Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten New Series (Books) I Want to Start

If you've been following my blog for awhile you'll know that I don't really read new books... I just don't. So this list of my top ten new series books I want to start is more of a hypothetical "if I had to read a new book this is what I would read" kind of list, though some of these I do think maybe someday I'll read. Don't get me wrong, I do read some modern books, but not a ton. The old stuff is pretty much always better. :)

  1.  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  2. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker- This is a book that I actually do want to read
  3. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)- Passively interested in reading this just because it's J.K. Rowling. 
  4. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  5. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston- Looks like a spin off of Ender's Game with Mazer Rackham... this I could actually seriously be interested in reading. 
  6. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- Actually kind of interested in reading these... I've heard a lot of good things about them. 
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  10. Elizabeth is Missing- the psychological part from a nursing perspective kind of intrigues me. 
So do you all have any advice for modern books for someone who is almost strictly a classics reader? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. :)

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Monday! (And reading took the back burner)

I had a test this last week that I went crazy studying for so the reading I got done was super limited. It was even my school's fall break but I was so focused on studying that there was no difference for me. :( Pretty much the extent of my reading was doing a little of my re-reading through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. I'm still currently reading John Bunyan's book Prayer but besides that nil for this week. :( Hopefully though I can get a little more reading in this week betwixt my school.
How about y'all?
Linking up with Book Journey.

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Ultimate Book Tag

I was tagged by KayCee K at Wonder Struck to do the Ultimate Book Tag! Thanks KayCee K!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Not normally.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
J.R.R. Tolkien definitely! He really gave birth to modern Fantasy. 

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter - 1. I haven't read Twilight. ;) 2. The characters are really well developed and well written. 3. The plot is interesting and keeps you guessing until the end. 

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
A backpack yes, a bag just for my books... no.

5. Do you smell your books?
Absolutely! I love the smell of old books. :)

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I don't care. If it has illustrations that's fine and if it doesn't that's fine too. :)

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? 
There are definitely some children's books that have stuck with me through the years and have superior writing but there are some that reading back over them after being older I see their inferior writing. Those would probably be The Homeschool Detective Books, The Boxcar Children books and The Happy Hollister Books... I guess probably The Hardy Boy books too but I don't want to admit it! I still would re-read those books. :)

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I can't think of any off the top of my head but I'm sure there are. 

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Doctor Seus's ABCs... I got my own copy at an antique shop earlier this year. :)

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
My copy of Little Women is I think the thickest... not sure why. 

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes. Not really at all right now besides my bog as I'm busy with school. 

12. When did you get into reading?
Since birth practically. My parents read to us until we could read, which I was starting to around three or four. By around five or six I was reading pretty much exclusively on my own. 

13. What is your favorite classic book?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. 

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Probably. I didn't really have a best subject. What I liked the best was reading, history, Spanish and English. I still think it is weird I ended up in a science field. :)

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
People that give me books normally know me well enough to not give me one I will hate. If they did, I guess I would just put it on my shelf and someday when I was bored, if I felt like it was worth giving it a second chance, I would read it again. If not, there it would stay most likely. 

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or theHunger Games?

I haven't read The Hunger Games but I have read Harry Potter and I guess a lesser known series that I would say is somewhat similar to it is The Binding of the Blades series by L.B. Graham. 

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Probably not being consistent with my blogging. 

18. What is your favorite word?
I got through cycles of having favorite words. It was "beguiling" for awhile, 

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I'm not up on all of the differences between these so I'm just going to go out on a limb and say geek... even though that's not on the list. I'm just getting into sic-fi with Doctor Who and Stargate: Atlantis and of course I've always enjoyed Star Wars. I also like fantasy such as Lord of the Rings. 

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Fairies. Because I don't like Vampires and I had to chose. ;) Besides that though, I read a lot of fairy tales growing up so I've always enjoyed reading about them. :)

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Weeping Angels... Sorry, just went all Doctor Who on you guys. :) They're one of my favorite "villains" from Doctor Who. 

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves! Cause of Doctor Who. Tooth and Claw is a great episode! 

23. Zombies or Vampires?

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love
No love triangles please! I'm not crazy about forbidden love either though but when it comes to choosing I guess it's forbidden love. 

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Action packed with a few love scenes mixed in. 

If I tagged you, or if you just want to hop in and answer the questions anyways, please answer the questions in a blog post and comment with a link so I can see what you said. :)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Places Books have made me want to Visit

Now this is a subject I feel passion about! Best part of it is that it can be real or (bum bum bum) FICTIONAL!!!!
  1. Middle Earth- Read Lord of the Rings and oh my I just want to go there! The movies' beautiful scenery doesn't help my longing. 
  2. England- All of Jane Austen's novels and any other novels set there. I want to go there so bad!!!!!!!
  3. Oz- From of course The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series. Those were my favorites as a kid! 
  4. Hogwarts- From the Harry Potter series. :)
  5. Redwall, Salamandastron, ect- From Brian Jacques's Redwall series Another favorite from when I was young. 
  6. Scotland- From G.A. Henty's In Freedom's Cause
  7. Botswana- From The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  8. Mary Poppin Land- Is that a place? Just wherever Mary Poppins goes... it's always amazing! 
  9. Narnia- From C.S. Lewi's Chronicles of Narnia
  10. Neverland- From J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. I'd never have to grow up! Wishful thinking I know. However, growing up I must do, much as I do not want to. On a more serious note, I think a serious problem with our society is people never wanting to grow up. Thoughts on that?
So many of these are fictional... obviously I'm not fond of reality. ;)

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday! Studying and... reading? (ain't nobody got time for that!)

So I should be studying, but instead I read. I tell myself that it's "reading in my spare time" but it seems to cause a lot of spare time. Anyways... test this Thursday so probably I should focus more on the studying and less on the reading.

Finished this week

  • None

Currently Reading

  • Prayer by John Bunyan
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling

Coming soon

  • That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • King Solomon's Mines by Hagard????
  • Last of the Mohicans  by ???
  • Here I stand: The Life of Martin Luther by ???

Blog Posts this Week

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Book Review: Perelandra

Finally I have gotten around to reading the second in C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy after having read the first twice. 
Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: The second novel in Lewis's science fiction trilogy tells of Dr Ransom's voyage to the planet of Perelandra (Venus). Dr Ransom is sent by the Elida to Perelandra (Venus) to battle against evil incarnate and preserve a second Eden from the evil forces present in the possessed body of his enemy, Weston. Through these works, Lewis explores issues of good and evil, and his remarkable and vividly imaginative descriptions of other worlds cements his place as a first-class author of science fiction adventure.
I haven't read tons of science fiction, though I am branching out more into that area so the genre is still new to me.  Perelandra was much harder to read than Out of the Silent Planet but its deep theology continued to impress me throughout the book making me want to keep reading. The book focused on the story of Adam and Eve and their tempting by Satan, which I found absolutely fascinating and incredibly thought provoking. 
This is a great quote from the book and one that provoked a lot of contemplation from me. 
“Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.” 
Overall a great book and I would highly recommend it. :)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Review: Christianity and Liberalism

For my Clouds of Witnesses reading challenge and my Non-fiction reading challenge I read J. Gresham Machem's book Christianity and Liberalism. This was an absolutely excellent book, so deep that I could probably re-read it tomorrow and find plenty that I missed.
Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: Machen's classic defense of orthodox Christianity establishes the importance of scripural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bbible, Christ, salvation, and the church. Though originally published nearly seventy years ago, the book maintains its relevance today.
Machen lays out the liberal turn that modern Christianity has taken (even more obvious now than it was then) and looks at what scripture has to say about the changes that are being made by these liberal modern Christians. I will always appreciate someone who turns to scripture about these issues and looks deeply into them. He expressed many things that I have ranted about before... public schools, government, ect. as well as other issues. He speaks to how modern Christianity has become more allowing of certain sins in an effort to appear tolerant. He starts, with the basics though. Defining God, the church and our faith. There is so much more he goes into so I would highly recommend you read it instead of relying on my memory. ;) This book is definitely worthy of many re-reads as I feel there is always something I could be learning from it.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Top Ten Books for Readers who like Character Driven Novels

I don't normally pay attention to whether books are plot driven or character driven (or whatever other "driven" they are) so this prompt actually made me really think about that.
  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- The characters in my opinion are some of the best aspects of the novels. :)
  2. Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  3. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
  4. Any Charles Dickens novels- Special thoughts towards Little Dorrit, Nicholas Nickelby and David Copperfield, as I remember them having especially interesting characters. 
  5. All Jane Austen novels- My favorite obviously being Pride and Prejudice. :)
  6. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  7. P.G. Wodehouse novels- Jeeves and Wooster... enough said. :)
  8. Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens)
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
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