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Top Ten Tuesday 2 July 2012

So, I know I’m a slacker. It was a long weekend. More fun on the week later, but for now…

Top Ten Books For People Who Liked X Author”

(In no particular order)…

If you like F Scott Fitzgerald, you should read Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez. The cultural differences are obvious, but the beauty of magic and the complex puzzles of life mirror between The Great Gatsbyand Chronicle.

Of course, if you like Gabriel García Márquez, you should read The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. Magic, symbolism, and family, oh my!

If you like J.R.R. Tolkien, you should read The Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist. Fantasy, magic, and a healthy dose of interesting and well-rounded characters make the books hardcore page-turners.

If you like Joseph Campbell (though not strictly an author so much as a philosopher), you should read The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book was unfinished when the Great Professor left this world, but his son Christopher finished compiling the beautiful back story and mythos of Middle Earth.

If you like Laurell K Hamilton, you should read Jeanine Frost’s Halfway to the Grave. It’s the first in a series of stories about a half-blooded vampire huntress and it does well for the vampire genre.

Speaking of vampire genre, if you like Stephanie Meyer, you should man up and read some amazing vampire fiction. My favorites are Dracula(the original novel by Bram Stoker) and Pandora (one of the two “New Tales of the Vampires” books by Anne Rice).

If you like Homer (think back to high school English class…no? The Illiad and the Odyssey ring a bell?), you should readBeowulf. It’s a bit tough as it’s an epic translated from the Old English, but it’s really moving.

If you like H.G. Wells, you should be reading both H.P. Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury…so quit slackin’!

If you like Ray Bradbury, you should read A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs- the source material for the Disney movie John Carter.

And, lastly, if you like to think at all, you NEED to read Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley.

You know…this list really makes me feel like I need to branch out more, but I’m attached to my magic, magic realism, classics, and history. Heh. Oh well, at least there’s still plenty to read!

Top Ten Tuesday 5 June 2012

Not to gank ideas, but I absolutely adore lists and the good people over at The Broke and the Bookish have a great thing going with this one. As such, I present, my first Top Ten Tuesday!

5 June 2012: Top Ten Tuesday Rewind (Pick any past topic you want!)

Top Ten Books Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It

Note: all covers are property of their respective publishers and authors…I make no claim to these pieces of art.

Honorable Mention: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I haven’t bought or read it yet, but I fully intend to do both! The cover is striking and the story sounds super interesting.

10. Twilight. Okay, so I didn’t buy it, but it intrigued me enough to read it. I’ve given them all a chance (especially since my only other option was to reread two books I owned at the time for the 100th time…it would’ve been better) based solely on their covers.

9. Ella Enchanted. The name and the cover both got me here. I was about 10 years old when I noticed it on a list of Newberry Honors and I had to give it a try. I’m glad I did because it was probably my favorite book until I started reading the Harry Potter series in middle school.

8. Under the Black Flag… What more could a pirate history geek want? It’s got a simple Jolly Roger variation (my favorite one with the cutlasses!) and it’s nice and clean. The title is perfect for a history book and I definitely had to have it when I saw it at Barnes and Noble!

7. Bored of the Rings. Yeah, it’s a parody, but it’s a funny one. Besides…I collect anything related to LOTR (or at least I really did at the time), and, even though it’s a parody, it’s still LOTR.

6. Confessions of a Part Time Sorceress and the follow-up 5. Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons and Dragons.

Enough said, right?

No? Well, let’s face it, Wizards of the Coast did great.

4. Daughter of the Forest. I saw this book at my local library and grabbed it off the shelf quicker than I could even grasp the cover…which is beautiful. After reading, I realized just how perfect the cover actually was and it led me to seek out more by Juliet Marillier.

3. Memories of My Melancholy Whores. So I’ll be honest…the first thing that caught my eye was the little sticker proclaiming this to be Gabriel García Márquez’s first novel in 10 years. Then I read the title. Wow. Just, wow. It’s an awesome title (but, then again, the man has always done wonderfully with titles…even if they are originally in Spanish…they translate beautifully as does his writing) for an enrapturing book. (Enrapturing? I’m not 100% positive that’s a word, but it should be.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Postmortal. I pulled this one out of my editor’s stack o’ books in a heartbeat. The spine is beautiful by itself! As stated in my review of the book, (which you can check out here) “it wasn’t a ridiculously complex cover, it was as simple as the cover artist actually knowing 1) what they were doing and 2) how to do it.” This is probably my second favorite cover ever, only behind…

1. Halfway to the Grave. The book grabbed my attention one day at Wal-Mart and I fell in love. The cover is dark and gorgeous, just like the main character so perfectly pictured. I know it’s technically a romance, but this is one of the places where they get vampires right! I love Jeaniene Frost to this day, and this book is easily one of my favorites. Also…I totally want to go to THAT graveyard…it’s spooky and beautiful. Pretty please?

 

So, will Top Ten Tuesday be a consistent thing? Maybe. I certainly love books and, considering the severe lack of strict format over here, why not?

If nothing else, it’ll be something to do in the week before I have to get to work on The Geekly.