Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads!

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As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by the bloggers of The Broke and the Bookish.  To join in, head on over to their link-up page.

The theme of this week’s Top Ten list is beach reads!  Now that Memorial Day has marked the unofficial start of summer, it’s time to start thinking of those books that make for great summer reading.  These are the books at the top of my list:

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Top Ten Tuesday! Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the bloggers behind The Broke and the Bookish.  To join in on all the Top Ten Tuesday fun, link up over at their blog.

This Tuesday’s post is about books that have caused a change of heart after some time has passed.

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I have always loved Pride and Prejudice.  Despite my first reading of it having been assigned in a high-school English class, I loved it.  (For me, there is nothing like having a book assigned that can guarantee it won’t be enjoyable – but despite that, this one was.)  But, over time, and perhaps two or three more readings, I have come to love this book even more.  I seem to notice more and more nuance in each re-reading, and it seems to mean something different to me at each stage of life that I’ve read it in.  And for me, that is the mark of a truly great book.

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As such a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, when I first read this modernized update of the novel, I really liked it.  But then the sequel came out, and I started to see Bridget in a different light.  While at first she had seemed to be the first chick lit heroine, I started to view her portrayal as more of a farce.  It almost seemed as if Helen Fielding was poking fun at Bridget, as well as her fans.  To be honest, I haven’t bothered reading the third book in the series – and I’m not sure I ever will.  Although, I have to say, I will always appreciate Bridget for introducing me to the chick lit genre.

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I really enjoyed this book.  I thought it would be the first in a long series of “zombie apocalypse” books that I would read and enjoy.  But the second book in the series, The Dead-Tossed Waves, wasn’t nearly as engrossing, and I couldn’t even make it through the first third of the next book in the series, The Dark and Hollow Places.  It made me feel differently about the whole series, unfortunately.

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So, as a middle-grade reader, The Baby-Sitter’s Club books were my go-to reads for any and every occasion.  Oh, how I loved Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey.  And I eventually came to love Dawn, Mallory, and Jesse, too.  After a decades-long hiatus from keeping up with the girls and their baby-sitting adventures, I picked up one of these cherished favorites at a library I was working in at the time.  And, it just wasn’t the same.  Reader beware: much-loved childhood favorites sometimes look different when viewed from an adult perspective.  

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I remember reading this book in elementary school and really enjoying it.  Years later, I read it for a children’s/YA literature course in college, and was shocked by the rape scene at the end of the book.  It flabbergasted me that it was virtually hidden in the pages of a children’s book – it obviously went right over my head as a younger reader, as I’m sure it did for many others.  But it forever changed the way I look at this book.

Top Ten Books I’d Love to See On the Screen

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday time!  As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the bloggers behind The Broke and the Bookish.  To join in on all the Top Ten Tuesday fun, link up over at their blog.

This week’s topic is another one that is near and dear to my heart, as I am a self-confessed television and movie junkie.  There’s not much that I enjoy as much as a good read, but Lifetime movies are pretty high up on the list.  I also have my fair share of TV shows that I keep up with regularly, including (but not limited to): The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Grey’s Anatomy, 16 and Pregnant/Teen Mom in all of its various formats, Finding Carter (although this season I’ve been less interested), Dance Moms, and Modern Family – just to name a few…(By the way, if there are any shows that I’m missing that I should be watching, please let me know!)

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When I was around twelve or thirteen, I read every single book about Anastasia.  I was sure that if she was a real person and we had met in real life, we would have been besties.  If there were a TV series about her, I’m sure it would be the best thing ever.

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This was one of the first graphic novels that I ever read, and I surprised myself by really enjoying it.  Although I don’t think that graphic novels will ever be my go-to reading material, I’m definitely open to the genre and think this title in particular deserves an on-screen adaptation.

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There’s probably a really good reason why this one never made it to the big-screen.  It probably has something to do with Salinger being super secretive and eccentric.  Who knows, maybe one day we’ll see it given the Hollywood treatment.

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I feel like it’s only a matter of time before this one becomes a movie.  There are so many reasons why this story would translate well into a movie: the setting, the historical aspects, the friendship…  I’ve got my fingers crossed!

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If I Stay translated, in my opinion, really well from page to screen, and I think the sequel would as well!

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So, in the mid-1990s, there was a show on Nickelodeon called Are You Afraid of the Dark?, which pretty much scared me regularly, every Friday night for awhile.  The series was a sort of anthology of scary/creepy/paranormal stories that were told by a group of teens around a campfire.  They called themselves The Midnight Club.  I loved this show so much that, years later, I bought a bootleg copy of all of the seasons on DVD.

My point is that this was a great show, and I truly wish there were more shows like this airing now.  Any of Mary Downing Hahn’s books would translate beautifully to the format.  Her stories are perfectly creepy, but never gory or violent.

Top Ten Books I Plan to Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the bloggers behind The Broke and the Bookish.  Check out their blog to link up your own Top Ten Tuesday posts!

I think I say this almost every time I join in on this meme, but it deserves to be said again: This week’s topic is a great one.  I LOVE summer reading.  There is something about the summertime that makes me want to binge read.  There are so many wide, open days that are just waiting for a nice, chunky book to curl up with.

Here are the books that I’m looking forward to this summer:

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And, if I have time, I’d love to re-read:

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Books I Can’t Ever Imagine Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted, as always, by the bloggers behind The Broke and the Bookish.

Oh, I’ve looked forward to this Top Ten Tuesday for so long.  It feels like a giant weight off my shoulders to put it out there in the universe that I will most definitely never read these books.

 

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Not so long ago, I really wanted to read this book.  I love the name Finnegan, but I wouldn’t want to assign it to anyone without understanding any symbolism or meaning attached to it.  I was then informed of how difficult a read this was, took one look at the first page, and immediately added it to my “will never read in a million years” pile – along with every other book by James Joyce.  Descriptions of this tome include “experimental style” and “one of the most difficult works of literature.”  Yeah, no thanks.

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While reading one of the longest works of literature ever published certainly sounds like a challenge, I don’t think it’s one that I will be personally undertaking.

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So, there’s this book that I actually highly recommend.  It’s called 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.  It’s sort of my Everest.  But, there’s this one book in there which is sort of a mystery to me.  This is it.  This is a 10-volume tome that explores the history of Korea.  Which actually sounds like it could be pretty interesting.  But, get this: it has never been published in English.  WTF?!  How does that end up in a book of must-read books??  I just don’t understand.  And since I currently have no plans to study Korean, this book will have to die a slow death on my never-to-be-read list.

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I would love to read this book, I really would.  It’s a topic that interests me greatly.  But, I just don’t think I would understand it.  It’s the kind of book that I would probably benefit more from seeing like, a BBC mini-series of instead.

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I was actually assigned this book when I was a junior or senior in college.  And I tried to read it, I really did.  But ohhhh my god, how much whaling can one person honestly take?  The prof of that class realized pretty early on that no one was actually reading the book, so he took it off the syllabus.

And one that I’d really, really like to make it through, but have serious doubts about actually accomplishing:

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This book has been on my radar for awhile now.  And it sounds like it would be totally up my alley: I’m a total glutton for haunted house stories.  But one look inside this book is enough for me to want to throw it up against a wall.  The complete and total disorganization of these pages is just, well, stunning.  It offends my eyes.