Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t (1/12/16)

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There are so many more. I am hoping this year to make up for some of the time lost to other things but I am not pressuring myself.

The Girl on the TrainFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsRed Queen
A Darker Shade of Magic: A NovelThe Cinder Spires: the Aeronaut’s Windlass
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to ForgetThe Witches: Salem, 1692

Armchair BEA 2013: The Classics

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Since it is Tuesday and I usually do a Top Ten Tuesday, I think I will do a top ten favorite classics for today. (And since this week is a Freebie Week over at The Broke and the Bookish, this can count twice!) So here they are 6 “adult” and 4 juvenile classics which I love beyond reason.

Pride and Prejudice: 200th Anniversary Edition

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Dracula (Norton Critical Editions)
Dracula by Bram Stoker

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Signet Classics)
A Midsummer Night’s Dreamby William Shakespeare

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three Stories
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Top Ten Tuesday: Veni. Legi. Flevi.

Top Ten Tuesday
Each week there is a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week was a Top Ten Freebie  in other words we could pick an old list and do it or redo it. So I picked Top Ten Books That Made You Cry. Note there are SPOILERS in this post.

The Fault in Our Stars

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Seriously my tee was damp from crying. This was my most recent sob fest. When my husband asked what was wrong and I showed him the book he looked at me and said “Really? Cancer? And you thought it would NOT make you cry?”

My Sister's Keeper: A Novel

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Given the story and the tiny bit of resemblance to out lives, this one really hit home. My older daughter was born with one kidney and this made me wonder what we would ever do if she need another.

The Time Traveler's Wife

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The waiting and the tragic dying. The only reason this is not rated higher in the tissue box ranking is the mild creepy of older Henry and younger Clare.

Flowers for Algernon

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Charlie Gordon, oh how my heart breaks for you. And that ending where all you want is for someone to put flowers on Algernon’s grave, sobbing now.

The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real

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A student gave me a copy of this once. It still makes me cry every time I read it. I have a hard time reading it to my girls because this part gets me every time:

“‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.'”

Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck Centennial Edition)

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“I can still tend the rabbits, George? I didn’t mean no harm, George.”

Enough said.

The Road (Oprah's Book Club)

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This one only gets three tissue boxes because mostly it was horrifically depressing which is not the same as crying always. But when they reach the sea and then The Man gets sick, the tears started to flow.

Watership Down (Scribner Classics)

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Stupid rabbits.

The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen (The Annotated Books)

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Any of them, pick one. Need a list?

The Fir Tree = Cut down, abandoned, cut into pieces and burned
The Ice-Maiden = Our Hero drowns the night before his wedding
The Little Match Girl = Dies in the cold because she is afraid to go home and be beaten by her father
The Little Mermaid = Throws herself into the sea and becomes foam because she has no soul after the prince marries someone else
The Steadfast Tin Soldier = melts into a lump of tin and the ballerina burns up in the fire
 

Pooh's Library: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six (Pooh Original Edition)

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I had an argument once with a friend about how sad the end of The House at Pooh Corner was. He didn’t believe me. I made him read the end in the middle of the bookstore. So he read this and I won.

“Then, suddenly again, Christopher Robin, who was Still
looking at the world with his chin in his hands, called out
“Pooh!”
“Yes?” said Pooh.
“When I’m–when– Pooh!”
“Yes, Christopher Robin?”
“I’m not going to do Nothing any more.”
“Never again?”
“Well, not so much. They don’t let you.”
Pooh waited for him to go on, but he was silent again.
“Yes, Christopher Robin?” said Pooh helpfully.
“Pooh, when I’m–you know–when I’m not doing Nothing, will you come up here sometimes?”
“Just Me?”
“Yes, Pooh.”
“Will you be here too?”
“Yes, Pooh, I will be really. I promise I will be, Pooh.”
“That’s good,” said Pooh.
“Pooh, promise you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred.”
Pooh thought for a little.
“How old shall I be then?”
“Ninety-nine.”
Pooh nodded.
“I promise,” he said.
Still with his eyes on the world Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh’s paw.
“Pooh,” said Christopher Robin earnestly, “if I–if I’m not quite” he stopped and tried again –“. Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won’t you?”
“Understand what?”
“Oh, nothing.” He laughed and jumped to his feet. “Come on!”
“Where?” said Pooh.
“Anywhere,” said Christopher Robin.
So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: You’re Just Too Good To Be True

Top Ten Tuesday
Each week there is a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)

“In vain I have struggled.  It will not do.  My feelings will not be repressed.  You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden (The Dresden Files)

“I love you.” Why it worked right then, why the webbing of my godmother’s spell frayed as though the words had been an open flame, I don’t know. I haven’t found any explanation for it. There aren’t any magical words, really. The words just hold the magic. They give it a shape and a form, they make it useful, describe the images within. I’ll say this, though: Some words have a power that has nothing to do with supernatural forces. They resound in the heart and mind, they live long after the sounds of them have died away, they echo in the heart and the soul. They have power, and that power is very real. Those three words are good ones.”

R (Warm Bodies)

“I crush her against me. I want to be part of her. Not just inside her but all around her. I want our rib cages to crack open and our hearts to migrate and merge. I want our cells to braid together like living thread.”

The Fault in Our Stars

Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars)

“I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

Westley (The Princess Bride)

“I’ve been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn’t listen. Every time you said ‘Farm Boy do this’ you thought I was answering ‘As you wish’ but that’s only because you were hearing wrong. ‘I love you’ was what it was, but you never heard.”

Tristan Thorn (Stardust)

“He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.”

Graceling

Prince Po (Graceling)

“I know you don’t want this, Katsa. But I can’t help myself. The moment you came barreling into my life I was lost. I’m afraid to tell you what I wish for, for fear you’ll… oh, I don’t know, throw me into the fire. Or more likely, refuse me. Or worst of all, despise me,” he said, his voice breaking and his eyes dropping from her face. His face dropping into his hands. “I love you,” he said. “You’re more dear to my heart than I ever knew anyone could be. And I’ve made you cry; and there I’ll stop.”

Professor Severus Snape (Harry Potter)

“Always”

Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing)

I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that
strange?

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Eldric (Chime)

“Should I ever again sink into illness, I’m sure I’ll remember Eldric. I’ll remember he cared for me. I’ll remember that someone had at least taken the time to touch my face.”

Top Ten Tuesday: You Have To Read This One

Top Ten Tuesday
Each week they post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer.
Everyone is welcome to join.

Today is very busy so here is the Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most.

You want to start reading Neil Gaiman
American Gods: Author's Preferred Text

You want to start reading historical fantasy:
The Night Circus

You want to start reading retellings:
Hood (The King Raven, Book 1)

You want to start read Zombie stories:
I Am Legend

You want to start reading graphic novels:
Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

You want to start reading young adult:
Chime

You want to start reading Kick ass heroines:
Graceling

You want to start reading magical realism:
The Magicians: A Novel


You want to start reading full on fantasy:
The Book of Lost Things

You want to start reading science fiction:

The Sparrow