Bookish Resolutions: Top Ten Tuesday

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


  1. Read More – This was my downfall in the last part of 2014. But I am up and running now. Hoping it will continue this way.
  2. Read to my Girls again – I fell away from this as The Girl got older and began to speed read and Bean usually asks from Dad to read but I miss it terribly. And The Girl has complained that we are not yet reading Wee Fee Men together.
  3. Review More – Even if they are only mirco reviews on Goodreads.
  4. Revive Thoughts on a Thursday – I loved this but fell away went I went to work. I have some prompts which I am hoping to kick start this feature again.
  5. Read more – See #1
  6. More non-fiction – I have a huge interest in so many things and a huge NF reading list but fiction always seem to win out. That was why I choose a NF challenge this year.
  7. More Events – I see the Winter 2014 Mini Bloggiesta! is coming up. This might be when I jump in.
  8. Connect more – Comment more. Actually read my BlogLoving’ feed. Stop be a virtual hermit.
  9. Back Edit more – I noticed my older blogs have broken links and are often poorly referenced with uncredited photos and summaries. I have been working on that and updating Tags vs. categories on WP. Must move forward on this.
  10. Read More – See #1 and #5

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I am 16 (Sometimes in my Reader Life): Top Ten Tuesday

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

So I am sure that a lot of bloggers might pick this topic but as I have written before in my Thoughts on a Thursday, I read YA because first of all it is some great writing. But also because it is the place The Girl and I meet and talk. So here are just some of the books I would recommend to people who ask why I Read YA.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

The Girl Who Series … by Catherynne M. Valente

“When you are born,” the golem said softly, “your courage is new and clean. You are brave enough for anything: crawling off of staircases, saying your first words without fearing that someone will think you are foolish, putting strange things in your mouth. But as you get older, your courage attracts gunk, and crusty things, and dirt, and fear, and knowing how bad things can get and what pain feels like. By the time you’re half-grown, your courage barely moves at all, it’s so grunged up with living. So every once in awhile, you have to scrub it up and get the works going, or else you’ll never be brave again.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

“She did not know yet how sometimes people keep parts of themselves hidden and secret, sometimes wicked and unkind parts, but often brave or wild or colorful parts, cunning or powerful or even marvelous, beautiful parts, just locked up away at the bottom of their hearts. They do this because they are afraid of the world and of being stared at, or relied upon to do feats of bravery or boldness. And all of those brave and wild and cunning and marvelous and beautiful parts they hid away and left in the dark to grow strange mushrooms—and yes, sometimes those wicked and unkind parts, too—end up in their shadow.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“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.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a Bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


Chime by Franny Billingsley

“I’ve confessed to everything and I’s liked to be hanged.
Now, if you please”
― Franny Billingsley, Chime

“Guess what it is that turns plants to coal.
Guess what it is that turns limestone to marble.
Guess what it is that turns Briony’s heart to stone.
Pressure is uncomfortable, but so are the gallows. Keep your secrets, wolfgirl. Dance your fists with Eldric’s, snatch lightning from the gods. Howl at the moon, at the blood-red moon. Let your mouth be a cavern of stars.”
― Franny Billingsley, Chime


Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore

“How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people – girls, women – went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill.”
― Kristin Cashore, Graceling

“Mercy was more frightening than murder, because it was harder.”
― Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Stardust Publisher: Harper Perennial

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

“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.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

“You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… What I’m trying to say, Tristan is… I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I’d know it for myself. My heart… It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange – no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

“That’s what i love about poetry. The more abstract, the better. The stuff were your not sure what the poets talking about. You may have an idea, but you cant be sure. Not a hundred percent. Each word, specifically chosen, could have a million different meanings. Is it a stand-in ―a symbol for another idea? Does it fit into a larger, more hidden, metaphor?
…I hated poetry until someone showed me how to appreciate it. He told me to see poetry as a puzzle. Its up to the reader to decipher the code, or the words, based on everything they know about life and emotions.”
― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

“I guess that’s the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same”
― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why


Shine by Lauren Myracle

“It’s unfair how the kids who are starving for attention tended to be so annoying that people had no inclination to give it to them.”
― Lauren Myracle, Shine

“Even so, I was proud of myself for taking action at all. I didn’t hide or run away or pretend the ugliness didn’t happen. I stood up and said something that was true. I said it out loud, and by doing so, I was standing up for lots of people, not just me.”
― Lauren Myracle, Shine

Ask the Passengers

Ask The Passengers by A.S. King

“Look, this is a loan. I don’t know if love is something I will run out of one day. I don’t know if I should be giving it all to you guys or not. Today, I feel like maybe I should have kept some for myself for days when no one else loves me.”
― A.S. King, Ask The Passengers

“All those people who are chained here thinking that their reputations matter and this little shit matters are so freaking shortsighted. Dude, what matters is that you’re happy. What matters is your future. What matters is that we get out of here in one piece. What matters is finding the truth of our own lives, not caring about what other people think is the truth of us.”
― A.S. King, Ask The Passengers

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Edition Original) by Chbosky, Stephen [Paperback(1999£©]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“It’s much easier to not know things sometimes. Things change and friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody. I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everybody was, especially me. I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and than make the choice to share it with other people. You can’t just sit their and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things. I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. And I’m going to figure out what that is. And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn’t do or what they didn’t know. I don’t know. I guess there could always be someone to blame. It’s just different. Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it’s okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

“I wonder if it’s ever really possible to know the truth about someone else, or if the best we can do is just stumble into each other, heads down, hoping to avoid collision. I…wonder how many people are clutching secrets like little fists, little rocks sitting in the pits of their stomachs. All of them, maybe.”
― Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Hit Me Baby One More Time: Top Ten Tuesday

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

Oh sequels and series, I have such a love hate relationship with you. The stories I want to go on stop and the ones I want to stop go on. Thanks to this weeks Top Ten I had to decide which one were really the “Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On”

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
I can’t even talk about how much I love these books. Even though I am forever having to say to other people, “Yes there are angels but really, really give it a chance.”


 Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)
Evie O’Neill and the New York Subway, Sequeeee!

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)
I hated the ending of the last book, mostly because this one was not yet released.

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)
The first one was creepy and enchanting. Can’t wait to see where this one will go.

Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15)
This one is so far out there is not even a link to buy it. Sad puppy face since I will then have to wait to get it on audio.

Unhinged: Splintered Book Two
Unhinged (Splintered, #2)
Oh, covers you get me every time.

Fables Vol. 19: Snow White

Fables, Vol. 19: Snow White (Fables, #19)
Yup, these can just keep coming.

Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book III
Wildwood Imperium (Wildwood Chronicles, #3)
Judge my fairy tale hipster all you like, I love these.

The Sandman: Overture #2
The Sandman: Overture #2
Well, tell me any of you are the least surprised.

The Magician’s Land (The Magicians #3)
No cover! But finally a release date. July 29, 2014. And a summary.

Over at the Frankenstein place: Top Ten Tuesday

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

For Hallowe’en the topic was a pick one. “This week was all about the creepy –whether or not you chose Top Ten Books To Read During Halloween or Top Ten Creepiest Covers!” Since I have done Top Ten to Read I decided to go with Creepiest Covers.

The Replacements – YA Weird
The Replacement

It – Creepy Clowns

I am Legend – Terrifying Vampires
I am Legend (S.F. Masterworks)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Creepy Oddities
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

We Need TO Talk About Kevin – Scary Children
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lord of The Flies – Classic Creepy
By William Golding: Lord of the Flies (Perigee) Fourty-First (41th) Edition

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Childhood Scary
Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark

The Action Bible – WTF? Scary
The Action Bible

Books of Blood – Gory Fest Scary
Books of Blood

Night Shift – Short Story Scary

From GoodReads


You Can’t Make Me: Top Ten Tuesday

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

 This week we are listing “‘Top Ten Books I Was “Forced'” to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, book club)” So I picked 5 with a bad or boring results and 5 with good ones.

Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

  1. Capital, Vol. 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
    Had to read this one for school. While I will grant its importance, some serious NoDoze required.

    The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want

  2. The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want
    One of the very few book club picks I have ever just hated.

    Heart of Darkness

  3. Heart of Darkness: A Norton Critical Edition
    A high school read which I resent to this day. I will never get the hours I read this book back nor the hours I slaved over the paper I wrote on it either.


  4. Dune
    Take my eyes, rather than make me read this book. I know it is a classic in the SciFi world but I wanted to die.

    The Ruins

  5. The Ruins
    Least scary horror book ever, still trying to figure out how it ended up on all of these best horror of all time lists.

    The Road

  6. The Road
    With the recommendation “Best book I would never recommend anyone read” you have to read it. And yes, completely accurate recommendation.

    Lonely Werewolf Girl

  7. Lonely Werewolf Girl (Kalix MacRinnalch, #1)
    Would not have known about it without a book club, thank goodness for book clubs.


  8. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
    Most irreverent thing I have read. I had not laughed so hard at a book before. And now I am a Moore fan.

    The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

  9. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell, #2)
    Read this to try and make for not getting through Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell. But I am now trying that on Audio.

    The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden

  10. In the Night Garden (The Orphan’s Tales, #1)
    Cannot thank the person who turned me onto Cat Vatente enough. She is a top five author.

Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart: Top Ten Tuesday

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

This week we are talking about the best and worst endings to series. Honestly I had trouble with this. I apparently start a lot of series but don’t finish them and the worst endings were even more difficult because I really don’t finish series which are going down hill. But here are the ones I came up with.

The Best
The Return of the King: Being theThird Part of the Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King by  J. R. R. Tolkien
Party tree replanted, Sam and Rosie, Frodo departs for the Undying Lands and sigh, perfect!

Black Heart (The Curse Workers)
Black Heart by Holly Black
The Big Score

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
If we end before the awful Epilogue

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices)
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Get your cake and Eat it too

Monsters of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
“Keep calling for me Viola.” Break my heart into a million pieces.

The Worst

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, Book 3) Publisher: Yearling
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Hated every part of this and so much sadder because I love book one so much.

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Does it matter that I hated all of them?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with the epilogue
Really the epilogue was written for 12-year-old girls everywhere.

The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3)
The Prophet of Yonwood (Book of Ember, #3)  by Jeanne DuPrau
No fair sneaking a prequel in

Meridon (Wideacre Trilogy)
Meridon (Wideacre, #3) by Philippa Gregory
My second bad series with a bad ending.