What an interesting Top Ten Tuesday topic and one that made me think. There are a few characters that I can pick out right away, but ten?!! Let’s see what I can come up with. I’m going to list them in descending order so the last character will be the one I think that I’m most like.
I sort of felt ridiculous typing the title since it’s been awhile since I’ve even put a review on the blog but, never fear! I do have many coming down the pipeline so it’s okay. Really …..! 😉
Well, I decided to alter the Top Ten Tuesday topic a little and instead of my first ten reviews, I’m going to give you my favourite top ten. Here goes …
My Top Ten Favourite Reviews on My Blog
1. Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche : this is by far the most popular review on my blog and (this will surprise you) probably the funniest one that I’ve written. Nietzsche, while at times interesting, is nothing if not tedious and one cannot help poking fun at him.
Last week’s Top Ten Tuesday were books that I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t which is a looking back on the year, so how could I resist this weeks topic of ten books I’m looking forward to reading this year, which, of course, is looking forward. It’s mostly better to look ahead than back. 😉 Actually, the topic is the ten newest reads I’ve added to my TBR list, but being somewhat of a non-conformist, I thought I’d change it up a bit.
While there will be one overlap from my last Top Ten Tuesday topic, I have mostly new choices in mind for this list. Luckily I plan to read more than ten books this year!
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville- yes, this is a repeat from my last list but who could resist this cover?!! And Brona’s is having a read along in February …. isn’t she …..??
- How To Be A Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship by Marcus Tullius Cicero – this one not only looks great but looks to be a relatively easy read which is not always the case with Cicero
So ….. books I meant to read in 2018 but whoops ….. Never mind Top Ten Tuesday for this topic; for me it should be Top Fifty. But I will try to be considerate and in the spirit of not boring you to death and making your eyes glaze over, I’ll keep it to ten …… I think ……. 😉
So here we go!
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Brrr! After an unusually warm autumn, the temperature has dropped and today I woke up to a chilly -4ºC morning. However, the sun is shining brightly and while there is a nip to the air, there is warmth in front of the fire and what better day to list my top 10 winter reads for those frosty days of winter.
1. The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Well, I’m doing a little more reading lately but haven’t finished anything to post, so I thought I would participate in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday to keep some sort of momentum on this blog.
I don’t often get into a complete reading slump. If I get bored with a genre, I will sometimes switch to another. But I can IMAGINE the books I would chose if I actually did experience a full-on slump (perish the thought). So here they are:
1. I Capture the Castle: what a funny, whimsical read. Definitely a book to pull you in and lull you into an unique yet engaging story.
2. Swallows and Amazons: this is a children’s book but is sooo enjoyable to read as an adult. Summer vacation, sailing, camping, and even a pirate. What could be more fun to read?
3. Pride and Prejudice: one of my favourites. I love the conflict that turns into harmony. Definitely a book to grab your imagination, especially if you are interested in human nature. Here is my review of the book.
4. Three Men in a Boat: get prepared to laugh uproariously. Jerome outdoes himself with this story of three bachelors and their dog during their boating trip along the River Thames.
5. Finn Family Moomintroll: cute white hippo-like creatures, a beautiful Snork Maiden, and a magic hat. What could tickle your imagination more than that? Here is my review of the book.
6. The Moonstone: a crime is committed in an English country house …. a stolen diamond. Where is the jewel and who is the thief? Collins weaves a masterful piece of detective fiction. Here is my review of the book.
7. Jane Eyre: a little dark, nevertheless the story is so compelling and the life lessons so important (not the mention the romance) that it is one I just have to include! Here is my review of the book.
8. To Kill A Mockingbird: A fabulous book. Just read it!
9. The Hobbit: an adventure shared with friends. Tolkien’s writing is magic.
10. And finally …… Henrietta’s War: humorous vignettes from a small Devonshire village during WWII set in epistolary form. It gives a light-hearted view of a very serious subject yet does so with insight and thoughtfulness.
As I finish my list, I realize how difficult this question is to answer and how personal this list would be for everyone. And it also depends WHY you are in a reading slump. Have you been reading tomes and need something lighter? Or have you been reading fluff and need your mind challenged? Or have you been over-reading and simply need a break?
My problem lately is that I have so much going on and feel so scattered that my reading reflects my life; I pick up a book, read a bit, then pick up another book, read a bit, etc. If anyone has a remedy for this problem, I’m all ears!
Yes, I’m aware that it’s not Tuesday. But since I’ve been sooo lacking in reading time lately AND so busy with working and such, I thought when I had a moment I’d participate in the last Top Ten Tuesday and that moment came TODAY! This theme is so interesting and I’m excited to pick my top ten …
What would happen if I was being sent to a deserted tropical island by myself and I could only chose ten books to take with me? Which ones would I choose? Right now, I’m not entirely certain, so let’s find out!
1. The Bible
2. The Iliad
3. The Divine Comedy
4. Jane Eyre (my Review)
5. The Brothers Karamazov (My Review)
6. Paradise Lost (My Review)
7. Hamlet (My Review)
8. War and Peace (My Review)
9. Metamorphoses (My Review)
10. Montaigne’s Essays (My Reviews)
The last choice I’m not entirely sure about. While I love reading Montaigne and his thought process, I don’t always necessarily appreciate his viewpoints. And C.S. Lewis would have to be in there somewhere too. Sigh! So hard to choose just ten!
Upon review, most of my choices seem rather angsty, with death and war and heavy philosophy (don’t we love Dostoyevsky?). I think I need to do another list with lighter reads to take to my tropical island. So this post will be continued …….
The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday’s theme is something “schoolish” so I’ve chosen to pick my top historical fiction books for children. Generally, I’m rather choosy with my history book choices (even non-fiction), trying to avoid any books that are speculative or modernized or too coloured with the author’s opinions. With that in mind, here are my top picks, books that are well-researched and are able to transport the child back to the time of the novel and give them not only a good understanding, but a permanent connection with an event or person. These books are all excellent!
Cyrus the Persian follows the life of the Persian king and also gives insight into the Jewish captivity in Babylon. It’s a unique story and one that stays with you long after it’s over.
A murder mystery that gives the reader a taste of ancient Roman life and details of the historical characters of Thrasea Paetus, Emperor Nero and Seneca.
No historical events or characters are portrayed in this novel, I must admit, but it is funny! It does give an interesting picture of ancient Rome, its environs and culture.
What a wonderful book about slavery and cruelty and perseverance and forgiveness. Snedecker’s research is impeccable and she creates a character that is both complex and sympathetic. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!
A story set during the American Revolution, the reader becomes part of The Boston Tea Party, the midnight ride of Paul Revere and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. An unforgettable story!!
Ah, Spring! The word is familiar but I think that I’ve forgotten what it looks like considering our rather chilly winter this year.
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However, today it’s very rainy and 9 C which is much more normal, so it’s not so difficult for my brain to contemplate the coming of flowers and sun and warmer temperatures. Now as for books, let’s see what I have slated for this much anticipated time of year as I participate in another Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish.
Books for Spring!
The History of the Peloponnesian War
Following on the heels of Herodotus’ The Histories, this is the second book in my The Well-Educated Mind history project. I loved Herodotus so I’m looking forward to this one!
I must admit, I cannot wait to read this! Am I crazy? Perhaps, but the only work of Plato I’ve read is The Apology and I loved it. I think he and I will become fast friends.
The Last Chronicle of Barset
by Anthony Trollope
I’m shocked at the thought of completing my Barsetshire project. I’m halfway through The Small House At Allington, so I hope by the end of spring to complete the whole thing. Woo Hoo!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
This is the read-along for Amanda at Simpler Pastimes’ Classic Children’s Literature Event for April, which I’m highly anticipating. It’s been at least a decade since I joined Alice in her adventures and I’m looking forward to it.
Finn Family Moomintroll
by Tove Jansson
Ah, I love my family of Moomins and all their fun friends. It will be so special to revisit this children’s classic, perhaps my favourite of all the children’s classics. Another book for the Classic Children’s Literature Event.
Red Sails to Capri
by Ann Weil
I’ve read this once before and remember being impressed with the uniqueness of the story, which combined engaging fiction in an historical setting. I’m definitely interested in a re-read.
The Alexandria Quartet
by Lawrence Durrell
Oh, how painful! I’ve started this book and I really enjoy Durrell’s writing but the subject matter is certainly NOT uplifting and it’s been dragging on. I know that I’ll still be reading it in spring. Sigh. Wish me luck.
by Nikolai Gogol
No promises, but I’m going to try to add this one to my reads. I must get a move on with my Russian literature project.
by Emile Zola
Oh my! I started the Rougon Macquart series ages ago and have stalled after book number 4. The Dream or Le Révè is supposed to be excellent, so what is preventing me from starting? Focus, which right now is on other books.
by Elizabeth Gaskell
Will I, won’t I? Will I, won’t I? I feel that I’d like to read something by a woman author such as Gaskell or Eliot or Brontë, but I’m not too specific about the book. Mary Barton might be my first choice but we’ll see. Spring brings change and this list could change as well! 🙂