Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book

Ooooh, now this is a fun one.

It’s Top Ten Tuesday today, a meme hosted by those wonderful folks over at the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme seems particularly awesome to me–the top ten characters you wish would get their own story. Because, let’s be honest. We’ve all yearned for more backstory on a minor character before, all needed more insight into their actions, motivations, and thoughts. Because I don’t have much time tonight, I shortened it down to my Top Five picks.

5. Commander Julius Root (Artemis Fowl series)

Come on, we all know that he’s had to have some crazy adventures in his past. He was one of my favorite characters in the series, and I just know that he has had enough experiences to fill at least two or three books of his own.

4. Luxa (Gregor the Overlander)

Could you imagine if the first book was told through the eyes of Luxa? The torn and confused agony she would have felt when Henry died, the spectrum of her feelings slowly shifting for Gregor as time goes by…angsty perfection.

3.  Rudy (The Book Thief)

Because he is so interesting to me, and because there are great stories lurking in his mind.

2. Rosie (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series)

Rosie has always been one of my fav members of the Ace Gang. She is the looniest, funniest, and coolest of the lot, and I imagine her thoughts would be just as entertaining as Georgia’s. Plus, I would get to see more of her and Sven.

1. Luna Lovegood

Luna is such an interesting, intriguing character that I know she wasn’t just sitting around twiddling her thumbs for the three years at Hogwarts that we don’t get to see her. No! She was off having her own adventures, finding out her own secrets, and creating some exceptionally memorable stories. If only we could see them…

So those are my top five characters that I want to have their own book! Let me know your picks in the comment section below!

 

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

Wow. It seems like I have not participated in Top Ten Tuesday in a looooooong while. I keep meaning to, and then I get on my laptop, and it’s Wednesday, and I’m just like ‘okay, back to blog post B.’ But this week’s topic looked too fun to pass up. I always tell people that my love for travel is rooted in my love for books, and it’s so true. Reading about far off places and great adventures has a way of just making you want to have your own adventures in said far off places. Unfortunately, many such places do not actually exist (so far that I know). So I’ll just let out some of my inner pain with this list.

As always, the Top Ten Tuesday party is happening over at: The Broke and the Bookish. 

(In no particular order because I’m far too lazy to sort them out) Hogwarts_boats_1

 

(From the Harry Potter Wiki, because, let’s face it. You know it’s going to be on this list.) 

10. Neverland (Peter Pan)

You get to never grow up! There’s pirates! Adventures! If you got there, you can obviously fly! Dreams, take me awaaaaay.

9. Transylvania (Dracula)

That’s weird, isn’t it? Yeah, that’s weird. I don’t know why I want to go to Dracula’s reigning place, seeing as he’s this bloodthirsty creature of the night and all, but I promise if I go I’ll wear lots of garlic and keep a sharpened pencil in my pocket.

8. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Yeah, I know that children have like a 4/5 chance of being maimed and/or humiliated here. But, chocolate!

7. England (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series)

After I read the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, I was obsessed with moving to England. And now…here I am! Wow, that worked out well.

6. Russia (Anna Karenina)

Read the first 400 pages of Anna Karenina. Could hardly focus on plot, was so absorbed with setting.

5. The Night World (The Night World series)

This is an alternate reality world where vampires, witches, and shape shifters run alongside us humans. A lot of the creatures in the Night World are kind of evil. But I still think it’d be fun to live there, because there’s this thing called the soulmate principal, and it’s really cool, and–yeah, this is just my teen fangirl emerging here.

4. Pawnee (Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America)

This is kind of cheating. You probably know Pawnee as the town from the popular, awesome TV show Parks and Recreation. But I’m putting it on here because I read the book Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America. Yes, it was a book based off of the TV show. But it’s still a book. And it’s still about Pawnee. So, ha. Loopholes! Anyways, Pawnee is usually portrayed as a podunk town with a lot of ignorant people living in it. But it’s also the Greatest Town in America. I would totally go hang out creepily at City Hall, or just stock up on waffles at JJ’s Diner. And then at night, I would go party at the Snakehole Lounge!

3. Spain (The Sun Also Rises)

Immediately after I read Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, I desperately wanted to go to Spain. I’m still not entirely sure why. I mean, Spain seems great and all, but everything that Hemingway talked about isn’t really my cup of tea. I’ve only fished two or three times in my life. I don’t like bullfighting. My favorite places are usually cold, cloudy ones. All of that doesn’t change the fact that I really, really want to go to Spain. I want to eat good food, and drink lots of wine, and not descend into the kind of mad partying and moral degeneration that went on in the Sun Also Rises. I think that’s possible, right?

2. The Underland (Gregor the Overlander series)

I used to be obsessed with Suzanne Collin’s first series when I was in middle school. And although I haven’t read this series in a couple of years, I still remember how much I longed to fall from my city to a secret world, just like Gregor. The Underland is not a cheerful, happy world full of fun adventures. It’s a land corrupt with violence, betrayal, and huge, terrifying rats. But in this land, you can form a bond with a bat, and said bat will be your best friend and take you flying, and I *really* like that idea. Brilliant series. You should read it, if you haven’t.

1. Hogwarts (Harry Potter series)

Duh. I mean, I’m sure this reply is on basically everyone’s list today. And for a good reason. Who wouldn’t want to go to a school where you learn magic?! I mean, a brief list of the best things about Hogwarts: you get to compete against other houses for bragging rights, P.E. could mean FLYING on a broom, Hogsmeade is like, right there, and can I just say that I would gain so much weight at Hogwarts because every freaking meal looks like an ornate feast?! Holidays at Hogwarts would be the best, and the portraits talk to you. Chocolate frogs. Pets are allowed. Sign me up.

What locations do books have you pining over? Let me know! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who I Own the Most Books From

Hello, everyone! It’s Tuesday, which is, of course, the day for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. I haven’t posted something in quite a while, and for that, I can only say…oops. I’m going to try and post more regularly this week, although I’m notoriously sneaky when it comes to keeping my word. Still, at least I’m planning on it, so stay tuned, haha. Anyways, this week’s topic is the Authors Who I Own the Most Books From. This list was pretty illuminating to me, because, honestly, I had no idea how many books I owned from some authors, and how not-so-many I owned from others. Like Meg Cabot, for example. I thought I had around fifteen. Oh, how wrong I was. How very, very wrong.

Anyways, here is my list!

1. Meg Cabot : 20 21 23 24 26 27 books.

Wow. Even I didn’t realize how many Cabot books I have, but I guess that’s why she’s one of my favorite authors (well, actually, vice versa, but still). As I was browsing my shelf for other books that make it onto this list, I kept finding new Cabot books that I didn’t even realize I had. The Princess Diaries Series alone is 10 of those books, though, and then The Mediator series adds another five (I don’t have the last book). So, when you look at it that way, it makes sense. Cabot is releasing an eleventh Princess Diaries book soon, as well as a seventh Mediator series, and I could not be more thrilled!

2. R.L. Stine: 14 books

As a child, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books were the most horrifying things ever, and I felt so badass whenever I read one, like, look who’s a horror buff now, hmm? I have quite a few Fear Street books from him, too, but when you look at my total (14) out of all the hundreds of books that he has, it’s not that big a sum. But it does lead to the question…how can R.L. Stine have written all these books?! Now, that’s spooky.

3. Louise Rennison: 12 books

Including the whole of the Confessions of the Georgia Nicolson series, as well as the first and third book of the Tallulah Casey books. I would read whatever this woman puts into print.

4. L.J. Smith: 10 books

Most of the L.J. Smith books that I have are in omnibus form,so technically I have a lot more than 10. But un-technically, I have ten. My favorite is the Night World series, because it’s a new character every book, and so if I don’t like one character than she/he’ll be gone by the next one.

5. Janet Evanovich: 10 books

All Stephanie Plum ones, which are a great series of books. I used to have 12 of hers, but every time I board a plane, I somehow mysteriously lose one…so bad, I know.

6. Eoin Colfer: 8 books

I love this man. His books are always irresistibly witty, sarcastic, and captivating. I wish I had even more than eight books from him.

7. J.K. Rowling: 7 books

I wasn’t sure what amount of books to put for J.K. Rowling, because technically I share a lot of them with my sister. So I decided to go with the ones that I physically have in my room, as opposed to in my house. I have all of them but the fifth and the sixth, which are on my sister’s bookshelves, and which I really need to buy for myself as I’m moving out in a month. But anyways, five Harry Potter books combined with the Casual Vacancy and the Cuckoo’s Calling.

8. Anthony Horowitz: 7 books

All part of the Alex Rider series. Best. Action. Books. Ever.

9.  Ann Brashares: 6 books

Including all five of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pant’s series, and the Last Summer (Of You and Me). The latter of which I haven’t read.

10. A four way tie between Sarah Dessen, Helen Fielding, Suzanne Collins, and Holly Black, all of whom I own 5 books from.

The 5 and 4 category was pretty congested, and there are probably even a few more authors on the 5 list, although in my initial overview I didn’t manage to catch them.

What books do you own the most of from any given author? What books do you wish you own the most of from any given author? Let me know in the comments below! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Characters I’d Want on a Deserted Island With Me

It is Top Ten Tuesday time, otherwise known as one of the greatest days for making bookish lists. This week’s topic is Top 10 Characters I’d Want on a Deserted Island With Me. Hmmm…the possibilities! As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. So, after you’re done reading my list, go on over there and join Top Ten Tuesday yourself! 😀

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Top 10 Characters I’d Want On a Deserted Island With Me (In No Particular Order) 

…For Their Physical Abilities

1. Katsa from Graceling

The girl has the power of survival. ‘Nuff said.

2. Katniss from the Hunger Games

I know a lot of people probably included her, but I mean, you can see why. She’s already had experience in extreme living, and she’d be the designated hunter.

3. Wesley from the Princess Bride

He got Buttercup through the Fire Swamp, he could get me through my stint on the island.

4. Jace from the Mortal Instruments

I mean, Jace belongs in two categories. Like, I wouldn’t mind at all being stuck on a deserted island with him, because he’s just so Jace-ish, but also if anyone tried to attack the island, then he’d be able to help ward them off.

…For Their Minds 

5. Artemis Fowl

He might be young, but he’s a genius, and if anybody knows how to get a group of eleven people off a deserted island, it’s this kid.

6. Hermione Granger

Magic seems like a smart choice if you’re going to be on a deserted island, and what’s a better wizard to include than the Hermione Granger? Not only is she magic, but she’s also one of the smartest wizards I could choose. Duel deal!

…For Them 

7. Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries

Because he’s ruthless enough to make sure that I survive, and because he’s an excellent hunter, and because, well, you know…he’s Damon Salvatore. That’s kind of reason enough. I mean, swooooon. Plus, the actor who plays Damon in the TV show is Ian Somerhalder, and he’s already had experience with the whole mysterious island thing.

8. Dave the Laugh from the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series

I think when stranded on a deserted island it’s important to have someone that can lighten the mood. Dave the Laugh is perfect for this–I mean, his name says it all. He’s just the kind of person to have when you’re sitting around the campfire that Katsa has started, telling stories to pass the time.

9. Fred and George Weasley (No, it’s not cheating to combine the two of them!)

I picked these two for the same reason I picked Dave the Laugh. Because while the other people are busy helping the group survive/get off the island, these two would be starting massive prank wars, or else telling us all about the time they exploding the upstairs bathroom. Plus, I imagine they would be down for a massive game of hide-n-seek through the forest. Okay…so, probably including these two might put me more in danger than not, but I too like to live dangerously. (What? That reference doesn’t even work in this context…) And, to be honest, I’ve always had a crush on the Weasley twins.

10. Suze from the Mediator Series

Because I think I would need at least one good friend, and in terms of gathering wood piles and hunting down little rabbits, Suze and I are at about the same level: that is to say, miserable. Seriously, I mean, I don’t think I’d be much help at a deserted island. I’m not saying that I’m horrible at survival, but I am saying that I’d probably manage to drop a bucket of water on all the firewood, gather the berries that make everyone sick for days, and lead a wild, furious hog back to our camp sight. So, yeah, pretty horrible. But Suze and I could tan on the shore of the beach and gossip during the days, and plus, if anybody had mysteriously died on the island, Suze would know what to avoid.

So, that’s my Top 10 Tuesday. What’s yours? Are any of our picks the same? Let me know in the common below! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite TV Shows

So, every week the nice people at the Broke and the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a fun event that brings people together, and I really love it! So if you want to join, go check it out! 😀

This week’s Top Ten is Favoruite TV Shows, which is a bit of a departure from the usual bookish themes, and great fun, because, as any of you might know, I am a bit of a Netflix aficionado. So, with no further adieu, here is my Top Ten List (in no particular order). I was going to put GIFs in, but I have no idea how to make them work! Grr…I’m technology impaired.

1. The Vampire Diaries

Last year, I was absolutely obsessed with this show. (Meaning, absolutely obsessed with Damon, but whatever.) My sister and I had this pact that we could only watch when we were together, so it was frustrating because if we got to a huge cliffhanger and the other person was too tired to continue, then you kind of just had to stew in your angst for a while. Anyways, we’re all caught up on Netflix, eagerly awaiting the next season. I don’t like Elena as a vampire, and I think the earlier seasons were the best, but as long as Damon is still there, I’m still watching. 🙂

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2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I’m on season four of this right now, and I’m having a mini panic attack because everything is changing. In real life, that’s a great and natural process. But in TV-verse, I hate it when the gang breaks apart. Angel and Cordelia have left, and even though I’m holding on because I know Spike is coming back, I’m still going through a minor grief process. But really, this show is just too kick ass to part with. I watched this show after exhausting my supply of the Vampire Diaries, and didn’t really think I was going to like it. That’s why I was so surprised to become as taken with it as I am. I love all the mini stories and subplots, and I love both Angel and Spike, and everyone is awesome in every episode, okay? I want Giles to be my mentor! He and Buffy has this sweet, mentor-mentored thing going on that no other TV show could do half as well. I’m team everyone here! Woo-hoo for Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

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3. Parks and Recreation

Treat yo’ self…to this hilarious show. There are so many great characters on this show. From April to Andy to Tom, there’s no shortage of people that I love on this show. Not to mention The Ron Swanson. Or dearly departed L’il Sebastian. I love this show so much that my sister bought me a book on the history of Pawnee for Christmas. And I read it. Multiple times.

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4. The Office

Pam and Jim give me my fill of the feels, while everybody else is absolutely hilarious. I don’t watch this show in any given order, I just kind of skip around to whatever season and episode I feel like. Also, I haven’t watched many episodes after Michael left, because how could I? But I did watch the episode where Dwight proposed to Angela, and I’m not ashamed to say I cried a little.

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5. Pretty Little Liars

I started off with the books, but they went on forever, and as I started to get tired of them, I picked up on the TV version. I love how different everything is, and that it keeps me guessing. I also feel more connected to the characters on the TV show rather than the book, something that is pretty rare. If mystery and thrills weren’t enough motive to watch this show, the cast always wears such fabulous clothes, and then there’s Ezra Fitz, of course…

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6. Family Guy

It’s obnoxious, it’s crude, and sometimes it’s even stupid. But when I need something to take my mind off things, I turn to Family Guy. It’s a pick-me-up, and although I know lots of people hate this show, it makes me laugh, and Stewie and Brian together are a perfect pairing.

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7. Law and Order: SVU

The reason I have to watch Family Guy is often because I watch too many episodes of Law and Order, freak myself out, and need to watch something irreverent in exchange. But Law and Order is just so good. Each episode is an intense, breathless journey, and the writers aren’t afraid to make a bittersweet, or just plain bitter, ending. This inevitably keeps me on my toes the whole episode, because dang it, I want a happy ending!

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8. That 70’s Show

Probably the first really funny show that I ever started to watch. And it’s as funny now as it was then. They just had an awesome cast going for them, with awesome jokes, and an awesome vibe. There are days when all I want is the chance to be hanging out in Eric’s basement with the rest of them, and Hyde was one of my first TV show crushes.

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9. America’s Got Talent

I’m actually watching this show as I write this post. It’s different from all the other shows I have on here in that it’s reality. People audition with a ride range of talents. You never know what you’re going to get from this show, whether it be crazily synchronized dancers, perfect Impressionists, or spectacular magicians. There’s something so delightful in never knowing who is going to venture up onto that stage next.

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10. Pokemon

What can I say? I used to be overly armoured with Pokemon. Like, crazily in love with. I went to my local video store to rent Pokemon movies so many times that eventually they started giving them to me as gifts. I still remember being able to sing the song with all the Pokemon in it, and I used to collect all the cards, and even stuffed animals in the shape of various Pokemon. Now, I’m not nearly as Pokemon orientated, but the original seasons just came back on Netflix, so I’m having fun reliving my childhood. Gotta catch ’em all!

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That’s my list. What’s yours? Let me know in the comments below! 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

Hello there! It’s Tuesday again, and with my least favorite day of the week comes Top Ten Tuesday–a bright light among Tuesdays. If you don’t know already, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. If you like lists, and you like books, then go on over to their blog and link up! This week, I only did my Top 5, because I don’t have that many blogging confessions, and it’s always good to keep a few secrets up your sleeve.

1. I think I overdid it a little at NetGalley

This is a confession that I feel like a lot of book bloggers will have, because what’s better than free books, especially ones that you can read before they’re released to the public? When I started requesting titles on NetGalley I got click crazy, and now I have a lot of books in my review pile, and my review ration is miserable because of this. Like awful. Like I’m not even going to put it here because of the shame. But I am planning on getting to at least 80% of those, so that my ratio will be on-par.

2. And speaking of free books…

That’s kind of the reason I decided to start a book blog. That sounds awful, right? 0_0

I just saw on this one site that if you had at least 30 followers you could start requesting titles, and I had a mini panic attack thinking about it. Books! Free! All I need is a blog and 30 minions followers! I thought it would take me months. But then I started my blog, and within two weeks, I had the necessary amount of followers. By that time, I realized two things.

One, that I might have started the blog so that I could review books (and end up getting ARCs), but I wanted to keep running the blog because I love interacting with people, venting my thoughts, and reading other people’s’ blogs.

And two: I completely forgot what site gave out free books for reviews at 30 followers anyways…

3. I feel guilty when I don’t post something for days at a time

My blog is really recent, and so maybe this will fade as time goes by, but I feel like I’m slacking if I go two or three days without getting a post up. But going a couple of days without positing is sometimes inevitable for me. Not because of an actual life or anything (ha), but because I’m easily addicted to things. Like, TV series. For the past few days, my life has been consumed with watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Office, and Parks and Recreation, with a dabble of Portlandia. So not a legitimate excuse, but isn’t that the point of excuses?

4. One day, I want to add a vlog to my blog.

Not a near daily thing like my written posts, but maybe a couple a month. I think it would be cool to do book reviews or bookish rants or just my thoughts with that kind of outlet. I would try terribly hard not to be boring, and I think it could be fun! But as of now, I’m not sure if (or when) this will become a reality.

5. I’m overly paranoid about what I’m sending out into the Internet 

Like, even the description of number 5. I’m pretty sure that ‘sending out into the Internet’ doesn’t even make grammatical sense, and I spent a minute just staring at it, head tilted, before I realized that I’ll just put my struggle right here, and it won’t matter if it’s wrong. But, seriously, it’s usually not even grammar I’m paranoid about. I’m a bit of a people pleaser, and I want people to like my blog and my posts, and I’m worried that one day, like, seven dozen people will start commenting about the awfulness of my blog, of me, and possibly of my dog. Really, I don’t know why, because if people did start commenting about how awful my blog and I am, I wouldn’t be that upset. I’d probably reply with something snarky and move on…unless it’s about my dog. Nobody messes with my dog.

So those were my bookish confessions. What are yours? Be sure to let me know in the comments! Because another bookish confession is that I love getting comments just as much as I love replying to them! 😀

Top 10 Tuesday: Classics I love, and Classics To Read

So, most people know about Top Ten Tuesday, but if you don’t, it’s a meme hosted every Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish. It’s an awesome weekly pick-me-up, and is really fun to participate in. So I suggest you do!

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This week’s theme is Top 10 Classic Books I’ve Read or Top 10 Classic Books I Want to Read. I’m doing a little of both. Top 6 I’ve read, and Top 4 I want to read. I know, a weird, uneven mix. But I got to five, and realize that I had to include six books. There was no way to cram in five! I had some trouble with the definition of Classics. I wasn’t sure if it meant Classics in the sense of really old books, are Classics in the sense of books that could be more recent, but are simply iconic. I decided the latter would be too broad for me to narrow down, so I’m going with books that are written pre 1950s. That should separate the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Princess Bride types of classics from the Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice type classics. I know this excludes a lot of books, and that there are tons of modern day classics, but this was a more manageable way for me to tackle this week’s topic.

Top 6 Classic Books That I’ve Read

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1. Wuthering Heights

Ermergersh. This book is beautiful, intriguing, romantic, soul-wrenching, and has a wonderful narrative to boot. I read this for the first time somewhere in my freshman year of high school (not for class luckily, as I often resent assigned reads and end up blowing them off. I don’t know why. Call me a rebel. Call me irrational.) and ever since I’ve been a little bit obsessed with it. But come on! Lush, insane romance on those perfectly painted moors with two horrible, vice ridden characters that you know you should scorn, but can’t because they have a love that is soul-binding? Er, what was I saying? Oh, right: sign me up! Just writing about Wuthering Heights makes me want to reread it.

2. The Great Gatsby

Several of my favorite quotes come from this heart achingly beautiful book. I’m a sucker for romance, and so you’d think that’s why I love this masterpiece of a novel. But, actually, it’s not. I mean, Daisy is as selfish as Catherine and a passive whiner to add, and I just want to scream at Gatsby “LEAVE HER. LEAVE HER AND COME TO ME.” So, yeah. But that doesn’t reduce my love for The Great Gatsby, obviously. Because the book shows the futility of Gatsby’s love so wonderfully, and it captures the 1920s so tragically but also so magically, and I am in love with Fitzgerald’s prose. Just listen to (or rather, read) this quote: “At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others – poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner – young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.” Read it, I say, and then tell me that this book doesn’t deserve to be here!

3. The Sun Also Rises

I didn’t think I would like this book when I picked it up, but I read it anyways because I had to. It was for a school event (Academic Decathlon) but since it wasn’t for a class itself, I forced myself to actually read it, and not just SparkNotes it. It’s interesting to think that if I had SparkNoted it, I would have one less book on my favorite’s list. Because this book is definitely a favorite. It wasn’t the first time I read it. The first time I read it I thought it was a good, solid book, but I didn’t love it. The second time I read it I loved it. The third time I read it, not only did I love it, but I loved it enough for it to be a favorite. I don’t know why. Sometimes it just takes a couple of tries for it to really sink in, I guess. In any case, this book is awesome because Hemingway’s telegrammatic prose is refreshing and adds something so rustic and earthy to this book about forbidden romance (literally. The dude is impotent.),  renewal, the lost generation, friends, enemies, drinking, bullfighting, and repetition. Brett reminds me a lot of the main character from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the book version, in any case. I’ve never seen the movie. I know, I know.), or rather, the other way around. There’s so much power in such a small book.

4. The Phantom of the Opera

The play is one of my favorite plays out there. I think I like it better than the book–in some ways, that is. But the book is great, too. It has all of the elements that I look for in a classic novel: traces of Gothic horror, an impossible love, a rich setting…

“In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came…”

5. Pride and Prejudice

I was warring between putting this and Northanger Abbey as one of my Austen picks. A lot of people dislike Northanger Abbey as being over the top with its parody of the gothic genres, and of being the most immature of Austen’s works. But I think it’s one of the most amusing, and although (or maybe because) I love gothic works, I like seeing Austen’s satirical take on the genre. But anyways, I chose Pride and Prejudice instead because who can resist Elizabeth and Darcy’s witty bantering and feuding? Plus, I absolutely love Mr. Bennet, and this book really is hilarious.

6. Jane Eyre

I had to add a six one because how could I leave Jane Eyre, cold and abandoned like that?!?! And already Dracula and Northanger Abbey and Peter Pan are all looking at me like how could you do this? But anyways, Mr. Rochester. Mr. Rochester. Mr. Rochester. What other reasoning do I need? Well, an awesome heroine who sticks to her morals and perseveres through tough, impossible times, such as finding out that your almost-husband has an insane wife who wants to kill everyone. Go Jane! Getting through the first couple of hundred pages  has a definite payout in the end.

Top 4 Classic Books I Want to Read

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1. To Kill A Mockingbird

Dude, I find it embarrassing that I haven’t read this book, seeing as it’s one of the most talked about books of all time. I don’t know. I just never got to it. I was never assigned it in class, and I never bought it out of class. I want to be in the loop of how wonderful this book is, though, so hopefully I won’t have not read it for long.

2. Frankenstein

Long regarded as one of the best gothic novels around, this book was a favorite of an old teacher of mine, and of countless other people. I love gothic works (a dark, spooky setting pairs delightfully with a blanket and an equal ratio of hot chocolate to marshmallows), and so it seems like I should have read this already.

3. A Tale of Two Cities

I haven’t read much Dickens, so this makes the list because I want to expand my author horizon, but also because I heard it has one of the most tragic love stories around. I’m not sure what that love story is about, but I heard it’s there, and I want to know what it’s all about. Plus, it has that kick-ass beginning, you know.

4. The Hobbit (Along with the Lord of the Rings)

Here is me being sneaky. Because I was originally going to put the Lord of the Rings, but it was published in 1954. Luckily, the Hobbit was published in the 30s, so I’m going to put them both down and call it fair. My uncle gave me the complete boxed set of the Lord of the Rings back in my middle school years, but somehow I’ve yet to read them. My goal is to at least give the first book a go by the end of the summer. Cause they seem epicamaing.

So, what are you Top 10 Favorite Classics, or Top 10 Classics You Want to Read? What do you think about my list? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below!