Tuesday Top Ten

unique

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 most unique books that I’ve read.  They can be unique for any reason – the narrator’s voice, the point of view, the setting, the characters – whatever it is that made them stand out in my mind as unique.

  1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – Told through both words and beautifully intricate and moving illustrations, Selznick’s works are like nothing else I have ever seen.
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – OK, nearly anything by Neil Gaiman!  But this adult fairy tale is in a class of its own.
  3. Maus by Art Spiegelman – A graphic novel about the Holocaust.  Sounds strange, but it works, amazingly.
  4. Monster by Walter Dean Myers –  Steve is in juvenile detention, awaiting trial, and tells the story of how he got there through a screenplay running through his mind, along with journal entries.
  5. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – Alternate chapters tell the stories of two women through their email correspondence.  It sounds like it could be clunky, but it worked.
  6. ttyl by Lauren Myracle – The entire novel is told through instant message transcripts between a group of teenage girls, it at least left me with a better vocabulary of messaging shorthand!
  7. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo – Edward Tulane is a conceited china rabbit (yes – you read that right, but trust me – it works!) who is lost by his owner and goes on a journey of redemption, to learn of love and loss, from garbage piles to the bottom of the ocean to a hobo camp and beyond..
  8. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – The first book that I’ve ever read about historical Iceland and the beheading of women.  Definitely different.
  9. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – Ursula Todd is born on a snowy night in England 1910.  Strangled by the umbilical cord she does not survive.  Until she is born again, and dies again, and is born again…  Through each of her lives she is born into the same family, and meets many of the same people, but her life is different each time.
  10. Mr.  Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – An unique melding of the ancient and technology with one of the quirkiest cast of characters.

 

Advertisements

Tuesday Top Ten

top ten  2013

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 we read in 2013, and it was way too hard to pick only 10!  There were so many others that I loved this year, but my husband informed me that it would be cheating if I listed 20 books on a top ten list so I narrowed it down even though leaving some titles out was extremely difficult!

top ten 2014

What were some of your favorites this year?  Would it be hard to limit your list to your top ten?

Kids Books

Kid’s books are so much fun!  I could sit all day and look at the new picture books that are coming into the library – the fun stories, the amazing illustrations, and the feel of those new shiny pages…  Just as rewarding is the selection of wonderful stories out there for the middle-school crowd.  Here’s just a sampling of some of the stuff that has come in that I’ve shared with my own kids!

crayons

The crayons have had enough!  They each have their own complaint (Beige is sick of being called tan, Black wants to be used for more than outlining, and Orange and Yellow are fighting about which one is the rightful color of the sun) which is written (in crayon of course!) on pieces of paper that have been placed in Duncan’s crayon box.  Now he has to appease them all so he can get some coloring done!  A funny book with wonderful illustrations.

Title: The Day the Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
Genre: Fiction, Children’s
Pages: 40
Publication: Philomel, June 2013

snatchabook

It’s bedtime in Burrow Down and the rabbit Eliza Brown, along with all of the other woodland creatures, is settling in to read a bedtime story.  But there’s a book thief on the loose and books keep disappearing.  When Eliza decides to stay up late and catch the crook she finds that it is the tiny Snatchabook, just lonely and wanting someone to read her a story.  The wonderful rhyming cadence of the story, combined with the gorgeous illustrations makes this a great book to share with kids of all ages.

Title: Snatchabook
Author: Helen & Thomas Docherty
Genre: Fiction, Children’s
Pages: 32
Publication: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, October 2013

fortunately the milk

The latest from creative genius Neil Gaiman falls somewhere between a picture book and a chapter book.  There are no chapters, and in spite of its page count, it is a quick read, with fantastical illustrations on nearly every page.  Mom is out of town, and Dad is a little scatter-brained.  When the kids go to eat their cereal for breakfast and find they are out of milk, Dad heads to the store.  When he returns with the milk after a long absence his explanation is a wild tale filled with aliens, dinosaurs, pirates, volcano gods, time travel, and more.  Is this just a big made-up excuse?  Or could he be telling the truth??  Completely silly, but laugh-out-loud funny with hilarious illustrations that make the trip all the more enjoyable!

Title: Fortunately, the Milk
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fiction, Children’s
Pages: 128
Publication: Harper Collins, September 2013

three times

Moses LeBeau is a feisty sixth grader living in a small town in North Carolina.  She was found washed down the river as a baby and she has been on a search for her “upstream mother” for years.  In the meantime, she has made a home with the Colonel, the owner of a café who has forgotten his own past, and Miss Lana, the outrageous café hostess.  When a murderer comes to their small town, followed by a suspicious lawman, Mo will join forces with her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, to solve the mystery and save those that she loves.  A quirky tale of a southern small town with a lot of humor and a lot of heart.

Title: Three Times Lucky
Author: Sheila Turnage
Genre: Fiction, Children’s
Pages: 256
Publication: Dial, May 2012

hypnotists

Jackson Opus is just an ordinary kid who seems to get people to do what he wants…  or is he?  The descendant from two of the most powerful families of hypnotists, Jackson is excited when he learns about his power and joins the Sentia Institute to hone his skills.  But when he is forced to use his power in unethical ways, Jackson will have to find a way to do the right thing and save his family at the same time.  The first in a series, with a cliffhanger of an ending, the story was fast-paced and interesting, although not as humorous as some of Korman’s other books.

Title: The Hypnotists
Author: Gordon Korman
Genre: Fiction, Children’s
Pages: 256
Publication:  Scholastic, July 2013

Tuesday Top Ten

top ten movie

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!

 

 

Tuesday Top Ten

 top ten sequels

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 those books which I wish had sequels – those books that made me wish the story could just go on for at least a little longer.

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I know the story ended and that it ended well, but it just doesn’t matter.  It was so wonderful, so amazing, so all-absorbing – I just want more.
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – I’m aware that there were seven books, but it may have been one of my saddest literary moments when I finished the last in the series.  I wanted that magical world to continue on so I could continue to be a part of it.
  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Wonderful quirky love story.  I wanted to know what happened to Eleanor and Park in the future, I wanted to travel the path with them forward to a happy ending.
  4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – I desperately want to read more about these fun, intelligent, and quirky characters!
  5. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – A great historical novel and I fell in love with Josie – I want to see where her life goes from here.
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – A beautiful book, and most likely a sequel would ruin it, but I always wanted to see what the future would bring for Guy and those in his world.
  7. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – Time for another road trip with Colin and Hassan!
  8. Ungifted  by Gordon Korman – This one is for my kids – they loved the hilarity of the characters in this book and were left wanting more!
  9. Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I want to know where he goes from here and what his life brings him – does he ever go back to the graveyard?
  10. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – I want them to meet up again, to go on more adventures together now that he is grown – or is it just impossible for adults to have the same childlike belief and sense of wonder?