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Top Ten Tuesday: Auto Buy (or Put on Reserve) Authors


This week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) looks at those authors that are on our auto buy list.  Since I tend to use my library a lot, I carried this over to authors whose new books I automatically put on reserve.

1. Stephen King
2. Peter David
3. Elizabeth George
4. Laura Lippman
5. Michael Connelly
6. Garrison Keillor
7. John Scalzi
8. Jim Butcher
9. Charles de Lint
10. Neil Gaiman
11. Sally Kilpatrick
12. Donald Miller
13. Robert Whitlow
14. Philip Gulley

Couldn’t narrow it down to just ten this week!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read a Lot


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) looks at the ten authors we’ve read the most.   My list should be an interesting one.  Here we go…

 1.  Terrance Dicks –– One time script editor for Doctor Who, Dicks adapted a lot of the classic Who serials for the printed page . And I’ve read a ton of then.  He’s also written a few original novels with the good Doctor as well.
2.  Stephen King — I’ve read just about everything he’s published since I first read Cujo many, many years ago.
3.  Peter David — I discovered him reading the Star Trek tie in novels and have moved onto his work in comic books and other publications.  His Sir Apropos of Nothing novels were a lot of fun and I look forward to each New Frontier novel.
4.  Stan Lee — If you’re a Marvel Comics fan, odds are you’ve read a lot of Stan Lee’s stories.
5.  Issac Asimov — A friend recommended his books to my in high school and I’ve read most of his major sci-fi works.  The good thing about Asimov is he was prolific so the odds of my running out of Asimov to read are pretty low.
6.  John Grisham — I read The Firm when it was first published in paperback and enjoyed it.  I went back to find A Time To Kill and have read each of his books since that time.
7.  Elizabeth George –– The continuing Lynley and Havers series is one of my favorites.
8.  Beverly Cleary — I loved the Ramona books growing up and still do today.  But she wrote some other great books as well and I read them all as a kid.
9.  Dr. Suess — Because I don’t think childhood is nearly as much fun without reading a Dr. Suess book.
10.  Lois McMaster Bujold — Her space opera is among the best out there.   The Miles books are simply a must read if you love a good space opera with an engaging character.

Honorable Mention: Douglas Adams.  Adams only published a handful of books but I read them all.  And I listened to the original radio version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, saw the BBC TV adaptation and I played the Infocom video game that Adams helped write.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Fairy Tales Re-Told


It’s been a couple of weeks since I participated in the Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish).   So, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things with this week’s topic: Top Fairy Tale Re-Tellings.

When I first heard about this week’s topic, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the 80’s sitcom The Charmings.  Basically it’s a fish out of water story with Snow White and her family waking up after a 1,000 year slumber in the modern world.  The only thing I really recall about it was a joke where one character said, “Fi-Fi-Fo-Fum!” and Snow White was shocked and replied, “The f-word!”  (Yes, this is what passed for network TV comedy back in the day…)

I’m going to include the opening credits from season one to give you an idea of what it was like or maybe even a trip down memory lane.

And now, onto my list.

1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman.
2. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
3. Fables series by Bill Willingham
4. Tigerheart by Peter David
5. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
6. Beauty by Sheri S. Teper
7. The Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice

I think I’ll leave it at seven this week.   I will add I’ve got Uprooted on my TBR pile and I have a feeling it could be on this list if I’d read it.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us what are the last ten books that came into your possession whether by purchase, trade or from the library.

Here’s my list.

1.  The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman (NetGalley)
2.  We Install and Other Stories by Harry Turtledove (NetGalley)
3.  Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (purchase)
4.  Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned, Book 1 by Peter David (Purchase)
5.  The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (library)
6.  The Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen (library)
7.  Justice League of America: The Flash: Stop Motion (library audio book)

I’m trying to keep the book pile under control and also working on whittling down by TBR pile.   So, let’s hope I can keep doing that.  And keep on track for the 20 Books of Summer!

Of course, I’m on the waiting list for Go Set a Watchman at my local library.  I hope it comes in soon!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Read


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and the Bookish) asks us to ponder the hyped books that we haven’t read for one reason or another.  Here’s my list for this week.

Books or series I haven’t read yet, but would like to (at some point):
1.  The Mortal Instruments series  by Cassandra Clare
2.  City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
3.  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
4.  The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
5.  The Queen of Tearling series by Erika Johnson
6.  The Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey
7 . Southern Reach series by Jeff Vandemeer

Books or series I haven’t read any or all of and don’t intend to:
8..  The 50 Shades books (or really anything) by E.L. James
9.  The Selection by Kiera Cass (listened to the audiobook of the first one and hated it.  I hated every character in it.  I’m not sure why I finished, but I did.)
10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (read the first one and wasn’t impressed)


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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read This Year


Time again for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

As we turn the calendar into July, I can’t help but wonder just where did the first half of 2015 go?!?  It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the New Year and now here we are with the year half gone.

This week’s subject is the top ten books we’ve read in 2015.  Here’s my list.

Books I Re-Read:
mockingbird1.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
— I re-read it in anticipation of the sequel coming out later this year.  And this book is just as wonderful as it was the first couple of times I read it.
2.  My Antonia by Willa Cather — Another re-read, but still a great book.
3.  Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovich — I had more fun re-visiting this one on audio than I thought I would.  Great story, great adaptation, great audio reading.

New Books:
4.  Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence — I’ve seen so many people talking about Lawrence that I finally gave him a try. I am looking forward to more.
5.  Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiney — A great collection of short stories.
6.  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins –– I have a feeling this one may be on a lot of top ten lists.  It’s worthy of the buzz.
7.  The Happy Hour Choir by Sally Kilpatrick — I admit I’m a bit biased because the author is a friend. But the book would be great even if I didn’t know Sally from back in the day.
8.  Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — Another book I think will be on a lot of top ten lists. And with good reason.
9.  A House Divided by Robert Whitlow — Technically this one isn’t on shelves yet, but I got an ARC.  Whitlow is one of my favorite writers and this one was fantastic.
10.  The Sculptor by Scott McCloud — A graphic novel that will break your heart, make you think and truly touch you.

Honorable Mentions: Finder Keepers by Stephen King, I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest and Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Looking Back


This week Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) celebrates its fifth birthday.  In honor of the big day, this week we’re asked to look back on our favorite topics from the past five years.   And while I haven’t participated in all of the Top Ten Tuesdays, I’ve done a good share.  Here are some of my favorites.

1.  Books About Sports/Working Out
2. Books From My Younger Days
3. Assigned Reading
4. Quotable
5. Book Club Recommendations
6. Entry Level
7. Other Stories
8. Growing the TBR Pile
9. Books You Would Re-Read
10. Resolutions

Happy birthday Top Ten Tuesday!  And many happy returns!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR

toptentuesday2This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks which books are tops on our TBR list.   I’ve already got to read one of my most anticipated books of the summer, the latest Stephen King novel, but here are some others that I’m looking forward to reading.

1.  Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
2.  When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
3.  Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned by Peter David
4.  A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Updike
5.  I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
6.  Alive by Scott Sigler
7.  The Fold by Peter Clines
8.  Hero of the Ages by Brandon Sanderson
9.  Uprooted by Naomi Novik
10. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Agenda

Some of these are part of 20 Books of Summer Challenge. It’s going to be a good summer for reading.

So, what did I miss that I should add to TBR pile?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Looking Forward to Reading…


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks what are the books we’re looking forward to hitting the shelves in the second half of 2015.

1.  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
2.  Armada by Ernest Cline
3. The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
4. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
5. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
6. Day Four by Sarah Lotz
7. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
8. Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
9. Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned by Peter David
10. Alive by Scott Sigler

I was tempted to put the next installment in the Song of Fire and Ice series…but odds are that won’t see publication in 2015!

Update: So I found out that Elizabeth George has a new novel coming in October!  So consider that one added to the list!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Adapted for the Screen


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us which books we’d like to see adapted for the screen.

CAVES_OF_STEEL1.  The Robot novels by Issac Asimov.  Yes, I know we had I,Robot a few years ago, but I’d like to see an adaptation that is more faithful to the source material than I,Robot ended up being.  I’d love to see the R. Daneel Olivaw and Lije Bailey novels adapted for the screen — though I’m not sure if they’d work best as a movie or a limited run series so we could fully explore the world that Asimov created on the page.

2.  The Dark Tower novels by Stephen King — If these were done right, this could be a fantastic.  I was intrigued a couple of years ago to hear of the ambitious plan to adapt this seven book series for television and movies.   It sounded similar to what Marvel is doing with its cinematic universe.

3.  Mistborn novels by Brandon Sanderson — Yes, I’ve only read half the series, but what Sanderson has crafted here would translate well the screen.  A novel with a clearly defined magical system that looks at power and the implications of gaining, having and keeping it.   The first novel deals with our heroes overthrowing the forces of evil and then the second novel examines the consequences of that.   I’m thinking this one might be better as a TV series.

4.  Tess Monaghan novels by Laura Lippman — If only to see who they might cast as Tess.

5.  The Kushiel series by Jacquelyn Carey –– Yes, it would probably have to be a pay cable series to really do it justice, but I think this could be a great fantasy series to bring to the screen.

6.  Breathe, Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally — With YA novels being all the rage to adapt for the silver screen right now, I think this one would fit right in and might even be better than many that we’ve seen.

7. Swim the Fly series by Don Calame –– Another young adult series and one that I think could do very well, if adapted right.  The first one about three guys vowing to see a real live naked girl before the end of the summer just seems like a great elevator pitch to a studio and could be a nice hook for the trailer.

8.  The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint –– This standalone novel from de Lint is accessible, enthralling and utterly heartbreaking.  I’d love to see it done right as a movie.   Alternatively, we  could see a television series based on his Newford novels.

I’m going to stop there this week.  I’m sure I will think of four more once I’m done posted this.


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