Top Ten Tuesday: Gotta Have it

Top Ten TuesdayYup, it’s that wonderful day of the week again, Tuesday!  Brought to us by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish (clicking on the above graphic will take you there), Top Ten Tuesday lets us bare our bookish souls.
This week is a topic I’m sure people think about every time they walk past their bookshelf–books that were MUST HAVE NOWs that are still…unread.  Their spines uncreased, their pages untouched.  But had to have it right then omg!

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

1.  The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern–I’ve wanted to read this pretty much since it came out, and when I ordered my husband’s birthday present from Amazon in late September, I also ordered myself a copy of this.  And it’s still sitting on my shelf unread, and has even been on TWO TBR lists (both fall and spring) because I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

2.  The Plains of Passage by Jean M Auel–probably my longest “must have but is still unread”.  I think I may have actually started it a time or two, but something always stops me from reading past the first chapter.  I think, at the moment, what’s keeping me from reading it is the sheer size–I have soo many books to read that I could read 4 in the time it would take me to read this one!

3. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien–okay, while I technically did not buy this (friends gave me a really nice leather-bound edition along with a really nice leather-bound edition of the trilogy as a bridesmaid’s gift for their wedding), I still haven’t read it, and like The Night Circus, it has also made it onto 2 TBR lists.

4.  Impact by Douglas Preston–I, as a habit, will generally pick up anything written by Preston&Child, whether it be their collaborations or their stand alones.  I picked up Impact over a year ago after a book club meeting because it was on the clearance shelf at Barnes and Noble.

5.  Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig–picked this up at an estate sale over the summer, and paid way too much for it (I still keep thinking that they should have garage sale prices…and when I say I paid too much, I paid $2 for it).  I didn’t realize that Margaret Mitchell’s estate had authorized *another* Gone with the Wind related novel…you’d think they’d have learned their lesson with Scarlett!

6.  several of the Hallows series by Kim Harrison–a friend sent me an arc of A Perfect Blood, which was cool, but I was also 2-3 books behind at that point (I had already picked up Pale Demon, though), which meant…yup, had to go out and get the ones I was missing so I could read the arc.  As with The Night Circus and the Hobbit, this set of books has also been on 2 TBR lists…

7.  My Very Dearest Anna by Kara Martinelli–another book I technically didn’t buy, my husband did.  This was also compiled by a friend of ours, and she’s read *my* book, and I just haven’t gotten to hers yet…oops!

8.  Envy by Anna Godberson–it was the LAST copy on BAM’s teen clearance section, so I just haaaaaaaad to get it so I didn’t miss out on it!  Of course, the next time I went in to BAM, there were three copies on the shelf…heh!  But still, LOVE the Luxe series, and I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet!

9.  A Lion Among Men by Gregory Macguire–another book snatched from a clearance shelf, it even made it onto one of my “shelf of 10” shelves…and I *still* didn’t read it!  I think some of that had to do with the fact it was actually book 11 of 10 (heh), and by that point I was just tired of reading a set amount of books.

10.  The Secret Country by Pamela Dean–I didn’t buy this, I picked it up at last year’s Reading Festival, but I also remember telling someone that I’d read it then pass it on to her.  It’s been over a year since that Festival…


Top Ten Tuesday Romantic Edition

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s the Tuesday before Valentine’s Day, so the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish gave us a romantic topic to tackle–Our top ten romances!  I suppose you could do this several ways:  top ten romance books, top ten romances in books, etc.  I may end up with a mix, we’ll see!

February 12: Top Ten Favorite Romances

1.  Claire and Jamie Frasier from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon–though my lists are usually in no particular order (and this one will mostly be, as well), Claire and Jamie have to be my top romantic pair *ever*.  Torn from her beloved husband in 1945 after only a few days together on a well deserved post-war vacation, Claire tumbles through a set of standing stones only to fine…an even greater love.  Tall, hairy, Scottish and years younger than her, Jamie swoops in and rescues her from her husband’s distant and twin in looks relative, thus starting one of the greatest literary romances.

2.  Mary Elizabeth Porter and Wolf Mackenzie from Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard–the first actual romance book I ever read, and my all time favorite.  Mary Elizabeth moves to a small mountain town somewhere (Wyoming?  Colorado?  Colorado I think, it’s been a while) to teach, and ends up falling head over heels for one of her student’s fathers, the wild and dangerous half-breed Wolf Mackenzie.  The first time they do it (hey, I was in 8th grade, okay?) is in the middle of a tremendous thunder storm with the windows open.

3.  Vanyel and Tylendel from the Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey–Tylendel loves Vanyel so much that he actually gets reincarnated as bard so that they can be together after ‘Lendel’s life is cut tragically short.  *dreamy sigh*

4.  Sparkhawk and Elenia from the Elenium by David Eddings–he was her tutor, but she knew almost from the minute she saw him at 6 years old that she would marry him.  Sparhawk would do anything in the world to save the delicate princess he raised from being harmed, not realizing the effect he had on a shy, impressionable little girl.

5.  Eve Dallas and Rourke from the In Death series by JD Robb–we liberated a lot of this series over the weekend, touting it as futuristic mystery novels, which they *are*, but there is also a deep and abiding love story buried within those pages, as well.  Rourke has a shady and troubled past, and Eve hides from her own, but together they help get each other through the bad times with support and never-ending love.  Doesn’t hurt that Rourke is the richest man in the galaxy, either, when it comes to helping Eve solve some of her crimes.

6.  Stephanie Plum and Ranger from the By the Numbers series by Janet Evanovitch–sure, Stephanie should *probably* pick Joe Morelli instead, but there’s just something about Ranger–I mean, he’s described as a Cuban Batman, supplies Stephanie with a never-ending supply of black cars, and calls her Babe.  *swoon*

7.  Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell–Rhett is one of my very first literary boyfriends–and the fact that he’s played by Clark Gable in the movie?  Just…yes.  He’s dashing and mysterious, and sweeps in to save Scarlett when she most needs it.  It’s just too bad she’s too obsessed with Ashley Wilkes (though I totally get that, too, Ashley’s *such* a gentleman) to realize how much Rhett actually loves her until it’s far too late.

8.  Cassie and Adam from the Secret Circle by LJ Smith–bound together by a silver cord from the first time they meet, Cassie must deal with the fact that her soulmate is in love with another girl, her best friend, and deal with it as best she can.

And for a few “nontraditional” romances to round out the list:

9.  Alec and the Black Stallion from the Black Stallion series by Walter Farley–A horse and his boy, stranded on a desert island after a shipwreck.  I read as many of these books as I could get my hands on in elementary/middle school.

10.  Jack Reacher and The Road from the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child–Reacher doesn’t like to be tied down to anything, so he carries all he owns in his pockets–a toothbrush, an ATM card, and a comb.  He buys new clothes when the old ones get too smelly/dirty and only stays in one place long enough to earn money to keep travelling around the country.  He’s only happy if he’s moving, it’s just too bad for him that trouble moves around just as much as he does.

Top Ten Tuesday

Holy crap, I almost forgot it was Tuesday!  I blame NaNoWriMo, honestly.  Heck, I didn’t even *do* last week’s list–I just didn’t have the brainpower to come up with my own topic.

This week we get to tell you what books we’d take on a desert island-this should be AWESOME!  When I was little, sometimes I’d gather up a bunch of stuffed animals and an assortment of books and move a footstool into the spare bedroom and set up the bed like it was a raft lost on the ocean.  I’d only have with me the things I could fit on my “raft”.  I didn’t use my bed because I had a double bed growing up (getting used to a single bed in college was rough, let me tell you) because it was too big, and the spare room had a single bed in it–perfect!  I’m sure I brought more than 10 books with me, but I have practice sorting and picking!

Top Ten Books I’d want on a Desert Island

1.  The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough–no joke, I’ve been “reading” this book since high school, and having it on a desert island would get me to actually finish it.  Though, at this time, I’m sure I’d have to start over, but it’s okay, I have a lot of time on my hands being stranded on a desert island and all.

2.  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott–love this story, and if I didn’t have a TBR pile longer than I am tall, I’d reread this a lot.

3.  Beauty Queens by Libba Bray–while I have not read this book yet, it’s about girls stranded on a desert island after a plane crash, so maybe I’d learn a few things to help me get by.

4.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell–another one of my favorites, and it’s over 1000 pages long, so it’d be a great desert island read!

5.  The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey–I’m assuming there is an omnibus of this *somewhere*, so I’m taking all three.  Honestly, it could be any of Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar trilogies and I’d be happy.

6.  Birth of the Firebringer trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce (ha, see a pattern here?  I love that publishers have a tendency to make omnibuses of trilogies)–I loved Birth of the Firebringer growing up, and was ecstatic when they released the original trilogy again, as trying to get one off Ebay for cheaper than $25 was just not happening.

7.  The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings–Althalus is pretty much all of Eddings’ other books compacted and boiled down into one book, and it’s one of my favorites.

8.  Killing Floor by Lee Child–Love Jack Reacher, and this is the first book in the series.  And perhaps, if I run into some native wildlife, reading about Reacher’s badassery will inspire me to…be a badass myself.

9.  The Cabinet of Curiosities by Preston and Child–this is the first Aloysius Pendergast book that I read, and it was twisted and fascinating and just *so darn good*.  I read everything by these authors that I can get my hands on.

10.  The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern–the fact that I want to read and review things that I’ve been given for free, I’m having a really hard time getting around to reading this book–I’ve picked it up several times, but then put it back because I still have 3 books left on my goodreads winner list to read and review, as well as 4 or 5 things on my Kindle.  Having this on a desert island without any of those books removes that pressure!

And there’s 600 words I could have put in my novel…heh!

Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Books That Make You Think

1.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell–when I was younger and reading the book, it made me think of how romantic the old South was, and how neat it would be to be a Southern Belle with the beautiful dresses and dozens of beaus just waiting to dance with me at the neighborhood BBQs.  Now, it makes me think about how slavery and war impacted not only the people back then, but how it still affects us today.  Reading parts of this book now just makes me cringe at the language that was commonplace up until recently.

2.  The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins–what if we did live in a society that made us sacrifice teenagers for whatever reason?  Would we rise up against the government that required it, or would we passively take it year after year?  What series of events would have to take place for us to even *get* to where the Hunger Games takes place?

3.  The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd–makes me despair that I could ever be a writer.  Every sentence in that book is carefully crafted, beautifully molded before being put on the page for us to read.  This book has a ton of bad reviews on Goodreads (I also have not read The Secret Life of Bees, but I did watch the movie when it was on Lifetime not to long ago), and I’m really not sure why, as it is beautifully and elegantly written.  Maybe it was just a little *too* perfect?  Probably not…I don’t think people liked the subject matter very much and couldn’t look past that to the lyrical and smooth writing.

4.  Summer Sisters by Judy Blume–one of the rare books I’d read cover to cover, sigh, then start right back over again.  It makes you think about the friendships you had when you were in elementary school, and wonder how you drifted so far away from those bosom buddies you thought you’d never leave behind.

5.  Any book by Lauren Conrad, Hillary Duff, Snooki, the Kardashians, etc–makes me think how on EARTH can these people get published (though I have to admit, despite a MAJOR plot flaw, Elixir by Hillary Duff was a surprisingly good read) when there are fantastic authors out there struggling to find an agent and get published.  I know that they have ghost writers mostly writing the books, but what I’ve read of them is just…abysmal and childish.
And yes, I know the answer to my question is “they’re famous!” but it still chaps my ass.  🙂

6.  A Case of Need by Micheal Crichton–first published in 1969, I read it for the first time last year.  It takes place when abortion was illegal, and the main character’s friend is accused of performing illegal abortions, one of which killed a patient.  With the hubbub surrounding women’s health and rights right now, it was a great novel to read and made me think about how much better our health care is now than it was in the 60s…but how those rights and health care are now in danger.

7.  13 Years in a America by Melanie Steele–written by a Canadian who marries an American, chronicling their lives for the past 13 years.  It’s fascinating both for the fact that I have friends who live that life (she’s Canadian, he’s American) and by the fact that the author has no problem pursing her dreams but at the same time won’t let her husband use his college degree and get a job that would provide well for their family.  This book was also a Kickstarter project, and you can find it for free on  Makes me wonder if Kickstarter would work for me…

8.  Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd–can someone really have the technology to do everything that A does as well as being able to keep up with and spy on all of our favorite Liars?  What would it take to be *that* good of a stalker?  Would it be possible AND go to high school maintaining a perfect front and a straight A average?  I…I really don’t think so?

9.  The In Death series by J.D. Robb–it’s set in the not so distant future, in a dark, dirty and gritty NYC post Urban Wars.  They have cars that can fly, space stations where you can live and vacation (such as Vegas II), and most of their food seems to be made out of flavored soy products.  When I read this series, which I believe is set in the 2050s, I wonder if this could (minus the fictional Urban War destruction) actually be somewhat close to what our future looks like.
It also makes me wonder why I like a series by Nora Roberts…but it’s not her usual drippy sappy crap–it’s actually *got* a storyline with a chaser of an awesome romance between hard cop Eve Dallas and former pick pocket turned millionaire playboy Rourke.

10.  Carry the One by Carol Anshaw–funny how one event can shape the lives of a group of friends–and how differently the react.  One turns to drugs and alcohol while another just tries to live a perfect life.  Makes me think about how I might react to something as tragic as the event that sent their lives spinning out of control, even if the effects aren’t felt for years to come.