Top Ten (Twenty? Thirty?) Tuesday!

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Before I get into things today, I want to send out my love, thoughts and prayers to Boston. Please know we may not with you physically, but our hearts are there will all of you!!

As you may have noticed, today is April 16th. Probably just another day to most of you, but not to me. Today would have been my daddy’s 45th birthday. I miss him every, single day, but especially on special days like today. I know he isn’t physically here anymore, but I carry him with me in my heart (and my eyes, and my lips, and my toes, and my stubbornness, etc.). So Daddy, Happy Birthday. I love you and miss you so very much!

Now to books!! This week is blast from the past: we are supposed to pick a past topic that we missed & do that. Well, I couldn’t pick just one. But I did narrow it down to two…albeit, one is just a wee bit longer than ten :).

Here goes nothing!

Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read

  1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger- I have tried to read this at least 10 times and I have never once finished it. I don’t even know if I have gotten half way through it. I hate it. Holden drives me up a wall, the way that he talks especially. I hope someday I will be able to finish it & will no longer hate it, but I’m not holding my breath.
  2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I have it. I just haven’t gotten around to reading it over the past 6 years or so. I will read it…eventually.
  3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkein – I know. I should be shot for this one. Have my nerd card revoked. Again, I have it. And I have started it more times than I can count. But I always get distracted by a new book or something. BUT! I am determined to read it. I will not go to grave until I read it.
  4. 1984 by George Orwell Nope. Never read it. We didn’t read it in high school (at least not that I remember). This is another one that I will read eventually.
  5. City of Bones/Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – I WILL read this before the movie comes out. It’s been on my list for a while (along with hundreds of other books), and I am determined to get to it sooner rather than later.
  6. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum – Again, I should be shot for this, because I have loved, and I mean LOVED, the movie for as long as I can remember. And I love The Wicked Years series, too (highly recommend, by the way, though not for children). I will read this as well.
  7. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin – I have book one. I have started it three times, but same as with LOTR, I get sidetracked by something new…seeing the LOTR movies and GoT series on HBO makes me feel like they can wait.
  8. Bridget Jones books by Helen Fielding – I LOVE the movies. They (the first one in particular) are some of my favorite movies, especially chick flicks, but overall as well. I still can’t believe I haven’t read the books/articles.
  9. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski – I also have this one and started it, then didn’t really have the time to delve into it (and with this book, that’s necessary!). I REALLY want to finish this, though!
  10. Neverwhere and American Gods by Neil Gaiman – this really goes for everything by Neil Gaiman. I’m currently reading AG (and loving it) and I plan to ready everything by him before the year ends.

Now, on to the second topic…be forewarned–I have a few more than 10:

Top Ten (Plus a few) Books I’m Dying To Read

  1. The 3rd Divergent book as well as the 3rd Discovery of Witches book – seriously DYING for these two books to come out, especially DOW. I’d kill for an advance copy of it, though I’m pretty sure not even those are floating around yet.
  2. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. Dead Ever After by Charlainne Harris
  5. Inferno by Dan Brown
  6. Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Click
  7. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  8. Broken Harbor  by Tana French – which happens to be on it’s way to me as we speak!
  9. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  10. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  11. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  12. Under the Dome by Stephen King
  13. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  14. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  15. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  16. Sharp Objects &  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Honestly, this list could go on and on. Just check out my To Read shelf on Goodreads. And that doesn’t include the hundreds of books I have written down on pieces of paper all over my house.

What else was I supposed to do? Oh, photo challenge. I’m just a little behind…ok, ok, it’s more than a little. But I’m hoping to get caught tomorrow on this week’s music post.

Now I’m off to see the wizard!


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