Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Vol. 2

It's TUESDAY! You know what that means! Another Top Ten Tuesday! This week's Top Ten is focusing on Series...some of my favorites..from duos, trilogies, quartets, and series that are already up into the double digits.  With these, I have absolutely zero commitment issues, and dive in head first! These are in no particular order, and the order does not reflect my level of adoration for these series...other than the fact that I love them all equally and think they are fantastically awesome!


1.) The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
2.) Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
3.) Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy - Lani Taylor
4.) A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin
5.) Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkein
6.) Lexy Cooper Mysteries - Christa Charter
7.) The Sandman - Neil Gaiman
8.) Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward
9.) The Wicked Years Quartet- Gregory Maguire
10.) The Giver Quartet - Lowis Lowry

What are some of your favorite series? I am always looking for more series to dive into.  Those series that I love that didn't make this particular list include: 
The Dwellers Saga - David Estes
House of Night - P.C. Cast
Anita Blake Series - Laurell K. Hamilton
The Fever Series - Karen Marie Moning

And countless others that I cannot even call to memory that I've read and re-read multiple times. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Article Menu: Vol. 2

Welcome to another Monday Article Menu! This week I've got about 4 or so articles to share with you they range from a couple of different topics including horror books, a literary road trip map, and why female authors create better dystopian landscapes than male authors.  I found all of them quite interesting.

1.) 23 Underrated Horror Books

This article came through one of my BuzzFeed Books emails, and I am one for horror books.  Those books that are filed on the shelf labeled "Do NOT Read After Dark," and the ones that so expertly worm their way into your psyche and haunt you days, weeks, months later.  There are some very, very good books on this list, and sad to say I've only read one of them...*hangs head in shame* I will have to remedy that very, very soon.

2.) It's the End of the World as She Knows It

This article posted in the New York Times offers a touch of insight on why the mind of female authors have created better dystopian/post-apocalyptic landscapes than male authors.  This is not necessarily saying that some male authors haven't created stellar landscapes in this genre.  However, women tend to not venture as much into the commonly used male holy trinity of rape, murder, and cannibalism when faced with this single-minded "Eye on the Prize" philosophy in this particular type of genre. I highly recommend giving this novel a read, and feel free to share your opinions about the topic!

3.) The Obsessively Detailed Map Of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips

This is an article paired with an interactive....yup, I said it...interactive map!  It's awesome!  I highly recommend checking this out and following the various routes from a dozen books that literally span the length of North America at various points in time.  It's cool to see some of these trips visualized, and I will be adding probably all of these books to my TBR pile because I've not read a single one of them. I know, shame on me!

4.) Libraries of the Rich and Famous - Part One

Okay, so I've already mentioned that I adore BookRiot and listen to their podcasts on a regular basis.  Here is another article/photo set that I've stumbled upon and Holy Library Porn Batman! I mean seriously, some of my favorite actors/actresses/musicians sharing a glimpse into their libraries!  I want to seriously know what's on some of their shelves!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Round-Up: July in Review

This has been me lately.  I honestly, have had the motivation to do absolutely NOTHING most of the time except stick my nose in the ABSOLUTELY wonderful books that I've taken out from the library, gotten from friends, and the one that I've purchased for myself in the last month.  So, here is this month in review!  **Some edits will come later.  I know some links are missing.**

Books I've Read

  1. Fablehaven - Brandon Mull
  2. The Tiger's Wife - Téa Obreht
  3. The Society - William Wilde (Review requested by Author)
  4. Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) - Gail Carriger
  5. Landline - Rainbow Rowell
  6. Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) - Beth Revis
  7. A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) - Beth Revis
  8. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) - Sarah J. Maas
  9. StepShifter (books 1-23) - Ophelia Sikes 
  10. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
  11. Bittersweet - Sarah Ockler
  12. White Oleander - Janet Fitch
  13. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) - Marie Lu
  14. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Sisterhood #1) - Anne Brashares
  15. The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) - Lowis Lowry
  16. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) - Tahereh Mafi
  17. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
  18. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) - Gail Carriger
  19. The Lost Days (Emily the Strange #1) - Rob Reger
  20. Dark Times (Emily the Strange #3) - Rob Reger
  21. A Midsummer Night's Scream - R.L. Stein
Book of the Week
  1. July: 
  1. Charles Dickens
Bibliophile's Wish List
  1. Eighth Grade Bites - Heather Brewer
  2. Wizard of Time - G.L. Breedon
  3. The Moon Dwellers - David Estes (Audio review - given by the Publisher)
I did participate in a Book Photo Challenge, but only made it through I believe the 14th due to the fact that my motivation simply flew away and I spent the rest of the month having the urge to do nothing more than sit on my behind and read.  However, if I attempt another one in August, hopefully it will be more successful!  You can find the link to the photos that I did complete in the sidebar to your right! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's on My Kindle? Non-Fiction

Welcome to this week's What's On My Kindle?  Where I share with you some of the things I've picked up through Amazon and have read or intend to read in the probably not too distant future.  This week, I've chosen to share with you some of the nonfiction and biographical works that I have currently on my kindle.

These, I've actually read, and recommend having tissues with some of them.  Some of them are not nice stories, but then again how many of our lives are all nice.  Anyway, without further adieu, here is the list of some of the most recently read works of non-fiction on my Kindle.

Non-Fiction/Biographical Works

1.) A Child el Confino - Eric Lamet

This book, is the true story of a young Jewish boy and his mother in Mussolini's Italy.  There are high points, low points, and ultimately points that made me cry during the course of this story.  This is by far one of my favorite time periods to read about, the stories of survivors, even the stories of those that did not survive, but have been told through those that did are some of the most heartbreaking, and yet the most inspirational.

This is the story of Eric Lamet and his mother, whose lives are forever changed at the rise of Hitler and his desire to rid the world of the Jewish population and anyone non-Aryan.  They go from living in Vienna, Italy to living further and further into the mountains to avoid the fate of so many other of Europe's Jewish population.

I highly recommend this story to continue to learn other perspectives of those who survived this nightmare. 

2.) Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account - Miklos Nyiszli

This story takes place in Auschwitz...the camp where so very, very many Jews died during the Holocaust.  This story begins in 1944 when Hitler's army invaded Hungary, and the entire Hungarian Jewish population was sent to Auschwitz.

A Jew and a doctor, Miklos Nyiszli was spared from death, in exchange for a much, much grimmer fate.  He was expected to perform "scientific experiments" on his fellow inmates under the man who ultimately became known as the "Angel of Death" - Dr. Josef Mengele.

He was Mengele's personal pathologist, and doctor to the Sonderkommando, the prisoners in charge of the creamtoriums and executed every four months.  Somehow, Nyiszli survived to give this sobering, horrific account of his time in Auschwitz.
3.) The Life and Prayers of Saint Patrick - Wyatt North

This is one of two books I have on my Kindle by Mr. North.  I actually like his writing style, and the fact that he's provided information about two of the people that are most inspirational to me: Saint Patrick and Mother Theresa.  I will not be featuring his Mother Theresa book on this list, but I do have it! 
Anyway, this particular book is part biography and part prayer book.  There are many of his own original writings, and we learn that Ireland, for Patrick was bittersweet.  Also, the original color for Saint Patrick's feast day, was blue not green.

Ireland, though a bittersweet location for Patrick, was also the home of his spiritual awakening - which is more than likely what spurred him into making the conversion of the country his mission.
I highly suggest this read, learning of the life and prayers of this Saint will definitely provide you with some inspiration. 
I do have a few others in this category, including a book about a boy with Autism who had a very big love for Snow White, 3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White.  This was a wonderful read.  I also have Roasting in Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay's book, as well as Mother Theresa: A Life Inspired by Wyatt North. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday


Here you'll find random top 10 book related lists!!! 

Top 10 Fantasy

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone - J.K. Rowling
2. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
4. The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
5. Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
6. Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein
7. The Witches of Eileanan - Kate Forsyth
8. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
9. Wicked - Gregory Maguire
10. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Do you realize just how insanely HARD that list was to compile?  I figure this will be my challenging post every week! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Article Menu

Not only do I read books, subscribe to several book blogs, booklrs, email book subscription services for ebooks, and a variety of other things...but I also read articles about books and cultural significance of some books.  So on Mondays, I am thinking of sharing some of my favorite articles, or those that have impacted me the most over the weekend and the previous week.

This article/book list was found via BookRiot, and this is by far one of my favorite go-tos for book recommendations and articles that tend to make you think.  This particular list deals with a media hot topic as of late, 'rape culture' and not many know what it is, what it is about, and why it is important that we begin changing it.  Yes, there are books that can help you better understand rape culture, and why it is something that needs to change.

Okay, I'm not getting into the debate over e-books versus physical books, but I did find this particular article published on .Mic actually quite informative.  For those that know me, you know that I read both formats religiously.  I've got nerve damage and often that makes holding a physical book (no matter the size) difficult, thus I turn to my Kindle.  I also, used to spend upwards of 6 hours on public transportation and carrying around enough physical books to pass that time was pretty much impossible (or rather very heavy).  This particular article shows some of the benefits of reading physical books over e-books. 

I absolutely love reading books with a fantastic female lead, and this list, which happens to be included in another BookRiot posting is pretty good. I've read 1 book on this list and I am definitely going to add the others to my ever growing TBR pile! This list is a set of fantastic feminist books for young adults, and I absolutely love the writer of this particular article, I highly recommend you check it out! 

Those are just a few of the articles that I'd read this past week that are book related and I thought I'd share with you,  Do you have any articles to share?  Send them my way and I will feature them next Monday! 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book of the Week: July 26-Aug 1 - Wicked

Welcome to this week's Book of the Week!  This week I am choosing one that is by far one of my favorite re-tellings of one of my favorite fairy tales...

Gregory Maguire


This book...just *sigh* I now, thanks to a good friend of mine own two copies, both of them paperback.  I'm sharing both covers because I absolutely LOVE both covers.  If I ever have the money and the chance, I WILL see this musical.  This book, this series in general is absolutely by far one of my favorite re-tellings of The Wizard of Oz stories, and it's absolutely wonderful.  

We know all about Dorothy and her triumph over the Wicked Witch of the West...however, what is the Witch's back story?  Where did she come from? Who is she really?  These are questions that are answered in Gregory Maguire's books.  Maguire creates a view of Oz that makes us never look at it the same way again.  From the Animals who want to be recognized as first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders wanting middle-class stability, the Tin Man a victim of domestic violence, and so much more.  

We follow Elphaba, a little green-skinned Munchkinlander, who will ultimately grow up to be that infamous Witch who dies at the hands of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man and a well placed bucket of water.  

I highly recommend you give this book a try, especially if you love The Wizard of Oz, it will definitely be one of those books you keep coming back to!