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Apr 15

Bookish Accoutrements: Top Ten Tuesday

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Howdy Bookworms,

It’s Tuesday again, and with that comes the opportunity to make a list… With a group. I’m a JOINER, see? (Well. A digital joiner. Maybe kind of. Whatever.) This week the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have challenged the book blogosphere to make a list of bookish things we’d like to own… You know, that aren’t books. This is bound to get ridiculous. Are you ready?!


1. A personal library with sliding ladder. I don’t care that it’s impractical to live in a dwelling so large as to have a dedicated library. I don’t care that I read most of my books digitally. Maybe if I had my own LIBRARY, I wouldn’t need the digital storage space. And what’s a library without a sliding ladder?!

2. A Castle. Did I not mention that I wanted my library to be in a castle? Because I do. Castles are obviously the most bookish dwelling. (In place of a moat, though, I’ll install a lazy river for me to float around whilst reading my books. Nice right?)

3. This Alice in Wonderland necklace from Modcloth. Because Alice is my homegirl.

4. Cute Penguin Bookends. Why the heck not?


5. A new booklight. This isn’t imperative at the moment, thanks to my GLORIOUS Kindle Paperwhite, but when I want to read a physical book in bed, I still use a book light. The one I have now is just okay… Maybe I’m spoiled by the back lighting I’m used to, but my current external booklight doesn’t seem to illuminate as well as I’d like.

6. A Bookish Scarf. I like wearing scarves, they’re a fun little accessory. I’d like a bookish one. I’ve seen one that contains the text of Pride and Prejudice that I covet. COVET.

7. Bookish Drinkware. What better to use to sip your coffee while reading than a bookish mug? I mean, really. And, you know, if you wanted to be super awesome, you could order one from my Zazzle store.

I should probably stop there. I mean, I already told you I want a castle complete with library, sliding ladders, and a lazy river. I think that’s about all the crazy the internet has time for today.
What about you, bookworms? Anything bookish you’ve had your eye on lately?
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Apr 08

Offbeat Books: A Top Ten Tuesday List

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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

You know what I love about Tuesdays? Making lists with the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish! This week we’ve been tasked with making a list of some of the most unique books we’ve read. This should be fun!


1. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell: Dude. This is about a family that runs their own amusement park centered on wrestling alligators. Oh yeah. A rival amusement park that is designed to simulate Hell features prominently. Offbeat? Quirky? Unique? I think so! (my review)

2. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn: I have to admit that this book wasn’t really my cup of tea, but it’s got quirk in spades. A family so intent on creating a family of oddities that they experiment with radioactive isotopes during gestation? Complete craziness, I tell you! (my review)

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: The most wondrous ride through a magical circus that has ever been! I love the crap out of this book, it’s gorgeous and lovely, whimsical and poignant. (my review)


4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: How sweet was this book? Don isn’t your typical leading man, but the love story was just a delight. Rosie and Don and cocktail mixing FTW! (my review)

5. Room by Emma Donoghue: I thought this book was innovative. Telling the story of a kidnapping and subsequent captivity at the hands of a madman through the eyes of a child? Fascinating perspective. (my review)

6. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster: I didn’t read this as a kid, but I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t. So much wordplay and fun and learning! It’s imagination taken to the next level!

7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: How much more imaginative can you get than creating an entire alternate universe in London’s subway tunnels? Gaiman mingles mythology and legend in the craziest ways. Weird and fabulous. (my review)


8. Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking by Scott Navicky: Oooooh this book! It’s tough to describe this one, but it sure is a crazy ride. I’m not just saying that because I was blurbed in the paperback… But I was BLURBED in the paperback!!! (my review)

9. Flight by Sherman Alexie: This book takes teen angst to a whole new dimension… Like literally, because the protagonist gets all time-travely and metaphysical. (my review)

10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: I really loved this book! Getting inside the head of Christopher who suffered on the Autism spectrum was fascinating. (my review)


What about you, Bookworms? What are some of your favorite weird, unique, quirky, crazy reads? 

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Apr 01

Gateway Drugs… I Mean Books: Top Ten Tuesday

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Greetings, Bookworms!

It’s April Fool’s Day, but I kind of hate pranks (mostly because I’m extremely gullible and ALWAYS fall for them.) Soooo instead of doing something foolish, I’m going to get listy with it and join the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish with a fabulous topic. This week they have asked us to list out books that were a “gateway” for us. A gateway into reading, a gateway into a new genre, whatever. Fun right?! Let’s do this.


1. Gateway to Time Travel: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I wouldn’t have thought I would be into time travel, but The Time Traveler’s Wife completely blew my mind. It’s one of the reasons I was open to reading Outlander, and life would have been tragic had it gone any other way.

2. Gateway to Dystopian Fiction: The Giver by Lois Lowry. My fifth grade teacher read this to my class and it was incredible. I read it again as an adult and it was still amazing. A world where you cannot see color?! Crazy! (My review)

3. Gateway to Sweet Southern Fried Fiction: Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg. My mom loaned me this book along with what turned out to be one of my favorite Fannie Flagg novels, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. I was hooked on the feel-good Southern wonder of it all!


4. Gateway to Margaret Atwood (she should be her own category!): The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (obviously.) I read this for the first time for a college class. It was mind-blowingly awesome, and I’ve been a sucker for Atwood ever since! (my review)

5. Gateway to Hist-ART-ical Fiction: The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier. I absolutely adore historical fiction with an art focus, and I put the blame for that addiction squarely on the shoulders of Tracy Chevalier.

6. Gateway to ZOMBIES: World War Z by Max Brooks. In fairness, The Walking Dead (the TV show) was my gateway drug to all things zombie, but this was the first zombie novel I read. It was absolutely delightful. (My review)

don't say i didn't warn you

7. Gateway to Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I read this book in high school, after a string of novels that had me convinced that all classics were painful to read. I was surprised to find myself enjoying the required reading. It was wonderful!

8. Gateway to Classic British Lady Writers: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This was another assigned book I read in high school, and again I was surprised how much I loved it. It was like a fancy old timey soap opera. It opened the door to all sorts of wonderful classics written by British women. Fantastic.

9. Gateway to Snarky Memoirs:  Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. A friend of mine gave me this book for my birthday my freshman year in college? Or was it senior year in high school? I don’t know, I’m old. Anyway, I fell in love with Sedaris and the whole snarky memoir genre. Good times, I tell you!

10. Gateway to Reading for the Heck of it:  Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary. I read for pleasure as a kid, but this is the first book I remember reading for the heck of it. I was bored one Saturday, and I read the whole book in an afternoon. I was completely enthralled, and I just keep chasing that high…

slippery slope

What are some of your favorite Gateway Drugs Books? Tell me about it, Bookworms!

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Mar 25

Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Bucket List

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Happy Tuesday Bookworms!

The ladies of The Broke and the Bookish this week have tasked is with a doozy of a list. They have asked us what items are on our Bookish Bucket List. I haven’t honestly given this topic a whole lot of thought in the past, but I can put one together. I mean, why in the heck not?


1. Go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. I’m super super jealous of the trip Jen at The Relentless Reader just went on! (Check out the details here!)

2. Attend BEA one of these years. I believe 2016 will be in Chicago. Who’s going with me?

3. Do something OUTLANDISH! With the show coming out this summer and my over-the-top love for all things Jamie and Claire, I think it would be fun to do something inspired by Outlander. The only problem is that, uh, most OUTLANDISH activities are kind of gross. I mean, I GUESS I could give someone a black eye and then stick a leech on the bruise to reduce the swelling, but ewwwww. Plus, you know. Assault is frowned upon in polite company.

Hello, gorgeous. I can't wait to read you!

Hello, gorgeous. I can’t wait to read you!

4. Meet another book blogger! I’ve got some AMAZING blog friends that I’ve met in real life, but none of them are book-specific bloggers. It’d be nice to meet one of these crazies face-to-face, you know?

5. Increase the traffic Words for Worms gets. That’s not so much a bucket list item as an ongoing thing, but it’s my list. I can make it vague if I want to.

6. Go to a book signing. You guys. I live in the middle of nowhere. We don’t have amazing authors coming into town all the time. The last signing I wanted to go to was totally within driving distance, but on a weeknight. The full time job is a blessing, but occasionally inconvenient. Thankfully, Quirky Chrissy and the amazing Bloggess were able to make my dreams come true from afar. (The whole story is HERE if you’re interested.)

Luckily, my friend was able to make it so I was practically THERE.

Luckily, my friend was able to make it so I was practically THERE.

7. Start a meme. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but I think Top Ten Tuesday is super fun and I’d like to come up with something as awesome. Of course, I’ve been toying with the idea for quite a while and I’m still lacking a concept. Ah well. Bucket lists aren’t supposed to be realistic.

8. Visit some bookish locales! How fun would it be to go to Scotland to get my Outlander on? Or, what about chilling on Prince Edward Island and getting in touch with my inner Anne (with an E!)

9. Throw a book themed party. This one might actually get off the ground. My IRL book club has a member expecting a teeny tiny bookworm! Bookish baby shower, anyone?

10. Read EVERYTHING on my bookshelf. Everything. That includes all those classics I purchased while feeling ambitious only to allow them to languish on the shelves…

What about you, Bookworms? Do you have a Bookish Bucket List? What’s on it? 


Mar 18

Top Ten Tuesday: A Spring Preview

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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

I seem to have come down with a cold, which is endlessly vexing to me because I so rarely get sick. As a result I’m a giant whiny puddle of goo. In an effort not to dwell on what I’m sure is the most minor of ailments, I’m going to make a list. The ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list what we’ve got on our TBR list this spring. Ready for a preview of things to come?

TTT Spring Preview

1. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue– Are you as excited as I am? Emma Donoghue rocks my socks and I’m really looking forward to her latest offering. An unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco, a burlesque dancer, and a smallpox outbreak? Hello, awesomeness!

2. The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas Goetz– I love a good disease novel. This non-fiction offering (I KNOW! I’m reading non fiction?!) shows Arthur Conan Doyle’s quest to discover the truth behind a purported cure to tuberculosis. The father of Sherlock Holmes playing Mythbusters? Pretty exciting stuff!

3. Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead- I used to dance in my younger days (not well, mind you, but enough to have a bit of a love for the art.) This book is about frigging ballerinas, y’all. You know I’ve got to read that!

I was effing ADORABLE!

I was effing ADORABLE!

4. The House Girl  by Tara Conklin– It’s this month’s Fellowship of the Worms selection and I cannot wait! A historical fiction dual narrative and ART?!?! Why, it sounds like Hist-ART-ical Fiction to me. Wahoo!

5. I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith- I’m going to be reading this one for another TLC Book Tour and I’m sooooo excited! Strong female protagonist in ancient Rome? Sign me up!

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green- Sometimes I’m in the mood for a little YA. I’ve heard this is one of John Green’s best, so I’m looking forward to giving it a shot.


7. The Green Mile by Stephen King- King’s March (hosted by Fourth Street Review and Wensend) is happening and I want to join in. The Green Mile sounded like a good choice for me, being devoid of some of the super horror-tastic elements of some of his other books.

Surely 7 is enough for a TBR for the time being? I don’t like to have too much planned out so I still have the freedom to read whatever the heck I feel like. So there you are. What’s on your TBR list this spring?

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Mar 11

Top Ten Tuesday: Hist-ART-ical Fiction

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Howdy Bookworms,

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! The ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have tempted me with yet another list prompt. Today they’ve asked us to list our top ten books in ANY GENRE WE WANT. I can make up a genre, right? I mean, if I can think of ten books with a similar theme it should count as a genre, shouldn’t it? Historical fiction with  a work of art as a centerpiece is my genre of choice today… I’m going to call it Hist-ART-ical Fiction!


1. Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland:  This book follows a fictional Vermeer painting back through time from the present day to its inception. It’s chock full of interesting historical tidbits throughout the eras. I also learned a surprising amount about flooding in the Netherlands… And windmills. Bonus!

2. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier: The dual narrative is a popular style when it comes to hist-ART-ical fiction, so it’s lucky I love it. A modern American woman moves to France with her husband and uncovers her ancestral history… Along with a very particular shade of blue paint.

3.  I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis: Based on the fictionalized life of the woman who modeled for the world’s most famous painting, I, Mona Lisa takes you deep into Renaissance Italy. You really can’t go wrong with Florence as a backdrop, I tell you. Add DaVinci and throw in Savonarola (the dastardly art hater) and you’ve got yourself a tasty piece of hist-ART-ical fiction!

It's the mother-flipping Mona Lisa, y'all! (Source)

It’s the mother-flipping Mona Lisa, y’all! (Source)

4. I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira: (my review) Mary Cassatt meets up with Degas and Renoir and Monet and Manet in this book and it’s a heck of a good time. I love me some French Impressionists! Funnily enough, I was watching The Simpsons earlier today and Sideshow Bob referred to the Impressionists as “the boy band of the art world.” The art snobbery of a cartoon character can’t destroy my enthusiasm. It’s all so pretty!

5. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant: Ah yes, back to Renaissance Florence! The young daughter of a cloth merchant is enthralled by the painter the family brings in to decorate their chapel. Art and love and Florentine drama ensue… There’s a rather scandalous tattoo involved as well.

6. The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier: Another Chevalier? Don’t mind if I do! This book is based on a very real painting by the Dutch master Vermeer. It’s some kind of amazing, I tell you, even if there’s a rather cringe inducing ear-piercing scene…

7. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes: (my review) More delicious dual narratives! This book is half set during WWI in occupied France and half set in present day England. A (fictional) painting vastly important to two women at the two points in time interweaves the stories. It’s Jojo Moyes, so it rocks pretty hard.

8. Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex: Renaissance Italy and the master of them all, DaVinci! This book explores the lives of the models of some of DaVinci’s lesser known pieces. The fame obsessed were as desperate to be immortalized on canvas as reality show contestants are to be immortalized in trashy television. Plenty of scandal to be had!

9. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan: (my review) Man, I love the crap out of reading about the people behind the art. The model for Degas’s super famous ballerina sculpture? The Painted Girls tells Marie’s story as an impoverished ballerina-in-training. It’s as amazing as you think.

Image from Metropolitan Museum of Art

Image from Metropolitan Museum of Art

10. In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant: Alright, this isn’t as art-centric as everything else on this list, but it’s set in Renaissance Italy, so the art is THERE, if not center stage. Plus there’s a prostitute and a dwarf- how can you go wrong?

Honorable Mention: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This doesn’t get to count in the official list because A. I haven’t read it yet, and B. it’s really not historical fiction. BUT it’s got a painting in a pivotal role, so it semi-counts.

My dear artsy Bookworms, do you have a favorite hist-ART-ical fiction book?

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Mar 04

Top Ten Tuesday: Famous Authors I’ve Never Read

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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

We’re back with another Top Ten list this week (yaaaaaaaay!) Sorry for the lapse, but you know how it is. Some topics are easier for me to work with than others. In any case, this week the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list popular authors we’ve never read. I’ll warn you, my list is going to read mostly like a list of super popular thriller writers. You’ve probably noticed that mysteries and thrillers aren’t my genre of choice. Nothing against them, it’s just not what I normally gravitate toward. That said, there’s an embarrassing chunk of NYT Bestseller types I’ve never read. So, let’s get to it…


1. John Grisham- He’s sold like zillions of books and I’ve read zero of them. Thrillers aren’t usually my jam, and courtroom dramas don’t really sweeten the pot for me. So. Yeah. Excuses.

2. Michael Crichton- I’m going to blame this on the fact that the Jurassic Park movie scared the boogers out of me as a child. I know he wrote non terrifying things as well, but again. Excuses.

3. Elizabeth Gilbert- I didn’t read Eat, Pray, Love (or see the movie), and though I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about it, I haven’t read The Signature of All Things either. I heard a portion of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk and thought she was pretty great, so her work is definitely on my list… I just haven’t made it there yet.

4. Dean Koontz- More thrillers I’ve never read. No surprise.

Okay, well the Owl is surprised. Sorry, dude. (Source)

Okay, well the Owl is surprised. Sorry, dude. (Source)

5. Donna Tartt- Could there be any MORE buzz around The Secret History or The Goldfinch? I have a copy of The Goldfinch waiting for me, I just haven’t been able to bring myself to commit to the page count quite yet. I’ve heard that it goes by really fast, so I should really just buck up and read the darn thing, but I’m having a grouchy winter that requires short books.

6. James Patterson- 260 million books sold. Zero books read by me.

7. Agatha Christie- Super famous mysteries. I still haven’t read any of them.

8. Patricia Cornwell- Yeah, there may have been an embarrassing incident at trivia the other night in which I missed a question on Cornwell’s work… Not my proudest moment, though I DID know Mr. Darcy’s first name, so I feel I redeemed myself.

Fitzwilliam, FTW! (Source)

Fitzwilliam, FTW!

9. Chuck Palahniuk- I haven’t read any of his work, but having seen parts of Fight Club, I’m not sure it’s for me… Even if Brad Pitt did look amazing.

10. Jonathan Franzen- It makes it hard for me to WANT to read an author’s work when they come across as kind of a pretentious jerk in the media. I’m sure that’s unfair on my part, but really, the synopsis of his books don’t hold much interest for me, and I kind of suck at highbrow literary fiction anyway. I’m thinking Franzen will likely remain on my pass list permanently.

Tell me, Bookworms. What super famous authors have you never read? 

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Feb 11

Top Ten Tuesday: Swoonworthy Books, and Crowdsourcing

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Hey Bookworms,

It’s coming up on Valentine’s Day, and the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have challenged us to list our favorite swoonworthy books. Since “swooning” also can mean fainting in disgust, I’m going to go ahead and clarify that these swoons are all via rrrrromance! I’m also going to try something a little different this week. I feel like I’ve been recycling the same books on these lists over and over lately, and I’m bored with myself. I decided to call in some favors from the greatest bloggers in all the land (and thereby get out of doing my own writing. I KNOW. Very sneaky!)


1. “I pretty much enjoy anything by Jennifer Cruise for romance. She has the talent of writing characters that are likable, a little ridiculous (like me) and not Barbie doll perfect. One of my favorites, Bet Me, has a female lead with a love for donuts that rivals my own.” -Opinion via the certified awesome Joules, from Pocketful of Joules. (Side Note: I read Bet Me and was forced to go our for chicken marsala shortly thereafter. Forced, I tell you!)

2. “Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, is a rip-roaring good time. I don’t usually go all-in for books that include romance, but this one in particular has enough adventure and intrigue for this persnickety reader.” And with that statement, Andi of Estella’s Revenge has won the internet. Because OUTLANDER.

3. “I’m a sucker for time travel romance fiction. Books like the Outlander series and The Time Traveler’s Wife are my romance jam. One time travel romance novel that I absolutely loved is Overseas by Beatriz Williams. Overseas is a sweeping romance that seamlessly takes readers between 2007-08 U.S. and 1916 France. With Kate Wilson, Williams has created a multifaceted heroine who will intrigue readers. Julian Laurence, Kate’s love interest, is handsome, smart, and Emily Post would thoroughly approve of his manners. If the other qualities I mentioned aren’t enough, he’s also a poet. I’m pretty sure Carly Simon wrote Nobody Does It Better about Julian. Maybe Julian had a brief stop over in in 1970s? Just sayin’… If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day read Overseas has it all: romance, suspense, and great characters you’ll fall in love with.” – the beautiful and talented Mandy Boles (How had I not heard of this book until now? I need to read Overseas. Like now… And rock out to some Carly Simon. Thanks a lot, MANDY!)

4. “Hi guys, Katie flattered me and asked me to chime in with one of my favorite romantic books, and I wanted to mention a great unconventional one – The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke. Cat grows up with Finn, her very own personal robot. As she becomes an adult and the world is changing to accept robots as individuals with their own rights, she struggles with the feelings she has for him. I know, I know – a lady in love with a robot! But somehow the author just makes it WORK, and it’s a beautiful thing. And who knows – we live in the Digital Age. It might even become relevant to us a few decades from now.”– The utterly brilliant Sarah from Sarah Says Read. (Holy CRAP, Sarah! Robot love? This sounds crazy… Crazy awesome!)

 5. And because Sarah has the best opinions… “What is on my mind right now is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion! I just finished re-reading it (for The Fellowship of the Worms, YAY), and it’s so light-hearted and sweet and has so many funny shenanigans. It’s basically a really awesome rom-com, but a book. Just read it. You’ll fall in love with Don and Rosie.” (I know I did!)

6. “If I could have been born into another lifetime, I would take Austen’s Victorian England. Even during my jaded and angry phases, I’ve always been a hopeful romantic, so it’s no surprise to me that Pride and Prejudice remains my favorite literary love story of all time. The magic of un-judging someone and falling in love with the whole of them, quirkiness, bizarre family and all is pretty stellar.” – The Quirkiest Chrissy… Of Quirky Chrissy. Naturally.

7. “Though Helen Fielding is now dead to me, Bridget Jones’s Diary as a modernization of Pride and Prejudice left nothing to be desired. Add the klutziness and foolishness of Bridget to Elizabeth Bennet’s family dynamic and you basically have me, in search of my own Darcy.”– The girl who, as my college roommate, joined me in naming a gaggle of house plants after Bridget Jones characters: Quirky Chrissy. (The good news? She found her Darcy, and his name is Brian.)

8. Jen of The Relentless Reader has a soft spot for The Song of Achilles, and rightfully so: “It’s one of those books that brings to mind the words epic and sweeping. It’s suspenseful and romantic, with some of the most beautiful language that’s ever been put down on paper. The love story is one of the most believable that I’ve read. The Trojan War, the cranky Greek Gods and Goddesses…this is a book not to be missed.” She is right, as usual, because this book is amazing. It isn’t your conventional love story, but it is SO SO SO good. If you don’t believe me, I gushed about it in a review here.

What are some of your favorite swoonworthy love stories, Bookworms? I simply must know!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all my blogging pals who gave me blurbs and inspiration! You all rock!

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Feb 04

Top Ten Tuesday: Tearjerkers!

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Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Being emotional, to a rather embarrassing degree, I am of the opinion that few things are as cathartic as having a good cry. If that good cry is at the expense of a book, all the better. This week the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list our favorite tearjerkers. I hope you brought some tissues!

TTT Tears

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (my review): I cried some ugly tears upon finishing this book. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, crying. Once I finally fell asleep I had a dream that one of my favorite people had cancer. Excellent book with high probability of emotional scarring.

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (my review): I love this book for so many reasons, but it tore at every last one of my heart strings. I should have KNOWN having Death as a narrator was a harbinger of the weepies!

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (my review): I bawled the contact lenses right out of my eyes reading this. No lie.

4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult: I read this the year I graduated college. I was living by myself, so I have no witnesses to attest to the ugly cry that came to be at the end of this book. Curses to the movie that changed the ending. Curses, I say!

5. Still Alice by Lisa Genova (my review): Getting inside the head of someone losing her memory to early onset Alzheimer’s was heartbreaking… It hit me especially hard because of some family experiences. Dementia sucks hard.

6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (my review): Oh man, Eleanor’s home life had me in pieces. I wanted to jump through the pages to rescue her, but that would have meant stealing her from Park!

7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: Being in love is tough enough, but when the love of your life can’t manage to stay in one spot in TIME? I cried with Claire, big time.

8. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (my review): Sometimes when your best friend is a spy you get put in really, really horrible circumstances. Like. Really.

9. Fall On Your Knees by Ann Marie MacDonald: This book! The tears came out on several different occasions. I loooove it, even though it broke my heart into thousands of pieces.

10.Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (my review): I’m not sure I want to know anybody who made it through this book with dry eyes! Finn! Toby! I can’t even!

Okay Bookworms, it’s your turn. What are your favorite tearjerkers? 

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Jan 28

I Don’t Even Want to Go There! (Top Ten Tuesday)

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Greetings Bookworms,

It’s Tuesday and the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have a fabulous topic for us today. They’ve asked us to list out societies we’d never want to live in and/or characters we’d never want to trade places with. Dystopias and post-apocalyptic novels are some of my favorite books, so I’m really excited! Let’s get to listing, shall we?

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1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (my review): Hmmmm, let’s think. Why wouldn’t I want to live in a world where women are enslaved and used strictly to breed children? Maybe I picked the husband I wanted and have no desire to be reassigned by a terrifying religious government. Maybe it’s because if I’m going to grow a kid, I’d like to keep it. Maybe it’s because they no longer allow women to read?! Plus, that whole winged hat thing is a bad look for me.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Children fighting to the death. For sport. Even if you don’t get chosen yourself, your kid someday might. Let’s talk about the worst thing ever. I think this is pretty much it.

Try not to cry. I dare you. (Source)

Try not to cry. I dare you. (Source)

3. The Passage by Justin Cronin (my review): I had some serious anxiety reading about the people living in the compound. Nearly 100 years since the vampire apocalypse, this fledgling society lives on a wing and a prayer… And the rapidly deteriorating battery powered lights that keep them from being eaten every night. 

4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (my review): We never find out exactly what happened to the world, but nothing grows, everything is coated in ash, and there are bands of cannibals roaming the countryside. It’s so freaking BLEAK, and I don’t want to go there ever, ever, ever!

5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: How would you like to grow up knowing that you were a clone being used for spare parts? Don’t get too attached to those kidneys now, kids.

6. World War Z by Max Brooks (my review): I had SO MANY NIGHTMARES reading this book. It’s a fantastic look at what would happen to the world during a zombie apocalypse.

7. The Stand by Stephen King (my review): As if surviving the deadliest strain of the flu EVER and trying to find other survivors weren’t enough of a challenge, the friggin devil incarnate is out there causing trouble? Yep, I could live my life without going through THAT madness.

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (my review): Oh, I won’t lie. There are days when a dose of Soma sounds like a grand idea… But I’m not big on societally mandated orgies. Sorry y’all.

9. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (my review): Nuclear War is THE WORST. I don’t want to live through that.

10. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin: I don’t know what’s the worst thing about living in this world. The brutal “justice” meted out by wicked royals? There’s no telling when winter will end? The friggin zombie things living behind the ice wall? Heck, Martin is so fond of killing off characters I’d probably already be dead. Westeros, I shan’t be visiting!

Alright Bookworms, it’s your turn! What books would you NOT want to be sucked into??? 

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