Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

Rachel Lynde from Anne of Green Gables

I’ve always wished I could read a book from Rachel’s perspective. I’m sure it would be delightfully crotchety and full of griping and gossip and conspiracies in Avonlea.

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books from The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

OK so this isn’t precisely a character, but I would love to see a collection of short stories or a novel encompassing all of what goes on in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The main characters always visit and it shapes their lives, but we never get to really dive into it. I want to live there, see everything.

Joey from Winger by Andrew Smith

if you haven’t read Winger yet, it’s a YA book about a young man, Ryan Dean West, who goes to boarding school and all the self-exploration and growing up he does there. It’s self deprecating and sweet most of the way through, but ends with a sad sudden occurrence in relation to a close friend of his, Joey. I wont’ ruin it but I would love to delve deeper into Joey’s story and who he was. He’s such a central character to Ryan’s story, and yet he’s not. I always felt he deserved more.

Molly Carpenter from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Molly begins as Dresden’s best friend’s daughter, becomes his apprentice and then a future main/secondary character in this series. She grows from a gothy angsty high-schooler not knowing how to handle her life to confident, almost scary, powerful magical entity. It would be awesome to see the whole story from her point of view and get to know more of what she goes through, not just the bits and pieces we see in Harry’s story.

Poppet and Widget from The Night Circus

It’s not just that I want to experience more of the night circus, which I do, but the twins are awesome strange characters who wander and grow up in the circus. It’s their whole world. I would love to see a book just about them growing up as the circus grows and taking it over later.

Top Ten Tuesday is a Broke and the Bookish weekly feature that lots of book bloggers take part in.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books that make you think

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic:  Top Ten Books That Make You Think
(About the World, Life, People, etc)

1.) The Things They Carried – one of the most beautiful books about war I’ve ever read. Lovely writing but heartbreaking.
2.) The Book Thief – Though there are a lot of books about the holocaust, this one really sticks with you long after you’ve read it. Beautifully written.
3.) 1984 by George Orwell – The first time you read this in school you’ll just have to examine a lot of aspects of humanity and life. It stays with you.
4.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – Most of Steinbecks work will make you just sit there long after you’ve read them for the first time going over the book in your head (in a good way.)
5.) Anna Karenina – If this book doesn’t make you think about love, jealousy, beauty, betrayal, everything that life encompasses, then I am quite surprised at you.
6.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Though I love all of Bradbury’s books, this one should be read by all.
7.) The Remains of the Day – This book always makes me think about the extremely small, but oh so significant moments in life. Those moments you should have spoken up, or wished you could have done something differently, and you wonder if it would have changed everything.
8.) Push – Sometimes books are heartbreaking, but they reflect humanity quite honestly.
9.) Middlesex – a wonderful book about figuring out who you are, even if its not who were raised as, and being true to that person.
10.) Blindness – What would the world be like if everyone slowly went blind like a plague? Would we lose all our humanity? An interesting look at what people are like under pressure, societal expectations and of course, an unlikely illness we all hope never comes to pass.

Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope Are Still Being Read In 30 Years

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This was actually much harder than I expected! A lot of books I thought would go on this list turned out to be more than 10 years old (seriously guys, thanks for making me feel really old.) So here’s what I came up with:

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro  – Really anything by this author, wonderful writer.

The Bean Trees by Barabara Kingsolver – A lot of her less well known books are just as great as the others. I hope people are still discovering and loving them for a long time to come!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I feel like I’ve loved this book my whole life, so its hard to realize it was published in 2007 which really isn’t all that long ago. I still recommend it to people constantly and I know I always will!

Kafka on The Shore by Haruki Murakami – I actually had a friend have no idea who this author was the other day, which made me sad. I love his books! I can only hope lots of generations to come will too.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – I think this was the best book he has ever written. Beautiful writing and a very good book about war, humanity, love and loss.

Percy Jackson Series  by Rick Riordan – I love this series! I think they did a horrid job on the movie, but the books are great. I know a lot of kids love them now and hope they keep reading them!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I don’t think there’s a chance these won’t be read by people in 30 years, but you never know. Sometimes books become a fad and fade out of existence after their popularity is spent.

  Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, SuperAtheletes and the Greatest Race the World has Ever Seen by Christopher McDougall – A great book about running but also just about people, traveling, experiences and a tribe of amazing people. I really enjoyed it and I’m glad it is getting a lot of attention right now.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – Still my absolute favorite book by Krauss and I am constantly surprised by how few people I know have read it.

  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – I was surprised this one counted, I thought it was much older. Still one of my all time favorite writers.

Well that’s what I have! Hope everyone had a wonderful memorial day weekend full of books and sunshine!

Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books. It was hard to pick, so I randomly plucked a few from my collection that have stayed with me over the years.

“I would stare at the grains of light suspended in that silent space, struggling to see into my own heart. What did I want? And what did others want from me? But I could never find the answers. Sometimes I would reach out and try to grasp the grains of light, but my fingers touched nothing.”  ― Haruki Murakami

“There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from anything that has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or for work. This kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair may have been left by a laughing child or the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows. It is a soundless echo.”  ― Beryl Markham, West with the Night

“Soon the maroon-throated howls would echo back from the other trees, father down the beach, until the whole jungle filled with roaring trees. As it was in the beginning, so it is every morning of the world.”Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

“I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to “I hate to read new books,” and I hollered “Comrade!” to whoever owned it before me.”Helene Hanff, 84, Charing Cross Road

“They call it ‘the whispering of the stars.’ Listen,” he said, raising a finger for silence. I could still hear the tinkling and craned my neck to see what it was. Zhensky laughed. “No, here. Look.” He formed his mouth into a wide O and exhaled slowly. As he did, I saw the cloud of breath fall in droplets to the ground. That was the sound I heard: our breath falling. “It’s a Yakut expression. It means a period of weather so cold that your breath falls frozen to the ground before it can dissipate. The Yakuts say that you should never tell secrets outside during the whispering of the stars, because the words themselves freeze, and in the spring thaw anyone who walks past that spot will be able to hear them.”  ― Jon Fasman, The Geographer’s Library

“He didn’t know of course. Not really. And yet that was what he said, and I was soothed to hear it. For I knew what he meant. We all have our sorrows, and although the exact delineaments, weight, and dimensions of grief are different for everyone, the color of grief is common to us all. “I know,” he said, because he was human, and therefore, in a way, he did.”  ― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

“You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.” ― Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides

“It’s like a bear stumbling into a beehive or a honey cache: I’m stumbling right into it and getting stuck, and it’s delicious and it’s horrible and I’m in it and it’s not very graceful and it’s very awkward and it’s very painful and yet there’s something inevitable about it.”Leonard Cohen

“I told her how until that moment I had not understood that this was a story about lonely people, about absence and loss, and that that was why I had taken refuge in it until it became confused with my own life, like someone who has escaped into the pages of a novel because those whom he needs to love seem nothing more than ghosts inhabiting the mind of a stranger.”  ― Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

Anyone who knew the word slattern was worth cultivating as a friend.”  ― Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read list

This week’s Top Ten was tips for new bloggers, but as I have no idea what to tell them because I only do this for fun and my love of books, I’ve chosen to do Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read list! Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I recently got this book (a signed hardback) from BookPerk! I am excited to read it, I’ve heard its quite good.

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

I’ve been meaning to read this for months and months! I just haven’t gotten around to it, but its on my list to read as soon as possible!

Catherine the Great by Robert Massie

I received this book for Christmas and haven’t tackled it yet, I’ve read amazing things about it though!

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Been waiting forever for this one! It comes out in May and I’m very excited to read it.

Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

I just started this book and its great so far! I’ve had it for at least a year now and haven’t gotten a chance to read it. So I’m glad its going to finally be read.

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vailiant
After reading Born to Run again and loving it, I thought I’d look up books that are suggested as ‘similar’ types of reading. This one came up and looked fascinating, so its on my list!
A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World
Books about books! This one has been on my list for ages. Can’t wait to read it.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
My friend suggested this book to me last week, so I must go find it at a library this week. It sounds great!
Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
Another May book! Third in the Kane series, not quite as good as the Percy Jackson series but still a lot of fun. Excited to see whats going on in the world of Egyptian gods and magic.

Top Ten Books Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books whose titles or covers made me buy it.

I admit it, I’m a sucker for a good cover or brilliant design, so I roamed a bit about my shelves and found these which I think the cover or name contributed a lot too.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Part of what hooked me in the bookstore to buy this in hardback was the beautiful cover. You can’t tell from the image here, but its a white iridescence type of material that is shimmery. The fact that it was also an awesome read, was icing on the very pretty cake.

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee

I love books about books, especially when they are well written. I had heard this book was excellent and when I found it, the adorable cover with the books, lamp and colors was irresistible. I bought it immediately. It is also, btw, definitely worth reading.

  The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steve Galloway

I love small books. I know this sounds weird, but sometimes when you find that tiny little book squished between all those huge stacks of new hardcover fiction and bestsellers, it feels a little bit like a miracle to find a tiny, lovely book where you didn’t expect it. I also loved the name and the cover. This book lived up to its design, it is a gem of a book, beautiful and moving.

Who the hell is Pansy O’Hara? The Facinating Stories behind 50 of the world’s best loved books by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy

This book is definitely not one that wins for its cover, a bit unattractive with the yellow and pile of books. Seems like very little effort was put into it, but the title is different. I was really captured by the title and wanted to read the stories behind the books I knew so well already.

The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart

The name of the book really entranced me, a zoo, a tortoise and a tower? It sounded fanciful and fun. The writing itself is very good also and lives up to the whimsy of the name.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I loved the cute cover and the name of this book, the description also, that two kids were leaving clues for each other in a book in bookstores in New York, really hooked me. It was a great book and I wasn’t sorry to be entranced by the cover/title.

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

This awesome cover made me interested in a book I had never noticed before. Its very visual, being in black and white and of a graphic nature. I loved this design and it made me buy the book without much thought.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

A beautiful cover for a beautiful book. A very sad story about love, loss, family, concentration camps and finding hope even when you lose everything you know or love in your life. The cover and title definitely does the story justice.

The Master by Colm Toibin

A stunning cover for a riveting book. The Master is about a man who is born into an intellectual family and moves to Paris, Rome, Venice and London to live among artists and other writers. It is emotional and riveting, much like the cover itself.

Top Ten Underrated Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Underrated Books

I’m not sure how underrated these books are in the book community, maybe you’ve all read them and love them. But I feel like I often get the question of “what? who?” when I talk about them. So here goes, my list of possibly underrated books that I’d like others to read so they can exclaim with me over their amazingness.

1.   Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll

Or really anything he has written. I remember loving these books when I read them and being unable to put them down. Disturbing, beautiful, haunting, twisted. They were always unexpected.

2.   Anything by Barabara Kingsolver that ISN’T The Poisonwood Bible 

So maybe I’ll talk a little bit about overrated books too? I didn’t enjoy The Poisonwood Bible. Not sure why, I just couldn’t get into it. But I did love (love love love!) all her other books. So, I usually try to get people to branch out into her other novels. I swear, they are completely worth it.

3.   Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Anyone who goes to read Murakami always seems to leap for his The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which again, was not my favorite. I’ve read most of Murakami’s books and loved them. Out of all his books, this one has really stuck with me. Maybe because it was my first Murakami, maybe not. Either way, I wish more people had read this one too.

4.   Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

This is an awesome book with amazing reviews. Somehow though, most people I’ve talked too have never heard of it. So here I am doing my part, read this book! Whether you love to run or not, if you love to read, I think you’ll enjoy it.

5.    Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

When I began to read this book I didn’t have any idea what the Iditarod was or that it even existed. Once I read this book, I knew it would stick with me for the rest of my life. The Iditarod is the world’s largest sled race in Alaska. People endure days of racing over dangerous mountains and valleys, extreme cold, lack of food, frostbite, injuries and sometimes even death to run this race. Paulsen gives his first hand account of training and running it for the first time. He is funny, intelligent and engaging. I loved this book.

6.   84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

I know I’ve put this book on lists before but I’m going to say it again. If you are a book lover, you must read this book. You will cherish it.

7.   The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett

An adorable little novella about the Queen of England discovering a love for reading and putting off running the country to read books.

8.   Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Everyone has read (or heard of) The Five People You’ve Met in Heaven. Well let me gesture wildly as I point out, Albom has other books! This is yet another I-enjoyed-this-book-more-than-the-one-he-is-famous-for book. Have a Little Faith is a smart, touching and well written book. I am not religious in the least and I enjoyed this book immensely. Its all about love, understanding and respecting the belief’s of others.

9.   The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery   

This book is about a concierge in a building in Paris. Though she may come off as cranky and uneducated when interacting with the rich people in her building, secretly she is sophisticated, intelligent and lovely. She begins to interact with a new tenant and show her true self through his kindness and kinship.

10.   Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars by Ray Bradbury

So you’ve read his famous novels, but have you read this collection of personal essays? If you haven’t, you must! Bradbury fans will enjoy this intimate peek into Bradbury’s life and thoughts. I really loved learning more about one of my favorite authors.