Top Ten Tuesday: Most Owned Authors

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Top Ten Most Owned Authors: This is pretty timely because Kayla posted something similar recently and I was getting ready to put something together myself.

  1. Gabrielle Zevin (a million Books): I actually have no idea how many but it’s multiple copies of everything because my interview with Gabrielle is in the paperbacks of Birthright books 1 and 2.
  2. Carolyn MacCullough (more than five): I have everything MacCullough has written except for Falling Through Darkness. Also I have several copies of her galley of Always a Witch because I’m quoted on the cover.
  3. Maggie Stiefvater (9 books): Thanks to BEA, judicious purchases and generous gifts from Nicole, I currently own everything Stiefvater has published. Given how much I love her books, this will likely continue and eventually pose a terrible problem for me and my shelves.
  4. Victoria Schwab (4 books): Everything Victoria has written except her middle grades and a number that is sure to only climb from here.
  5. Robin LaFevers (7 books): These are arcs so maybe they don’t count? But I have LaFevers’ entire Nathaniel Fludd series to date as well as her His Fair Assassin books.
  6. Garth Nix (5 books): For those of you keeping count that is everything Nix has written about the Old Kingdom to date. (OMG Clariel was so good. Someone else read it so we can talk!)
  7. Elizabeth Eulberg (5 books): I am in the dangerous habit of buying everything Eulberg writes which should probably stop for my shelves’ sake.
  8. Melina Marchetta (5 books): I haven’t read past Finnikin but I have her entire Lumatere Chronicles as well as Saving Francesca and the Piper’s Son which are two of my favorite books of all time. I sometimes regret not buying her other two books when I had the chance to get them signed but I’ll live.
  9. Sarah Beth Durst (4 books): Maybe four? I don’t know. I have Enchanted Ivy, Drink Slay Love, The Lost, Chasing Power and I think there might be another one floating around. (This is what happens when your bookshelves have no discernible organization.)
  10. Sarah Rees Brennan (5 books): This includes Sarah’s Demon series and Unspoken and Untold. Obviously it will increase when her next book comes out because duh.
  11. Maureen Johnson (4 books): This was higher until I decided I was so mad about The Madness Underneath that I decided I would not buy the rest of the series nor keep The Name of the Star. I still have the first two Scarlett books and The Last Little Blue Envelope.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

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Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island:

In truth, there is actually only one correct answer to this question. That answer is MacGyver.

Who else but everyone’s favorite 1980s TV Star would get you off that island with a raft made of your hair ties, some tic tacs and a few palm fronds? That’s right. No one else.

That said, if you insist on not traveling with Macgyver, these book characters would be my top picks to survive (and get off) a deserted island:

  1. Katniss from The Hunger Games: Since the entire series is basically about Katniss surviving things, I’m pretty sure she’d be a good deserted island buddy. She would help you find food and build a shelter and you know she wouldn’t rest until you both made it off the island. (Note: if the island has a giant cornucopia, disregard all of that information and run. You’re on your own. I’m sorry.)
  2. Katsa from Graceling: With her very useful Grace, Katsa is skilled in all sorts of things from fighting to surviving in the woods. Katsa is also fiercely loyal, so once you’re on her good side you’re really golden.
  3. Anyone from The Outlaws of Sherwood: Oh how I rue the fact that I gave away my copy of this book. That said, if you’re looking for people who can survive anywhere, Robin Hood and his Merry Men are probably a good pick.
  4. Eugenides from The Thief OR Sophos from A Conspiracy of Kings: While his skills aren’t always obvious, Eugenides is pretty clever and more than likely to survive in any situation. Much like Eugenides, you wouldn’t think Sophos would be much in the way of surviving, well, anything. But Sophos is smart and overcomes all sorts of difficulties in his book (the latest in the much-loved Queen’s Thief series) so I’d trust him on a deserted island!
  5. Pell from The Bride’s Farewell: Pell leaves her home (in 1850s England) to escape an arranged marriage and choose her own life. Along the way she runs into lots of trouble but she never once waivers and what’s more, she makes it.

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Top Ten Tuesdays: TV Shows

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While you’re here, be sure to also sign up for the Summer Box Swap I’m co-hosting with Nicole the Book Bandit! Sign ups run through July 19!

I watch a lot of TV but here are some of my current favorites:

  1. Big Brother–I’ve been watching this reality show since the first season and have no plans to stop now. I secretly dream of being on the show but I think I’d probably have a breakdown in the first week.
  2. Longmire–This is a great show about a small town sheriff and cool mysteries. Robert Taylor is fantastic as are supporting cast members Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackoff and Bailey Chase. I can’t recommend it enough!
  3. Suits–while I hate seeing Mike and Harvey fight this season. I love this sleek lawyer show. Especially for Donna and Louis.
  4. Endeavor–This is a Masterpiece Mystery series about a young Inspector Morse. Set in the 1960s it’s a really thoughtful, well-done English mystery.
  5. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries–Australian mystery set in the 1920s based on a book series. This show is zany and fun but honestly it would be worth watching just for the clothes.
  6. Death in Paradise–Oh look, another British mystery. This one is set on the island of Saint Marie. I still haven’t recovered fully from Ben Miller leaving the show but it’s a lot of fun.
  7. Scott & Bailey–(Along with 4, 5, 6 this is another show I watch on PBS–I feel like I should donate to them.) This is a weird soap opera cop procedural that is oddly compelling and always ends abruptly so I feel like I can’t stop watching.
  8. Reckless–new lawyer show on CBS. It’s kind of like time traveling to 2000 because three of the stars are Cam Giganet, Adam Rodriguez and Shawn Hatosy.
  9. Major Crimes–I watch a lot of cop shows, okay? This is a cop show with heart and madness and a great ensemble cast. I would pick a favorite but I can’t even decide.
  10. Taxi Brooklyn–This show has a terrible title. But it’s actually a really good cop show (act shocked, go ahead!) about a woman cop whose license is revoked so she has to work with an immigrant taxi driver (who used to be a wheel man in a crime ring in France) to get around. Sounds insane but it’s kind of great.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

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While you’re here, be sure to also sign up for the Summer Box Swap I’m co-hosting with Nicole the Book Bandit! Sign ups run through July 19!

And now here are some secrets from my blogger self:

  1. I save arcs: Instead of buying new copies of books I read and loved I’ll often keep arcs and even bring them to an author signing. I know it’s not the best practice but I fell/hope blogging about the book helps balance out the fact that I don’t (can’t) buy all the books I want.
  2. I don’t re-read: It has to be a really, really, really good book for me to re-read it. The only time I actively re-read a series was Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief books as I prepared to read Book Four.
  3. Different covers don’t bother me: I like when books are packaged well and look similar but if it’s repackaged mid-series that’s okay too. My Megan Whalen Turner books all have different covers. Some are even discarded library copies. The horror!
  4. I’m a terrible commenter: This is my greatest shame as a blogger. I rarely read/comment on other posts. I’ve been trying to get better about that but it’s a constant struggle. (That said I love being a part of conversations so I love comments here and always try to comment on posts when I do sit down and read some!)
  5. I worked in a bookstore–and I hated it: This isn’t such a big secret for regular readers. BUT during a low point when I was underemployed I spent some time working at an indie bookstore. And it was awful. I loved the books part and the people part but the retail part sucked so bad.
  6. I have a really low tolerance for Middle Grades: I want to like middle grade books but I very often don’t. My willing suspension of disbelief always stretches thin and I find myself getting hyper-critical of books geared toward middle graders. So it has to be really exceptional for me to get into/through a middle grade. I also as a consequence am not the most well-read in this area.
  7. I skim: I skim if I don’t like a book. I skim if I like it so much I’m desperate to know what happens next. I skim if I have doubts about the ending. I have no compunction about peeking at the ending. Sometimes I have ruined a book twist for myself in this way but sometimes I’ve saved myself a lot of grief too.
  8. I don’t care about series: I will start series books no problem but just because I read the first one, I have no compunction walking away from the series. If I don’t love it, I’m not spending more time on it.
  9. I read backwards: If I’m not enjoying a book or want to motor through it, I will read it backwards. What that means is after reading the first 50-100 pages I’ll go back and read the last page. Then the last chapter. Then the second last chapter. Until it all makes sense.
  10. I collect hoard books: I own way too many read books for someone who doesn’t re-read (I also have about 100 unread books but that’s a different story). But I collect signed books as mementos. I have several copies and multiple editions of books I love for various reasons including the fact that I’m quoted in some. It’s silly but I think of them as reference materials. And I like having them nearby. Sometimes when I remember that I own a book I really, really love it just cheers me up. Does that happen to you?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Classics Edition

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Trying to get back into the swing of Top Ten Tuesday so you can check out this AND my July Reading Challenge today!

So here are some classics on my TBR list that I’m likely not getting to any time soon (alas):

  1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (the last of her “big” works that I have to read)
  2. Romola by George Eliot
  3. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  4. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  5. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  6. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  7. The Pickwick Papersby Charles Dickens
  8. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  9. Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
  10. Open Spot for something I forgot!

And for fun, here are some of my favorite classics I have read:

  1. A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  3. Felix Holt, the Radical by George Eliot
  4. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  6. Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
  7. The Hobbit/LOTR by J. R. R. Tolkien
  8. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  9. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  10. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  11. Bonus I just Remembered: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Want

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I’m a lucky duck and already own quite a few bookish things. So this list can actually be boiled down to one awesome site with several options:

Litographs

Litographs use the entire text of a book to create blocks for iconic images from books including Anne of Green Gables and Around the World in 80 Days among other options.

As an Emma I feel obligated to have an interest in items featuring Emma by Jane Austen (see also this Kate Spade “Emma” notebook I simply had to buy myself). So, obviously, I desperately want something from the Litographs Emma line.

I am leaning strongly toward buying this shirt but the poster and tote bag are equally tempting.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books

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Ha. Unique books is really hard because obviously I have a lot of books I like (are you shocked).

But when I saw this prompt really only two books came to mind:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Both books completely blew my mind and if you stick with the series the way these authors pull together plot threads and world building is simply dazzling.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Bucket List

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Things I really want to do as a reader/blogger:

  1. Start a meme/feature/whatever it’s called. Okay so Nicole and I already have a plan for this but we’re still ironing out details. I think it’s going to be awesome and I’m hoping for an April debut.
  2. More Synchronized Reading with Nicole. We already know our next book is Imaginary Girls. We just, again, have to figure out details.
  3. Flashback Posts: I want to start highlighting some older posts I wrote. I haven’t figured out a cute name yet but I’m thinking something like “This week in 2007” and then just talk briefly about the posts that . . . posted. This is set up and ready to go in August!
  4. Blogging every day in April. This is something I do sporadically when I have the time. But this year I am definitely doing it. Since April is National Poetry Month there will be  some regularly scheduled programming but also lots of poem related posts too. I’m excited!
  5. More cute buttons: Can this count as a thing? I want to make more cute buttons like my TTT one for different features. I like making the graphics and I think they add a nice something to the posts.
  6. Get rid of more books. I’m in the continuing (forever) process of reading back list books and getting rid of ones I don’t want. So I already got rid of a bunch and I’m getting more out. I spent a gift card I got from my aunt on my birthday (*waves because she reads this sometimes*) so no more book buying now.
  7. Blog birthday stuff: I am doing my annual birthday giveaway again in August, of course, and it’s going to be awesome because the blog is turning SEVEN! I’ve already been squirreling away books and there’s lots of fun stuff I’ll be giving away. LOTS.
  8. That’s actually it right now. I’m planning for BEA (yes already) and other things but really. Things are pretty under control.

What are some goals you want to knock off that list?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring To Read Books

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This one is pretty easy because I have had to be very regimented about my reading lately. I even have a checklist in my phone. (Which of course guarantees I don’t want to read any of the relevant books. Alas.) Some of them are being read for super secret reasons so you’ll just have to guess about when/if I’ll talk about them here :)

UPDATE: I realized I wrote this so far in advance that I had read a lot of the books! Yay for new books to add to the list!

  1. The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu
  2. Blind by Rachel DeWoskin
  3. The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Yee
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  5. Blank Confession by Pete Hautman
  6. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  7. Scat by Carl Hiassen
  8. Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer
  9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  10. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan C. Bradley
  11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (I’ll be done with this by the time it points but I list it so as to document the fact that it felt like this book would never, ever end.)

So here are the five replacements. (Sadly some of the above are on hold from the library so they are taking FOREVER to get to me.)

  1. Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy (You can’t necessarily tell from the blog but I love Terra and she is partly why I blog every day in April. So excited to finally read this!)
  2. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (I am reading this right now and I maintain that the only way it makes sense is if Sutter is a sociopath and murders everyone by the end. There is just no other way this can go.)
  3. The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (I’m due for a fun NY book and Gabrielle Zevin blurbed it.)
  4. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (Because I loved the first book and need more. Duh.)
  5. Open spot for the sequels I am desperately waiting for but are not out yet. (The One by Kiera Cass–I had preordered but I might wait and read it first in case it makes me want to throw something. Isla and the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers, The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton, Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel.)

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fantasies

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So here are ten of my favorite fantasies that I haven’t talked ad infinitum about recently (I read a ton of fantasies so think of this more as a current favorites list!)

  1. The New Policeman by Kate Thompson: The start of a series that has MG/YA crossover this is a charming story of Ireland and fairies as well as the even rarer magic of family.
  2. The Blue Girl by Charles De Lint: Imogen thinks it’s strange when she starts seeing her imaginary friend again. Then come the ghosts and the other, harder to define things–that’s when the story gets really good.
  3. Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough: Delaney wants nothing to do with her father or his weirdly sterile LA home. But she doesn’t have a choice about that. Or, it seems, about her father’s very unique heritage.
  4. Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough: Tamsin is used to being the “normal” one in her family of witches. But sometimes being normal can lead to some very special adventures.
  5. Sea Change by Aimee Friedman: Miranda is used to being logical and analytical. But everything she knows is turned upside when she spends a summer at Selkie Island.
  6. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: When I say this book I really mean the entire series. I never cease to be amazed by how tightly this series is plotted.
  7. Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin: Phoebe is a great heroine in this story of friendship and betrayal and decidedly NOT romance.
  8. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell: This verse retelling of Arthurian legend had since become canon for me. I will accept no other version as accurate. There is only this version.
  9. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly: I’ve been thinking about this book a lot lately with its blend of magic realism, history and music. So good. So rich.
  10. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: A retelling of Peter Pan with a focus on Tiger Lily, as narrated by Tinkerbell. I didn’t think it would be a personal favorite but here I am still thinking about it two years after I read it.

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