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Top Ten Tuesday: July 26, 2016


Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them from The Broke and the Bookish

  1. J.D. Robbs In Death series has made me want to try a hotdog from a street vendor in NYC.
  2. All of the novels and biographies I’ve read about Marie Antoinette have made me want to visit Versailles in France. I’m pretty sure I’d be disappointed though because all the pictures I’ve ever seen, tourist swarm the place like roaches. It was the same in London at all the historical places I wanted to visit and at Windsor Castle and the entire city of Oxford.
  3. All the historical novels, fiction and non fiction, I’ve ever read of the Tudors have made me want to visit all the significant castles, cities, fortifications, abbeys, etc. that are still standing. Particularly, Hever Castle.
  4. When I read The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore, I immediately wanted to learn more about J.P. Morgan, George Westinghouse, and Thomas Edison.
  5. Any time I read a book where the main character is a writer or artist of some kind, I always pull out something that I’ve been working on, in that vein, and continue my own projects.
  6. Reading the Outlander series makes me want to time travel. I imagine meeting famous figures in history but dealing with the harsh realities of what history actually means, it probably wouldn’t be as fun as I think it would be. What bothers me the most:  no indoor plumbing.

That’s all I can think of right now. Maybe other bloggers’ posts will jog my memory and I’ll flesh this out more later today.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author

I had a super hard time with this one. I like bookish tags/memes because the topic of your post is picked out for you, which for me is half the battle. But gosh! I really had to wrack my brain to come up with a response for this week’s prompt and I still only came up with 8ish. I also realized that I don’t read a whole lot of “super popular” adult books, but I do read quite a bit of popular young adult books. Weird.


  1. If you read the Twilight series, I wish you would read, the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris or even the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. I’d only recommend these two series to the 18+ crowd though. If you wanted to do me a really big favor, read Dracula by Bram Stoker and/or Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla.
  2. If you read any of Rainbow Rowell’s books, read all her other ones, lol. I’ve read them all except for Attachments and Carry On. Also, I recommend Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon for Rowell fans.
  3. If you’ve read The Diviners series by Libba Bray, I recommend the author Gail Carriger to you. Not quite the same genres, but both authors are good at creating immersive worlds and flawed characters.
  4. If you enjoy Ally Condie’s books, move right along to Lauren Oliver. I can’t think of one without thinking of the other.
  5. For fans of Cinder, I recommend A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. A Thousand Pieces of You isn’t a retelling like Cinder, but they do have some similar themes.
  6. In my opinion, Deborah Harkness and Juliet Dark write very similarly themed books. Harkness tends to lean more towards historical than does Dark, but they both felt very similar to me.
  7. This one here is a cluster of authors. If you liked one, then read them all:  Alison Weir, Phillipa Gregory, Margaret George, Michelle Moran, and Antonia Fraser. This is a mix of historical fiction and non fiction. This is also why I said “8ish” in my introduction.
  8. My last entry is two different authors who write two different SUB genres of books but I read both of their books for the same reason:  they are all very character driven. J.D. Robb and Janet Evanovich. Robb writes police procedural/romance novels set in the near future whereas Evanovich writes about an inept bounty hunter and her romantic encounters. I’ve reread both of these series multiple times and they will always remain my “fuzzy socks, in front of the fireplace, with a glass of wine” reads. They could also probably be classified as beach reads.
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Get Carded

Get Carded

September is national Get Carded month. If you don’t already have a library card (and why don’t you??) this is a great time to get one. Lots of libraries around the country are having Get Carded activities and events. Make sure and search for events near you and get out there and get your library card!!

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Coloring Books for Grownups

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My First Mandala

I’ve always been a huge fan of coloring. When I was a child (who am I kidding?? I still do this!) I was a little OCD about keeping my box of 64 crayons color coordinated. It used to peeve me when my little sister would put a crayon back in the wrong spot. As an adult, I get to revisit these childhood memories with the newest trend:  coloring books for grownups.

This growing trend was actually highlighted on CBS news on Aug 27th:

I find this pastime relaxing to the nth degree. There is nothing link concentrating on your current page, picking colors or a color scheme, and deciding which blank space to fill in next. Coloring is one of those activities in which you can totally lose yourself in it or you can keep one ear on the TV or on what the kids are doing. It’s also soothing. The rhythmic sweep of the pencil (or crayon) across the page quiets the mind and you get a positive feeling of satisfaction when you complete a page. This is also a fantastic way to unplug!! I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I just need a low-tech way to entertain myself and to unwind.

Another of my mandalas
Another of my mandalas

I have a nice stack of coloring books in my collection but there are always room for more! Right now, I’m coloring in books that are garden themed, various patterns, mandalas, and I even have a color by number that is full of sea life pages. I’d like to get the Enchanted Forest book next. Barnes and Noble has a nice write up about this new hobby and a wide variety of books to choose from:  Irresistable Coloring Books

I hope you’ll check out both of these stories and run for the nearest store to get yourself some coloring books and pencils or crayons. You won’t regret it!

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Would You Rather

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This is a quiz from The Reading Room that I thought would be fun to turn into a blog post.

1. Would you rather spend the day with your favorite author or your favorite character?

I have an extremely hard time picking favorites. I’m not sure who I would pick in either category if the opportunity ever presented itself. I suppose I would pick favorite author though so that I could pick their brain about their writing techniques, inspiration, perseverance, etc.

2. Would you rather be in a fantasy book or dystopian book?

I would definitely pick a fantasy book. I don’t think I’m suited for a dystopian world/society. I like the familiarity of my world and all my creature comforts. I would totally give my right pinkie toe to live in Harry Potter’s world or any world with magic and fantastical creatures though.

3. Would you rather read only series or only stand alones?

This is easy. I love series of books…when done right. I think you get to know characters better and feel more immersed in their worlds when you are able to read a series of books. Stand alones are fine and I enjoy reading them too, but sometimes it’s so hard to say goodbye to a great story and wonderful characters. Series draw out your visit to those characters and that world.

4. Would you rather be with your favorite fictional love interest or your real world crush? 

I’m very happily married so I would pick my husband over a fictional character any day of the week.

5. Would you rather be a professional reviewer or a famous author? 

This is tough!! Both sides have definite benefits. On the one hand, as a professional reviewer, you get paid to read books and  your opinion would help shape the reading of others. On the other, who wouldn’t want to be a famous author? To be respected for your creativity and devotion to craft? To make a living doing what you love? BUT!! I have to pick so I would go with author. As a famous author, I would have the money to buy all the books I could find the time to read and still be a fantabulous writer.

6. Would you rather be Katniss or Tris? 

I wouldn’t rather be either of them, to be honest. I loved both series of books, but I wouldn’t want to live in a dystopian world and have to make the decisions and live the life these protagonists had to live. But, since I have to pick, I’d pick Katniss. I won’t say why because spoiler, but if you’ve read both series, you might be able to figure out why I picked Katniss over Tris.

7. Would you rather have a friend never return a favorite book or drop it in a pool?

I’d much rather just not have the book returned. I don’t want to see a book ruined for any reason. Even though I might no longer have the book myself, at least I could take comfort in knowing that it was living with someone else.

8. Would you rather have your favorite book become a movie or a TV show?

Most emphatically, a TV show. Movie scripts butcher books. Butcher!! In the name of saving time. A great example of a book to TV done right is the Outlander series. Some things have been changed in the show for the sake of continuity but it has remained amazingly true to the story, the characters, the setting, the essence of Outlander. I dare you to name a movie that has done the same justice to a book.

9. Would you rather have to dogear your pages or never be able to mark your place?

I don’t dogear my books. End of story.

10. Would you rather be a character in Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?

No contest:  Harry Potter.

11. Would you rather wait five years for the final installment in a series or get it now, but have to read every spoiler before you can start it? 

If you’re familiar with Outlander you know that Diana Gabaldon takes FORever to write her books. So what? They’re brilliant, well-researched, entertaining, immersive, lovely novels. I don’t see the point of reading a book at all if the whole thing has been spoiled before you read it. I’ll wait, thanks.

12. Would you rather be forced to read the last chapter of a book or watch the movie first? 

Hmm. A lot of the times, the last chapter of a book doesn’t really give all that much away. A movie, however, picks all the climactic points out of a book and puts them in the movie. I think a movie, even a sucky adaptation, would give away more than the last chapter would. I don’t like either option, but I’d pick reading the last chapter I guess.

13. Would you rather reread your least favorite book monthly or never be able to read your favorite book again?

Option A. It would suck, but I wouldn’t want to have my favorite book taken away from me forever. I’m a fast reader so I could read the awful book quickly and get it out of the way on the 1st of the month, lol.

14. Would you rather have unlimited free books for a lifetime or live inside your favorite bookstore?

Option A again. I’d rather own all the books than live in a bookstore. How uncomfortable and you’d have to deal with customers roaming your home every day. No thanks.

14 questions. What a weird number. I hope some others will take this quiz and run with it on your blog. I’d love to read your responses. Leave me a comment with a link if you do!!