Six Degrees of Separation: 1984

“Welcome back to Six Degrees of Separation: a monthly meme in which you’re invited to link six books in a chain, with connections as logical or crazy as you like. This month, to celebrate the launch of her speculative-fiction novel The Ark, Emma and Annabel chose to begin the chain with George Orwell’s speculative fiction classic,Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation: 1984”

Life According to Literature

I feel like this is one of those surveys that I filled out in middle school, only a slightly more literary take on it. So it’s fun, if not particularly enlightening. I found it over at Catherine Pope – Victorian Geek via Annabel Smith. Using only books you have read this year (2012), answer these questions.Continue reading “Life According to Literature”

Being thankful: A top ten list

Today I am thankful. I am thankful for the authors and books that inspire me. Books, and the authors who write them, have made me happy and sad and angry and afraid and fulfilled and understood and a little less alone. I am in awe of you. So in honor of this, I am givingContinue reading “Being thankful: A top ten list”

Movies into books? Feature Friday

New? Follow on twitter, by email, or Facebook (or add to Google reader, etc.). Let me know if you do! So I’ve written about movies that were better than the books they were based on, but what about books based on a movie? This week’s question from Alison Can Read and Parajunkee ponders just that. WhatContinue reading “Movies into books? Feature Friday”

Favorite quotations: a top ten list

I am not a writer nor have I ever particularly aspired to be one (I recently had to google  #NaNoWriMo, why I insist on including information that embarrases me in this post – I do not know). I am, however, a dedicated and voracious reader. I think for readers in particular, finding and identifying with certain writers hasContinue reading “Favorite quotations: a top ten list”

Literary Heroines: A top ten list

This week’s top ten list: literary heroines who kick-ass – though I think it is important to note that one need not literally kick ass to qualify (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). This list will include (fictional) women I admire for their brilliance, humor, resilience, kindness, dignity, class, wit, perseverance, strength, endurance, love, etc.Continue reading “Literary Heroines: A top ten list”

Reading outside the box: Exploring genres

Today’s bookish question comes from Parajunkee and Alison Can Read: When you step out of your usual genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre? I don’t consider myself much of a genre reader. I do have preferences, but I seem to mostly practice genre avoidance. There are just certain areasContinue reading “Reading outside the box: Exploring genres”

Favorite contemporary fiction authors: A top ten list

This week’s top ten list: favorite contemporary fiction authors (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). I’m defining contemporary authors as currently living, currently publishing (as in more than one book) fiction writers. In no particular order: 10. Deborah Harkness 9. Joe Hill 8. Bret Easton Ellis 7. Ian McEwan 6. John Sandford 5. Kate MortonContinue reading “Favorite contemporary fiction authors: A top ten list”

Backlist fiction: Ten books to remember

This week’s top ten list: backlist fiction (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). These are books that run from a few to several years old. They tend to get lost in the mix of new releases and popular classics. It’s worth noting that I included only one Stephen King and one John IrvingContinue reading “Backlist fiction: Ten books to remember”

Unfinished book business: A top ten list

This week’s top ten list: book series I haven’t finished for one reason or another (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). I should also preface this by saying I am not a big series reader, so this list took some thought. Thus, I’m dividing this up: the first five are series I believe need toContinue reading “Unfinished book business: A top ten list”