Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Wish List

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December 25: Books I Hope I Find Under My Christmas Tree This Morning

Before I start looking I can’t think of one book I would hope to receive as a gift.  First, we don’t exchange Christmas gifts and second if I want a book that badly I simply buy it.  Anyway, I’ll head over and see if I can find ten books that I won’t buy myself but would love to receive as gifts.

Ten books that I’d love to have gifted to me.

  1. NOOK Tablet 7 Ok, this is something I would truly love for someone to give me.  My Nook still works but it is several years old and starting to get glitchy…
  2. Time's Convert I’ve already read this book so I’m hesitant to buy it for my home library.  I plan to pick it up second-hand or in the discount bin when it crosses my path, but I would love it if someone gave it to me.
  3. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi Another case of I’ve already read it but would love to have it for my home library.
  4. The Martian (Signed) I’ve already read this and I actually own it but I would love to have a signed copy!
  5. Artemis I have already read this one too but would love to have it for my home library.  I might own it but I’m not completely sure so I’ll add it to the list.
  6. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3) I have given up on ever catching up on this series but if some nice person wanted to gift me books 3-6 I sure would finish it ;)
  7. Last-Minute Knitted Gifts This book came up while I was working on another TTT list I haven’t bought a knitting book in quite a while but I would enjoy receiving a copy of this book.
  8. Star Trek: The Classic Episodes This is such a pretty book I would love to have it for my Star Trek hallway at home.  Probably won’t buy it for myself though.
  9. The Physics of Star Trek This would also be super interesting to look through and add to my Star Trek collection.
  10. Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek The same can be said for this book too.  Would love to own it but probably won’t buy it for myself.

My last TTT list for the year!  What books would you like to have gifted to you?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR 2018

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December 18: Winter 2018 TBR

I’m horrible at follow through with these seasonal TBR lists.  I’m going to share some books with you that I’ve been thinking about reading soon no promise that I will actually get any of these read this winter.

Ten more books that I probably won’t get to…

  1. Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5) Was turned down for an ARC of this and I still haven’t made time for it…
  2. Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11) But if I get approved for this release then I will most likely make time for it so I can read this one.  If not I’ll add this one to the waitlist.
  3. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #13) This is kind of a cheat as I’ve already read it, but I am dying to do a spoiler review so I might reread it this winter after it releases.
  4. The Librarian's Vampire Assistant (The Librarian's Vampire Assistant, #1) This one was a recent discovery for another TTT list and it is only 99 cents over on B&N so I might pick it up and read it this winter.  Of course, I should probably finish the other series I read by this author…
  5. The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1) This was a spontaneous purchase this summer that I haven’t gotten around to reading I would like to try to fit it in over the winter.
  6. Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3) I started this and put it on hold a couple of months ago.  I was blaming my eyesight for not finishing it maybe I will give it another shot this winter.
  7. Vampires Like It Hot (Argeneau, #28) Well, I managed to buy this one the week it released might get to it this winter might hold on to it until the next book releases in April and read them back to back.
  8. Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel, #1) This is the book on this list that I’m most excited to read.  I haven’t seen it up for review so I will keep an eye out for it in the stores.  Like the last one, I will buy it when it releases but I might not read it for a couple months.
  9. Demon's Mercy (Dark Protectors #9) I might have read this already by the time this list posts as I have a review copy on my Nook already.
  10. Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) I have most of this series sitting on my shelf since they were weeded from my library.  I have been toying with reading the series this winter.  I will try the first book and if they don’t work for me then I will probably try reading some Star Trek books.

So what is on your Winter TBR list?  Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie

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December 11: Freebie

I wanted to do something different this week.  So after studying my Goodreads account for about 20 minutes from different angles and came up with this.  I’m going to go to Goodreads recommendations based upon my read shelf and find the ten weirdest recommendations they came up with based upon books I’ve read.

Ten Weird Goodreads Recommendations.

  1. Off to Be the Wizard This title was suggested to me because I read Ready Player One.  The cover is, to be honest awful, but it actually has some great reviews by a few people I follow.  Not sure I’m going to read it as it seems to be about time travel (historical) and computer programming.  They get bonus points for a clever title though.
  2. The Windup Girl This was suggested to me because I read Old Man’s War and The Long Earth.  It is classified as steampunk science fiction dystopian… The synopsis sounds a little heavy but a lot of people I follow have added it to their to-read shelf, of course not many of them have actually read it yet.  I’m not sure this one is my style, I think I’ll pass.
  3. The Red Notebook This was recommended to me because I read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.  This is what happens when you read something out of your normal repertoire and add it to your Goodreads account.  I’m not usually a fan of contemporary romance but books about books might be a good fit. I do like that it was written by a man (not enough romance is) and the synopsis sounds like it would make a cute movie.  I don’t know maybe I’ll give this one a try or recommend it to the library.
  4. Halfway Human This was recommended to me because I read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Saturn Run, and Sleeping Giants.  Another case of awful cover but an interesting synopsis.  I do like that it is billed as LGBT which I don’t read nearly enough diversity in my books.  No one I follow has read it but I might give it a try sometime.  It is an older book which might be the reason for its cover but if it does tackle LGBT topics then bonus points for it since it was written in 1998.
  5. Just Desserts (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries, #1) This book was recommended to me because I read a ton of Kerrelyn Sparks books.  This tells me it is probably fun and chick lit.  It is billed as a cozy mystery which I’m not usually a reader of and if this one had a paranormal element like Ms. Sparks book did then I might have given it a chance.  As it is this was written in 1991 and just too far out from what I typically read.
  6. Night Visions: In the Blood This book was recommended to me because of all the Stephen King I read in my misguided youth…  Just no.  I am not a fan of horror or anthologies.  I’ll pass.  Also, it was written in 1984!  How about some current recommendations Goodreads.
  7. Everfair This was recommended to me because I read A Close and Common Orbit.  This caught my eye because the cover was so interesting.  It is billed as steampunk science fiction, historical/alternate history.  The reviews are kind of meh, and the synopsis goes over my head a bit.  It is set in Africa and looks to be a great choice to read if you are looking to add diversity to your reading rotation.  I did add this to my to-read shelf.  I want to give it a try at least.
  8. Last-Minute Knitted Gifts This was recommended to me because I own Weekend Knitting.  I use Goodreads to keep track of my home library and I add all the books I own because I don’t want to buy them again while I’m out shopping.  I have actually knit several patterns in Weekend Knitting and this looks like it might have some cute projects in it too.  It is always nice to have some ideas of items you can knit up quickly to give as a gift.  Good call Goodreads.
  9. Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling I’m sure this was recommended to me because I have a couple of canning books on my read shelf, see explanation above.  It looks cute but I’m not into canning much anymore I tend to freeze more.  Still, the cover looks cute, but I don’t think I’ll read it.
  10. Tempting Danger (World of the Lupi, #1) This was recommended to me because I read a lot of paranormal romance (too many books to list).  Again a case of the cover just doesn’t catch my eye and is not at all similar to the books linked to the recommendation.  Lots of people I follow give it high marks and the reviews and synopsis sound promising.  I might have to give this one a chance.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What are some of the stranger recommendations you have received from Goodreads?  Also, feel free to leave a link to your freebie list in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Reads

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December 4: Cozy/Wintry Reads

This week I’m going to select books I’ve not read but have been holding off for a cold winter night.

Ten books that I held for winter.

  1. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) Often I will hold a really long book for the dead of winter.  I did so with the Game of Thrones series and it seemed to work out.  I have been meaning to try this one and it is a brick so maybe it would be good winter read.
  2. The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) Another brick that also happens to be high fantasy.  Hmmm, maybe it is less about long stories but I get in the mood for fantasy adventures when the temps drop.
  3. Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) Starting a new series is another thing I will do in the middle of winter.  I recently brought home almost this entire series maybe I will make this my January read.
  4. The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5) Or finishing a series that I already started.  I read the first books in the Old Man’s War series a couple of winters ago before I burnt out on it a bit.  I could pick this back up and finish it this winter, or maybe not.
  5. A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) Last winter I started reread a couple of series that I love and if I wanted to go that route then I have been meaning to reread this one for a while now.
  6. Imzadi (Star Trek the Next Generation) I keep meaning to set aside a month and read nothing but Star Trek books.  Maybe midwinter would be a great time to get my Trek on.
  7. Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek: Vulcan Then again a nice travel book that shows me of places I’d rather be than hip deep in snow.  Like Vulcan ;).
  8. Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) A funny trilogy also might be fun!
  9. Stygian (Dark-Hunter, #27) I’ve also been to catch up on some of my favorite series by my favorite authors.  I keep falling behind in Kenyon’s series maybe winter would be a great time to catch up.
  10. Eve of Darkness (Marked, #1) Wasn’t sure what else to select for the list so I thought it might be fun to add another trilogy to the list.  I have all of these books sitting on my shelf waiting for their turn.

What types of books do you like to read in the dead of winter?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Friends!

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November 27: Platonic Relationships In Books

So often we focus on romantic interests in books but sometimes it is fun to read about great friendships. Especially when you struggle to make friendships in real life.  I often end up a tad jealous but need to keep in mind often like book romances, book friendships are better than reality.   Here are some of my favorites over the years.

Ten Friendships that I Envied.

  1. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) Jane and her gang: One of the things I love most about Molly Harper’s books is that she writes great friendships.  Out of all the friendships on this list, this is the one I’m most envious over.  I so wanted to have a group of girlfriends like Jane did in this series.
  2. Lock In (Lock In, #1) Chris Shane and Agent Vann: Chris and Vann have such great chemistry that their friendship is what saved book two for me.  Hope there is a book three!
  3. Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 Kirk and Spock: “I have been, and always shall be your friend” is the iconic quote of Spock that even non-Trekkies have heard before.  The friendship between these two characters was so great that it even manifested in the actors who played the roles.  Spock and Kirk have a friendship that anyone would envy.
  4. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Mercy and Zee/Mercy and Stefan: It was a toss-up between Mercy and Zee or Mercy and Stefan’s friendship.  In my opinion, both are equally important in Mercy’s life.  Both almost border on father figures in her life so I almost didn’t include them but regardless both men have Mercy’s back.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Cookie: I love Charley and Cookie together so freaken much.  Maybe it is because the series is over (for me) but I feel like I’ve lost my best friend now that the series is finished.
  6. Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1) Elisa and Lulu: These two have an interesting relationship in this book.  You can see that they used to be really close but time and distance have affected their friendship.  I look forward to seeing these two figure out how to move forward together in book two.
  7. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit and Mallory: Part of the reason Elisa and Lulu have such a great friendship it might have to do with the fact that their mothers were close friends and they probably spent a lot of time together as children.  Of course, Mallory and Merit had some rough patches over the course of the series but managed to reconnect and Mallory is right there fighting alongside Merit in the end.
  8. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks: This friendship is the heart of the entire series and without it, this would have been a very different story.  These three always had each other’s backs and that is something I have always wanted in my life.
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry and Hermione: For much of the story it feels like a trio of friends building a family while at school together but by the last book I thought Harry and Hermione’s friendship really comes out.  It felt that Hermione truly and Harry were truly a team that Ron couldn’t quite live up to.  Perhaps it was because Harry and Hermione both came from Muggle homes and Ron had a longer history in the wizarding world.  Whatever the reason I felt that the bond, the friendship, between Harry and Hermione was strongest in this book.
  10. Acheron (Dark-Hunter #14) Acheron and Simi: I almost didn’t put this friendship on the list but in the end couldn’t find a better one to take its place.  My hesitation came from this feels more like a parent/child relationship than a friendship not that parents can’t be friends with their children but it does give a different feel to the relationship than a platonic non-relative one.  But like I said I couldn’t find one I liked more and decided to include Acheron and Simi.

This week’s list was more challenging than I expected.  Being that I read a lot of romance the friendship bonds tend to have that romantic element that disqualified them from this week’s list.  What great book friendships made it on to your list?  Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful.

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November 20: Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

 

This week’s list isn’t going to be book-centric.  I’m going to simply list ten things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Ten things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving.

  1. My Husband: After 23 years of marriage I continue to be grateful for my husband.  He has expanded my world, supported our family, and loved me at my best and worst.  I am an extremely lucky woman to share my life with him.
  2. My Cats: I spend most of my time with my cats they are my family and friends.  They make me laugh, bring me comfort, and give me unconditional love.
  3. My Birds: Like my cats, my birds bring me such joy.  I love spending time with them and watching their antics.
  4. My Home: Husband and I are very fortunate to own our home and it is something for which I am eternally grateful.  We love the peace and solitude that living in the country brings.  Along with the opportunity to have a big garden and livestock.
  5. My Friends: Thought I wish I had more who I was closer to relationship and distance wise I am extremely grateful for the friends that I do have.  There isn’t anyone that I call a friend that I do not trust or feel comfortable being myself with.
  6. Star Trek: This franchise has brought me much joy over my life and been a way to connect with the memory of my mother.
  7. Surviving Cancer: Like any person diagnosed with cancer I am eternally grateful that I survived cancer.  I am very fortunate that my cancer was found early and was easily cured.
  8. Books: Despite my lack of reading these past few months I continue to be grateful for books.  They are my favorite form of escape.
  9. Libraries: Not only does a library employ me it also provides me free access to technology and books.  Libraries will always be an asset to every community in which they belong.
  10. The Internet: While it can be a huge time suck the internet has become an invaluable asset in my life.  It allows us to remain connected to friends and family, near and far and stay informed.  It also allows us to seek out the truth and learn new things every day.  The internet is a tool for which I am grateful.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Stuff

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November 13: Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own

Now I haven’t thought about bookish items I want/wanted beyond my new reading glasses, that I love.  This might be a great time to go check out Pinterest to see what catches my eye.  I’m not going to provide links to any of these items because I’m just going to take the pictures off Pintrest.

Ten bookish items I covet.

  1. NOOK Tablet 7 A new Nook:  Now mine is working perfectly fine but who doesn’t want a new toy every now and again.  I’ll wait until mine stops working but if someone was to give me one as a gift I wouldn’t refuse.
  2.  Bookish Pillow: This looks like a cute pillow that would be nice for reading in bed or on the couch.
  3. Image result for Librarian Bookish shoes Bookish Shoes: This is something I’ve wanted for a while. A pair of really cool bookish shoes that I could wear to work.
  4. Book Reader Socks Bookish Socks:  And to go with those bookish shoes a pair of fun bookish socks. Or perhaps the socks can go with another pair of shoes…
  5. This hilarious bookish t-shirt sums up the life of a reader pretty well. Bookish T-Shirt:  This shirt is so true!  I would love this shirt but there are plenty of other great shirts out there.
  6. Readers gonna read mug Bookish mug:  I do have a bookish mug but I do like this one and wouldn’t mind owning it too.
  7. $12.99, H&M. Bookends:  I’ve found myself picking up fun bookends that I come across while thrifting. I like this one but I should probably just stencil the quote on my bookcase instead…
  8. 30 Literary Enamel Pins for Book Lovers | Bookish https://www.bookish.com/articles/bookish-enamel-pins/ Bookish pin:  I have a small collection of book pins and buttons but this one is cute.
  9.  Bookish Tote:  Who doesn’t love a cool bookish tote to haul all those new titles home in.
  10.  Bookish Tattoo:  This is something I truly covet but will probably never get.  I love the idea of getting either a bookish or Star Trek Tattoo but I have a metal allergy and am afraid I will not handle the ink very well.  So I will simply be an admirer.

There you have it, a list of my bookish desires.  What bookish items do you want?

Top Ten Tuesday: Less Fresh Reads

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November 6: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Thanks to Goodreads I know exactly how many older release books I have yet to read.  For this week’s list, I’m going to put a caveat on the topic and the books must be at least 10 years old.  I’m not going to simply pick the oldest titles on my shelf but share titles that I’m in the mood to read right now.

Ten older books that I’m interested in reading.

  1. When I Grow Rich: A Nuri Bey Mystery 1962 : This book is being rereleased and I have a review copy that I will have hopefully read before this posts… That being said it is an interesting looking mystery set in Istanbul.
  2. Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1) 2006 :  I have the first couple of books in this series and its spin-off.  I keep meaning to start them but haven’t worked very hard to make time for them.  I believe this is an urban fantasy vampire series.
  3. Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) 2005 : This shifter series looked interesting so I picked up the book used a while back and again never made time for it.  Probably will start the Chance series before this one.
  4. Agent to the Stars 2005 : I picked this book up recently when I went to a John Scalzi signing.  I had been meaning to inter-library loan it but the opportunity came up for me to own a signed copy so I took it!  I’m saving this one for when I’m in need of something that will probably make me laugh.
  5. Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) 1976 : I wasn’t going to read this series.  I wasn’t.  Then my library weeded the entire series and it was offered to me.  As you can guess it is now sitting on my to-read bookcase waiting for me to give it a try.  I think I am only missing one book from the series so if I like it there will be no waiting!
  6. The Prophet Murders 2002 : This book we picked up in the same independent bookstore where I bought number four on the list.  My husband was interested in it because it was a Turkish author.  He liked it and I have had it sitting on my shelf waiting for me to take a turn in reading it.
  7. Spock Must Die! (Star Trek Adventures, #1) 1970 : I have tons of Star Trek books.  Tons.  I simply can’t pass them up when I find them while thrifting.  I have even been known to buy duplicates that are in better condition than the one I own.  That being said I don’t think I will ever get around to reading all of them.  Partially because I don’t know where to start but also I know I’m not going to like many of them.  I have thought of going through and selecting books about the characters I liked most and reading those first.  Spock is definitely on the top of that list!
  8. Imzadi (Star Trek the Next Generation) 1992 :  Even before I started collecting Star Trek books I had known about this book.  I do believe it is considered one of the best Star Trek books out there.  I have a copy of it and maybe I will get around to reading it soon.  Maybe not.
  9. Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) 1995 : I recently picked up the second copy in this series but am not sure if I own the first even.  Since they are a series, though, I will probably start with this one.
  10. Bloodfever (Fever, #2) 2007 : I read the first book in this series a long time ago and actually like it.  I keep meaning to read more but never make time for them.  Maybe if I keep adding it to the Top Ten Tuesdays lists I will actually get around to reading it…

What backlist books are you interested in reading?  Leave a link to your list in the comments and maybe we all can find some forgotten gems!

Top Ten Tuesday: Happy Halloween

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October 30: Halloween/Creepy Freebie

I’m not a huge fan of scary or creepy stories.  I’m also not a huge fan of Halloween beyond the fun of coming up with a great costume.  I think I’ve done this before but I’m going to go with finding characters to dress up for as Halloween.  To further put a twist on the list I’m going to select couple characters to dress up as.

Ten couple characters to dress up as for Halloween.

  1. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana and Matthew:  For this costume, I would pick a scholarly look for Diane or perhaps one of her rowing getups.  Matthew something tailored and a bit formal looking, powerful.
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Ron and Hermione: This could be fun all you would need is wizarding robes, wands (Ron’s broken), some books, and perhaps a rat.  You could have Hermione spend the evening outshining Ron and instructing him on how to do magic.
  3. Twilight (Twilight, #1) Bella and Edward: For this costume, I would go with jeans, t-shirt and perhaps a rain jacket for Bella.  Edward could wear anything highly fashionable and use foundation several shades lighter than his skin tone.  I would also mix in some glitter for the sparkle that Meyer’s vampires were known for.  I would also have Edward give a pained expression all night from having to deny himself Bella’s intoxicating blood.
  4. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) Sookie and Bill: For Sookie I would go with her waitress outfit and Bill could wear something a bit old-fashion and plain.  What would really sell this costume would be to have Bill walk around all night saying Sookie in a southern accent all night.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Reyes: Charley would be easy in that all she would need is a t-shirt with one of the fun sayings from the beginning of the chapters in the book.  Reyes would be fun if you could find a way to simulate his incorporeal self and go around with a hidden dry ice container to simulate the mist rolling off him.
  6. The Princess Bride Buttercup and Westly: For Buttercup a peasant outfit and Wesley a black pirate costume or he could wear a farm boy outfit and spend the night saying ‘As you wish’.
  7. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Mercy and Adam: This couple costume would work for a single woman as well if you owned a dog or you could use a stuffed animal for Adam.  Then Mercy could wear overalls from work or jeans and a t-shirt.
  8. The Time Traveler's Wife Clare and Henry: Another great couple costume that would work for a single or someone whose husband doesn’t want to go to the costume party with his wife…  Anyway,  Clare could dress normally but carry around a set of men’s clothing as Henry had just shifted in time.
  9. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Christian and Anastasia: This could be fun for a couple that has low inhibitions.  For Christian, I would have him in a power suit with a red power tie.  Ana, I would have dressed like she was in college and there to interview Christian.  Looking kind of mousey and holding a notepad.
  10. Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1) Parzival and Art3mis:  For these two you could dress up like their online selves or pick the offline version and wear some sort of virtual reality headgear like they were experiencing the Oasis.

What couple characters do you think would make good Halloween costumes?

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Heroes.

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October 23: Villains (favorite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.)

I have several authors that like to take a character that they have built up to be someone the reader truly despises and then turn them into the hero in their own story.  So this week I’m going to put a slight twist and select bad guys turned good for my list.

Ten bad guys that were totally redeemed.

  1. Born of Legend (The League, #9) Julian/Dagger: Ms. Kenyon is the queen of redeeming bad guys and giving them their own hero story.  Julian was quite the evil guy for much of The League series and then in this book, we get to see everything from his perspective and learn how very wrong we were about him.
  2. Seize the Night (Dark-Hunter, #6) Valerius: Was an early redemption in The Dark Hunter’s series.  He was pretty awful in book two but by the time we get to his story, we learn that things aren’t always what they appear to be.
  3. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) Styxx: This is perhaps the biggest turn around Ms. Kenyon undertook.  You couldn’t get lower than Styxx in this series but then bam his book comes out and I ended up loving him more than any of the other characters even Acheron.  I know!  Even Ash.
  4. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15) Xcor: Has been the bad guy for about four or five books in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series then we get his book and learn all about his past and end up forgiving him for all his transgressions.
  5. The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) Trent: Trent wasn’t an overnight redemption.  Harrison started turning things around for him a few books before the end where he rides off into the sunset with Rachel.
  6. Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows, #8) Al:  Al doesn’t really get a redemption storyline much of the time he is portrayed as a reluctant hero.  He does come into the story as a pretty bad character but by the end of the series, he became quite a different demon.
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Snape: Snape is considered a bad guy for much of this series and does some pretty awful things in the last or next to last book but in the end, we learn that much of his actions were not what they seemed.
  8. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Eric: Up until this book Eric plays the creepy bad boy roll and seems to cherish his reputation.  Then in the book we see another side of him, sure he lost his memory, but I ended up falling for him.  I truly hate how Harris ended up destroying his and Sookie’s relationship in the last three books.  Never going to get over it.  Ever.
  9. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) Tyrion Lannister: Tyrion is a complicated yet calculating character in this series but as the books progressed I truly started to change my mind about him.  If I decide to continue this series it will be to find out what happens with him.  Somehow I don’t think it will ever be finished though.
  10. Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Mallory Carmichael: Mallory starts off as Merit’s best friend but a few books in she takes a turn toward the dark side.  Things are rocky for her for quite a few books but by the end of the series, she is totally redeemed.

What redeemed bad guys do you love?