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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels

All about the visuals: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics or Ten Comics on My TBR or Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

So this is going to be good!


Here are my top ten graphic novels/comic books that I think you should definitely check out!

I have read some of these comics that are listed above, and others I of course know the bare bones story-lines. Considering what is going on right now in the U.S. I am going to make sure I finish “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta.” I have always loved the “Dark Phoenix Saga” and Jean Gray is a favorite of mine. Let us not speak of that Emma Frost and Scott Summers nonsense.

So far I have liked issue #2 and #3 of the new Jessica Jones comic book. I was not really feeling issue #1, but now things are humming along. If you have followed my Goodreads reviews you have to know I have loved what is going on with “Ms. Marvel” right now. She’s the hero we need right now. I am always Team Captain America over Iron Man when it comes to “Civil War.” That is not going to change.

I do want to sit down and read “The Dark Tower” graphic novel as well as “Kindred.” I have heard great things about them.

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Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and the Bookish this week has a freebie list! So this week you just have to list a top ten list that you want to talk more about.

For me, this week, I am already thinking about Halloween. I am already planning out my horror reads for this upcoming September/October and here are the ten books that I want to make sure that I read and review.

  1. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.
  2. The Stand by Stephen King.
  3. Swan Song by Robert McCammon.
  4. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons.
  5. The Howling by Gary Brandner

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Top Ten Tuesday12/17/16: Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So by Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's theme is Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So (up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you've read recently).

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Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So (up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you’ve read recently).

So I have a lot of books that I read the past year that I thought were fantastic. I am always so sad though if everyone else doesn’t have a clue about the books that I fell in love with.

So here are my top ten underrated/hidden gems books that I read in 2016:

  1.  Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb. This is one of my favorite “In Death” books. It has a great callback to Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and the little clues that are dropped throughout give readers a great look at how the murder was carried out.
  2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I know a lot of people were not feeling this one. I get it. We all love the Lunar Chronicles, but I thought this one did a great job of giving us a YA perspective of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.
  3. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I am so happy that so many Booklikers read this short story during Halloween Book Bingo. The discussions about this book went on for a few weeks and I love it when a story can touch people in so many different ways.
  4. I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan. I loved, loved, loved this one. I realized after the fact that not a lot of my African American friends even knew that McMillan had a book come out last year. This one touched me in a variety of ways. Since I didn’t really like the sequel to “Waiting to Exhale” I was so happy that this one resonated with me.
  5. Nuts by Alice Clayton. Sometime a girl needs a hot and sexy romance. That is all.
  6.  The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver. I was so happy to read the first book in the Lincoln Rhyme series. This one had everything a history nerd and amateur criminologist (via fiction books) could love.
  7. Dawn by Octavia E. Butler. I know a lot of people don’t like these books because the topic of consent gets turned upside so many times it may make you uncomfortable as you read. I still found this and the other two books in this series to be great reads.
  8. In The County We Love by Diane Guerrero. This gives such a great perspective on the children of illegal immigrants who have come to the United States to make a life. You follow Guerrero’s family’s journey and the decisions they make along the way in order to try to stay together.
  9. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee. This book took a historical event (San Francisco earthquake and fire) and had it take place in the city’s Chinatown. I loved everything about this book and hope for a sequel due to a lot of outstanding questions I had regarding what happens to the main character.
  10. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I have told every friend of mine that I have about this awesome book. I loved it. Such a great read from beginning to end. The next book in this series (which apparently is not a sequel sequel) is coming out this year. I can’t wait.


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12/20/16: Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree by Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's theme is Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree!

So, there are several bookish/media related items that we would love to receive for Christmas!

Obsidian Blue’s List:

1. Posters from Vintage Book Art Co. A poster with a quote by J. R. R. Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost,” is perfect for the Tolkien lovers out there. 2.  Shakespeare Insults Poster. A tribute to Shakespeare’s dagger-like wit. This will go perfect with my Shakespeare insult mug I got from Moonlight Reader. 3. Cats and Books Life is Good tote bag which is perfect for the cat and book lovers in your life. 4. Just One More Chapter mug for those of us who cannot put the book even after reading one more chapter. 5. Wooden bookmark that is perfect for those who read who want to make sure that their bookmark doesn’t get ripped or bended and also you can find it much easier in your purses or bags.

6. The library of congress has a great list of items for booklovers and I definitely got a kick out of the Jefferson snow globe. 7. Literary books coasters looks really awesome and I maybe bought myself a set of these! 8. Book ornament is a cute stocking stuffer gift for people who celebrate Christmas and also books! 9. I eat a lot of cheese and crackers while reading. If they threw in some wine glasses with this cheese and cracker plate in the form of an ampersand this would be perfect. 10. I am always looking for comfortable weekend t-shirts and this Library stamp t-shirt is right up my alley. One it looks comfy and two it is showing that you support libraries.

Moonlight Reader’s list:

1. A Trixie and Milo mug that reads: “First I need coffee, then I can deal with your bullshit.” This is pretty much my motto in life! 2. The Annotated Alice in Wonderland – I already own two of these beautiful books, but I want them all. 3. Dictionary of Imaginary Places – someone I follow on GR did an update of this book, and I thought it looked so cool! 4. The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – I already own the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and I love it. One of the most beautiful books ever. 5. The Hobbit movie trilogy, extended editions – I got The Lord of the Rings equivalent last Christmas. Basically, I want to watch all six of the extended editions in a row without sleeping.

6. Crimson Snow; Winter Mysteries: I don’t know what BLCC was thinking in not releasing this in the US until January 3, 2017, so it can’t possibly go under my tree. I still want it, though! 7. The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders: this basically combines two things I love – crime and the Victorian era. It looks very interesting! 8. The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries. This is compiled and edited by Otto Penzler, who is well known in mystery publishing circles. I love locked room mysteries, love classic mysteries, and I think this looks wonderful! 9. The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt. This interesting book combines historical quilt blocks with real letters to the “Farmer’s Wife” magazine where readers responded to a contest by writing letters that answered the question “Would you want your daughter to marry a farmer?” 55 of the top letters, with quilt blocks, are reprinted here. 10. Hogwarts House bookmarks: I just love these! They’re adorable.

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Top Ten Tuesday12/13/16: Top Ten Books I Am Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017 by Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic: Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017. Since Obsidian Blue just joined me a collaborator, I thought it would be fun to do this as our first joint post!

Moonlight Reader/Christine’s list:

My list is focused on the books that are releasing in 2017 that I am really excited to read, although I have to confess that I didn’t actually check to see if all of these books will be available in the first half of 2017!

1. The book I am looking forward to the most is A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – this is one of my absolute favorite current series and I am excited to see how it is wrapped up in book 3! 2. I’m also very excited for Rachel Caine’s final book in her Great Library trilogy – both of the prior installments have been very entertaining. 3. The Bear and the Nightingale is a debut by a new author, based on a Russian fairy tale, and it sounds magical. 4. Strange the Dreamer is Laini Taylor’s first book following her amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, which I have not yet finished, although I loved the first one. 5. And, Windwitch is the follow up to Truthwitch, which was one of my most anticipated books last year.

6. I had a massive binge of historical romance reading a few years ago, overdosed, and haven’t read much of it recently. However, Devil in Winter was one of my absolute favorites, and, seeing that Lisa Kleypas has returned to writing hist rom means that I am going to have to read this one! 7. A Perilous Undertaking is the second in the Veronica Speedwell series. I was lukewarm on book 1, but I love Deanna Raybourn, so I’m giving this one a go! 8. The Crown’s Fate is the second in a series – and I enjoyed the first book, The Crown’s Game, a lot! 9. Beren and Luthien! A new published manuscript by J.R.R. Tolkien! Whaaaat! I have to read this. 10. Magic for Nothing is the sixth installment in Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series, which is one of my autobuys. This book is apparently going to give us Antimony’s story, and while I wish we could stick Verity, and I am glad that this one isn’t another Alex-centered tale!

Obsidian Blue’s list:

For 2017 I really want to try to read more science fiction and fantasy books. I have always meant to go back and read John Scalzi’s other works since I loved Old Man’s War, Redshirts, and Locked In so much. So he is on this list this year along with Neil Gaiman. I also have some favorite authors I have not read in a while which has me very excited.

1. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi: This is the next book in the Old Man’s War series. The first book had me in tears. Cannot wait to read this second book. 2. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi: This is a new one by Scalzi that sounds really interesting. Cannot wait to get into this one. 3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman: I always love Gaiman’s works for the most part. So I am looking forward to his spin on some classic Norse tales. Is it too much to hope Shadow shows up? [note from MR – this totally demonstrates the benefit of having a co-blogger, because I hadn’t even heard about this book, & it looks awesome] 4. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs: The newest Mercy Thompson book sounds really interesting though it is almost similar to another book we have read, only now we have Mercy separate from the Pack instead of Adam going missing. 5. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi: I loved her debut book this past year so to see she has a sequel already lined up had me bouncing all over the room! I cannot wait to see what she does with a character already introduced in “The Star-Touched Queen.”

6. The F Word by Liza Palmer. I have loved most of Palmer’s works except for a few of the most recent ones. This is her sequel to “Conversations With the Fat Girl” and I am way too excited. That first book was great. I cannot wait to see what has happened to some of the characters I grew to love. 7. It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany. I really love her books since for the most part they do have me thinking more about subjects that I have maybe not exactly glossed over, but have not thought too hard about. This book deals with rape so definite trigger warning for those out there who may go into reading this. 8. Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyers. Come on, more Lunar Chronicles? I am there! 9. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert. I have never read the second Dune book and this year I want to get to this and hopefully the third book in the series. 10. Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Now I have heard think of the Ring movie when it comes to this book. I don’t know if that is true or not. But hey I love a good twist on some horror if that is what this is.

Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Fiction


This weeks prompt is: The Top Ten Books I Want to Read From X Genre. As always individual bloggers are encouraged to put their own spin on it – so, in my case, I am going to do The Top Ten Historical Fiction Books I Want to Read in 2014. The titles link to the Goodreads bookpage, so if you think they look interesting, check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish!

The World Wars:

1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This book has been everywhere since it was published on May 6, 2014, and I cannot believe I haven’t read it.

2. The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffey. I actually bought this one back in August for my WWI project, and I never read it. But it looks amazing!

3. After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson. I read Jennifer Robson’s debut novel, Somewhere In France (you can find my review here), and really loved it. This one is really appealing as well.

Historical Wives:

4. The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki is the fictionalized story of Peggy Shippen Arnold, the wife of Benedict Arnold.

5. The Paris Wife by Paula McClain is a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Hemingway.

6. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Set in rural Wisconsin in 1909, this novel has been on my TBR since 2009.


7. The Bones of Paris by Laurie King. I love Laurie King’s Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, and I enjoyed the one Kate Martinelli that I read, so I couldn’t resist this one.

8. A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable. This one could be great, or it could be awful.

9. The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff. Set in Paris, 1919, this could also have fit in the World Wars category as well.

One Giant Sweeping Epic

10. The Century Trilogy (Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, Edge of Eternity) by Ken Follett. If you want to be picky about it, this is actually 3 books, and is nearly 3,000 pages of sweeping and epic historical fiction from 1911 through the 1980’s.

Top Ten Tuesday: Once Upon a Time

Genres: Fairy Tale


Because I just finished (and loved) Cinder, and because this week is a “pick my own theme” week, I thought that I would do a Top Ten Tuesday for my favorite modern fairy tales & retellings! Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish!


1. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede (This is a funny factured fairy tale where the princess, who is headstrong, capable and bored, has to rescue the prince); 2. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (A retelling of Grimm’s The Goose Girl, this one is beautifully written. Although the talking horse head is unquestionably a bit creepy); 3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Set in an alternative universe future, this Cinderella retelling casts Cinderella as a cyborg mechanic).

Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier writes some of my favorite fairy tale retellings. Her style is dreamy and gorgeous, and she taps Celtic folklore and other themes richly and effectively. 4. Wildwood Dancing (Twelve Dancing Princesses), 5. Heart’s Blood (Beauty and the Beast), 6. Daughter of the Forest (The Seven Swans).

East O’the Sun, West O’the Moon

This is not one of the more well-known fairy tales, but it is one of my favorites, with its Nordic feel and cold, icy imagery. 7. East by Edith Pattou, 8. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, 9. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst. Aren’t those covers gorgeous?

The princess free zone:


10. A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce (this is a retelling of Rumplestilstkin and is possibly my favorite retelling of all time – although Daughter of the Forest will give it a run for it’s money. Set in a woolen mill, there is nary a princess to be found. Nonetheless, Bunce’s retelling is full of magic and wonder).

Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Wishlist


This week’s top ten Tuesday theme: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.) Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

  1. YA historical fiction without paranormal themes. Two of my recent favorite books are Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys and The Caged Graves by Dianne Salierni. Bonus points if the historical fiction is set in the Victorian era. Double bonus points if it centers around a mystery.
  2. Victorian era without steampunk/fantastical elements. Seriously, the industrial revolution was fascinating. It doesn’t need goggles and dirigibles to dress it up (as much fun as they are). I am completely consumed with fascination for the Victorians.
  3. YA mysteries – again without paranormal themes. It seems like everything being published in YA revolves around shifters, ghosts, vampires, aliens, or other creatures of nightmare and mythology. This is fun and all, but a good mystery satisfies. Bonus points if it is a historical mystery.
  4. Books about gypsies. I don’t know why.
  5. Books set in brooding gothic castles. Preferably brooding gothic castles in places like Romania or Hungary (see below).
  6. Books set in Budapest & Prague. Really, anywhere in Eastern Europe. Combining this with historical fiction about Bohemia for the win.
  7. Books written by Brandon Sanderson, who, sadly, is a mere mortal and is incapable of publishing books on the schedule that I would prefer.
  8. A companion to Lord of the Rings, told from the perspective of Eowyn. I want to know more about Rohan, and seeing Middle Earth from the perspective of the only significant woman (who is not an elf) would be awesome. Sadly, this will never happen, J.R.R. Tolkien being disinterested in writing about women as substantial characters, and also, of course, being dead.
  9. Books set before, during or just after World War I. It’s the 100 year anniversary of the start of WWI, after all.
  10. Books that don’t involve love triangles. I am over them. OVER THEM.

Top Ten Tuesday: The Thankful Edition

This fun meme is offered by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s  topic is books that we’re thankful for – so, without further ado:

1. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series: I will be forever thankful to Jo Rowling for providing me with endless hours of reading pleasure, and countless shared memories. Both of my children were, and are, Harry Potter fans, and these books have become a part of our family history.

2. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series: Again, this book series has provided family entertainment over the full five books. We listened to these audiobooks on family driving trips, rainy afternoons in our travel trailer,  and a great deal oof knowledge about Greek mythologythat we would otherwise not have.

3. Frances Hodson Burnett’s A Little Princess: this was a book I loved as a child. It is also the first book that I reviewed on Amazon 12 years ago, and really started me on the process of reviewing books, which has ultimately led to this blog. It also brought me tremendous pleasure. Sara Crewe remains one of my favorite fictional characters.

4. L.M.Montgomery and Anne (with-an-e) Shirley: This is one of my favorite series of all time. I didn’t discover Anne of Green Gables until adulthood, and devoured the whole series in a couple of weeks. I am thankful for Anne – she is dreamy, girlish, kind, generous, funny, a  bit tart, and so open for friendship and love that she is utterly irresistible.

5. Trixie Belden: Trixie Belden got me through the 5th grade, and through my first divorce. I like Nancy Drew just fine, but it was Crabapple Farm and Sleepyside, New York that I loved. My family moved from Nebraska to Idaho before the 5th grade, and reading, and rereading, the stories about Trixie, Honey, Jim, Di, and the whole gang of Bob-Whites is really what made that year bearable. Years later,, after my first marriage exploded, I spent a summer at home with my mom and dad, and my mom had found my collection of Trixie Belden books in a box. I reread them as an adult, and was, again, comforted and captivated by their sweet familiarity.

6. The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss: I stole this off my mother’s nightstand when I was in the seventh grade. It started a life long love of historical fiction in general, and historical romance in particular.

7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: I can’t say enough about how much I love Tolkien’s classic trilogy. I read it for the first time  in high school, and every few years ever since. There is an endless amount of content to this book, and I find something new in it every time I read it.

8. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher: This beloved book, along with Trixie Belden, got me through a pretty rough time. There is something about Pilcher’s writing that is comforting.

9. Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz: There just aren’t enough books that appeal specifically to middle grade boys. Horowitz’s series does just this – and has been instrumental in convincing my 12-year-old son that reading can be, indeed, be fun.

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: All of Austen’s works technically qualify as books for which I am thankful. But P & P is my favorite, and has remained my favorite for nearly 30 years, since I read it for the first time when I was 16 years old.

11. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Yes, I know this is supposed to be a “top ten.” But I reached the end of this post and realized that I had neglected to mention TKAM, which is the one book that I would say literally changed my life. I looked at the world differently after reading it. Thank you, Harper Lee.

Top Ten Tuesday

So, I’m having a really hard time figuring out how to work the links, since I am new to wordpress. I think that I may need to upgrade my browser since the link function isn’t working at all. However, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish (http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html). I’m trying to involve myself in the blogging community, and memes seems like a really fun way to do that.

Therefore, I am posting my Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List:


The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This book looks like so much fun for fall! I am considering joining in the RIP event, and this is one of the books that is going to be read and discussed.


The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

I read a review of this one over the weekend and it looks excellent. It is a first effort by Ms. Coplin.


The Murders in Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe

Obviously, this fits into the fall/gothic/Halloween theme. It is also a classic, and fits into that category of reading as well. I’ve never read anything by Poe and feel like this deficiency should be remedied this fall.


Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I am actually participating in the Harry Potter readalong that is being hosted by Jenna over at her blog: http://lostgenerationreader.com/2012/08/31/harry-potter-read-along-master-post/. I will be [re]reading all seven books, and I am very excited to contribute my very own, first guest post to her readalong.


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Another book that is part of the RIP readalong. Fortuitously, my son and I do a Halloween readaloud every year & this one is on the agenda for that project.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I love Maggie Stiefvater and am very excited about this new release. It looks simply wonderful.


Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

This is on my Classic Club challenge list. I am really looking forward to this one, as it will be my first work by Anne Bronte.


The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins. Enough said.


Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

I have been a fan of Marillier since I stumbled onto Daughter of the Forest and her Sevenwaters books. I have been looking forward to this release for months.


Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. I set it aside over a year ago, and it is time to either finish it or DNF it for good.

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