Top Ten Tuesday: Often Overlooked

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September 11: Hidden Gems

I was going to put a twist on this week’s list but I’ve been battling brain fog most of the day so I’m simply going to go through my Goodreads list and see what books I enjoyed that I feel might not have been as widely known as others.  Mainly going to select lesser-known authors this week.

Ten books that I consider hidden gems.

  1. Dead Trees Give No Shelter  Wil Wheaton has written a self-published book that I discovered through his blog posts.  I decided to buy a copy, only available through his website and found it quite good.  I hear he is working on another book and I’m excited to see what it is all about.
  2. Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1) Nancy Kress is an author that I feel is not as well-known.  I have really enjoyed about 75% of what I’ve read by her.  This is one of the winners.
  3. After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall If you are interested in trying this author but don’t want a full-length book this is an interesting short story/novella that she also wrote.
  4. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) Robin Sloan was an author I found through my library’s overdrive system.  It was quite interesting in a plot-twisty sort of way.  Science fiction/Fantasy.
  5. Dying Bites (The Bloodhound Files, #1) D.D. Barant again was discovered through my library’s overdrive account.  Enjoyed this one so much I bought all the books used on eBay.  The series fizzled out midway but I haven’t given up on them completely and will try again someday.
  6. The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) John Twelve Hawks is a great pick for those looking for a political/conspiracy theory read that is anti-government.
  7. The Fold Peter Clines wrote this super interesting science fiction/fantasy novel that kept me turning the page.
  8. Angel Kin (Angel Assassins, #2) Tricia Skinner seems to have let this series die which makes me so sad as it was awesome!  If you like stories about bad-ass angels then give this one a try.
  9. Archetype M.D. Waters is another author that wrote two great books, a duology that I wished she had expanded to other books.  Kind of a science fiction/fantasy/dystopian read.
  10. The Gargoyle The last book is a one hit wonder.  It took the author ten years to write it I read so that might be why he never wrote another.  This book, however, is fantastic!  A beautiful story of love that is both dark and intricate.

Blog/Reading Update:  I had my eye appt. yesterday and I’m happy to report that my eyes are healthy!  My two very expensive glasses are on order and in about 10 days I should be able to read again.  My second pair is prescription reading glasses because I’m one of those people who can’t simply go buy a pair off the shelf and my husband loves his.  To those that enjoy my posts and reviews, I hope to return to posting content soon.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Binge Worthy YouTube

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September 4: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies

I don’t have a ton of shows that I regularly watch but I am known to sit binge watch YouTube shows by my favorite creators.  So I’m going to tweak this week’s list and share with you my favorite YouTube Channels.

Ten YouTube Channels that regularly keep me from reading…

  1. The Young Turks: This is perhaps the station I watch most often for their news content.  They report facts but then the commentary leans progressive.  When it comes to election predictions I find them to be quite accurate.
  2. Casey Neistat: This is one of the first content creators that sucked me into YouTube.  Before discovering his channel I was a pretty infrequent viewer mainly going to the site to look up music videos or movie trailers.
  3. Simone Giertz: This channel is a hoot! She is known as the Queen of Shitty Robots and spends much of her time coming up with crazy inventions.
  4. Ask A Mortician: I love this channel and the death positive message it delivers.  Lots of interesting videos about death and the death industry.
  5. ThreadBanger: I started following their DIY posts where they would try to recreate stuff they found on Pinterest but they have evolved to include lots of other content.
  6. Simply Nailogical: Like many of the people who follow Cristine I found the channel after Polish Mountain and decided to stick around for the humor.  I’m not really into painting my nails but still find this channel enjoyable.
  7. Safiya Nygaard: I believe I found this channel from crossover videos with the previous two.  I enjoy her fun take on clothing challenges
  8. The Try Guys: I enjoyed the Try Guys when they were on Buzzfeed so it was great to see they started their own channel.
  9. Mr. Kate: If you like decorating or renovation shows then you might want to check out this bubbly pink-haired creative weirdo!
  10. Peter Brown: I’m not sure how I found this channel but so enjoy the new videos Mr. Brown puts out.  He is a funny seriously talented wood turner.

These are some of my favorite channels on YouTube I hope you check them out and subscribe yourself if you find their content entertaining.  What channels do you subscribe to?  Share in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: How-to know how!

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August 28: Back to School/Learning Freebie

I’m not really into reading books about back to school or stories set in school settings.  I’ve been way over YA for a few years now so each year when this topic pops up on the TTT list I’m a little lost as to what books to select.  But this year I found a twist that might work.  I’m going to go with the Learning Freebie option and select some books that have helped me learn either a skill or about something and share them with you.

Ten books that helped me learn.

  1. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Going to start with my current read or rather listen and share The Devil in the White City.  I’m actually surprised at how much I’m enjoying this book as it is quite out of character for me.  If you are interested in learning about the 1893 World Fair then this is the book for you.
  2. Last Train to Istanbul The Last Train to Istanbul is technically a work of fiction but there are a lot of accurate events from WII blended into the story.  If you are interested in learning how the Turks saved around 2000 Jews from Hitler I highly suggest this book.
  3. Knitter's handbook Confession time.  I’m not sure if I’ve actually read this book or not.  I learned how to knit from a website and Youtube.  BUT this book does look familiar and I thought it would be a good choice to recommend for those of you who might be looking to take up knitting.
  4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Isn’t this cover lovely?  I listened to this audiobook and the author did a great job of not making me feel too dumb.  If like me, you enjoy science fiction and The Big Bang Theory and want to dip your toe into science fact then this is a great book to try.
  5. The Evolving Soul: Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration This title might be a bit far out there for some of you.  If you have an open mind and into exploring another idea of what happens after we die and want to learn about reincarnation then I suggest this book for you to try.
  6. Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel Just going to quote the synopsis for you here:”Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-forbidden territory: the animal mind.”  A great book for animal lovers.
  7. Backyard Chickens: Beyond the Basics I love raising chickens and if you are interested in starting your own flock then this is a great book for you to read.
  8. Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance I picked up this book when we moved to the country 14 years ago.  TONs of great and useful information in these pages.  From gardening, livestock, fences, wood burning, and even basic home maintenance.  A must for any newbie to rural living.
  9. Good Companions: The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting. by Josie Jeffrey This is a great book for gardeners looking to expand their skills.
  10. Ball Blue Book of Preserving This book will teach you how to preserve all those fruit and veggies that you grow!

Weew. That was easier than I thought it would be.  I hope you find some helpful titles above I know I’ve found them useful over the years.  Feel free to leave links to your list in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Slump

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August 21: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

This week’s list might be difficult, or at least I’m having trouble figuring out how I want to approach it.  Books that pull me out of a reading slump might or probably won’t pull you out of one because the chances are we have different reading tastes.  I’m going to pursue my read list and see what I can come up with.  Generally, my advice for a reading slump is this; Reread something you loved in the past, try something completely different from what you tend to read,  read a non-fiction title, or take a break from reading altogether and do something else.  Those are best tips I have for getting over a reading slump.

Ten books that might help with a reading slump…

  1. Genesis Sometimes you simply need something short to get you back in the reading mood or life gets too busy.  This is a dystopian book under 200 pages that you could easily read in an afternoon.
  2. Mr G: A Novel About The Creation Another quick read right around 200 pages that will keep your interest if you don’t mind questioning who God is and what it might have been like for him to create the universe.
  3. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) Sticking to the universe why not follow a rag-tag crew of misfits as they build, essentially, a space highway to a small angry planet.  This is a great pick for sci-fi fans.
  4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)  Sometimes you just need dry British humor and a outragous plot.  This book fits the bill, again, for sci-fi fans looking to get their reading groove back on.
  5. Redshirts Another pick for those sci-fi fans.  This book is also a great pick for all you Trekkies out there.  Kind of a plot within a plot here that is told in three parts.  I’m not sure how else to sell it to you except for it was a lot of fun.
  6. A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) Not into sci-fi and looking for a great beach read that isn’t to heavy.  If you are a paranormal fan like me I suggest the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands.  They are a hoot.
  7. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half-Moon Hollow, #1) Another great paranormal beach read.  This one checks off the funny, sexy, and great friendships boxes for sure.
  8. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Looking for a little less fluff and a bit more action than I would give this one a try.
  9. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) The next two books are rereads that I recently read that helped me break an audiobook slump I was having.
  10. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) This book is an excellent choice to break a reading slump.  It covers all the emotions and will leave you clamoring for more!

Alright,  sorry if the list feels a little disjointed I was distracted/called away a couple of times while working on the post.  What books have helped you get over a reading slump?  Leave them in the comments.

 

Update:  I have a giveaway for a signed copy of Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill that started yesterday.  All you need to do to enter is go and comment on yesterday’s post   I’m asking you to share your favorite Chicago Food.  Comments open until Monday the 27th, selecting a winner on Tuesday the 28th.  Good Luck!

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Sites

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August 14: Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

Here we are the week where you all learn what a bad book blogger I am.  I don’t actually visit that many other book blogs.  I’m sorry but I don’t.  If you all leave a link to your list in my comments I do go and visit but otherwise, I simply don’t read that many other blogs. I do visit a couple of other bookish sites regularly but not many.  Bad book blogger, Amy….

Ten bookish sites I visit regularly.

(Fingers crossed I have ten)

  1. GoodReads:  This is the site that I use to organize my reading.  I keep track of what I’ve read and want to read but less so thanks to a recent to-read purge.  I also check reviews and follow authors there.
  2. Net Galley:  This is probably the other site that I visit the most often when it comes to books.  I usually visit the site once a day to see what new books are up for review request.
  3. Edelweiss:  I have less success with requesting books for review at this site but I do visit it a couple of times a month to see what books are up for review.
  4. Bridges:  This is the overdrive system for Iowa where you can borrow e-books and audiobooks through Iowa libraries.  I regularly visit this site for my audiobooks.
  5. That Artsy Reader Girl:  This is one blog that thanks to this weekly list I visit at least once a week, more often if I am pre-writing my lists.
  6. Barnes and Noble: If I buy e-books I will visit this site for new reads for my Nook.
  7. Anderson’s BookshopPrairie Lights:  I put these two together because I visit them for the same reason, to find out what author events they might be holding.
  8. Instagram: I’m going to count this site because I do use it to follow a lot of authors also I need to pad this list a bit…
  9. WorldCat:  Okay this is mainly for work but it is a bookish site.  I use this site when it comes to looking up cataloging information for books.  If you are trying to find a book at a library near you I highly recommend this website.
  10. State Library of Iowa:  Another site that I mainly use for work.

I feel like I cheated there at the end but I managed to make it to ten.  What bookish sites or amazing blogs am I missing out on?  Leave them in the comments and I’ll check them out.

Top Ten Tuesday:Odd Crossovers

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August 7: Books You’d Mash Together

 

I kind of love the idea for this week’s list!  I’m going to put a bit of a twist on it however.  I’m going to select some of my favorite series or trilogies that I would love it if the authors got together and did a crossover story with characters from both worlds visiting each other.  Something like that Marvel does where you get Ironman and Thor or Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange team up to have an adventure.  Alright let’s see what awesome story ideas we can make up.

Ten Series Crossover Ideas

  1. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1) Love at Stake & A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) Argeneau: These two series are my favorite light and fluffy chick-lit vampire series.  The Argeneau is still an active series but Love at Stake is finished so maybe some of those characters could show up in one of Lynsay Sands books.  Could be fun.
  2. Fantasy Lover (Hunter Legends Series #1) The Dark Hunters & Born of Night (The League: Nemesis Rising #1) The League: I thought this might be a fun crossover being that both series are written by Ms. Kenyon.  We could have The League discover Earth and interact with the Dark Hunters. I’ve also always wondered how all the Gods and goddesses would influence a mulit-planet system.
  3. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Night Huntress & Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicagoland Vampires:  These author’s writing style remind me of one another.  Perhaps Bones and Cat can take a trip to visit Merit and Ethan in Chicago.
  4. Redshirts John Scalzi & The Martian Andy Weir: This is the only exception to this week’s list.  Weir has only written/published two books neither one a series and Redshirts was a stand-alone for Scalzi.  They also have a slightly different writing style but what they do share is a great sence of humor and I’d love to see what they could write if they teamed up.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley Davidson & Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Mercy Thompson: It might be because I’m currently rereading these books in audio format and they are narrated by the same person but I think these two series might be fun for a crossover.  In Jones’s world there is only angels and the grim reaper for paranormal elements  what would happen if they learned there were also shifters, vampires, and fae, oh my!
  6. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) Blackdagger Brotherhood & Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Guild Hunter: I almost pared up Ms. Ward with another author but at the last-minute I remembered Singh’s series (which I keep meaning to return to…) and thought they would be a great fit.
  7. Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1) Immortal Guardians & Fantasy Lover (Hunter Legends Series #1) Dark Hunter: I have alway thought the Immortal Guardians series reminded me a lot of the Dark Hunter series so for the purpose of this list why not pair them up and see what happens!
  8. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) The Hollows & Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Alpha & Omega: I wanted to match Ms. Harrison’s Hollows series up with someone because I thought it was such a great series but I struggled to find the right fit.  I think the Alpha and Omega series might work because of the character Charles.  He is such a stoic character that it might be fun to see how he handles interacting with Rachel and her crew.  Jenks would drive him mad, I think.
  9. Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1) Blackdagger Legacy & Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed,  #1) Midnight Breed: Decided to match Ms. Ward’s spin-off series with the Midnight Breed world because the two world seem like they would work well together.
  10. A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones #1) Dark Ones & Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) Jane Jameson: Returning to lighter hearted paring for my final selection.  Both of these authors have great senses of humor and tend to write wacky female characters that would be fun to see interact.

I tried to pair up authors and series that would compliment each other either in plot or in writing style.  How about you?  What series would make good crossover novels if their authors teamed up?

Top Ten Tuesday: Worth the Hype

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 July 31: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Hyped books tend to be popular books, or is it popular books tend to be hyped.  Either way, I’m going to share ten books that I heard so much about that I ended up reading them and decided the masses were correct, it was a damn fine read.

Ten books that lived up to the hype.

  1. The Martian I feel this book needs a caveat as I read it well before I heard much about it and was one of the ones contributing to the hype about this book.  It continues to be one of my favorites and recommendations to patrons.
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) I didn’t jump on this bandwagon until something like book four or five but it was indeed as good as I was lead to believe, at the time, at least.  Last time I tried to pick the series up for a reread I couldn’t get into it.
  3. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) I think most of the hype I heard about this series revolved around the tv series.  Not having access to HBO I decided the book is always better anyway and read it.  Wow, it was great up until the last two books which turned me off the series.  I don’t care anymore.
  4. Twilight (Twilight, #1) Not the first book I picked up because of the hype but the first one I read due to its popularity at my library.  I ended up consuming the series over a two-week period.  If you haven’t read it I would still recommend even though I don’t plan on rereading it again.
  5. Redshirts This was a book I learned about from TTT lists.  I remember seeing it so much and having it recommended to me that I tried reading it and fell in love with John Scalzi.  I need to read this one again soon.
  6. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Another title that kept getting recommended to me on Goodreads or through TTT lists.  It is all kinds of amazing and most definitely worth the hype!
  7. Bared to You (Crossfire, #1) This one was recommended during the Fifty Shades of Grey mania a few years ago.  This one lives up to the hype where the other does not in my opinion.
  8. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)  This book was worth the hype and I feel bad that I lost interest in YA titles.  I might go back and try to pick up the series someday…
  9. The Passage (The Passage, #1) I remember seeing this one pimped all over the material we receive at work.  I read that it was about a girl named Amy from Iowa that saves the world and was hooked.  I did see that it is going to be made into a tv series and I’m on the fence as to if I’m going to watch it or not.  I’m a little sore at FOX for canceling Lucifer…
  10. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) I remember this book being hyped about through the TTT lists when I started blogging.  It was sold to me as for Big Bang Theory fans as it is essentially Sheldon in love.  For me, it lived up to the hype many of the patrons at my library were less enamored with it.

Another week another list.  What books have you read that lived up to the hype?  Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Memories

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July 24: Books with Sensory Reading Memories

I have to confess I’m finding it more and more difficult to remember what I have read let alone sensory memories.  I’ve also read a lot of similar books and I find that they tend to blend together so do the memories of reading them.  So this week I’m going to select books that I have distinct memories associated with them.

Ten books that stand out.

  1. Go, Dog. Go! Why not start at the beginning.  This is the first book I ever read on my own.  I remember sitting on our living room couch, it was an ugly brown sectional, and when I was done I went to the kitchen to tell my mother that I read it all on my own.
  2. Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs This is another book from my childhood.  My dad, who was blind, was a fan of this author’s writing and would have me read the short stories to him.
  3. The Shining (The Shining, #1) This was the first Stephen King book that I read.  It was a year or so after my mother died and this book was on her bookcase in the basement.  I 13 at the time and wasn’t interested in her romances so I gave this book a try to I remember reading late into the night.
  4. Say Goodnight, Gracie I read this in High School.  I enjoyed it so much I might never have returned it to the school library…  If I ever come across it maybe I will mail it to them.
  5. The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus I read this book one summer in Bulgaria while I was visiting my husband in his home country before he emigrated to the states.
  6. The Time Machine This book I remember reading on a bus between cities in Turkey while on vacation.
  7. Twilight (Twilight, #1) This was one of the first books I read while working at my library.  We couldn’t keep it on the shelf and one week it was returned without a hold waiting for it.  It was Friday and 15 minutes left before closing in an empty library so I decided to see what all the fuss was about.  This is also the event that would eventually lead to this blog.
  8. The Goldfinch This book was one of the first audiobooks that I downloaded to listen to while working outside.  I remember reading a very emotional part and bawling while shearing a sheep.
  9. The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3) This book will always have the memory of BEA attached to it.  I was able to meet Mr. Cronin who is such a nice man.  I had also been approved for an e-arc and read it that way due to the book’s size and tendency to fall on my face while reading in bed.
  10.  Lock In (Lock In, #1) I also picked this book in Chicago while attending BEA. The Science Fiction Writers of America were holding their convention at Palmer House after BEA and was holding a signing for readers.  So after my last day at BEA and I had dropped off my haul I got back on the train to head to the book signing and met John Scalzi for the first time.

There you have my list for the week.  Feel free to leave links to your list in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Its My Birthday!

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 July 17: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

This is a great idea for a list. I’m going to keep my selections to under 200 pages. I’m also going to try to limit the selection of books that are part of series to a minimum so that you don’t have to have read a ton of other books to know what is going on.

Ten short stories that I enjoyed.

  1. The Egg This is one of my absolute favorite stories by Andy Weir.  It is super short and available on his website if you want to check it out.
  2. Annie's Day Another short story by Andy Weir that is also available on his website.  This one has a great twist and is a bit longer.
  3. Spock Vs. Q (Star Trek: Spock Vs. Q, #1) If you are a Star Trek fan then I highly suggest you get your hands on this audiobook as it is so much fun!
  4. Dead Trees Give No Shelter Sticking with the Star Trek theme. Wil Wheaton who played Wesley Crusher on Next Generation has written this short story that is pretty good and available for purchase on his website.
  5. Chasing Sam (Vegas Mates, #1) I know I said I would stay away from series but this is a novella that is the first book in series.  It was really good if you are into shifter stories.
  6. For Love of an Angel (The Fallen Warriors #1)  This is another first in series about angels this time.  I only ended up finishing three books and all of them were novellas.  I should check into getting the last three books.
  7. Genesis This is a dystopian novella that has a great twist at the end.  I even got my husband to read it and he enjoyed it!
  8. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi This book was amazing!  It is the longest title on the list but it is a compilation of short stories by the great John Scalzi.
  9. Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) This is another series book but is a prequel to the Alpha and Omega series.  If you are going to read this spin-off series then I highly suggest starting with this one because the next book will make a lot more sense.
  10. A Very Levet Christmas (Guardians of Eternity, #11.5) Alright, this book is something like 11.5 in its series but it was a cute Christmas read featuring one of the beloved characters from this world.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s list and if you were wondering what the blog title is about it is my 44th birthday today!  I’m scheduling my post so today is actually May 8th so I don’t know if I have plans or I might even be at work.  Anyway, I thought I would share. Have a great week.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Pick!

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July 10: TTT Throwback

This week we get to pick a previous TTT topic that we might have missed out on or simply want to revisit.  After reviewing the list of past topics I’ve settled on #43 Books I want to see as movies.  This feels like a fairly fresh topic and not similar to ones we might have done recently.  I am going to put one twist on the topic, however,  I am going to select which books or series I would like to see as tv shows.

Ten books that I’d like to see made into tv shows.

  1. Dying Bites (Bloodhound Files, #1) The Bloodhound Files:  The basis of this series is an FBI profiler is taken into a parallel dimension where earth evolved a little differently.  Vampires, Weres, and Golems are all real and make up most of the world.  Humans, on the other hand, are almost extinct.  Not having the expertise to deal with a problem they are facing they pull the lead character into their timeline and convince/force her to solve cases for her.  I could see this as a weekly show.
  2. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Night Huntress:  I know, I know this tv show would essentially be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rip-off.  I don’t really care, though, and would love to see this series as a tv show.
  3. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley Davidson: Okay so maybe this series shows up on my blog quite often recently.  Mainly due to my reread of the series.  I strongly feel that this could be a great tv show.  The characters, the eye candy, the mystery.  I would turn in every single week for sure!
  4. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicagoland Vampires:  Chicago and Witches and Vampires and Shifters and Fae…Oh, my!  This show could have some great location shots in Chi-town.  You could also feature the food along with famous landmarks.  Then there is the whole paranormal element that hasn’t been done in a Chicago tv series that I can think of.
  5. Lock In (Lock In, #1) I often thought while reading this book that it would make a great detective series on tv.  Set in the near future and features a lead character detective who also has a major disability.  This could really take off on tv and open people’s minds to think of people with disabilities as functioning members of society.
  6. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) Now this series didn’t follow the crew of the Wayfarer into book two but I think a series following a rough and tumble group of misfits whose job is to create tunnels across the universe could be a lot of fun.  A rougher version of Star Trek maybe.
  7. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) The Hollows: A show about a bounty hunter in a skewed reality that looks and feels a bit like the Earth we know but all the paranormal and supernatural elements have come out of the closet.
  8. The Fold This might work better as a mini-series as I’m not sure how you could create a recurring plot out of the story.
  9. The Space Between the Stars This book also might be difficult to stretch out over several seasons.  It would be interesting to see a bit of history before the events of the book so maybe a season or three if you then continue to what happens after the book finishes too.
  10. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)  Blackdagger Brotherhood:  I would so love to see this series and all its glory in a tv show format.  Not for regular tv like CBS or NBC.  Oh no, I want all the violence, language, and sex up on the screen so this would need to be handled like the Sookie Stackhouse or Game of Thrones series and be put on pay tv.

What book series do you think would make good tv series?  Share in the comments!