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Once Upon A Time…

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is your top ten fairy tale retellings that you’ve already read or want to read. Fairy tale retelling have taken off in literature of late, especially in the young adult genre, and many of them sound fascinating. Fairy tales are such a part of each cultures collective memory it’s amazing they are coming back to the forefront again.

In no particular order, here are my top ten picks!

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1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A Cinderella retelling I have yet to read but do currently own!

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2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Perhaps my top 5 favorite books from childhood.

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3. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

A Sleeping Beauty retelling.

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4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

A novel I just recently acquired at work.

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5. Beauty by Robin McKinley

A Beauty and the Beast retelling.

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6. The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

Such a cute and ingenious retelling of multiple fair tales.

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7. Fables by Bill Willingham

A graphic novel retelling of fair tale characters in a new setting.

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8. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

A Wizard of Oz retelling.

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9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I’ve been wanting to read this novel for ages.

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10. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

A Peter Pan retelling.

Top Ten Tuesday: New books, new worlds

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is ten recently acquired books. I just started working at a bookstore for the summer and have acquired a few new books with my new employee discount. I am so excited about these books I can’t even tell you. Without further ado, here are the top ten, in no specific order.

1. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell

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2. The Spiral Staircase and The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White

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3. Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

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4. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

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5. A Double Death on the Black Isle by A.D. Scott

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6. PopCo by Scartlett Thomas

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7. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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8. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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9. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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10. Fables: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham

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Coming Soon

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Coming Soon

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten most anticipated new releases of 2015. I honestly can’t say I really look for new releases in books. I more just stumble across books in various places. The only novels I actively look for in new releases are usually new books in a series or new books by an author I love. I couldn’t quite get to ten in this list but I do have 6, some of which have already been released. So, without further ado, here are my most anticipated new releases for the year!

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1. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, release date July 14

I’m a little on the fence with this one, especially with all of the controversy surrounding the release of the novel. It’s so hard when a book is so beloved to release a new companion novel. I feel like it’s almost a lose lose for Harper Lee. Everyone will compare it to To Kill A Mockingbird. We will just have to wait and see. I have high hopes for this one.

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2. The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows, release date June 9

This book I found in an article in a magazine at the dentist’s office. The premise sounded so intriguing that I had to put it on this list.

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3. The Lake House by Kate Morton, release date October 20

I’m a sucker for the Kate Morton formula. I love the historical fiction, mystery aspects of her novels.

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4. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, release date August 25

This is the sequel to Bray’s novel The Diviners. I really enjoyed The Diviners and loved the 1920s atmosphere. I have high expectations for the sequel that I’m sure Bray can meet.

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5. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

This book is already out and has been sitting at Target where I eye it every time I walk past. I’ve been dying to read this book but for some reason haven’t gotten around to it yet. I loved Oliver’s Before I Fall, and this book has an intriguing premise.

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6. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

This novel has also been released and is going to be featured in my Book Battle. Stay tuned for some good old fashioned Golden Age mystery fun.

What books are you looking forward to this year?

Movie Madness

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Movie Madness

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten books you’d like to see made into a movie or TV show. I know there are a lot of adaptations that just don’t quite hold up to the novel but I still do like to see how they adapt from the page to the screen. The amounts of work that go into each is extraordinary. It’s always interesting to see movies/TV shows that completely deviate from the novel. It always makes me wonder why. Without further ado, here are my choices of books I’d like to see made into either a movie or TV show.

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1. The Sundial by Shirley Jackson

This is one about the end of the world and the preparations that go into that. I’d love to see it made into a TV show so that they can expand and take the concept further. What happens at the end of the world? Who will make it?

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2. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

This novel would make a wonderful movie. Kind of like A Wrinkle in Time but with it’s own unique flair. Plus, it would be fun to see New York City in the 1970s on the big screen.

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3. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnely

Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy, this novel tells the tale from a different perspective. There’s already been a movie about this case, A Place in the Sun with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, but I think it would be interesting to see the tale from the new characters point of view. It’s a bit more sinister.

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4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

This novel would make a beautiful movie. If they get the cinematography right and the screenplay. I loved this book so much. It’s basically a love story to literature and the written word. I imagine a kind of Pan’s Labyrinth type of feel.

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5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I can see this being a movie or a TV mini-series. The plot line and characters were so captivating I’d love to see how they would translate that to the screen.

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6. The Echo Falls trilogy by Peter Abrahamson

This would make a wonderful TV show. Filled with eccentric characters and a delightful small town backdrop, I think these novels would be like Nancy Drew meets the Gilmore Girls.

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7. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Movie all the way on this one. The novel had me laughing out loud and pining right along with the characters.

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8. I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak

I absolutely adored this book and the inventive concept. I think it would make a great movie. The writing is so colorful and vivid it would be an easy one to adapt.

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9. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

A favorite childhood book of mine. I’d love to see it made into a movie just to see how they make those dolls move.

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10. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

This one would make a great mini-series to give it enough time to tell the tale. The story is so captivating and heartbreaking. Reminds me a bit of The Flame Trees of Thika in the sense that it’s about a family trying to adapt and find their way in difficult situations.

What made your top ten this week?

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten authors you’d love to meet. I’ve had the chance to meet a few authors and, let me tell you, it’s kind of terrifying and nerve wracking. It’s also exhilarating meeting the person who’s brain spawned something you love but it’s so hard trying to talk intelligently when all you want to say is, “I love you so much.” But for this weeks theme I’m going to hold it together. Without further ado, these are the authors I would love to meet (on some plane):

1. Jane Austen

First of all I think Jane Austen would be hilarious in real life just like she is in her books. I love some irony and sarcasm. I would also love to ask her what she thinks of all of these Pride and Prejudice spin off books.

2. Daphne du Maurier

This is one of the authors I would be most intimidated to meet. She’s such an amazing talent I don’t know if I could even form words. I’ve read so many of her novels and watched the movie adaptations I would love to just listen to her talk and see how her brain works.

3. Raymond Chandler

Another author I would be really intimated to meet. Chandler’s writing style is, to me, perfection. He can write a sentence with a bang like no one else.

4. Nova Ren Suma

One of the authors I’ve just recently discovered, Nova Ren Suma is absolutely amazing. Her writing is so lyrical and just immerses you in a wave of words. I would love to talk to her about writing technique and how to craft the perfect YA novel.

5. Joan Didion

This lady saw so many amazing events in her life. I would love to talk to her about the time she spent in the Haight in the 60s and what the experience was like.

6. R.L. Stine/Christopher Pike

Once again I group these two together because in my childhood I loved them like the same person. I would love to talk to them together about their writing styles and if there ever was any competition between the two in their chosen genres. I also want to know how they’re able to produce such a large body of work.

7. Oscar Wilde

This is one author who knew how to live it up. I think that if you met him in real life he would just be a crack up and charm you with his wit and intelligence.

8. Truman Capote

I would love to meet the mind that spawned such masterpieces as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood. He was truly one of the best literary voices of his generation.

9. Tana French

Her Dublin murder squad series just keeps getting better. Each novel has kept me on the edge of my seat. I would love to find out what her inspirations are.

10. Agatha Christie

Last, but certainly not least, I would love to meet the queen of all suspense and the mother of the Golden Age mystery. What happened to you during those 11 days and where did you go?

Who are some of the authors you’d love to meet?

Top Ten Tuesday- These are a few of my favorite things

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When I saw the topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, I couldn’t resist. Picking just 10 favorite authors is such a challenge. I have rarely come across a book I didn’t love. I finally did manage to narrow my favorites down to ten and here they are in no particular order. My top ten favorite, most beloved and admired authors.

1. Daphne du Maurier- Ever since I read Rebecca I have been under du Maurier’s spell. She is such an amazing word craftsman and can create an atmosphere like no other. Her novels are so dark and magical every time you read them you come away with something a bit different.

2. J.K. Rowling- The Harry Potter series was such a huge part of my childhood. I read those books all through elementary school and into college. They were a constant companion and will forever be magical and beloved.

3. Agatha Christie- The Queen of the Classic Mystery genre. My list wouldn’t be complete without her on it. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are perfection.

4. Neil Gaiman- Another author who can create a magical atmosphere in each of his novels. He writes such a range of material that there’s something there for everyone.

5. Terry Pratchett- A friend of mine from England introduced me to Terry Pratchett, and I’ve been laughing and enjoying his prose ever since. Tiffany Aching is the best. Oh the frying pan.

6. Carolyn Keene (all of the women who have written under this pen name)- I’m taking it back a ways for this one. Nancy Drew was a huge part of my childhood. I collected all of those yellow bound books and read and re-read them until I almost had them memorized. Nancy will forever be one of my favorite literary heroines for her daring, charisma, and intellect.

7. Tana French- French’s Murder Squad series is near perfection. Each one is a little world unto itself with realized characters that are flawed and beautiful. I love the way she connects her novels through the characters and shows how multifaceted each is.

8. Jane Austen- Another author that makes me laugh and cry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice but it never gets stale. Austen wrote with such fluidity and wit that each of her novels is a classic must read. Look at all of the sequels and miniseries that they have spawned.

9. R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike- So I cheated a bit on this one. I’ve loved these two authors since elementary school. The novels are scary and thought provoking each in their own unique way. Christopher Pike is going to make an appearance in the Book Battle as well so be on the lookout for that.

10. Nova Ren Suma- A new author, especially compared to others on this list, but Suma came to mind almost immediately. Her novels are haunting and beautiful they’re hard to forget. Her prose is so lyrical you have to re-read sections just to immerse yourself in the words. If you haven’t read her please go and find one of her novels! They’re all amazing.

Top Ten Tuesday: After The End

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Top Ten Tuesday: After The End

This Tuesday’s topic is the top ten characters from books you’ve read that you’d like to check back in with. Who hasn’t wanted to know what happens after the book ends? I think we’re all curious about what happens next to beloved characters. There’s a whole genre for continuing character stories. So without further ado, here are the ten characters I’d like to check in on.

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1. Orianna Speerling from The Walls Around Us So I know I just read this but I already am wondering what happened next to this character especially after the novel’s explosive ending.

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2. Molly from Dreadful Sorry A favorite book from childhood and one I’ve read for the Book Battle. I’d love to find out where she is now and if she and Jared stayed together.

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3. Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice I know there’s been so many takes on this novel but I want to know straight from Jane Austen’s mouth what would have happened to these two characters.

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4. Frank Mackey and family from Faithful Place I’ve been wondering for a while what happened to Frank and his family after the tragedy at the end of Faithful Place. I know French revisits characters from past books and am hoping she will for Frank.

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5. Merricat from We Have Always Lived in the Castle This book left me wondering long after I finished the last page. What happened to Merricat and her sister after the village turned against them?

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6. Gemma Doyle The last book left on a bit of a cliff hanger and I wasn’t ready to let this trilogy go.

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7. Faina from The Snow Child This was such a beautiful take on a fairy tale. I loved the setting and the characters and would love to catch up with the snow child herself.

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8. Cassandra Mortmain from I Capture the Castle I was so thoroughly enchanted by Dodie Smith’s book and the world she created. Man do I want to read this book again.

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9. The unnamed main character from Rebecca I have read this book at least 4 times, and plan on reading it again for the Book Battle. Du Maurier is such a gifted story teller. Each time I read the tale I wonder what next.

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10. Nancy Drew By far, Nancy Drew captured my childhood. I’ve always wanted to know what happens to Nancy when she grows up. Does she leave River Heights? What about Bess and George and Ned, the long suffering boyfriend? Inquiring minds would love to know.