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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 #9

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

July 26: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them (inspired by this post wayyy back in 2012.)

So this post took me a lot more thought than the previous Top Ten Tues posts. Mostly because as I mature I have already done a lot of the things I hoped to do in my life, and because I am better at realizing my limitations. But looking back at a wishful, dreamy, much younger self at say 12, 13 and 14, yeah there were a lot of things that reading books made me want to do. So most of this list is from the perspective of a tween me not the 36 year old version.

(Also, yes I realize that it’s Friday… I was on vacation and got a little behind in my posting. But it was a GOOD refreshing vacation, so I’ll forgive myself. 😉)


After reading books like the Lord of the Rings, Narnia and the dragon King trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead what young person wouldn’t be inspired to save the world?


51Q2RC72WJLThis was in 8th grade after we did a month long unit on Alaska where we read Call of the Wild, along with other texts. Besides which, the movie Iron Will had just come out and Mackenzie Astin was totally hot. We even got to go to the theater to watch Iron Will as a class. But you know what? I don’t really like to be cold, I hate huskies (because when I was 5 one bit my skull open,) I’m not very athletic, and the Iditarod is not at all the sort thing I would actually enjoy. Tweens aren’t really know for their logic, but they are know for going crazy for the latest heartthrob and that’s what we’ll put this down as.


Reading Hardy Boys books (like The Secret of the Caves) and a Partridge Family book where Danny gets trapped in a cave made me want to try my hand a cave exploration. This lasted about 10 steps into my first cave where I promptly realized that my fear of bats could not be overcome by the sense of adventure that exploring caves provided. (I am still afraid of bats, and to all the nay-sayers out there that would assure me that bats are harmless this happened in a neighboring town “Rabid bat bites local man,” inside the mans house, while he was asleep!)


robin of sherwoodMy childhood hero’s were Robin Hood, William Tell and Sacajawea. 2 out of 3 are archers, so of course I wanted to take up archery. Archery and adventure seem to go hand in hand and when your 13 or 14 that’s a big deal. (And let’s remember that Hunger Games came out when I was in my thirties.) BBCs Robin of Sherwood didn’t do anything but fan the flames of this idea. Luckily the summer camp I went to had archery lessons. At one point and time I wasn’t too bad of a shot.


By the fifth grade I had read every Nancy Drew story and was starting in on the Hardy Boys. It seemed to me there were probably mysteries every where to be solved, if only I could figure out where to start. I never did solve a true mystery, but that’s okay. As an adult I’ve reread several Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys books and you know what…? They get kidnapped an awful lot. So maybe solving mysteries is better left to others.


I got an outer space how-to-draw book at a book fare when I was probably in 4th or 5th grade and I’ve been a doodler ever since. Check out my tumbler for more doodles and coloring stuff.

An owl I drew recently.


Seriously… EVERYTHING IN SPACE WANTS TO KILL YOU! Have you read a sci-fi novel or short story set in space? Then you should know it’s rough out there. I’ll stick to planet Earth, thank you.


I think we’ve all been here, you pick up a random book by an unknown author and LOVE IT! Which sends you in search of more books by the same author. That’s what happened with Stephen R Lawhead waaaaay back when I was 13. My dad took me to the book store for my birthday and I got to pick out 1 book and 1 cassette. I picked out book one of the Dragon King trilogy and history was made. According to Goodreads I’ve read more books by Lawhead than any other author.


Reading about the lives of people like Hudson Taylor, Gladys Aylward, and Nora Lam was what first got me interested in China in the 8th grade. I would go on to take Chinese as my high school language (yes, it and 9 other languages were offered through the public school system where I went to high school.) After graduation I went on my first trip to China, when I went with a group for the summer to Hong Kong. It was 1997 right after the hand over, and we also went over the border a couple of times to visit Shenzhen. In 2002 I went back to teach English as a second language for a summer. Then in 2012 my husband and I traveled to China to visit our very first exchange student Lee (pictured below.)

China 2012, my husband and I with Lee.


I think this one is self explanatory.

What about you? Has there been something reading a book has made you want to do or learn? Has reading inspired you to any adventures? Let me know in the comments below.