My Top Ten Favourite Reviews

Top Ten Reviews

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.

Ecce Homo Caravaggio painting

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Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading This Year

Top Ten Tuesday Ten Books I Didn't Get To in 2018

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!

  1.  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 …..??
  2. 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

Moby Dick Herman Melville

How To Be A Friend an ancient guide to true friendship Cicero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Whoops!

Top Ten Tuesday Ten Books I Didn't Get To in 2018

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!

  1. Crime and Punishment DostoyevskyCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  2. Moby Dick Herman MelvilleMoby Dick by Herman Melville
  3. Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor

 

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Top Ten Cosy Reads for Winter

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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

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Books to Pull You Out of A Reading Slump

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!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Books That I Could Read Forever

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 …….

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Historical Novels for School

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!

 

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Cyrus the Persian (Review)

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.

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The Spartan
A confession ….. I haven’t actually read this book yet, but many people have told me how wonderful it is.  I’ve read other books by Caroline Dale Snedecker and she’s an excellent author; her stories are well-researched and masterfully related.  This book tells the tale of a soldier who survived the battle of Thermopylae and mentions historical figures such as Militiades, Aeschylus, Aristides, Leonidas and Pindar.

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The Ides of April (Review)

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.

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Detectives in Togas

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.

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The Forgotten Daughter (Review)

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!

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Johnny Tremain

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!!

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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Based on the story of Nathaniel Bowditch, a sailor and mathematician who created the American Practical Navigator.  Sound boring?  Not at all!  It’s a fascinating story of adventure.
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The Story of Eli Whitney
Get to know one of the most famous inventors of the 18th century.  His invention of the cotton gin was fraught with troubles yet he displayed a character of perseverance and generosity.  A great read!
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Madeleine Takes Command
Based on the true story of Madeleine Verchere, a fourteen-year-old girl who, along with two younger brothers, held off an Iroquois attack on their fort while their parents were away.  Set in French Canada in the 1690s.
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The Winged Watchman
Set in occupied Holland during World War II, we meet the Verhagen family who live in a windmill called The Winged Watchman.  A hidden Jewish child …. a downed pilot …… what could be more exciting?  This book is a treasure!