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 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!

It’s Thanksgiving week everyone (well, if you’re in the United States, that is.  The silly Canadians had theirs already).  This week’s Top Ten list is going to be very thankful, and about a lot of things!  But only 10 of them!

Okay, I’m being silly–it’s the NaNo that does it.  It makes my brain go all to mush and makes me feel guilty when I type words somewhere that do NOT go into the Word file.  Heh.

 Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For

1.  Mercedes Lackey–I’m thankful for her because I know that I’ll have “go-to” fantasy as long as she’s writing books.  I may not read much in her Heralds of Valdemar series (mostly because she’s been writing it for so long that her original canon has gotten lost and/or forgotten as she continues to write them), but I love her Elemental Masters series.  I also really enjoyed that a lot of her early books are actually illustrated with some fascinating and beautiful drawings by Larry Dixon.

2.  The Harry Potter Series–I generally leave most HP references off of my TTT list (because I know I’ll see them everywhere else, too :D), but this is the prefect list to have it on.  I’ve enjoyed the books countless times and often escaped into Hogwarts with Harry, Ron, and Hermoine in daydreams.  I also appreciate it because I know that this series either brought people back into the world of reading, or introduced them to it.

3.  Judy Blume–my mom always made sure I had a never-ending stream of good books to read, and I loved Judy Blume.  She tackled the difficult adolescent issues with ease and made me feel like I wasn’t the only person in the world dealing with some issue or another.

4.  Fairytale retellings–there are a lot out there that I haven’t read, but a lot I have.  Mercedes Lackey does a wonderful job, I *love* Gregory Maguire’s books, and I’ve found a couple of cute free Kindle books that do a good job as well, notably UnEnchanted.  I love fairy tales in general, and when people put a new spin on them…it makes me happy.  I think my next “have to get” book is going to be Cinder.

5.  Faye Kellerman–she writes novels from a unique perspective that you don’t see very often in books.  Her main characters, Rina and Peter Decker are Orthodox Jewish.  She describes Peter’s conversion and Rina’s dedication to her religion and people intertwined with the cases that Decker investigates.  She works in little details that you don’t think about in normal life–such as places that serve meat will not serve cheese, painting a positive viewpoint of a people who have been beleaguered and oppressed for centuries.  I love her books (I read her husband, Jonathan, as well, but he always seems to stick in some stereotypical Jewish character or backhanded comment).

6.  By the Numbers series by Janet Evanovitch–this series was recommended to me around the same time by two completely different people–my friend Susan and my mom.  Mom and I used to pass these books back and forth, and she even got my dad into reading them, so now Dad and I pass them back and forth.  It’s one of the few series my dad will actually read (he’s not a reader at all).  They’re great “escape” reads and even though the books are getting a bit..meh, I’ll probably still read every one that is published because of how I was introduced to it.

7.  Louisa May Alcott–while I haven’t read her entire catalogue, she is one of the few authors from her era that I actually enjoy.  I used to read Little Women 2-3 times a year growing up, and I have a fantastic collector hard bound edition that has gilt edges that I just absolutely love.  She had a way of writing that somehow works even now.

8.  Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson–I still giggle when I hear “We pause for identification”, because this is the first place I read this joke.  “We paws, get it?”  The story of twins fighting for their parents attention is a fantastic coming of age story set on an island.  One of my all time favorite YA reads.

9.  Diana Gabaldon–her books are well written, well researched, and just overall fantastic (except for The Firey Cross, but I blame her publishers for rushing her).  I enjoy her Lord John books, even though I’m not fond of Lord John in the Outlander series

10.  The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough–I know this was on last week’s desert island reads, but…I can’t help it.  It’s one of my top 3 all time favorite books.  Meggie is one of my favorite heroines, and the forbidden love between her and the priest Ralph…is one of my top favorite love stories.  I just love this book–I cry when the baby dies, when Paddy dies, when Ralph leaves Meggie, and at other points.  LOVE this book.

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!

It’s Tuesday here in the land of a Random Flood of Words, so you know what that means!  Top Ten Tuesday!  As always, click on the picture to be taken to TTT’s lovely sponsors, The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Favorite Authors In the Fantasy Genre

1.  Mercedes Lackey–she brought us the Heralds of Valdemar (I still want my very own companion!) along with the retelling of many beloved fairy tales.  She’s written fantasy, science fiction, collaborated with other authors, written short stories…a very prolific author!

2.  David Eddings–LOVE all of his books…well, except for maybe that last trilogy of his…I never finished it.  In fact, I think I only made it halfway through the second book.  I think it was the bugs that did it for me…I don’t have a bug phobia, I just…don’t like reading about them, I guess.

3.  James Clemens–writer of the Banned and the Banished series, about the journey of Elena to free her world from dark overlords.

4.  George R.R. Martin–author of the Song of Ice and Fire series (most people just call it the Game of Thrones series lol).  I’ve also read several of his anthologies, and a strange science fiction book he wrote with another author.

5.  Robert Jordan–author of the Wheel of Time series.  I’m sad that he died before the series was finished (he promised us only 12 books!  The new author is splitting that book into THREE!  THREE MORE!  Well, now I think we’re just waiting for the final one to be published), but he did at least write out the Last Battle scene before he died.

6.  Gayle Greeno–she created a world where humans crash landed and discovered large, telepathic cats called Ghatten.  Similar in tone to the Valdemar Heralds, Seekers go around dispensing justice where it is needed.  Unfortunately, her second trilogy, Ghatten’s Gambit, seems to be unfinished for whatever reason.

7.  Kim Harrison–okay, I’m lumping some paranormal into this…but, seriously, I’d consider it to be part of the fantasy genre.  I think a lot of bookstores will stock it under horror, though, if they do not have a paranormal section.  I love the Hallows series–Ivy, Jinx, and the rest of the crew are fantastically written, and the book where Jinx is turned into a human male…*fans self*  Yeah.  That’s definitely fantasy to me!

8.  Josepha Sherman–I don’t know that she’s written a whole lot on her own, but she’s collaborated with a lot of the great fantasy authors.  She also wrote a couple of the Secret of the Unicorn Queen books, which puts her on my favorites list for certain!

9.  LJ Smith–another paranormal author, but as she deals with witches, vampires, telekinetic powers, Arthurian legend, and more, I’m going to still lump her in here into fantasy.  One of my all-time favorite authors in middle/high school, I devoured just about everything she wrote, and was excited to read the “new” stuff being published in conjunction with the TV show…but learned that her older stuff (from the early to mid 90s) was much better.

10.  Meredith Ann Pierce–she wrote the Firebringer trilogy (about fierce warrior unicorns), the Darkangel trilogy (about a vampire who kidnapped beautiful girls), and several other young adult fantasy novels.  I read the first Firebringer (Birth of the Firebringer) novel in middle school, but somehow didn’t manage to finish the trilogy…when I went to find them, I discovered a lot of her books were out of print.  THEN!  Some genius decided to reprint them and I was able to secure copies of the books I’d missed, since copies on Ebay were going for $50 or more!

Top Ten Tuesday!

It’s Tuesday!  Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish, click on the picture to be taken to their blog!

I may have been a terrible blogger last week and …spaced on posting.  At all.  Oops.  But…there’s this little thing I like to play that came out with a new expansion…ON TUESDAY.  Shame on them!  But I’m back, and read for this week’s top ten list!

Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About

1.  The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough–this book popped up on my Goodreads feed recently when a friend added it to his “to-read” list.  This is one of my favorite books of all times (along with Gone with the Wind and A Swiftly Tilting Planet).  I’ve read about Meggie and her family dozens of time, and I own two copies of this book–a paperback version and a cover less hardback version I took from work (I got bored one day and started reading it, took it home to finish it, and then…kept it).

2.  The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey–the Heralds of Valdemar had a big hand in shaping my thinking about homosexuals and same-sex relationships–the Companions don’t care, why should I?  Lackey is also a fantastic writer, drawing you into the Kingdom of Valdemar and making you wish you were Chosen, too.

3. The Last Rune series by Mark Anthony–I don’t know anyone other than myself that have read this series, but it’s really good.  It’s about two “normal” people from Earth who somehow manage to get transported into the magical world of Eldh, and they are destined to save it.

4.  The Banned and the Banished series by James Clemens–the book starts with you having to sign a disclaimer (well, not really…) and then tells you the story of Elena.  It was the first fantasy series I read that actually killed off one of the main characters in the first book, and I found that very refreshing–don’t get me wrong, I love it when the good guys come through the battle unscathed as much as everyone else, but…in the real world, that just doesn’t happen.

5.  Earth’s Children (The Clan of the Cave Bear, etc) by Jean M. Auel–I’ve had the Plains of Passage on my TBR list since it came out (I bought the hardback soon after it was released) but haven’t managed to finish it.  I do, however, really enjoy the Earth’s Children books.  I read and reread Clan of the Cave Bear, and Valley of the Horses was my favorite in the series.

5.  The Wayside School series by Louis Sachar–I didn’t own these books growing up, my brother did, but I still think I read them more than he did.  There is no thirteenth story!

6.  The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings–I know, his stories were *all* based on the same storyline and characters, but out of all of them, Redemption is my favorite.  Maybe it’s because it’s distilled down into one book instead of 7, or maybe it’s because these characters were just…a lot more likeable than some of the ones from his other series.

7.  Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson–every time I hear “I Wonder as I Wander”, I think of this book.  Fantastic book..now I want to go reread it…

8.  The Pendergast series by Preston and Child–I just entered to win the latest installment!  From the moment I picked up The Cabinet of Curiosities at the local fleamarket, I’ve been hooked on Preston and Child.  I even read everything they’ve written solo (as long as it’s fiction…one of them writes archeology texts, I think).  If you’re looking for creepy horror that keeps you awake at night…Preston and Child are for you.

9.  The Bunnicula books–I enjoyed these growing up, and I think read them even into my late teens.  I love Chester, and the ever patient Harold.  Howie’s a bit annoying, but he is a puppy, and will grow out of it…eventually.  I think my favorite is when Chester runs around toothpicking all of the white vegetables in the neighborhood because he thinks Bunnicula has drained their juices and is making an army of vampire vegetables to take over the world.  I hope to be able to give this series to my future children.

10.  The Birth of the Firebringer trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce–a great series for anyone who likes unicorns, especially the fighting kind.  I read the first book when it was published, but never managed to read the second two until they re-released (thank you!) the trilogy a while ago.  I managed to get my hands on the last two books, and I just…loved them all.

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.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World

1.  Claire and Jamie Frasier (the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon)–their love is so strong it manages to survive the ultimate Long Distance Relationship–instead of being separated by miles, they’re separated by time, almost 2 centuries worth.

2.  Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs (Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver)–she’s a former model with arthritis issues, he’s a formal criminalist paralyzed from the neck down, but somehow, they relationship they have works.  Amelia is Rhyme’s eyes and ears out in the field while investigating the most twisted crimes that Jeffery Deaver can think up, but at home…she puts up with his crankiness and loves and supports him.  Once on the brink of committing suicide, Rhyme now has more than one reason to live–Sachs and solving crimes, something he thought he’d never have.

3.  The Black Stallion and Alec Ramsey (The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley)–never underestimate the love of a boy for his horse.

4.  Dismas Hardy and Frannie Cochran Hardy (Dismas Hardy series by John Lescroart)–Dismas meets Frannie while investigating her husband’s murder, and eventually they marry.  He raises Eddie’s child as his own, and loves Frannie unconditionally.  They have their ups and downs, just like a real married couple, but you know whatever the issue (jobs, kids, ect), these two will work it out.

5.  Talia and Dirk (the Heralds of Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey)–he’s a walking scarecrow, she’s the Queen’s Own Herald.  He saves her from death (at the risk of his own) after she takes a massive overdose while imprisoned by Ancar and Hulda by Fetching her out of the prison.  Their love is so meant to be that the Companions of Valdemar break a long-standing unwritten rule that they don’t talk to anyone other than their chosen to lend Dirk the strength he needs to get Talia back.

6.  Illyria and Laric (The Secret of the Unicorn Queen series by Various Authors)–She’s the leader of a band of outlaw unicorn riders, he’s cursed to spend half of his time as a giant eagle, but yet they still love each other.

7.  Elena and Stephan (The Vampire Diaries trilogy by LJ Smith)–he’s a vampire, she’s a snooty high school girl.  She even dabbles in fooling around with his brother…but only because he takes over her dreams.  Stephan and Elena overcome many obstacles–his brother, his old girlfriend, Elena dying several times, and yet they still remain strongly in love.

8.  Perrin and Faile (The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan)–he’s a country boy, she’s royalty, but she doesn’t care.  She decides that Perrin is the one for her, he just doesn’t realize it at first.  When Faile is kidnapped, Perrin’s one mission is to GET HER BACK, no matter if it causes the end of the world.

9.  Elizabeth Holland and Will, the stable boy (The Luxe by Anna Godbersen)–she loves him so much that she fakes her own death to get out of marrying someone else.  But that’s okay, her fiancée seems to be more interested in her sister Diana, anyway.

10.  Sparhawk and Ehlana (The Tamuli, the Elenium, by David Eddings)–Sparkhawk saves Ehlana from certain death in the Elenium, only to find out that she’s been in love with him since she was a little girl.  He protests (a little too much), but Ehlana wins him over, and they marry.  They have a daughter, and that daughter turns out to be a goddess.

Relationships that would NOT survive in the Real World:

Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)–he’s too selfish, she’s too greedy and self-centered.  I’m sure, if we were able to see more of Scarlett (I’m not counting the sequel) written properly, Scarlett would have had at least 3 more husbands, each one richer than the last.  Sure, she probably would have mooned over Rhett as the “one who got away” for the rest of her life…but she wouldn’t let it hold her back.

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark (the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)–If the Hunger Games had actually happened…Katniss would have gone off and either been a hermit or married someone completely unrelated to the Games or the Revolution.  The fact that she ends up with Peeta and has kids?  Completely unrealistic.

Kerrie Guthrie and Chris Layne (Leaps and Bounds by Jaqueline Diamond)–they wouldn’t have even started dating, as Kerrie is Chris’ daughters DANCE TEACHER.  completely and totally unethical!  Not to mention that she’s barely 10 years older than his daughter…

Bianca Olivier and Lucas (the Evernight series by Claudia Gray)–too many insurmountable odds, and they’re no Romeo and Juliet.  She’s a vampire, he’s a vampire hunter.  He’s off hunting vampires, she’s essentially not allowed to leave school grounds.  Her parents are vampires, his mom’s the one who got him into vampire hunting…yeah, not gonna happen, in the real world, someone would have died, you know, like when Bianca’s father figured out he was a Black Cross member…

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