Top Ten Books Set During a War

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So, I typed this out yesterday, and fell asleep without posting. That’s what happens when you are pregnant, among other things.

I am going to step outside of my mostly fantasy book world, and do top books set in a war. This is a combo of real wars/fantasy wars. I am sure that I have actually read more, as when I was younger, this was one of my favorite settings. I always enjoyed fictional tales set during a war, whether the war be the central situation or not.

Top Books set during wars

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. Night by Elie Wiesel
3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
5. Diary of Anne Frank
6. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
7. The Left Behind series – Technically about a future world war, so I will count it.
8. World War Z- I haven’t exactly finished this yet, but I am going to count it because it is a bit different from the others. WOO! Zombie War! It is actually really interesting, as it is not your typical zombie fiction, but written as though it is an historical account of the war.
9. The Lord of the Rings series- Ok, so I know this isn’t your typical war, but I am going to count it because there is an awesome battle for Middle Earth.
10. The Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card – Awesome alien war…I think it’s called the Formic Wars…or that might be another war in some of his other books.

Does anybody have any books they enjoy that are set during a war, fictional or otherwise? I always enjoy recommendations!

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Carly’s Voice

“At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough. While working with her devoted therapists Howie and Barb, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed in “HELP TEETH HURT,” much to everyone’s astonishment.” Summary pulled from http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12671833-carly-s-voice

I could not put this book down, and that is saying something for me because I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books. However, I really enjoy a good memoir, especially if it involves someone with disabilities. What made this book so amazing is the daughter of the author has autism, and suddenly found a way in which to communicate after years of silence. Carly not only started to communicate, but amazed everybody by her intelligence and personality. I especially enjoyed the final chapter that Carly actually wrote, because she is has such a good sense of humor! She described why people with autism do the things they do, which was fascinating. I did some research after reading the book, as I just had to know more about Carly, and it turns out she is even going to college this year. What an amazing story, and an amazing person. It just shows that sometimes we have no idea what is going on inside people’s head, especially with those who can’t communicate. Just because they can’t speak, doesn’t mean they are not intelligent or aware of what is going on. Great book, and though it is an emotional ride, a fairly easy read.


Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

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This is a tough one, and some of mine are going to be pretty dorky. I really love a good series, but I feel like there are so many books that are published as series now, especially because of all the success of series such as Twilight and Harry Potter. Some of them are enjoyable, but sometimes it gets overwhelming. The one thing about a series is you have to stick with it awhile, and unless I get sucked in, I know I won’t. Besides, when I do get sucked in, I don’t want to read anything else! That is great if I have time to read, and all of the books are available, but many times you have to wait for months for the book to come in at the library. By the time the book comes in, my obsession is over!

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green- I think having a sequel to this book would take away how powerful it was, but similar to Hazel’s experience with her beloved book, I wanted to know what happened to everybody. However, I also feel that Green wanted us to feel the same way that Hazel did about a book she loved and felt was unresolved.

2. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – I was not happy with the Epilogue in this book. I did not care what happened 19 years later. The entire series I wanted to know what Harry’s life would be like after the battle. I also wanted to know how everybody dealt with all the aftermath. However, it kind of just cut off and went to 19 years later. For some, it may have left them at peace, but I would have rather known what happened immediately after.

3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy- This book was a mighty fine depressing book all on its own, but I thought it was really good. It was well written, and it was a very interesting story about a father and son living in a post-apocalyptic world. I would like a sequel in which we see what happened to the boy as he grew up, and I am also always curious if the world recovers in a story where it is torn apart.

4. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot- The thing about a series, is once I get into it, I would be perfectly happy with it going on forever. That is what happens when you are character centric, which is how I am. Sure, it needs a good storyline, because if it eventually becomes stale, you stop losing interest. My best friend Jennie introduced me to Meg Cabot, and this was the first series I read. As a Buffy fan, it caught my interest right away. It is just like Buffy, with a strong female character, dealing with ghosts. Then she falls in love with a ghost, and that whole storyline is awesome, too. However, I would have liked to have seen more about what happened in the events of the last book.

5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and one of my favorite movies as well. I watched the movie just recently, and I was surprised at how cheesy it was. It was still awesome, though! The book is so sad, and though the entire storyline wrapped up, I always felt like I wanted to know about what happened to the remaining characters later.

6. The Shining by Stephen King- MUAHAHA I win! He wrote Doctor Sleep! I am hoping, that even though the book is about Danny’s adulthood, they will also talk a little bit about what he went through as a child.


Literary Baby Names : HP Edition

So, the reason I have not been updating as much as usually is because I am expecting a little bundle of joy, who I hope is as big a nerd as I am. I have been thinking quite a bit about all the awesome names in books, and thought I would post some that were interesting. There are obviously too many to mention in one post, so I thought I would break it down. Of course, the first edition will be names from Harry Potter, because it is awesome. 

I really love the this book series, as most of my friends know. In fact, I probably love it too much for a 30 year old woman. However, I feel like it is full of a lot of strong characters that grow into adults, and it has a lot of really great role models as well. I thought I would compose a list of possible baby names from this series. In reality, most of the names are either too old fashioned, or too obvious/ridiculous to name a baby… to be honest, I don’t care! An HP name would be AWESOME!
Harry (A bit old fashioned, but you can’t leave him out because he is kind of the hero)
Lavender ( I hated the character, but the name is pretty.) 
Draco (OK, so this character was a serious pain most of the time, but you can’t deny the innate coolness of the name. Besides, I have heard it means dragon!) 
If we have ginger twins I think we would have to name them Fred and George…it would be a crime not to! 
Any other suggestions? 
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This Book Tastes Delicious!

Apparently it is National Ice Cream Month. It is a very delicious month indeed. Someone posted this amazing article about ice cream that is inspired by literature. Unfortunately, these aren’t real! Why hasn’t someone made a Berry Potter ice cream? WHY? I mean, honestly, the whole jelly bean/chocolate frog flavor does not sound appetizing at all, but I would eat it for the sake of literary awesomeness.



Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

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I feel like I should insert some ominous drum beats here or something.

It has been awhile since I have posted since I have had a whole lot of crazy real life stuff going on. Good stuff, but stuff. With all my literary experience you would think I could come up with a better word than stuff….

So, I am back with an exciting Top Ten Tuesday post! Yay!

I love to read, but sometimes books in general can be intimidating. We have a world where we can experience a story in many ways, but there is still something very intimate about experiencing a story with a book. The way it is visualized can depend on each person, and we imagine the story all on our own, and internalize it. I truly hope that I don’t ever let a book intimidate me so much that I miss out on a great story!

Top Ten Intimidating Books

The Stand by Stephen King – I want to read this book so badly, because it is one that is praised by Stephen King lovers. It is just kind of big and daunting.

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – I think I really just need to start this and give it a go. It looks like a western though…but I know it probably isn’t really a western….

The Casual Vacancy – This looks like it is a long book, and to be honest, it doesn’t look very exciting. However, I was a big Harry Potter fan, so I kind of wish I would read it just to support JK Rowling’s writing. I think that is why it is so intimidating, though, because I know nothing can ever top HP. Come on, right more Harry Potter!

Gone with the Wind – I have never seen the movie, and I have never read the book. I have always been curious, though, but it just seems like such a commitment. I also tend to lean more towards fantasy anyways.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – I don’t know why this one intimidates me really.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy- I don’t think I will ever even attempt this, but this is actually the first book that popped into my mind when I thought about most intimidating books.

1984 by George Orwell- I have always wanted to read this one, but there is just something about it that makes me turn away and reach for something easier.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling- I have read this entire series, but I was scared before I read this one. I knew that some characters died, and it was ending a series that I very much loved. While I feel that it was a wonderful book, I didn’t care for the epilogue.

The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien – Have you ever attempted to read this? From my understanding, it is like the Genesis of Middle Earth. My husband actually did read this, and I feel like I should bow down to him. It is a tough book, but for people who really love the world of Middle Earth, I am sure it is worth it. Let’s be honest, I will never read it.

The Last of the Mohicans by Fenimore Cooper – This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I just can’t make myself read the book even though I really want to. I really enjoyed Uncas in the movie, and the romance between him and the sister was seriously down played in the movie. (From what I have heard…I haven’t actually read it.)

I am often intimidated by classics, though many of them are amazing. One thing I have started to do is check out the graphic novels. Many classics now have graphic novels published, which convey the same stories. However, they are more concise, and have more pictures. For me, many times this helps me wrap my mind around the story, and I get to briefly know the characters. Then I turn around and read the novel, and I get much more out of it, and it flows a bit better.


Top Ten Summer TBR

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Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

I am pretty sure that the books on top of my summer TBR list were probably the same ones on my spring list because I have done very little reading lately because I have just been so busy. However, let’s see what I want to read this summer, what I will actually read, and what will land on top of my fall reading list!

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – I have been trying to finish the Hunger Games series forever and I keep getting distracted. I will say that this second book isn’t nearly as appealing as the first. I read the first book within a day or two, because I couldn’t put it down!

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – My friend recently told me she loved this book, and was waiting for the third installment to come in. I actually went out and bought this one as there is still a huge waiting list for the book at the library.

3. World War Z by Max Brooks – Creepy….

4. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham – Yes, the Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. I have heard she is actually a brilliant and witty writer as well. I have to admit, she is my favorite TV mom.

5. Joyland by Stephen King – I enjoy King’s works, and I especially enjoy his books that are not necessary in the horror realm, because he writes some really intriguing characters. This book is a murder mystery, though from the description, it may still have some supernatural elements like many of his non-horror books do.

6. The Hour I First Believed- I read some of Wally Lambs books years ago, and enjoyed them. I have been meaning to revisit this author for a while.

7. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – This book has been on my TBR list forever.

8. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Her books are hilarious, and I have read many of her others. Her characters are always hilarious, and I laugh out loud more than I do reading anything else.

9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I really don’t have a clue what this one is about, but I have heard it is outstanding and has a nice twisty ending.

10. Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin- This is a book about an 12 year old boy who is autistic, and how is deals with the world. I have heard it is really good.