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Top Ten Tuesday – December 4, 2012

The topic for this week (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish blog) is the top 10 books I would like Santa (or the Chanukkah fairy) to bring me this holiday season.

1. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour – I have this book on my kindle, but would love a hardcover edition so that I could really appreciate all the cute drawings, and receipts, etc.

2. Quintana of Charyn – If you have visited my blog before you know that I am OBSESSED with Melina Marchetta and that I have been waiting for this book for months and months and months and…. and now it’s out in Australia but won’t be available in Canada until March 2013.  So, if Santa could stop by Australia first, get me a copy and then drop it down my chimney, I would be greatly appreciative!

3. The Complete Jessica Darling Series – Another series I have on my kindle, but would just LOVE to have it sitting on my bookshelf!  I love this series!!

4. Raw Blue by Kristy Eagar – I have heard amazing things about this book, but cannot seem to find it anywhere!  One day I will just suck it up and order the paperback copy to be delivered to me.  Unless someone has a copy to loan me?? Pretty please???

5. Twenty Boy Summer – Another book that I have heard great things about, but haven’t gotten around to downloading because, well, this book is expensive! I have to curb my book spending, so my husband doesn’t toss my kindle (yes, he has threatened to do so on more than one occasion), so I’m trying to wait and (hopefully) the price for the kindle version will go down.

6. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – I’m ashamed to admit that I have not read this book yet.  I keep meaning to read it, honest.  I keep planning to check out my local used bookstore to try to snag a copy, but life has been so super busy lately that I just haven’t had the time.

7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – This one is for my son.  He will be two in March.  He loves books, just like his mom, and we read together every night before bed.  I’m telling you, I help him into his PJs and then he goes to his bookshelf and picks out books for me to read to him.  If I choose something, he tells me “no” throws the book onto the floor (or at my head) and picks the one he wants.  This is such a beautiful book, and having a hardcover edition would be amazing.

8. Two-Way Street by Laura Barnholdt – I have been meaning to read this book for ages, and if Santa delivered it to me I wouldn’t have any more excuses, now would I?

9. The Reflected in You Series by Sylvia Day – I haven’t read this series, although I do love a good romance novel (the steamier the better!).  The books are just too expensive and I have to be selective.  Wouldn’t want my son to starve just to support my reading addiction!

10. Wild Card/Santa’s Choice – Surprise me, Santa! 



Top 10 Tuesday – November 27, 2012

Thank you to the ladies at the Broke and the Bookish for another great Top Ten Tuesday.  This week’s topic is Top 10 books that are coming out in 2013. 

1. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta – For those of you who have checked out my blog before, you know that this is one my most anticipated books of 2013.  The third installment of one of my favourite series, ever!  I cannot wait.   I have already planned to re-read the first two books in the week before Quintana is released in Canada.

2. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – I LOVED Anna and the French kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, and have been eagerly awaiting Perkins’s new book.  The release date has been pushed back, but I am anxiously awaiting its release!

3. Hot Ticket and Snared by Olivia Cunning (Sinners #3 and #4) – I (very luckily) received an advance copy of Hot Ticket (to be released in Feb 2013).  Wow.  I LOVED this book.  Hot rock stars, passion, heat and some kink – what’s not to love?  Snared is the 4th book in the Sinners Series, and focusses on Eric.  Let’s just say that after reading Hot Ticket, I CANNOT wait to read Snared, which is set to be released later in 2013.

4. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi – Set to be released January 8, 2013, this book is already pre-ordered to my kindle.  I cannot wait to see what happens to Aria and Perry.  And Roar.  So excited!

5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman –  I absolutely loved If I Stay and Where She Went (Oh, Adam and Mia – how I love you!), so it goes without saying that I cannot wait to read Forman’s next book.  Early buzz is already amazing, and I am counting down the days until I get my hands on a copy.

6. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – This book looks great! It’s described on Goodreads as a YA “You’ve Got Mail” and what can you possibly not like about that?  Expected release date is in April 2013, so I’ve got to be patient waiting for this one!

7. It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #7) – Yes, this is the 7th book in this series and I seriously cannot wait!  I have read all 6 books in the Lucky Harbor Series, plus the 3 books in the Wilder Series AND the 2 books in the Berkeley Heat Series by Jill Shalvis.  So, ummmm, yeah, I kind of have a MAJOR boner for Jill Shalvis’ books.

8. Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle (TMS #2) – I really liked The Mighty Storm and I can’t wait to see what happens to Tru and Jake (Yummm… Jake….) in the next installment of this series.

9. Reckless by S.C. Stephens (3rd book after Thoughtless and Effortless) – I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this series.  I didn’t love Thoughtless (cheating books just aren’t my thing), but I LOVED Kellan Kyle (the female lead, not so much), so I went on to read Effortless.   I liked Effortless a lot more, so I’m interested to see what happens in the third book.  I am told that we also get to see things from Kellan’s POV, which would be great.  Can’t wait!

10. Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth – I cannot wait to get my hands on the third installment of this amazing series.  I will definitely have to re-read the first books so I’m ready to go.  I’ve missed Tris and Four!

11. Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #3) – Another hotly anticipated final book in a series.  I will have a lot of re-reading to do in anticipation of all of them! I cannot wait to see what happens to Lena and Alex.  Oh Alex! The end of book 2 nearly broke my heart!

What are your thoughts? What books are you dyeing to read??


Top Ten Tuesday – November 13, 2012

This is a weekly feature hosted by the amazing blog the Broke and the Bookish.  Due to a hugely busy schedule, I haven’t participated in a few weeks, but I thought I would try to get back into it today.  The topic for today is “the top 10 books I would want on a deserted island.  Instead of spending too much time thinking about this one, I’m going to list the top 10 books that first come to mind:

1.  East of Eden by Steinbeck – I have mentioned this book on my blog before, because I just love it.  It’s also a story that I could read over and over again and never tire of it.  There are just so many levels to this book that I get something different out of it each and every time I re-read it.

2. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – Another one of my favourite books.  It’s also over 1000 pages long, so I figure it will help me pass the time if I’m stranded on this island for a while.

3. Winter of the World by Ken Follett – This is the second book in the Century Trilogy (prequels to Pillars).  I haven’t read it yet, although I can’t wait to do so.  I read Fall of Giants right when it came out, but it took me forever to finish it because it was huge!  At over 1000 pages and hardcover  – I couldn’t take it on the subway to work and I couldn’t lug it around with me everywhere.  So, for the second book in the series I have been waiting for the paperback version to come out.  But, I would take the hardcover version on the island.  I can’t wait to read this one!

4. The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty – Can I choose the whole series as one book? Whatever, I’m doing it.  Love this series and I think I could re-read it a million times and never get bored.  And Marcus Flutie could keep me company.  Win-win.

5. Seduction and Snacks and/or Futures and Frosting by Tara Sivec – If I’m allowed to take both, I will take both! These books are adult fiction (with steam) and they are incredible – I love the characters, the story, just everything.  They are hilarious! Like laugh out loud funny.  And being stranded on a deserted island I might need some humour.

6. Easy by Tammara Webber – I really liked this book, and I figure having a swoon-worthy guy to read about would help pass the time.

7. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta – This is the final book in the Lumatere Chronicles, and although it won’t be released in the US or Canada until March 2013, it’s out in Australia so I figure it’s fair game.  For those of you who frequent my blog, you know how much I love the other books in the series, and Marchetta in general.  She is freakin awesome!  I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!!

8. Anything from the Wilder Series, Lucky Harbour Series or Berkeley Series by Jill Shalvis – I love all of the books in these series, so I really could be happy reading any of them.  The Wilder Series is more focussed on the outdoors, so maybe with those books I could get some helpul survival hints?  In any event, each of the books have a super hot male lead to lust after and a strong female lead you don’t want to throw the book at to stop her stupidity.

9. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I haven’t been able to finish this book so I figure if I have all the time in the world on my island, I wouldn’t have any more excuses.  I know, I know, everyone else loves this book.  I don’t know whether it’s the subject matter – because as a teenager I lost two friends in two terrible accidents, or what, but I just couldn’t read on.  I would like to finish it because I hate leaving books unfinished, but I just haven’t been ready yet.

10. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels – Because it’s my favourite book of all time, and I can’t imagine living without it.  Especially if left on a deserted island.  It’s an incredible story of strength, courage, and overcoming the most impossible of evils.  It would inspire the hope I would need to survive.

11.  If I got to bring an extra book, I would bring any Simon and Garfinkle songbooks I could find.  Their music is just amazing, and I guess it would get pretty boring on the island so I could have a sing-a-long.  Especially if nobody else is around because my singing voice is horrible! (I can admit it).  Plus, their songs really are poetry, so it would be like having an extra book with me.

Which books would you bring?

Top 10 Tuesday – October 23, 2012

The topic this week is my Top 10 books to get into the halloween spirit.  Thanks Broke and the Bookish for yet another great topic!

This one is a hard one for me because I generally don’t like scary books (or scary movies, or haunted house, or anything scary for that matter!)  I like a good suspense story, but not “scary”.  So, I will try to think of some books that I would think would get you/me into the halloween spirit, although I must confess that I haven’t read many of the books on this list:

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – This one I have read.  What can I say, it’s a classic.

2. Watchers by Dean Koontz – Another one that I have actually read.  And had nightmares about for a loooonnnngg time afterwards.  Oh, dad, why would you suggest your 11 year old daughter read this book?  But, I will say that if you like thrillers, this is a great book to check out.

3. anything by Stephen King – Too scary for me…

4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Not traditionally thought of as a “scary” book, but when I read this one I get the heebie-jeebies.  Just something about this book is so erie and frightening.

5. Dracula by Bram Stoker – Although this book is scary, I really liked it.  Another great classic.

6. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice –  A great book, full of suspense.  I might have slept with my light on for a while after reading it…

7. Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe – So creepy, yet amazing.  Another one I could only read in the light of day.

8. The Witches by Raoul Dahl – I remember reading this book as I was growing up and absolutely loving it!

9.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Another great, spooky classic.

10. And Then There were None (Ten Little Indians) by Agatha Christie – Murder, suspense, and a whole host of suspects.  This book is almost like a right of passage.

That’s about all that I could come up with. What are your thoughts? Which books am I missing?

Top 10 Tuesday – October 9, 2012

This is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous blog “The Broke and the Bookish”.  For this week’s topic I get to choose anything, so I’m going to highlight some of my favourite books I have read in the past year.  Some of these are new books, and some are older but I had previously had the opportunity to read them.  Enjoy!

1. The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty — I LOVED this series.  I think I liked it better now than I would have had I read the series as a young adult.  I loved Jessica’s character – quintesential teenaged girl, complete with the best snark.  And so stubborn.  And so REAL.  My teenage self wouldn’t have been able to see her for how amazing she was because, like most teenaged girls I had my head up my ass.  But, looking back, I can see how perfect of a character she was.  No, I’m not saying that Jessica Darling was perfect – she made a whole lot of mistakes.  But, I love her anyways.  And, Marcus Flutie.  WTF.  I loved and hated him all at the same time.  In the end, though, both he and Jessica had to figure themselves out and grow up and they both needed the space to do that.

2. The Lucky Harbour Series by Jill Shalvis – These are adult contemporary books.  They are fantastic! Each one focuses on a different relationship and different characters, but we still get to see our old favourites in each one.  And, yes, there are 6 books in this series. And, yes, I have read each one.  And, yes, they are all great reads.  With amazing sexy men and independent, wicked, heroines.

3. How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffany DeBartolo – This book seems to fall under the radar a bit.  Another adult contemporary about twenty somethings living in  New York trying to make it in the music business.  The characters have a great romance, complete with ups and downs (oh, the downs…) but I fell in love with this book and the characters because they are so REAL.  They have real emotions, real conflict, real feelings, and their relationship is just so organic and, well, real.

4. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman – Although I liked the second book in this series better, I still really liked the first book.  What an emotional rollercoaster this story was.  I’m so glad that the author wrote the second installment so that we could see what happened in Adam and Mia’s lives.

5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Another intensely emotional journey.  I loved this book.  I loved the writing, but most of all I loved the characters.  Just a great read.

6. Finnikin of the Rock/Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta – It’s no secret that I love Marchetta and LOVED this series (can’t wait for book 3 to be releasted in Canada).  I devoured both books in a few days (over 1000 pages combined) and could have read more if I had the pages.  If you haven’t yet, you need to read these books!

7. Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta – I read Saving Francesca as well (this is the companion novel) which I loved, but this book just really hit me hard.  Maybe because we get to see the characters a few years later when they’re older and more grown up?  I loved how we got to see more of the other characters in the story this time around.  The writing is superb, and the story hits on so many themes – loss, love, forgiveness, moving forward, fear of moving forward.  A great, great book.

8. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – A great roadtrip book that combines a serious topic (moving on after the death of a parent) and a sweet, accidental love story.  You will fall in love with both Amy and Roger.

9. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen – I really liked this book for so many reasons.  Primarily, I loved Remy.  What a great female lead character.  I loved that Remy was so real – she wasn’t perfect by any stretch, she wasn’t some virtuous virgin, she screwed up (repeatedly), she was stubborn…. But I couldn’t help but love her regardless.

10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I loved this book! What a rush reading it.  I am literally counting down the days until the next book in the series comes out.  For more info, check out my review.



Top 10 Tuesday – October 2, 2012

Okay.  So I just spent a long time writing a really long post outlining my top 10 favourite “older”/classic books and the reasons I believe that they should continue to be read and re-read and re-read.  And then my post got completely wiped out.  So, here’s the abridged re-write.  Sorry!  I just don’t have the time to re-write the whole post. If you have questions about a book or author or why a book made my list – please write to me.  I would love to hear from you!

1. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – A beautiful, epic love story that’s so beautifully written.  In my view, probably the most romantic book ever written.  I have read and re-read this book countless times and might like it more each time.

2. Unless by Carol Shields – A moving story about the relationship between mothers and daughters and what happens when circumstances cause us to change our life’s direction.  How do we cope? How do those around us cope? And what will you do to bring those you love home.  I highly recommend anything written by this author.

3. Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer – Talk about epic historical fiction.  Two of the greats of literature.  These books should be in everyone’s TBR pile, if you haven’t already read them.

4. East of Eden by Steinbeck – Whoa.  This is quite the novel.  A generational tale about family, sacrifice, love and loss.  So much loss in this book.  Cathy/Kate is arguably one of the most well-written villains in literature (almost as bad as William Hamleigh?).  I read this novel while backpacking across Europe one summer years ago, and it brings back some amazing memories.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – A true “American” classic novel. It’s short, but packs a lot of punch.

6. Saturday by Ian McEwan – Although Atonement is probably McEwan’s most famous novel, I love Saturday.  The story is really about one man’s life on one day, but it’s just so much more.  Beautifully written.

7. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck – A story of determination and resiliance. 

8. On the Road by Jack Kerouac – A life-changer.  Everyone should read this book at least once.

9. A tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – A classic coming of age story.  My paperback copy is well worn from years of reading and re-reading.

10. Dune by Frank Herbert – An amazing fantasy novel that still hits home.

11.  Emma by Jane Austen – my favourite of Austen’s novels.  I just love Emma.  I love her naivity, her self-importance and her growth.  Although she’s probably not the most universally well-liked of Austen’s female characters, I think she’s hilarious.  After all, she is a teenager, so it’s expected that she is a bit ridiculous!

I know this list is missing so many more amazing books – anything by Hemingway, so many more Austen novels, Little Women, etc.  It was so hard to keep the list to 10 (woops, er, I mean 11).


top 10 tuesday – September 25, 2012

Each week, I check out the top 10 lists organized by the amazing blog the Broke and Bookish.  The topic this week is “top 10 series that you did not finish”. 

I am a huge control freak, and I usually have to find out what happens next, like as soon as possible, so I usually read follow up books in a seris.  Yes, even when I didn’t even really like the first book.  Case in point, my walk of shame series 50 shades of grey.  Yup, read all three.  Given that, it took me a bit of time to think about this list.   I have not included those I haven’t finished yet because the next book hasn’t come out yet.  So, here are the ones I came up with:

1. Shopoholics books – I read the first one and it was NOT for me.  I could not relate to the main character (can’t even remember her name) and by the end of the book I was literally yelling at the pages “Just don’t go shopping – dude, it’s not that hard!”.  I could not bring myself to read one more page, let alone several more books like the first.

2. Boys Next Door/Endless Summer – These books were just not for me.  The main character drove me crazy.  Maybe it was just a little young for me, because a lot of people really liked these books.  I really hope I was not that annoying at 16 though.  I have to admit that I cheated a bit on this one – I read both books, BUT it was only because I bought them together and since I had already wasted my money on the second book I figured I should give it a try.  Unfortunately, I did.

Yeah, that’s pretty much all I can think of at the moment.  I read a LOT of series, but I always have to know what happens next, and I usually have to know, like, right then and there.