Tuesday Top Ten

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers create their own lists based on the chosen topics and post links to our lists. It’s a way of all sharing our thoughts and our love of books.  And who doesn’t love lists??

So this week’s challenge was to list the books that we would love to see as a movie or TV series, assuming that it was done well!

  1. Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This is actually going to be a movie coming to theaters on November 15!  I’m a little nervous, hoping that they will do the book justice, but I can’t wait to see it!
  2. Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny – Another favorite that is about to hit the screen and is making me keep my fingers crossed!
  3. Commissario Guido Brunetti Series by Donna Leon – I would love to see this character come to life, and the setting of Venice would be wonderful!
  4. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Done right, this would make a great movie – touching and horrifying!
  5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – I would love to see these quirky characters come to life, and a quest full of intrigue, history, and technology would make a great movie!
  6. The Giver by Lois Lowry – There has been talk about this becoming a movie for years now, and it looks like it’s finally going to happen…
  7. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer – There have been rumors around this series becoming movies for a long time, but hopefully they will finally bring this evil boy genius and the world of fairies to the big screen!
  8. Thieves of Book Row by Travis McDade – This non-fiction historical book could be made into a really interesting historical drama.
  9. The Spellman Series by Lisa Lutz – This wacky set of characters would make for a great comedy/drama with some romantic tension thrown in!
  10. Spenser Series by Robert B. Parker – OK, I know this was a TV series in the 70s but it seriously needs to be redone!  Less corny and without cutting out all the swearing and politically incorrect conversations!

 

 

Cuckoo’s Calling

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Cormoran Strike is a one-legged Afghanistan war hero, the illegitimate son of an aging rock star, and a PI in London.  Strike is completely broke and living in his office due to a rather nasty breakup with his insane fiancé when in walks John Bristow, the brother of a supermodel (known as Cuckoo) who plummeted to her death from her balcony.  The cops have ruled it a suicide, but her brother doesn’t believe it and wants Strike to find the truth.  Finally, a paying job!  With the help of Robin, his latest temp secretary (that he didn’t mean to hire, because of course, he has no money), Strike enters the world of the rich, famous, and powerful to try to unravel the secrets of this beautiful woman’s tragic life and death.  Did she kill herself or was she pushed?  Was she using drugs again?  Who would have pushed her?  The strung-out boyfriend, the controlling fashion designer, her rude uncle, her friend from rehab, or someone else?

I’m a fan of mysteries, good and so-so, and this one definitely fell into the good category.  I was relieved, having read it after knowing the true identity of the author.  I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (who isn’t?) but was unimpressed with Casual Vacancy and was tentative when I began reading her latest work.  It is no Harry Potter, but it is engrossing.  It’s a classic gritty detective novel, but one of the better of its kind – the characters are well-developed and the descriptions of the scenes and interactions are vivid without being overly wordy.  I didn’t see the ending coming, but neither did I keep notes as meticulously as Strike!  I’m definitely looking forward to more books in this series, regardless of whose name is on the cover.

Title:  The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author:  Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 464
Publication: Mulholland Books, April 2013

Tuesday Top Ten

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers create their own lists based on the chosen topics and post links to our lists. It’s a way of all sharing our thoughts and our love of books.  And who doesn’t love lists??

So this week’s challenge was to list the books that should be added to high school reading lists.  I know that some high schools some where DO include some of these books in their lists, but not many, and not often enough.  I also want to clarify that I still think high school students should be reading the classics!  They just need to add some “new classics” to the list.

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  6. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  7. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman
  8. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  9. Maus I & Maus II by Art Spiegelman
  10. The Giver by Lois Lowry