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Top Ten Tuesday #28

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

June 6, 2017:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR ListI want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!

I have a whole bunch of collections waiting for me on my Kindle… I’m sure I’m not alone in this. One of the unique thing about Kindle is the number of book collections they have. Whether its a complete series or a collection of books my several authors, it’s easy to get your hands on a large stack of Kindle book very quickly.

Top 10 Book Collections for Kindle

  1. The Dragon Chronicles – Dragons. They are more than a memory from an age of wizards and heroes. These winged, fire-breathing beasts soar through the traditions of many lands, and through our dreams. In their many guises – Western or Eastern, reptile or lizard or serpent, wyvern, hydra, basilisk – dragons embody everything that we humans call magic.In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, twelve authors invite you to journey to very different worlds – lands of fire and fury, of legend and lore – but all worlds where dragons roam unshackled from myth, freed from the imagination, and real.

I got this collection because well dragons, and it has stories by several authors I enjoy, like Daniel Arenson.

  1. Shattered Worlds – Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

I raved about this one last week, because it’s 23 stories for .99 cents! Dystopian, steampunk and fantasy are all right in my wheel house so, yes, I pre-purchased it.

  1. Dominion Rising – Find the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving! Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 22 all-new full-length novels set in fantastical realms.Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.

I saw this advertise in one of the many author emails I get as, “Spaceship or unicorn. Why not both?” And again it was .99 cents.

  1. The Great Iron War – The first three books in the Great Iron War steampunk dystopian fantasy series, collected together in a digital box set for the first time.In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Oh my! Steampunk and dystopian and did you read that description? Why am I not reading this right now?

    1. Legends: Fifteen Tales of Sword and Sorcery – Seventeen New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors bring you fifteen epic tales of Sword and Sorcery. LEGENDS is a ONE TIME ONLY limited bundle with over a million words of fantasy reading including original, never released stories from bestselling authors Nick Webb and K.F. Breene. Immerse yourself in captivating worlds and kingdoms where fearless warriors quest, powerful sorcerers battle fiery dragons, and humble peasants rise from poverty to riches.

For some reason I can’t find this collection on Amazon any more, and though it is in my order history. Again a collection of fantasy novels for .99 cents.

  1. Galactic Empires: Eight Novels of Deep Space Adventure – Eight full-length novels of adventure, war, intrigue and survival in the far reaches of space.

I think this set is free right now. Saving this one for a trip, like I have to wait for an airplane, and sci-fi will keep me busy.

  1. The Healers of Meligna Series Boxed Set – A three novel digital boxed set containing over 300,000 words of page-turning, fantasy reading. There will be 5 books in total for the Healers of Meligna series. Adenine is blind and isolated in her small attic bedroom. Haunted by the recent deaths of her uncle and father, she is alone and afraid. Believing she is a carrier of the incurable Death Plague that ravished the lands twenty-five years ago, she never goes outside…

Sounds soooo good! I’ve got to find time to read this set.

  1. Courtlight Series Boxed Set – This THREE NOVEL DIGITAL BOX SET – The Courtlight Series Book 1-3 (Sworn To Raise, Sworn To Transfer, Sworn To Conflict) – is over 800 pages (230,000 words). Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder–intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

This one is free for Kindle right now. An epic fantasy story that sounds pretty good.

  1. Fire and Fantasy – Mystical Lands. Epic Adventure. Enchanting Characters.FIRE & FANTASY will have your imagination soaring as you charge headfirst into this enchanting collection of 20+ brand new and existing fantasy reads packed with daring quests, bewitching legends, and dark magic!

I don’t have this one yet, but it’s only .99 cents and very tempting.

  1. The Lunar Chronicles – Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl…

Why haven’t I read the Lunar Chronicles yet? I don’t know, but I need to!

 

That’s my ten for this Tuesday. Leave me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments below.

Top Ten Tuesday #27

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

May 30: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

I’m not too good at following new releases. Part of this is because I’m so buried under a huge TBR stack that I hide from new releases, for fear that the TBR monster would get out of control. 🙂

There are a few book I am looking forward to though…

Top Ten Nine Second Half 2017 Releases

  1. The 13th Gate by Kat Ross – Release Date June 26, 2017. 

Winter 1888.

At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night. His distraught keepers summon the Lady Vivienne Cumberland—who’s interviewed their patient and isn’t sure he’s a man at all. An enigmatic woman who guards her own secrets closely, Lady Vivienne knows a creature from the shadowlands when she sees one. And he’s the most dangerous she’s ever encountered.

As Jack rampages through London, this time targeting rare book collectors, Lady Vivienne begins to suspect what he’s looking for. And if he finds it, the doors to the underworld will be thrown wide open…

Across the Atlantic, an archaeologist is brutally murdered after a Christmas Eve gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Certain peculiar aspects of the crime attract the interest of the Society for Psychical Research and its newest investigator, Harrison Fearing Pell. Is Dr. Julius Sabelline’s death related to his recent dig in Alexandria? Or is the motive something darker?

As Harry uncovers troubling connections to a serial murder case she’d believed was definitively solved, two mysteries converge amid the grit and glamor of Gilded Age New York. Harry and Lady Vivienne must join forces to stop an ancient evil. The key is something called the Thirteenth Gate. But where is it? And more importantly, who will find it first?

  1. New Series by Stephen R Lawhead – Release Date Unknown.Stephen R Lawhead

He dropped this hint on his Facebook page: “As some of you may know, I’ve been working on a new project for quite some time. While I can’t relate any details just yet, I can tell you that it’s a trilogy, and I’m happy to report that the first two books are written. I’m deep into book three now and hope to have a publishing date nailed down very soon.

In the meantime, here is a hint: a photo of some of the research reading I’ve been doing.”

  1. Kingkiller Chronicle #3 by Patrick Rothfuss – Release Date Unknown.
  2. Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse by by Chris Roberson and Joss Whedon – Release Date August 8, 2017.

Tough times haven’t ended for Mal Reynolds and his crew aboard the Serenity. When a call for help to find a missing friend takes them to an Alliance post on the Outer Rim, they encounter a new force building strength to fight the battle of the Browncoats–soon leading the crewmembers to question their individual values . . . Discovering that their friend is in Alliance custody and that an Alliance Operative is on the way, Mal concentrates his energy on the problem at hand and strikes an uneasy partnership for a daring rescue. But this is only the beginning of the story. Success will be when the Serenity’s crew makes it off this planet alive and all accounted for . . .

  1. Roar by Cora Carmack – Release Date June 13, 2017.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

  1. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – Release Date July 18, 2017.

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

  1. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – Release Date July 18, 2017.

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

  1. Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines #1) by Philip Reeve – Release Date Now.

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities!

London is hunting again. Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed.

In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage–and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  1. Shattered Worlds by 23 Different Authors – Release Date August 8, 2017.

Escape into twenty-three epic worlds that will leave you breathless.

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of today’s New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else.

There they are nine book that I’m looking forward too that will be coming out in the second half of 2017. Are you looking forward to any new releases? Let me know in the comments.

Also seriously go get Shattered Worlds, it’s only 99 cents for 23 books!

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Top Ten Tuesday #26


toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 23, 2017: Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

Summer reads is always a hard one for me. I’m not really a “beach reads” kind of person. I don’t get the summer off, so it’s not like I can go on a reading blitz. Plus summer is hot and icky. I’m much more of an autumn girl.

But since we are going to have the big solar eclipse here in Oregon this summer. (What’s the big deal about a total solar eclipse in Oregon?) I thought I’d dig through my books to find 10 books with the sun (or a sun) on the cover.

Ten Books I Own With the Sun on The Cover

  1. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres – This book was on the assigned reading list for a college class. However, I never finished it. In fact, no one in the class did. Even the professor admitted he couldn’t get through it.On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
  2. Perseus Spur – This is on my TBR shelf, we got it at the library book sale a few years back. (I have to admit that sometimes I go over board when it come to their end of the sale $5 book bag. As in I’ve heard of this author, throw it in the bag.)Perseus Spur
  3. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand – I really want to read this one, but just keep forgetting about it. Both my husband and I loved Aldiss’ The Long Afternoon of Earth.Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
  4. Hyperion – I very weird sort of book… like aSci-fi Canterbury Tales.Hyperion
  5. Neutron Star – This may not actually be a star, but possible a Ringworld on fire. Still “star” is in the title.Neutron Star
  6. Rockets in Ursa Major – My husband collects these old Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle books. Classic sci-fi has such cool covers.Rockets in Ursa Major
  7. The Lord of Chaos – My go-to writer for when I feel a need for a quick and cheesy fantasy. This is the only title of her left on my TBR. (BTW: I love the cloud hands grabbing for the sun.)The Lord of Chaos
  8. Seven Steps to the Sun – More Fred and Geoffrey Hoyle. Really crazy mind-bending cover.Seven Steps to the Sun
  9. Space Dictionary for Kids – I had to include this one 🙂 It’s a really great resource if you want to teach your kids about space. In fact, you might want to pick up a copy before the Aug 21st eclipse.Space Dictionary for Kids
  10. What’s This? A Seeds Story – Mostly including this one because it was our latest pickup. We went to a multi-cultural fair this weekend and there was a independant book seller there.What's This? A Seeds Story

Ok there you have it, I found 10 books with the sun on the cover. Will the eclipse be visible from where you live? If so do you have plans to watch it? What’s on your summer reading list? Let me know in the comments.

Also I just start a Bookstagram account. Check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday #25

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 16, 2017:  Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.

I seem to enjoy flipping these topics lately, so here are 10 characters who didn’t celebrate mother’s day this year. Why is it that so many stories are missing mothers? (I know there are conspiracy theories about why Disney does it.) And this entire list could have just been manga, because to be a manga character it’s almost required to be without at least one parent, but most likely both.

Where have all the mom’s gone? 10 Famous Character’s Without Mom’s

  1. Nancy Drew – Nancy Drew
  2. Ariel – The Little Mermaid
  3. Harry Potter – Harry Potter
  4. Peter Pan -Peter Pan
  5. Batman – Batman
  6. Peter Parker – Spiderman
  7. Aang, Katara and Sokka – Avatar the Last Airbender
  8. Ichigo Kurosaki – Bleach
  9. Arwen – The Lord of the Rings
  10. The Tanner Sisters – Full House

Can you think of any characters that I missed? Where do you think all the moms have gone? Leave me a comment below and a link to your Top Ten list.

Top Ten Tuesday #24

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 9, 2017: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist (topic originally done January 2014) — things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!

This week I’m flipping the topic. I read all sorts of books, and have a TBR that is already impossibly long. What do I want more of, I don’t know. But I can tell you what I want less of, and what I’m really tired of seeing publishers do to make a buck. So if anyone in the publishing industry is listening here’s what I’d do away with in books.

Top 10 7 Things I Want LESS Of in Books

  1. Shirtless men – Seriously stop with this, there are way too many book covers that have guys with airbrushed abs on them. We always talk about objectifying women in ads, magazines and etc, but what about objectifying men in books? I won’t even bother with the book description if it has a shirtless man on the cover.

    Might be a good book, but I’ll never know.
  2. Graphic Sex scenes – Goes along with the one above, but it’s just so unnecessary and often detracts from the story. I just read a book like this with great a great setting, a building mystery, good characters and then the sex… ugh the Golden Spider why did you have to go and do that to me? (And I was so looking forward to reading the Silver Skull, which I had already read an preview for.) Plus in this case it just didn’t fit with the Victorian setting, you can’t pretend that everyone is all prudish and then have your main characters drop their inhibitions (and clothing) at a whim.

    A good story ruined.
  3. Instalove/Triangles – Seriously, time after time other bloggers have pointed out that as readers they are so disgusted by this but yet it’s in pretty much every other book. Even in my most recent read, The Waterfall Traveler, the author had to include a kinda-sorta of love triangle, even though it was played down. But really the story didn’t need it, the characters would have been fine without it, it’s not like there is some law saying you have to include it. Just stop with the love triangles and instalove.

    Really this book didn’t need a love triangle.
  4. Confessions – Just tell your story, stop with all these first person confession fiction pieces. I understand that they are probably easy to write, after all a confession can be just as disjointed as the thoughts of the person confessing. It feels like the Readers Digest ideas of “13 secrets your plumber won’t tell you”, has gotten made into a novel and they expect it to work.

    I really don’t need this in my life.
  5. Straight to Kindle – Nothing bugs me more than getting a book that feels like it’s gone straight to Kindle and skipped the editors desk. When I first got my Kindle I stumbled into this a lot more often. Now I am more selective in the free books I add to my reading list. Really just have your book edited by a professional, at least have someone catch all the times you call characters by the wrong name.

    Sorry, good idea but bad execution. I can’t even find this book on Amazon anymore.
  6. Every Series Needs More BooksNot all sequels are equals. Publishers think that if they keep squeezing more out of the same ideas that those ideas will make good stories. Frankly, I could write a whole blog about this. Too many times what should have been a stand-alone novel or a duelogy gets turned into 3 or 5 or 8 novels, and by the end the books are dry repeat plots. Please publishers just stop doing this.

    The first one was written in 1964, the next in 1985 now there are 17 books (most written after the authors death.)
  7. Pastors Must Write A Book – It seems that in order to be seen as a successful pastor of a large church you have to publish a book. Often these book are HEAVILY padded. One book I read had lots and lots, a ridiculous amount of lists. Others have just gone over the same point time and time again. There may be enough material for a great sermon series, but that doesn’t mean it will be a great book. Sadly, this is why I don’t request Christian non-fiction ARCs any more.

    I hope you like lists, and one word sentences. Lots.

So that’s it, I could only come up with seven this week. What is one thing you’d like to see less of in books? If you could wave your magic wand and make publishers change something what would it be? Let me know in the comments below.

Top Ten Tuesday #23


toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

May 2, 2015: Cover Theme Freebie: literally anyyyything about covers….top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc. etc.

Thinking about what covers I could cover for this weeks topic ;-), I started to think of Nancy Drew (especially since the 87th anniversary of the Secret of the Old Clock was on April 28th, Happy Birthday Nancy Drew!!!) and all the great cover art done for that series. Thanks to NancyDrew.info and their great list of ALL of the Nancy Drew editions I was able to take a stroll down memory lane and pick out my 10 favorite for this weeks list.

Top 10 Nancy Drew Covers

  1. The Secret of the Old Clock: 80th Anniversary Limited Edition – This one is cool and classic. The iconic girl detective in blue is just about perfect. Plus the fact that it’s the 80th Anniversary Limited Edition makes it even better.
  2. The Mystery At Lilac Inn – This one has always appeared mysterious to me. What could they be signally each other for? The colors also just draw your eyes right to the action.
  3. The Password To Larkspur Lane – This is one of my favorite Nancy Drew stories, and I love the cover too. It makes her look like she’s doing some real sleuthing. And that guy is really angry, I just love it!
  4. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall – Two thing make this great, it has George and Bess and Nancy all on the cover and then just the eerie feel of the picture. It makes me want to go find it and read it again right now.
  5. The Haunted Bridge – Can’t you just feel the danger and tension? I love it. But somehow that look in Nancy’s eyes you just know she’s going to figure this out.
  6. The Hidden Window Mystery – I <3 peacocks! Really I do, I have a huge Pinterest board full of peacock love, and a jewelry box bursting with all sorts of peacock loveliness. And here is one distracting Nancy so somebody can sneak by. How could I not love it?The Hidden Window Mystery
  7. The Clue Of The Whistling Bagpipes – Nancy in a kilt playing the bagpipes! Do I need to say more?
  8. The Hidden Staircase – These new 2014 covers by Sabrina Gabrielli are beautiful. My favorite is this one on the Hidden Staircase. While they don’t really have the same feel as the old ones it is nice to see a fresh take on the Girl Detective.
  9. Mystery Of Crocodile Island – Is Nancy going to stab that croc with her knife? That’s the first thought that came to me when I looked at this cover. I just love how it draws you into the action.Mystery Of Crocodile Island
  10. The Secret Of The Forgotten City – Nancy looks so worried here. YOu have to wonder what’s going on. Plus I’m a nut for Monochromatic art. The colors here are just beautiful.The Secret Of The Forgotten City

So which is you favorite? Did you enjoy Nancy Drew (or the Hardy Boys) when you were younger? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday #22

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

April 25, 2017Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book

Choosing a book is as much about mood as it is about the topic, setting or genre of the book, but there are some books I just know I won’t be interested in.

Top 10 Topics that Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book

  1. Vampires – I have never been into Vampires, especially when they are the “good guys.” The whole idea of them is revolting to me, especially since they are basically cannibals who trade their souls for immortality and then degrade themselves constantly. Just not interested.
  2. Romeo and Juliette – Or “star-crossed lovers” if it’s in a description of a book and that book has not been written by Shakespeare I’m not interested. I think people have vastly misunderstood the message of Romeo and Juliette. “Romeo and Juliet is not a love story. It’s a 3 day relationship between a 13 year old and a 17 year old that caused 6 deaths. Sincerely, everyone who actually read it.” – Anonymous
  3. Horror – I’m not into things that are gruesome. So much of horror seems to be gruesome from gruesome’s sake and shocking for shock sake. I just don’t get it. I don’t get why people enjoy dismemberment, or torture, or cruelty, or anything like that.
  4. Graphic Sex – For the most part it just doesn’t do anything for the story. Why do we need to have all the details when it’s so much classier to allude to it?
  5. Amish Fiction – I don’t know how this genre got to be such a big thing. I understand wanting to read about different cultures and unfamiliar settings, but it just seems like there are too many books in this category. The Amish lifestyle might be interesting, but it’s weird that we have commercialize their lifestyle in such a way.
  6. Urban Fantasy – I have tried to get into Urban Fantasy. I picked up the City of Bones because so many people raved about it, but through out most of the book I kept thinking, “Buffy did it better.” In a lot of Urban Fantasy it seems like I can’t stay in the story, the world building and the characters don’t work for me.
  7. Harlequin Romance – These books just seem to cheapen real romance. For me I’d rather experience the real thing than read about an unreal type of romance. Plus the way these books are published in bulk makes them formulaic.
  8. Rush Limbaugh – I have family members who think he’s great, so they occasionally give me one of his books. I have no interest in reading his inflammatory perspective. (Note: Just the other day my Grandmother tired to get me to read something by Rush.)
  9. Politics – In general I do not enjoy books on political subjects.
  10. Men without their shirts on – When I see this on the cover I just roll my eyes and pass it by. Beside they are always airbrushed abs anyway.

What kinds of things turn you off from choosing a book? Are there topics you just don’t find interesting? Leave me a comment and let me know.

 

Top Ten Tuesday #21

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

April 18, 2017: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013 as top ten words/topics that will make me instantly want to read a book) — so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book.

My reading habits have been called eclectic before, and that’s because I’m just as likely to have my nose in a Nancy Drew book as I am the Brothers Karamazov. My taste ranges from fantasy to science fiction, from Greek tragedy to modern poetry, and from Christian Fiction to YA Dystopian. That being said, yes there are somethings that will draw me to a book more that other things, and here is an un-ordered list of ten of those.

Top Ten Topics That Make Me Want to Read A Book

    1. Greek Mythology – I love Greek tragedy and try to fit at least 1 Greek play into my reading every year. But I also like to see Greek mythology remixed, retold, twisted or simply alluded to. It’s why I took a chance on Venom & Vanilla, even though I don’t normally like Urban Fantasy. One of my favorites in the category: Nobody’s Princess.

    1. Stephen R Lawhead – Lawhead is my favorite author. I have read every book by him, and own most of them. I especially like his Robin Hood and Arthurian retellings. My favorite book of all time is Dream Thief.

    1. Arthurian Retellings – If it has Merlin, Arthur, or the Knight of the Round Table in it I probably want to read it. I am an Arthur junkie. (Although I admit to not being able to get into the series Merlin, for some reason.) I already mentioned Lawhead’s retelling, an interesting one I read lately was Shadowland: A Tale From The Dark Ages.

    1. Dreams – I enjoy stories where the main character is drawn into their dreams, or lives another life in their dreams, or just where dreams play a major part in the real world. I’ve already mentioned how much I love Dream Thief, another one you may want to check out is Dreamlander

    1. Good Fantasy World Building – I don’t look for just any fantasy story, I want one I can loose myself in. Which is why The Lord of the Rings is awesome. Nothing takes me out of the story faster than a world in which the characters don’t seem to fit. But if I hear from other reviewers that the world building really drew them in, it’s a bet that the book is going into my TBR. Check out the The Midnight Sea(The Fourth Element, #1) for some great world building.

    1. Newbery – One of my major reading goals is to read through all the Newbery books. I fell really behind on this last year, but am hoping to get up to speed again this year. One of the best of the titles I’ve read so far is Holes.

    1. Archers – This one is especially true of comics, but two of my childhood heroes where Robin Hood and William Tell (thanks to two BBC series on PBS.) So when Lawhead came out with his Hood series I was tickled pink. And I also loved The Hunger Games.

    1. Philip K. Dick – Is another author I love and will read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. It’s crazy with the amount of books he’s written how hard it is to come across them second hand. Second Variety, is a short story of his that I am still thinking about (and creeped out by) years after reading it. My favorite novel of his is Deus Irae, which I’ve read at least twice.

    1. Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys 1st Edition – This one may sounds a little weird, but I look for and collect the original Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, it’s doesn’t have to really be 1st edition just the original copyright before they were changed. That’s right, the stories have been updated several times to change jargon and make them more modern. I recently picked up the original The Secret of Red Gate Farm.

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    1. Finished Series – I kinda hate having to wait for the next book to come out. So if I stumbled on an already finished series that sparks my interest I’d much rather read that. And if I can pick up the whole thing for Kindle at a good price that helps too. It’s why I read the Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf, which was a total hoot. I also really enjoyed The Five Kingdoms series.

Runner up: Dystopian – I used to love dystopian fiction and this had been a reason to pick up a book, but now the market is SO flooded. It’s like everything has to have a dystopian setting.

Do you related to any of these? What is something make make you instantly want to pick up a book? Leave me a comment below.

Top Ten Tuesday #20

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

April 11, 2017: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read Some variations: top ten unique sounding books on my TBR, top ten most unique books I’ve read in X genre, etc.

This is a pretty big category to wrap my head around. What makes a book unique? Is it the publisher, the rarity, the binding? Is it some gimmick, some limited edition thing? Is the the plot, the characters, the setting? Any of these things could be the right answer. There are a lot of ways books can be unique, and its one of the reason so many enjoy collecting them.

For this list I’m going to focus on books the look unique. This is mostly inspired by my local used book seller and his Instagram account, browsersbookstore.  I’m going to be using post from them and other Instagram book sellers / #bookstagram to complete this list.

Top Ten Unique Books

Why? Because little books are fun and also because it’s double history, the history of the Emancipation Proclamation in a book that is history itself.

Why? I freely admit to being a James Bond fan girl (As long as we leave Daniel Craig aka WORST BOND EVER, out of it.) I am working my way through the full collection of trade paper back my sister gave me, but there is something special about first editions.

Why? The cover is beautiful enough on it’s own, but illustrations of Mickey Mouse reading Gullivers travels? Priceless!

Why? Exquisite! Plus I love all thing Arthurian and Art Nouveau, which this book combines.

Think you have everything Lord of the Rings? #fantasy #MiddleEarth

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Why? I thought I did, but I’ve never heard of this book before. (I even own The Fellowship in Mandarin Chinese, which I picked up while teaching English in China mind you.) We have a whole Tolkien shelf combing the multiple copies and different edition we have of the books. And of course my husband claims to be the ultimate Tolkien fan because he married Arwen. 😊

Why? Another beautiful Art Nouveau piece of work. You could just look at these book all day long.

This finely bound Book of Common Prayer is noteworthy because of its stunning bejewelled binding after a design by William Burges, with five brass-mounted semi-precious stones on each board together with two elaborate armorial brass clasps, again set with stones. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀William Burges was one of the pre-eminent figures of the Victorian mediaeval revival. This work was commissioned by Lord and Lady Ripon. Studley Royal and St. Mary's Churches were both built for the Ripons between 1871 and 1878. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Tragically the funds for these builds came from unspent ransom cash from a kidnap that went wrong and which ended in the death of a good friend of the family, Frederick Grantham Vyner. He had been apprehended by Greek bandits during an expedition to Marathon and was shot, along with three friends, in an ensuing gun battle with armed troops. Vyner's mother and her sister Lady Ripon then decided to dedicate the unused ransom money to this memorial project. #beautiful

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Why? The history behind this amazing looking book could be a book itself. The book is in great condition looking almost new.

Why? Because it made me laugh. Chicken scratch… from scratch…KGB Chicken… who comes up with this stuff?

Why? Again it’s a little book and tiny books are cool. And somehow this one has text find inside it in two languages.

Why? In case you didn’t know my day time job is as a freelance content manager and website developer. I’ve been doing a lot of code work lately so this one just stood out, even though it on morse code and not computer code.

Bonus:

These awesome bookends…

 

Top Ten Tuesday #19

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

April 4, 2017: Fandom Freebie — top ten fandoms I’m in, 10 reasons X fandom is the best, must have merchandise for x fandom, etc. etc.

How to pick just ten when Firefly is one of the most perfectly conceived and well made shows ever? (And it’s even a Sci-fi Western, yes they somehow pulled that off.) So instead I’m going to countdown my favorite characters from the show, and because Firefly is a needs to been seen, I’m going to do this post all clippy. I’ll also try my best not to use any spoilers, but be warned just in case I let one slip.

Firefly Character Countdown

  1. Simon – A handsome, well educated doctor from a wealthy family. A lot of girls would swoon, but not me. One of the main motivators from the larger plot arch of the series and the movie, he’s necessary but he’s not my favorite. However he does occasionally have a good line. And you gotta love his commitment to protecting his sister.

  1. Inara – A Companion, guild-certified high class prostitute, who rents a shuttle from Serenity to have a mobile business. Again necessary to the plot and as a love foil for the Captain, but I just don’t like her that much. She is smart and independent and professional and in control of her sexuality- everything a good feminist roll model should be. Maybe that’s why I don’t like her that much, it too overt, too obvious. I know Joss Weadon is a feminist and he really does a good job of creating strong feminine characters, but in Inara he goes over the top.

  1. Kaylee – The ships mechanic and sort of mascot, who is eternally optimistic and bright (both in her clothing and personality and intellegence.) I do like Kaylee, and the only reason she is further down on this list is that the other characters are just that much stronger. If the show had lasted longer we may have gotten to have more Kaylee episodes.

  1. River – The troubled younger sister of Simon, who seems to have some interesting talents. Talents the government wants, and they will do anything to get River back into their custody. The show and the crew wouldn’t be the same without her. She gives them all (except Jayne) a little sister to put up with, to defend, to unite around. Plus the mystery surrounding her keeps the plot jumping.

  1. Shepherd Book – A man of faith searching for his place in the ‘Verse, who stumbled across Serenity and who can’t seem to let go of the family he found there even if the Captain is hostile to his religion. Book has a mystery around his past, and is full of experience and wisdom for the crew. Without Book there would be no moral center at all, and I get the idea that this already drifting crew would really be lost.

  1. Serenity (The Ship) – I couldn’t do a character list without mentioning the ship herself. One of the great things about the show is how even the ship has a character arc, a history, a personality. And she is beautiful, I just love this ship. Serenity may not be the Enterprise, but she feel like some place I could call home.

  1. Wash – The spunky, hilarious, often childlike ship’s pilot. Nearly every line that Wash has in the show is funny, and in a way that feel totally natural. Sometimes a show will have a comic relief character who really feels forced, and who doesn’t really belong with the others. Wash is part of the Serenity family, he belongs, and his skill is necessary to get them out of a lot of sticky situations.

  1. Zoe – The strong and talented warrior woman who is second in command of Serenity. She has some seriously great lines like “Sir, I think you have a problem with your brain being missing,” and the famous tag line “Big Damn Heroes.” Zoe could be a really dark character, but she knows when to get down to business and when to take it easy. Still not someone who want to mess around with, she’s always half a second from violence.

  1. Mal – The Captain, the whole show kinda belong to him. While some of the others play supporting or motivating role it all revolves around Malcolm Reynolds whose strength of character keeps the whole thing together. There are times that literally things should not have worked out, when it was all going to pieces in a hurry, but it was Mal who willed them to happen. A lot of it is summed up in the “First Rule of Flying” that he gives River Tam at the end of Serenity, which I will include below.

  1. Jayne – He’s a true chaotic neutral, which makes him the kinda of gruff bad boy you always fall for in fiction. (And if that’s not your thing remember there’s plenty of other characters to swoon over.) Even the show knows how awesome Jayne is because they gave him his own hero song in the episode “Jaynestown.”