Top Ten Tuesday: 10 characters I want with me on a deserted island.


Welcome to another contribution to the popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week they ask us: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island (pick based on however you want…skills they would bring, their company…or pure hotness factor :P).  I’ve decided to pick characters based on their abilities to get us all off the island or survive.  Let’s get started then, here is my list…


  1. Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)  First up is Acheron from the Dark Hunter series.  This character is an  Atlantean god, basically omnipotent, so we are not going to be stuck on the island and Ash has a habit of pulling what ever he needs out of the back pack he carries with him.
  2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Next two characters are going to be from this series.  Up first is Diana Bishop,  as the series progresses we find out just how powerful of a witch Diana is and that she can time walk.  So we might be able to leave the island that way just not end up in the same year.
  3. The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3) The next character I pick from The Discovery of Witches or All Souls trilogy is Ysabeau de Clairmont.  Ysabeau seems to get what ever she wants just by calling her endless supply of contacts on her little red phone.  People don’t tell her no she will have a fleet of ships there to rescue us in no time.
  4. The Martian  Up next I pick Mark Watney from The Martian.  If you can survive for over a year alone on Mars with no food or way to contact home then he is probably going to be able to keep us alive on earth and make a phone out of coconuts à la the professor from Gilligan’s Island.
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  I’ve seen this character on many lists and she made mine too.  I pick Hermione Granger from the world of Potter.  I’d pick Harry, but Hermione’s magic seems to be more reliable.  Besides she seems to pretty resourceful and will get us off the island in no time.
  6. The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1) Even though I kind of lost interest in this series I would still pick Danny North from the Mither Mages series.  Danny can create a ‘gate’ between two locations, so he can create one off the island to anywhere in the world.
  7. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Picking Eric Northman and not just for being a pretty face,  he can fly and fly us off the island.  If he can’t fly us off he is another character that seems to get what ever he wants with one phone call…well everything except for Sookie that is…
  8. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Don’t know if Charley Davidson from this popular series has any special powers to keep us alive or get us off the island, but every time she is in trouble Reyes comes running and saves her, also she will keep our spirits up with her razor sharp wit.
  9. White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, #7) Seem to be picking a lot of witches to be with me on the island, so how about another, Rachel Morgan.  Now that she has is getting a handle on more of her demon powers she can tap a line and take us where ever we need to be.
  10. The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12) Last pick is any one of the brothers from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  Besides being serious eye candy they can demilitarize and take us all home.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read


Welcome to another contribution to The Broke and the Bookish’s weekly blog meme.  This week we are to share the top ten most unique books I’ve read.  This was kind of a difficult list to come up with because I tend to stick to the same genres and don’t stray far from my comfort zone.  I’ll try to come up with as many as I can and hope I can find ten.

  1. The Road The Road by Cormac McCarthy  This is perhaps the most unique book that I have read, in writing style at least.  The writing does not follow grammar rules and the story does not break down into chapters.  We never learn the names of the characters or how the world got to this point in its history.  A lot of reviewers complain about this, but I think these points are what made the book work for me.  It is written as if it is a journal that you find that records what happen to this man and his son after some event destroys the world and society as we know it.  3 Stars
  2. Genesis Genesis by Bernard Beckett  This was an interesting Science Fiction/Adult Fiction Dystopian novel.  It was a quick read, but I did not see the twist coming at the end at all.  3 Stars
  3.  Mr G: A Novel About The Creation Mr G: A Novel About The Creation byAlanLightman  I really enjoyed this story.  It was quite a different look at God and the story of how the universe was created.  I loved the humor and how the author portrays God as a real fallible being. 4 stars
  4. The Time Traveler's Wife The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Neffenegger  This was just a beautiful story.  The way the story is told is what made me select it for this list, jumping back in forth in time and perspective.  5 Stars
  5. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1) Wicked by Gregory Maguire  This book is the first reworking of a classic story that I have read.  I loved the idea, but the execution of this story left me wanting.  The story was very heavy and took me forever to get through,  I should have probably just seen the musical…  3 Stars
  6. Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1) Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer  This one was a unique idea for me and a twist on the typical YA dystopian or Apocalyptic tale.  The book had me thinking what would happen or how would life change if the moon suddenly moved much closer to the earth.  Read this one around the same time as The Road, #1 on the list, it was too much and I ended up having nightmares from all the heavy reading.  I learned to space out my Apocalyptic stories after that.  3 Stars
  7. The Society of S (Ethical Vampire, #1)The Society of S by Susan Hubbard  This one is a unique twist on a vampire story for me.  The way the author set up the world and rules for these characters is quite interesting.  So far there are only three books in this series, but I wish there were more.  3 stars
  8. The Gargoyle The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson  This has been on my T10T list before.  Again I tell you it is a beautiful story about love, but the idea is unique as well.  The way the author told the story is why it is added to this list.  She shares the history of the two main characters though flashback like separate tales or short stories within the larger story.  I have seen it done by one other author I’ve read, Paulo Coelho.  5 Stars
  9. My Name Is Memory My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares  This was an interesting story centered around the idea of reincarnation.  I loved how the story about the love interests was told through out time.  How one character kept his memory of each life throughout each incarnation and would continue to run into the same souls.  3 stars
  10. Between the LinesBetween the Lines by Jodi Picoult  I liked how this was a book within a book and the idea of how characters in a story went about their lives separate from the story when someone wasn’t actively reading the book.  3 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Top “gateway” books


Welcome to another contribution to The Broke and the Bookish’s weekly blog meme.  This week we are to share out top 10 books that were gateways for our reading journey.  Many of these books have been featured already on other Top Ten Tuesday lists.  I know I read in my youth, but struggle to remember specific books or authors that stand out before my discovery of Stephen King.  Also while I read, I was nowhere  near the book lover I am today.  So I have decided to find titles that were my introduction to different genres of reading.  Enjoy and I look forward to reading all of your lists as well.

  1. The Shining (The Shining, #1)  The Shining by Stephen King, was my introduction to horror novels and Stephen King, prior to my thinking him an ass, was the first author I was obsessed with.  I read anything of his I could get my hands on.
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowlings is my reintroduction to reading for pleasure at the end of my college career.  For several year if I was reading it was for a class, you know studying.  This book also was an introduction to fantasy and the YA world of book that I now love.
  3. Twilight (Twilight, #1) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer I have mentioned before as my gateway to the world of paranormal, especially vampires, and probably romance as well.
  4. The Time Machine The Time Machine by H.G.Wells.  I struggled to come up with a book to represent my love of science fiction, not that you would know that with the typed of books I’ve read lately.  I picked this book because this was all before the days of Goodreads and recording what I read, I simply selected books willy nilly…crazy I know, anyways, this is one of the first science fiction books I can remember reading.
  5. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is my introduction to the world of dystopian novels.  I can’t say that is my favorite of the genre but it was my first.
  6. Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski, #11) Blacklist by Sara Paretsky is my gateway to mystery or detective novels, granted most of the ones I read today have a paranormal aspect to them, but I still love a good PI novel.
  7. A Quick Bite (Argeneau, #1) A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands is my introduction to the lighter side of paranormal and fun, silly romance novels.  Read for pure escapism when you need a good laugh and a happy ending.
  8. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. (Starting to struggle here…)  This is my introduction to New Adult novel.  They are fun reads, but essentially just YA with harsher language and more sex.
  9. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)  Fifty Shaded of Grey by E.L. James.  This is my introduction to the world of erotica novels or mommy porn as it is often labeled.  I haven’t read many stories that fit into this genre, but have enjoyed the once I have.  They are just edgier romance novels…
  10. Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives Journey of Souls by Michael Newton.  This is the gateway to my belief in reincarnation.  I don’t read a lot of NF books, but seem to love ones about that topic.  Might have something to do with the loss of my mother…

Well there you have my ten books.  See you next week.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List



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So far much of my reading selections this year have revolved around clean up the physical to-be-read bookcase in my bed room.  It was either read some of the books or get a bigger bookcase… I have also worked on cleaning up the unread books on my Nook and Kindle.  Of course many of these are series and when I find one I enjoy I then have to scramble to get the next books that are available, thank goodness I’m a librarian ;).  SO, anyway my selections for this list are going to be upcoming books from favorite authors that are soon to be or have recently been published.

The Top 10 Books on my Spring TBR List:

  1. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy #3) :  This is my favorite series, and I have mentioned and time or three how I am looking forward to the next and last book in the series.  That just happens to be released two days before my birthday (I know what I’m getting).
  2. The King by J.R. Ward ( Black Dagger Brotherhood #12): This is one of my favorite series and I am looking forward to Beth and Wrath having a book centered around themselves again.
  3. Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #20):  This series is probably considered chick-lit or paranormal romance.  I just bought this one the other day as this author is on my auto buy list.  Someday I will get around to rereading this long series.
  4. How to Seduce a Vamprie (Without Really Trying) by Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake #15):  This series is very similar to #3 in style of writing and is also on my auto buy list.  These are light tales that do not take themselves seriously.  Perfect for reading on a beach someplace…now to find a beach in Iowa…
  5. Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #5):  This is a YA series that is a spin off of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter world.  Someday this series is going to work up to the main character, Nick< getting his own Dark Hunter book,  I can’t wait!
  6. Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon ( Hellchaser #6, Dark Hunter #23):  (Not going to be the last Kenyon book on this list)  I reread this series last year for the release of Styxx.  Took me three months, there are a lot of books people.  Not going to be doing that again for a while, but my memory should be fresh enough, still, by the time this book comes out to make it even more enjoyable.  I wonder where Kenyon is going to take this series next.
  7. Born of Fury by yes, Sherrilyn Kenyon, again (The League #7):  I have yet to find that I Love Sherrilyn Kenyon bumper sticker, but I’m looking…  This is her less well know science fiction series.  It is just as good as the Dark Hunter world, which if you enjoy one I suggest you try the other.
  8. The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison (The Hollows #12):  I had heard this series is coming to an end in the next book but am unable to confirm that as of this post, cause I don’t want to take the time to dig on the internet right now or visit the author’s website.  Anyway,  I look forward to seeing how Harrison wraps this one up.  I almost gave up on the series a few books back, but was sucked back in, perhaps it is best to end on a good note rather than drag things out.  I do hope Rachel finds some happiness though.
  9. Books 2-5 of the Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones:  I’m counting these as one book because I plan on binge reading the entire series which is conveniently located at a library I belong to.
  10. A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day (Renegade Angels #1):  Alright I know this isn’t a new release,  but I have only recently read the barred to you series and discovered Ms. Day’s writing.

So here is my contribution to this week’s list.  I look forward to checking all of your out.  Have you read any of these books?  Are they on your TBR list as well?