Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Was Forced To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

These are the ten books that I can remember being forced to read in school.

  1. The Catcher in Rye by J. D. Salinger
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – Took me a long time to get through this one.  That’s almost all I remember about it.
  4. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  5. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  7. The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  8. The Berenstain Bears by Stan Berenstain
  9. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – One of my favorites.
  10. The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe – I loved this story.

The Catcher in the RyeThe Scarlet LetterFor Whom the Bell TollsRomeo and JulietHamletMoby-Dick; or, The WhaleA Light in the AtticBears on WheelsA Christmas CarolThe Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Top Ten Tuesday – The Best and Worst Series Enders

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.


The Worst:

  1. Break You (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite #3) by Blake Crouch – I hate it when the author doesn’t tie up the loose ends.  There was a lot left unexplained in this book.  And the stories that he wrote with Jack Kilborn just glossed over these characters.   Otherwise the series was great.
  2. Ominous (Private #13) by Kate Brian – Technically, this is not the last book in the series, but I haven’t read the very last one.  I am disappointed in the direction the last books of the series went.
  3. Seeds of Yesterday (Flowers in the Attic #5) by V. C. Andrews –  I re-read the Flowers in the Attic series because I read the first three books as a teen and never finished.  The series wasn’t bad for being V. C. Andrews, but enough is enough.

Break You (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series - Book 3)Ominous (Private, #13)Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4)

The Best:

  1. The MacGregor’s by Nora Robert –  I loved this whole series.
  2. Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) – loved the sequel to one of my favorite books.
  3. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins – one of my favorite series.

Three Series That I’m Looking Forward To:

  1. Privilege by Kate Brian
  2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
  3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare



Weekly Recap – 09/30/13 to 10/06/13

I Read:

I had more time to read this past week and finished four books.  I read two other books also.  With Game of Thrones I am listening to the audio book and reading the eBook.  I hope to finish it this next week.

  • 9/30 – read/listened to 40 pages of Game of Thrones, read  15 pages of Rose Under Fire, read 120 pages of Book of Spells, and read 90 pages of Doctor Sleep
  • 10/1 – read/listened to 32 pages of Game of Thrones, read 107 pages of Rose Under Fire, and 43 pages of Doctor Sleep
  • 10/2 – read 300 pages of Doctor Sleep and finished last 55 pages of Rose Under Fire
  • 10/3 – read last 98 pages of Doctor Sleep and 78 pages of Save Me
  • 10/4 – read 74 pages of Save Me and read/listened to 88 pages of Game of Thrones
  • 10/5 – read 257 pages of Save Me
  • 10/6 – read/listened 80 pages of Fade Away and fnished last 200 pages of Save Me
  • Total pages for the week = 1740

Rose Under FireSave MeThe Book of Spells (Private #0.5)Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

Fade Away (Myron Bolitar, #3)A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

From the Library:

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison


  • I watched this series on Netflix and had to check out the book.  It came this week through the inter-loan system.



WWW Wednesday – 10/02/13


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) by Stephen King

What did I recently finish?

The Book of Spells (Private #0.5)

Book of Spells (Private Prequel 0.5) by Kate Brian

What am I reading next?

Daddy's GirlSave Me

Daddy’s Girl or Save Me, both by Lisa Scottoline

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – 9/27/13

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda’s Voice.    I noticed these memes and thought it would be interesting to do both.  Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week.  This is the book I’m currently reading.

Book of Spells by Kate Brian

Book Beginnings:

Even at the tender age of sixteen, Elizabeth Williams was the rare girl who knew her mind.  She knew she preferred summer to all other seasons.  She knew she couldn’t stand the pink- and yellow- floral wallpaper the decorator had chosen for her room.  She knew that she would much rather spend time with her blustery, good-natured father than her ever-critical, humorless mother – though the company of either was difficult to come by.  And she knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that going away to Billings School for Girls was going to be the best thing that ever happened to her.

Friday 56:

“I told you that you should have turned back.” the same low voice from the tunnel whispered.  Eliza’s breath caught and she whirled around.  But no one was there.

The Book of Spells (Private #0.5)

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Sequels Ever

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – loved this book  & I can’t wait for the movie to come out.
  2. Locked Doors by Blake Crouch – love his books, but they are too short
  3. The Last Christmas by Kate Brian – technically this is a prequel, but I liked it somewhat better than the series
  4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Harry Potter- Prisoner of Azkaban
  6. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – This one I haven’t read yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.


I could only think of six this time.
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Locked Doors (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series - Book 2)Last Christmas (Private #0.6)

Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)



Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List 9/17/13

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

  1. Hereafter by Kate Brian
  2. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  3. What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hays
  4. Game of Thrones (Song of Fire and Ice #1) by George R. R. Martin (already started this one)
  5. Book of Spells (Private Prequel) by Kate Brian – almost done with this series
  6. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare – loved the movie!
  7. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  8. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
  9. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  10. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – The Shining was one of my favorite books as a child.

Hereafter (Shadowlands, #2)Rose Under FireWhat I Came to Tell You

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)The Book of Spells (Private #0.5)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
The Host (The Host, #1)Marie Antoinette, Serial KillerOrange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)