Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR

It’s that time of year again. My favorite time of year.

🍁🍁F A L L!!🍁🍁

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

The books are already on my TBR List and part of several reading challenges.

  1. Waiting by Ha Jin
  2. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  3. Song of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
  4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – The Struggle

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I didn’t have to really think about it. I had to think more about which books not to include, because I tell you I have struggled through some books.

Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it however you need)

  1. The Help by Katherine Stockett – I bought this book years ago at the height of its peak popularity. I was so disappointed in it. I was determined to finish it, but alas after a month of plodding through I gave up.
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – This was a book club pick. I read it some 20 years ago in college and remember loving it. I went back to reread it for book club and oh my gosh it was a drag.
  3. My Antonia by Willa Cather – If I didn’t have to read this in college I wouldn’t have and to be honest, I didn’t. I did read a good portion of it before throwing in the towel, but I just simply didn’t care about the characters. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Author’s I’d Like to Meet

Really this week’s Top Ten Tuesday has got to be hard for most bibliophiles.

Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)

This list could go on and on and . . . well you get the idea. This list is in no particular order of priority and there are a couple on the list it would a time machine and an act of Congress to make it happen.

  1. Maya Angelou is one of favorite authors that I really haven’t read enough of. Her prose is like poetry – beautifully written. I would love to meet her just to hear her speak. Interviews I’ve seen with her she always sounds so poetic and I love that.
  2. I am not a huge fan of J.K. Rowling, but she has made an a serious impact on children reading around the world. Her Harry Potter series, still going strong after some 20 years, got kids reading again. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Novellas

Raise your hand if your reading has taken a back seat because you’re short on time? 🙋 We’ve all been there. Seeing the pages of your book in your mind’s eye flapping saying pick me up. Read me.

 Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is:

Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

James Patterson seems to have addressed this with his Book Shots. And France got the first short story vending machine. Sitting at the airport or train station and don’t have anything to read, well France has you covered.

Here is my list of novellas to read when I’m short on time or rather when I have a free afternoon/evening.

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I have probably watched at some point all movie incarnations of A Christmas Carol (the 1951 version with Alastair Sim is by far my favorite), but have never read the book.
  2. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut has been on been on my TBR for at least 3 years 😔 One day, I’ll get to it.
  3. Home by Toni Morrison. I acquired this at my local library’s book sale. This is probably still sitting on my shelf Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – My Ever-Growing TBR

It has become apparent that I am a book junkie. It’s my drug of choice just like San Pellegrino is my fizzy water of choice – ah how I love those bubbles. I can’t seem to make it out of a bookstore without acquiring some book booty, and this weekend was no exception.

So, here we go. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday list is about my Ever-Growing TBR list

  1. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    I saw that this was up for grabs (so to speak) on NetGalley. I have Nguyen’s earlier books as well – The Sympathizer and Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. For some reason, I get into these moments in which I obsess about an author and have to have all his/her books. Anyway, The Refugees is a short story collection about people who leave their homeland to fulfill their dreams and aspirations and what happens to them along their journey. Continue reading