Top Ten Tuesday [7.29]

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Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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♥ Tamora Pierce [25] – I looove her! I’ve got all of her Tortall books (including a hardcover set of the Protector of the Small series that isn’t in the picture) and some of the Emelan ones, plus an anthology that she has a couple of short stories in.

♥ Lemony Snicket [13]The Series of Unfortunate Events tridecalogy (Wikipedia tells me this is a word? I don’t know.) was a huge part of my childhood, they’re just so great!

♥ Patricia Briggs [10] – I’m working my way up to a collection of all of her books, her Mercy Thompson series is my favorite.

♥ William Shakespeare [10] – I have a great six-volume set of his completed works, plus some of my favorite plays individually.

♥ J. R. R. Tolkien [9]  – By now you’re all aware of my love for Tolkien, so it’s no surprise that I own a lot of his work. I’m also pretty sure that I own more than this but I only spotted nine on my shelves at the moment (I’m currently having a shelf organization dilemma).

♥ J. K. Rowling [9] – Six of the Harry Potter books (my copy of Half Blood Prince was lost, I don’t want to talk about it), a duplicate of The Prisoner of Azkaban that was gift, and the first two of the series supplement books (I have read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sooo many times!).

♥ Rob Thurman [8] – I’ve been collecting the Cal Leandros series for a while, I’m always down for urban fantasy.

Stephen King [6] – I feel like it’s very strange that this number is so low, it’s totally possible that I’ve stashed more Stephen King books elsewhere and forgotten about them because I’m sure I had more than than this.

♥ Chuck Palahniuk [5] – Definitely went through a Palahniuk phase in high school, I’m pretty sure my senior quote in the yearbook is from Invisible Monsters.

♥ Clive Cussler [25+] – Between my parents and I, every single one of his books has probably passed through our house at some point. I have five on my shelves in my bedroom, there are probably ten more on the shelves in our office, and who knows how many in boxes or stacks or somewhere around the house.

Honorable mentions to L. J. Smith, S. M. Stirling, Richard Dawkins (as an anthro major I read a lot of his books), and Lilian Jackson Braun – paperbacks of “The Cat Who…” series have been floating around my house for as long as I can remember, I’ve probably read them all. What authors are filling up your shelves? Leave me a link in the comments so I can check out your post!


Top Ten Tuesday [7.22]

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Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – With Hermione comes magic (and hopefully one of those awesome bigger-on-the-inside tents) which would make getting off the island easy, so we’d probably turn it in to a vacation instead and talk about the history of magic for a week straight!

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) – Whether we got off the island or not I know I’d be fine if I was there with Katniss, girl’s a survivor.

Daenerys Targaryen (A Game of Thrones) – Dany is pretty awesome, and also pretty good at coming out on top even when the odds are stacked against her – plus, if we’re talking most of GoT then you know Drogo would have his entire khalasar out looking for her, so we could just soak up the sunshine while we waited to be rescued.

Veralidaine “Daine” Sarrasri (Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books) – Daine could use her wild magic to ask the whales (not the dolphins!) to help us get off the island, and that would definitely be an adventure.

Isabelle Lightwood (The Mortal Instruments series) – She’s a tough one, and I want to be her BFF, so I think we’d have fun figuring out how exactly we were going to get off the island (and we would look awesome while doing it).

John Carter (John Carter of Mars/Barsoom series) – The man survived Mars, I think he can handle a deserted island, (and I wouldn’t mind sticking around for a while to enjoy the company of this particular southern gentleman).

Lord John Roxton (The Lost World) – If anyone was going to help be escape a deserted island while also turning it in to the adventure of a lifetime it would be this man, and knowing him he’s probably even been to this island before.

Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings) – We’d manage just fine on the island, and being stranded there probably wouldn’t even register as a concern for him (he’s been through worse); we probably wouldn’t be there very long (Isildur’s heir has responsibilities) but hopefully he’d tell me about all of the journeys he’s been on while we were.

Gansey (The Raven Boys) – Gansey would be great company on a deserted island, we’d probably end up spending all of our time talking instead of figuring out how to actually get off the island though.

Numair Salmalin (Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books) – He’s got plenty of magic to either get us off the island or raise a castle from the ground so we can stay there, and I’d be happy with either as long as he was around.

This one was a lot harder than I expected it to be!  I decided to go the “Who can help me survive/escape from the island?” route for most of them but I could definitely make another list of characters I’d just like to be stranded with, if you know what I mean? 😉


Top Ten (Let’s pretend today is Tuesday!) [7.15]

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Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

♥ Supernatural – My love affair with the Winchesters started during my freshman year of college when I was binge watching entire seasons of it instead of studying for my chemistry exams (it was a pretty popular topic for my LiveJournal posts back then too).  I still watch every episode but I’m not quite as in to it as I used to be; I was in love with the original five-season arc, particularly the dark and gritty feel of the early days.  Either way, I’m gonna be a Dean girl until the end (that girl in the .gif is totally me).

♥ From Dusk till Dawn – I was obsessed with this show before I had even seen an episode and once I was able to watch it I binge watched the entire first season in two days (and have done that repeatedly ever since).  It’s based on the 1996 Robert Rodriguez movie of the same name but is far less campy; DJ Cotrona and Zane Holtz give the Gecko brothers so much more depth than George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino were able to.

♥ The Walking Dead – As I’ve mentioned before, zombies are sort of my thing so this one is an obvious favorite.  It’s also the only show that I’m currently watching that I absolutely have to watch as it airs, do not get between me and my television on Sunday nights this fall.

HAVEN nathan & audrey♥ Haven – I started watching this one on a whim when it first started airing on SyFy and I’ve been in love ever since.  It’s inspired by Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid and has a pretty interesting take on the supernatural-themed drama (which I’m obviously a fan of).

♥ Sons of Anarchy – I love each and every one of the characters on this show, even the ones I love to hate (Clay, anyone?).  This show is also one of the few that makes me cry pretty frequently, I couldn’t tell you why, but it does.

♥ The 100 – It’s pretty hit or miss with me when it comes to shows on The CW, but this one was definitely a hit.  I got really drawn in to the premise of the show at first, then fell in love with the characters, now I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of the book that it was inspired by.

Game of Thrones – Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like this show?  Having read some of the series I can say that there are definitely some on point portrayals of George R.R. Martin’s characters going on in this show and I am always impressed by the on-screen adaptations of some of my favorite scenes (and disappointed by the omission of some of my other favorites, but we can’t have it all).

♥ Friday Night Lights – Loved the book, loved the movie, loved the show. ❤

♥ True Blood – I have yet to pick up any of the books even though I’m in love with this show, hopefully I’ll be able to remedy that soon. I’ll also say that I definitely became more of a fan once Season 3 started because werewolves, specifically Alcide (don’t talk to me 😥 )…I’d like to have Joe Manganiello on my TV at all times.

♥ Star Trek: The Original Series – I love this show because it’s absolutely hilarious and also one of the most aesthetically pleasing things ever.  All those primary colors plus 1960s film technology?  Beautiful. I used to get yelled at for DVRing too many episodes when they would air re-runs on PBS.

Honorable mentions go out to SuitsLeverageFirefly, Teen Wolf (ugh…so much love/hate), and every incarnation of Law & Order ever made.

This past week has been a long one, so let’s pretend that I didn’t have to back-date this because I totally failed to schedule it for Tuesday, okay?

Top Ten Tuesday [7.08]

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Top Ten Blogging Confessions

♥ I am terrible at keeping up with the blogs I follow, absolutely terrible.  I follow a bunch of book blogs (obviously) and quite a few lifestyle blogs as well but there are honestly only two or three that I am check-every-day serious about following.  For the rest I usually scroll casually through my WordPress Reader or Bloglovin’ feed when I have some down time and see what catches my eye.

♥ I go back and read through my own blog posts all the time and if I stumble across any spelling mistakes or awkward phrasing I’ll fix it, mostly for my own peace of mind.  I’ve always got my blog and my Tumblr open in tabs so I can scroll through them and make sure everything looks right (even if making it “look right” means re-tagging a .gif of Sebastian Stan from back in February, for reasons).

♥ I’m guilty of judging a blog by its “cover” when I’m looking for blogs to follow.  I’m far more likely to follow a blog that looks clean and organized than one that’s in full technicolor and cluttered with blurry graphics.

♥ It can take me forever to write posts because I want my blog to read similarly to the way I think but I’m so used to the technical and formal writing that I had to do so much of in college that it’s actually difficult for me to type in a more casual voice.

♥ I’m very easily distracted from blogging so I’ll forget to keep up with posting or I’ll take a while to respond to comments.  Mostly I’m okay with this because I’m primarily blogging for me, so I can get my thoughts out of my head and share them with like-minded people, but I can definitely see how this inconsistency can be frustrating (even I get frustrated by it at times) so I’m working on my scheduling skills.

♥ I am super picky about grammar so if I’m reading a post where the grammar is sort of awful there’s a pretty good chance that I’m going to bail about halfway through (if I even make it that far).  If the content is something I’m interested in I’ll try to stick around but I can’t make any promises.

♥ I read a lot of blogs about blogging, is that weird?  I’m just really interested in the different approaches people have to making their blogs pretty or how they inspire themselves to write posts, the entire concept of blogging fascinates me.

♥ I find it kind of obnoxious when bloggers promote their posts via every single social media site ever.  I’m cool with seeing tweets about new posts on Twitter, same for anything that pops up on Tumblr, but when I start to see it on Facebook and Pinterest too?  And then I pick up my phone and see that they’ve posted a photo (that I already saw in their post) on Instagram?  Not cool.

♥ If I love a specific blog post I’ll end up keeping it open in a tab all on it’s own for a while, sometimes a long while, so I can go back and read it (or look through the pictures!) again and again.

♥ I’ve been some form of blogger for what feels like forever.  I made my first LiveJournal account at the age of twelve and while that first username didn’t stick around long (it had something to do with ladybugs, which is weird because I hate ladybugs) I eventually found one that worked for me and I reigned over my LJ kingdom until my sophomore year of college.

This one was sort of tricky!  I’m not sure all of these count as confessions but they’re the best I could think of.  What are some of your blogging confessions?  How about blogging pet peeves?


Top Ten Tuesday [7.01]

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Top Ten Favorite Classic Books

Already Read:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [x] – I’m firmly in the camp that refers to this book as one of the earliest examples of science fiction and it is truly one of my favorites.  Plus, even the story of how it came to be is awesome: Both Shelleys and Lord Byron amusing themselves with ghost stories while vacationing in Switzerland when Byron challenges them each to write their own and this is what Mary delivers. Brilliant.

Dracula by Bram Stoker [x] – The monster genre is a favorite of mine (in books and film) and I love seeing the influence that Stoker’s novel has had on the vampires that we see everywhere in books and on television today.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë [x] – I read this one during my senior year of high school while on spring break in Hawaii and was surprised by how much I loved it, I have very distinct memories of reading out on our hotel balcony and just refusing to put it down.

♥ The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [x] – This is my absolute favorite of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works and is easily one of my top five favorite books, I can’t even count how many times I’ve read it, I just love the story.

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs [x] – The first of the John Carter/Martian series and one of my absolute favorite science fiction classics,  let’s not talk about the disaster that was the movie adaptation (I love me some Taylor Kitsch, but no).

Want to Read:
Paradise Lost by John Milton [x] – I’ve actually read excerpts of this one, I just haven’t found the time to read it as a whole even though it sounds fascinating to me.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London [x] – I have a deep, deep love for Jack London and after reading White Fang I know it’s just a matter of time until I pick this one up and I’m sure I’m going to love it.

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells [x] – Another science fiction classic (can you tell that I’m a fan of the genre?) that I’ll hopefully get a chance to read soon.

1984 by George Orwell [x] – I’m pretty sure this one was an option to read for an assignment in one of my high school Lit classes and for some reason I passed it up in favor of something else, since I have no memory of what I actually did read I’m thinking this one might have been a better choice.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley [x] – I’m super embarrassed that I haven’t read this one yet because it’s been recommended to me by multiple people for years and somehow I still haven’t gotten around to it.

Honorable mentions go to Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [x], F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby [x], and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit [x] – it’s probably safe to assume that if I’m responsible for making any kind of book list that Tolkien is going to be on it, I’ll try to keep my Middle Earth feelings from leaking all over the whole blog though (hence the honorable mention).


Top Ten Tuesday [6.17]

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Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin [x] – I’ve had this one sitting in my iBooks (which syncs to both my phone and my iPad so I’ve literally been carrying it around with me) forever, I think it’s time to start it so I can stop feeling guilty about continuing to watch the show before having read the books.

Under the Dome by Stephen King [x] – Another one I’ve had for a while, it’s pretty thick so it definitely won’t be one of my vacation reads but I do plan on getting to it in the near future.

Dangerous Women ed. by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois [x] – I honestly can’t believe I haven’t started this one yet, I pre-ordered it as soon as I saw how many of my favorite authors were contributors and then waited months for it to be delivered.

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce [x] – Tammy’s books are my absolute favorite, specifically the Tortall series, and the Beka Cooper books are the only ones I haven’t finished/read many times over yet.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell [x] – Pretty sure this one’s going to be at the top of the pile of books I’ll be packing for my vacation next week, if I manage to stop myself from picking it up before then that is.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead [x] – Second in the Vampire Academy series and another one that’s definitely going on vacation with me (along with my digital copy of the Vampire Academy movie, I will never get enough of Danila Kozlovsky as Dimitri).

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart [x] – I’ve heard good things, so many good things, and somehow I have still managed to refrain from being spoiled so I think I’ll need to pick this one up soon.

Rebel Heart by Moira Young [x] – I am always up for some good YA dystopian fiction, especially when it involves a badass female protagonist, so I’m definitely looking forward to continuing this series.

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward [x] – This one’s technically a re-read but I’ve been missing the Black Dagger Brotherhood series so I think I’m going to start it all over again from the beginning.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega [x] – This one’s definitely going to be read before the summer is over, probably within the next couple of weeks even – or the next couple of days, you never know.

These are in no particular order, and I know for a fact that some of them will probably end up getting moved down my to-read list – it’ll probably be those heavy hitters at the top – in favor of things I stumble across at the bookstore (or on my own shelves), but at this moment these are definitely the books that I want to be reading in the near future.  Making this list made me realize that I’m right in the middle of reading a whole lot of different series, I’m going to need to reorganize my book shelves once I start catching up on them all!