Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book from but REALLY need to read more

Starting out on this list I failed to see how I could come up with ten authors I'd only read ONE book from because when I like an author normally I'll read all of their books or at least two. However, I diligently scrolled down my Goodreads list and sure enough I found ten authors, even a few extras but here are the top ten authors, I've only read one book from but I REALLY need to more of their books.

  1. Frank Herbert- I read his sci-fi novel Dune and enjoyed it but never got around to reading the others in the series. :(
  2.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- I read his complete Sherlock Holmes (you may count that as multiple books but the copy I had was one humongous book with all of the stories). I would like to get around to reading some of his other works someday. 
  3. Emmuska Orczy- I read The Scarlet Pimpernel a few years ago but never got around to reading the rest in the series, which I hear are great also. 
  4. Victor Hugo- I read Les Miserables some years back and I'm hoping to read The Hunchback of Notre Dame this year. 
  5. Charlotte Bronte- I've only read Jane Eyre and while I'm not dying to read more of her books Shirley is on my Classics Club list so I really should read it. :)
  6. Chaim Potok- I read his book The Chosen a few years ago and enjoyed it but never read any of his other books. 
  7. Richard J. Maybury- He wrote the World War I book I reviewed recently and he has other historical books out that I would also like to try out. 
  8. Richard Adams- Wrote Watership Down, which I loved as a kid. Little did I know he wrote many other books that I'll now need to look into. 
  9. Pierre Boulle- He wrote The Bridge on the River Kwai which I finished a couple weeks ago. I looked him up and to my surprise I find he is the person who wrote Planet of the Apes
  10. Oscar Wilde- He wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray which I was raving about earlier this year. He also wrote The Importance of being Ernest that I'm hoping to read soon.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's Monday and I'm Reading!

I've had a busy week with preparing for my test this coming Friday but I did get a little reading done and hopefully I'll get some squeezed in amongst my studying this week too. :)


  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Currently Reading

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
  • Christianity and Liberalism by John Gresham Machem
  • Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

Coming Soon

  • That Hideous Strength C.S. Lewis
  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Book Reviews Posted this Week

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Janeite Tag

Ashley from the blog A to Z did a Janeite Tag, tagging anyone who felt the urge to do it. Well being a Janeite myself (though I'm not sure I'm in love that term) I think I'll join in. :)
  1. Why do you like Jane Austen? Where to start. What's not to like? Honestly. She has good meaningful stories that look at life and character while at the same time being witty. That's what I love in a story, one that makes me think and laugh all in one. I think also, that Austen really has a way of creating characters to be very lifelike. She doesn't describe much about how they look, she describes their character, and she does that by letting them talk (or not talk). 
  2. What is your favorite book? Without a doubt, Pride and Prejudice. I grew up with the movie and as soon as I could I read the book and I've been re-reading it ever since. ;) I love all of her books but probably after Pride and Prejudice it would be Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park
  3. Have you ever studied her life? Yes. A little. I did a speech on her and her books a few years ago for 4-H. 
  4. What is your opinion of Fanny? In my opinion Fanny is the perfect heroine. She makes pretty much no mistakes, is always good and kind and does not think of herself. I'm given to understand that some people dislike her and I really wonder why. At a guess I would say that it would be because they think she is too boring and doesn't make mistakes. They want someone with more spirit like Lizzy or Emma because they can relate to their flawed nature. However, I love Fanny for her meekness and selflessness and if there is any heroine from Austen that I wish I could be like, it would be her. Because of her reserved and discerning nature, and thinking before she opens her mouth she manages to avoid the perils of Austen's story such as Henry Crawford and Mrs. Norris by boldly and simply sticking to her boring beliefs.  This is convincing as I find myself and many others too often desert our "boring beliefs" and prove ourselves to be cowards consequently. 
  5. Do you like Knightley and Emma together? Yes. Emma needs Knightley... though I'm not sure he needs her. Okay, to be fair, she has lots of good qualities but she just needs to be reigned in at times and he provides that reign. I guess if I think about it, he does benefit from her wit and cheerfulness. All in all they are happy together and that is what counts. :)
  6. Who do you ship Mary Bennet with? Never really thought about it much except that Mr. Collins should have chosen her but as he didn't I can't think of anyone else for her. 
  7. Which books haven't you read? None. I've read them all, even her unfinished works and her novella. 
My 7 questions (I'm going to steal some of Ashley's and the person who tagged her before's questions) 

  1. Why do you like Jane Austen?
  2. What is your favorite of Austen's novels?
  3. What's your favorite film adaptation of Austen's novels?
  4. Which is your favorite major couple?
  5. Which is your favorite minor couple?
  6. Favorite heroine?
  7. Favorite hero?

If you want to join just jump in! I'm not feeling invigorated about tagging people but I know I have plenty of other Jane Austen fans following the blog so feel free to join. :)

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TBR Readathon- Midpoint

While yesterday's update on my TBR Readathon (hosted by Wishful Endings) showed little hope for the future, I hope today's brings you just a little. ;) I stayed up till almost 2:00 last night finishing The Help! I really wanted to find out what happened... really, really bad. Considering the fact that when I started in reading last night I was only half way through, I'm not really sure what I was thinking. That's okay though, I often feel that way. ;) However, now I'm done and I really enjoyed it. Five stars on Goodreads but if I could do half stars I would say four and a half. Hopefully I can whip out a snippet of a review sometime. Now I really want to see the movie. :)
So that's ONE book done for the readathon but my goal is five books so I need to get with it! The unhappy fact that I have a test this coming Friday means I won't have as much time to read but hopefully I can at least get a couple more books read. I have started Christianity and Liberalism but I'm not finished with it yet. I keep getting sidetracked with my re-read through Harry Potter, which doesn't even count for this readathon! Another instance of me not knowing what I was thinking... told you it happened often. ;)
So that's what's up with me and my current readathon.... how about you?

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

TBR Readathon: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday update

Not so great! I read some more of The Help last evening but Wednesday and Thursday all I read was from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which is a re-read and therefore does NOT count for this challenge. I knew that but I still read it. Bad Lois!
Anyways that's all my update for now. Must study!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review- The Bridge on the River Kwai

I watched the movie a long time ago and remembered very little about and I certainly didn't remember loving it. However, for my Back to the Classics challenge there was a "classic about war" category and seeing this book on the shelf, I thought I'd try it out. Before I read it I imagined it being a heavily historical boring war book. Oh my was I wrong!
Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: 1942: Boldly advancing through Asia, the Japanese need a train route from Burma going north. In a prison camp, British POWs are forced into labor. The bridge they build will become a symbol of service and survival to one prisoner, Colonel Nicholson, a proud perfectionist. Pitted against the warden, Colonel Saito, Nicholson will nevertheless, out of a distorted sense of duty, aid his enemy. While on the outside, as the Allies race to destroy the bridge, Nicholson must decide which will be the first casualty: his patriotism or his pride.
From the very beginning, The Bridge on the River Kwai was making me smile with it's satirical wit. All of the characters impressed me with how well they were developed so quickly and it was easy to understand each decision they made. It always kept me engaged and I skimmed through it in just two days. There were a lot of great themes of duty, loyalty and pride mixed in throughout this story but for me mainly it was an adventure novel.
I would highly recommend it as a fun and exciting read that still delivers some history and food for thought. :)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tackle your TBR Readathon- Monday and Tuesday Update

I decided to do every other day updates for the Tackle your TBR Readathon cause I'm busy and don't feel the need to write a post every day. :)
Anyways, I'm currently reading Christianity and Liberalism, which I'm three chapters into, and The Help, which I'm about three chapters into as well. I'm liking them both a lot so far. I'm pleasantly surprised with The Help. I'm not much of a person for modern books but I'm really enjoying it. Christianity and Liberalism is very deep and therefore more difficult to read but it has a lot of great food for thought in it.
So that's what's up with me right now! I have to go to my psych clinicals now so I must bid y'all adieu! Don't pity me... at least not yet. ;)

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Ten Underrated Children's Authors

The theme for this week's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in X genre. In my opinion there are many great underrated children's authors that I loved growing up so I'd like to share them with you. :)
Some of these I know may be more on your horizon but I think they're under-read so I included them too.
These are at varying reading levels but I would estimate that I read these all in the younger elementary grades.
So, to repeat, these are all great books and in my opinion if a children's book is really great it is not only enjoyable for a kid but also for an adult and all of these I continue to re-read even though now I'm a "grown up".
  1. Maud Hart Lovelace- Wrote the Betsy-Tacy series
  2. Sydney Taylor- Wrote the All-of-a-Kind Family series
  3. Carolyn Haywood- Wrote the B is for Betsy books
  4. Lloyd Alexander- Wrote the Chronicles of Prydain
  5. Betty MacDonald- Wrote the Mrs. Piggy-Wiggle series
  6. Michael Bond- Wrote A Bear Called Paddington series
  7. Arleta Richardson- Wrote the In Grandma's Attic series
  8. A.A. Milne- Wrote the Winnie the Pooh series
  9. Walter R. Brooks- Wrote the Freddy the Pig series
  10. Thornton Burgess- Wrote Old Mother West Wind and others
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday and Reading

This past week I kind of just ambled along with my reading and didn't make tons of progress until the end of the week and then I finished all three of my books in the space of about three days!  I signed up for another readathon which starts Monday (today) so hopefully that will get me a little more motivated. :)


  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (re-read) by J.K. Rowling
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Currently Reading 

  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (re-read) by J.K. Rowling

Coming Soon (hopefully)

  • The Book of Lost Tales Part II by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  • Christianity and Liberalism by John Gresham Machem

Book Review Posted This Week

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