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Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

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  1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: This is a Diverse Books Club read for September and I have yet to read it. I’m really excited to get to it next.
  2. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson: I’ve seen hearing about this series for quite a while. I recently picked up Paper Girls, and it was not really for me, but that prompted me to pick up Lumberjanes. I’ve wanted to get into a new graphic novel series for a while now.
  3. Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick: I adored The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, so I was very excited to see that Phaedra Patrick had another book out. I haven’t heard as much buzz on this books, but we shall have to wait and see.
  4. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This is one of the books I am reading for the Banned/Challenged Books Read-a-thon I am going to participate in. It has been on my shelf for at least 4 year, and I really need to read it. I have seen the movie, and I’m curious to see how it compares.
  5. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnero: This is another book for the Banned/Challenged Books Read-a-thon. I needed to incorporate some Hispanic authors for Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15).
  6. Approval Junkie by Faith Salie: I got this from Blogging for Books a month or two ago, and I have been putting it off. I need to get to this.
  7. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende: I just got this Oct 31st release from NetGalley, and I need to read it before the release. Motivation ACTIVATE!
  8. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: I have this book on hold from the library and can’t wait to read it.
  9. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout: I read My Name is Lucy Barton, and I;m curious about this book. It’s not a sequel. Rather, it’s an exploration of the small town where Lucy grew up. I wasn’t a super fan of My Name is Lucy Barton, but I’m intrigued and willing to give it a chance.
  10. The Complete Father Brown Stories by G. K. Chesterton: I LOVE G. K. Chesterton, and I picked up this book because of the BBC series that is now on Netflix. I want to read the book before watching it. I might convince my brother to buddy read these with me. We’ll see.

Let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these books or have suggestions about similar books that I can add to my TBR. I do a quarterly TBR instead of a monthly one.

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Top Ten Books That Were Hard to Get Through

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  1. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand): I really dislike this book. Not only is this book long, but I could not connect to the characters at all. I don’t always have to connect or like characters to like a book, but their actions were irrational to me. I also just don’t like Ayn Rand and her writing, but I had to finish this book for my sophomore high school English class.
  2. A Deep Dark Secret (Kimberla Lawson Roby): I got this book at a library sale that they were having. It was so so so poorly written, and I’m not even sure if I got through it all. I think this was a DNF.
  3. The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka): This was another required reading for high school, and I just did not understand the meaning behind the story or the characters. If I don’t like a book, it makes it so much harder to read through it.
  4. 1984 (George Orwell): Again, I did not like the characters or the story which made the reading process a chore.
  5. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens): I kind of liked this book, but one of the issues for me was that it was so long, that I got a little lost. This made me have to stop and look stuff up because I could not remember the plot or some characters.
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood): I did not like this book, but we had to read it for high school (I see a pattern…). I don’t like Margaret Atwood’s writing style, and
  7. This is How You Lose Her (Junot Diaz): This book had different plot lines that kept jumping around. I found it hard to follow.
  8. Grendel (John Gardner): This book was horrible which made it so hard to get through. It literally takes one of the scariest monsters in all of literature, and it makes it such a whimp!
  9. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy): This is one of my favorite books ever. However, there were complete chapters on harvesting that could have been taken out. That is what made it hard to get through.

Let me know in the comments below what were some of the books that you found hard to get through.

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Top Ten Hidden Gem Books in Classics

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  1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Eugene O’Neill): This play touches on addiction and what does to a family. I read it in high school (way way back in the day), and I hope kids are still reading it today.
  2. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe): If you are looking for diverse reads, look no further. It is written by a Nigerian author about the colonization of East Africa. It is a modern classic for sure.
  3. Collected Novellas (Gabriel Garcia Marquez): Pretty much anything that GGM writes, I will read. He is most known for Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude, but I think he is a much better novella and short story writer. He really grabs your attention from the beginning and completely engulfs you in the world he has created.
  4. The Pearl (John Steinbeck): I also read this in high school, and I loved it. Like many of Steinbeck’s books, this is not a happy book with a happy ending, but it is short and very poignant. Definitely check it out.
  5. Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert): One of my favorite authors. Love this book. Adultery. France.
  6. Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel Garcia Marquez): Again, if GGM writes it, I will read it. This is my absolute favorite novella that I have read from him. It looks at a community after something happens and how the community deals with it. Want to explore the mob mentality? Read it.
  7. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh): One of the BEST Catholic fiction out there. Even if you are not Catholic, this story is absolutely amazing. If you don’t want to read it, listen to the audiobook narrated by Jeremy Irons or watch the miniseries with Jeremy Irons. By the way, this is the miniseries that all other BBC miniseries is modeled after. It is so true to the book.
  8. A Good Man is Hard to Find (Flannery O’Conner): I feel like Flannery O’Conner (aka the Queen of Southern Gothic Literature) is not as widely read as I like. Maybe it’s because I live in the South, that people know her, but not many have read her work. It is dark. Really dark. However, her writing is amazing, and she packs so much meaning into her stories.
  9. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkein): A true modern classic.
  10. In Cold Blood (Truman Capote): I don’t know if people consider this a classic, but I do. It explores the murders of a family in Kansas and the motives of their killer. It is fascinating and a page-turner.

Let me know what you think of these books or what your top ten hidden gems are. Leave a comment below!

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Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

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  1. Gabriel Garcia Marquez All of his work is amazing, but if you don’t want to commit to a full novel, his short stories and novellas are amazing.
  2. Alexandre Dumas Count of Monte Christo anyone?
  3. Pope Benedict XVI aka Papa Benny He is the man when it comes to Catholic Theology. While his writing can be a little dense, it is so beautiful and profound. It warms the cockles of my heart.
  4. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter is one of my absolute favorite series ever. What else can I say?
  5. Gustave Flaubert I read Madame Bovary when I was in high school and loved it.
  6. Khaled Hosseini His writing is powerful and emotional. I would recommend him to anyone.
  7. Barbara Kingsolver She is a wonderful writer, and she has been one of my favorites ever since I read The Poisonwood Bible in college. If you haven’t read it, read it.
  8. C.S. Lewis I didn’t read any C.S. Lewis until I was in college, but I have really come to enjoy his works.
  9. Haruki Murakami I just recently discovered and have really enjoyed his writing. It takes a little to get use to, but it’s wonderful.
  10. J. R. R. Tolkein What can I say about Tolkien? His ability to build worlds is unparalleled. I’m a total LOTR nerd.

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Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

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Top Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR

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  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  3. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  5. Mort(e) by Robert Repino
  6. The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
  7. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  8. Gwendolen by Diania Souhami
  9. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  10. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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Top Ten Heroines from Books/TV/Movies

  
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1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series) Intelligent, loyal, compassionate. What more can I say?

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2. Eowyn (Lord of the Rings) Eowyn is basically the embodiment of a warrior princess. She is so kick-ass!

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3. Fantine (Les Miserables) She was such a devoted mother that went into prostitution for her child. They pulled her teeth out! If that is not the epitome of mother love, what is?

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4. Marmee (Little Women) Marmee had the strength to keep her family together while her husband went out to fight in the war. She is my hero.

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5. Agent Carter (Marvel’s Agent Carter) This is by far one of my favorite shows this year. Peggy Carter is beating the patriarchy one bad guy at a time.

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6. Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec) I aspire to be her. Intelligent, relentless, go-getter, and an amazing friend.

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7. Donna Meagle (Parks and Rec) Donna to care what other people thought and to do you. #treatyoself

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8. Linda Belcher (Bob’s Burgers) Supportive and loving mother and wife. She’s goofy, but she’s a great example.

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9. Tina Belcher (Bob’s Burgers) Tina is my hero in that she is all about being ok with who you are. You do you, Tina!

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10. Jessica Huang (Fresh Off the Boat) Another great new show that has just aired. I want her to be my best friend.

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Top Ten Book Problems

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  • Library books that smell funky. You all know what I’m talking about. You get super excited to read a book from the library only to find out that it smells terrible. You then proceed to imagine 1000 scenarios of what happened to the book.

  • Annotated books. No, thank you.
  • Having a heavy purse because you are constantly carrying a book or an e-reader and a million other things. I am especially guilty of this when I travel.
  • Getting distracted by new books. This happens all the time. I’ll start reading a book, and immediately start reading another one because it’s new.

  • Having book budget. You know that you have a problem when you have a “books” line item in your monthly budget. I’m getting better about decrease the amount of money that I spend on books by using the library and Oyster. I just discovered this week. It is described  as the Netflix of books. Basically, you pay $9.95 a month, and you can access millions of books for free. If you click here, you can start a free monthly trial AND $15 off.
  • Returning unread library books because you checked out too many. Oh yeah. This is the story of my life.
  • Buying multiple copies of books. This usually happens when I can’t remember if I have previously bought the book, and I already own it. I should just check my Goodreads, but no. That would be too logical.

  • Resisting the urge to buy hundreds of books. Every time I walk into a store that sells books.

  • Walking by your huge TBR pile and feeling guilty and excited all at the same time. Like a good book lover, the rate in which I buy books does not match the rate in which I buy them.

  • Not being able to focus on anything because you want to read. You all know the feeling. You have to interrupt your reading time to go to a “job” to do “work”. However, you are sitting at work, and all you want to to keep reading.

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Tope Ten I Like and Dislike about Romances in Books

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  1. I love me a good love triangle. I think this dynamic really adds to any storyline.
  2. Friends that become more than friends. This one is probably my favorite probably because it reflect my own personal life. However, I like rooting for the underdog who perseveres until the other person falls for them.
  3. I also really enjoy seeing a book couple go through real life struggles in their relationship. I think it creates healthier examples of relationships for people as well as makes it relatable. I want to read a story about a couple in a relation going through the same struggles that I am.
  4. Long distance loves are also great reads for me. This has to do with #3 above.
  5. Hate-to-love relationships are also great. Yes! 10 Things I Hate About You anyone?
  6. Happy endings. Who doesn’t love a happy ending? Give a good The Notebook ending anytime. It might be childish, but I like my endings happy. That’s just who I am.
  7. I also love me a good twist in a love story especially when you find out that a character is not who you think they are. *cough* Pride and Prejudice

Dislike:

  1. I absolutely despise instalove. Nothing could be worse. It goes against my #3 above.
  2. I hate when authors don’t take a very realistic look at love. See #3 above.
  3. One of the most traumatizing things for me is when one of the people in the relationship dies leaving the other behind. I have been traumatized by this too many times. I trusted you, authors. I trusted you…

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Top Ten Graphic Novels I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

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Top Ten Childhood Favorites

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Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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