Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Jan 06

New Year’s Reso-LATE-ions

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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Normally I like to jump in and join The Broke and the Bookish and join with a good Top Ten Tuesday post. This week, however, they’re listing debut novels. I have absolutely no idea how to get excited about a book from an author I’ve never read, let alone where I’d track down a list of 10. Soooo, since I’ve been so behind I thought I’d take this opportunity to catch up and do some New Year’s Resolutions, or, Reso-LATE-ions. Keeping it real, y’all.

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1. Whine Less: Yeah so I started off 2015 with a bout of the stomach flu and a severe case of the mopeys. I feel like I’ve done nothing this year so far except whine about not feeling well and things not going to plan. I need to pull an Elsa and LET IT GO. Oye.

2. Be better at commenting on other blogs: I have been absolutely THE WORST at commenting on other blogs the past few months. I need to get better at sharing the love. I get so much of it, I need to spread some!

3. Be better about responding to comments here: Let’s add to the list of ways I’ve been a sucky blogger lately. I’ve been beyond crappy about responding to comments here. And I so love all your comments. All of you beautiful, witty, weirdos. I love your faces.

4. More Literary Love Connections: If you missed Snaponine and Scarcliff, you should check them out. This was my absolute favorite brain child of 2014 and I hope to continue the ridiculousness.

5. Less Pressure: I suppose this flies in the face of making resolutions in the first place, but between committing to ARCs, challenges, and trying to read ALL THE THINGS, I’m in serious danger of burning out. I’m going to try to be more zen. Participate when it’s fun, not feel guilty when I’m not in the mood.

In the interest of keeping the pressure low, I’m only going with 5 resolutions. 2015, man. Here’s hoping it doesn’t suck! Have any of y’all got resolutions for the new year? I’d love to hear about them!

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Dec 16

Top Ten Tuesday: My Faves of 2014

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Howdy Bookworms!

‘Tis another Tuesday, so I shall supply you with another list, inspired, as usual, by The Broke and the Bookish. Today we’ve been challenged to list the favorite books we’ve read in 2014. I’m afraid a lot of this will be a repeat of last week’s list but I don’t care. If I love it, I’m singing it from the mountaintops (but it’s a metaphorical singing, because I cannot carry a tune.)

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1. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (review): For the love of Pete, it’s a hooker book. With a cross-dresser. And an unsolved murder. Explain to me how this is in any way NOT awesome. You can’t. It’s impossible.

2. The Green Mile by Stephen King (review): Yay! Another Stephen King that didn’t give me nightmares! Excellent and touching. You probably want tissues once you get close to the end.

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: I’m going to be discussing this awesomeness later this week but holy cow, you guys. Holy cow.

4. I Am Livia by Phyllis T Smith (review): Historical fiction makes me unreasonably happy. I’ve kind of OD’d on the Tudors, but Roman historical fiction? Sign me up for more!

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (review)- This is the nerdiest book ever written and I loved every minute of it. I say “minute” rather than “page” because I listened to it. Wil Wheaton, you guys!

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6. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (review)- I found this book charming. I know a lot of people had problems with it because of the, well, magic f*cking phone, but I’m always up for a little bit of magic.

7. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (review-ish)- I am so stupidly involved with the lives of these characters that my critical eye goes as blind a Jocasta Cameron’s whenever I read one. This series is up there with Harry Potter for me. Leave the criticism to the professionals. I’m gonna hang out in my happy place for a while, k?

8. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (review)- I want to hug this book.

9. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (review)- I want to hug Cheryl Strayed.

10. Headhunters on My Doorstep by J Maarten Troost (review)- I want to put J Maarten Troost and David Sedaris on an island together and watch what happens.

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What are some of the best books YOU read this year, Bookworms?!

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Dec 09

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I “Met” in 2014

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Hiya Bookworms!

It’s Tuesday again and I’m getting back in the saddle with the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday. Wahoo! This week we’ve been asked to list some of our favorite authors we read for the first time this year. I have a thrilling list, I tell you. THRILLING. Shall we?

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1. Cheryl Strayed- I am SO EXCITED to discuss Tiny Beautiful Things with y’all next week for The Fellowship of the Worms! Fabulousness, I tell you!

2. J Maarten Troost- Boy oh boy, am I glad I discovered Troost this year! I did ALL THE LAUGHING while reading Headhunters on My Doorstep (review) and The Sex Lives of Cannibals (review).

3. Patrick Ness- I started the Chaos Walking trilogy on the recommendation of my gal pal Ethel (or Heather from The Capricious Reader, if you like.) I’m finishing up book 3 and I CAN’T EVEN!

4. Ernest Cline- You guys, I LOVED Ready Player One (review) so so so much. I recommended it to multiple people immediately upon finishing it, and credit Wil Wheaton’s narration with my new found obsession with audio books.

5. Jo Baker- I actually met Jo Baker in PERSON! Which was awesome, because I really enjoyed Longbourn (review). You can read more about my first author encounter HERE. It’s ridiculous and wonderful.

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It’s a look that says either “I’m amused” or “I’m glad I live on another continent.”

6. Gabrielle Zevin- Another huge winner of a Fellowship of the Worms selection in The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (review)! I loved this book and have vowed to read more of Gabrielle Zevin’s charming work.

7. Grahame Simsion- TRIFECTA! A third Fellowship of the Worms author made the list! I’m super stoked to dive into my copy of the sequel to The Rosie Project (review), The Rosie Effect! (Big plans for that in January, I’ll keep you posted!)

8. Laura Moriarty- The year started off with a bang with my Jazz Age January (signups going on now at Books Speak Volumes!) pick, The Chaperone (review).

9. Beth Hoffman- I cannot believe it took me so long to read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (review). I had to chase down a copy of Looking for Me (review) shortly thereafter, of course.

10. Erika T Wurth- It was tough subject matter, but Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend (review) blew me away!

Sound off, Bookworms! Who are some of the authors you “met” this year that you adore?

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Nov 11

Who You Calling “Minor”?!

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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

I simply adore making lists, and I’ve always been fond of tertiary characters. This week, The Broke and the Bookish have challenged the blogosphere to list the minor characters we feel deserve their own books. Let’s do this thing!

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1. The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: I need answers here. Just how does one disappear while leaving a smile in place? So many mysteries…

2. Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: I need some back story on everyone’s favorite badass teacher.

3. Tyrion Lannister from the Song of Ice and Fire Series by George RR Martin: I know he gets plenty of words, but dangit, he’s my favorite… Well, that, and we all know how Hodor’s book would go…

4. Gavroche from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: He is my all time favorite street urchin! He gets a ton more back story in the novel than he does in the musical or movie versions, but I want MORE!

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5. Melanie Wilkes from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Okay she HAD to know about Scarlett. HAD TO. And yet, she was so nice and so strong and such an awesome human being. I want to know what was going on in her head, I really do!

6. Young Ian from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon: I love him. Love him. I would love to know all the things that went on while he was living with the Native Americans and whatnot.

7. Marmee from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: The voice of reason and everyone’s steady hand. Seriously though, what kind of stress must she have been under? Her husband was away fighting in the Civil War and she had a house full of teenage girls. Oye!

Seven feels like enough for today, don’t you think? What about you, Bookworms? Are there any minor characters you feel deserve their own book?

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Oct 28

Trick Or Treat! (Top Ten Tuesday)

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Hello BOOkworms!

It’s Tuesday my little darlings, and you know what that means! We’re going to do some listing! The crew at The Broke and the Bookish have challenged the blogosphere to list books that get them in the Halloween Spirit. It’s been WELL established that I’m a weenie when it comes to scary books, but as it happens, I’ve managed to collect a handful of titles over the years. They’re mostly vampire and zombie novels, as I can only handle the extremely fictional, but it should be fun nonetheless. Ready?

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1. The Passage by Justin Cronin (review): It starts out slow, but this book packs a whole lot of heebie jeebies! It’s like vampires meet zombies meet abject terror. Honestly, I’m still a little creeped out by shopping malls…

2. World War Z by Max Brooks (review): Ooooh boy. I think I had more nightmares while reading this book than any other, ever. Totally worth it though. Zombies!

3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (review): Neil Gaiman is the master of creepy atmosphere without hitting nightmare territory. I could have chosen any number of his books, but I think Neverwhere is my favorite so far. You should read it!

4. Feed by Mira Grant (review): Zombies plus blogging plus pop culture references equeals amazing. That’s some highly scientific literary math for you right there.

5. Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates (review): I rarely read books about scary things that ACTUALLY exist. I picked this up based on the title. I did not get zombies. I got a psycho killer instead. Eeep!

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6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: This is a super creepy travel vampire mystery. That’s totally a genre. Seriously though, it has a lovely dovetail with the next book on my list!

7. Dracula by Bram Stoker (review): The original vampire novel! I feel like it would be silly to go into more detail here, I mean, it’s friggin Dracula!

8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (review): Atmosphere with a capital A! Find me a creepier house than Manderley, I dare you!

9. The Stand by Stephen King (review): I don’t care if it’s not one of his more monster-centric books, this is CHILLING. If you’re already panicking about Ebola, though, you might want to enjoy this one with some Xanax or something.

10. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King: Have you read it yet?! We’re going to discuss this bad boy on HALLOWEEN with the Fellowship of the Worms, and you KNOW that’s going to be a good time.

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Chime in Bookworms, what are some of your favorite Halloween spirit books?!

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Sep 16

One is the Loneliest Number: Top Ten Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday Bookworms!

This week the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have come up with a fabulous topic as inspiration for me to get my list on. Today we’ll be exploring authors I’ve only read one book from and I need to read ALL THE THINGS. You know how it is. You read a book, you’re totally wowed, and you vow to plunge into the author’s back list. Then LIFE gets all up in the way and thwarts the best of intentions. Here are some fabulous authors I need to read more from!

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1. Octavia Butler: I read Kindred last year (review) and LOVED it. I know I need more Octavia Butler in my life, I need to make it a higher priority.

2. J. Maarten Troost: I really had no idea what to expect going into Headhunters on My Doorstep (review), but I was pleasantly surprised. Troost is hilarious, yo. His adventures (and misadventures) amused me greatly. After checking out some other reviews of this book, I saw a lot of people complain that it wasn’t as great as his previous work. If this is mediocre, the other stuff must be INSANELY good. All the more reason for me to explore the back list!

3. Sherman Alexie: I bought Flight during a sale (review) and wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of it. I knew it wasn’t his most famous novel so I went thought it would just be “meh.” I was eating some serious crow because WOAH. I need to read more Sherman Alexie, like yesterday.

4. Markus Zusak: Oh, The Book Thief (review). I really loved this book, but maybe I’m too emotionally scarred by it to read more Zusak? I’m not really sure what the holdup is. I really need to work on this procrastination thing.

5. Kazuo Ishiguro: Funny/embarrassing story. I actually DID try to read another Kazuo Ishiguro novel after having my mind blown by Never Let Me Go. Only, there was a mishap with me being a banana head and mixing up this Japanese name with a different Japanese name. I disgust myself on a regular basis, truly.

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6. Christina Baker-Kline: I really dug Orphan Train (review). I don’t know why I haven’t read more Christina Baker-Kline. I’m running low on excuses here.

7. Anne-Marie MacDonald: I talk about Fall On Your Knees like it’s going out of style. I love that book SO much. Why, oh why have I not read any more Anne-Marie MacDonald? It’s shameful.

8. Liane Moriarty: I read What Alice Forgot (review) a while back for book club and found it enjoyable. Now that everyone and their mom is all gaga over Big Little Lies, I’m questioning my decision not to have read ALL THE MORIARTY.

9. Ursula Hegi: Stones from the River is one of those books that constantly winds up on my lists of amazing books and yet I’ve only read the one Ursula Hegi novel. What gives, Katie?! Sheesh!

10. Gabrielle Zevin: I love-love-loved The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry! I’m cutting myself a little more slack with Gabrielle Zevin because it hasn’t been all that long since I read my first of her books. Still. High up on the list. MORE ZEVIN!

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That just about does it. Tell me, Bookworms. Who are some of the authors you’ve only read one book from, but you can’t figure out WHY?

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Sep 09

A Little More Love: Underrated Books

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Greetings Bookworms!

It’s Tuesday again, and I’ve been a-pondering. Every so often I think about things other than penguins and flowers and how much I wish I could develop magical powers. Sometimes I think about books that don’t get as much love as I think they should, so that’s the road we’re taking today. I’m picking out some of my favorite lesser known books in a variety of genres. Because why the heck not? Thanks, as always, to the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish for the inspiration! I should probably warn you that I’ve completely made up my own genres for the purposes of this list. Rebel is my middle name. (That’s a lie. My middle name is Rose. I suck at rebellion.)

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1.  Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi: I read this book quite a few years ago and it’s always stuck with me. Now, I really enjoyed The Book Thief (review), but it reminded me SO MUCH of Stones from the River. The Book Thiefdespite its difficult subject matter, falls into the young adult category, so if you loved it and want something a little more sophisticated, Stones from the River is your book. It’s just fantastic and I think everyone should read it. What are you waiting for?!

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2. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (review). I love me some post-apocalyptic fiction, and one that I find flies a little under the radar is Alas, Babylon. It’s an older title (released in 1959) but it TOTALLY holds up. I don’t know what the deal is but Alas, Babylon doesn’t get enough love in my opinion. Maybe people aren’t as freaked out by the prospect of nuclear war as they used to be. You know. The Cold War and all that. Still. Fabulous example of the genre. A classic, really.

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3. Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Talk about your Sweeping Family Epic! (Don’t you just love my fake genres? I know I do!) It’s been at least 10 years since I first read this novel but it wormed its way into my brain and never left me. I don’t mean to call it parasitic like it’s a BAD thing, it’s just intense and affecting and WHOA. It doesn’t deserve to fall into obscurity, y’all!

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4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Young adult novels seem to be ALL the rage these days. Heck, I can think of approximately 8 bajillion book blogs that are dedicated exclusively to YA. I like to dabble in the genre, it can be a lot of fun. It can also be incredibly powerful and be used to send important messages to young folks. I love a good dystopian romance as much as the next girl, but sometimes teenagers have some real-life ugly stuff to deal with, and it can help to know they’re not alone. The boys need to be reading this one right along with the girls.

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5. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Why did I not know about this book until I was a grown up?! It’s so incredibly magical and charming. It’s like Lewis Carroll and Madeleine L’Engle defied the space/time continuum and conceived Norton Juster who went on to write this book. Punny, funny, and delightful. If you have kids, get this and read it to them. Don’t let them grow up deprived!

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6. Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. Ooooh, Hist-ART-ical Fiction, how I adore thee! There are scads of novels based on famous works of art and the lives of the artists who created them. One that I simply don’t hear of often enough is Girl in Hyacinth Blue. It’s a beautiful novel that traces a supposed Vermeer portrait back in time. Can you even imagine all the things a centuries old painting would have seen? Fascinating stuff.

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7. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg. I very nearly wrote this entire post about so-called “chick lit” and how I both love and loathe the term. Unfortunately, too often I think it’s dismissive of some really fabulous books written by women. Throw them in the “chick lit” category so they won’t be taken seriously. Well. I OBJECT. And make up my own genres. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is my favorite Fannie Flagg novel. Heartwarming doesn’t begin to describe it. This is Southern Fried Fiction at its best, you guys. Read it!

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Well kids, I am fresh out of made up genres, so I’m going to call it a day at 7 underrated books. What are some of your favorite books that just don’t get enough love? 

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Sep 02

Let’s Do Lunch (Top Ten Tuesday)

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Back to School with you, Bookworms!

Nah, just kidding. I mean, unless you are actually in school. Truancy is bad, kids! But for the rest of us who have (at least for the time being) left our school days behind, the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have a fun little game for us today. We’ve been challenged to list out the fictional characters we’d have liked to share a lunch table with. Shall we?

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1. Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling- I mean, OBVIOUSLY. She’s the cleverest witch of her age and one of the biggest bookworms around. I like to think we’d be kindred spirits.

2. Anne from Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery– speaking of “kindred spirits” you know lunch with Anne (with an e!) wouldn’t be dull. She’s liable to dye her hair green or fall through a chicken coup or something.

3. Tyrion Lannister from The Song of Ice and Fire Series by George RR Martin– Tyrion’s razor sharp wit would guarantee a jolly lunch hour. Plus, you know he’d be the guy to smuggle in a hip flask.

4. Young Ian from The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon– Sure, he’d probably smell bad and might come in dragging a freshly skinned rabbit or something, but Young Ian’s charm makes up for all manner of faux pas.

5. Wade Watts from Ready Player One  by Ernest Cline (review) Having an expert in 80s trivia on hand could only be a good time, no?

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6. Jenny from Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (review)- She refuses to wear women’s clothes, rides a penny-farthing bike, and can provide you with a steady supply of frog legs. Not that I’m particularly fond of frog legs, but, you know. She’d be amusing.

7. The Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (review)- I like my street urchins to be plucky, not whiny and downtrodden like Oliver. The Artful could hang out at my table and amuse us by picking our pockets and then returning the contents. He could also take some food back to Oliver- maybe he’d be less whiny if well fed.

8. CeeCee Honeycutt from Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (review)- This gal loves her books and could use some friends. I’m pretty sure my lunch table crew would make her feel welcome. Confused, but welcome.

9. AJ Fikry from The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (review)- He likes to read, he’s grumpy and opinionated. Can you imagine the delightful debates that would take place at my lunch table?!

10. Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls I know Gilmore Girls is a TV show and not a book. Really, I get that. But I want Rory at my lunch table. She should get to meet all these bookish characters. She’d be all “Artful Dodger, you remind me of my ex boyfriend Jess” and “Wade, my mom took me to see The Bangles once” and “Please pass the dessert sushi.” It would be wonderful.

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There we have it,  my imaginary dream lunch table. Who would be at yours, Bookworms?

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Aug 19

You Want Me to Read What?! (Top Ten Tuesday)

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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

I’ve been out of the listing game the past couple of weeks, but I am jumping back in with both feet. Today’s prompt (thanks, as always, to the folks at The Broke and the Bookish) is books that people have recommended to us. I’m kicking this bad boy up a notch and calling out some of the insatiable book pushers who have demanded I read all the things. Ready???

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1. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford: I can’t attribute this one to a single person because pretty much everyone and their mom has told me I need to be reading the Thursday Next series. One of these days, I promise.

2. The Walking Dead Comics by Robert Kirkman: I’m so effing hooked on the show it’s completely ridiculous that I’ve heretofore ignored the source material. I’m ashamed, and publicly shaming myself. Bad Katie!

3. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks: This book has been recommended to me a number of times, because I love me some plague. The most recent recommendation I received came from Rhian, one of my super fantastic regular readers. I’ve got it on hold at the library, girl, I promise!

4. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber: So this one time, THE Emma Donoghue stopped by my blog and she told me to read this book. Because I’m totally the sort of person famous authors are chummy with, Emma knows I dig hooker books in a big way. It wasn’t just a random act of googling that caused her to land here that one time or anything…

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5. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell: This book has come to my attention on a number of occasions, but the gal who actually got me to make the purchase was Andi from Estella’s Revenge. (Have I mentioned she’s going to be writing for Book Riot’s newest venture? I’m so proud!!!) It’s just sitting on the e-reader. I’ll get to it. Gah, this TBR pile will be the death of me!

6. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness: My girl Heather Ethel from The Capricious Reader simply RAVES about these books and I need to know what all the commotion is about.

7. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry: One of my favorite non-book-bloggers in all the land is Lauren from Filing Jointly… Finally. She’s been rather quiet of late in the online sphere because of this ridiculously cute kid she had. But. She’s also a voracious bookworm and has not so subtly demanded that I read Lonesome Dove. She is usually right about these things.

8. Anything by Christopher Moore: Sarah from Sarah Says Read loves her some Christopher Moore, and her descriptions typically make me think I should have read his entire catalog… Yesterday.

9. Anything by Harkuri Murakami: So, there may have been an episode of book shaming involved in my reluctance to try to read Murakami, but that Monika from A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall has been relentless in her quiet nudging way… I’m going to cave in soon, I just know it.

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10. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed: I’ve read zero Cheryl Strayed, but every time I see Shannon from River City Reading getting all wistful about this book, I feel like I’m missing something really wonderful.

Your turn, Bookworms! What have people been recommending to you? Since my TBR is impossibly long anyway, a few more won’t hurt. What should I add to the list?

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Jul 29

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read The Most

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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

It’s time again for another adventure in listing with the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish. This week they have asked us to list the authors who we’ve read the most. I’ve never been so thankful for Goodreads and the fact that it’s got a big fat chunk of my reading listed and searchable by author. You probably won’t be terribly surprised that authors who have written series are high on my list, but I wasn’t quite expecting this particular shake out. I’m not always the brightest. Shall we dive in?

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1. Charlaine Harris: Did you realize that there were FOURTEEN Sookie Stackhouse books? I’m not always that into paranormal fiction, but these books were campy, fun, and didn’t take themselves too seriously. Plus, you know. True Blood had a whole lot of eye candy going on. That didn’t hurt anything.

2. Diana Gabaldon: I have read all the Outlander books (review), one Lord John book (because it was The Scottish Prisoner with JAMIE) and 2 of the Outlander novellas (review, review).  That’s ELEVEN books. If we’re counting the novellas. Which I do. It’s my blog and I can do that!

3. Margaret Atwood: I’ve read NINE Margaret Atwood books. That includes a volume of short stories, a sci/fi trilogy (review), and a handful of stand alone novels (review). Confession: some of her most celebrated books are my least favorite (cough cough The Blind Assassin COUGH Alias Grace coooooooooough.)

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4. JK Rowling: I’ve read EIGHT books by JK Rowling. All the Harry Potter books (obviously) and The Casual Vacancy (review). I feel like she should count for more, though, since the HP novels are among the very few books that I’ve re-read on multiple occasions.

5. David Sedaris: I flipping love this guy. I was given Me Talk Pretty One Day as a gift when I was 18 or so and I’ve since read just about everything Sedaris has ever published (review). To date, that makes SEVEN Sedaris books, and countless laughs.

6. Anita Shreve: This one surprised me, because it’s been quite a while since I’ve read one of her books. My mom went through an Anita Shreve phase, so when I would plunder her books, there were a LOT of Anita Shreve titles. To date I’ve read SIX. My favorite? Fortune’s Rocks.

7. Fannie Flagg: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Fannie Flagg is my happy place. Her novels warm the cockles of my steely, unfeeling heart. When I’m in a particularly moody place, my faith in humanity is restored by reading a Fannie Flagg novel. So far, the tally stands at SIX books, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven being my favorite (though by a slim margin, as all her books are lovely.)

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8. George RR Martin: My count for Martin is FIVE books, but would be higher, if only he’d release MORE of the Song of Ice and Fire Series. You’re killing me with a certain cliffhanger, George. KILLING ME!

9. Stephen King: For someone who’s a big weenie about reading King, I’m surprised to report I’ve read FIVE of his novels. I gravitate toward his more psychological books than the full on horror stuff, though Bag Of Bones totally gave me nightmares. I have to give it up for The Stand (review) and The Green Mile (review.) Blown away!

10. Lois Lowry: I was happy to discover I’d read FIVE Lois Lowry books, because I think she’s really fantastic for the middle grade set. I read Number the Stars as a kid and it’s one of the books I credit with making me a reader. I read and reviewed the entire The Giver Quartet in the early days of this blog, not having realized that there were sequels to The Giver. File that under “Things I Wouldn’t Have Known Without the Book Blogosphere!” (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son reviews.)

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Talk to me, Bookworms! Which authors top your “books read” tally?

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