Top Ten Tuesday: New Series

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s that wonderful day of the week again–TUESDAY!  I’ve been having a horrible computer month, though, so I’m thankful that I’m still able to type this on my computer and not say…my phone or my Kindle.  Typing on the Kindle is hoorrrible!  The poor thing, I’ve dropped it one too many times and it has this bad habit of shutting down completely if I move it wrong (probably from a loose wire from being dropped) which is NOT good for a computer, and then on Sunday my power cord broke completely–the “head” that attaches to the computer twists somewhat freely, which means that the wires are snapped in there.  I’m currently using the power cord from my *last* laptop, but it’s less wattage (65W vs 80W).

Anyway, enough about my computer woes, onto the list!  This week we’re delving into series that we would LIKE to start reading.  I think this might be hard for me, but I’ll muddle through.  I hate not listing 10 (because it is, after all, a top ten list), but this one…I may not hit 10.

Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

1.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver–does this series have a name?  I can’t find it if it does.  I’ve heard so many good things about this series, and about Lauren Oliver’s books in general.  Plus, it’s being made into a TV series, so I need to start this soon so I can read it BEFORE the TV series comes out.

2.  The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chyma–I’m still kicking myself for not making sure I met her at the Buckeye Book Fair a couple of years ago (she was at lunch while we were there), and then missing her again a few months ago when she came to a local library.  She’s a local author in the sense that she’s from my state, and I LOVE reading authors from my state, like Casey Daniels (the Pepper Martin Mysteries series) and Jennifer Crusie.  She’s also put out quite a few books, so she’ll have me reading for quite a while!

3.  Uglies by Scott Westerfield–I picked up book 2 at a library sale last year, and finally managed to find a copy of Uglies, as well.  I also have a copy of Leviathan that I need to read, as well.

4.  The Grimm Diaries prequels by Cameron Jace–this keeps popping up as my #1 recommended book when I log into the store on my Kindle.  It’s also available for Amazon Prime users for free, and I haven’t picked out my March book yet…so this may be it.  Plus, it’s my newest favorite “genre” of fairytale retellings!

5.  1-800-WHERE-R-YOU by Meg Cabot–I love pretty much anything Meg Cabot does.  Her books are such fast, fun reads that it’s really hard to put one of her books down without actually finishing it first!

6.  The Ruby Oliver novels by e.lockhart–I read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks in January and *loved* it, and I’m really looking forward to meeting Ruby Oliver!

7.  The Iron Butterfly series by Chanda Hahn–I’ve read a couple of Chanda Hahn’s books, and they were pretty good, so I’m looking forward to reading this series, as well!  Chanda is an author I discovered by downloading too many books off the Kindle Top 100 list.  Sometimes I do find some gems in there!

8.  Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore–my husband got me book #3 in this series for Christmas, so now I have to locate copies of books #1 and 2.  Actually, I think I’d like to read *anything* by Christopher Moore.  His book covers are sooo freaking cool looking, and he comes highly recommended by several friends.

9.  Tales of the 500 Kingdoms by Mercedes Lackey–this is one of the few of her series that I haven’t read, and I’d really like to.  I haven’t picked up the latest Heralds of Valdemar books, either, but I’ve not heard very good things about them, so I’m not going to go out of my way to get them.

10.  Madison Avery series by Kim Harrison–Kim Harrison’s YA series of books.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Hallows series, and when I found out she was doing YA books as well, I was ecstatic.  Now, to find the time to actually *read* the books…

I did it!  I made it to 10!  Yay!  What series are you looking forward to starting?

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.