Top 5 Wednesday on Saturday

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Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 28th – Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party
Pretty self explanatory. Who would you want to your NYE bash and why?

I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve while watching Star Wars with the volume turned up so loud my neighbors can probably hear it. Why so loud? Because I have a terrified lab/pit mix puppy that cowers every time she hears someone celebrating with fireworks or gunfire. She is currently hiding under the bed so I could probably turn the volume down a little since she’s back in the bedroom but that would require finding the remote and who knows where it’s gotten to.

So it’s Saturday and not Wednesday but I’m sure you’ll all forgive me for going back and tackling an old topic.

My first guest would have to be Ramona Geraldine Qmag-article-largeuimby, from the Ramona books written by Beverly Cleary. I’ve wanted to meet her since I was a little girl. And from reading about her, she sure seems to know how to have fun! I think Ramona and I would have been great friends if we had grown up together. She has been one of my favorite fictional characters for close to 35 years. I used to imagine that we lived in the same neighborhood and could walk on coffee can stilts and play brick factory together. This would be grown up Ramona though, but I’m pretty sure she’s still just as fun as she was as a kid. (And while I’m on the subject, I’d totally invite Beverly Cleary to my NYE bash too even though she’s not fictional and she’s 100 years old.)

150710-1-1My second guest would be Stephanie Plum, from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie has a great sense of humor, heavy on the sarcasm which I personally enjoy, so she’d probably be fun to hang out with. Plus she might bring Joe Morelli or Ranger with her as her date and you can never have to many hot guys at a party. (I guess, I haven’t actually been to a party in like 10 years.) And Janet Evanovich could come and hang out with Beverly Cleary. And let me just point out that while I did not particularly agree with Katherine Heigl being cast as Stephanie in the travesty that was One for the Money, this picture kind of does look like Stephanie in my head. Only her hair should be bigger. And there should be blue eye shadow or something. And definitely more eye liner.

fred_and_george_weasley_hbp_promo_2My third and fourth guests would be Fred and George Weasley, from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. (Don’t bother telling me Fred is dead; it’s my party, I’ll invite who I want to. Besides in my world Fred is still alive. I like to pretend the seventh book never happened.) Clearly the twins know how to liven things up and have a good time. In fact the whole Weasley clan can come, including Molly and Arthur. (They are the reason my Mollywobbles has her name after all.) But if Ginny brings Harry, he better not start whining about being an orphan or having to fight He Who Must Not Be Named, or whatever else he whines about all. the. time. It’s a party, ain’t nobody got time for that. (And it goes without saying that J.K. would be invited as well because, well, because she’s J.K. freaking Rowling.)


And for my fifth guest I’m going to cheat and invite Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Because really, you can’t invite one and not invite all of them. I’d have to invite them because they are the exact opposite of the weak we-need-a-prince-to-rescue-us princesses that Disney has given us pretty much forever. (until very recently) Granted they all fell in love and couldn’t have done what they all did without the help of Prince Kai, Carswell, Wolf, and whatever-his-name-was that loved Winter, but they are all still kick ass female characters. I’m sure we could talk them into telling us some great stories about their adventures and Carswell would definitely be fun at a party, though dealing with Prince Kai’s security detail might be a pain. (And of course Marissa Meyer is invited because I can’t invite all the other authors and not invite her! Besides I’d love to pick her brain about writing.)

So, that’s who I’d invite to my NYE bash. Now you must excuse me, I have a real bash to get ready for. And by that I mean, it’s time to put on my pajamas, put in The Empire Strikes Back dvd, and bake brownies. Happy New Year bookworms!

2017 Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge Log

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popsugar-logo-pink The main list is 40 prompts long. Most participants read one book for each prompt but the challenge is up to each individual so some people will use the same book to fulfill multiple prompts.

1. A book recommended by a librarian
2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
3. A book of letters
4. An audiobook
5. A book by a person of color
6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title
7. A book that is a story within a story
8. A book with multiple authors
9. An espionage thriller
10. A book with a cat on the cover
11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
14. A book involving travel
15. A book with a subtitle
16. A book that’s published in 2017
17. A book involving a mythical creature
18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
19. A book about food
20. A book with career advice
21. A book from a nonhuman perspective
22. A steam punk novel
23. A book with a red spine
24. A book set in the wilderness
25. A book you loved as a child
26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name
28. A novel set during wartime
29. A book with an unreliable narrator
30. A book with pictures
31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
32. A book about an interesting woman
33. A book set in two different time periods
34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title
35. A book set in a hotel
36. A book written by someone you admire
37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before
40. A book you bought on a trip

For those who want to try to read 52 books in the year, there is an advanced category with an additional 12 prompts.

1. A book recommended by an author you love
2. A bestseller from 2016
3. A book with a family member term in the title
4. A book that takes place over a character’s life span
5. A book about an immigrant or refugee
6. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of
7. A book with an eccentric character
8. A book that’s more than 800 pages
9. A book you got from a used book sale
10. A book that’s been mentioned in another book
11. A book about a difficult topic
12. A book based on mythology


top 10 things on my reading wish list



Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (I love alliteration!) is the top 10 things I have on my reading wish list. (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.) The Broke and the Bookish

1. More fictionalized histories of obscure celebrities. Think Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. She took a person that we all knew in abstract, Alice Liddell, the young girl that was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and told us a completely plausible, yet wholly fictional story, of her life. (She also did this with The Aviator’s Wife and The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb.)

2. Historical fiction set somewhere other than Regency era England. Specifically, historical fiction set in early America. A few years ago I read One Thousand White Women:  The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus. It was so good! I practically devoured it and it was an idea, a perspective, that I had never read before. I’d love more stuff like that.

3. Books about people who love books. A mystery in a library that has be solved by the librarian… A love story starring a nerdy clerk in a bookshop… And not another swoony, teen, I love Mr Darcy book, please.

4. Authors who aren’t afraid to tell funny stories in funny ways. I love puns. Everything is better with a few bad puns thrown in. But good bad puns, not bad bad puns. You know? Think Janet Evanovich or Rick Riordan.

(this is hard!)

5. Give me more strong, female protagonists in YA with less angst. I hate angst. I know, it’s a necessary part of adolescence, but please, for the love of all things literary, give me a girl with some good sense and no whining.

6. More books set in the 1920s and 1930s. (and 1950s)

7. Jamie, from Perpetual Page Turner, suggests novels that change childhood figures.

“I don’t know if this makes me morbid or not but I’d really love to see a psycho Santa Claus who is a murderer or a Tooth Fairy that steals more than your teeth or Cupid falling in love with a human. ANYTHING.”

Fascinating. I’m all for a little morbidity now and again anyway. Someone write this!

8. More alternative history novels or novels that tell a story that runs concurrently with a huge historical event. Think The Book Thief or even Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

9. Someone give me the grown up story of Ramona Quimby!

10. And last, but certainly not least, I’m adding this one because it has always been a pet peeve of mine but it seems the be getting worse and worse, give me more books that are well-edited, that have all the words spelled correctly, and that uses actual words instead of made up words that don’t exist. (And I’m not talking about jokey, funny words, I mean please stop authors from using the word unthaw. Unthaw is not a word. If you unthaw something, you are FREEZING it.)

Well, that’s my list. Does anyone know of any books that might fit some of these? If so, please leave a note in the comment section and I’ll check them out. Happy reading, y’all!

April Monthly Challenge


This is another challenge I am participating in over at the Crazy Challenge Connection message board on

Using the letters in the month of “April”, read a book that corresponds to each letter. You may use the first letter of the title, the first letter of the author’s first name, or the first letter of the author’s last name. As a bonus, read a book with “April” in the title, or a book with a main character named “April” (spelling does not have to be exact).

The challenge runs from April 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012. If anyone would like to join me in completing this challenge just leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to have some more friends joining in.

So, here is my list of books for April.

A – Animal Farm by George Orwell

P – Push by Sapphire – read 4/8. read my review here.

R – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

I – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

L – Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Bonus: undecided