Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Topics That Won’t Make Me Pick Up a Book

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic, a companion to the earlier topic from April 30th, top ten topics that won’t make me pick up a book. Not that they’re always deal breakers, but as a rule I don’t particularly enjoy these types of topics.

1. Cancer

2. Divorce

3. 9/11

4. The Holocaust

5. World War II

6. Zombies

7. Fairies

8. Cars

9. Planes

10. Ghosts

How about you? What are your deal-breaker topics?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books From Before I Was a Blogger

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: top ten favorite books I read before I was a blogger. Some of these I’ve actually gone on to a review, but a few I haven’t.

1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

2. The Passage by Justin Cronin

3. Firebringer by David Clement Davies

4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

8. The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

9. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

10. 1984 by George Orwell

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Authors I’d Put on My Auto-Buy List e.g. you’d buy their next book no questions asked.

1. Jodi Picoult

2. Lincoln Child

3. Douglas Preston

4. Sarah Dessen

5. Carlos Ruiz Zafon

6. John Green

7. Amy Tan

8. Sara Shepherd

9. Kate Brian

10. Neil Gaiman

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Words

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic was a REWIND. I chose an older topics, favorite words. Seventeen words to be correct. These are some of my favorites below, with definitions! Enjoy! Be sure to leave me a few of your favorites in the comments.

1. Scintillate


  1. Emit flashes of light; sparkle.
  2. Fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or photon.

2. Cadence

           1.(a)a rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language

               (b) the beat, time, or measure of rhythmical motion or activity

           2.(a)a falling inflection of the voice

                (b) a concluding and usually falling strain; specifically : a musical chord sequence moving to a

                     harmonic close or point of rest and giving the sense of harmonic completion
           3. the modulated and rhythmic recurrence of a sound especially in nature

3. Eloquent


  1. Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing.
  2. Clearly expressing or indicating something

4. Penultimate


1. Last but one in a series of things; second last:

5. Dust (inside joke time)


1. Fine, dry powder consisting of tiny particles of earth or waste matter lying on the ground or on  surfaces or carried into the air.

6. Arbitrary


  1. Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
  2. (of power or a ruling body) Unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority.

7. Acquiesce


1. Accept something reluctantly but without protest.

8. Crepuscule


1. The period of partial darkness at the beginning or end of the day; twilight.

9. Diaphanous


1. (esp. of fabric) Light, delicate, and translucent.

10. Imbue

Verb (plus object):

            1. To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade
            2. To permeate or saturate.
            3. To stain or dye deeply.

11. Indolent


  1. Wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy.
  2. (of a disease condition) Causing little or no pain.

12. Equinox


             1. the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, making night and day of  approximately equal length all over the earth and occurring about March 21 (vernal equinox or  spring equinox) and September 22 (autumnal equinox).

13. Fecund


1. Producing or capable of producing an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertile.

14. Hoarfrost


1. A grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

15. Primordial


  1. Existing at or from the beginning of time; primeval.
  2. (esp. of a state or quality) Basic and fundamental.

16. Cesspool


  1. An underground container for the temporary storage of liquid waste and sewage.
  2. A disgusting or corrupt place.

17. Quintessential


1. Representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes

This TTT is hosted by Jen at The Broke and The Bookish. I’m really excited about this one because I’m the type of person who writes in their books, underlining their favorite passages. I’m not even sure if these are my true top ten for there are so many passages that it’s near impossible to rank them. So here is A top ten.

1. “But ‘Thou Mayest’ Why, that makes a man great, that gives him stature with the gods, for in his weakness and his filth and his murder of his brother he has still the great choice. He can choose his course and fight it through and win.” – John Steinbeck East of Eden

2.”The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful.” -James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

3. “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” – John Green The Fault in Our Stars

4. “Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.” -David Levithan The Lover’s Dictionary

5. “There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up; holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship’s, smooths and contains the rocker. It’s an inside kind-wrapped tight like skin. Then there is a loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive, on its own. A dry and spreading thing that makes the sound of one’s own feet going seem to come from a far-off place.

Everybody knew what she was called, but nobody anywhere knew her name. Disremembered and unaccounted for, she cannot be lost because no one is looking for her, and even if they were, how can they call her if they don’t know her name? Although she has claim, she is not claimed. In the place where long grass opens, the girl who waited to be loved and cry shame erupts into her separate parts, to make it easy for the chewing laughter to swallow her all away.” -Toni Morrison Beloved

6. “The contemplation of eternity within the very movement of life.” -Muriel Barbery The Elegance of the Hedgehog

7. “After all, what was the whole wide world but a place for people to yearn for their heart’s impossible desires, for those desires to become entrenched in defiance of logic, plausibility, and even the passage of time, as eternal as polished marble.” -Richard Russo Empire Falls

8.”It’s life that matters, nothing but life–the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.” –Fyodor Dostoevsky The Idiot

9.”If you loved someone, you loved him, and when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love” -George Orwell 1984

10. “I have finally concluded maybe that’s what life is about: there’s a lot of despair, but also the odd moments of beauty, where time is no longer the same. It’s as if those strains of music created a sort of interlude in time, something suspended, an elsewhere that has come to us, an always within a never.” -Muriel Barbery The Elegance of the Hedgehog