Top Ten Tuesdays: Settings

Top ten Tuesdays are posted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks top ten list features settings you want to see more often in fiction.

1) Athens, Georgia. I want to see how other authors treat it. Plus it would be cool to recognize places in the book.

2) Cruise ships

3) Oxford, England

4) Paris, France

5) dystopian futures. What, I really like them

6) the moon. I read a book set on the moon once. It was pretty cool

7) the international space station. I think a grown up version of Xenon would be interesting. Like not the actual show, but a society on a space station. More like Battlestar Galactica, but with less cylons.

8) Outside of time. Think Ruby Red. I like time travelers

9) Islands, cause I’m jealous

10) Atlanta, same reason as Athens just lower on the list

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is the top ten most anticipated releases of 2013. This was the easiest top ten Tuesday yet! There are so many great books coming out in 2013.

1) The Iron Queen, by me. If only because it means I finished it!

2) Aphrodite, by me. Ditto!

3) Ever After, by Kim Harrison. Love her series, can’t wait to see where it goes

4) With All My Soul, by Rachel Vincent. I LOVE this series and this book will conclude it. Each book gets better and better.

5) Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare, I think I like this series better than the Immortal Instruments

7) The Rising, by Kelley Armstrong, excited to see where this series is going

8) Omens, by Kelley Armstrong. I’m excited to see what this ones about.

9) The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan. This series just gets better and better as the kids in it grow up.

10) The Doors of Stone, by Patrick Rothfus. I’m nervous about this book. It’s going to have to be pretty awesome to wrap up right.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s top ten topics are top ten bookish goals for 2013.

Reading:

1) Keep up with readings for school. I’m finishing up my last semester of my masters degree and this semester it’s full time student teaching plus a class, so I’ll have academic readings for school and I’ll need to re-read what the kids are reading, plus I’ll need to read what the kids are writing!

2) Read a fun book every other week. Whether it’s young adult, fantasy or any other genre, I just don’t want to stop reading for fun. Sometimes the school reading kind of swallows my love for reading and I don’t want that to happen.

3) Read a classic on the alternate weeks. This will cross over with book one quite a bit. I read a lot of classics last year while prepping for the GRE Lit test, and while I still don’t love reading them as much as I love reading regular books, I appreciate the regular books more now. I make connections in books and movies that I didn’t before, even though as an English major, I’d read most of those books before. The classics are classic for a reason and I want to keep that knowledge fresh.

4) Read to my daughter every day. I was pretty good about this up until really recently. I should read to her daily.

5) Family reading. Again, this is something we did a lot for most of the year that we’ve fallen away from as our schedule picks up. I read books out loud to my husband and daughter every night before bed. It was fun, and now my husband knows what I’m talking about when I start chatting about my favorite books.

Writing:

6) Work in the Persephone universe every day. I’ve got a ton more books to write there and I need to get to work!

7) Work on something else a little every day. Doesn’t matter what.

8) Try to write a short story every month. I’d really like to get into a few anthologies.

9) Keep up with this blog.

10) Keep up with my school writing. I have a big portfolio due at the end of the semester…

Theres my ten purely bookish goals for 2013. Let’s see how I do.

Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions!

Instead of doing the top ten books to read in 2013, I’m doing my New Years resolutions 🙂

1) Spend more time with Bella. It’s been a busy year in grad school and I just haven’t been making her as big of a priority as I should. She’s only going to be this little once and I don’t want to waste it.

2) Be a better wife. On the same token, it’s been a really busy year and home wise I haven’t been very present. Brandon’s done most of the cooking, cleaning, and parenting while holding down two jobs. I owe him, major.

3) Finish my masters. One more semester! Just got to make it through.

4) Lose some weight. Yeah, always

5) Finish book 3 and 4

6) make good financial decisions.

7) take better care of myself all round.

8) be a better teacher.

9) do nice things daily

10) Be present. A lot of times even when I’m home and not writing, I’m staring at the screen of my phone, zoned out, or watching tv, or reading a book. I need to be here when I’m home.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 ways to spend the holiday

Here are my top holiday traditions 🙂

1) presents. I love getting present but having a little one makes opening presents extra fun! She just get so happy!

2) hot chocolate, a fire, and a good family friendly movie. I love spending time with my little family

3) the elf on the shelf. We’ve had so much fun hunting for “Tinsel” every morning.

4) Christmas lights. I’ve always loved Christmas lights but my daughter is fascinated. We have this house in our neighborhood that went all out. She gets so excited every time we drive by

5) Good food. I love Christmas Eve dinner, cinnamon rolls for breakfast and leftover day on Christmas. The food is just SO good.

6) Christmas crafts. It’s fun to make presents from Bella.

7) Caroling. It’s like glee come to life 🙂

8) Playing in the snow. It snowed on Christmas last year. Can’t promise it’ll be a tradition here in Georgia, but it set the bar high.

9) Christmas specials. Every show does one and all the old classics come on too, it’s very nostalgic

10) visiting Santa. Bella just takes the cutest pictures with Santa Clause.

Those are my favorite Christmas traditions. What are yours?

Top Ten Tuesdays: New to me authors

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html?m=1. This weeks top ten are my favorite authors I discovered in 2012.

1) Christopher Moore. He’s hysterical. I seriously love everything he’s ever written. He wrote Fool and Lamb. I think I’d read him in 2011, but I didn’t buy anything by him until 2012, so I can’t be sure.

2) James Dashenr of the Maze Runner Series

3) S.G Rogers. She wrote Tournament of Chance, which I really enjoyed.

4) Margaret Lesh who wrote Normalish

5) Linda Benson who wrote Six Degrees of Lost and Walking the Dog

6) Dusty Crabtree of Shadow Eyes fame

7) Stephen Chobsky of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

8) Melissa Groeling of Traffic Jam

9) I spent every waking minute until October reading classics to study for the GRE lit test, so while this last writer isn’t new to me, I discovered her in a new way. Charlotte Bronte. I love Wuthering Heights. Love, love love it. Also love the mini series from BBC

10) and not a book but TV shows have plots, Battlestar Galactica. Great show. Strange ending

Top Ten Tuesday: Least favorite characters

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish:

This week, my least favorite characters.

1) Bella Swan. I like the Twilight books, I do. But I HATE Bella Swan with a passion. It’s no reflection on the author. She’s a very realistic character. So realistic that I knew someone just like her. She’s SO passive and needy. I wrote an article on truu about how Twilight would be a great way to talk to teens about co-dependent relationships.

2) Sturm Brightblade from Dragonlance. He’s such a kill joy.

3) The adults in the Percy Jackson books. I know the humor in the stories is what makes it relatable to the middle grade audience, but I feel like every time the book is getting really interesting some adult character says or does something so off the wall and weird that it pulls me right out of the story. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that book series, and it an amazing example of great writing. I think it’s just a consequence of not being the intended audience.

4) Shay from Uglies. Ugh, I can’t even get into it. Uglies is one of my favorite series, I just hate Shay.

5) Faye from Secret Circle. I reread these books recently and could not believe how much this character annoyed me. I mean seriously, Cassie’s house is actively burning down with her mother trapped inside and Faye decides that’s a great time to shout out that Cassie kissed Diana’s boyfriend? How self involved do you have to be? Furthermore, really? The rest of the group bothered to listen to anything she was saying at that moment?

Everyone should read that book series though, it’s fantastic.

6) The main character from The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I don’t remember her name, but I remember actively hating her. She pretty much gets everyone in the book killed so she can swim in the ocean.

7) The dog from Parker Blue’s “Bite me” series. I might have actually liked the dog had it’s telepathic mind link dialogue format not be SET TO ALL CAPS. It’s a talkative character and I was so distracted by it SCREAMING at me throughout the second book that I couldn’t finish it. Love the first book in the series though.

8) The principal from Matilda. There are certain books and movies I’ll never again be able to watch because I’m a mother. Matilda is one of them.

9) Mr. Darling from Peter Pan.

10) Caroline from Vampire Diaries, the book version, not the show.

Top 10 Tuesday: Scary Stories

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve read a scary book. I just realized that. I used to love scary stories, what happened?

Consequently, my scary stories are a bit dated

1) Scary Stories to tell in the Dark by Allen Scwartz

Anyone remember these? They were awesome! They had a billion of them. (more scary stories, even MORE scary stories, ect). My friends and I would buy them and read them out loud to each other at sleep overs

2) The Witch’s Sister Series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Still one of the scariest book series’ I’ve ever read.

3) The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright- really creepy story about a doll house thats inhabitants move around at night reenacting a murder/

4) Sweet Miss Honeywell’s Revenge- Another creepy doll house story

5) Anything from R.L Stine’s Fear Street

6) The Sweet Valley Thrillers series by Francine Pascal

7) The House with the Clock in its Walls by John Bellair- OMG, I forgot about this one but it was SOOOO good. Creepy, but good

8) The Oath, by Frank Pereti. Christian horror about a dragon that kills you if you sin. Laugh if you must but we had the audio book, and I still remember when we were driving through the moutains on a long road trip down a dark winding road, listening as this dragon hunted down its prey… on a dark winding road in the mountains. Traumatizing. Absolutely traumatizing. Actually, anything by Frank Peretti

9) Anything by Christopher Pike

10) The Forbidden Doors series by Bill Myers.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top 10 Series I didn’t finish

1) House of Night by PC Cast

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I really enjoyed the first couple of books from this series. But after a while, I just got tired of Zoe stringing along every.single.guy.in.the.series. Plus the timeline doesn’t make sense. School just started like a week ago by book what, 50?

2) In Death Series by JD Robb

Celebrity In Death

This is my go to series when I run out of books, but I have a hard time keeping up with books I’ve read versus books I haven’t. Pretty formulaic, but the biggest reason I haven’t finished this series because new books come out all time time

3) Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1)

I actually really enjoyed this series, but the books are so expensive and it’s such a short read, that when a plot line ended and a new one picked up (around book 11 I believe) I took that opportunity to stop reading the series.

4) Dragonlance by Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman

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Lets face it, awesome series but there is no way anyone will ever have enough time to finish every single book in it. I made a point to read any new ones by the big two writers of it (see above) but they took a super long break between trilogies (multiple years) and I haven’t picked it back up yet

5) The Hollows by Kim Harrison

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows)

I like this series, I just haven’t gotten back to it since Pale Demon. I’m so far behind on all my reading

6) Anita Blake by Laurel K Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)

 

I read the first of this, and it was… I’m just not an erotica reader. That’s all.

7) Parker Blue’s bite me series

Make Me

I really liked the first book. I would have liked the second book, except that they did this thing with internal dialogue WHERE WHEN A TELEPATHIC CHARACTER SPOKE IT WAS ALWAYS IN ALL CAPS. EVERY SINGLE LINE OF SPEACH FROM THIS ONE CHARACTER WAS WRITTEN LIKE THIS. IT WAS VERY JARRING.

I couldn’t finish the book, so I can’t finish the series. Which is such a shame because it was SO good

8) Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore: The Immortals

I really couldn’t get into this series. It made no sense to me. I don’t know what kind of mental barrier I hit, it sounded interesting, but it just… I couldn’t understand the characters or their motivation.

9) True Blood by Charlaine Harris

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I really like Mrs. Harris, her Shakespeare town series is awesome. I just couldn’t get past the first book for this one. I know, I’m a traitor to all poplar fiction.

10) So you want to be a wizard by Diane Duane

So You Want to Be a Wizard

One of my favorite childhood series came out with a few books many many many many years after Wizards at War. I just haven’t picked it back up yet.