Welcome to the comfort zone

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Cozy/Wintry Reads

I’m taking this to mean the sort of books that you love and can reread because they feel comfortable.  I’ve also included a few more recent books that I would enjoy picking up and revisiting when time allows:

  1. The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling – I haven’t reread the books but I would love to.  I have watched the films though – many times.
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – and for that matter any of the other Sherlock Holme stories.  I love these stories.
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  I like all of Austen’s books but Northanger Abbey has a special place with it’s nod to the gothic stories that were becoming so popular at the time.
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  I love this book, it’s only fairly short which is a surprise for me because I don’t tend to like short stories as a rule but this is such a good tale.
  5. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – this is a recent read which I thought was excellent and I would love to read it again.
  6. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller – another new read and one that I definitely recommend.
  7. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier – yes, I do probably bang on about this book but what can I say – it’s an old favourite.  Perhaps one more reread wouldn’t hurt.
  8. Lord of the Rings by JRRTolkien –  I really am that predictable!
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I just love this book.
  10. Suggestions????  Come add your favourite to my favourites pretty please.

 

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A friend in need…

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Platonic Relationships In Books

  1. Harry and Hermione – I don’t know why but when I first started this series I figured that Harry and Hermione would get together.  I’m so glad that JK Rowling didn’t take their friendship in that direction though – I think it worked out much better with the two remaining good friends.
  2. Aragorn and Eowyn, Lord of the Rings.  This is a bittersweet relationship because Eoywn seemed to have such strong feelings for Aragorn but his heart belonged to another.  I was glad to see the way things were resolved.
  3. Locke and Jean, The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch.  Jean Tannen is one of my all time favourite characters and part of the reason for that is the very strong friendship that he shares with Locke.
  4. Ninth Rain by Jen Williams has some absolutely fabulous characters but two I’d particularly mention – who are friends and nothing more are Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon – I love her and Tormalin the Oathless – who is one of her companions during her travels.  This is a great series and the characterisation is just so damn good.
  5. Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz.  This is the first book in a fantastic trilogy.  I loved this series, it’s so original and really well executed.  Two of my favourite characters are Paul Tsabo who winds up with the strangest ‘mancy’ (magic) ever and his mentor/friend Valentine – a woman whose ability is ‘gamemancer – this is so good, it’s one of those books that you read and you can just geek out about.
  6. Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier – I loved the first book and really need to read the other two.  The two main protagonists are a female called Blackthorn and her companion Grim – these two have a great relationship and although I’ve only read the first book at the moment it’s totally platonic.
  7. Sebastien deCastell’s Spellslinger series has some wonderful platonic friendships.  I’m absolutely loving these books and the tone and style is becoming darker as the series progresses.  The two characters I’m thinking of for the platonic friendship are Kellen and Ferius.  Kellen is a young boy, he was about to take his magical initiation when things started to go wrong.  Ferius is a mysterious young woman who follows the path of the Argosi.  If you haven’t picked this series up so far then do yourself a favour and do so – soon.
  8. The Red Queen’s war trilogy by Mark Lawrence brings to us a most unlikely alliance and friendship in Jalan and Snorri.  One is a self confessed coward – the other the type of hero that you read about who plunges into danger head first to help.  The two of them are compelled to spend time together initially but as the series progresses their friendship becomes something that is a pleasure to read.
  9. Frodo and Sam – Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – who made the list twice!  Sam and Frodo have a great friendship that absolutely and totally relies on them both being strong for each other.  I admit that Frodo isn’t my favourite character – there I said it – but in spite of that you can’t deny that the two have a great friendship and if that had faltered, like the fellowship, the ring would never have made its way to Mordor.
  10. …..????  suggestions please

 

 

#RRSciFiMonth : Mmm, thankful am I

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I’m combining today’s Top Ten Tuesday with Sci-fi month, an event being hosted by One More and  Dear Geek Place (check out the #RRSciFiMonth hashtag to keep uptodate)

tttTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Thanksgiving Freebie

Well, there are a lot of things that I’m very thankful for but I’m going to narrow it down and combined with Sci-Fi month I’ve gone for something linked – sci fi movies. Science fiction is definitely something I’d like to read more of, it sits a little outside my comfort zone and lets be honest, sometimes it makes me feel a bit dense.  Science fiction movies are different – I never seem to have a problem watching them – go figure.   And, damn, there are a lot of good sci fi movies but I’ve narrowed this down to just ten so there are a lot of greats missing off here.

Back to the Future – If my calculations are correct you simply have to love this film.  In fact I believe it’s actually illegal not to.   If you haven’t watched it, Great Scott!  What are you waiting for.

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Interstellar – okay, I just said I get along with movies okay – I confess, Interstellar took me a couple of rewatches to fully grasp everything going on – have I even grasped everything now.  Not sure.  I think so.  Anyhow, I love this film.

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The Thing – okay, I know the original is probably (definitely) a little dated these days – but even so, this film gave me the serious heebees.  I’m not sure I think a remake was necessary although I suppose it might bring the idea to a young audience but I haven’t watched it – anyone watched the new movie??

Twelve Monkeys – Time travel and chaos rule.  Dark and bleak and a bit crazy.  Love this film and I loved the Brad Pitt crazy dude.

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The Terminator and Terminator 2.  I could watch these two films many times.  Don’t ask me why.  I can’t put my finger on it.  And the quotes – how many quotes do I have from this film – a lot.

‘That Terminator is out there. It can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with…it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear…and it absolutely will not stop. Ever. Until you are dead.’

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The Fly – poor Seth Brundle.  Brilliant scientist – who knew telepods could cause such drastic effects – a cautionary tale.  This film is also a bit dated but totally icky.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – who remembers the mashed potato scene – and the lets tip rubbish into the living room and shape it into a mountain scene.

Jurassic Park – I absolutely love this film.  I love it.  Love.  It.  I’ve watched it many times. Watch it.  That is all.

Alien/Aliens – OMG – Alien – that film scared me so bad I can’t even begin.  It’s so tense, so dark, so well shot.  It’s difficult to believe how old this film is because it’s still so effective.  And Aliens – don’t get me started.  I love these two films.  Iconic scene right here:

Signs – this film scared, in fact still scares my daughter.  I think it has a lot of humour and certain scenes just make me laugh out loud.

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Not an exhaustive list in any way – I’m sticking to 10 but I could easily have gone to 40 or 50 films for this list so if your favourite isn’t on here that’s why.

‘Got all nice things’.

tttTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Bookish Items I’d Like to Own

  1. A lot more bookshelves – perhaps even magic ones that automatically organise my books.  I really don’t know why this can’t be a thing.  There are some great minds out there – they need to address this issue.  Really, is it asking too much?
  2. Not bookish because it can be used for other things – but a time machine or time turner – because, more time people.  More time.  Or cloning – cloning could work in the same way.  If I had ten of ‘me’ reading my current TBR who knows I could finish all my books in about 12 months/24 months – which means I could buy more bright and shiny new books without an ounce of guilt. Not that the guilt ever stopped me but….. stop looking at me like that.
  3. My own private reading room with THE most comfortable chair EVER.  Some sort of automatic drinks and snack machine and a wine cellar combined – omg, that is such a good idea.
  4. An amazing reading lamp – I know, I should have one of these but I don’t.  I just tend to make do – money is for spending on books after all.
  5. A t-shirt where I can be totally rude but people think I’m just being funny – like ‘yes, I’m reading a book, it’s really good and therefore I don’t want to stop to speak to you, goodbye’ – was that too rude???  I just hate the fact that people think because you’re reading you’re not engaged!
  6. A magic book voucher that never runs out of credit – that does sound quite a bit awesome after all.
  7. A huge amount of money – ‘why is this book related you’re thinking?’ because then I could just chill, read, blog and buy books until my little heart’s content.
  8. A magical kindle that never runs out of charge, knows automatically which parts of a book I want to note or highlight and why and basically writes the basic outline of my reviews.  What?  You know you want this too.  Joking – I love writing reviews (obviously) – I just sometimes wish that when I have a real ‘lightbulb’ moment about a book it was saved somewhere automatically because otherwise I sometimes forget.  *hangs head in shame*
  9. Automatic approval by all the publishers for all the books – plus fame and world renown for my brilliant reviews.  LOLOLOL
  10. Cheese and wine – whoops, wrong list.
  11. My own library – that automatically restocks with the books I have on my mind.  None of the books I want to take out of the library are ever on loan and the loan period just happens to coincide with when I finish the book.

I had one too many – this is what happens when you ask about bookish things!

 

#RRSciFiMonth : Space, the final frontier…

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I’m combining today’s Top Ten Tuesday with Sci-fi month, an event being hosted by One More and  Dear Geek Place (check out the #RRSciFiMonth hashtag to keep uptodate)

tttTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Backlist Books I Want to Read

Nice and easy for me – pick up the kindle and flip back through the library making a note of the first ten books that I haven’t yet read – and in this case use only the Sci-fi books.  I’m not going to lie, I feel a bit ashamed of the number of unread books that I own just on my kindle – if I spent the next 10 years reading, without buying another book I’d have plenty to occupy me.  I need help!  Anyway – here are some of the sci fi books I have waiting to be read and hopefully I’ll be tackling some of these over the next month.

  1. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  2. False Hearts by Laura Lamb
  3. Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley
  4. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
  5. By Fire Above by Robyn Bennis
  6. The Stars Now Unclaimed by
  7. Austral by Paul McAuley
  8. The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  9. Bald New World by Peter Tieryas
  10. Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

So, which book do you think I should pick up first?

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