Love is in the air for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). In honor of Valentine’s Day, this week is a “love freebie.”
My top ten this week centers on pop culture couples I’ve enjoyed.
- The Taylors on Friday Night Lights. The initial hook of the show was about football in a small town. But what kept me hooked for five seasons was the characters and the relationships. And the centerpiece of that was Coach Eric Taylor and Tami Taylor. They had their ups, their downs and everything in between. And it always felt authentic. If you haven’t checked out Friday Night Lights yet, please add it to your “to be watched” list.
- Buffy and Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While many fans hold up season three as the pinnacle of Buffy greatness, this fan prefers season two. At the center of that was the relationship of Buffy and Angel. Over the course of 22 episodes, the two get together, consummate the relationship, and then have it all go to hell, ending with Buffy having to sacrifice Angel to save the world. I love season two and the roller coaster ride that is Buffy and Angel that year.
- Sheridan and Delenn on Babylon Five. One of the best sci-fi romances out there. If you haven’t watched Babylon Five, consider it a must-see.
- Bill Adama and Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica. Another sci-fi show that gets the romance angle right. The slow burn between Adama and Roslin is just part of what makes this one of the best shows ever made.
- Sam and Diane on Cheers. Cheers is a master’s course on how to do comedy — and how to do a romantic comedy. I’ve been visiting the series again and I’m pleased with how well it all holds up, especially Sam and Diane.
- Lois and Clark on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The first season is a screwball comedy delight and season three when Lois figures out that Clark Kent equals Superman has some high points. The series really jumped the shark when they had the five-part wedding storyline that ended with the characters not married and Lois suffering amnesia and falling in love with her therapist (but I’m not still bitter…noooooo, not at all!) But even when the series got completely off the rails, the chemistry of Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher made this show.
- Hildy and Walter from His Girl Friday. The perfect screwball comedy, this one is a joy to watch. I love the chemistry between the two divorced reporters and how we know from the first scene they share that they’re going to get back together. If you haven’t seen it, consider this one the second add to your watch list recommendation from this list.
- Posey and John from Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick. Hard to pick just one couple from Sally Kilpatrick’s romance novels, but this one was the most recent and freshest in my memory. Part of it may be that Posey and John are both flawed characters with unique pasts but can still fall in love. It’s not a smooth road and the ending doesn’t wrap it all up with a nice bow. It leaves our lovers in a place that feels authentic and that there’s potential for a great future together.
- Rory and Amy Pond from Doctor Who. Notice that I don’t put Rose and the Doctor here. I won’t spend eighteen hundred words going into why I didn’t care for their “romance.” Instead, I prefer Amy and Rory from the (superior) Moffat-era of the show. While it’s not perfect and the two have their ups and downs, I couldn’t help but enjoy their relationship.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) takes a look at the TBR pile and asks which books have been languishing on there the longest.
Here are mine: Continue reading
It’s easy to stick to our comfort zone when it comes to reading. I tend to gravitate toward favorite authors or genres when it comes to selecting items to read or for my TBR pile.
But, every once in a while, you go for something different.
The leads us to the subject of today’s Top Ten Tuesday: the books you can’t believe you’ve read. Continue reading
According to GoodReads, I’ve read over 3,000 books. Which seems like a lot until I start to think about all the books I’ve read, enjoyed, and then forgotten to catalog on GoodReads (especially any from the time before I cataloged books in this way).
This week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday asks you about the books you’ve read, that you recall enjoying but when hard-pressed don’t recall much about them. Here are a few: Continue reading
It’s a snow day here in Music City! And that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted now by That Artsy Reader Girl).
Today’s topic is what are you resolutions for the upcoming year? I’ve got some that are related to reading and some related to other areas of my life. So, here we go with my resolutions for 2018.
- Read at least 60 books (audiobooks count toward the total!)
- Work on whittling down the physical and Kindle TBR pile. This also includes reviewing these books when appropriate.
- Watch 100 movies during the year and post thoughts about them.
- Go on 100 runs during the year and run 1,000 miles in 2018.
- Be the best father I can to Shortcake and the best husband I can to my wife. Along those lines, I want to find time to read with Shortcake as much as she’ll sit still with me.
- Read the Chronological Bible.
- Find time to catch up on some of the cool streaming series out there like Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaids’ Tale, etc.
- Join my local library’s new Sci-Fi/Fantasy book group.
I think those are enough to keep me busy this year!
If it’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish). This week’s meme asks us what is on our to-be-read list for the upcoming winter season. Here’s some of what I plan to try and read.
- Jade City by Fonda Lee
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
- Steal the Stars by Mac Rogers & Nat Cassidy
- Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
- The Midnight Line by Lee Child
- Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks (audiobook)
- Star Wars: Phasma by Delilah J. Dawson
- The Midnight Front by David Mack
- Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre
As avid readers, my wife and I want to make sure we share that love of reading with Shortcake. Our local library has a program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The goal is to read 1,000 books to your child before he or she starts kindergarten. The good news is that when your young reader finds that one book that he or she likes to read over and over again, each time you read it counts as one book. So, you don’t necessarily have to read 1,000 different books to your young reader. Continue reading