Posts Categorized: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Immediate Book Hooks

April 18, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 1 Comment

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I add a lot of books to my TBR at the drop of a hat. This week’s topic is all about those special things about a book that cause me to add them a bit faster the normal.

Magical Realism

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Ever since I fell in love with Sarah Addison Allen I’ve been mad for more magical realism stories. I love how magical realism can be found in the widest of genres.

Foodie Fiction

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If there is a single mention of a bakery, a kitchen, or a cupcake then you bet your ass I’ll be adding it.

Time Travel

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Stories with time travel make up a majority of my favorite books.

Southern Gothic/Country Noir

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If there’s a trailer on the cover or some mention of cooking meth in a basement, I’ll probably want to read it.

Tudors (or Philippa Gregory, really)

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There’s just something about those crazy royals that I thoroughly enjoy reading about.

Zombies

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I’m a huge fan of anything post-apocalyptic but add in zombies and I will absolutely be reading it.

Ghosties

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I read a lot of horror but nothing freaks me out quite like a good ghost story.

“Downton-esque”

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Similar to my obsession with the Tudors. Apparently, I like reading about snooty rich people.

Dual Timelines

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Finding random relics that link to some mysterious story from the past? I’m all ears.

Plagues and Pandemics

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Weird, right? I don’t know what it is about this subject matter but it makes me crazy obsessed.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Most Unique

April 11, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 11 Comments

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Today’s topic is all about those books that possess something uniquely special about them. Whether it’s the story themselves or the way the story is told, these books are some of the most unique I’ve stumbled upon over the years.

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S by J.J. Abrams
This book is like a convoluted treasure map. There’s a story, there are notes from multiple people written in the sidebar about the story, there are notes written on various paraphernalia (napkins, postcards, etc.) and there are many different websites dedicated to figuring out the truth of this book. It’s really something.

Brian Froud’s Faerielands series
Each of the four books in this series is written by a different author, but each story is based on a piece of Brian Froud’s art. Each is equally brilliant, however, The Wood Wife is by far my favorite.

Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
By far the most suspenseful graphic novel I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. A mysterious mansion and keys with unimaginable powers — this series is both horrifying and entertaining as hell.

When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
A story which combines the werewolf legend with coming-of-age, navigating the trickiness betwixt childhood and adulthood. And somehow it works perfectly.

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
A small town in New Mexico shrouded in mystery that can’t be found on any map. A research station that was closed in the 70s. A Stepford Wives type of perfection in the town’s inhabitants. And an outsider that found her way in.

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The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
An emotional read, written in the way of a dictionary with definitions and a story behind each word.

Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente
A twelve-year-old girl named September is invited on an adventure to Fairyland. Much like The Chronicles of Narnia but much more magical.

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker
A remarkably written book consisting of a series of letters written to all the men who made her the woman she is today.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
A fascinating, edge-of-your-seat thriller that immerses you in the investigation with a full range of visuals from newspaper articles, websites, and case notes.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Much like Night Film in its use of different visuals but is quite the adventure in and of itself.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Harry Potter Bucket List

April 4, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 14 Comments

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Today’s topic is a Fandom Freebie and the most important fandom that I consider myself a part of is, of course, Harry Potter. I haven’t done too many HP specific posts shockingly enough (I discussed why I love HP and last year’s Santa List was predominantly HP stuff), so this time I’ve decided to talk about the Harry Potter related things I’d love to do.

I’ve received my Hogwarts letter:

And I definitely know my House:

But the other awesome Harry Potter related things one can do are endless. Here are just a few that I’d love to say I’ve done… someday.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

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Who wouldn’t want to take a steam train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct just like in the movies?

Elephant House

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Just to see where it all began. Plus, I hear they have great coffee. 🙂

Kings Cross, London

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Ask the employees in London’s King Cross station how to find Platform 9 3/4? Awww yeees.

Bodleian Library, Oxford

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I’ve always wanted to see this library after the beautiful descriptions in The Discovery of Witches, but certain library scenes in the Harry Potter movies were shot there as well.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Florida, Japan, and LA

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Naturally.

Let a wand pick me

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I’ll bring a fan with me so I can do a perfect reenactment. lol

See Cursed Child on Broadway

Butterbeer

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Seriously. I can’t die until I’ve had authentic Butterbeer.

Get a Harry Potter tattoo

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What would I get? Absolutely no idea.

Write some Harry Potter fan-fic someday for fun

Who knows, could be fun. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’d Love To Meet

March 28, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

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This week’s topic is all about the authors I’d love to meet. This list could have gone far beyond the requisite ten, but I condensed it down to five authors that I could actually meet someday and five that I’d have to meet in the afterlife.

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There’s no one I’d rather talk about zombies with.

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If he’s anything like he is on Twitter, he’d be a fun guy to lunch with and bash on Trump.

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There’s something about Atwood that I find endlessly fascinating.

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Maas always seems like such a down-to-earth person and chatting about swoony boys in fantasy would be the best time.

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Of course I’d want to discuss her fascinating stories but really we’d just end up chatting about cars.

Maybe in the afterlife?

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Honestly, could you meet anyone crazier? I bet he was a riot.

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A man of science that believed in séances and fairies would be all sorts of interesting to talk to.

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One of the only people capable of making science fun for me. Any conversation with Crichton would have been fascinating.

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Little is known about Borchardt, the lesser known sister. I’d love to hear about her how her stories came to be.

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Same goes for Nabokov, I’d love to see how such twisted stories come about from seemingly normal people (The Collector).

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best Books When You’re Short on Time

March 21, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 6 Comments

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Reading slumps are the worst and suddenly picking your next read is the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Sometimes nothing works for you, regardless of size or genre, and that’s when you just need to have a Netflix binge. We’ve all been there. But if you’re not quite to that point, maybe shorter works is the answer. Reading short stories and/or novellas helps get me through because it also gives me a great sense of accomplishment, knocking out a book after no time at all. I broke this up into genres (for you mood readers like me) and they are all under 200 pages. Here’s hoping if you’re stuck in a slump that something here sparks your interest.

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If you’re in the mood for something creepy…
Come Closer
by Sara Gran (194 pages)
Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (128 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something funny…
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (120 pages)
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (137 pages)

If you’re in the mood for something literary…
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez (115 pages)
The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind (96 pages)

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If you’re in the mood for something steamy…
How to Misbehave (Camelot #1) by Ruthie Knox (121 pages)
Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) by Laura Kaye (112 pages)

If you’re in the mood for some fantasy…
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (178 pages)
Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip (179 pages)

If you’re in the mood for some non-fiction…
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (112 pages)
Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters by Charles Finn (112 pages)

Tor.com is also an excellent source for short fiction available to read free on their website. Be sure to check out their most recent series: Nevertheless She Persisted.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR Plans

March 14, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 9 Comments

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Springtime! Otherwise known as the occasional warm day but definitely don’t put those long sleeves away yet. These are the books I’m making plans to get to this upcoming season.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel
Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

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An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) by Seanan McGuire
Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning
American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish

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Top Ten Tuesday – Series I Quit After the First Book

February 21, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

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This is my black sheep post.

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I went into these series with the highest of hopes! Rave reviews, popular authors — for whatever reason I was looking forward to each and every one of these. Many of these are well loved by many but just didn’t do it for me and I liked these far less than I expected. It is what it is.

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Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard [Review]
Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole [Review]
Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows
Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1) by Sarah Fine
The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd [Review]

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The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir [Review]
Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger [Review]
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta
Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

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Top Ten Tuesday – Steamy Goodness

February 14, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 5 Comments

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Today’s topic is, of course, all about the romance.

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Still wanting to participate, I did a variation on the topic. The following are just a few of my favorite books when rating them based on “steam”. For books where I list the first in a series… sometimes the steamy isn’t introduced until later, but it’s well worth the wait. 🙂

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For some sci-fi/fantasy/urban fantasy steamy…
Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1)
by Rachel Bach [Purchase//Review]
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase//Review]
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning [Purchase]
Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland #1) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle [Purchase]

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For some contemporary steamy…
The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne [Purchase//Review]
Unteachable
by Leah Raeder [Purchase]
Asking for It (Asking for It #1) by Lilah Pace [Purchase]

For some historical steamy…
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon [Purchase]
Some Like It Wild (Kincaid Highland #2) by Teresa Medeiros [Purchase]

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Top Ten Tuesday – More Of/Less Of

February 7, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 19 Comments

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Today’s topic is a broad one: books that we wish had more/less of X. I could list a multitude of books that need more romance, horror novels that need more terror, so instead of nitpicking specific issues I decided to nitpick quantity. Speaking of quantity, I couldn’t settle on 10. It is what it is.

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Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
I’ve read many, many books over the years but Agnes has always stayed shining in my memory. She deserves more books.

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Levithan’s writing style in this will always be one of my favorites. More stories should be written in such a way.

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
I remember when this was supposed to be the start of a new series but then it wasn’t and ended up just being grouped in with Hex Hall. Izzy deserves her own series.

The Awesome by Eva Darrows
Maggie Cunningham is so fantastically snarky that I would love to read about her future antics.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Maybe Ernest Cline could come up with story where a sequel to OASIS was found in some attic like they keep claiming with Michael Crichton books.

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Paradox series by Rachel Bach
MORE DEVI SPACE ADVENTURES. Rupert can come too, please.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I mean, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny grow up. They aren’t like those Land Before Time dinosaurs… so let’s have some grown up adventures, yeah?

Brian Froud’s Faerielands series
Each of these books are based off Brian Froud’s art. Each of the four are fantastic and I would love to see more stories based off his art.

Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
Joe Hill has always been one of my favorite horror authors but he knocks it out of the park with these graphic novels. I’d love to see more in this world.

Indexing series by Seanan McGuire
I’m not sure if more books are being planned but I sure hope so. McGuire’s dark fairy tales series is so much fun.

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Newsflesh series by Mira Grant
I adored the original trilogy and the short stories are phenomenal but Feedback was… no.

Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
WHY DIDN’T SHE JUST LEAVE IT AT FIVE. Everything after Shadowfever (Iced and beyond) has been not good (yet I keep reading them). The latest, Feversong, is supposed to be the final installment. We’ll see if that sticks.

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
I loved A Discovery of Witches but the following two installments in the trilogy were such an epic disappointment. I’m not sure where the series went wrong but wrong it went.

Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes
While I didn’t dislike After You as a great many did, I can agree that it was wholly unnecessary. Me Before You was a heartbreaking story but was complete and should have been left to stand on its own.

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I love this series. But the last one? Holy hell, what a chore to get through. While the history of the time period is fascinating, it seems to be the story instead of the story that Gabaldon creates. I’ll keep reading them because I think the end is near, but I’d love if we could get back to what made these fantastic in the beginning.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best Graphic Novels

January 31, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

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I was a big time comic book nerd when I was a kid. I’d read any I could get my hands on but I was super obsessed with the X-Men. I even had ginormous posters of Storm and Rogue in their skin-tight outfits that totally would have belonged in some teenage boys bedroom. I forgot a bit about my love of comics as I got older so imagine my surprise when I became a blogger and realized there’s an actual market for them still. Comics, graphic novels, if there’s a difference I have no idea what it is but damn, do they ever make me feel like a happy little kid again. These, in a variety of genres, are the best of the bunch.

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For anyone who loves a badass lady…
Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones

For anyone looking to break the mold…
Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick

For the grown up Harry Potter fan…
The Unwritten, Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey

For fans of anything requiring an exorcism…
Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman

For the true crime fan…
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen

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For the zombie lover…
Revival, Vol. 1: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley

For the fairytale fan…
Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

For the fantasy fan…
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

For the obscure science fiction fan…
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

For the true horror fan…
Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill

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