Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017.

Having read over 120 books this year, it’s hard to narrow it down to my ten favorite books. But after a lot of consideration, I was able to decide on ten…well, eleven, but it was the best that I could do. These are listed in no particular order.

  1. Erased by Kei Sanbe. This is for the first three volumes of the series, as they are all fantastic. I stumbled upon this series randomly over the summer and I’m so glad I did. The story is so rich and the characters are wonderful.
  2. Sacred Seas by Karen Amanda Hooper. The long awaited sequel to The Sea Monster Memoirs was just what I needed. This book has everything that a series ending should. Highly recommend.
  3. Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound by Arata Kanoh. I absolutely love Your Name, so getting to see an extra side to this story was great.
  4. Orange by Ichigo Takano. This was another series I randomly stumbled upon this year and oh boy was it great. I already plan to reread it next year because I want to enjoy the story again.
  5. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. While very short, as novella’s tend to go, there is so much depth of story within these pages that it makes this a truly wonderful book.
  6. A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori. The imagery alone in this series makes it well worth reading, but the stories within each volume are also highly enjoyable.
  7. Cowboy Up! by Mike Flanagan. I love a good western, but I especially love them when they also involve rodeos. This book was fantastic as it made me feel like I was actually sitting watching rodeos happen.
  8. Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta. A short story collection that has such tragically beautiful stories that I already want more.
  9. A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima. I never thought I would so thoroughly enjoy a story about bullying, but this series was great.
  10. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. This series is strange yet fantastic. Honestly, it’s not at all what I expected based upon the covers and everyone’s ravings, but I’m loving it so far.
  11. Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. This book helps to fill in some gaps from The Clone Wars series and I really enjoyed reading it. Anything that involves Asajj is bound to be entertaining.

So there you have it, my favorite books of 2017. There were quite a few others that I wanted to add to this list, since I read so many great books this year, but to keep it manageable I restricted it to eleven. What are some of your favorite books of 2017.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.

Winter is my favorite time to read, because it’s usually too cold and snowy to want to leave the house for several months on end. So of course I do a majority of my reading during this time. So here are ten books from my winter TBR – though I’m hoping to get through a good chunk of these before the year is done.

  1. Prophecy: Child of Earth by Elizabeth Haydon
  2. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  3. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  5. Howl`s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  7. Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
  8. From A Certain Point of View by Various Authors
  9. Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
  10. Leia Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Books I Want My Child to Read.

Now that my son is finally starting to find his love of reading, I am busy filling his bookshelf with books I read and loved as a kid, along with books that he has shown interest in. So here are the books I want my son to read.

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This is one of my favorite books that I read in public school and I’m really excited to see him read it. He has it on his shelf and says he will read it soon.
  2. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. This and the rest of her books were my favorite book growing up and I read them so much as a kid that the books fell apart. A couple years ago I bought them all again and now I’m ready to have my son read them.
  3. The Black Stallion Series by Walter Farley. Another series that was a big part of my childhood and I want to share that with my son and see what he thinks of them.
  4. Roald Dahl’s books. The boy has read some of these books already, but I want him to read them all, and he wants to read them all as well. We have the box set of all of Dahl’s books, so it’s just a matter of time before he gets to all of them.
  5. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. We own about 40 of these books, mostly the older ones, and recently added them to the boys bookshelves, they were too full previous to put them there, but now that he has cleared space he is eager to read them.
  6. The Borrowers Series by Mary Norton. I don’t remember reading these as a kid, though I probably did, but I want my son to read them and it was the main reason I bought the box set a couple years ago.
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. This is a must read, though I’m sure he will read it in school, I definitely want him to read the entire series. Then we can watch the original movies and the remakes.
  8. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. A children’s classic that is a must read. I know he has seen the old cartoon movie as well as the newer live action movie, but I want him to read the book to see the story that inspired those movies.

Alright, so I didn’t quite make it to ten, but it’s close. I know there are other books I want him to read, but I just can’t think of them at this moment. What books would you recommend for him to read? And no, I didn’t forget to put Harry Potter on the list, to be honest he has zero interest in that series.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Halloween Traditions For My Family.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and that feeling is shared among my family members. There are a few things we do, or try to do, each year around Halloween time.

  1. Watching The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. We love watching these movies around Halloween, even though they aren’t necessarily Halloween movies.
  2. Watching It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. A Halloween classic, we make an effort to watch this one every year when they show it on TV. Honestly, I don’t know why we don’t own this one on DVD yet.
  3. Picking Out Costumes. Usually it’s just the boy who dresses up, but some years hubby and I dress up as well. It’s always fun to decide on which costume to wear.
  4. Decorating The House. We don’t put out too many decorations for Halloween, but we always hang a skeleton on our front door and carve a pumpkin. Some years all three of us carve pumpkins, but some years, like this one, it’s just the boy that does it.
  5. Trick Or Treating. An obvious must for the boy. He loves trick or treating. I go out with him while hubby stays home and hands out candy. We usually have to contend with snow during Halloween but that doesn’t stop the boy from hitting up as many houses as he can.
  6. Candy Sorting. This follows trick or treating. Despite the boys love of going out trick or treating, he not a huge candy fan, so we sort through all his candy, picking out what he doesn’t like and then that gets sorted into piles hubby and I will eat, and a pile for him to take to work for everyone there.
  7. Watching Corpse Bride. This is one that I tend to watch by myself. The boy isn’t interested and hubby has watched it a few times but doesn’t feel like watching it again each year. I love this movie and feel like Halloween is the best time to watch it.
  8. Candy Corn. I’m the only one in my family that likes Candy Corn, but I always look forward to it. This year my quest for candy corn has been thwarted because no store has carried it. Luckily I have awesome friends who have sent me some.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Ten Books That Feature Characters That Are Non-Humans.

A lot of books that I read, and I’m sure everyone else reads, focuses on human or humanoid characters. So I thought it would be fun to list books that I have read, and a few that I haven’t, where non-human characters play a major role, if not are the main character of the book.

  1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I had to start the list off with Black Beauty, after all, this is essentially an autobiography of a horse, told by the horse.
  2. Watership Down by Richard Adams. This one is all about bunnies and was one of those surprise reads for me years ago, because I didn’t expect it to be good but man was it fantastic.
  3. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. A series about a race horse and the boy who rides him. I have read nearly all the book in this series and really enjoyed them as a kid, and even rereading them as an adult was enjoyable.
  4. White Magic Trilogy by Caitlin Brennan. Horses play a major roll in this fantasy series.
  5. Misty Series by Marguerite Henry. Big shock, another book series that focuses on horses. I was/still am in love with horses, so of course nearly every book on this list is about horses. These books, as well as her other horse books, were major reasons why I developed a love of reading.

Well, I didn’t quite make it to ten, but that’s fine. Any books you can think of that have animals/non-humans as main characters?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

I don’t always stick to a seasonal TBR, but I am going to try my hardest to read all of these this fall, since they are all books I really want to read this year and time is running out. So here they are, in no particular order.

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  2. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  3. Howl`s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  6. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  7. Orange by Ichigo Takano
  8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  9. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  10. I, Robot by Issac Asimov

There you have it, the books I’m really hoping to read this fall. What books are on your fall TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is is freebie week, so I am going with the Top Ten Older Series I Still Need To Read.

I tend to read a lot of older books, not so old that they are classics, but books that have been published 10-30 years ago usually. I have read a number of older series, but for this list, I’m focusing on the series that I own but haven’t read yet. Some series may still be ongoing, through most are completed.

  1. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. I’ve have some of these books on my shelf for probably 15 years and I still haven’t read it yet.
  2. Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin. This is a more recent addition to my shelves but the series is fairly old. I’m hoping to get to this one later this year or early next year.
  3. Hythrun Chronicles by Jennifer Fallon. I’ve technically read the second trilogy in this series, which I believe came out first, but I haven’t read the prequel trilogy.
  4. Dark Glass Mountain & The Troy Games series by Sara Douglass. Ever since reading The Wayfarer Redemption series I have wanted to read the rest of Douglass’ books. I own them, I just haven’t read them yet.
  5. Asian Saga by James Clavell. I don’t own all the books in this one yet, but I really want to get around to reading it soon.
  6. Camulod Chronicles by Jack Whyte. I love the various stories about King Arthur and so I had to get this series. One day soon I will read it…hopefully.
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I don’t know why I haven’t read this series yet, but I really need to fix this.
  8. The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I might have read this one as a kid, but I don’t remember, so I want to read it again/for the first time at some point.
  9. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. This one has been on my TBR for far too long. I told myself I would read it last year no matter what and I didn’t. Hopefully I actually get to it this year.
  10. Symphony of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon. This is a series I’m currently reading. I may only be working on book two at the moment, but I’m enjoying it and looking forward to reading the rest of the series. This series also recently finished, with the last book having been published last year.