Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Unfinished Series

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is great topic because I have this thing where if I read a book and it's part of a series, I MUST finish the series whether or not I like it.  (I know it seems ridiculous, but I'm working on it.  I promise.)  This is a great way to chronicle the series I need to finish so that my sanity can return.

1. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Poalini - I read Bringr this summer and only have Inheritance left before I can wipe my hands clean of this series.  I'm not a huge fan, the first one was okay, the second almost unbearable, the third one was much better, but I get annoyed with Eragon so often that it's irritating to read these books sometimes.  I know this sound harsh, I'm sorry.  BUT I will say I do like the sense of adventure in these books and the magical elements too.

2. The Sister's Grimm Series by Michael Buckley - This is just about the cutest series about fairy-tales I have ever read, not to say that they are cute as the series progresses. I really like the idea that all the fairy-tales are actually real and they live in a town in America.  It's a really intriguing and adventurous children's series.  I only have 3 books left and now that I have them, I will fly through them.

3. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott - I'm currently in the third book of this series.  These are also really cool books that incorporate historical figures into the immortal world.  I have been listening to this series while running and it's really good for that.  The stories are engaging and keep my mind off the road, even though the first three books cover only 4 or 5 days.  It's action packed and highly entertaining.

4. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss - I've read the first book, The Name of the Wind, it's really long so it took me awhile, but it is great!  It's very similar to the Lord of the Rings series, in the sense that it's high fantasy in a world that seems very real.  I love the way the story is told.  I'm going to dive into the second book very soon.  But I'll have to wait for the third, it has no release date yet.

5. Shades of London by Maureen Johnson - I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I absolutely cannot wait for the next in this series to come out.  I love the paranormal aspect of this series, something I did not expect coming from Maureen Johnson, but I really love it!  The second book, The Madness Underneath, is coming out March 2013. I'm pumped!

6. The Giver trilogy by Lois Lowery - I just recently found out about this. I've been told that this series is more of a loose trilogy:  The Giver, Gathering Blue and Messenger.  I guess they're are more like companion books, but I still really want to read the last two.  I liked The Giver, so I'm intrigued to see where the story goes from there.

7. Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson - I've been reading this series since the end of middle school and I've really like some of the books in this series and others not so much.  I do like the story though.  I'm excited that the final book in this series is now out.  I can't wait to see how the bird-kids' journey ends.

8. Ender's Saga by Orsen Scott Card - I had no idea that this was a series before this post actually.  So now I have some new books to add to my list.  I really liked Ender's Game, so I'm excited to see what happens next in Ender's life!

9. Seeds of America by Laurie Halse Anderson - I really liked the first book in this series, Chains, and Forge has been on my list for awhile.  I'm exctied to hear that a third one is being written.  I'm interested to see how the characters' stories play out, especially in the time period that this story takes place.

10. Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke - I've read the first two books in the series and I am looking forward to picking up the last one, Inkdeath.  I'm thinking sometime this summer, though, it's going to take a good chunk of my attention to finish it because it's so long, but I think it will be worth it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Book People

hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This topic was really hard to just name 10 people that I would like to meet because I just really want to meet everyone.  I love talking about books and making friends because of books.  It's just such a cool thing to connect with someone over a books.  Aside from their author status or their youtube fame or their goodreads/blog status, they are in fact normal people.  I love that.  I love reminding myself that nothing is too extraordinary, anything can happen.  It's great!

1. J.K. Rowling - It would be an honor to meet the one woman that gave me my childhood and some of my best friends.  I would love to sit and chat with her about life, growing up and pop culture and really anything. I would probably have trouble talking, but I would definitely make it work.  It would be absolutely a dream come true.

2. Stephen Chbosky - Perks of Being a Wallflower is just so beautifully written and real, I want to understand his process of writing.  It would be a cool opportunity to talk to him about life and the creative process and such.

3. Meg Cabot - It would be cool to be able to talk to one of the authors that played a key role in my decision to become a writer.  She is for sure on that list.
4. Kate DiCamillo - She writes such wonderful children's books, I would love to chat with her about how she gets her ideas and what she includes in her writing.  I think they are so creative and unique, they are truly inspiring.

5. Stan Lee - He is Stan Lee. I want to give him a great big hug and thank him.  That is all.

6. Suzanne Collins - I like that she has experience writing in different facets of the media, books and TV. I think it would be really cool to sit down with her and discuss the differences with her.  It would help me figure out more of what I want to do in the future.  It would also be great.

7. Maureen Johnson - She seems like the coolest person ever.  I would love to pick her brain and go on an adventure with her.  I want to know how she does life.  New York and the UK please let me know your secrets!

8. John Green - Really just probably one of the most amazing authors. He and his brother have some many intellectual things to say.  I feel like I learn something from them every time I watch one of their videos.  (I freaking LOVE learning, so this is the best combination possible.)

9. Priscilla at The Readables - Priscilla has so many intelligent things to say about the books she reads and I enjoy that she has themed months for her books.  I think that a really great idea, but I don't read fast enough to do that.  She is also a book person that I would love to meet.

10. Sanne at Books and Quills - I have watched many of her youtube videos and I always enjoy what she has to say about books and the pretty ones she shares with her viewers.  She looks like someone who would be a great person to talk to about books.

11. Every other book person there ever was.  I just want to be friends with all the book people.  Please and thank you.