because otherwise you will be stuck in limbo with the rest of us. This is hands down one of my favorite fantasy selections, and Patrick Rothfuss has a real gift for drawing you in and spitting you out only when he has thoroughly had his way with you.

So, what do you read when you go to the beach? Link your TTT if you have it! I love to visit and comment.