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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorites from before my blogging days

Top Ten TuesdaysOkay, I’m not only going to try to come up with ones from before my blogging days but ones that I haven’t mentioned or have  barely mentioned before on this blog. So that means no Anne, Doctor Who, Terry Goodkind, Twilight or Ender, among others. I promise.

1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Wonderful book about love in the most unlikely of places. Worth a read if you haven’t picked it up yet. The movie is also wonderful.

2. 1984 by George Orwell – The father of dystopian fiction before the term even existed. My freshman year English teacher gave me a copy of this book for reading the most books that year and I read it many times. It was one of the first times I was exposed to the idea of dystopian fiction and it has become one of my favorites.

3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy – A story about a woman falling in love with the man who just happens to be her husband. I’ve only ever read the first book in the series but I loved it.

4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – I loved this book. Wonderful read with all kind of scary business inside. One of the few books that I read after watching the movie. The books are so much better.

5. Matilda by Roald Dahl – One of the favorites of my childhood and she continues to be one of those characters that stay with me even though my childhood is long since past.

6. Roots by Alex Haley – Wonderful book about a family’s history from Africa to the modern day through history. Wonderful book that sparked the most watched mini-series of all time.

7. Redwall by Brian Jacques – I loved this book and the many others that followed. I actually am planning on rereading them again int he near future. They are such a good read. The only animal based books that I ever liked.

8. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti – This book and the follow up really got me thinking about spiritual warfare in a whole new way. While it id definitely fiction, the idea behind an impression even years later.

9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – A book with hundreds of character to keep straight and a very complex storyline. I’ve read it a bunch of times and always seem to catch something new.

10. Wurthering Heights by Emily Bronte – A plot where the main characters only redeeming quality is how much they love each other. Other than that, they really have nothing good about them.

There are so many others I could mention on this list. If you are a blogger what would you list?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters who I would crush on if I were also a fictional character…

Top Ten TuesdaysYep, this post is otherwise known as who would my top choices for fictional boyfriends be. Honestly though, I think really this list is the worlds I simply would want to live in. Honestly, I wouldn’t want them in my real life but in their fictional worlds, becoming one of the characters – yep. The real name of this list should be books I want to live in and characters I would date if I were in their fictional worlds.

1. Let’s just get him out of the way, shall we? Yep, first on my list is Edward Cullen. A guy who could read my mind. Not saying that I would want to go through everything Bella Swan goes through in the series but Edward Cullen would definitely be in my top ten. Yes, I’m team Edward. Always have been. Always will be. Would I become a vampire for Edward Cullen? Absolutely.

2. Okay number two on my list is in books. Sort of. Books based off the TV show but still in books therefor he counts! Who might that be? Why the Doctor of course. If I had to pick a version, it would be Ten and I would be Rose. I absolutely love that storyline. While the others are wonderful and River Song is a very close second, it would have to be ten and Rose for sure.

3. Here is another sort of member of my list since there are books written about this character. Superman would definitely be on my list. No question. I don’t think this even needs explanation. Lois Lane is just awesome even though I wish it wouldn’t take so long for them to figure everything out.

4. Next on my list would be Richard Rahl from the Terry Goodkind series. If we want to talk torturing two characters and creating an amazing love story, this one is amazing. Of course, they are constantly fighting, almost dying and being pulled apart but when they are together, they are amazing. Plus Kahlan is a phenomenal character on her own.

5. Okay five on my list is Harry Potter simply because the love story between him and Ginny is wonderful, sweet and adorable. The problem is that I have two in this story that need to be mentioned, so my number 6 is…

6. Ron Weasley is number six simply because I am a whole lot like a muggle version of Hermione down to the crazy bushy hair and big front teeth. Not to mention the bookish rule follower that I used to be in school.

7. I think another would be Gilbert from the Anne series. I don’t know that I would want to live during that time period but I do think the way he loves her is amazing.  Even though she doesn’t see it, he knows from the beginning that they are meant to be and he waits for her as long as it takes until she realizes it too.

8. The love interest of Elisa in The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. I simply love this story. The whole thing sneaks up on the reader in a way that you don’t expect. I really don’t want to say much because it would completely ruin the story 🙂

9. Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. I love this love story. I think that Jane makes all the right choices and I love how it all ends. Although I could do without the crazy wife in the attic.

10. Eragon would be the last one on the list simply because he loves her completely. However, I would completely change the end of the last book. Completely.

Whew. That list was very hard to come up with. There are many other stories that I love that I would never want to be in for example, while I love The Hunger Games, I would never want to live in that storyline. Another one would be The Host. Love the story but wouldn’t want to share my body with Wanda or be Wanda and have to share my body with someone else. Yikes. What characters would your list contain?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I recommend Most

Top Ten TuesdaysThis topic is actually going to be rather difficult. To come up with only ten that I recommend most is tricky. Part of the reason that I did this blog was so that I could give better recommendations of what to read to people who asked me quite often what to read. Not everyone enjoys the same kinds of things and since I think the most important thing about reading is that you actually do it, I recommend whatever people are most likely to enjoy. That being said, there are some books I recommend more often than most. Here is the ones I suggest the most often in no particular order.

1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Great science fiction with wonderful characters and the start of two fabulous series of books that are still being written. Yep. Worth reading.

2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – I grew up on these books. I love them so much that I wore out multiple copies completely and had to get new ones. Definitely the one I recommend to my female students who are looking for something new to read.

3. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer – I usually recommend this to people who have refused to read it before I tell them to. Normally these are people who have only seen bits of the movie and have no idea what the story is really about. While it isn’t the best thing ever written by far, the plot line is wonderful and the characters are so much fun to read. It was the first light reading that I fell in love with and was the books that got me started on YA fiction.

4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I loved this series. The feels. Oh the feels that go with the story of Jace and Clary, especially in the first three books. Wow. This book is the definition of angst.

5. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – This is probably my favorite book of all time. The story is wonderful and complex and tragic and amazing all at the same time. There is something for every mood you might be feeling at any given time. It is epic wonderfulness. Am I gushing? Yep. Is the book completely worth gushing over? Oh yes.

6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – This is a wonderful story of what happens when everyone betrays you and you seek revenge only to realize that living a life and being happy is more important than revenge. I ALWAYS recommend the unabridged version. There is so much that you miss out on in the abridged version of this classic. So much of the priest and his time in prison which makes the whole book make more sense.

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – Completely tragic love story that ends so very badly. A cautionary tale of how love can ruin you completely. So wonderfully written with parallel stories running through it that capture the imagination. The ending is tragic of course but the whole thing is a wonderful read.

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This is a wonderful book that will caught my imagination completely and wouldn’t let go the whole time I was reading. Competing magicians who have no idea what is going to happen or how the competition will end.

9. Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind – If someone is looking for really good fantasy, this is where I send them every time but I’m sure those of you who read my blog know this by know.

10. Quiet by Susan Cain – I recommend this to every single introverted person I know and anyone who knows someone introverted and doesn’t seem to understand them. As someone who is an introvert, this book helped me understand myself so much better.

Okay, I’m sure there a bunch I would recommend that I didn’t include on this list but these are the ones I can come up with right now. What are the books that you recommend most often?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I HAD to have… but haven’t read yet.

Top Ten TuesdaysThis is my personal list of shame. I simply had to have these books and get them read. Yet, for some reason, they are still sitting on my shelves. I haven’t touched them at all. They were bought with the best of intentions and I still plan on reading them but somehow – they are still waiting to be read.

1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I must admit that the reason I picked this up was due to the fact that I read a fan fiction based on this book and  something else. I thought the story line was very interesting and so I picked it up. I’ve had it in my bag, it has taken trips with me, and yet, I simply haven’t gotten there yet. Maybe someday…

2. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – I have read her second book, after buying her first and never reading it. I still have it sitting on my shelves, just waiting to be read. However, all it is doing is sitting there – doing nothing. I think I may have even read a few pages once. I loved The Swan Thieves so much that I picked up a copy so I could read it again after having checked it out from the library. I really need to get to this one.

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I have had this series recommended to me time and time again. One of my good friends has raved about this book. I bought said book. I haven’t read said book. Not much more to it than that.

4. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner – I’ve checked these out from the library, more than once. I have yet to read any of them.

5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – I’ve got it. I loved the first book. So excited about reading it. Haven’t read it yet. I think that I love having it sitting there waiting to be read. I know I’ll love it. I just can’t bring myself to read it – yet. I know I’ll get there soon.

6. The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind – I know right? Considering how much I rave about this author, it is a bit shocking that there is something on my list of things I haven’t ready yet by this wonderful writer. I simply haven’t gotten there yet.

7. Reached by Ally Condie – I was so excited about this book. I think I dread the idea that it’s over which is why I’ve been avoiding it.

8. The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – One of my favorite authors and yet her book is sitting on my shelves untouched. Honestly it’s simply because all I want to do right now is reread the first three books. I don’t think anything can match the angst that pours from those pages.

9. The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma – Sitting there in my dusty waist-high stack of new books waiting to be read.Yep. Still haven’t read it.

10. A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin – No excuses. I know.

I often tell myself that I need to read all my library books so I can tackle these books. I’m never able to get to the bottom of my library pile before I break down, go in and find new things to read. I think I need to put a halt to all library visits until I tackle some of these… we’ll see if I’m successful.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors on my auto-buy list

Top Ten TuesdaysMy top ten artist on my auto buy list. An auto-buy list being a list of authors that you would buy a book from simply because of the author no matter the topic or genre. I can definitely thing of some names for this but I hope I can come up with ten. Many will be easy to guess I think 🙂

1. Stephenie Meyer – let’s just get this one out of the way 🙂

2. Orson Scott Card – I love everything this man has written with the exception of the Alvin Maker series and that isn’t bad, just not up my alley. I haven’t met a book by him that was badly written.

3. Terry Goodkind – Amazing. That’s all 🙂

4. J.K. Rowling – Despite The Casual Vacancy, I really love the way she writes and the characters she creates.

5. Christopher Paolini – As much as the end of Inheritance drove me insane, I love his books and would read anything he’s written.

6. Neil Gaiman – His stuff is amazing. I would start with Neverwhere or Stardust.

7. Rachel Joyce – She’s only got one book out. On the basis of her first book, I’ll buy everything else she writes… Harold Fry is NOT my kind of book but it was amazing.

8. Elizabeth Kostova – Read her second book, The Swan Thieves and you’ll see why she made this list.

9. Arthur Golden – As far as I know, he’s only written one book but that book was amazing. Might not be for everyone though.

10. Thomas Harris – This one is not for everyone. Thomas Harris created Hannibal Lecter. I really enjoy physiological thriller like these books. Monsters don’t scare me. When I am in the mood for a good scare though, these books are some of my go to favorites. Again, this not for everyone. If you don’t handle gore well, don’t pick up this author.

Who is on your top ten must buy list?

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2013 Debuts I’m looking forward to

Top Ten TuesdaysOkay, I had to put some research into this one.. and I chose to interpret this as new books not new authors because I’m just not enough in the know for that.

1. The new Rae Carson – I can’t wait to read the next book by this author. I’m hoping that it will be making out this year. Please??

2. The end of Sookie Stackhouse – I loved her. I’m ready to see it end. Really. It is definitely time. (Wish the TV show based on these books was actually viewable – just saying…)

3. The new Diane Setterfeild – Crazy since I haven’t actually read her first book yet. It is still sitting on my shelves waiting to be read (along with a ton of other books). She has something new coming out though. Can’t wait.

4. Middle C by William H. Glass – Pretty much am a sucker for anything about musicians. Yep. The only reason it’s on the list.

5. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – Love this author and can’t wait to see where she takes this next piece of the series.

6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Can’t wait to see if this second book lives up to the first, Cinder which was one of the most surprising books I read last year.

7. Prodigy by Marie Lu – Can’t wait to read the second book in this series loosely based off of Les Miserables.

8. Rise by Anna Carey – The third and what should be last book in the Eve series. This one has kept me on my toes….

9. Anything Orson Scott Card – I know that the sequel to The Lost Gate is coming but I’m sure we’ll get more than one book from him this year.

10. The untitled Terry Goodkind book – If you haven’t read any of these yet, run and pick them up. Seriously, walking won’t get you there fast enough to get through these before the new books come out but they are worth the time 🙂

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Noteable Characters: Richard Cyper and Kahlan Amnell

I realized that I had to write a blog post about  Richard or Kahlan after finishing the book series for the third time (all 10,000 pages of it) since I discovered it a couple of years ago. I wanted to talk about just one of these two characters but after a few drafts quickly realized that you can’t really talk about one without the other. So, I decided that this post needed to cover both of them.

Richard Cypher is a normal, likeable young man who has never really experienced anything exciting in his life until a young woman in a gleaming white dress crosses his path. In that moment, everything in his life is changed and he begins a journey that will take him into lands of dragons and magic, never guessing that magic was always his destiny.

Kahlan Amnell is a Confessor, a woman feared by all and loved by no one. she is running for her life as the barriers that protected them all break down when she runs into a naive but courageous young man who is not afraid of her. She enlists his help to find the great wizard that no one can remember. A wizard who hid his name and identity from everyone and everything.

This is how you meet these two characters at the beginning of Wizard’s First Rule, the first book in a very lengthy series by Terry Goodkind. Spanning, currently, over a dozen books, this story brings new meaning to the idea of epic fantasy.

At the center of all this is our two main characters who, rather than getting lost in the chaos and grand scale rise to meet the colorful and in-depth story while maintaining a connection with the audience. As a reader, you hurt for these two as they try to navigate and overcome everything that is put in their way so that can be together, all while stopping the end of the world, ruthless dictators and discovering the past.

Kahlan’s compassion, logic, and sense of duty create a heart-felt character who strives for the greater good, even when it keeps her from happiness. She is one of the most powerful female characters I have read in the past few years. She is the kind of woman who rises to whatever is put in front of her. She is not perfect, but even when she makes a mistake, it is done from the best of intentions. Her powers complicate her life and shape her into someone who is more compassionate and caring instead of someone who could so easily become bitter with all the limitations placed upon her.

Richard’s passion, zeal, joy for life and goodness make him the consummate hero. He fights for the truth, long before he is made the Seeker of Truth. Of all the characters in the series, he has the most growth and change while still remaining true to himself. As he grows in power, prestige and learns how to navigate a world much more complicated than the one he had always known, the core of who is he still remains passionately committed to truth and doing what is right. Starting out a simple guide and ending up the most powerful man in their world, it is difficult to make that transition without losing your core values and yet Goodkind has managed to write a character that grows without losing a sense of who he really is.

This series was made into a short-lived TV series, The Seeker of Truth that only lasted two seasons. In my opinion, the reason the show didn’t take off as well as it could have was due to the fact that they strayed way too far from the original plot in the books. If they had done a book a season and remained faithful to the original story, I think we would still be enjoying seasons today. There is still a campaign called Save our Seeker, still valiantly attempting to bring the show back on the air.

Recently a friend of mine discovered this series of books, thanks to her husband who enjoys many of the same things I do (Doctor Who, Stargate, Harry Potterand Superman to name a few) told her about the show. When he suggested the name Kahlan for their little one and insisted that the name be spelled the same way, she decided to read through the books. After reading the first book in the series, she decided that having a daughter named after this character was a great idea. Just over a month ago, little Kahlan joined the world. For those of you that haven’t discovered this series yet, might I suggest that if people are willing to name their kids after these characters that they are definitely worth the time to discover.

Little Miss Kahlan

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Books that need a movie!

Okay, we’ve all read books that simply would make amazing movies and yet for some reason or another, no one has bothered to invest in them. With the amount of poorly written plots that have invaded cinema today, I wish they would turn to books for inspiration more often. If I worked in the film industry, the following books would be my pet projects.

  1. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolni – I know some of you are thinking that they already made a movie version of the first book and it flopped. It flopped because they didn’t stay true to the book and the casting was HORRIBLE. I would love to see this whole series done well and put on the big screen. I would just tell them to feel free to change the ending to the last book.
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I think this would be a huge hit. A cyborg version of Cinderella. Yes please. I am also slightly afraid that not done right, it would come out incredibly cheesy, which would be a HUGE disservice to a great book.
  3. Eve by Anna Carey – I can’t say enough good things about this book. The main character is well written. This dystopia is even more frightening than The Hunger Games and the show of what true love really is, is a message that teens need to understand.
  4. The Lost Gate by Orson ScottCard – While they are just now getting around to turning his Ender’s Game into film, this one I think might be a better movie. With a unique setting and original magic system, it would bring a breath of fresh air to the screen.
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – This series started out so strong and was never finished! I want to see the completion of this series. It could be picked up where it left off with little problem since the original four children don’t make an appearance until the final book as adults. Of the books I would be most anxious to see The Horse and His Boy and The Magician’s Nephew.
  6. Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford – Jane Austen as a vampire on the big screen joined by other famous authors. Enough said. I also think they would have to do the whole trilogy. Darn 😉
  7. The Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum – I know I’m going to get some huge objections, but just hear me out. I absolutely love the original movie. I don’t think they should touch that. I think this Oz series needs to stay very true to the books, not be a musical and have a much darker tone. I don’t want something to replace the classic. I want a more accurate telling of the story along the lines of the new Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton and I want a whole series of movies, including the story of Ozma.
  8. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan – This vampire story was simply written for the big screen. We are in desperate need of good horror and this one completely fits the bill.
  9. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu – This book hits shelves August 7th. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC (advanced reader copy). A whole society forced underground by lies and a desire to control mankind through chips. This tells the story of one girl who has a chip that malfunctions and her journey to the truth. I honestly think that if this book gets enough notice, we will be seeing it on the screen in the near future.
  10. The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind – I know this will never happen simply because the books are far too long and have too much action. You would never be able to do a book by book retelling like they’ve done with most series. The TV show however, was a massive flop as well because they strayed too far for the original storyline. Still a girl can dream can’t she?

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Book Review: The Omen Machine

Book: The Omen Machine

Author: Terry Goodkind

Recommend: If you are a fan of the series and understand that he is setting the read up for something new…

I have been putting this book off for some reason. Having read the 12 books that come before it (including Debt of Bones, a prequel to the series), the story felt very complete to me. I wasn’t quite sure how Goodkind was going to add more to it and was quite worried that it would diminish the rest of the body of work. My fears, it seems were not unfounded.

Richard and Kahlan have finally defeated the Emperor and have won the freedom of the people of both the new and old world. However, strange seemingly simple prophecies begin to show up coming from all directions. The same prophecies. What sinister force is at work this time, not allowing Richard and Kahlan a moment of peace?

Okay, I’ve read the other books. They were amazing. The power of these characters is astounding. However something happened. Something bad happened. Goodkind lost his power somewhere. Richard and Kahlan are just not the same in this book. They feel like a shadow of the characters they originally were. They almost feel like the characters from the TV show instead of the complex people he wrote in the rest of the series. The writing in this book was just not what I have come to expect from Goodkind. I wonder if this book was rushed or that he just hadn’t written in a while and was out of practice or what but it doesn’t have the same intensity as the books that come before it.

It wasn’t a bad read, but it was a disappointing one. It lacked the power that made the rest of this series great.

Final Rating:

Get it used…

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Ages later…

Book: The Law of Nines

Author: Terry Goodkind

Recommend: Yes, if you’ve read the whole Seeker series first

Wow what a book! I have read all of Terry Goodkind’s other books starting with Wizard’s First Rule through Confessor. They are among my favorite books of all time. If you love fantasy, this series is for you… if you have the time. All of the books are lengthy. It took me a couple of weeks to get through them all. No one though, has a better grip on his complex universe than Mr. Goodkind. His two central characters, Richard Cypher (Rahl) and Kahlan Amnell are dynamic and intense.

His latest book is advertised as a thriller and a walk away from the fantasy his readers are used to. However by the time you learn Alex’s last name you realize the two worlds aren’t that different after all 😉 I don’t want to say too much more but if you’ve read the whole series it’s like the cherry on top of the sundae, a slight taste of the familiar and two new characters to fall in love with. I blame his publicist entirely for this book’s lack of success. I bought my copy from the top of a very cheaply priced stack of hardbacks.

I would highly recommend all 13 books of the Seeker series and then following it up with this book. In addition there are 3 more Richard and Kahlan books on the horizon to look forward to so you know it’s not even close to over 🙂 I hope that at some point we get to revisit Jax and Alex as well. I hope this summer to get back through the series again.

Final Rating:

Get it new!

Buy it new 🙂

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