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 top ten books that make me weep…  I’m getting a little teary just thinking about them…  But I’m not going to tell you WHY they make me cry, if I do that it’s like giving away the ending and I wouldn’t want to do that!

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  4. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  5. America by E.R. Frank
  6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  7. The Fault in our Stars  by John Green
  8. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  9. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Tuesday Top Ten

top ten names 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 names that we love from book characters.  I guess I don’t generally give character names a ton of thought, so this one took me a while, and I’m sure I missed a great one somewhere, but hey – I gave it a try!

  1. Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Dumbledore, Neville Longbottom, Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Seriously, what a bunch of fantastic names!
  2. Pippi Longstocking from Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  3. Pip from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  4. Ebenezer Scrooge from The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  5. Sherlock Holmes from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Atticus Finch, Scout Finch, Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. Mary Poppins from Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers – OK, Mary alone isn’t all that exciting – but add the Poppins and you’ve got something!
  9. Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  10. Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh from The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

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 top ten books we were “forced” to read – either for class, a book club, or because some friend insisted that it was the best book ever!  All of mine come from coursework, whether during high school, undergrad classes, or my MLIS classes.  These are the books that I probably never would’ve read on my own, but ended up being favorites because someone forced me to read them! Great books I was forced to read in high school:

  1. East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I had an English teacher when I was a sophomore who was a huge fan of Steinbeck, and now I am too!
  2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Probably my favorite of all of Dickens’s novels.
  3. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare – My first attempt at Shakespeare when I was a freshman in high school, and the first time that I realized how wonderful his stories are, and how readable they can be.
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Didn’t everybody read it in high school?  And didn’t everyone love it?
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Still one of my all time favorites!

Great books I was forced to read in my college:

  1. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – The writing is so beautiful and lyrical.
  2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – My first exposure to Toni Morrison’s powerful work.
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry – This was required reading for my young adult literature course, and became one of my YA favorites.
  4. Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman – I’ve never been into graphic novels, but this was also part of my YA literature course and I was captivated.
  5. America by E.R. Frank  – Another book from my YA lit class, and also the most difficult book I have every read, but also one of the most powerful.