Showing posts with label Top Ten Tuesday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Top Ten Tuesday. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Top Ten Books I Never Want to Read


Way back in August of 2010, 
I listed the 

Now I'd like to make a list of 
books everyone has strongly recommended,
but which, honestly, do not appeal to me.

Here goes:

Book: East of Eden
Why?  Couldn't get into the characters.

Book: Middlemarch
Why?  Too much detail.

Book: Infinite Jest
Why? Too quirky.

Book: Frankenstein
Why?  Tedious.

Book: Beloved
Why?  Couldn't get into the story.

Book: War and Peace
Why?  Too many characters.

Book: Moby Dick
Why?  Too much plot and too few characters.

Book: Ulysses
Why?  Takes too much concentration to get through a paragraph.

Book: Lolita
Why?  Can't get past the subject matter.

How about you? 
Are there books you've been told you should read, 
yet you think you probably never will read?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Ten Children's Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

This week at Top Ten Tuesday,
it's Top Ten Books Written in the Past Ten Years
That I Hope Will Be Remembered in Thirty Years.

So I tweaked mine to Top Ten Children's Books
Written in the Past Ten Years,
using only books listed in the book,
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.

Here are my picks:

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Tale of Desperaux by Kate Dicamillo
Wolves by Emily Gravett

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

Flotsam by David Wiesner

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojitowicz

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

What do you think?
Any books you'd add to this list?

What did you choose for your Top Ten list today?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top Ten Blogs/Sites You Read That AREN'T about Books































Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books


10. "Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, 'What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?' Instead, they demand: 'How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?' Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him."   Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, The Little Prince


9. "...I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."   Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


8. "We used to all come outside when the streetlights came on and prowl the neighborhood in a pack, a herd of kids on banana-seat bikes and minibikes. The grown-ups looked so silly framed in their living-room and kitchen windows. They complained about their days and signed deep sighs of depression and loss. They talked about how spoiled and lucky children were these days. We will never be that way, we said, we will never say those things."   Jill McCorkle, Creatures of Habit






7. "Listen to your broccoli and it will tell you how to eat it."   Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird



                                                                                                                           


6. "Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things.""I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."   Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland





5. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"
Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day" from The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays

4. "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast."   
3. "As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans."   Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast




2. "This inner peace of mind occurs on three levels of understanding. Physical quietness seems the easiest to achieve, although there are levels and levels of this too....Mental quietness, in which one has no wandering thoughts at all, seems more difficult, but can be achieved. But value quietness, in which one has no wandering desires at all but simply performs the acts of his life without desire, that seems the hardest."   




1. "The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there."   Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND sign Mister Linky at the bottom to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don't worry if you can't come up with ten every time..just post what you can!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top Ten Books You'd Like To See Made Into A Movie


Some books are so brilliant I fear 
they could never be made into good movies.

Here are some I wish could be made into movies:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
has it all: mystery and murder.

The Gold Bug Variations is
music, math, and intelligence.
A tough book to make into a movie.

Have any Haruki Murakami books
been made into movies?
This one or 1Q84 would be expecially tricky.

Half of a Yellow Sun is another big book
that would be difficult to make into a 
conventional movie.

I can see Major Pettigrew's Last Stand 
as a movie. Why hasn't it been undertaken?

With so many wonderful older actresses out there,
why not try to make a movie from Olive Kitteridge?
Meryl Streep, perhaps?

I'm amazed that no one has made Megan McCafferty's
Sloppy Firsts into a movie.

What could Hollywood do with 
The Lover's Dictionary?

And who wouldn't love to see a movie
made from one of M.F.K. Fisher's books like
An Alphabet for Gourmets?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.