Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a word that is frequently used in the genre of your choice. I’m going with the broad genre of fiction and have picked the word “girl” because seriously, so many books use that word in the title whether they are about girls or women. Just so you know, referring to women as girls is one of my pet peeves. These are all books that I’ve read at some point.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by: Lisa See
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by: Katie Alender
The Icarus Girl by: Helen Oyeyemi
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by: Kelli Estes
The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins
(This is about a grown woman, by the way.)
Gone Girl by: Gillian Flynn
(This is also about a woman.)
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a love freebie. I like a little romance in the books I read, but I’m not always a huge fan of the characters or the relationships. But the couples I’m listing today have stuck with me through the years or are newer favorites that I can tell will remain in my mind in years to come.
EDITED TO ADD: How could I forget about Katniss and Peeta in the Hunger Games series!?!
Alana & Marko in the Saga series by: Brian K. Vaughan
Inej & Kaz in the Six of Crows series by: Leigh Bardugo
Jane Eyre & Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre by: Charlotte Bronte
Hanna & Nik in Gemina by: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Elizabeth Bennett & Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by: Jane Austen
Louisa & Will in Me Before You by: Jojo Moyes
Hazel & Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars by: John Green
Sorcha & Red in Daughter of the Forest by: Juliet Marillier
Beauty & Beast in Beauty by Robin McKinley
Yelena & Valek in Poison Study by: Maria V. Snyder
Jennifer McMahon (2)
Katherine Arden (2)(Winternight Trilogy)
Jennifer Worth (3)(Call the Midwife)
Jay Kristoff (2)(Nevernight Chronicle)
V.E. Schwab (3)(Shades of Magic)
Pierce Brown (3)(Red Rising)
Agatha Christie (3)
Number of books you read: 61 Number of re-reads: 1 (Sabriel by: Garth Nix) Genre you read the most from: Fantasy
The Bear and the Nightingale by: Katherine Arden (fantasy)
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love, but didn’t: A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J. Maas
3. Most surprising (good or bad way) book you read: A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness
I was surprised by how much it affected me. I cried a lot and I thought it was an absolutely beautiful book.
4. Book you pushed the most people to read: Wintersong by: S. Jae-Jones (I recommended for my book club…which is 2 other people other than myself!) I also recommended Nevernight by: Jay Kristoff to my husband and he enjoyed it.
5. Best series you started: Winternight Trilogy by: Katherine Arden Best sequel: Doctor Sleep by: Stephen King (The Shining #2) Best series ender: A Conjuring of Light by: V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic)
6. Favorite new author you discovered: Katherine Arden
15. Favorite passage/quote: “And now – now there was some truth to it, even if it was only the truth of a story that, once heard, becomes history. You might forget a story, but you can never unhear a story.” -p. 140 of Hiddensee by: Gregory Maguire
16. Shortest book: The Lightning Tree by: Patrick Rothfuss (58 pages…it’s actually a short story) Longest book: A Conjuring of Light by: V.E. Schwab (624 pages)
17. Book that shocked you the most: The Serpent King by: Jeff Zentner
There was a part that I just couldn’t believe actually happened!
5. Best moment of your bookish/blogging life in 2017: Moving my blog and re-starting it as Carolina Book Nook in August.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year: This year hasn’t been nearly as challenging as previous years, but I suppose just finding the time to blog and managing the guilt when I spend a lot of time blogging/reading (like completing this long post that’s taking hours!!)
Instructions: Put an “X” next to the books you’ve read (I am linking the Xs by the books that I’ve reviewed) Put a “+” next to the books you LOVE Put a “#” next to the books you plan on reading
1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams X 2. Kit’s Wilderness / David Almond 3. Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian / Sherman Alexie 4. Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson # 5. Feed / M.T. Anderson 6. Flowers in the Attic / V.C. Andrews X 7. 13 Reasons Why / Jay Asher 8. Am I Blue? / Marion Dane Bauer (editor) 9. Audrey Wait! / Robin Benway 10. Weetzie Bat / Francesca Lia Block 11. Tangerine / Edward Bloor 12. Forever / Judy Blume 13. What I Saw and How I Lied / Judy Blundell 14. Tyrell / Coe Booth 15. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares # 16. A Great and Terrible Beauty / Libba Bray X 17. The Princess Diaries / Meg Cabot 18. The Stranger / Albert Camus X 19. Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card X 20. Postcards from No Man’s Land / Aidan Chambers 21. Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky 22. And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie 23. Gingerbread / Rachel Cohn 24. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist / Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 25. Artemis Fowl (series) / Eoin Colfer 26. The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins X + 27. The Midwife’s Apprentice / Karen Cushman X 28. The Truth About Forever / Sarah Dessen 29. Little Brother / Cory Doctorow 30. A Northern Light / Jennifer Donnelly X 31. Tears of a Tiger / Sharon Draper 32. The House of the Scorpion / Nancy Farmer 33. Breathing Underwater / Alex Flinn 34. Stardust / Neil Gaiman X + 35. Annie on My Mind / Nancy Garden 36. What Happened to Cass McBride / Gail Giles 37. Fat Kid Rules the World / K.L. Going 38. Lord of the Flies / William Golding X 39. Looking for Alaska / John Green 40. Bronx Masquerade / Nikki Grimes 41. Out of the Dust / Karen Hesse X 42. Hoot / Carl Hiaasen 43. The Outsiders / S.E. Hinton 44. Crank / Ellen Hopkins 45. The First Part Last / Angela Johnson 46. Blood and Chocolate / Annette Curtis Klause 47. Arrow’s Flight / Mercedes Lackey 48. Hattie Big Sky / Kirby Larson 49. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee X + 50. Boy Meets Boy / David Levithan 51. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks / E. Lockhart X 52. The Giver / Lois Lowry X 53. Number the Stars / Lois Lowry X 54. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie / David Lubar 55. Inexcusable / Chris Lynch 56. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things / Carolyn Mackler 57. Dragonsong / Anne McCaffrey X 58. White Darkness / Geraldine McCaughrean 59. Sold / Patricia McCormick 60. Jellicoe Road / Melina Marchetta 61. Wicked Lovely / Melissa Marr 62. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer X + 63. Dairy Queen / Catherine Murdock 64. Fallen Angels / Walter Dean Myers 65. Monster / Walter Dean Myers 66. Step From Heaven / An Na 67. Mama Day / Gloria Naylor 68. The Keys to the Kingdom (series) / Garth Nix 69. Sabriel / Garth Nix X 70. Airborn / Kenneth Oppel 71. Eragon / Christopher Paolini X 72. Hatchet / Gary Paulsen X 73. Life As We Knew It / Susan Beth Pfeffer 74. The Golden Compass / Phillip Pullman X 75. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging / Louise Rennison X 76. The Lightning Thief / Rick Riordan 77. Always Running: La Vida Loca / Luis Rodriguez 78. How I Live Now / Meg Rosoff 79. Harry Potter (series) / J.K. Rowling X + 80. Holes / Louis Sachar X + 81. Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger 82. Push / Sapphire 83. Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi 84. Unwind / Neil Shusterman 85. Coldest Winter Ever / Sister Souljah 86. Stargirl / Jerry Spinelli 87. Chanda’s Secrets / Allan Stratton 88. Tale of One Bad Rat / Brian Talbot 89. Rats Saw God / Rob Thomas 90. Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien X 91. Stuck in Neutral / Terry Trueman 92. Gossip Girl / Cecily Von Ziegesar 93. Uglies / Scott Westerfeld 94. Every Time a Rainbow Dies / Rita Williams-Garcia 95. Pedro and Me / Judd Winick 96. Hard Love / Ellen Wittlinger 97. American Born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang 98. Elsewhere / Gabrielle Zevin 99. I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak # 100. The Book Thief / Markus Zusak X +
USA Today’s Top Selling Books of the last 15 years Meme!
I got this from Maggie’s blog Here are the rules: Bold what you’ve read, italicize what you own, star* books on your TBR list!
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling 2 Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution – Robert C. Atkins 3 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown 4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling 5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling 6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling 7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling 8 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling 9 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling 10 Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson 11 The South Beach Diet – Arthur Agatston 12 Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom 13 Angels & Demons – Dan Brown 14 *What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Murkoff, etal. 15 The Purpose-Driven Life – Rick Warren 16 The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom 17 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey 18 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 19 Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray 20 The Secret – Rhonda Byrne 21 Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki 22 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 23 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – and It’s All Small Stuff – Richard Carlson 24 *The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd 25 Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert 26 Twilight – Stephenie Meyer 27 The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks 28 *The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards 29 The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger 30 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden 31 A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle 32 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss 33 The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz 34 Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt 35 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold 36 Body-for-Life – Bill Phillips, Michael D’Orso 37 New Moon – Stephenie Meyer 38 Night – Elie Wiesel 39 Chicken Soup for the Soul – Jack Canfield, etal. 40 The Greatest Generation – Tom Brokaw 41 Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer 42 The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield 43 Wicked – Gregory Maguire 44 Good to Great – Jim Collins 45 Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer 46 Eragon – Christopher Paolini 47 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells 48 Your Best Life Now – Joel Osteen 49 In the Kitchen With Rosie – Rosie Daley 50 Simple Abundance – Sarah Ban Breathnach 51 A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer 52 A Million Little Pieces – James Frey 53 The Testament – John Grisham 54 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul – Jack Canfield, etal. 55 Deception Point – Dan Brown 56 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho 57 Marley & Me – John Grogan 58 Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter – Robert C. Atkins 59 Life of Pi – Yann Martel 60 The Brethren – John Grisham 61 The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide – Arthur Agatston 62 The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town – John Grisham 63 For One More Day – Mitch Albom 64 The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg 65 *The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald 66 The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow 67 What to Expect the First Year – Arlene Eisenberg, etal. 68 Love You Forever – Robert Munsch 69 Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss 70 A Painted House – John Grisham 71 The Rainmaker – John Grisham 72 Skipping Christmas – John Grisham 73 Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier 74 The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time – Mark Haddon 75 Life Strategies – Phillip C. McGraw 76 Seabiscuit: An American Legend – Laura Hillenbrand 77 The Summons – John Grisham 78 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt 79 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien 80 The Runaway Jury – John Grisham 81 Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown 82 The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger 83 Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson 84 The Giver – Lois Lowry 85 Embraced by the Light – Betty J. Eadie 86 *The Chamber – John Grisham 87 You: On A Diet – Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz 88 The Prayer of Jabez – Bruce Wilkinson 89 Holes – Louis Sachar 90 Digital Fortress – Dan Brown 91 The Shack – William P. Young 92 The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger 93 Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen 94 A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini 95 The Seat of the Soul – Gary Zukav 96 Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul – Jack Canfield, etal. 97 The Partner – John Grisham 98 Lord of the Flies – William Golding 99 Eldest: Inheritance, Book II – Christopher Paolini 100 The Broker – John Grisham 101 The Street Lawyer – John Grisham 102 A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket 103 *The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver 104 Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer 105 *The King of Torts – John Grisham 106 The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell 107 The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans 108 Hannibal – Thomas Harris 109 The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama 110 Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs 111 The Glass Castle: A Memoir – Jeannette Walls 112 My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult 113 The Last Juror – John Grisham 114 The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson 115 Left Behind – Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins 116 America (The Book) – Jon Stewart 117 The Red Tent – Anita Diamant 118 John Adams – David McCullough 119 The Christmas Box – Richard Paul Evans 120 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares 121 Sugar Busters! – Leighton Steward, etal. 122 Blink – Malcolm Gladwell 123 The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle 124 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life – Don Piper 125 The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien 126 1776 – David McCullough 127 The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller 128 Where the Heart Is – Billie Letts 129 The Ultimate Weight Solution – Phillip C. McGraw 130 Protein Power – Mr. & Mra. Michael R. Eades 131 Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul – Jack Canfield, etal. 132 Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer 133 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides 134 Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin 135 You: The Owner’s Manual – Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz 136 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List – Patricia Schultz 137 Self Matters – Phillip C. McGraw 138 She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb 139 1984 – George Orwell 140 The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis 141 The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J. Stanley 142 The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory 143 The Zone – Barry Sears, Bill Lawren 144 The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve 145 The Lost World – Michael Crichton 146 Atonement – Ian McEwan 147 He’s Just Not That Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo 148 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury 149 The World Is Flat – Thomas L. Friedman 150 Cross – James Patterson
To sum it up: I’ve read 39 of these and I have 7 on my TBR list.
I watched “Rebecca” and it was great! I definitely recommend watching it, even if you haven’t read the book. It was a great representation of the story and while there were changes made to fit it into the 2 hour movie, they didn’t disrupt the story at all. The only changes I was disappointed in were the details of Rebecca’s death. The movie version made it less creepy and less romantic. In the book the main character loves Maxim through all of the horrors at Manderley. It wasn’t as difficult for her to love him in the movie. Also, the movie has the main character starting to stick up for herself before she does in the book. Sure, it was great to see her sticking up for herself and I thought she should have sooner in the book, but it made Rebecca’s presense in the movie more mellow. However, it was overall a great movie and I was actually surprised at how close the dialogue and scenes were to the book.
Here’s a list of movies coming out this season that are based on books (I copied it from Jessica).
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist City of Ember The Secret Life of Bees The Time Traveler’s Wife Quantum of Solace The Road Twilight Coraline The Tale of Despereaux The Day the Earth Stood Still Defiance The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Marley & Me Revolutionary Road
I’ve read Ember, Twilight, and The Time Traveler’s Wife. The Secret Life of Bees and Coraline have been on my TBR list since January. They are both listed under my challenges too. I picked a horrible time to read TSLOB because now I’m #100 in the reserve list at my library. I had no clue they were making a movie of it until it came out! I was also surprised to see “City of Ember” in the previews.
I’m most looking forward to seeing “Twilight” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I can’t wait!!
I know that Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is also going to be made into a movie, but I can’t remember the release date. That’s another book I’ve read and it’s one of my favorites, so I can’t wait to see the movie.
I think the most exciting things about movies being made from books is that then I can get my husband to share the joy of the stories. I would love for him to read all of these books, but since he won’t he’ll just have to watch the movies with me! Although he did read and love the Twilight books and he’s taking me to see the movie (which is coming out on my birthday, Nov 21!).
Which of these have you read and which are you most excited about seeing at the movies? Are there any other movies that are being released that are from books that aren’t on this list?