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: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: top ten authors who deserve more recognition.

1. Carlos Ruiz Zafon– Always, always, always.

2. Kent Haruf- I’d NEVER heard of him until he was recommended to me and his work is awesome.

3. Aimee Bender- Her books make you feel all the things. But it’s hard to stumble across Aimee Bender unless you’re in the literary community.

4. Nicole Krauss-The History of Love was stunning.

5. Douglas Preston- Preston and Child get recognition, but if you ask me, they could stand to get as much as Dean Koontz, Lee Child, James Patterson, and the rest of the heavy hitters.

6. Lincoln Child

7. Ally Condie- Another great, YA dystopia author.

8. Kate Brian- Brian has been quietly plugging away at her writing for her years. She’s extremely prolific, but her work hasn’t taken off like some author YA authors…like Sarah Dessen or Sara Shephard.

9. Michael Grant- One of the best YA thriller authors out there.

10. Susane Colasanti- A Sarah Dessen-esque author, I always recommend her to people who like Sarah Dessen.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic, ten most intimidating books.

1. IQ84 by Haruki Murakami- I have this book on my shelf, but it’s so huge. I feel like I’ll be reading it for months.

2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King- Same as above.

2. Paradise Lost by John Milton – I loved the sections I read of this in an English class…but I’m scared that was just a fluke. I’ve built this book up to such lofty expectations.

3. The Idiot by Fyodor Doestoevsky – I’ve read this book twice and loved it. I want to read it again, but worry the joy of it will be somehow tarnished.

4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- I read this book in 3 magical days. Worried I won’t regain the magic.

5. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese- So many people have read and recommended this book, I feel like it can’t possibly live up to the hype.

6. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini- One of my roommates read this a few years ago. She cried for like an hour. I don’t know if I can deal.

7. Seeing by Jose Faramago- I read Blindness a few years ago and while it was good, it was very, very intense. I want to read the sequel, but I also don’t.

8.  The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender- Bender is such an amazing author, every time I read her, I was just sort of want to give up writing.

9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer- Everyone loves this book, but it includes 9/11 as a theme and I just don’t know…

10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett- Everyone loves this. I own it. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like it. But what if I don’t?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Topics That Instantly Make My Buy a Book

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book. I picked ten topics that cause a book to basically be a done deal.

1. Dystopian

2. Post-Apocalyptic

3. Genetics and Genetic Engineering

4. Historical Treasure Hunt

5. Literary Mystery

6. Boarding Schools

7. Teen Celebrities (fictional)

8. Rare Disease/Illness

9. Main Character is a Writer

10. Historical Mystery That Vaguely Sounds Supernatural

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still on My Shelf Unread

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten book I HAD to buy, but are still sitting on my shelf unread. Haha oh boy, I’m pretty guilty of this….

Nothing wrong with these titles, just haven’t read them yet. Any you think I should pick up post-haste?

1. Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

2. The Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

3. The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin

4. One Day by David Nicholls

5. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo

6. Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

7. A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse

8. The Coral Their by Rebecca Stott

9. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

10. The Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

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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: Settings I’d Like to See More Of

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten settings I’d like to see more of.

1. Private boarding schools

-I’m such a sucker for books like this. Think Kate Brian’s Private Series and Cecily Von Ziegesar It Girl series.

2.  Turkey

-Are there any books set in Turkey?

3. The Nazca Linea

-One of my favorite ancient mysteries. I want to see more books dealing with them.

4. Colorado

-It tickles me to read a book that’s actually set in a place I know well.

5. Australia

-Such a cool place.

6. Dystopian/Apocalyptic Earth

-Perhaps the only person who doesn’t mind The Hunger Games trickle-down effect.

7. The Fashion World

-Think Devil Wears Prada.

8. Los Angeles/ Beverly Hills

-Think Gossip Girl but in LA.

9. San Francisco

-Another lovely city.

10. Russia

-I love Russian lit. I’d love to see a resurgence of it.

What are your favorites? Do you have suggestions for me, based on this list?