TTT – Thought-Provoking or Inspirational Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a little unusual – it’s my Top Ten Thought-Provoking Book Quotes. I’ll have to go through the linkup on her page to find other people’s favorite quotes!

This is actually pretty good timing for this topic, because I’m trying to find some good literary art for my reading nook! I’ll share some quotes I’ve been looking at, and then go through what other people have posted before I make a decision on what to put on my wall.

Already in my reading nook is a throw pillow from Redbubble that reads “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature” which is a great quote because it combines feminism with being a bookworm.

I’ve always loved Stephen King’s quote “Books are a uniquely portable magic” but I’m not sure it belongs in a distinctly not-portable Book Nook!

The world was hers for the reading” from Betty Smith (author of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn) would go well, though. Maybe in script just above my chair?

Louis L’Amour’s “Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you” is rather comforting, which is the vibe I’m going for in my nook.

Malcolm X once said “My alma mater was books, a good library . . . . I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity” which is true of me, as well. I have far too much to learn about, and too little time to do it!

John Steinbeck said “I guess there are never enough books” which would be amusing to put over my shelf.

Also “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book” from Bill Watterson, the Calvin & Hobbes cartoonist. Since I plan to spend many such rainy days in that chair with tea and a book, watching the storm through the window, that’s quite fitting.

Since my reading nook is in my bedroom, I’ve also been looking at love quotes from literature to go in the room. Something like “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how” from Gone With The Wind.

Or maybe some Shakespeare, like “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love” from Hamlet?

Or from my favorite play, Much Ado About Nothing, comes “I do love nothing in the world so well as you – is not that strange?” which, given how much we use “weird” as an term of endearment, would be kind of hilariously appropriate.

Or we could be really geeky and post “Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches” from The Princess Bride.

Well, that’s eleven possibilities. I’ll have to play around with art now, and make something I like to put up on the wall! I’m still waiting to find the right shelf for the space. I really want to post pictures, but it’s not done yet!

 

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TTT – First Ten Books I Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is the First Ten Books I’ve Reviewed, so it’s time to go deep into my archives! There is a linky on her page to find everyone who is participating this week.

I kicked off this blog waaaayyy back in October of 2013 with Brandon Sanderson’s Alloy of Law. We actually just had that book from the library again recently, because my husband never read it!

Three days later I reviewed John Green’s Looking For Alaska, which is still one of my favorite John Green books. (I’ve also reviewed Paper Towns and Turtles All The Way Down. I read four more of his books before I started the blog. I’ve also read his brother’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing but never could put my thoughts on it together into a cohesive review. It was really good though! I love the Green brothers.)

After that comes my first multi-book review, of First Grave on the Right and Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones, an urban fantasy series.

My fourth review was The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch – originally written in German, it’s the first book in a series of mysteries and they’re fantastic. (It’s also currently free today on Amazon’s Kindle Store, as part of their World Book Day promotion. It’s totally worth grabbing!) I went on to review the next three books in the series later.

I was apparently doing a lot of joint reviews to begin with, because both of the next two reviews cover two books each – Fated and Cursed by Benedict Jacka and Femme and Kinsmen by Bill Pronzini. The first set is urban fantasy, the second set is a kind of nameless-detective mystery series.

Seventh is a children’s classic that my husband grew up loving and I had not read until starting the blog – Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I’m glad I finally read it, I see why everyone loved it so, even if it didn’t have the same impact on adult me as it seems to have had on most kids.

My eighth review reminds me that I never did read more of this author’s work and I may have to rectify that! Dark Angels is a historical fiction novel that reminded me of Philippa Gregory. “But more vibrant” according to my review. And I love Philippa Gregory, soooo I need to look up more by Karleen Koen!

Ninth is another urban fantasy, Hellbent by Cherie Priest. Tenth is a steampunk romance called Her Sky Cowboy, by another author I need to look up more of, Beth Ciotta. There was at least one more book in the series published at the time I wrote the review, hopefully there’s more by now!

This was a great topic, and reminded me to go look at some authors I read years ago. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s posts!

TTT – Outrageous Things I’ve Done For The Love Of Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. She has a linky on her page for everyone participating in this week’s topic, Outrageous Things I’ve Done For The Love of Books!

I don’t actually think I’ve done too many outrageous things for the love of books. I mean, yes, I read over 200 books last year, in my goal of posting to the blog every single day, which was getting better at doing in the second half of the year. Is the fact that I have a book blog at all one of those outrageous things? I guess it could be. Other than that, hmmm.

Well, I have purposefully moved into houses with slightly too many rooms so that we could have a dedicated library. On that same note, I have moved literally over a ton of books. Repeatedly. On one move we had all the same size boxes; we weighed a few of them, averaged that, and then multiplied it by the number of book boxes. Come to think of it, trying to figure out how much our books weighed might qualify as a weird thing!

Some of those moves were from the west coast to the east coast (and east to west, and west to east again, yay military…) and on both of the west to east trips, I definitely scouted out locations of notable book stores to hit. (The east-to-west trip was my father and me while my husband was deployed, and Dad’s not a bibliophile like my husband and I are.) On that note, Half Price Books is an AMAZING book chain, and I wish we had one around here! Powell’s I have been to more than once, and is fantastic, and Smith Family Bookstore in Eugene, Oregon, is also awesome. *cough* where was I? Oh Right. Things I’ve done for the love of books.

I can’t actually think of anything else. So that’s – seven things I’ve done for the love of books. Maybe other people’s posts will remind me of more!

 

TTT – Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. She has a linkup on her page for everyone participating this week. This week’s topic is the Top Ten Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book.

1. Fantastic cover.

The cover really is the first thing I notice, if I’m just browsing books. If the description doesn’t support a gorgeous cover, then I’ll set it down again, but I’ve read many books because the cover caught my eye and then I read the description.

2. Cities as characters

One of my favorite tropes. It shows up in stories like Six of Crows, The Gutter Prayer, and City of Brass. Where the city itself has such atmosphere that it really is a character on its own.

3. Hints of polyamory

There just aren’t enough books – especially fiction books – on polyamory, so whenever I see a description that even hints at it, I have to check to see if it actually has polyamory in it. Sometimes that works out terribly, like Odd One Out, and sometimes it surprises me, like That Inevitable Victorian Thing.

4. Non-western-european mythology

YES. Asian mythology, African mythology, Native American mythology – give me all the OTHER inspirations for religions and plots! Western European is so overplayed. I’m tired of it. Give me the stuff we don’t see often enough.

5. Fairy-Tale Retellings

I have a total weak spot for Fairy Tale Retellings. Whether it’s stories that are barely reskinned tales, or stories that are only very loosely inspired by old fairy tales, I love them. And I have too many to link to!

6. Autistic author or character

I’m always trying to understand my husband’s brain, and books by autistic authors help SO MUCH.

7. GLBT content

As an ally, I try to promote books with good representation. And I know reading and reviewing them helps. Plus I just enjoy them! 90% of my friends are some flavor of LGBT, so I’m very familiar with a lot of the concepts already.

8. Personal Recommendation

If a person I know recommends a book to me specifically, I will almost always pick it up.

9. Dragons

I’ll always at least pick up and look at a book with dragons on the cover or title. I may not wind up reading it, but it will always spark my interest!

10. Disability/Chronic Illness rep

As someone with a chronic illness, and as someone with a lot of friends with disabilities and chronic illnesses, I always take a look at books with rep.

 

TTT – Audio Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and she has a linky on her page for everyone participating this week. I can’t wait to see what everyone did for this week, as it’s an “audio freebie.” Anything to do with audio – audio books, music, etc. I don’t listen to audio books – I can’t pay attention to them – but I do listen to a lot of music. So I’m doing ten songs inspired by books, or that remind me, personally, of books. (Usually because they featured heavily in the soundtrack of a movie adaptation or something.)

We’re going to start with songs inspired by books. Some are obvious, some less so.

Elton John’s Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road was obviously inspired by The Wizard of Oz. It’s also just a lovely song.

Katy Perry’s Firework was actually inspired by Kerouac’s On The Road! There was apparently a passage referring to people that are buzzing and fizzing and full of life and like fireworks.

Another one I just discovered was It’s All Coming Back To Me Now (recorded by Celine Dion and later by Meatloaf) was inspired by Wuthering Heights. I haven’t actually read Wuthering Heights. But I love that song, so maybe I should!

Phil Collins’ Take Me Home was inspired by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, another one I never would have guessed.

Muse’s Resistance (the entire album!) was actually inspired by 1984specifically, about how loving who you want to love is an act of resistance on its own, which is a very GLBT+ theme.

S. J. Tucker is a favorite artist of mine, and she has several songs inspired by books, but the most well-known book she was inspired by is probably Peter Pan, which inspired her Wendy Trilogy.

Branching into songs that simply remind me of books, the first one is Regina Spektor’s The Call, which always reminds me of The Chronicles of Narnia, I think because it was on the Prince Caspian soundtrack. It always makes me think of the Pevensies leaving Narnia but promising they’ll come back if called. I just love the song in general.

I don’t know that I could write this without including Misty Mountains and I See Fire from The Hobbit! Both songs are absolutely excellent, whether they’re the originals, or Peter Hollens’ covers, which I’m linking here because more people need to follow Peter (And Tim Foust). They’re both awesome.

And the last spot on my list has to go to #1 Crush by Garbage. It was on the soundtrack to Romeo + Juliet, the movie that took Romeo and Juliet, set it in modern times, but kept that Shakespearean language and cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet. I’m honestly torn on the movie itself, but the song? The song is ABSOLUTELY Romeo & Juliet.

TTT – Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl; she has a linky on her page with links to everyone’s Top Tens, go see what everyone else is reading this spring!

This week’s topic is the top ten books on my Spring To-Be-Read list. I have 15 books out currently from the library, and those of course are very high on my list to be read. But given that it’s spring, and I have some research to do, I have a few others that are also high on my list.

 

 

So first I have a giant new release, that I strongly doubt I’ll be able to renew, so I need to get cracking on it: The Priory of the Orange Tree. It’s an over 800-page fantasy with politics, strong women, and dragons. What’s not to love? Other fantasies this spring, also new releases, are The Gutter Prayer and Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which is around 600 pages, so also a pretty big book.

 

 

For The Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, I have Here and Now and Then and The Weight of our Sky. I also have Endless Water, Starless Sky, the sequel to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, a Romeo and Juliet re-imagining by one of my favorite authors in that genre.

 

 

Lastly, I have The Suburban Micro-Farm, and three more gardening books that I own – The Quarter Acre Farm, The Edible Front Yard, and The Backyard Homestead. Since I moved and now have nearly half an acre to work with, I need to do some research!