Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Nov 27

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

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Hello Bookworms. It’s Tuesday again, so you know what that means! I’m playing Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and The Bookish! This week’s topic is the Top Ten books we’re anticipating in 2013. This is a super tough topic. I mean, I feel like I’m forever playing catchup because there are so many amazing books already in existence. Since the release of the final Harry Potter book, I haven’t really been super excited about continuing series… except…

1. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. It is the latest in the Jamie and Claire Outlander saga, and the only new release I didn’t have to google, because I’ve been DYING for the next installment. An Echo in the Bone left us with some serious cliffhangers! I’ve been on edge for YEARS as a result. I’m far too neurotic to read series as they come out. I should only read things that are already completed. I absolutely cannot wait. I freaking LOVE these books!

2. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris will be released in May. It’s apparently the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and given the latest twists (or lack thereof) the series has taken, I’m interested to see how everything ties together. Anybody else think Sookie deserves a normalish boyfriend? I was always kind of rooting for her and Sam. Maybe that’ll happen, and they’ll have telepathic shapeshifting babies or something nice like that.

Sookie + Sam = Supernatural love that can reproduce and lives only the length of a normal human life!

3. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier comes out in January. I’ve liked everything of hers I’ve ever read, so I’ll probably give this a whirl. It’s touted as historical fiction based on the underground railroad. I wonder if it’ll have a significant tie to period art like her other works…

4. Benediction by Kent Haruf is due out in 2013. My awesome neighbors and I read two of his novels Plainsong and Eventide earlier this year and they were both fantastic. This is about an old man dying of cancer. Frankly it sounds like a downer, but the other two books could have gone some very dark places but ended up heartwarming, so I may trust Haruf with my fragile psyche once more.

5. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. Alright, I don’t know just HOW MUCH I want to read this, but I’ve liked the majority of what I’ve read by her, so I might give it a shot. Why am I unsure? It’s about a man who confesses to being a Nazi SS guard. Reading Holocaust novels is like taking a cheese grater to my heart. It’s so important to tell those stories, but they’re SO PAINFUL to read. This one is fiction at least. It’s the survivors’ tales that are the hardest to take. Still, I can’t imagine this book being a walk in the park.

I’m sure there will be tons and tons of amazing books released in 2013, but I’m prevented from knowing ALL THE THINGS. Since I could only come up with 5 books, I’m going to list 5 books made into movies that are coming out in 2013 that may or may not interest me. I mean, the odds that I’ll see these movies is pretty slim. I’ll likely just whine about how books are always better and blah blah blah because I just don’t watch a lot of movies.

1. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst is being made into a movie? This was an odd little gem of a book I read what feels like forever ago that centered on a distraught man trying to teach his dog to talk after his wife’s death so he could uncover the circumstances. Steve Carell is supposed to be in it. I’m intrigued.

2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card will be released in 2013 as well. I read this in the aftermath of the Hunger Games because Amazon told me it was similar. It wasn’t really similar, but it was definitely interesting in its own way. I’m not great at being spacial or visual though, so reading about some of the training exercises they went through hurt my brain a little. I’m interested to see how they translate that to the big screen.

3. World War Z by Max Brooks. Honestly, I’ve already heard bad things about this adaptation. I don’t know how you could make a successful movie out of this book because it’s all a bunch of vignettes of the zombie apocalypse. The only thing that ties the story together is the journalist taking down the stories, and it would take some serious creative license to make that work. But who knows? Brad Pitt is starring, and even though he’s not young and sometimes wears gross facial hair, he’s still pretty dreamy. We’ll just have to wait and see if this is a complete dud.

4. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is about to be immortalized thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s playing the serial killer, so he’ll probably win like 15 Oscars or something. It’s been a while since I read this, but I recall there being a LOT of conversation on landscaping… My guess is Hollywood will gloss over the controversy of using native grasses as opposed to sculptured gardens… Because, well, that was kind of boring.

5. Catching Fire is coming out. Y’all know I’ll break my “I almost never go to the movies” rule to see more of the Hunger Games. I don’t care that it won’t live up to the book. I really liked the first movie, even though there were a couple of times I wanted to yell at the screen. (I mean, HELLO, Prim did NOT give Katniss the mockingjay pin. I was able to enjoy the movie despite such things.)

So Bookworms, what about you? Any bookish things you’re amped for in the new year?

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Nov 20

Top Ten Tuesday: With A Twist

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Hi there, Bookworms! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that we’re thankful for. However… That’s a little “done.” I mean, my facebook feed has been blowing up with thankful posts this month. So. I’ve decided to talk about books that make me think of FOOD. Thanksgiving is not ONLY about about being thankful for what you have. It’s also about eating a lot. Wahoo gluttony! In that spirit, I’m going to list out the top ten books that make me want to eat too much. Ready? Excellent.

1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. I want to eat at the Whistle Stop Cafe really, really badly. Even if it requires the bending of the time-space continuum and, um fiction to become reality. I want all of that delicious southern fried goodness to get in my belly!

2. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. I don’t mean to say that I crave whatever Bridget eats (although copious amounts of wine and Cadbury are never a BAD idea.) Since I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, I absolutely and completely relate to Bridget’s disastrous birthday dinner. I swear if I had blue twine in my kitchen, I too would be a purveyor of blue soup.

3. The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert, but I will claim that my college professor WAS. He told us that food was an integral part of Chinese culture and that it was difficult to understand their religious traditions if he didn’t take his students out for the most awesome meal in the history of ever. I totally credit Dr. Goetz with helping me discover my taste for Chinese food. Anyway, The Kitchen God’s Wife goes into glorious detail about the dishes our heroine prepares out of the money from her dowry. Things that wouldn’t ordinarily sound delicious to me were described in such a beautiful manner that by the end of the book I felt not only that I had traveled China, but that I’d tasted all the delicacies along the way.

4. Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. Why? Because everything they serve at Merlotte’s sounds like a heart attack in a basket… And dagnabit, I want me some of those fried pickles. Is there anything in this world as delicious as a fried pickle?!

5. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Why on earth would this make me think of food? Perhaps it’s because the first half of the book, our major characters spend on the brink of starvation. Perhaps it’s because I too would have mourned the loss of my Betty Crocker cake mixes had the humidity destroyed what I had so painstakingly brought to the Congo from Georgia. I totally get it. A lack of cake is a devastating situation.

6. Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy. This is the first entry that’s appropriate, because it’s about caterers. Tom and Cathy do some magical things with mini gherkins, and I want to be a part of it. Plus, they’re Irish. So even if the mini gherkins are ghastly, the accents would be positively delightful.

7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Yes, this is possibly the most frightening and bleakest picture of humanity’s demise I can think of. Sure, there are some seriously gruesome scenes with cannibals. But you know something? When I finished reading this book, I remembered that the world as we know it HASN’T ended. Pizza delivery is still a thing. For this I am truly grateful.

8. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery. This is in honor of holiday libations. Diana accidentally getting drunk on the supposed “raspberry cordial” just kills me. Imbibe in moderation people! If you simply cannot be moderate, at least have the decency to sleep it off at the dining room table of your gracious hosts. Drinking and driving sucks, y’all.

9. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My second grade teacher read this aloud to the class, and the scene where they make candy with new fallen snow has always stuck with me. I wanted to try it as a kid, but my mom insisted that our suburban snow would be too dirty. She was probably right, but sometimes I’d eat our snow regardless. Perhaps that’s why my immune system is so awesome. Exposure to dirty snow.

10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. How could anyone NOT get hungry imagining all the magical sweets in Willy Wonka’s factory? The snozberries taste like snozberries! And how. (I just bought this in a set of Roald Dahl books for my “nephew” at his mom’s suggestion and I’m so stoked! I hope he always loves books, and continues not to mind when Aunt Katie sends them instead of toys. I’ve come full circle.)

The worst part is that I made this meme. Self-deprecating humor: It’s what I’m THANKFUL for.

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Nov 13

Top Ten Tuesday

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Hi Bookworms! Writing 4-5 book reviews a week is kind of intense. So! I decided to join a little tradition the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish started known as Top Ten Tuesday. Every week there is a new category and book nerds like myself make top ten lists.

Today’s category is: Top Ten Books For I’d Want on a Deserted Island

I’m going to make a few assumptions here. First, I’m assuming that these books are primarily for entertainment value. I mean really, who wants to read a list of books that’s all local field guilds and raft building for dummies? Nobody, that’s who. So. Here goes.

  1. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. It’s a great story I could read over and over again. Plus, it’s really long. If I’m going to have THAT much time on my hands, I want something with substantial.
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Yes, I’m completely aware that this is TECHNICALLY 7 books. However, this is my imaginary island, so there is no reason I can’t be the proud owner of the world’s first single bound edition of the HP saga. Is explanation as to why even necessary? I mean, the only danger here is that I become even more fixated on the fact I can’t apparate. Still bitter.
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The whole friggin series, again. I am trying to max out my pages here, people. Jamie and Claire have pretty much the greatest love story of all time. Anthologies, people. Imagine with me!
  4. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I love historical fiction- the longer the better. Epic tales of medieval chaos? Yes please.
  5. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. I’ve discussed by limitations with Shakespeare, but I’m thinking that if I were stranded on a desert island. I could really get into the plays by putting on productions with coconuts. I’d totally carve a realistic coconut skull for Poor Yorrick to get my soliloquy on.
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It’s one of my favorites, and Jane is possibly the greatest heroine literature has ever known.
  7. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This is another big long tome, all the better for having endless time on your hands. Bonus? I know the entire soundtrack to the musical, so I totally have a mental symphony going on while I read. Book, music, all in one. Winning!
  8. The Stand by Stephen King. Nice and long. Epic tale of good and evil. Reminder to watch out for sketchy characters like Randall Flagg.
  9. Can’t Wait To Get To Heaven by Fannie Flagg. Fannie Flagg is my happy place. I always feel uplifted and smiley when I finish one of her novels.
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The March girls’ trials and tribulations would put my “stuck on a deserted island” plight into perspective. Bwahahahha no it wouldn’t! But escapism is an under-rated diversion.

Wait, wait. Is Sawyer on my island? It’s cool, Jim. Enjoy Taylor Swift!

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