Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Quotes from a favorite book

After many years of hosting this meme The Broke and the Bookish has passed it on to one of  their own, Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week it’s all about favorite bookish quotes.  I love this!  I have a love for quotes that I write and keep close and when I started looking at my favorite book list I didn’t have to go far.  All of these are from the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  This classic published in 1960 still has so much to say to us today.  Which is your favorite? I’ve highlighted a few of mine.

1. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

2. “Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” 

3. “The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.” 

4. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” 

5.“Things are always better in the morning.” 

6. “Atticus—” …said Jem bleakly. “How could they do it, how could they?”

“I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before & they did it tonight & they’ll do it again & when they do it— seems that only children weep.” 

7. “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” 

8. “It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not ladylike- in the second place, folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin’ more than they do.”

9. “Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.” 

 10. “Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.” 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Re-reading Books

After many years of hosting this meme The Broke and the Bookish has passed it on to one of  their own, Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The prompt is ten books I could read forever.  In the past re-reading books was something I did do, typically with favorite romances, but since I started blogging ten years ago not so much.  I always start the year with the intent of rereading a favorite book, but it rarely happens. It doesn’t stop me from making it a goal.

What about you? Do you re-read books?

Books I have re-read

  1. I’ve read the Bible cover to cover several times.
  2. Quite a few of the Judith McNaught romances.  Some of hers are romantic perfection.
  3. The Deadly series by Brenda Joyce. I read this a second time and talked about the historical romantic suspense series on the blog in the first few years.
  4. The Miracle of Mindfulness or any other Thich Nhat Hanh meditation book.  These books really do help me stay in the moment.
  5. I re-read The Awakening by Kate Chopin for a readalong.  A classic worth the time.

Books I’d like to re-read soon

  1. A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a childhood favorite I’d like to read again before seeing the movie.
  2. The House of the SpiritsThe House of Spirits by Isabel Allende was my first magical realism experience 20 years ago and I’d love to read again to see if it’s a good as I remember.
  3. The Essays of Ralph Waldo E...I fell in love with Emerson in college and would love to dip back into his writing.
  4. The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose,...I remember falling in love with The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly and immediately buying the next two in the trilogy.  That was 8 years ago and now I want to read it again and do the trilogy back to back to back.
  5. Jane EyreMaybe this will be year that I finally re-read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Top Ten Tuesday – Powerful Pairs

After many years of hosting this meme The Broke and the Bookish has passed it on to one of  their own, Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week it’s all about love.  Here are some of the more memorable couples that I’ve discovered in the last ten years on this blog…

  1. Louisa & Will  – Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  2. Elizabeth Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Anne & Wentworth – Persuasion by Jane Austen
  4. Meg & Ted – Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  5. Michael & Miles – The Innocent by Taylor Stevens (+the rest of the series)
  6. Becky & Felix – The Actor & the Housewife by Shannon Hale
  7. Francesca & Calder – Deadly series by Brenda Joyce
  8. Claire & Trevelyan – The Duchess by Jude Deveraux
  9. Mariana & Richard – Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
  10. Faith & Levi – The Best Man by Kristan Higgins (I love all the couples of this series)

I’m a sucker for romance.  Where can I find some of your favorite couples so I can put them on my TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Goals

After many years of hosting this meme The Broke and the Bookish has passed it on to one of  their own, Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week it’s all about our bookish goals for 2018.

  1. Reread a favorite book.  It seems every year this is a goal and I rarely accomplish it.
  2. Read 15 classics.  I need to read 30 books over the next two years for the Classics Club so I need to get reading before I break down and read the Spark Notes 😉
  3. Read a new/favorite author’s backlist.  The first ones that comes to mind would be: Fredrik Backman (5), Susanna Kearsley (6), Paula McLain (4).
  4. Read review books in a timely fashion.  I’m terrible.  Unless I’m part of a tour they sit on my shelves way too long.
  5. Accept fewer review books.  See #4 🙂
  6. Finish a series.  I hate to start new series when I’m still behind on so many that I already read.
  7. Read 30 books in September.  I started this on my 30 Day Challenges blog and have done it twice.
  8. Spend more time reading other blogs.  I find it challenging to find time to blog so I find it extra hard to set aside time to visit my bookish friends.
  9. Read More!!
  10. Don’t worry if I fail at all of these goals.  Life will go on and it will still be full of awesome books.

Do you have any bookish goals for the year?

Top Ten Tuesday-

Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)  See what else bloggers are looking to read this year at the Broke & the Bookish.

Lincoln in the BardoLincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The Story of Arthur TruluvThe Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) BodyHunger by Roxane Gay

Far from the Madding CrowdFar From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy

A Gentleman in MoscowA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Anything for You (Blue Heron, #5)Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

How to Build a Piano BenchHow to Build a Piano Bench by Ruthi Postow Birch

The Salt HouseThe Salt House by Lisa Duffy

And there’s still time to enter my Blogiversary giveaway here.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – New Authors I Discovered in 2017

Today’s topic is new-to-me authors we discovered in 2017. Which authors did you discover last year? Head on over to the Broke and the Bookish to see who other bloggers found.

Obviously, these are new-to-me authors.  I didn’t read enough books to discover 10 first-timers!

  1. Fredrik Backman.  I’m so excited that I read A Man Called Ove this year and discovered that Backman has written many other books for me to enjoy!
  2. Lisa Kleypas is up here because I read the first two of her Ravenels historical romance series and I’m anxious to read the next two this year.
  3. Alice Walker is no debutante, but I read A Color Purple this year and want to read more of her backlist.
  4. Amor Towles came on my radar when I read about his latest, but our book club ended up reading Rules of Civility first and I loved it.
  5. Blake Crouch.  I’d never even heard of him until I saw Dark Matter recommended around  the blogs.  Loved it so I’m excited to see what else he’s written.
  6. Paula McLain is a local Clevelander and I loved Circling the Sun and I’m looking forward to her even more popular The Paris Wife this year.
  7. Celeste Ng is another (sort of) local who wrote about the Cleveland where she grew up in Little Fires Everywhere.  Now I need to read her first book.
  8. DM Pulley has written three books, and I read the first two by this Clevelander.
  9. Ernest Gaines is another one who has been around awhile but just got around to reading him for the first time.
  10. Nancy Horan.  I read Loving Frank and want to read her other, Under the Starry Sky.

Who was your favorite 2017 author discovery?

 

2017 Movie Favorites & Stats

I watched 50 movies this year, that’s up from 41 last year and doesn’t even include the 30 documentaries that Jason and I watched last January.

I wrote 5 Book Vs. Movie posts (The Girl on the Train, Tuck Everlasting, Northanger Abbey, Me Before You, And Then There Were None)

My second most popular post of the year was Book Vs. Movie And Then There Were None.

I wrote about 3 of my Top 100 Movies (17-Shawshank Redemption, 89-Catch and Release, 90-Desk Set)

We saw more movies at the theater than in years past with 20.

The oldest movie I watched was It Happened One Night, 1934

My favorite animated movie was Captain Underpants.

Newest crush is Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Maddening Crowd)

Cutest Couple- Will & Louisa (Me Before You)

My most watched actor was Keanu Reeves with 3 movies (To the Bone, Brotherhood of Justice, John Wick 2)

My most watched actress was a 3 way tie with 2 movie a piece  –Anna Kendrick (Trolls, Drinking Buddies), Janelle Monae (Moonlight, Hidden Figures), Reese Witherspoon (Home Again, Sing)

Most despised movie of the year – Mother!

I continued my 5 Word Movie Reviews with $ for Charity and in April gave $100 to the American Red Cross, as Tony requested.  Keep adding to my reviews and maybe you can choose the next charity!

My 5 favorite movies this year

The Big Sick.jpgThe Big Sick, 2017. Humor and heart in a perfect combination.

Wonder (film).pngWonder, 2017. Such a heartwarming story of acceptance.

Room Poster.jpgRoom, 2015. So disturbing, but full of love between a mother and son.

Three women standing in the foreground. In the background a rocket is launching.Hidden Figures, 2016. Trailblazing women for the win.

Dunkirk Film poster.jpgDunkirk, 2017. Not your typical war movie.

What were your favorite movies this year?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Favorite Books This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so head on over there to see what other bloggers have loved this year.

I’ve read 73 books this year and will probably finish 3 more before the end of December, but none of those will be making this list 🙂

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017.

  1. Title: A Man Called Ove, Author: Fredrik Backman I fell in love with Ove and his collection of merry wo(men).  For every trouble he caused those surrounding him, at least one blessing was given out.  Ove was a man with a heart, who didn’t always play well with others.  His pregnant neighbor picked him up and kept him moving until, finally, he embraced the loving circle that surrounded him.
  2. Title: Mariana, Author: Susanna Kearsley There is history, romance, and a perfect sense of place in all Kearsley books. Julia was sure she’d found her house and she packed up and moved from London to a small English village without a second thought.  She was a children’s book illustrator and was able to make a few friends right away just as she was being transported back in time.  It’s tricky when you are going back and forth between time periods and characters.  Inevitably, you are drawn more to one story than the other.  This one did a great job of tying the two together so I was invested in both.
  3. Title: The Color Purple, Author: Alice WalkerAbused by her father and then her husband, Celie relied on the love of her sister to get her through. When Nellie goes away and Celie doesn’t hear from her she begins writing letters to God. When her husband brings home his mistress to live with them, Celie finally starts to see herself in a new light.  This is not an easy read.  It’s emotional, sexually explicit and might wake you up in ways that you don’t like. Celie’s perseverance gives a voice to all the women who experience abuse and still manage to stay on their feet.  It exceeded expectations and now I’m anxious to get my hands on the movie.  Set in 1930’s Georgia it’s still relevant and addictingly readable.
  4. Title: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Author: Ernest J. Gaines Jane was a true survivor.  This fictional book, spanning her 110 year life really comes full circle in the end and I would have been happy to spend another 110 with Jane.  Jane was a little girl of 10 or 11 when Lincoln freed the slaves and she left her plantation with a small group hoping to walk their way north from Louisiana.  When something bad happens Jane is left in charge of 3 year old Ned and she must rely on her wits to keep them safe and free.  She eventually comes to raise him like her own son and find both happiness and heartache, never leaving her beloved Louisiana.  Jane is a warrior, a realist, and a trailblazer.
  5. Title: Little Fires Everywhere, Author: Celeste NgShaker Heights is a real place and I love it.  Ng chose to show the Shaker that she grew up in and I think it’s fair, and even though it has changed over the years it does still remain a progressive hotspot with old mansions lining picturesque streets. The Richardson family embodies this perfectly.  I understood and felt for every one of the characters and even when I didn’t like them I understood them.  The story centers around not only the fight over a baby left at a fire station by a distraught mother but also the mysterious Mia.  So many layers to this story and they were all connected by mothers.  I loved this book because it is overflowing with gray area.
  6. Title: The Hate U Give, Author: Angie ThomasThomas has taken a very important problem in America today and thrown back the curtains in a way that allows us all in on the experience.  Starr witnessed not one, but two, of her best friends get shot, one by a gang drive-by and one by a police officer.  It’s the one by the police officer that has turned into a national story and a powder keg for the community. Starr and her family live in the ghetto, as she likes to say, her father owns the local food shop and her mother is a nurse at the local hospital.  You will fall in love with Big Mav and Uncle Carlos.  Starr spends an hour in the car to go to a prep school, where she has white boyfriend and is one of the few black students.  As she tries to come to terms with the shooting and aftermath she tries to keep her involvement a secret from both areas of her life for different reasons.  It’s a powerful read told from the perspective of a 16 year-old girl who lives two lives and how a horrific tragedy forced the two to collide.  Starr acts like an adult most of the time, but her decisions show that she is also still a kid trying to figure out the crazy world we live in.
  7. Title: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Author: Trevor NoahI don’t keep up with Comedy Central’s The Daily Show much since Jon Stewart left, but I have seen Trevor and he’s good.  He’s smart and I love smart guys. Trevor’s honesty and humor about his early life during South African apartheid was shocking while still being entertaining. His mother is black and his father is white.  Reading how he could not walk with his dad to the park or grocery shop with his mother made me so sad.  The memoir ended too soon and I wish it had been longer.  We read this one for our book club and it was universally loved.
  8. Title: A Life in Parts, Author: Bryan CranstonCranston’s dad was an actor and left his three kids when they were young.  Cranston and his brother survived their childhood together, living with relatives, traveling overseas, and taking a motorcycle road trip across America.  Cranston has led a very bold and ambitious life and he pulls no punches.  It started a little slow, but for most of this book his stories made me laugh out loud or have a motherly concern for his wellbeing.  If you are at all interested in reading about the acting life or love Walter White then this will be a good fit for you.
  9. Title: Rules of Civility: A Novel, Author: Amor TowlesThis beauty of a book felt like a classic throwback.  The language, the atmosphere, the characters, the story.  Perfection. Katey was smart, independent, driven, and, ultimately, likeable.  This is a perfect New York City story, circa 1938.
  10. Title: Circling the Sun, Author: Paula McLainBeryl’s English mother couldn’t handle her life in 1920’s Kenya so she moved back to England with her son, leaving Beryl with her father.  Beryl was able to run wild as a child and was accepted by the local native tribe, at least until she was old enough to be sent away to school.  She was attacked by a tiger and lived to tell the tale.  She was fearless with horses and broke every mold a woman trainer could in the 1920’s.  Her unbridled nature led her to questionable relationships and choices, but she always maintained her independence and paid dearly for mistakes.  She was an immensely flawed character, but that made me love her that much more.

If you’ve done your own list please leave a link in the comments so I can check it out.

Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m not great at making a list and sticking to it, especially this time of year, but the first two on my list are must reads by the end of the year.  The rest are just me playing catch up with a few series and the holidays are a great time to catch up with old friends 🙂

  1. My Classics Club Spin was Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut.  It’s a short one so it shouldn’t be too hard to fit in one afternoon.
  2. I accepted How To Build a Piano Bench by Ruthi Postow Birch for review and I’m a little slow in getting to it so that’s a priority.
  3. I need to read the third in the Ravenels series by Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Spring
  4. so that I can be ready for #4 in February, Hello Stranger.
  5. I want to read the newest Bailey Weggins book by Kate White. Even If It Kills her is the 7th in the series and it’s been 5 long years since Bailey has made and appearance.
  6. The Shimmering Road by Charlie Cates is a follow up to The Gates of Evangeline, which I loved.
  7. I need to catch up with my old friend Lincoln Rhyme in his 13th book, The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver.
  8. Same with Lucas Davenport in his 27th outing.  Golden Prey by John Sandford.
  9. Same with my guy Jack Reacher in Lee Child’s Nothing to Lose.  I’m behind in this series but don’t mind taking my time.
  10. And while I’m catching up with my favorite alpha guys I can’t forget local Milan Jacovich.  I love this mystery series set in Cleveland and written by Less Roberts.  A Shoot in Cleveland is the 9th and that would get me halfway through the series.

So, kind of a boring list for all of you but a good focus for me 🙂

Do you have a list of what you want to read this winter or are you winging it like I usually do?