Top Ten Tuesday, Never Ever


Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

I would hate to say I would never read any book (I am a read it til the end hoping it gets better reader), but the following I probably will not read.

  1. Christian fiction
  2. Self-help
  3. Pop culture
  4. Tell all’s
  5. Occult books
  6. Politicos
  7. Autobiographies of the rich and famous
  8. Religion
  9. Relationship guides
  10. “Science”

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This was a hard topic to discuss this week. I tried to categorize my books into genre like fields. I am curious how everyone else will complete this list.

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.”

Top Ten Tuesday, Never Ever

Top Ten Tuesday, Cool Characters

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who                      

Paper Towns

 Deserve Their Own Television Show

Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns is a natural for the attention of being a leading lady. She is powerful and determined which would translate to the television screen as a strong female role. I am thinking a cross of Rory Gilmore and Blair Waldorf–smart, cool, and in charge.
The Help
Minny Jackson from The Help would give Dr. Phil a run for his money. I think she would make an excellent talk show host. Her bluntness is the best thing about her, in my opinion.

The Little Lady Agency (The Little Lady Agency, #1)All of the characters from The Little Lady Agency should have their own show. The adventures that Melissa experiences during the series is a sitcom in the making.

Lisbeth Salander from The Millennium series is tThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)he perfect character for a lead role in an action show. She’s a kick butt now, ask questions later kind of girl. Think Sydney Bristow from Alias or Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Into the WildAn ideal candidate for a reality TV show would be the character from a nonfiction book like Into the WildChristopher McCandless’ story is one that stuck with me long after reading the book. He could be the host of a nature/adventure show.

  • Peeta from The Hunger Games should have his own show on Food Network.
  • Amy from Gone Girl would be a great new contestant for a Real Housewives of Missouri.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson‘s Tiny Cooper may have his own story now in Hold Me Closer but he’d be fabulous in his own television show.
  • Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon would make crime/thriller shows more enjoyable.
  • Hagrid is one character I would love to learn more about from The Harry Potter series. I know I’m not alone.

This Top Ten Tuesday list topic is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week yields a new topic and a new list. Thanks for stopping in this week to check out my list*.ttt

*I understand some of these books and their stories have already been made into movies which I have enjoyed. Some stories we can’t get enough of which inspired my list.

Top Ten Tuesday, Cool Characters

Top Ten Tuesday, Amazing Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is the brain child of The Broke and the Bookish and highlights a weekly bookish theme for everyone to ponder. I participate because lists are fun! Read on and share yours in the comments.

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

  1. J.K. Rowling–Of course a list about authors would not be complete without Jo on it. In my eyes, she reinvented the wheel. I love her and feel thankful every day that she introduced me to the joys of reading for fun again.
  2. Jane Austen–It seems that my top authors all start with the same letter, fun coincidence. Jane is my home-girl. She is hilarious and smart which I find a perfect combination. I always have a good time reading her books.
  3. Jonathan Safran Foer–After reading his work I changed my thinking or maybe started thinking more. His writing style has a way of transporting me in to the book, as if I am standing with the characters experiencing it all with them.
  4. John Green–For the FEELS.
  5. Laurie Notaro–For the laughs.
  6. Mindy Kaling–Same as #5.
  7. Hester Browne–I cannot put my finger on why I love her work. Her books are fun and flirty, nice for in-between series or genres (a book hangover cure, for me at least).
  8. Richelle Mead–My go-to author for a great escape. Her books are fast to read, enjoyable, and rarely disappointing.
  9. Stephen King–When I need a good scare I pick up one of his novels.
  10. Dr. Seuss–For a lot of reasons but this sums it up: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Which authors make your favorites list?
Top Ten Tuesday, Amazing Authors

Top Ten Tuesday, Inspiring Quotes


Top Ten FIVE Inspiring Quotes from Books

The topic this week from The Broke and the Bookish is a tough one. So many books have great lines and memorable dialogue, but which to choose. One feature I love (and sold me on reading eBooks) about my Kindle is the highlighting/note option. The thought of writing in a book used to terrify me but with an eBook it is manageable. I highlight things that make me laugh or witty words, sometimes even things to ponder later or share with a friend. Now on to the list of quotes.

“The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure…” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

One thing I love about the Harry Potter series are the memorable quotes. There are times that I wish my mind were like a library because I have a terrible memory.

“I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.” Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

“It was not the feeling of completeness I so needed, but the feeling of not being empty.” Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

Foer has three quotes in my top ten list on Goodreads. These two are my favorites. Both are about living life which is something I over analyze. One of my goals is to adopt the lifestyle of carpe diem. I think that living in the moment will cut the stress out of my life and help me to value the present.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

I read this book at exactly the right time to fully appreciate it. This quote stayed with me for months after finishing the novel. I have never thought about love in these terms but feel this rings true for me.

“Books are to me as homemade tattoos are to an inmate. Can’t get enough of them.” I Love Everybody, Laurie Notaro

I love Notaro. Her humor speaks to me and I always laugh when reading her work.

I only chose five quotes instead of ten because there are so many inspiring words out there and the five above are my current favorites from books I have read.

What is your favorite quote from a book you have read?
Top Ten Tuesday, Inspiring Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday, Checking In


This week’s topic from The Broke and the Bookish is about checking in with characters from books/series that have ended. Life is suppose to go on, we read other books but the following characters have left their impression. I still think about them and wonder what they are up to now.

Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

  1. Everyone wants more Harry Potter, I am no different. These books were a part of my life for a decade so of course they make the list. I would especially want to check in with life at Hogwarts.The Little Lady Agency and the Prince (The Little Lady Agency, #3)
  2. The characters in The Little Lady Agency are spunky, fun, and realistic. I wish I were friends with them. Melissa is smart and sassy, we would be best friends. I loved this whole series and would love to see how the present is treating Melissa.Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)
  3. I had no idea there was a fifth book, so after reading this I might take this book off this list. I still want to be a part of the sisterhood. I would want to check in with the whole sisterhood.Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, #6)
  4. Georgina Kincaid is my favorite Richelle Mead series. It was a quick, enjoyable read and I would love to head back to Georgina land.Pride and Prejudice
  5. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, need I say more?

Those would be my must check ins but a few others would be:

  • I have yet to read A Shiver of Light but I want Meredith Gentry’s story to never end. An ex–private detective, now full-time princess, Gentry has a life full of adventure.
  • I am always curious what happens next after Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist ends. I would want to hear what Nick’s ex, Tris, is doing these days.
  • After Last Sacrifice we get tidbits of Rose and Dimitri in the Bloodlines series but I would want a more detailed update on their lives after the dust has settled.
  • Robert Langdon (Inferno) where are you now and what conspiracies are you involved in this time?
  • Lisbeth Salander is making a return in The Girl in the Spider’s Web and I don’t know if I am worried or excited.

Well, that’s all folks for this week’s top ten.

What characters would you want an update on? Which books still have you wondering what happened next?
Top Ten Tuesday, Checking In

Top Ten Tuesday, Recent Additions


The top ten list topic is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish where each week is different and this week I will discuss:

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

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  • George R.R. Martin
    • A Dance with Dragons
    • A Feast for Crows
    • A Storm of Swords
      • I added the Song of Ice and Fire series to my TBR list this month. Books 3, 4, and 5 happen to fall into the last 10 books I have added to my list. The series has been on my mental TBR list but I finally got around to adding it on Goodreads.
  • Neil Gaiman
    • Neverwhere
    • Coraline
      • Gaiman has been on my radar only recently. I can’t wait to read one of his novels.
  • Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go are friend recommendations that I have heard good things about.
  • The last three books I added because I read about them on a list of some sort or another (I love book lists). I like to call them my buzz books because I’ve heard about the author or the book title and the words must read.
    • Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    • Rachel Hartman, Seraphina
    • Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

Who knows when I will get to these books, one third of my Goodreads books are on my TBR shelf. Not too bad of a stat but I know there are probably a hundred books not cataloged yet. Plus each month more books are released and more get added to the list. So many books, so little time.

What are your latest books to be read?
Top Ten Tuesday, Recent Additions

Top Ten Tuesday, Childhood Rereads


The top ten list is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish where each week the theme/topic changes. This week I will discuss:

Top 10 Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel SilversteinThe Velveteen RabbitThe Secret GardenJames and the Giant PeachA Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)

  1. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  2. The Velveteen Rabbit
  3. The Secret Garden
  4. James and the Giant Peach
  5. A Wrinkle in Time
  6. The Castle in the Attic
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia
  8. Number the Stars
  9. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  10. Sarah, Plain and Tall

The Castle in the Attic (The Castle in the Attic, #1)The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)Number the StarsTales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)Sarah, Plain and Tall

There are many books from my childhood that I would revisit. These are only a few that stand out. I have slowly started adding more books from my past into my current reading rotation. The most recent I read was Black Beauty.

Which book from your childhood would you read again?
Top Ten Tuesday, Childhood Rereads

Top Ten Tuesday, My Spring TBR List


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my readers.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing

Today I am participating in the Top Ten Tuesday brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week is a different theme and this week everyone is talking about Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List.

Spring officially starts Friday night this week. I am working on reading my way through the alphabet and during the spring I will be working on titles/authors from F to K or L (depending on how fast I read). Here’s what I have planned so far for those letters (please leave suggestions for other letters in the comment section, I can use recommendations, thanks).

  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn: I haven’t technically started this yet but I’m on the letter F right now. This was originally going to be my G choice but I wanted to read the next book for G.
  • An Abundance of Katherines, John Green: This is one of the last JG books I have yet to read.
  • I have three or four books lined up for H, so I will probably randomly pick one when I finish AAoK.
  • The letter I will probably be a title pick since no authors on my to be read list have a last name starting with I.
  • Elana Johnson, either Possession or Something About Love.
  • K, title pick probably.
  • Legend, Marie Lu: This has been on my radar for awhile and I’m finally going to read it this year. This pick makes me happy because the title starts with L as well as the author’s last name. The small joys in life.
  • The Ruby Circle, Richelle Mead: I am ready to end the Bloodlines series with this choice. I have avoided spoilers thus far so I am in a hurry to get to this pick.
  • N, title pick probably.
  • Delirium, Lauren Oliver: Unless I change my mind, I have a lot of YA on my list so far. Happy accident.
What are you planning to read this spring?
Top Ten Tuesday, My Spring TBR List