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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I could Reread Forever


This is a post for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. You can find out more and follow along there!

One of the biggest changes to my reading habits is how often I reread books. I used to be a huge rereader, and I still think of myself as one. But I think the pressures of all the new awesome books that come out mean I reread less often now than I used to, as well as having less time to read in general. Nonetheless, here are my top ten that I’d reread any day of the week. I’m sure I could have come up with a different list on a different day!

  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Among Others by Jo Walton
  • Chime by Franny Billingsley
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Imperial Raadch trilogy by Ann Leckie
  • The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite TV shows based on books

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: (I MEAN) Based on the series of the same name by Kerry Greenwood! I haven’t actually read the books yet (please don’t tell my friend Ally), but the Australian TV series is one of the most delightful shows I know. It’s got such wonderful female characters–not just Phryne, but Dot and Jane–and some sizzling romance PLUS gorgeous costumes.

Call the Midwife: Based on the series of memoirs by Jennifer Worth. Confession–I haven’t seen the most recent series, and lost interest a bit. BUT as a whole I absolutely love this show. It’s rare that I manage to get through an episode without both laughing and crying. As usual, this is one where the characters make the show. Jenny, Chummy, Trixie, & Cynthia feel like friends at this point.

Elementary: Based on Sherlock Holmes, of course! I really enjoy Elementary, and I think it’s a great example of a looser adaptation that works really well. Because the show relies on the relationship between Holmes and Watson, and the way that ties back to the original, it doesn’t need to stick strictly to the mysteries of the books.

All Creatures Great and Small: Based on the memoirs by James Herriot (yes, I know that’s not his real name). This was one of my favorite TV shows and series of books growing up. They’re really fun, and as a bonus you get Christopher Timothy being delightful, Peter Davison being silly, and Robert Hardy being Robert Hardy.

Bleak House (2005): Based on the book by Charles Dickens. I HAVE SO MANY BLEAK HOUSE FEEEELS. The book is one that I both love and am frustrated by (see also: all of Charles Dickens), but the adaptation does some really interesting things with the characters. Anna Maxwell Martin as Esther and Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock are always going to be my favorites. And there’s that one scene, augh, my heart.

North and South: Based on the book by Elizabeth Gaskell. This is a very rare case where I watched the adaptation before the book. And I love them both (I wrote part of a senior thesis on the book!) but AUGH THAT MOVIE. Yes, we could talk about Richard Armitage’s Thornton all day, but I also adore Daniela Denby Ashe as Margaret Hale. She carries the story perfectly. Also deeply loved: the cinematography, the music, the costuming choices.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Based on the book by Susanna Clarke. This isn’t a perfect adaptation, and since I’m a huge fan of the book I could nitpick what they got wrong forever. But, by and large, the writers and actors managed to distill the essence of a really complex, massive story into a few short hours. (I really warmed to both Charlotte Riley’s Arabella and Bertie Carvel’s Strange.) I will say, however, that I have very strong negative feelings about the changes to the ending, so if you’re super into the way the book ends, be forewarned.

Hornblower: Based on the series by C.S. Forster. So, something that doesn’t come up that often is how much of my childhood was spent reading books about the sea. My dad was kind of obsessed with nautical history and fiction, and I got into it too, around age 10. The Hornblower series isn’t my favorite book-wise, but I loved the TV adaptation, with Ioan Gruffudd, Paul McGann, and Jamie Bamber a LOT. (Archie!!) I haven’t rewatched it in several years, but it’s still one I have fond memories of.

Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. So, I have very strong feelings about Austen adaptations (P&P 95 forever, pls & thank you). Therefore, I was pretty nervous when I heard about a new vlog version. But I was quickly charmed by this version of Lizzie Bennet, and impressed by the way the writers updated the story.

Hollow Crown: TECHNICALLY, based on a series of plays (Shakespeare’s history plays) rather than a book, but I’m going include it anyway (because I can). I was really impressed by how well the mini-series translated the plays into TV, and the actors were great.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books set in royal courts

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For whatever reason, I realized that I love a lot of books set in royal courts. This is a bit weird, since I’m mostly very liberal in real life politics. But fictional courts often include some great opportunities for character interaction and conflict. So here are some favorites! If you have one I haven’t included, let me know.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

The Foreigner series by C.J. Cherryh

Hild by Nicola Griffith

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The Medair duology by Andrea K. Höst

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Ombria in Shadow by Patricia McKillip

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

A Coalition of Lions by Elizabeth Wein

* honorable mention *

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Element of Fire by Martha Wells

The Palace of Spies series by Sarah Zettel

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books in my beach/traveling bag

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I’m riffing off of an old topic about the top ten books in your beach bag. Since I live in Indiana, I don’t get a chance to go to the beach that often. BUT I am going on a trip! So here are ten books I would think about taking along. For this post, I chose a mixture of some favorite older books and some exciting newer books.

Old favorites

Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Court Duel & Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

New and glitzy

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina La Cour

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford

Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

Something New by Lucy Knisley

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2016 releases to date

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You know, I really thought I hadn’t been reading a ton of new books so far this year, but I came up with ten favorites no problem.

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Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold

Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis

To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Listen to the Moon by Rose Lerner

 

I also have not yet finished Kat Howard’s Roses and Rot, but so far it is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated releases in the rest of 2016

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Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal (July)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (July)

The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn (August)

The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford (August)

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron (September)

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Everfair by Nisi Shawl (September)

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (October)

The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan (October)

Crosstalk by Connie Willis (October)

Spindle by E.K. Johnston (December)

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Honorable mention:

Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol (September)

Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (September)

Cloudbound by Fran Wilde (September)

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood (October)

Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (December)

EDIT: I somehow managed to entirely leave out one of my most anticipated releases, A Little Taste of Poison by RJ Anderson, which is a sequel to last year’s marvelous A Pocket Full of Murder.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that make me laugh

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Writing this post was an interesting exercise in realizing that I’ve changed a lot over the almost ten years I’ve been reading and reviewing in this space. Looking back through my “Humor” BookLikes shelf, I found that I don’t read as many books that could be strictly called humor anymore, nor do I necessarily think I would love the books I used to enjoy in the same way. Nonetheless, I do enjoy a funny book, although some of these definitely make you laugh and then punch you in the feels.

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Me & Earl & the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Hark! A Vagrant & other books by Kate Beaton

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan

All Creatures Great & Small (and sequels) by James Herriot

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

The Exiles series, and the Lulu series by Hilary McKay

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Jeeves and Wooster by P.G. Wodehouse

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for poetry fans

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April is National Poetry Month, a thing that I love. I thought it would be fun to suggest some prose books for poetry fans. These are all books which use language in a way that seems somewhat poetic to me, either compressed and opaque, or rich and lush.

An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet: One of my favorite books from last year–Bobet’s use of language is masterful and she has a gift for unusual and expressive turns of phrase that perfectly capture the essence of what she’s conveying without being overblown. {my review}

Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow: Bow is a poet as well as a prose writer and I think it shows most in this 2012 book. As I said in my review, “The overall effect of the language in Sorrow’s knot is one of spareness, economy. There’s not a word out of place or misused. Words have weight and echoes. And yet, at least for me, the effect was also not one of an overt style that intruded.” {review}

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston: Johnston has already shown herself to be a writer who uses language deftly. In Story of Owen/Prairie Fire, it’s the way Siobhan experiences music and the world. In A Thousand Nights, it’s the narrator’s life in the desert which shapes how she tells the story. They’re really deliberate choices which at the same time feel very organic to the particular story being told. {my review}

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan: I initially struggled with The Brides of Rollrock Island and yet, even at the time, I appreciated and was immersed in Lanagan’s prose. She combines gorgeous, keenly-crafted descriptions with realistic dialogue for a really fascinating effect. {my review}

Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin: I think of Voices as poetic, not so much because of the language itself–though there are certainly moments that are beautifully written–but because it has something of the feel of a poem. The connections and meanings are not always obvious; the reader is asked to work a little to make sense of them. {my review}

All Our Pretty Songs (and sequels) by Sarah McCarry: Lush, gorgeous prose. All Our Pretty Songs is the first in this loosely connected trilogy, but it was perhaps the third book, About a Girl, which impressed me the most. The descriptions of the world, of the inner landscape of the characters, and the strange lovely, dangerous things they encounter are all wonderful.

The Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip: McKillip always writes dense, beautiful prose, but in this book in particular, the relationships between the sections reminds me of poetic breaks between lines. Like Voices, the connections are not always apparent and there’s a tension that requires attention to resolve. {my review}

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye: Nye is a poet, so it’s not surprising that this realistic middle grade story feels so intensely personal and evocative. Nye captures the inner landscape of Aref as he faces his imminent move to the US, as well as the outer landscape of the home he has always known. {my review}

A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar: This is a lovely, thoughtful book about all kinds of things, including family, myth, and the effects of colonialism. As I said in my review, “Samatar’s language is dense and beautiful, with occasional moments of iridescent beauty.” There’s a sequel out this year and I’m excited! {my review}

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine: One of the things I often love about poetry is the sense of voice and, although this is prose, Valentine creates both a distinct, beautiful voice, and powerful imagery. The narration feels deliberate and careful and at the same time wildly exciting. {my review}

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite recent reads

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I don’t really do star ratings, but I did come up with a list of books I’ve read in the last few months that I really loved! Links go to my reviews.

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And two re-reads:

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P.S. Did you know that I do a podcast about YA books? And the latest (brand new) episode is all about books we just read in 2016?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for Galentine’s Day

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Galentine’s Day is a thing created by Leslie Knope on Parks & Recreation. The idea is that the day before Valentine’s Day, you get together with your ladybros* and celebrate your friendship. I love this idea because it doesn’t take away from Valentine’s Day itself if you celebrate that, and because friendships with other women is something that’s really important to me in both real life and fiction.

  • Emi & Charlotte & Ava from Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • Sammy & Andy from Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • Betsy, Tacy, & Tib from the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Taylor & Raffaela from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • Willowdean, Millie, Amanda, and Hannah in Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy
  • Agniezka & Kasia from Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Ori, Violet, & Amber in The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  • Helen & Irene from the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Julie & Maddie in Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Rose, Roza, and Irina in Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

 

I am always looking for awesome books with strong female friendships, so if you have a favorite please let me know!

* Thanks to Ally for both this term and the inspiration for the post!

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