Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Books I Recommend Most

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's list is Top Ten Books I Recommend Most

1.) Jane Eyre - beautifully tragic love story
2.) Harry Potter - warm, sweet, addictive series
3.) Lord of the Flies - human nature at its worst
4.) A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - transcends the ages
5.) Roots - a family saga starting in Africa that is a great read
6.) Gone With The Wind - still one of my favorites
7.) A Walk In the Woods - witty, sharp adventure
8.) The Joys of Motherhood - the best that African Literature has to offer; I need to re-read this soon
9.) Lamb - hillarious and still interesting story of Jesus growing up with his best friend, Biff
10.) To Kill a Mockingbird - classic coming-of-age story and one of the best books ever written

This was hard to narrow down. Honorable mentions: Anything Shakespeare, Anything by Maya Angelou or Richard Wright, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Help, The Thorn Birds, 1984, The Scarlet Letter, anything Poe. I could go on but I don't have time today. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

Hosted by the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish, this week's top ten is Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

1.) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - still haven't gotten to it and my husband got it for me for Christmas in 2011. Yikes!

2.) Red Rain by R.L. Stine - I loved the cover and as a teenager, I loved R.L. Stine so I picked this up immediately and there it sits on my nightstand shelf looking very pitiful. 

3.) Trinity by Leon Uris - Actually I don't have a copy of this yet but I know where to find one and this has been on my list for 10 years.

4.) Cold Mountain - I should have gotten to this over the winter but alas, it sits cold on my bookshelf

5.) The End of Your Life Book Club - loved the premise and had to get it immediately

6.) In Cold Blood - Also been a while since I picked this one up

7.) Helter Skelter - Ever since I was a tween and saw my brother reading this and my mother gasping in horror that he was reading it, I've wanted to read this book

8.) The Trial - by Kafka - I'm about 1/4 of a way through but got caught up in something else

9.) The Casual Vacancy - I was supposed to read for last month's book club but I haven't even cracked this open yet due to other books such as Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows which I'm reading now

10.) Ready Player One - this month's book club pick but probably not going to finish it because I got it on CD and I just don't think I'm an audio book kind of girl (unless it's something I've read a gazillion times like Jane Eyre or Sense and Sensibility)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sundays In Bed With

Okay, I'm a little late on this but anyway...hosted by Midnight Book Girl, what are you curled up with today (or yesterday)? My Sunday was filled with some chores, some cooking (damn, I make a mean chicken soup!), some sewing, a basketball game, a short nap and the last in the Harry Potter series. I'm seriously taking my time on this one because I don't want it to end. Seriously. I didn't realize I would fall in love with the Harry Potter series back when Kate @ Midnight Book Girl and Kim @ On the Wings of Books told me to read these but I have and I don't want to say goodbye yet. Sigh.

The other book, Ready Player One, is not doing it for me. I got it on audio book and I think that might be my problem. I don't know if I'm an audio book kind of girl. I find myself  hearing but not listening. I'm distracted from the words and thinking about other stuff when someone is reading to me. I dunno. I'm only on the 3rd disc but my book club girls may have to try and forgive me if I don't get this finished by Saturday. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR List

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday for this weeks asks for the Top Ten Books on your Spring TBR List.

First, I must say that I'm still digging this whole cross-stitch thing but as Kate @ Midnight Book Girl said in a comment a couple of weeks ago, it's all about balance and it's time to put the sewing down and get my ass back to reading. I'm currently in the middle of the last Harry Potter book and listening to Ready Player One. 

After that, it's on to my Spring TBR List which includes some freaky books, some survival books, some "nice and easy" reads, etc.:

- AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
- Trinity by Leon Uris (I promise, Dad, I will get to this soon)
- White Oleander by Janet Fitch
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (I started it and then put down)
- Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
- Mary, Called Magdalene by Margaret George
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Defending Jacob by William Landay
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

And since it's the season of Lent, may I share my latest Peeps project: Palm Sunday?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sundays in Bed With...

It's already Sunday. The weekend has gone by way too fast! 

Hosted by Midnight Book Girl, she asks what are you reading today?

Well, I again have been so busy with other stuff that I haven't really read much. I'm very slowly listening to Ready Player One on audio and of course Harry Potter is begging me to come back. I swear I can hear him speaking Parseltongue to me and I had a dream last night that I was hanging out with Ron when my insurance cards came in the mail and I said, "Well, these will be handy in the Muggle world."

I will say that I have had a great time seeing my nieces, Adison and Riley, on stage last week. Adison will be 18 soon and graduating this year and she is rocking the stage with Cosby High School's show choirs, Rhapsody and Spotlight. Riley is turning 14 and kicking butt herself with her own chorus group and a new haircut that makes her look 16. It's going to be a busy month with book club, movie night, a jewelry party hosted by Midnight Book Girl, show choir competition, a weekend out of town, etc. I hope to keep up with my reading (and yes, I'm still sewing A LOT but I'm trying to find a balance, Midnight Book Girl.) :)

April should be slower but then it's back to some crazy schedules in May with my oldest niece, Clancey, graduating college (I remember her standing in the dishwasher when she was two - no, it wasn't on), Adison graduating high school, nephew Eric graduating high school and Riley leaving middle school and heading to high school. I have other nephews and nieces in various age groups that I am exceptionally proud of including Doug, Ally, AnaRae, Holly and Chase. The first two are getting close to graduating college and high school respectively and the last three I can hold onto for a while although AnaRae is already in high school. They grow up so fast!

Okay, I'm done rambling. Gotta run errands now. Keep on readin', biatches!