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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 top ten books you would like based on a favorite movie/TV show.  Here’s the problem – I don’t really watch much TV, we don’t have cable, and if we watch something it’s usually something that the kids want to see.  And we don’t go to the movies much either, unless it’s a movie based on a book, so I completely cheated and decided to list the top 10 books to read if you loved Divergent (at least it’s a movie, even if it was a book first!).  And I stuck only with books/series that I have personally read – I know there are many more out there!

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  5. The Matched trilogy by Ally Condie
  6. The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
  7. The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore
  8. The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  9. The Host  by Stephanie Meyers
  10. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Reading Circle

Reading CircleLast year I reviewed the first book in this series, The Cherry Cola Book Club, which resulted in some healthy dialog with the author.  While I believe that Robert Kuehnle (pen name Ashton Lee) is a library supporter, and hopes to raise awareness of library funding issues with this series, my main issue with the book was his misrepresentation of public libraries.  I felt that his representation of underused public libraries perpetuated a dangerously erroneous stereotype when most public libraries are seeing increased usage in spite of reduced funding.  You can see that review, and the subsequent comments, here.

When Mr. Kuehnle sent me a message to let me know he would be releasing the next book in the series I decided to give it a read.  The issues that I personally found concerning in the first book were not as evident in the second installment in the series.  Maura Beth, the library director, and her supporters are busy with their lives and the continuation of their book club.  Much of the book is centered on the personal lives and romantic relationships of the various town members.  However, they continue to be concerned about future funding for the library as they were only given a year’s reprieve.  The crooked politicians in the town seem chiefly concerned about creating an industrial park bearing their names, and using the funds currently allocated to the library to do so.  Of course, the library is saved again, in an even more spectacular fashion.  Personally, the way that it happened made me a little nauseous, and isn’t something that I would do.  No matter how valuable I find public libraries to be, I need to be able to look at myself in the mirror each morning in spite of politics and behind-the-scenes wrangling.

If you liked the first book in the series, or like a quick read with small town characters, a little romance and a little literary focus, then this may be a series that you enjoy.  For me, it still feels a little stilted and false, but for a light book to take to the beach you could definitely do worse.

Title: The Reading Circle
Author: Ashton Lee
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 256
Publication: Kensington House, March 2014

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Tuesday Top Ten

tuesday top tenTop 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 top ten of a particular type of character.  I chose to list the top ten geeky characters, be they bookish geeks or tech geeks or just plain geeks, because hey – I’m more than a little geeky myself!  😉

  1. Clay Jannon from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – A former web-designer, now working in a strange bookstore, he goes on a quest involving ancient tomes and Google.  What could be geekier than that?
  2. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – The quintessential geek girl – smart, talented, bookish, and more than a little bossy, she knows that if you’re in doubt you head to the library!
  3. Violet Baudelaire from The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – Violet can solve almost any problem with her imaginative inventing skills!
  4. Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer – He may be a teenage criminal mastermind, but let’s face it – he’s also a geek…
  5. Colin Singleton from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – A washed up child prodigy, Colin is on a quest to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability based on data collected the nineteen times he was dumped by a girl named Katherine.  Maybe it’ll predict the success of his next relationship before he gets his heart-broken again.
  6. Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Anyone who feels compelled to steal books, and finds solace in them, is definitely a book geek.  And that’s a good thing!
  7. Robert Langdon from the series by Dan Brown – He may go on adventures that take him all over the world and have him fleeing from assassins, but at the core of his being he really is just a bookish geek.
  8. Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl – Child prodigy, voracious reader, super geek!
  9. Willow Chance from Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – One of the more recent geeks I discovered and one of my favorites!  Completely obsessed with counting by 7s, botany, and researching medical conditions, she is definitely one of a kind!
  10. Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Two for the price of one!  Two completely endearing misfits who are all “wrong”, yet so perfect together in their geekiness!