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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2013

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten bookish goals for 2013. I only came up with six, but if I do all those things, it’ll be quite a busy year.

1. Read fifty books

-I read 104 this past year. You’re probably thinking, why the step back? Well, I’ll probably far exceed that, but I’m planning to do a little less reading, a little more of everything else, and a lot more writing. Plus, during my hundred goal I definitely felt pressured for a few months. And reading shouldn’t be like that. I read because it calms and relaxes me.

2. Finish writing my book

-Seriously. Finish the first draft. Finish editing.

3. Blog Design Overhaul

-Or at least a logo. New year, new look.

4. Post at least three times a week

-Now that I work full-time, it’s going to be a little more challenging to keep up with this blog.

5. Do more posts about writing

-Hopefully, with the less reading, I’ll have more time to devote to coming up with ideas for these types of posts.

6. Get back to going to local reading/writing events around San Diego

-After I graduated, I kind of fell out of that. It’ll be harder now, but I’m sure I could manage to go to a few.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa bringing me. I already gave my parents a list for christmas/my birthday and when my mom saw the books she said, “That’s a lot of books. Why don’t you narrow it down?” At which point I told her the to-read list I keep on amazon is over 350 books long.

Anyway.

1) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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-One of the YA dystopian series I haven’t gotten around to starting yet.

2) Skylark by Meagan Spooner

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-And another.

3) Advent by James Treadwell

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-I just love stories that span centuries in time.

4) Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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-I’ve been wanting to read this one since it first came out!

5) The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell

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-This sounds right up my alley.

6) The White Forest by Adam McOmber

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-I love books about secret societies.

7) The Games by Ted Kosmatka

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-I really wish there were more thrillers out there that deal with the question of genetics. I’ve basically them all, but not this one.

8) The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell

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-Sounds like a great premise.

9) In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D’Amato

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-2012. Mayan mystery. Codex. Thriller. Done.

10) The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Must. Read. All. His. Books.

Have you read any of these?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’d Want on a Deserted Island

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’d Want on a Deserted Island. One caveat: if I could have all these books in French (which I can read, though slowly) so much the better. Ten books will last me a lot longer that way!

1) Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

-Might actually finish this one.

2) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

-And this time I’ll read all the war parts, not just the peace ones…

3) IQ84 by Haruki Murakami

-It’s just so long…

4) Ulysses by James Joyce

-Maybe I can parse this apart with unlimited reading time.

5) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

-Kind of appropriate…

6) The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri

-One of those books I want to read, but sure I never will

7) Paradise Lost by John Milton

-Same. Though I enjoyed the excerpted sections I read. Just kind of intense.

8) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

-I always forget I want to read this.

9) Don Quixote

-Read this in high school. Felt like it took my whole life.

10) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

-I STILL really need to read this.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten favorite kick-ass heroines. This one was super fun.

1. Lisbeth Salander (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

-“She hates men who hate women”.

2. Gemma Doyle  (A Great and Terrible Beauty)

-I loved this entire series, but Gemma made it awesome.

3. Hermoine Granger (Harry Potter)

-Being smart never looked so awesome.

4. Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)

-My favorite female GOT character.

5. Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)

-An obvious choice.

6. Susan Fletcher (Digital Fortress)

-Superhot and supersmart heroine who saves herself.

7. Lyra Belacqua (Golden Compass)

-Lyra starts out kind of annoying, but grows into an awesome character.

8. Reed Brennan (Privilege)

-Reed can’t ever catch a break, but she keeps on truckin’.

9. Tally Youngblood (Uglies)

-Tally really made this series for me.

10. Astrid (Gone)

-Astrid doesn’t take shit from anybody.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Blog Posts That Give the Best Picture of You

This week’s TTT covers ten blog posts (on your blog!) that give the best picture of you as a reader and/or a person. As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

I feel a little awkward with this one, as I’m writing a big ‘ol braggo post (but that is kind of sort of what blogging is, yes?)

1. My Extended About Me. Kind of an obvious choice.

2. This is a super recent post, but I think this short story is really representative of my writing.

3. On the same note, I wrote a short play two years ago and performed it at an open mic with my friend. I don’t do vlogs or anything or the sort, so this is your one and only (for the moment) chance to see me live. Haha.

4. And again, a little bit of flash fiction I threw up on the blog.

5. Favorite Book: Shadow of the Wind

6. Favorite Book: Hyperion

7. Favorite Book: Plainsong

8. Favorite Book: The Fault in Our Stars

9. Favorite Book (This and the afore-mentioned only represent a small portion of the things I love dearly): The Lover’s Dictionary

10. Most amazing motivational speech ever, by Neil Gaiman.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I’d Read as a Kid

This week’s TTT is a freebie, so I chose one theme from the archives. TTT is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

-I read this for the first time in high school French class. I love it so much. I never even knew about it until that class, but I wish that I had.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

-I read this for the first time in college. I wish I’d read it in middle or high school. This was the kind of book I needed to read then.

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

-Still never read this book, though it’s kind of a quintessential classic for children.

4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

-I recently moved out of my apartment complex. At that complex, people had a habit of setting their unwanted things near the elevator on each floor. I recently found this book, along with a few others, and it made me think how I never read it as a kid.

5. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

-Same as above.

6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

-Same as above

7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

-In late high school, I went on a quest to read all of C.S. Lewis’s books in this series. I think I maybe read four. I wish I’d read these when I was younger.

8. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

-I wish I’d read all the books in this series. I’d seen the movie several times over, but never read the book or any of the others set in Oz.

9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

-I wasn’t even familiar with this story until I watched the Johnny Depp film version.

10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

-Still never read this.