Top Ten Tuesday: Crush

Top Ten TuesdayHello Tuesday!  I haven’t been writing much, but I think once I get into the swing of the new job (and stop being so darn tired, omg!) and get rid of this pesky cold that’s still hanging around, I’ll be back in the saddle again.  Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is brought to you by the wonderful Broke and the Bookish!

This week we’re talking FICTIONAL CRUSHES!  This might be hard for me, while I do have a couple of “go to” guys, I don’t really crush that much on fictional characters, to be honest.  Sure, I like them in the context of the books, but…well, they’re fictional and generally already paired up with some awesome female character…or if they aren’t, they will be eventually.  So we’ll see how this goes…

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

1.  James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Frasier from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon–*swoon*.  Redheaded Highlander that fights like a badass and loves like a badass and is just generally the most awesome male character ever written.  Probably the main reason I don’t really have a huge list piled up already…because he just ruins you for anyone else.

2.  Joe Morelli/Ranger from the By the Numbers series by Janet Evanovitch–in a pinch, I’d totally pick Ranger.  His most used description uses the words Cuban Batman.  Um, yeah.  Batman.  Please and thank you!  Morelli’s more marriage material, though, so he does deserve a spot on the list, too.

3.  Jericho Barrons from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moaning–he’s tall, dark, and mysterious.  He also appears to be immortal and from the descriptions from Dreamfever, also perhaps the world’s best lover.  He might be an asshole to Mac most of the time, but he sure does know how to treat a lady when he wants.

4.  Buddy Threadgoode from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg–okay, so this started out as a movie crush, but I think I liked him more after reading the book.  A fantastic older brother that died young tragically.  Okay, so maybe not the best choice for a book crush, but you had to love how he treated Idgie and that’s enough in my book.

5.  Rourke from the In Death series by JD Robb–the richest man in the universe, and he is fiercely devoted to a NYC lieutenant…to find someone with that amount of devotion AND he has the resources to fulfil your every wish?  Oh yeah…he’s right up there with Jamie Frasier up there.

6.  Jinx from The Hallows series by Kim Harrison–okay, so he’s a pixie, but he has a wicked sense of humor and a huge sense of loyalty.  I almost died the book where he turned into a human male.  SO.  AWESOME.

7.  Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell–another great literary character, I always loved how dashing Rhett was, especially the scene where he comes in and buys a dance from Scarlett even though she’s still supposed to be in mourning for Charlie.

8.  Falcor from The Neverending Story by Micheal Ende–okay he’s a great big white dragon…but this is a holdover from when I was younger.  I didn’t so much have a “romantic” crush on him, but I still loved him dearly.

9.  Perrin from The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan–I just love Perrin and Faile’s story, about how Faile decided that Perrin was the one for her, it just took her telling him that for him to realize it.  Plus, he’s a blacksmith, and he does have arrrrrmmmmmmmssss (I used to have an arm fetish), and Rand is too crazy and Mat too unpredictable for me.  Give me the stable blacksmith anytime.

10.  Jack Reacher from the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child–He’s big (I love big guys), he’s quiet, and he has no need for material possessions.  I’ll admit, it mostly because he’s a big guy than anything else. I don’t think in reality I could handle a guy like Reacher, but in theory…he’d be fun for a week!


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome to Tuesday, my friends!  This weekend kicked my butt, but I’m ready to hop back into the bookish lifestyle and the best way to do that is to write about books, right?  Right?

Top Ten Authors That I’d Put On My Auto-Buy List

1.  Marissa Meyer–I just finished up Scarlet, and eagerly awaiting the next installment of the Lunar Chronicles.  Cinder was awesome, Scarlet was even *more* awesome.  Can’t wait to see exactly what happens in the next book.

2.  George RR Martin–I’m completely enthralled by Game of Thrones, and I love the intricate stories that Martin has intertwined in his world of Westeros.

3.  Kim Harrison–LOVE her Hallows series, and I’m really interested in reading her YA series, as well.  The only thing keeping me from actually buying that series is the fact that I already have way too much to read, but I have been known to pick up the Hallows books even though I’m 3 behind already….:D

4.  My friends–have to support my friends!  I’m lucky in the fact that I have several published author friends and that I can go out and buy their books.  I have Awakenings by DS Toles, Gift of the Dreamtime by Kelley Harrell, Spookygirl:  Paranormal Investigator by Jill Baguchinsky, On the Downbeat by Kylan Toles, and Zion’s Crossing by HT Barkman.  LOVE being able to read my friends’ books so much!

5.  Lisa Lutz–author of the Spellman novels, which are crazy and zany and just…so much fun!  I just can’t get enough of Isabel and her strange, wonderful family of PIs.  I think I’m caught up on actually *having* the books that are out…now just to actually get to reading them!

6.  Libba Bray–having devoured the Gemma Doyle books and somewhat enjoyed Beauty Queens, I find that I enjoy Bray’s writing style and sense of humor.  I have a copy of the Diviners on my Kindle, and I’ll be reading it as soon as I get through all of my “hey I got this for free I really need to read/review it!” books.

7.  Kendare Blake–I fell in love with Anna Dressed in Blood, and can’t wait to add more of her books to my collection!  I know the second book is out, so I need to get on that!

8.  Meg Cabot–she writes so many different types of books, from YA to paranormal to chic lit and more!  It’s so hard to keep up with everything she writes, but I try!

9.  Jeff Lindsay–author of the Dexter books, and one of the few series my husband and I can agree on.  Generally I’ll get him the book for his birthday or Christmas, but then I get to read it, as well.  🙂

10.  Lee Child–see above.  I LOVE the Reacher books, they’re so…immediate, and awesome.  As is Jack Reacher.  Don’t judge him by the terrible movie where he’s played by Tom Cruise!

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!

Top Ten Tuesday

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  It’s a brand new year and a brand new Top Ten Tuesday!  What a great way to start out the new year!  I’m also supposed to have a book club meeting tonight, but I have a feeling we’ll be postponing that until NEXT Tuesday, as all of our usual meeting spots will more than likely be closed.

I’m not going to lie–this topic is super easy for me, it’s almost like putting together another “shelf of 10” (and I can use this list as a shelf of 10 to kick off my new year, too!).  If you’re not familiar with the “shelf of 10”, it’s a list of 10 books that you say you will read in order until you finish it and usually composed of books that you’ve been saying for ages that you were going to read and just…never get around to because of new arrivals or whatever reason.
I kept my list to books that have already been released (otherwise…oof, that would have been horrible to decide!) and mostly stuck to books I actually own.  Mostly.  Oh, and I kept to books I own in physical copies, not on my Kindle (though see the end of the post for a list of Kindle books I’m looking forward to in 2013).

Top Ten Books I resolve to read in 2013

1.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern–I picked this up in October, when I cashed in a couple of Amazon gift cards to buy my husband his birthday Kindle as well as a couple of “treats” for me.  The Night Circus was one, and Soulless by Gail Carriger was the other.  I managed to read Soulless, but The Night Circus still hasn’t been touched yet.

2.  Black Magic Sanction/Pale Demon/A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison–okay, I’m lumping three books into this, but they’re all by the same author from the same series, so it’s counts!  😀  A friend of mine sent me her ARC of A Perfect Blood, which meant I had to procure the other two (I was a bit behind), and I’ve been picking them up and putting them down for a while now.  Too many new shiny books!

3.  Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier–I picked this up around Halloween, intending to read it as it showed up on a bunch of Halloween TTT this year, but I didn’t make it much past the first two paragraphs.  I went and read Christopher Pike, instead.

4.  Beauty Queens (or anything by this author) by Libba Bray–it’s after Christmas, and while my wonderful husband did listen to me somewhat (I got Firefly for Christmas, let’s hear it for Nathan Fillion’s naked butt!), I did not, despite my heavy-handed hints, get Beauty Queens for Christmas, so not only is this on my books to read for 2013, it’s also on my “have to GET this book in 2013”.

5.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer (and Scarlet, too!)–This also falls into the above category of “have to GET in 2013”.  A cyborg retelling of Cinderella, I have to get my hands on this!  I want to see exactly how Ms. Meyer manages to take the classic tale of Cinderella and manages to get cyborgs into the story.

6.  Still Alice by Lisa Genova–My mother in law lent this to me on Christmas Day, and as this book belongs to her sister, I’d like to get it read and returned to her in a timely fashion.  Everyone I know that’s read Lisa Genova says that her books are excellent, as well, so I’m wondering how she’ll stack up to my standards.

7.  The Secret Country by Pamela Dean–I picked this up last year at the Akron Reading Festival (my book club has a table every year where we gather up a TON of books and “release” them into the wilds…aka give away free books).  Of course, we also take some books for ourselves, last year I managed to keep it to a dozen, and this was one of them.  I promised to lend it to another girl in the club after I finished reading it, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet–though I know she’s not waiting impatiently for it, because she’s a teen librarian and…well, she has plenty of other books to keep her busy.

8.  A Wanted Man by Lee Child–the most recent Jack Reacher book in the series, it’s also about the ONLY books my husband and I both read (the other series we both read are the Dexter books).  I got this for him for Christmas, which is sort of a present for both of us–but I make sure he gets to read it first, as it is *his* book, after all.

9.  Tomb with a View by Casey Daniels–I’ve actually only read the first two books in the Pepper Martin series (Don of the Dead and The Chick and the Dead), but they are so cute and funny and they’re set about 45 minutes north of me (YAY LOCAL AUTHOR!).  I met her last year at the Buckeye Book Fair and picked up an autographed copy of Tomb with a View, but Tomb is like…book 7 in the series, so I have a bit of catching up to do before I can actually *get* to this book!  If you haven’t heard of this series and like light paranormal books (Pepper sees ghosts and tries to help them “move on”), you should definitely check this series out!

10.  The Hobbit–I read the trilogy, of course, but I haven’t gotten around to reading The Hobbit yet.  My friends, for their wedding, bought me really nice leather-bound boxed copies of both as bridesmaids gifts, and they’re both still in pristine condition in the plastic they came in.  This is one reason I haven’t made it to see the movie yet–the other is it’s impossible to get my husband to *go* to movies.  He doesn’t like crowded theaters and prefers to go when the movies is about a week from the DVD release, which is when we saw The Avengers for the first time.

Runners up (aka books on my Kindle)–Journal of a Lycanthrophile by Fierce Dolan (werewolf erotica), Fluke by David M Elliot and Bart J Hopkins (humorous romance?), The Housewife Assasin’s Handbook by Josie Brown (humorous fiction), Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (classic, Kindle Serial), The Final Apperance of America’s Favorite Girl Next Door by Stephen Stark (short story, fiction), Avalon Revisited by OM Grey (steampunk), The Complete Monster Exchange Program by Terri Bogard (YA short story compilation), Hacker Mom by Austin Rachlis (Kindle Serial), The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnell (paranormal, I think), Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (classic)

What’s on YOUR list for 2013?

Top Ten Tueday!

It’s that day of the week again!  Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, my favorite weekly feature.   As always, click on the picture to be taken to TTT sponsor, the Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic should be interesting!  My mind is already burbling–should I keep it to authors who are alive, or can I totally break the death barrier and include them, as well?  Hmmmm…
Wow, this is turning out to be harder than I thought…I think I’ll stick to people who are still alive!  Also, I haven’t been reading blogs for very long, so I think I’ll just stick to authors, mostly.

Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet

1.  Mercedes Lackey–her Valedemar series remains one of my all-time favorite series, though I have to admit that I’ve stopped picking up the Valdemar novels (I think To Take a Thief was the last one I read–and the plot holes and inconsistencies just did it in for me.  It read more like fanfiction than actual canon author written stuff).  I still love all of the originals, and I’ve read the crap out of all of the books of hers that I own.  Talia’s trilogy remains my favorite, with Vanyel’s coming in a close second.  Oh, and I’d love to have my very own Companion!

2.  Stephen King–the man is a *master*.  I also want to find out if he’s as creepy in person as his pictures seem to imply…and if he’s related at all to my 8th grade Homeroom/English teacher, because they have the same nose and last name…though she married into her name, so more than likely not.  Both, however, are masters in horror, she just specialized in a different brand…torturing me during my 8th grade year.

3.  Caroline B. Cooney–one of my favorite YA horror/scary novel authors from middle/high school.  Her imagery is just…awesome.  If you’ve ever read her “Loosing Christina” trilogy (The Fog, The Snow, The Fire), you know what I’m talking about.  I’d love to hear her talk about how she gets those words down on the page that can evoke such feelings and visuals–when she talks about the tide coming into Candlestick Cove, you almost feel like you are clinging to that barbed wire fence right next to Christina and Anya.

4.  Jill Baguchinsky–okay, I’m sneaking in one of my friends onto this list and YOU CANNOT STOP ME!  I met Jill online at least a decade ago through message boards of the My Little Pony persuasion.  She’s one of the people who introduced me to National Novel Writing Month.  Last year, she won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and this year her book, Spookygirl:  Paranormal Investigator was published by Penguin.  In her spare time, she wrangles monsters over at her Etsy shop Mint Conspiracy.  So she IS a bookish person, and while we’ve met online, we’ve never actually met in person…so on the list she goes.
P.S.  Her book is great, especially if you’re into YA paranormal type things.

5.  Meg Cabot–her stuff is all over the board–YA, adult, chic lit, paranormal…how does she do it?  And how does she keep all of her series straight?  Enquiring minds WANT TO KNOW!  Also, I think she’d be super fun to hang out with.  I mean, she does have that Cocktail promotion thing going around right now, right?

6.  Laurel K Hamilton–mostly, I want to just plead with her to take the Anita Blake series back to its origins, instead of the sex-fest the novels have become.  I miss ass kicking Anita, and the books having an actual plot that took longer than 40 pages to complete.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude with a problem with the sex-fest, but if I wanted to read that, I’d be reading her Meredith Gentry series–Anita used to be such a *strong* character with actual morals.  Now?  I dunno what to even say.

7.  Lee Child–he writes the Jack Reacher series, which is just…fantastic.  His fight sequences are out of this world, and his protagonist, a 6’5″ ex-military policeman just looms off the page.    I have to physically stop myself from reading the next Reacher book in the series too fast–I need to enjoy it!  He’s also one of the few authors that can write a series out of sequence (as in…the series does not move in a linear fashion, it’ll jump back in time to show why he left the military, to when his brother and mother are still alive, etc) and yet still not get inconsistencies and strange details that jar an avid Reacher reader out of the book and into “wait, hold on, didn’t that happen a different way in another book?”
He’s also somehow okay with Tom Cruise playing his hulking character.  Me?  I’m not–Jack Reacher is 6’5″ for crying out loud!  Tom Cruise barely tops, what, 5’6″ on a good day?  He’s a pint-sized Reacher!  😀

8.  Casey Daniels–while I briefly “met” her at the Buckeye Book Fair (and left with a totally awesome autograph in one of her newest books), I would rather have the opportunity to sit down and talk to her about being a writer in Ohio.  Her Pepper Martin books are set in a graveyard in Cleveland, so it gives me the shivers to read about places that are not even an hour away from me in a book.

9.  This one is going to be somewhat general, but…the head of one of the big publishing houses.  I’m not picky, just throw me one!  I’d love to hear about the publishing industry from someone who has such knowledge and power!  Heck, I’d even settle for a vice president of human resources, to be honest.  Just give me *someone* in publishing, people, anyone!

10.  Okay, he’s dead, but…Robert Jordan.  He died before he could finish his epic Wheel of Time series, and, well, I gotta know.  Does he think that Brandon Sanderson is doing his book(s) justice?  It was originally supposed to be a 12 book series, but Sanderson and the publishers broke that last book up into 3 books based on the notes Jordan left.  Would all of the stuff *in* the notes actually made it into the final book that HE wrote?  And, OMG, how does it END?  Is the end he envisioned happening actually being written, or is Sanderson putting his own spin on things?  I know I read somewhere that he actually *wrote* The Last Battle before he died (phew!), so hopefully that makes it in almost untouched.   And…why did he start a new trilogy when he hadn’t finished the Wheel of Time yet, knowing that his time on earth could be limited (the man was not young, and I’m pretty sure he had cancer)?

11.  Okay, since Robert Jordan’s dead, and she’s not…Beverly Cleary–I loved her books growing up, and honestly?  I was very like Ramona growing up–stubborn, messy, questioning everything in the world around me.  Even though most of her books were written in the 50s, 60s, and 70s…they still hold up today, and I recently purchased large copies of several of the Ramona books as Christmas presents for little girls to start loving Ramona like millions of other little girls.

Dead authors I’d love to meet:

Louisa May Alcott, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Mitchell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, L.M. Montgomery,  L. Frank Baum, Edgar Allen Poe, and William Shakespeare.