Top 10 series I want to read!

top10 I haven't done the Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for a while now, but this week I have something to share. I don't have a lot of series that are new, soI will include old series" that I still haven't read but want to. And I'm only listing the ones I own. Here it goes.

81y7jSoqeGLDivergent Yes I know it's been out for a while, a long while, but I just need to be in that distopian mood. And I fear it's similar to Hunger Games, which I did like, but I need a brake from those types of books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

81EqJ7GFhzLHarry Potter I watched the first 2 or 3 movies, and loved them, so I got all the books and I'm really looking foreword to reading them all. But with a baby it will take me a very long time.

 

 

 

51CCHNULpjLAnne of Green Gables My mom keeps telling me these are great, a little adventure about a young girl. Maybe I'll give these a try too, they are sitting pretty on my shelf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51YZH4NSK4LThe Series of Unfortunate Events I already read the first book and loved it, can't wait to read more. It was a quick read and fun, even thought sad and depressing. It's weird you have to read to it know. Is the movie any good?

 

 

 

 

 

51NL8VCyZqLA Wrinkle In Time Never heard of these but they are classic, right. I see them recommended everywhere even to adults, so I bought all 5. Yey me, and if I don't like them maybe my doughtier will when she's older.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61Y-vYqyqYLGame of Thrones I don't have HBO so I'm not too itchy to watch the series yet, I have finally collected all the books, so one of these months I will binge read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51nMbXWvFQLAcross the Universe I finally got into reading more YA, and this one I love, I listened to the first book about a week ago, and love it, already ordered the rest of the series. I wonder if there will be a movie based on this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51hFn4MuOLLAll Souls Trilogy For some reason I just love the idea of witches, so of course I got all the books from this trilogy. And can't wait to start. And the covers are gorgeous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31A9zHJ8w3LPercy Jackson I watched the first movie, before I knew it was based on a book, so now that I know, I want to read the rest. I also used to love mythology, so I think I will like all the gods coming to life.

 

 

 

 

 

91XG+xArzxLClan of the Cave Bear I really don't know what these books are about, I guess gave men. It focuses on a girl and follows her life, but it's just a topic I never read about, cavemen. Hmmm. I already have three of the books. Let me know if any of you read these and if they are good.

10 Books I never finished reading....Shame....shame.....shame...

top10 Once again I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish, todays topic is “Top ten books that you started but never finished reading”. There are many books that I started to read but never finished, either because it was bad, I wasn't in the mood or I was too confused to try and figure it out. So here is my list. And don’t forget to check out other people’s posts, spread the love. I own 8 of these books, so I will most likely go back to some of them and try again. Sometimes all it is it timing. When you click on the cover images you will be taken to my amazon associates account.

 

 

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Insomnia by Stephen King

After reading The Shining and Bag of Bones when I was 14 I decided to read more of Stephen King, and with this book I stopped, for quite a while. This book seemed boring and it dragged on to get the story started. But I never read far enough to know if it got any better. I still own it and will most likely go back to it one day.

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The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I like time travel, it's an intriguing topic but this was a little too confusing for me. I couldn't figure out when and where he traveled. I watched the movie instead. Which confused me as well, but I enjoyed it a little bit more than the book.

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12 Years a Slave by  Solomon Northup, Randy Decuir (ghostwriter)

I wanted to read this book as soon as I found out that they were making a movie, but as it turned out the movie was better, for me at least. There were too many big words in this book. I didn't feel like reading it with my dictionary. So I saw the movie instead.

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Modern Prophet Edgar Cayce

To be honest I like the idea of prophecy, but I don't think it exists, I don't think anyone can tell the future. My boyfriend recommended this book to me, but I just couldn't get into it.

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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I know this is a good book, and I really want to read it, but when I tried a few years ago I just wasn't in that mood. I need to be in a certain mood for this book. And by the way, it's huge.

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The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

I love this series, don't get me wrong, but this book dragged on so much I skipped a lot of pages just to get through the book so I could move on to the next one. I did read most of it, I just skipped a lot. But I still like it, and will read the last one too.

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Paradise Lost by John Milton

Lets just say I want o read it but I'm too stupid. Haha there are so many difficult words in this book as well as the way it's written I know that I would be confused. It's something to read in English class.

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The Devils Cup by Stweart Lee Allen

So this guy is just traveling all over finding out how coffee is made, and blah blah blah. All I wanted to know was a little bit about coffee and then drink some. Wake up and move on. I didn't care for this book.

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The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

I just couldn't get into this story, there wasn't much of a story, ti was all about the animals. I just had no patience to find out. Maybe some other time.

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The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall

I started this book right after I read The Bronze Horseman, so I was in a Russian mode, but since there wasn't a lot of romance like the Bronze Horseman I quickly put it away. I do have the whole trilogy so I will probably give it another try.

I want MORE books from these authors!!

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Once again I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish, todays topic is “Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More". I own a lot of books, over 500 and have barely read half, probably way less, but I just buy buy buy, and usually when I read a book and like it, I right away buy more books from the author, because if I don't I might forget to do it later and then never read a book that that author again. Yes, I am crazy, here is my list.  And don't forget to check out other people's posts, spread the love.

1. David Nicholls  I read One Day and loved it so much I could't wait to see the movie, which was good too. But now I'm curious about the rest of his books. I already own a couple so that shouldn't be a problem.

2. Katherine Howe I read The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane a few years ago and really enjoyed the idea of witches, and magic.  And I already own Conversion so I will definitely get into this magical world.

3. Douglas Adams It's about aliens, that's all I have to say. Funny aliens and I have all the sequels to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and will read them sometime in the future.

4. Steig Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) This books blew my mind, I already bought the second one, but I need to be in a certain mood to read it. Not a happy book.

5. Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane was so great that I fell in love with Gaiman, and only then discovered that I already own 3 of this other books. 

6. Michael Crichton My boyfriend loves Crichton, and told me to read Jurassic Park, and I did, and I loved it. Then I realized that I have read another book by this author,  Timeline and enjoyed that one as well. And I have about 10 of his books on my shelves and will sure give then a try.

7. Ian McEwan Who didn't love One Day, that was such a sad and beautiful book, I really want to read more of his work.

8. Charles Dickens I love classics, not that I read a ton, just to have them on hand when I'm in a classic mood. The first book by Dickens that I read was The Great Expectations, I didn't understand it at first. But after the story picked up speed I really enjoyed it.

9. E. Lockhart I just finished We Were Liars a few days ago, and loved it, the twist at the end really made this one of my favorites. I don't even know if Lockhart wrote more books but I will look into them.

10. Liane Moriarty I read The Husbands Secret, and although I wasn't too impressed it was a good book, so I already picked up another one. Of course. I have a book buying problem.

weekend update

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I am linking up with runningnreadin.com in this Weekend Update Link-up, love this idea and will be joining weekly (I hope). So here is my weekend, I hope you guys enjoy it and can’t wait to see yours…

This weekend wasn't really eventful, I spent most of it reading and relaxing. We did attend a wedding on Friday night, which was great, but after a day of work all I wanted to do was sleep. On saturday we woke up as late as we could, given we have a 1 year old it was about 8am. And we had to start getting ready for the neighborhood block party. We prepared some food, and headed over there, and boy did the baby love it. The fire truck showed up and was spraying the kids with water in the middle of the street. Evelyn loved the water, and of course I had to get all wet too while holding her. But it was fun. She was running around the grass having a blast, giggling the whole time. Even stayed way past her bed time, but she slept like a log. I met some new neighbors, a fellow runner in his 60's that's training for a half marathon. Crazy, I can't even do more than 5k, yet. Sunday I spent finishing up The Help, and I absolutely loved it. Review will be up today or tomorrow. I watched the movie already, which I DVR'd about 2 years ago, and still haven't watched it. The characters were so not what I pictured in my head, everyone seemed really young.  But more on that in my review. I didn't run at all, couldn't find a good time. Plus I've been feeling really sick, headaches and dizziness. So I didn't do much. That is all for my weekend. Hopefully yours was much more fun. Can't wait to see everyones posts.

top ten books I recommend about Historical Fiction

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Once again I'm linking up with thebrokeandthebookish.com in this weeks top ten Tuesday, they have the best ideas, so join us in the fun of blogging.

So I'm supposed to share with you 10 books that I recommend in a certain category Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre, I never really took a lot of interest in history or paid much attention in history classes and that's why I don't know things I should.  But I discovered historical fiction, I think the first one was The Bronze Horseman and boy did I love it. And that's how my obsession for historical fiction started. These are the 10 I read so far but there are many many more on my shelves, just waiting to be read. Hope everyone enjoys what i have to share and I will be checking you out too.

 

The-Bronze-Horseman-Paullina-Simons #1 The Bronze Horseman: When I stumbled upon The Bronze Horseman, I fell in love, because it not only has teenage romance (that later follows into adulthood) but also is set in Russia during WWII. Now I know more about that war than any other one, but I never learned anything from the point of view of other countries. I loved this book, I learned quite at bit about Europe and the countries involved in the war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlander-20thAnniversaryEdition#2 Outlander: amazing! What else is there to say. I loved this book and the next three in the series. The rest aren't that good. But they are all historical fiction books set in the 1700 Scotland and later in the U.S. I never learned anything about Scotland. Nor did I have any interest in that country. But once I read this book all that changed. There is the jacobite rising and war with England. Later the revolutionary war and a glimpse of WWII.

My review here

Other books in the Series are

Dragonfly in Amber

Voyager

Drums of Autumn

The Fiery Cross

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

                                                        An Echo in the Bone

                                                           Written in My Own Hearts Blood

PoisonbySaraPoole#3Poison, book one in a series. This story is set in Rome, Italy in 1942 where Francesca Giordano is the official poisoner of the Borgia family. She is also determined to find and avenge her father killer. This story is pretty good, wasn't my favorite, but it was about a time period that I don't know much about. And through this book I became more aware of the way our great organized religion works. Kill everyone who doesn't agree with you and just say God wants it that way. (No offense to religious people, but that is just me).

My review here

 

 

 

 

 

15195#4 Maus: I read this book in college for class and I wouldn't say I loved it. But it was interesting. It's about mice.But the mice are supposed to be like the Jews and the pigs are the Germans. Sort of reminds me of Animal Farm. It's a comic book, YOU WILL FINISH IN ONE SITTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sarahs-key#5 Sarah's Key. Set during WWII. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

 

That's all you need to know, this book was great. There is a movie out there, kind of hard to find.

My review here

 

 

 

 

 

wintersea#6 The Winter Sea: This reminded me of Outlander, because it's set in Scotland and it's in the 1700's too, as well as the 20th century. The story is about Carrie, she is a writer and she visits the Slains  Castle in Scotland to get a better look at it, since that is where her story will take place. She decided to name one of the characters in her book after her own ancestor that used to live there. Well if your like time travel books, this will hit the spot. Not so much time travel and channeling the dead. hmmm. It was really good, the ending really pissed me off though, but it wasn't bad.

My review here

 

 

 

 

 

guernsey-book#7 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: another one from WWII. This one follows a few people from the Guernsey Island. I never even knew such a place existed till I read this. It's a short book. And right up our alley. It's about a book club, during war, and how the characters try to save books and keep sane by reading and discussing.

My review here

 

 

 

 

 

 

9780385503952#8 Atonement: Ok I have a problem. I know. Most of these are about WWII. But that's just my go to topic. This book was so good I'm kind of sad it finished. The story changes perspective in the first 3rd of the book so many times it becomes a bit confusing, and a bit redundant, but in hindsight is really important to the story. The prose writing that McEwan obviously has a great dexterity in is really special. The events are so elaborate, a few times I couldn't wrap my head around them. And the sexual connotations, that Briony's crazy imagination doesn't interpret correctly, play a big part in the story, making me hate her even more. The ending came as a shock, I really didn't see it coming, I had so many different endings in mind, but this totally blew my mind. In a good way. If you like surprise endings you will love this. The movie was really good too. I recommend this book to all.

My review here

 

 

 

 

4667024#9 The Help: I haven't finished the book yet, I'm on chapter 5. So I can't really say anything yet, but so far I love it. A new topic for me.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

13508607#10 The Secret Keeper: The Secret Keeper is my favorite Kate Morton book, so far. I love her style of writing and her ideas for stories. They pull you right in and they keep you there till the big reveal at the end. It's sort of a mystery suspense, but in a more girly way.

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

I don't know if this qualifies as a historical fiction, but it does take place during WWII (yea I know more war) but I loved loved loved this book. It takes place in England before the war and well into the 60's. It's about Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy who meet by chance in London and who are forever connected. In ways you will not believe.

 

 

weekend update

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I am linking up with runningnreadin.com in this Weekend Update Link-up, love this idea and will be joining weekly (I hope). So here is my weekend, I hope you guys enjoy it and can't wait to see yours...

There wasn't much going on here this weekend. Aside from doing the dishes at least 15 times and yelling "don't touch that!" every few seconds I did manage to finish a book Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas. Check out the review here. I spent the days mostly with the baby, and helping out with the house remodel, we're building a room in the back for our little art studio, we both paint and currently all our stuff is in the laundry room, not much space. Canvases are taking over the house, if anyone is interested here is the website where you can purchase my awesome painter boyfriend's stuff. I picked up some new books to try and cram on my bookshelves, like I don't have enough. I can't help it, I'm am seriously addicted to buying books, I NEED HELP. I don't think there's ever a time when I go to Target and not check out the book section, there might be something new and amazing and I can miss it. And we don't want that. I have heard of Under the Dome by Stephen King being a new series and have been seeing it all over the place but I never took an interest. Well something told me to read the back of the book Duh! And wow, I love the concept, wasn't this on The Simpsons? Either way I will read this one really soon. And I read The Husbands Secret a little while ago and loved it, so without even reading what Big Little Lies was about I just bought it. What the heck, right. untitled-945

I only managed to run 4 miles total, my goal was 4 miles at once, but no chance, I'm so out of shape need to start my Pilates again, some strength training, my hips and knees are bad bad bad. I wanted to do an 8K reach in September but I don't know if I'll be in shape by then, seems like I'm fallen apart (health wise) and I'm only 27. Oh well, I'll keep trying. I did rent an audio book (The Help) from the library and was listening to that while running, I kind of like that, more relaxing than music. 

 

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The OH SO GREAT! thing that happened this weekend was Saturday at 12am I watched the premiere of Outlander on STARZ!! OMG I loved it, they did great job sticking to the story and of course Jamie is super hot. No really what I imagined, only way better.

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I spent A LOT of time on redesigning my blog, yes this blog. I moved to wordpress last week and just have to make it look and function well, it's about 90% done, so bare with me here.

Also I baked and cooked and made some ice-cream. (recipe below)untitled-950 untitled-955 untitled-952(I promise she's safe)

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Spending all day with the little munching is so fun, yes she was trying to eat crackers with a spoon. Hahaha So that's my weekend, motherly duties and some books.  I will be checking out what everyone else has been up to, and maybe I can stumble on something new and interesting.