Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Looking for Alaska – A “Bad” Novel

My middle school had the novel Detour for Emmy, about a girl who winds up pregnant her freshman year of high school.  It was a book checked out back to back. It never stayed on the shelves. We read this in middle school.

Looking for Alaska is no different. Adults freak out about one scene in the book. If analyzed closely, the scene is a paradoxically juxtaposed with another scene in which what Alaska taught Pudge doesn’t end up working out very well at all. And that’s the end of it. It died right there. This is a book written about high school students doing high school-age things.

Vampires and Werewolves – OOO LA LA! 

Vampires and werewolves do not make books better. In fact, that’s just a bandwagon trend to sell books. It’s its own form of trashy novels. I can’t even with them. Get out.

Annotating Your Books is BAD! 

UHM. The greatest minds of all annotate things from legal briefs and contracts to their own works. What is the issue here, people? Responding and interacting with your text is the sign of a sophisticated reader. It’s your book. It’s their book. Why are you all bent out of shape about what someone else does with their own property? Go press your pages or something.

Hype Hype Hype 

I am so over the “popular” series that roll out. They all look the same to me with such similar or synonymous titles and covers. Sadly, not one single one of them piqued my curiosity enough to want to read.

Who are some characters you identify with? 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books From My Favorite Genre

It shouldn’t come as any surprise by looking at the majority of books I review that my favorite genre is romance.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years 

I didn’t like the one per year thing, mainly because I don’t keep up with that at all. So here are my favorite books released in these last 10 years. 

Honorable Mention

What are some of your last decade favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

Um. All of them. I don’t let people borrow my books anymore after such a bad experience. If you come to my house, I *might* let you touch my books. But I am not going to let you leave with any. You can read more about my first experience since then here.

Do you have a book borrowing horror story? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Page to Screen

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Page to Screen

Great Adaptions

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 (Book | Trailer) – They did an excellent job trying to recreate the time period and matching the characters up. It followed the story line of the book almost exactly.
  • The Hunger Games (Book | Trailer) – I read Hunger Games long before the movies. When it did come along, the movie did a fantastic job representing the struggles of the people and contrasting Districts 1 and 2. I didn’t know how they were going to do the dress or the arena, but they did a pretty stellar job with that cinematically.
  • Matilda (Book | Trailer) –

Bad Adaptions 

  • Twilight (Book | Trailer) – The book was better. Many of the characters didn’t seem to match up well. There was a lot of awkwardness and the actual filming didn’t seem to be very good quality.

Read Before Watching

  • Wonder (Book | Trailer) – There are a lot of things left out in the movie that you need to know to make sense of certain things. You need to read the book before you watch the movie.
  • Harry Potter (series) (Books | Trailers) –  There is SO much of so many subplots left out of the movies. It is just the tip of the iceberg of the books. The books give the full depth and connect all the details and dots and plots.

Books I Want to Read Now

  • Punky Brewster (Books | Cartoons) – When I was little, I watched some of the cartoons. I thought it was a movie, but I guess it was only a few episodes. I LOVED the cartoons. I didn’t know they were books, so now I want to go back and read them.
  • The Help (Book | Trailer) – I watched the movie when it came out in 2011. It was a wonderful film and I have watched it again several times. I loved the three main characters and each of their own stories. I believe it followed the book closely, but I still haven’t read it. But I’m going to!
  • The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe (Book | Trailer) – I never read the books growing up and I only watched some of the movie years ago, but I definitely want to get around to reading the book. I may not watch the movie in its entirety, but I do want to read the book.

What are your thoughts on book-film adaptions?  

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Remind Me of Myself

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Hermione Granger

I am SO like Hermione it’s not even funny. Insecure and afraid of failure, of falling short. An overachiever who excels academically. Logical. Good character. Always focused on the task. Librarian and teacher at the heart. And yet, there is a wealth of vulnerability underneath shrouded in insecurity.  Feeling inadequate. Compensating for that with excelling in everything at school. Extreme compassion. Quick to help others. Protective of friends.

Lani

After getting well into the book, Lani began strongly expressing herself, and I found that our thoughts on life and relationships are exactly alike. It is like I was reading about another version of me in another dimension…or, you know, Hawaii. I loved the soul of her character. The element about this book that really sucked me in was the character’s insights. When Lani and Easton describe Pearl, it is beautiful. When they internally reflect about themselves and one another and their future, it is the want and need and conflict that is so honest, sincere, and authentic.

Sarah Walters

Sarah Walters is a less-than-perfect debutante. She tries hard to follow the time-honored customs, but she can’t quite ignore the barbarism just beneath all that propriety. Sarah has a string of boyfriends who are lame-O losers. She’s not very likeable, totally clueless in relationships. When life’s complications become overwhelming, Sarah returns home to confront with matured eyes how much fuller life can be, for good and for ill, among those who know you best. The realization she has at the end of the book has stuck with me all these years. I feel that it is me. That half (or more) of what makes this character is me and my life.

And then there’s the truth beyond, sitting like an old rock under green creek water: none of these things matter. Right now, in this moment, we have love. It will leave, and it will come again, and when it does I’ll give up everything and take it. Just like an addict. Like dry grass in new rain. It’s not something I’m proud of necessarily. Then again, maybe I am. That’s it, I guess. That’s all I know. 

Who are some characters you identify with? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational & Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


 Inspirational & Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

What are some of the quotes that have stayed with you?