Top Ten Tuesday for July 1st

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week’s topic:

Top Ten Classics

Okay, that’s not the full topic. There were two directions they were going. One was your top ten favorite classic novels of all time. The other was the top ten classic novels you wish you had read. I decided to split these up and give you five of each.

My Favorite Classic Novels

  1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – This one may surprise folks, since the title sure doesn’t sound like a good time, but I love this book. I read this first in my senior year of high school and was instantly drawn in to the character of Raskolnikov. Full of suspense and deeply personal moral questions, this is a book everyone should read.
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Another one from senior year. I had such a good English teacher that year of school! I love this book so much. I love the character of Jane, how spunky she is, and how determined she is to live her life by her own rules.
  3. 1984 by George Orwell – The granddaddy of the dystopian genre, this book is excellent, both at creating a story world that is absolutely terrifying and showing how that world can completely break down the individuals who live within it. I loved this book so much, I used it for my final project in the one graduate level class I actually completed.
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – While I love do love Tom Sawyer, I have to say that Huck Finn is my favorite of the Twain novels. Huck is such an interesting character, fun to hang around with, but that doesn’t mean that he’s just a simpleton. I love the relationship that develops between him and Jim, the runaway slave he is trying to help, something that was completely taboo at the time.
  5. The Tempest by William Shakespeare – I know, I know. Technically not a novel. But the English major in me can’t complete a list like this without including a little Shakespeare! The Tempest is my favorite of his plays, although A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a very close second.

The Classic Novels I Want To Read

  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Yeah. I know. It’s enormous. I have a copy of it on my shelf, bought from a library book sale. This book is on my bucket list of books to read, just because it’s considered to be such a monster. Y’all know I love a good challenge.
  2. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift – This one just sounds like fun.
  3. Walden by Henry David Thoreau – This is another one that I want to read just to say that I did it. I think I read snippets when I was in college, but that was a while ago and we didn’t read very much.
  4. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – I’ve always loved the various film versions of this story (my most favorite being the Disney one from several years ago, with Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Oliver Platt), but I’ve never read the original novel. I’m sure that it’s quite different, but I’ll bet it’s still pretty good.
  5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo – Another classic tale that many people think they are familiar with, where I’m sure the book is very different.

A few honorable mentions. I love The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde as well as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’d also like to add Les Miserables by Victor Hugo t0 the list, not because I haven’t read it, but because it’s been so long, I barely remember it. I’m such a big fan of the stage musical, I need to give the novel another read through.

So there’s my list! Please leave your TTT posts in comments!

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Teasers and Top Tens for December 10th

Gah! Only fifteen days left until Christmas. Am. Not. Ready!!!

*takes deep breaths*

Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to Tuesday on my blog! I promise to keep the holiday freak outs to a minimum. First up is Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you’d like to play along.

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

She’d fight for him. Wouldn’t she? Honestly, she didn’t know.

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Question for the day: who would you fight for and why?

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted every week by the folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

You’ll recognize a lot of these titles, mostly because I haven’t made a lot of progress on them since my last time doing this. Come January, however, the yearly goal restarts, so I need to get back into reading gear! So next up on my TBR are:

  1. The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross
  2. White Cat by Holly Black
  3. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  4. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  6. The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud
  7. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  8. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  9. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  10. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Now, as you know, I probably won’t get that far, given my new rule to continue reading series that I start. Several of these are book one of a series, which means I will be leaving off the list and continuing on with whichever comes next. But still, at least I have some idea. These have all been sitting on my bookshelf for a while as well, which means they will count towards my TBR challenge for 2014 once January gets here!

2014. That just sounds so weird.

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet (Authors, Bloggers, etc.)

This list was harder to put together than I thought. Some came very easy, but others were much harder to come up with. But here we go:

1. J.K. Rowling – I adore her. She has been my inspiration for wanting to be a writer ever since I first read the Harry Potter books. I love her story, how she started out as a single mom who had basically nothing but a great idea to write about.

2. John Green – Another person I find inspirational. Not only is he the amazing author of such best-selling and award winning books like Looking For Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, but together with his brother Hank, created one of the most successful YouTube channels, the Vlogbrothers, who have gone on to create a large community of nerds who try to make the world a better place.

3. Mark Oshiro – This guy is a riot. I’ve mentioned his website before – Mark Reads. He chooses books, recommended by his community of readers, and reviews them one chapter at a time. His entries on Harry Potter are hilarious and heartwarming, and his take on Twilight is laugh-out-loud funny. He also does this with television shows. He would just be a blast to hang out with.

4. Sheri Lynch – Half of the popular syndicated radio program, Bob & Sheri, Sheri Lynch is also a novelist. She has two published books, Hello, My Name is Mommy and Be Happy or I’ll Scream. Her books are full of stories about her life and all the obstacles she’s had to overcome. Her advice is always given with humor and humanity.

5. Alfie Boe – I’m cheating on this one, so sue me. Alfie Boe is not really known for his writing, but since he just published his autobiography, I say he counts! He is a classical tenor and has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. Just go on YouTube and search for the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert. He plays Jean Valjean and is absolutely amazing.

6 & 7. Maureen Johnson & Libba Bray – I discovered these two YA authors via the Vlogbrothers. The are both fantastic authors, but after following their blogs and their Tweets, they are both also incredibly fun. It would be fun to hang out in New York with these two.

8. Melissa Anelli – I actually have met Melissa Anelli, although only briefly. She is the webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron and author of Harry, A History, a book about the Harry Potter fandom. I met her at a live podcast when they went on tour and got her to sign the book for me. She was incredibly busy, but very nice. She’s also been on the front lines of all the crazy Harry Potter hype, so I’m sure she has more stories to tell.

9. Dianne Sylvan – If I have to choose a vampire series to read, my first pick would be the Shadow World series by Dianne Sylvan. They are excellent books. The fourth in the series is coming out sometime next year and I cannot wait. Dianne also wrote a couple of non-fiction books, including The Body Sacred, which is about body image and learning to accept your body’s spiritual nature and a fabulous book for someone who has always had body image issues. Plus, her blog is a lot of fun and we have the same sense of humor.

10. Chris Baty – Chris is the author of the book No Plot? No Problem, but he’s even more than that. He is the founder of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I love NaNo so much! I’ve participated many years, and although I’ve never met the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days, I’ve always enjoyed the experience and excitement. It’s funny how a group of 21 people getting together to write as much as they can for a month has grown into a world wide writing celebration every November.

So that’s my ten people. Who would you like to meet someday?