Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: ten books I love to give as gifts

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s a freebie this week over at Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Since we’re coming up on fast on the holiday season (especially for those of us who ship internationally), I thought I’d do a top ten list of the books I love to give as gifts. Obviously I love giving books as gifts anyway, and shopping for a new title for a friend’s birthday or holiday is always exciting, since everyone has different tastes and delving into different genres in search of something they haven’t read yet is like a treasure hunt. But there are several books that are my kind of “catch-all” gift titles—the books I tend to give over and over, as soon as I find out a friend hasn’t read them. They’re the books that I just love and want all my friends to read too.


Top Ten Tuesday: fully published series I have yet to finish

Top Ten TuesdayOnce again, I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday! This week, we’re talking about those series that are fully published, start to finish, books one through whichever–but which, for some reason, we haven’t finished reading. I admit, I tend to be bad about finishing series–I get distracted easily!–and often enough, I start a series that is only partly published and then have to wait (and wait and wait) for the rest of the books to come out. (A Song of Ice and Fire, I’m looking at you.)

But there are a few series that are all ready to go at the local library, so I really don’t have a good reason for not going back to them. It’s not that I’m not interested, I just somehow haven’t gotten back to them. Maybe I’m worried the rest of the books won’t live up to the first. Maybe I was waiting on the next book and then got busy reading something else. For whatever reason, here are the book series that I still haven’t finished up.


Top Ten Tuesday: (almost) ten characters I just didn’t click with

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s been months since I last linked up for Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish; this week we’re discussing the characters we just didn’t click with. I don’t know about you, but I tend to have pretty strong reactions to book characters. Either I love them or I just can’t connect with them at all, and if it’s the latter, I often won’t end up liking the book, no matter how well written. In general, it’s the characters who are whiny or helpless who ruin stories the fastest for me, or those who simply do incredibly stupid things. It’s hard to click with a character when I’m facepalming at the same time! (more…)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books which feature characters who look NOTHING like I imagined in their TV/movie adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday

This week on Top Ten Tuesday we’ve got a bit of a freebie: top ten books with characters who _____ (fill in the blank). I decided to go for “characters who look nothing like I imagined in their TV/movie adaptations”, though actually I have nine who don’t and one who does. (Close enough!) If you want to get in on the fun, check out The Broke and the Bookish and link up your own post!

1. Damon and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries: I’ve started reading the books to go along with the show, and I’m still scratching my head over Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley playing these two. I’m not trying to impugn their attractiveness, but seriously, these guys are in their thirties. They don’t look like teenagers at all! It’s pretty obvious the actors are the same age as the guy who plays the high school history teacher.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley as Damon and Stefan in 'The Vampire Diaries'

2. Four in Divergent: I’m not saying that Theo James doesn’t play the role well, but he looks nothing like the Four I imagined while reading the books. I was picturing more of a broody Shiloh Hernandez type, not an ex-Marine lookalike. (And again…Theo does not look like a teenager! It’s pretty obvious he’s older!)

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Theo James as Four in 'Divergent'

3. Basically the entire cast of Eragon: Arya was the worst offender–she didn’t even have the right color of hair!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: basically the entire cast of 'Eragon'

4. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl: I don’t really have specific people pictured for them, but I feel like Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike just didn’t quite fit. She just looks English, if there is such a thing, and he looks way too Hollywood. Neither of them has that transplanted New York vibe I pictured while reading the books.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy from 'Gone Girl'

5. Queen Cersei from Game of Thrones: When I started reading these books, I immediately pictured Cersei as Charlize Theron’s evil queen from Snow White and the Huntsman. Lena Headey is okay but she seems kind of blah, IMO.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Lena Headey as Cersei from 'Game of Thrones'

6. Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones: Somehow in my head he wasn’t so young or so easy on the eyes. Not that I’m complaining.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in 'Game of Thrones'

7. Jamie from Outlander: Nothing against Sam Heughan, but he is not the Jamie I had in my head while reading this book series. He’s too pretty, and something about his eyes and hair is all wrong…ugh. I don’t know. I think sometimes books are better just because of imagination!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in 'Outlander'

8. Clary and Bane from The Mortal Instruments: Lily Collins is drop dead gorgeous, but she looks nothing like how Clary is described in the books, starting with the non-carroty hair. Casting fail. I also didn’t think they got Magnus Bane quite right–Godfrey Gao is way too young! (Which is a shame, because I think Magnus was my favorite character in the books!)

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Lily Collins and Godfrey Gao as Clary and Magnus in 'The Mortal Instruments'

9. Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice: I think it’s safe to say that most women of a certain age demographic have hopeless crushes on Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. I’m sure Matthew Macfadyen is a fine actor but he has no damn business trying to reinvent the character in a movie. How dare he.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in 'Pride & Prejudice'

And one who got it right:

10. Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: I totally buy Jennifer Lawrence as the Girl on Fire. And I can’t wait to see her in Mockingjay Part Two later this year!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Jennifer Lawrence actually feels perfect as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games'!

Which book characters looked one way in your head as you ‘met’ them on a page, and totally different when they walked across a movie screen? Tell me about them! I tend to get very attached to a version of a character as I envision them and it can be really jarring to see someone who looks different than that image onscreen. (Someone please tell me I’m not alone!)

Top Ten Tuesday: characters I’d like to check in with

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re talking about those characters we just can’t let go of–the ones we’d like to peek in on, days or months or years after their book/series ended, so we can see how they’re doing.

1. and 2. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice: I’m a sucker for re-tellings of this story, and I love stories that peek in on their married life.

3. and 4. Celia and Marco from The Night Circus: I loved this book so much, I wasn’t ready for it to end.

5. 6. 7. 8. Hanna, Emily, Aria and Spencer from Pretty Little Liars: I didn’t care for the last eight books in this series; I think restarting it was a poor idea and these books didn’t live up to the original eight. That said, I’d like to see a series featuring these girls as adults–you know, with juicier lies and secrets to keep!

9. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Apparently there’s a new manuscript coming out this summer, so I might actually get this wish!

10. Max from The Book Thief: I adored this book, but I always wanted to see where these he went after the story ended, since he kind of dropped out of the picture and wasn’t heard from again.

Any characters you’d check in with if you could?

Top Ten Tuesday: books recently added to my TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re talking recent additions to the TBR pile! I add new books weekly, so this list is constantly updating, but as of typing this the ten most recent additions were:

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I heard that this has beautiful writing, and it was highly recommended by two of my GR friends. (By the way, if we’re not friends on Goodreads yet, we totally should be!)

2. Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay. I like the idea of interwoven plots, and this is another book well-liked by my GR friends.

3. Someone is Watching, by Joy Fielding. I don’t know why I read this kind of book–I guess I secretly love scaring the crap out of myself.

4. The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain. How could I not want to read this? It involves Hemingway!

5. None of the Above, by I.W. Gregorio. I don’t normally “do” YA contemporary, but this sounds really thought-provoking.

6. The Novice, by Taran Matharu. Heroes in hoods, y’all. There’s a reason I have a shelf for it.

7. Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle. I actually just picked this up from the library, and it’s so short, I might read it in one sitting this weekend.

8. Girl in the Dark, by Anna Lindsey. I’m not really a “memoir” person per se but this sounds so sad, scary and interesting.

9. The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant, by Joanna Wiebe. I might start this sometime this week. I actually just finished book one and had really mixed feelings about it, but I do want to know what happens next in the series!

10. The Starbound trilogy, by Amie Kaufman. I keep hearing amazing things about it, and the covers are beautiful, so I finally added the whole trilogy to my TBR list.

Top Ten Tuesday: books on my spring TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re tackling the very difficult task of picking out our top ten spring TBRs–and let me tell you, with a TBR pile currently sitting at around 900 books (!), that’s no easy task. However, here are ten of the books that I’m most eager to read in the coming months, now that I can look forward to sitting on the porch in the sun to do so:

1. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel–I’ve heard so many rave reviews from friends! I’m starting this now.

2. Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell–I really enjoyed The Bone Clocks and am eager to read this so I can see the movie.

3. The Mistborn series, by Brandon Sanderson–a Christmas gift from the hubby!

4. Dawn’s Early Light, by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris–I got tired of waiting for the library to get this, so I finally bought it–it was only $6 after all.

5. A Dance With Dragons, by George R.R. Martin–I’ve held off on it forever, but I’m dying to know what happens next.

6. The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer–I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series.

7. Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane–I really enjoyed the movie, hopefully the book is just as good.

8. Seeker, by Arwen Elys Dayton–I’ve heard that this is a really good YA pick, and great for fans of The Hunger Games.

9. The Magicians trilogy, by Lev Grossman–because I love anything to do with magic.

10. Dust, by Hugh Howey–I need to finally finish the Silo saga and see how it all ends!


Top Ten Tuesday: top ten bookish problems I have

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re talking bookish problems, and boy, do I have plenty. Because this is a very serious topic (other book lovers will understand) I’ve enlisted the aid of Ryan Gosling to explain it all. Take it away, Ryan!

1. I stay up way past my bedtime reading. I know I’ll be sorry later. But I do it anyway.

2. I buy new books to read even though I already have a staggering TBR list. I need them all.


3. I jump into new books before finishing the ones I’m currently reading. I can’t help myself.

4. I get emotionally attached to the characters in book that I’m reading and once the book ends, I fall into a state of semi-depression that they’re gone.

5. I become rather hermit-ish when I’ve got a new book to read. What can I say, when it comes down to the choice between reading and a social life, reading wins every time. Sometimes I’m forced to go out and be social and it’s such a drag.

6. I get personally offended when people say they don’t like reading.

7. I’m often disappointed by the mega-popular books that everyone else seems to like. They almost never live up to the hype. Especially when people say that something is “the best book ever” and it turns out to be really…mediocre. I always wonder what I’m missing.

8. It’s hard to talk to new people if they’re not also obsessed with books. Though if they are = insta-friend.

9. There’s never enough time to read. Never.

10. That age-old dilemma: keep reading? Or stop and fix food? Or…starve a little longer? Pizza isn’t always at hand. Sometimes cereal has to do.

Any bookish problems that you suffer from? (Or are you quite happily plagued?) Or maybe you don’t have problems with reading per se, but issues with certain books or certain genres? Tell me in the comments!