Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Quotes

Since the entire week has been dedicated to top 10 list I've decided to add one more of my own. And really I'm the type of girl who can't end the year without an official post.
Although I do tend to procrastinate so it could very well have happened... I just remembered that aside from a top ten list devoted to books I wanted to do one for the year in general, oh well. That's how I work.

Now sticking with books; my top 10 quotes of the year; which originally would have been my top 50 personal quotes but my documenting process didn't go as well this time around.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward To

While putting together this list I realized that 6 of my favorite authors have books coming out next year. Yay!
Although really that yay might be a little hollow since it's been years since I've run out to buy a newly released book.
I like paperbacks, and not only that but thanks to Borders closing I have a stack of books waiting for me and I get a little antsy when it gets too big.
I know people have shelves filled with unread books, but I just can't handle that.
So basically this is a list of books I look forward to reading eventually:

The Burn

The BurnThe Burn by Annie Oldham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published September 28th 2011
The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.
She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 10 Characters

These list have become a little questionable for me, seeing as how I haven't read that many books published this year, I can't help but wonder; is it top 10 created this year or introduced to me.
I've chosen to see it as introduced to me because either way they're all still new to me.

I'd love to pick a specific theme for today's character countdown, but much like yesterday's I don't have enough to pick from, so it's simply my favorite characters:

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 5 Book Boyfriends

Looking at all the books I read this year I'm just realizing that I can not make it to 10.
Wow this was a bad year in romances for me. The books either didn't have a boyfriend, didn't make them memorable enough or I'd rather not add them to my list.

So instead of 10 here are my top 5:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Books I Read in 2011

I LOVE top 10 list, especially at the end of the year since I also love looking back at all the things that have gone by.
This week, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa from A Life Bound by Books, Rachel from Fiktshun and Jaime and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books are hosting the Top 10 of 2011 Blog Event.

I've read a lot this year so that also means I gave a lot of books a higher rating, on average I'll usually only have three books a year that I give 5 stars to. This year there was a total of eight.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas In Canaan

Christmas in CanaanChristmas in Canaan by Kenny Rogers & Donald Davenport
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the quiet, rural town of Canaan, Texas, a clash between two classmates -- one, a tough farm boy, and the other, a bright, black, aspiring writer -- spins into anunlikely friendship. When the clever arrangement their families devise to teach DJ and Rodney a lesson seems hopeless, their cooperative effort to heal a wounded puppy helps them move past an unsettled battle. Not surprisingly, the truce that follows becomes an amiable kinship.
But can life in Canaan lived under the shadow of racism ever really deliver the milk and honey of the Promised Land? It is amidst the magic of a Christmas they'll never forget that the boys learn a lesson about family, hope and love. And they will know for the rest of their lives that when times are hard, there will always be Christmas in Canaan

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Hermetica of Elysium

The Hermetica of Elysium (Elysium Texts Series)The Hermetica of Elysium by Annmarie Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published December 8th 2011 by Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd

1494 Barcelona. As Torquemada lights the fires of religious fervor throughout the cities of Spain, accused heretics are not the only victims. Thousands of books and manuscripts are lost to the flames as the Black Friars attempt to purge Europe of the ancient secrets of the gods and the bold new ideas that are ushering in the Renaissance. Nadira lives a dreary life as servant to a wealthy spice merchant until the night a dying scholar is brought to the merchant's stable, beaten by mercenaries who are on the hunt for The Hermetica of Elysium.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dusty Reads (3)

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Xpresso Reads, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on a home shelf for some time.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Childhood Faves

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Growing up my dad would always read to me before going to bed, he even credits himself for my love of books today...
I don't. Because, honestly? I don't remember enjoying books back then as much as I do now, and really if The Princess Diaries hadn't been a series or if I hadn't thought to read any other books Meg Cabot had written I don't know where my book shelves would be today.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Those Books I Should Have Read

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Found another challenge this morning, this one for, like the title says, those books I should have read. It works for me since I have been wanting to read more classics, which is what I'll mainly be focusing on for this challenge. Of course it's not just classics, it could be any book that would fall in the category; so who knows what else I'll throw in.

...First Years of my Life- Reading Challenge

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I found this challenge a few weeks ago, but I just realized that I never posted about it. Mostly because I wasn't 100% sure about it. Not sure when that changed but I'm in now.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Forgotten Bookmarks...

Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the PagesForgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages by Michael Popek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 It's happened to all of us: we're reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people's bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell?