Top 10 Tuesday!~

Okay, so here’s the Top 10 Tuesday post, as sponsored by the wonderful folks at the Broke & Bookish blog.  I’m going to be pulling these from the books that I’ve read this year, since my memory is bad otherwise!

The Top 10 (or so) Characters that you didn’t click with

  1. I’d have to say any of the characters from Jodi Picoult’s House Rules.  I disliked all of the characters in that book, except for Jacob’s brother, Theo.  Sadly, Theo did not play a large part of the story, but I did find him the most interesting.  The book overall made me angry though — very poor representation of a teenage boy with Asperger’s.  How someone can confuse Asperger’s (now known as high-functioning autism, since the DSM-5 no longer has Asperger’s as a diagnosis) with low-functioning autism is beyond me.
  2. Edna from The Awakening by Kate Chopin.  I get that it was a groundbreaking book when it was published in 1899, but to me, Edna had no reason for the infidelity aside from boredom.  If she had been being abused by her husband or something similar, it would’ve made more sense to me and Edna would’ve been a little more likable.  But as it stands, I really couldn’t wait to finish the book so there would be no more Edna for me to read about.
  3. Agnes from The Cleaner of Chartres by Sally Vicker.  I didn’t dislike her, but I never felt like I got to know her well at all, and I don’t like not feeling as though I have had a glimpse into a protagonist’s mind when I’ve read almost 200 pages about her.  The story itself was a bit odd, honestly, and I’m not entirely sure what the point of the book was.  It was interesting enough if you like psychological analysis stuff (which I do enjoy) — Sally Vicker was a psychoanalyst prior to starting writing, so it makes sense I guess.
  4. Renee and Flo from Goose by Dawn O’Porter (review of Goose can be found here).  They didn’t make sense to me, but the review will explain more than I can in just a bullet point in this top 10 post.
  5. Kate Fante from Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline.  Although the book got 3/5 stars from me, I still didn’t enjoy it very much, and I think it’s because I never felt like I understood what “made Kate tick.”  There were some personal glimpses of Kate in Dirty Blonde but I felt like more personal life bits would’ve been helpful to make her feel more like a person rather than a one-dimensional character.
  6. Eleanor Burden from The Lost Prince by Seldon Edwards.  I read this one without realizing it was the sequel to another book, and although I enjoyed the book, Eleanor always felt too distant and aloof for me to feel as though I understood her.  This is similar to #5 — except the readers did get glimpses of Eleanor in her personal life, but that still did not really tell us who she was as a person (or so I felt).
  7. Colin Singleton from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.  He irritated me more than anything else, so I finished the book fast and now I don’t even really remember any of it except that his “genius” status kept being pounded into the readers’ heads (as well as Colin’s dialogue about whether he really is a genius or not).  It got old.  And I really didn’t like Colin.
  8. Herschel Walker from Breaking Free (which is his autobiography about life with DID [DID = dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder]).  I really didn’t understand how he developed DID from being teased at school — sure, you can learn to dissociate from that, but it takes severe abuse early in life to cause DID to happen — not “merely” bullying.  Walker’s writing style was okay, and made me feel like I understood him a little, but again, he just annoyed me.  Sadly, this is a real person, rather than fictional… blah.
  9. Richard Baer from Switching Time (which is his true-life story of being a psychologist, with no prior experience with trauma or dissociation, treating a woman with DID and “fixing” her).  This is a despicable book for more reasons than I can say, and honestly I wonder if Baer wrote this book in an attempt to save his practice from going bankrupt, since the entire book makes him out to be a hero who “saved” Karen from herself… when he had NO experience treating someone with DID prior to this yet somehow seamlessly helped her integrate.  Plus, the fact that he calls it a “harrowing story of a doctor treating a woman with 17 personalities” pisses me off.  How does “harrowing” describe being the therapist who treats a multiple patient who exhibits no violent tendencies?!  I can guarantee you — IF this story is true — that the work Karen did herself was much, much more harrowing than anything Baer could comprehend with his limited knowledge of anything to do with dissociation.

I guess top 9 is just going to have to do!  Are there any characters that you couldn’t click with, that you would like to share?

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Top 10 books I read in 2013!!

This Tuesday’s top ten, as sponsored by The Broke & Bookish blog, is the top 10 books you’ve read in 2013.  This year I read more than I had in several years previous, so I will have to refer back to my Goodreads list to remember which ones were my favorites. 🙂

1) Phoenix Rising, by Pippa Ballantine.  This book was delightful steampunk, and I adored the characters in it.  Their awkward interactions… priceless!!  I also laughed a fair bit while reading it (well, in my head – I tend not to laugh out loud when I read books, not sure why).

2) Slumber, by Tamara Blake.  This is one that I got from NetGalley, but man, did it stick with me!!  I really want to see a sequel to this, as much as I am sure that I won’t.  It’s a YA novel, and is excellently written.  However, prepare for the ending if you decide to read it… that’s all I’ll say about that!!

3) In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson.  I posted my review of this awhile back here on my blog, but goodness, this is another one that stuck with me.  It’s a novelized history of the US ambassador to Berlin in 1933… and it is so very gripping.  I’m not usually one to rave about nonfiction, but this one was absolutely excellent.

4) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer.  This is another that I wrote a review of on here, I believe.  It’s another WWII book, but a novel this time, and I really adored it and the characters in it.  I’m sad that Ms. Shaffer died, because I’m sure she could have written more amazing novels had she had the time.

5) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  The feels, all the feels!!  I adored this book, as cliche as that may be… I mean, it’s one of the best known YA novels of recent years and it seems like everyone who read it loved it.  But still, it definitely makes it into my top 10 of 2013.

6) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about this book’s author, and I never would’ve picked it up except my book club was reading it and it looked interesting.  And it was interesting!!  It gripped me from the first page… and the ending… whoa. 🙂 Now I just have to see the movie…

7) The Broken Rules of Ten by Gay Hendriks.  This one was another NetGalley book, but it was excellent even if the formatting for Kindle was odd.  I can’t put my finger on why I adore this book as much as I do, except that Ten was a very adorable character at such a young age, and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that portrayed youth in such an honest way.

8) Soulless by Gail Carriger.  This book was entirely fluff, but it was good escapism reading. 🙂 This year has been rough enough for me that I need books like that, and I am glad that I have the rest of the series to read as time allows – and I mean, any book that is in a series entitled “The Parasol Protectorate” wins, doesn’t it?

9) Postcards from Nam by Uyen Nicole Duong.  This was an excellent, excellent book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  The writing is luminous and paints vivid word pictures of Vietnam during the war and of the children involved.  It is a painful novel to read, in parts, but is still one of my favorite books that I have read in quite some time.

10) I shall wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett.  This is the first Tiffany Aching novel that I read, and since I adore Pratchett, of course it had to be in my top ten!! 🙂 Once again, wonderful escapist reading, and Tiffany is such a lovable protagonist.  Plus, the Wee Free Men!!

Those are my top 10 books read in 2013, and believe me, it was tough to pick out of the 50-some that I did get read before this past fall semester ate my face. 😉 What are YOUR top ten? I’d be interested to know!!

Top Ten… Thursday?!

Once again, I have to apologize… I have been busy, my health has not been great, and this blog got sidelined.  At least I am semi keeping up with it though, right? 🙂 This is progress from me making blogs on here, updating every day for the first few days, then totally forgetting about them.  I should be proud (but I am still sorry for not updating more).

 

Today’s topic: my top 10 books on my TBR pile for summer 2013, courtesy of The Broke & Bookish blog. (It’s their Top 10 Tuesday… just two days late is all!! 😉 )  However, unlike their blog, I am not going to do a top ten of ones that will be published between 21 June and 21 September, since I am afraid I don’t know that many that I am eager to read that will be published then. (I am more a fan of picking up a book, reading the blurb, and deciding to borrow/buy/download it, rather than getting caught up in series or particular authors’ works.)

 

So… the list!!~

 

1) A Wrinkle in Time quintet by Madeleine L’Engle.  I have read most of the books in the quintet before, but not in the proper order and certainly not close together.  I love L’Engle’s work and while it’s not super recent, I want to revisit it.

 

2) Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence.  I loved the first two books when I read them when I was 10 or something, and never finished the series.  I have them now, I just need to set aside time to read them.  But I guess I’m kinda cheating, because I’m doing entire series as books… hmm.  I wonder if that would be considered cheating. 😉

 

3) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.  No summer is complete without reading a huge book of some sort and since I have it on my Kindle, I figure I may as well read it before I go out and find the movie somewhere to watch.  It sounds excellent, although dense; however, I do enjoy Russian literature.  I think it would be really cool to actually know enough Russian to read the books as they were originally written, because I think a lot can be lost in translation.  Of course, that would require extensive classes in Russian… maybe someday. 🙂

 

4) The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti.  I won this in a giveaway at Goodreads – my very first win!! – and I am excited to dive into it.  However, I really need to finish a couple of other books before I get around to doing that.

 

5) The Storykeeper by Jodi Picoult.  I was going to wait until I had finished some more of the 5 Jodi Picoult novels I own to buy a copy, but I couldn’t wait.  I’m sure some of you know the feeling. 😉 So now this is waiting on my bookshelf for me to make time to read it.  I still feel guilty about some of the other books by Picoult that I have and haven’t read, but I mean, this one is about WWII secrets and if there’s something I love more than WWII fiction, I don’t know what it is. (Well, okay, Nutella probably might beat WWII fiction by a hair… but… okay, so does frozen strawberry lemonade… but… those don’t really count!! [Yes, I do have a sweet tooth… maybe…])

 

6) Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio.  My mom and I are currently reading another book of Jio’s, Violets in March, and I am loving it enough that I went ahead and got two more of her books that sounded good.  Blackberry Winter swaps between 1933 and the present, telling the story of a little boy’s disappearance, and I thought it sounded intriguing.

 

7) The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley.  This one I found and thought sounded quite excellent – it swaps between present-day and WWII England, replete with a mystery and dangers of unnamed sorts. (Of course.  I think I am getting predictable in my old age.) I am quite excited to delve into this one, I am not going to lie. 🙂

 

8) Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott.  I am not sure what it is that draws me to Lamott’s books, but they are very fun to read, very interesting, very thought-provoking.  As a Christian, they often don’t contain new information about my faith, but they do bring new perspectives to old issues, sometimes, providing me with different ways that people may look at hot topics in Christianity or religion/faith in general.

 

9) Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith.  This one is the 6th in a series, and is a thriller/mystery, very different from the other books on this list thus far, but it’s one I started a very long time ago (it was published in 2006 and I think I started reading it when it was still a new copy at my library)… okay, so that’s not a “very long time ago” but for me to remember what happens in a book, it is. 😉 So a reread is necessary.  This one I have for Kindle.

 

10)  Princess Elizabeth’s Spy and His Majesty’s Hope, both by Susan Elia MacNeal. (I am cheating…) They’re the second and third in the Maggie Hope series – I read the first one last summer while I was working at the library and it was a very enjoyable read… and I can’t wait to read her other books.  Maggie Hope was a very likable heroine and plus… WWII mysteries.  Need I say more? 😀

 

What are your top 10 books in your TBR pile for this summer?  Feel free to share!!

Top Ten Tuesday. :D

From The Broke & Bookish blog, here comes this week’s Top Ten.  Are you ready?

 

Top Ten Books to read when you need something light and fun.

 

Ooh, this one might be a toughie… we’ll see. 😉 I’ll do as many as I can, at least, even if I can’t hit ten.  I don’t have a lot of books or series that I reach for particularly when I need something light and fun – usually it’s me just delving randomly into my Kindle collection for something that sounded lighter than my average reads are.

 

1) The Aunt Dimity mystery series. – These are guaranteed to be fun, light reads.  I have only read a couple but I do truly enjoy them.  Lori, the main character, is a fun one, and while she’s a bit over the top, that’s just part of the fun of the series.  And I mean really, could you turn down a book whose clever detective’s mind is a journal that belonged to Lori’s “Aunt” Dimity many years ago?  Aunt Dimity is long dead, but she still writes to Lori in the journal and points her in the right direction when Lori’s trying to figure things out.

 

2) The Borrowers – This classic children’s book, as well as its sequels, are very comforting for me to read.  I’m not sure exactly why; I think just because of the writing style, and the fact that it’s from an era whose children’s books (Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, etc.) have been very enjoyable and comforting.  Perhaps some of my childhood memories attached to the book?  I don’t know.  But – it’s a story about tiny little people who live under the kitchen and make all sorts of interesting uses for commonplace items.  I think that as well as the illustrations always drew me to this book.

 

3) The Sisterchicks series. – This is a Christian chick lit series, and would probably only be enjoyable for those of y’all who are Christian out there since there is a fair bit about God etc., in them, but I enjoy them quite a lot.  They’re not “quality literature” but they are fun.  Each book is about a different set of women who go somewhere out of the US for some reason – usually a celebration of some sort – and have a lot of different adventures and escapades.  Fun books, definitely!!

 

4) The Yada-Yada Prayer Group series. – Once again, a Christian series, and one that I haven’t read in quite some time, but I remember the books as being quite comforting.  The group of women who get together for a prayer group each week is quite diverse, and this series goes through different seasons of their lives and their struggles and victories.  I actually really need to reread this series, because just thinking about it makes me happy inside. 😉

 

5) The Mitford Years series. – Jan Karon’s masterpiece. 🙂 I loved these books ever since I first discovered them when I was… oh, twelve or thirteen? I think?  Father Tim is such a lovable character and Cynthia is remarkable as well, and Ms. Karon’s depiction of country life is definitely cozy.  There are escapades and mishaps, of course – what series would be complete without them? – but the books resolve each tense moment quite well and each of them ends on a positive note and can almost be read as a standalone novel.

 

6) The Mrs. Pigglewiggle series. – Also a children’s series from the 1950s or so, I remember this series as being quite side-splittingly hilarious, and I really need to reread these as well. 🙂 Ah, so many good books that I want to read as well as books that I want to reread!!

 

7) The 44 Scotland Street series. – By Alexander McCall Smith, these books are excellent for times when you need to relax but you only have a few moments.  The chapters are short, the characters lovable, and the plots of each book exciting enough to keep the reader intrigued, but not exciting enough to not allow the reader to put the book down.

 

8) The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series. – Also by McCall Smith, these are excellent books to read before bed.  Mma. Ramotswe is such a lovable character, and the mysteries her Detective Agency try to solve aren’t tense ones, so the books are relaxing to read.  They also flow in such a wonderful manner as well as read quickly, like most of McCall Smith’s work.  I highly recommend both this series and the 44 Scotland Street series for unwinding sorts of books – for anyone, really. 🙂

 

Okay, I think that’s about as many as I can come up with, right now at least.  If I can think of the last two, I’ll edit them in later.  Also, know that these books are in no particular order.  I love McCall Smith’s books just as much as I love the Aunt Dimity series (if not a little more, but shh, don’t tell Aunt Dimity that!! ;)).

 

Thanks for reading!! ~ What are your top ten?

Top Ten Tuesday!! ~ and an update.

Quick update before I get into Top Ten Tuesday – grad school has been eating my face lately, so with a lot of papers and presentations due for school as well as being in relatively poor health at the moment, I haven’t had the time or energy to devote to this blog.  For that, I apologize.  This is the last week of classes before a 3 week break, so I should be able to get back into doing Throwback Thursdays again by the time next week rolls around.  Once again, I’m sorry for being so behind – apologizing both to you, and to myself, since this blog is a fun challenge for me.  Okay~ now, on to Top Ten Tuesday!! 😀

 

Top Ten Words or Phrases that Will Make Me Pick Up or Buy a Book.

(From the Broke and Bookish blog.)

1) “Gothic.” – I love anything to do with Gothic-style writing.  Whether it’s du Maurier or Bronte or anywhere in between, I’ll most likely buy a book if it’s described as being a Gothic mystery or similar.

 

2) “Like P.G. Wodehouse.” – I love P.G. Wodehouse’s work (dry and clean British humor!!) and if I find a book that is described as being similar to his, I will probably pick it up and browse through it, at least, to see if they’re at all accurate. (However, I am currently reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson, and it was described by one reviewer to be similar to Wodehouse… I’m afraid I can’t see the similarity myself.  That kind of puts a damper on my trust of reviewers stating that certain modern writers write Wodehousian humor.)

 

3) “WWII-era Europe.” – As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely adore fiction set in the WWII era, especially in Europe.  More likely than not, if I spy a fiction book that takes place in WWII-era Europe, it will be on my shelf shortly.  I have read quite a few, and have quite a few more waiting on my shelves to be read.  Among some of the most recent ones that I’ve read is Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay,

 

4) “Thrilling.” – Put that word next to anything, aside from “romance,” and I am likely to pick up the book to at least flip through it, read the blurb, perhaps take a peek at the first chapter to see if it grabs my attention.  Especially, perhaps, if it is a spy story.  Granted, I haven’t read a great deal of spy stories in my life, but those that I have read, I have greatly enjoyed (most titles are now escaping me, though, although Mr Churchill’s Secretary is coming to mind… but of course, that also takes place in WWII-era Europe, so it’s a win-win book for me… ;))

 

5) “Italy.” – I don’t know why, but I’ve discovered that I love books written about Italy, whether modern-day or set centuries back.  Something about that country seems so sensuous… but also, it seems to be a popular place for thrillers to be set, as well. (Books such as The Venetian Betrayal, by Steve Berry, come to mind.) I’m currently reading The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti, by Annie Vanderbilt, and it’s definitely one of the most sensuous, relaxing novels that I have read in some time.

 

6) “Jane Austen.” – Anything that mentions Austen, whether speaking of the writing style, the characters, or the plot… it captures my attention.  Books like Pride & Prescience, by Carrie Bebris, are ones that I enjoy.  Perhaps a guilty pleasure – slightly – since they strive to copy Austen’s style as well as further develop her characters, but books such as that one are quite fun, light, relaxing reading.

 

7) “Mental illness.” – Memoirs of people who have lived with eating disorders (most well-known, Marya Hornbacher’s Wasted), or who have gone through times of psychosis and/or hospitalization (such as Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen), or anything similar… I find these books to be so amazingly fascinating.  Or, alternatively, if I see a book that is about some type of treatment of mental illness, such as EMDR (eye movement desensitization & reprocessing), I will probably buy it.  Not just due to professional curiosity, but personal curiosity as well.

 

8) “Redemption.” – I am a romantic.  If I see that word pasted on the front of a book, more likely than not I’ll pick it up to see what the book is about.  If it’s about a mother-daughter reunion after many years apart or a husband and wife being reunited after a schism, I will probably buy it, because I love reading stories about redemption and the power of forgiveness.

 

9) “Pathos.” – This word always makes me curious.  It certainly doesn’t mean that the book is a shoe-in for my love, but it usually means that the book will have interesting aspects to it (indeed, as most books do).  I can’t say much else about it since it’s been awhile since I’ve found a book that has been described as such, but it is indeed a word that draws my attention.

 

10) “Haunting.” – This word can usually make me buy a book. 😉 I mean, of course, not just reading that word alone, but if I read the blurb of a book and also see that it is described as being a haunting story, one that stays with the reader long after the book is put down… yes, of course, I want to try it out and see if I am pulled in as so many readers have been (apparently, at least).  I have a love/hate relationship with books whose stories stay with me after I am done reading them… often I describe it as “being stuck in the story” – and it can be quite discombobulating, although at the same time, enjoyable, in a weird way.

 

There we go!!  The top 10 words or phrases that can get me to pick up and/or buy a book.  Now, you reviewers out there, you know a little better what will make this chick, at least, take a deeper, more contemplative glance at a book. 😉 Hope you enjoyed!!

 

What are your top ten words/phrases? 😀

Top Ten Tuesday!!

From the Broke and Bookish blog comes today’s top ten!! – 5 books I thought I would like and didn’t, and 5 books that I thought I would hate and liked.

 

I may not be able to come up with all of each, but it’s an interesting idea, so I am going to attempt to come up with a list. 🙂

 

Five books I thought I would like and didn’t (like much or like parts of)

Since I’m not a very picky reader, this is a little more difficult for me than it would be for some other people.  I am going to modify this a bit.

1) Soulless by Gail Carriger – the first in the Parasol Protectorate series.  I have to say that I am really enjoying the book as a whole (and it is currently being read – I’m close to the end but please, no spoilers!! ;)), but some of the parts just seem… overly sexual.  I am not a fan of erotic passages in books that were otherwise very enjoyable, but that’s really the only complaint I have about this book.

 

2) My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara.  You’d think that since I am an animal lover, and adore horses of all shapes and sizes, I would enjoy this book… but nope.  I can’t even put a finger on why I didn’t like it, but I remember that I couldn’t even get through it when I tried reading it several years ago.  I may have to try again at some point, since it’s a classic in its own right, and I may enjoy it more now than I did years ago – who knows.

 

3) Dune by Frank Herbert.  I like the premise of the book, and I understand that it’s a classic sci fi novel, but I have a hard time following the politics in the world that Herbert created.  I got about halfway through it before I couldn’t read any more, but I am planning on picking it back up when I have some time to actually dig in and spend time figuring out what exactly happens.  I like Herbert’s writing style, though, I will admit.

 

4) Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey.  I read this one with my online book club, and while parts of it were enjoyable, once again, overly erotic parts really ruined the book for me.  Erotica has its place in the writing world, but it’s not something I enjoy (obviously) and I also wasn’t expecting it when I read this book.  I hadn’t ever heard of Carey’s work before and didn’t know the reputation that her other books have (re: erotica).

 

5) La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith.  I love McCall Smith’s books, and while I really liked this book for the attention to detail that is inherently in all of his books, and while the premise was interesting… the last quarter of the book really dragged.  I enjoyed the story for the most part, but the ending was awfully dragged out – as was the beginning – so I felt a little gypped when it came to the actual story of La’s Orchestra.  I felt as though McCall Smith could’ve included more story about the orchestra itself (and what he did write was very moving, for me at least) and less introduction and less ending, and the book would’ve been much better.

 

 

Five books I thought I would hate but liked

This should be easier. 😉 Maybe… once again, I’m not really a picky reader so I don’t really go into books with the assumption that I will hate them.

 

1) Dune by Frank Herbert.  I know, I know, it’s on both lists – what?! – but it deserves a place here because I avoided reading it for years because I was afraid that I would hate it when family members and my husband have all enjoyed it.  When I finally picked up a copy, it was a lot more absorbing than I expected.  Although I haven’t finished it yet, I am planning on finishing it when I have the time to get absorbed into a very detailed fantasy world.

 

2) The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian.  This book was read for my IRL book group… it’s about a married couple in their 80s, both with chronic/fatal illnesses (cancer and Alzheimer’s), who go on a road trip.  It sounded like an interesting premise, but I was a little put off by the fact that the protagonist was so old – I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to relate to her at all.  However, as the book progressed, I became more absorbed in her narration of the story.  Definitely a good read.  I highly recommend it – it was surprising to see just how well Zadoorian managed to paint the lives of two elderly people when he himself isn’t that old.  Also, it was surprising to my group how well he “got into the mind” of a woman, since the book is told from the perspective of Ella (first person).

 

3) Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.  This one was another book that I read for my online book club.  It was my introduction to the genre of steampunk, and I have to say, I truly wasn’t expecting to enjoy steampunk as much as I do.  It was a bit of a bumpy ride, reading through this book (no pun intended ;)), but the more I read of it, the more I got into the groove of the story and the more absorbed I got in the plights of the main characters.  It was definitely a good summer read.

 

4) Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith. (See? I read a lot of his books. ;)) This book was very different from the other books by McCall Smith that I have read, and I was not prepared for just how different this one would be from his others that I’ve read.  Since I come from an academic family, it was interesting to see a humorous perspective on academia from one of my favorite authors.  I wasn’t actually sure what to expect when I first started this book – I didn’t expect to hate it, but after the first few pages I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it.  However, by the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

 

5) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I thought that this book sounded interesting from the get-go, but I wasn’t sure if I would actually enjoy it since it was on the bestseller list for so long, and often I don’t really adore books that are bestsellers.  But this one I truly did enjoy, and I now have the sequel to it, waiting for me to read it.  While I didn’t have any huge “Aha!!” moments while reading this one, it was a fun read, and was also fairly thought-provoking.

 

And there we go!!  I actually managed to do the entire top ten. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday!!

Today’s Top Ten over at the Broke & Bookish blog are: the top 10 fictional characters you would have a crush on if you were also a fictional character.  This one should be fairly interesting, since I have difficulty remembering a lot of characters in books that I read. 😉 I’m not sure if I’ll be able to come up with ten since I don’t remember many of the characters that I’ve read about in books… my memory is so bad.  But I’ll do my best!!

 

(All links lead to Goodreads.)

 

1) Aragorn from The Return of the King.  He’s such a strong character, loyal to Frodo and destined to be a king, yet humble in his own right.  Plus, it helps that Viggo Mortensen is a hunk in that movie.  I know, I know, I shouldn’t base this on film adaptations, but wow, he was eye candy… 😉

 

2) Augustus from The Fault in our Stars.  Well, if I were a younger fictional character, since he was 17 – if I’m remembering correctly.  He was a brilliant person, yet one that was easy to relate to, and I think that were I Hazel Grace, I would have fallen in love with him as well, even if I knew the “ending of the book” ahead of time.

 

3) Sirius Black from Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban.  He was mysterious, wise, and a very strong character in terms of how Rowling wrote about him, in my opinion.  And of course… once again… movie adaptation… they did pick a good actor. 😉

 

4) Dawsey Adams from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. (This is one that I am still reading, but he’s SUCH an adorable character.)  While he seems a little on the rural side – definitely not a match for Juliet (protagonist) in terms of London socialite behavior – he is still a very likable character, and one who is prone to helping friends in need.  I consider that to be a mark of a true friend, as long as it is not done begrudgingly – and I don’t believe that Dawsey has a grudging bone in his entire body.

 

5) Maxim de Winter from Rebecca.  So mysterious, tall, dark, and handsome.  The mysterious bit alone is enough to get me to like him and want to get to know him more.  I suppose that’s what got to Rebecca as well.  I would have wanted to win him over and figure out what his secrets were… and although they are revealed by the end of the book, I think that it would be such an adventure to be able to live that story.  Scary, yes.  But Maxim de Winter is… well, a hunk.  At least, in my mind. (The only film adaptation that I saw was made long ago, and I don’t particularly remember Maxim’s character from it.)

 

6) Mr Darcy from Pride & Prejudice.  How could I have forgotten him?!  Once again, the mysterious side that he has… and the frustration that Lizzie encounters… the entire love story is adorable and… well, yes, film adaptation.  Colin Firth is also eye candy. (I think I’m on a roll with these film adaptations.  Sorry, everyone… ;))

 

I think that’s about all that I can come up with right now… but I did give it my best shot!!

 

Soon, I will try to come up with some more book recommendations since my top ten last Tuesday definitely did not cover the all of the ones that I loved!!