Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish post a new Top Ten list that one of them answers. They welcome everyone to join in and share their lists, too. Click here for the rules – they are so simple!

This week’s Top Ten: Childhood Favorites

I love asking this question, so it’s only fair that I take the time to answer it myself.  I have mentioned most of these books previously, but I am a book pusher, so please read about them again!  Here are my Top Ten books from my childhood, in no particular order:

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey – I was very sad to learn of Anne’s passing.  Her books were such a big part of my childhood.  If you haven’t read her yet, please consider giving one of her books a try.  These are the first adult fantasy series that I read.  I still love the premise of telepathic dragons!  So very cool, and my younger self was dazzled by these books.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis – One of the first fantasy series that I ever read.  I still get a mushy feeling when I think about these books.  They opened up a whole new world for me.

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander – Everything that I said about The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe applies to this series.  This is probably the second fantasy series that I read, and again, it opened my eyes to a new genre that I still love today.

The White Mountains by John Christopher – This was my first taste of dystopian/post-apocalyptic books.  One of the first sci-fi books that I ever read, a gabillion years ago.

Any Hardy Boys book – I powered through these – I would check out an armful at a time from the library, and do nothing but devour them so I could go back to the library and get more!  Funny thing is, now I am not even that fond of mysteries anymore!

The Sweet Running Filly by Pat Johnson and Barbara Van Tuyl – Horses, adventure, and romance – I still love this combination!

Only Earth and Sky Last Forever by Nathaniel Benchley – This is a book I wish was available digitally.  I would love to read this again, and see how I feel about it now.

 

The Moon in the Cloud by Rosemary Harris – I have blogged about this book many, many times.  I have re-read it half a dozen times, and I still love it.  The entire series is still fantastic.  I wish the books were available digitally.

 

Nakoa’s Woman by Gayle Rogers – This book was SO inappropriate for me when I read it.  It’s available as an ebook – I hope I can read and review soon, and see if my opinion of it has changed.

 

Komantcia by Harold Keith – I read this book a few times when I was younger.  I loved it.  I recently requested it from the library.  I wonder if I will still love it now?

(I loved ANYTHING about Native Americans, especially the Plains tribes and the Comanche, or Cynthia Ann Parker.  I still do.)

What are your Top Ten Childhood Faves?  Please leave links if you participated in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest But I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish post a new Top Ten list that one of them answers. They welcome everyone to join in and share their lists, too. Click here for the rules – they are so simple!

This week’s Top Ten:  Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest But I’ve Never Read

Ah, this is a very difficult list, because I have lots of books that I have had for a long time, that I have never read.  To make things easier on myself, I randomly grabbed ten books, many by favorite authors, that I purchased, but never made the time to read. 

The Companions by Sheri S. Tepper – I love Tepper, so I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet.

The Husband List by Victoria Alexander – Another favorite that has lingered in the dust.

In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A McKillip – I see an unhappy trend here….

The Unlikely Ones by Mary Brown – This is a strange one, because I read the second book in the series, but not this one.

Elantris by  Brandon Sanderson – I have never read a Sanderson, but I had to have this. So it could collect dust.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas by Mona Gedney (I will read this for the Holiday Reading Challenge)  I have no idea why I bought this – it was probably right around Christmas, and I was in the mood for a holiday story.  Only I never got to it!

The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells – The trend continues to disappoint.  This looks great. Why haven’t I read it?

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples – I don’t know what made me purchase this, but I am finally going to read it.  Soon!  I hope.  And, oh, I just found out there are two more books in the series! 

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach -   Here’s a book that I don’t remember buying, but it looks really good!

Berserk by Kentaro Miura – I love Berserk.  I don’t know why I haven’t read more of the graphic novels.  I know I was waiting to get beyond the anime, but they are, like, 25 VOLUMES past the anime!

So, here are a few of the books that are sitting, sadly neglected, on my bookshelves.  Gah!  I should not buy books until I am ready to read them!

What about your shelves? What’s been aging the longest?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books Outside of My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish post a new Top Ten list that one of them answers. They welcome everyone to join in and share their lists, too. Click here for the rules – they are so simple!

This week’s Top Ten: Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone (whether you liked them or not).

I have pretty broad reading tastes, and there aren’t many books that I will absolutely avoid, but there are certain genres that are more to my liking than others.  Here’s a list of some of the books that prove that I should keep a more open mind when I am searching for my next read. 

This first book deserves a little more of an introduction than the rest of the titles on my list, because it totally changed my reading expectations.  At one time, I absolutely despised books written in first person point of view. The only thing I hated more were first person point of view told in present tense. Nothing guaranteed that I would put down a book quicker than that.  Then I received a review copy of this book, and that opinion totally changed.  Now there are times when I prefer 1st person POV!  This has opened up a whole new world of reading for me!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

  

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Er, the zombie plague is much too scary for me to read.  And there is no way to have a romance with being chased by rotting corpses.  Right?  Wrong!

Unlocked by Courtney Milan – I hate short length stories! There isn’t time to get to know the characters!  Oh, maybe I need to reassess that opinion.

Clarity by Kim Harrington – Mysteries are boring!  Too much sleuthing and thinking and not enough action and suspense.  Oh, wait!

The Enemy by Charlie Higson – Those pesky zombies again.  I can’t read a scary, icky book about rotting corpses.  Oh, wait, maybe I can!

My Brother’s Shadow by Monika Schroeder – WWI (or WWII for that matter!) is too depressing and just not for me.  Oops!  It’s still depressing, but a little more interesting that I thought!

Orchards by Holly Thompson – This book is in verse!  Ugh!  I don’t like books in verse!  Oh, wait!  Silly  me!  That was one of the best books I’ve read all year!

Gantz by Hiroya Oku – Alien hunting?  Gratuitous violence?  Who knew being politically incorrect could be so much fun?   I am still on the fence about this title, but it is insidious, because I keep reading new volumes!

What are some books that coaxed you into reading outside of your comfort zone?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish post a new Top Ten list that one of them answers. They welcome everyone to join in and share their lists, too. Click here for the rules – they are so simple!

This week’s Top Ten: Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

To make this more relevant for myself, I only listed books that I already have in my TBR pile.  Yes, all of these gems are collecting dust on my book shelves because I haven’t had the time to read them yet!  

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Anything by Elizabeth Scott

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Twilight by Stephenie Meyers

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

 

 

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

What about you? What are books you think everyone has read but you?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Another Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish post a new Top Ten list that one of them answers. They welcome everyone to join in and share their lists, too. Click here for the rules – they are so simple!

This week’s Top Ten: Top Ten Books I Read Because Of Another Blogger (In honor of BBAW!)

Sadly, I can’t remember which blogs I discovered most of these book from, but I would have skipped all of them if I hadn’t read a blog post about them!

The Enemy by Charlie Higson – Wait! It has zombies! I hate zombies!! Oh, wait, maybe I was bit hasty…

Unlocked by Courtney Milan – Recommended on Dear Author –Wait!  I don’t like novellas.  They are too short!  There is never much of a plot!  Oh, wait.  Maybe I was too hasty.

The Man She Loves To Hate by Kelly Hunter – Recommended on Dear Author – Wait!  The blurb on the back cover does nothing for me!  Oh, wait.  This is a pretty good book after all.

Dark Life by Kat Falls – Wait! Why haven’t I heard of this one yet? I love the premise for this!  I am sure this is a book I will love!  Guess what? It was!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Wait! The premise does not look interesting at all!  Oh, wait.  Wait! This is one of the best YA novels I have read – EVAR!

Heist Society by Ally Carter –Wait!  This looks ridiculous!  Teen-aged art thieves!  Yeah, right! Oh, wait.  They are pretty awesome, aren’t they?

Matched by Ally Condie – Wait!  This does not look interesting at all!  Oh, wait.  Duh-huh.  How could I have been wrong again!?

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund – Wait!  Killer unicorns?!  That sounds stupid! Oh, wait.  Maybe not so stupid after all?

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – Wait! I am so sick of magical boarding schools!  They are all the same!!  Oh, wait.  Maybe this magical boarding school is not quite the same as the others?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Wait!  This has zombies!  See the beginning of this post!  Zombies are scary and I HATE them!!  Oh, wait.  Maybe I like them more than I thought?

So there you have it.  I would have missed out on all of these wonderful reads if it wasn’t for other book bloggers!  Thanks for helping me find some incredible books!

How about you? What are your Top Ten books that you read because of another blogger?