Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is the Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read.

Oh boy, this is where I show my reader shame, since some of the books I own have been on my shelf for SO long and I still haven’t read them yet…but don’t worry, I do plan to read them, eventually. Most will be listed as series, since most if not all of them books that have been on my TBR for an extended period of time are part of series. So here they are, in no particular order.

  1. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan. Some of these books I have owned for around 20 years and I still haven’t read them.
  2. The Avalon Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. This has been on my TBR since the TV mini-series came out, so about 15 years or so.
  3. The Borrowers Series by Mary Norton. Not sure how long this has been on my TBR, but it’s been a long time. I think I may have read this one as a kid, but not 100% sure.
  4. Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte. This is another series that has been on my TBR for easily 15 years. I love King Arthur stories, so it’s surprising I haven’t got to this one yet.
  5. Asian Saga by James Clavell. This has been a good 10 years or more since I put this one on my TBR, but I will get around to it at some point.
  6. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. This has probably been on my TBR the longest, since I remember seeing the Lonesome Dove miniseries as a kid and wanting to read the story it was based on, so if I had to guess, I’d say this is a 20+ year TBR book.
  7. InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi. I’ve been wanting to read this manga series since I was first introduced to the anime about 15 years ago. I do plan to read this series over the course of this year.
  8. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianne Wynn Jones. This is one of the more recent additions, but it has still been on my TBR for quite some time. Basically since watching the anime adaptation, I have wanted to read this book.
  9. The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe. Another book where I’m not sure how long it’s been on my TBR, but it feel like it’s been there too long. It’s on my list of books to finally read this year.
  10. Dune by Frank Herbert. I don’t know exactly how long this one has been on my TBR, but it’s been quite some time. I’ve often felt that I can’t truly call myself a scifi fan until I read Dune.

There you have it, the books that have been on my TBR the longest. What books have been on your TBR for too long and you still haven’t read?

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is the Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read.

  1. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I got this book way back when as an ARC before it came out, and it seemed like everyone and their uncle got it, read it and loved it – except me. I just thought this book was so bad that I honestly couldn’t figure out what people liked about it. Funny thing is, I was also given the second book in the series, despite my overly long and negative review of this one, but I didn’t read the second one because I just couldn’t deal with the story any more.
  2. Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I don’t entirely remember how this book came to my attention, but I decided I wanted to read it even though it wasn’t something I typically read. The good news is I loved it and it prompted me to read all of her other books over the next couple of years, which I also really enjoyed.
  3. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I had pretty much no interest in this book. I had watched a couple of the movies but also didn’t care. But I felt like I was being judged by so many other bloggers because I hadn’t read it, so I bought the bullet and gave it a try. I still don’t get how people are so obsessed with this series, I just couldn’t care and all I wanted was for Harry to die – which obviously wasn’t going to happen.
  4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This was another ARC that I got that was all over the blogging sphere. I liked it to start but the further I got into it the less I cared about the characters and story. I actually ended up DNFing this one at about 92% because I just couldn’t bother with the last few chapters.
  5. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder. I don’t remember the reason for reading this one, probably another ‘this book is everywhere so I better read it’ moment, but I did enjoy this trilogy when I read it. Though admittedly I felt that the third book was a bit of a letdown. Now I look back and my opinion of the book has waned a bit.
  6. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. For about a year everyone was reading this one and raving about it. I had no idea what it was about but I finally broke down and gave it a try. I was so convinced that I would love it that I ordered the first seven volumes in one go. Luck was on my side and I fell in love with this series.
  7. Erased by Kei Sanbe. This one a random find at Chapter a couple months ago, and I am so glad I picked it up. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect of it, and the only reason I even picked up the first volume is because the white cover stood out among the colorful volumes they had on display. I can’t believe how lucky I got stumbling upon this series and I cannot wait for it to continue.
  8. Death Note by Tsugumi Oba. This was a manga series I wanted to read for a while and managed to pick up the entire thing for a steal last year. I read it, and while I enjoyed it, I feel like it wasn’t as good as I hoped for. My opinion of it has also diminished since I read it.
  9. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This was another ‘Everyone is reading it and loving it so I better do that too!’ series. I loved the idea behind the series and I really enjoyed the first book, but with each of the next books I liked them less and less until I didn’t even want to read the last one, but I forced myself to just so I could be done with the series.
  10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I honestly hadn’t planned on reading this book or series. I had saw all the hype around it, and learned my lesson from reading and not liking so many of the books listed above that I just wrote it off. But then I found a copy at Chapters for $5 and decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did because I have really been loving this series and can’t wait to finally finish it this year.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About.

I feel like…this is nearly every book I have read. Honestly, I can’t remember the details of all those books I read in the past that I loved. Heck, some times I can’t even remember what happened in a book I read only a few days ago, even though I enjoyed the story. Memory is a funny thing. So, I’ll just randomly pick books that I remember little to nothing about because otherwise, I might as well just link my entire Read shelf from Goodreads.

  1. The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton. This was the first Star Wars books I read, and it was 15 or so years ago. I really enjoyed this book, but the details are extremely vague. I know there were Dathomir witches and Nightsisters and umm…other things. Yeah, I’m going to need to reread this one at some point.
  2. Matilda by Roald Dahl. I have read this book a number of times over the years, but it never really sticks with me fully. I guess that’s good in a way, since it means I get to enjoy rereading it.
  3. The Mountains Call by Caitlin Brennan. Another book I read years ago and loved, but I can’t remember a darn thing about it outside of magic and horses. I actually plan to reread this trilogy soon.
  4. The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass. I absolutely loved this trilogy when I read it several years ago, but now I can’t remember a single thing about. I am hoping that I have a chance to reread it this year.
  5. Guardian of Honor by Robin D. Owens. This was the first book that I bought when I got my Kindle several years ago, and outside of it containing some magic or something, I honestly can’t remember a darn thing. I would like to reread this one and possibly continue on with the series at some point.
  6. Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor. This is a more recent read from a few months ago, but be damned if I can remember much about it.
  7. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. I adored this entire series as a kid, in fact I read it so much I wore out two different sets of these books, but I can’t remember much from them sadly.
  8. Watership Down by Richard Adams. I first read this one fifteen or so years ago, loved it and even reread it once or twice after that. But ask me what it’s about? Well..there are bunnies in it. That’s about all I remember.
  9. Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden. It’s been about five years since I read this one and I don’t remember much. I do remember enjoying it quite a bit. One of these days I will reread it and all the other World of Warcraft books.
  10. Under The Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig. I think there were mutant crops in this one? I really should reread this book, since I never did finish the trilogy but wanted to.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is Bookish Resolutions/Goals.

I don’t have enough bookish related goals to fill up this list, so I am going to slip it between bookish and non-bookish resolutions.

Bookish Resolutions

  1. Read My Older Books. It’s so easy to fall for all the new titles coming out in the year. I mean, I want to read a bunch of them, but I more so, I want to focus on the books that have been sitting on my shelf for months if not years and are still unread.
  2. Get Rid Of Books. Last year I got rid of almost 200 books. This year I want to continue to thin out the shelves. I will only keep the books/series that I truly enjoyed and want to read again. This will keep my shelves from getting too full and allow room for newer books.
  3. Listen To Audio Books. This falls into the first category, but I’m marking it separate for a reason. I have quite a few audio books that I still haven’t listened to yet, but since they don’t sit on my physical book shelf it’s so easy to overlook them. This year I will make a conscious effort to listen to a lot of them.

Non-Bookish Resolutions

  1. Write More. I have so many ideas I want to put down onto paper, but I never make enough time to do it. This year I will make an effort to write, and not just restrict myself to NaNoWriMo to do it in.
  2. Exercise. I was doing really good last year with this, and then winter happened and the desire to do it waned. It doesn’t help that it’s too cold out to go outside most days, but that shouldn’t stop me from doing something. So I will be making an effort to get moving even if I have to do it inside my house.
  3. Be Positive. This is seriously something I have struggled with for years. I find it so hard to get and stay positive. But I’m tired of letting things get me down. I will be letting all their weight go and looking on the bright side of things this year.
  4. Cut Out Toxic People. This goes with the be positive idea. I have a couple of toxic people in my life that I have put up with for far too long, but it’s time to let them go as well. This is a bit challenging since they are family, but I cannot let them continue to make my life miserable just because we are related.
  5. Learn A New Skill. I don’t quite know what that skill will be, and I may end up relearning an old skill that I no longer use, but I want to do something new/newish this year.
  6. Eat Healthy. This is actually fairly easy for me for most of the year. But it’s so easy to fall into the holiday candy trap and then I eat nothing but junk food for weeks on end. I want to really cut back on that and only allow myself the occasional unhealthy treat, like when we go out to a restaurant to eat, that way it’s not a full time, consuming my life thing.

There you have it. Those are my resolutions for the year. A lot of these I do each year and generally speaking do well with them, but others I definitely need to improve on and this year I am focusing on me and improving myself in various ways, so it should be relatively easy to accomplish them.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!).

All things considered, I real a vast majority of the books I had intended to read in 2017. That being said, there were a few that I didn’t get around to, due to not enough time and also choosing some newer books over the older ones. So here they are, in no particular order.

  1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. This one has been one of those books where I have said I would read it this year, for the last few years, but have never gotten around to it. Really, really hoping 2018 is the year I read it.
  2. Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre. I have enjoyed many of Ann Aguirre’s books, and I wanted to start this series in 2017, but just didn’t quite get around to it.
  3. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. I’ll admit, the size of this one makes me keep putting it off. But hopefully 2018 will be when I get around to this one.
  4. Tales of Watership Down by Richard Adams. I put off reading this one in 2017 simply because I wanted to reread Watership Down first, which obviously also didn’t happen, before diving into it.
  5. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I’m actually starting to wonder if I will read this one or not. Maybe I will get to it in 2018, but I don’t know, the more I think about it and the more reviews on it I see, the less I want to read it.
  6. Destiny: Child of The Sky by Elizabeth Haydon. First, I need to finish reading the previous book in the series, Prophecy, but I would like to read this one, and perhaps the rest of the series, in 2018 since I didn’t get around to them in 2017.
  7. Winter by Marissa Meyer. I didn’t want this series to end, so I put off reading this one, but now I will be reading it at the beginning of 2018 so that I can enjoy it and move onto Stars Above.
  8. Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is another one that I’m starting to rethink my desire to read it, but perhaps I will get to it in 2018.
  9. Howl`s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I don’t even know why I didn’t read this one in 2017, but I definitely will in 2018, and then I will rewatch the anime as well.
  10. I, Robot by Issac Asimov. I’m only going to read this one because my husband thinks I might like it, so since I didn’t get to it in 2017, then hopefully I will in 2018.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017.

When I’m actively reading, I don’t really pay attention to whether I have previously read that author or not. But looking back on the year, I read a number of new authors and luckily I enjoyed nearly all of them. So here are my top ones, in no particular order.

  1. Mike Flanagan. I started the Rodeo Rider’s series this year and absolutely fell in love with the way he writes about rodeo and ranch life.
  2. Kei Sanbe. I am so happy that I stumbled upon this author and the Erased series.
  3. Ichigo Takano. Another manga author. The Orange series was so beautiful. I will definitely read more by Takano in the future.
  4. Kaoru Mori. Her A Bride’s Story series is wonderful. The story itself is great, but the illustrations are really what make the series and this author shine.
  5. Marissa Meyer. I honestly had put off reading The Lunar Chronicles for so long because I didn’t think I would like it, but then I fell in love with it and can’t wait to read more of her books.
  6. Chinelo Okparenta. I have only read one of her books, Happiness Like Water, but her writing just drew me in and I cannot wait to read more of her books in the future.
  7. Yoshitoki Oima. Her A Silent Voice series was a great read. I will definitely be looking forward to more of her books.
  8. Brian K. Vaughan. I didn’t expect to love Saga but I did and it put him up there with my favorite new to me authors of the year.
  9. Charles Portis. I have only read one book by him, True Grit, but I enjoyed the hell out of it and will be reading more of his books in the future.
  10. Nnedi Okorafor. Another author where I have only read one book of theirs, but it was great and I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future.

There you have it, the best new-to -me authors that I read in 2017. What new-to-you authors did you read and enjoy last year? Any I should add to my to-be-read list?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018.

You would think this would be an easy list to make, after all, don’t we look forward to every book? But narrowing it down to the top ten of those was quite a challenge. So here they are, in no particular order.

  1. The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki. I read the first volume back in July, loved it and immediately bought the next six volumes. However, I have put off reading the entire series until 2018 because the final volume comes out in March and I want to read the whole series in one sitting.
  2. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. I have been saying “I will read this one this year no matter what!” every year for the past fiev years and I still haven’t read it yet. So I’m looking forward to finally (hopefully) reading it in 2018.
  3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones. I have been meaning to read this series since watching the anime movie, but never have. So this will be a priority read in 2018.
  4. The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe. I cannot wait to read this book in 2018.
  5. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. I meant to read this one this year, but sadly didn’t get to it. So 2018 is the year it will be read, and then I can watch the miniseries as well.
  6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I’m pretty sure I read this series when I was younger, but I can’t remember the story, so I will be reading them in 2018.
  7. Dune by Frank Herbert. I keep putting this one off, because it’s such a chunky book and the font is so darn tiny. But with luck this will be among the many books I read in 2018.
  8. Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. I don’t know how I didn’t read this one in 2017, but it will be among the first books read in 2018.
  9. Winter by Marissa Meyer. I put off reading this one for a while because I didn’t want the series to end, but I am going to make it a priority to read in 2018, because if I wait much longer I will forget too many details from the series and have to reread it all before reading Winter
  10. InuYasha by Rumiko Takahasi. I finally finished watching the anime series in 2017, so now I am looking forward to reading the manga to see how the story played out and experience all those parts that didn’t make it into the anime.

There we have it. The books I’m looking forward to in 2018. There are plenty of other books I can’t wait to read in the new year, but to list them all would be crazy. What book are you looking forward to in 2018?