Top Ten Tuesday: I’ve Seen That Movie Too

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s topic is a bit off focus for me, Favorite Movies or TV shows.  I am a pop culture horder. I love movies. I love TV so this was probably more difficult than any book list. And honestly I used a new to me service Letterboxd  to look at genres and picked movies that I loved. But if some said “what about movie “X”?” I would complete change my mind and say “Yes I forgot about that one. I love that one.”

The Avengers – Action/Adventure

Brave – Animated

 

Some Like it Hot – Classic

 

Shaun of the Dead – Comedy

Reel Injun – Documentary

 

Pan’s Labyrinth – Fairy Tale

 

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Fantasy

 

Love Actually – Romance

 

Inception – SciFi

 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Silliness

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*I’ve Seen That Movie Too by Elton John

Thoughts on a Thursday: Reading Slumps

Thoughts on a Thursday

I am in a quandary. This has never happened before. I have been thinking for months that I am in a blogging slump, but it is so much worse than that. I am in a reading slump. And it is frightening.

I have not read a book this year yet that has wowed me. Most of my books have been 3 and 4 star ratings. About an average 3.5 star rating for the year. Not one of them has been a 5 star. And I have read things that other people have been gushing about The Goldfinch and The Leftovers for example. I find myself doping things other then reading. Gasp!

I miss great reads. I miss losing myself in a book. I miss not being able to wait to get back to it. And I am not sure what the solution is. Partly it might be a reliance on tech, social media and electronics which are some of the major distractors. So I am thinking that Mondays posts might come very late, possibly Tuesday morning. We might try to go tech free on Mondays for the rest of the summer. No phones, no tablets, no laptops. Old fashion hardbacks and lemonades only. Maybe that will help. Wish me luck.

Anyone else ever hit a slump?

Top Ten Tuesday: “Such A Classic Girl”*

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week the theme for Top Ten Tuesday is “Top Ten Favorite Classic Books (however you define classic) or Top Ten Classics I Want To Read <or spin it some other way…”classics” in a specific genre?>”. So I decided to spin it into Top Ten Classic Fantasy Novels.  I have chosen both older classics and some modern classics as well. There are some adult and some young adult and some juvenile fiction novels. And I limited myself to one entry per author.

The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) by C.S. Lewis

The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1) by Peter S. Beagle

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Lord Foul’s Bane (Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever) by Stephen R. Donaldson

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

 

The Dresden Files (The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher

Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

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* Jane’s Addiction – Classic Girl

Top Ten Tuesday: You Can’t Judge an Apple by Looking at the Tree*

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Cover ideas I love:

Wraparound covers:

wuthering-heights_209541sWuthering Heights (Fine Edition) [Hardcover] [2010] (Author) Emily Bronte
  watershipdown Watership Down: A Novel


Penguin Classics:

   
   

 

Spine Pictures:

boxset[ { SPECIAL EDITION HARRY POTTER PAPERBACK BOX SET (HARRY POTTER) } ] by Scholastic, Inc. (AUTHOR) Aug-27-2013 [ Paperback ] jacksonPercy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
 Sacks_7[amazon_image id="0375704043" link="true" target="_blank" size="medium" ]Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood[/amazon_image]
 new-annotated-sherlock-holmes[amazon_image id="039305800X" link="true" target="_blank" size="medium" ]The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels (Slipcased Edition) (Vol. 3)[/amazon_image]

 

Good Typography:

 

Clever Art:

 

 

Cover Ideas I Hate:

Movie editions:

 The Great Gatsby The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Movie Tie-in Edition (Narnia)

Girl in a Dress for No Reason:

 Enchanted (The Woodcutter Sisters)
Fallen Everneath

Bad Urban Fantasy Poses:

At Grave’s End (Night Huntress, Book 3)
Deadtown Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, Book 1)

Bad costuming: 

 The Boleyn Wife
The Witch of Blackbird Pond (text only) Reissue edition by E. G. Speare The Queen’s Dollmaker

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* “You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover” – The Strypes

It’s Monday. What Are You Reading? (6/23/2014)

monday

Beach reading! I love the beach so very much. And I love beach reading. I discovered I also love just sitting at looking at the ocean and listening to the waves. I miss it already.

Also WordPress App is wonky. It kept telling it was not uploading pictures so I gave up. This morning I found the 50 attempts had load every single time. Sigh. Oh well. Onward and forward.

This week I Finished:

This week I am reading/listening to:

 
This Week: Page 94 This Week: Page 52 This Week: Page 19 This Week: 00:53:23
Last Week: Page 30 Last Week: Not Started Last Week: Not Started Last Week: Not Started
This Week: Page 9 This Week: Page 211 This Week: 49%
Last Week: Page 9 Last Week: Page 211 Last Week: 37%

 

On the Back burner:

This Week: 2:48:00 This Week: Page 5
Last Week: Chapter 2:48:00 Last Week: Page 5

In the Queue:

It’s Monday. What Are You Reading? (6/9/2014)

monday

It has been a good summer week. I have switch out some reads and am getting ready to head to the beach with a full Nook and a full beach bag of books.

This week I am reading/listening to:

 
This Week: Page 94 This Week: Page 67 This Week: Page 185 This Week:  00:53:23
Last Week: Page 30 Last Week: Page 67 Last Week: Page 98 Last Week: Not Started
This Week: Page 9 This Week: Page 29 This Week: Page 211 This Week: 49%
Last Week: Page 9 Last Week: Not Started Last Week: Page 211 Last Week: 37%

 

On the Back burner:

 
 This Week:  2:48:00  This Week: 5
 Last Week: Chapter 2 of 13  Last Week: Not Started

 

In the Queue:

The New Deadwardians: 50 Word Friday

 

Title: The New Deadwardians
Author: Dan Abnett (Author), I.N.J. Culbard (Illustrations)

Summary:

In post-Victorian England, nearly everyone of the upper classes has voluntarily become a vampire in order to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Into this simmering cauldron is thrust Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who’s got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead! When the body of a young aristocrat washes up on the banks of the Thames, Suttle’s quest for the truth will take him from the darkest sewers to the gleaming halls of power, and reveal the rotten heart at the center of this strange world.[1]

Review:

I wanted to love it. I settled for liking it. Maybe a bit too much mystery for my “meh on mysteries” tastes. Or maybe not enough time to develop the story / characters so I was not invested enough. The conclusion was satisfying, the art was lovely but I left unenthusiastic.

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1. GoodReads.com