Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR I’m Avoiding (Like the Anxiety Riddled Rabbit Woman I am)

I admit, sometimes my choice of what to read next is based completely on how much anxiety the premise of the book induces. Sometimes high stakes, death-around-every-corner is just not for me, and I’ll opt for a memoir or biography or other work of nonfiction, which usually keeps me calm (except for you, Black Hawk Down, but really, I should have known better). I’ve also discovered books about treating and coping with anxiety gives me anxiety- how’s that for a catch-22? Sometimes I feel like the best course of action is to just keep telling myself I don’t have anxiety, and I’ll start to feel better, because thinking about it certainly makes it worse.

But we’re not here to talk about neurological problems! Unless, of course, you’d like to, in which case drop me a line. We’re here to talk about the books that are a mix of high stakes, deathly deatherson, and have been hyped up so much that I’m afraid I won’t like them (A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has left me with an anti-hype disorder I’m having trouble overcoming). There’s other reasons, too, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

In other news I have two days off in a row this week and I feel like Jack on the Titanic right now, though if I flung my arms wide and started shouting my cat would be very disappointed in me.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Enjoyed that are Outside my Comfort Zone.

OK, so the title’s misleading because my comfort zone in books is vast and encompasses almost everything. Though I will avoid books from the point of view of deranged and violent narrators and stories that rely heavily on hurting protagonists to advance the plot. Instead what I’m doing is giving you books that I didn’t necessarily think I’d enjoy, but then did.

And it’s a weird list, spanning from about 19 B.C. to 2010 and ranging in topics from Japanese Geisha to a farm in New York state. So buckle up and hold on, I’m about to confuse and astound you with the weird mishmash of titles I’ve consumed over the years.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read That I Would Like to Own

Good morning all you restless spirits and bibliomancers, it’s another glorious Tuesday wherein I wax poetic about… wait for it… books!

Yes, yes, I know- surprises abound.

This weeks topic is… in the title, but really- it’s about books I’ve loved but still haven’t bought. This isn’t a common occurrence because I tend to just buy all the books I want and donate the ones I didn’t like, but there a a few from my days of wandering library shelves for hours that I still don’t own, or ones that I did own and cannot for the life of me keep in my possession.

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Book Review: The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Martian

Alright, confession time; I haven’t seen the movie. I don’t watch a lot of movies, much to the chagrin of my husband, who loves them. I think I’ve seen… three movies this year? That might be too many, because honestly the only ones I can recall are Detective Pikachu and Endgame… hmm…

But yes, The Martian; Follow astronaut/botanist/mechanical engineer as he struggles to Make It On Mars, completely unsure of his ability to survive and convinced everyone on earth believes him to be dead. Also he uses the word “fuck” a lot, and considering the circumstance, I can’t really blame him.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Tropes I Love

Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve been bad about writing a review for The Martian like I mentioned last week. What with work and soaking up every last drop of summer before it fades to fall, I’ll admit writing has fallen to the wayside. I’m off to the Farmer’s Market in a couple hours, then intend to spend a large amount of time at the river, my first visit of this year! Which is a travesty when you live in this county; the Yuba River is the place to go when it’s hot, and my spot of choice is Bridgeport, which has the longest single span covered bridge in the world (yeah, we’re that kind of small town community). But it’s great! And I love it!

Also I am hungry and really not focusing.

So this weeks TTT is discussing the tropes I love to read about, from grumpy protagonists that just want to be left alone to found!families, we’ve got it all. And then some. And by some I mean me rambling about Paladin Danse and Harry/Draco relations.

If you know what  I mean.

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Riders of Rohan, what news from The Mark?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Want to be Best Friends With.

I was confused at first, “Haven’t I done this one already?” I asked myself in the early morning haze of five thirty AM. Except I haven’t! That was what characters I would like to be, and while it’s important to maintain a good relationship with yourself, I can’t claim I would ever manage to be my own best friend.

Does any of this make sense?

OK, so this weeks TTT is all about those characters that I’m pretty sure wouldn’t drive me up the wall or sap the life juice from me. In real life this is a short list; people make me sleepy and/or desperate for alien abduction. But not these weirdos! After the cut is a list of people I’ve deemed strange or silly enough to be BFFs with.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Redesigns I’ve Loved & Hated

Ever wake up in the morning and there’s a cat in your tea cupboard? Somewhere between 5:30 and 6, somewhere between waking and dreaming, and all you want is a cup of jasmine tea. Then you hear a slight rustling and a quiet meow, and Mr. Sinatra delicately steps passed the tins and infusers to look you in the eye as if to say, “Why, human?”

So here we are, another Tuesday, another Top Ten. This week is all about cover redesigns. As anyone who reads knows, covers can be hit or miss. Sometimes a beautiful cover hides a disappointing story *coughWatchmakerofFiligreeStreetcough*, and sometimes a less then stellar cover conceals the greatest of tales, like Red, White & Royal Blue.

This was especially true in the seventies and eighties, when stock art seemed to be rampant and all of it was incredibly dated and horrid. Lurid images of swarthy white guys with veiny muscles and women in literal ripped bodices aside, we’ve now moved into an era of lurid pinks with poorly written titles scrawled across the front, but I digress. I don’t usually read that sort of stuff anyway…

*brandishes her wireless mouse* Come with me, if you dare…

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