Showing posts with label lists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lists. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read in 2011

I have quite the ambitious list this year.
I can do this.
I can read these ten books.
I think I can, I think I can....

East of Eden by John Steinbeck
It's on so many must-read lists.

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
This one intimidates me.


Beloved by Toni Morrison
Very complex. Hope I'm up for it.

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
I've had this on my shelf for years.
And years.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
I've tried this book three or four times.
This time I will finish it.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
I'm on page 255 of this book.
I can finish it. Right?

Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
A YA classic that has eluded me.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
Didion is always being recommended to me,
a big nonfiction reader.

Home Town by Tracy Kidder
Another nonfiction classic I've had sitting on my shelf
for years.
Must read this and pass it on.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I'm anticipating that this will be my most difficult read.

So, what do you think?
Any words of encouragement?
Caution?

What books do you hope to read in 2011?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top Ten Books I've Read in 2010



How can I possibly limit myself to
ten favorite reads this year???

I read 255 books this year!
The ten best?
Tough call.

So I'll do ten lists of favorite books.
How about that?

Best Books About Happiness
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The How of Happiness
The Way to Stillness
59 Seconds
Joie de Vivre
The Pocket Therapist
Hector and the Search for Happiness

Over Hyped
Sarah's Key
Who Moved My Blackberry?

Thoughtful and Spiritual
Same Kind of Different as Me
If the Church Were Christian
Mystically Wired
Celebration of Discipline

Best Children's Chapter Books
The BFG
The Iron Giant
Stuart Little
Amazon Adventure
Tashi

Best Children's Picture Books
The Church Mice and the Ring
Mister Magnolia
The Boy Who Grew Flowers
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Come Away From the Water, Shirley
Mr. Fox
The Elephant and the Bad Baby

Brilliant Books I'm Not Cool Enough to Appreciate
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Logicomix
Selected Works of T. S. Spivet

Best Travel Books
Country Driving
The Lunatic Express
A Year in Provence
The Lost Girls
Grounded

Favorite Fiction
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
The Stone Angel
The Spare Room
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
The Three Musketeers
Gone With the Wind
Let the Great World Spin
Midnight's Children

Odd (But in a Good Way) Books
The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?
Anagrams
The Tattooed Map
Skellig
Nothing
And the Pursuit of Happiness

Memorable Nonfiction
Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
At Home by Bill Bryson
Serve It Forth by M.F.K. Fisher
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Library at Night

Okay, okay!
Because you are begging me,
here it is:
a rather random list,
Top Ten Books I've Read in 2010:


And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman


Skellig by David Almond


Serve It Forth by M. F. K. Fisher


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas


Amazon Adventure by Willard Price


Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie


Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Here they are (in no particular order):


Siberia is terribly intriguing,
though I'd never really want to go there.
Too cold.

A history of Paris told through the lives of Parisians.


I'm reading this in January.
(Maybe I should say,
I'm starting this in January.)


I've been coveting this since
the 2009 Texas Book Festival.


An upcoming group read.

Love travel narratives.


In the spring,
I'm taking a photography class.


Continuing my pursuit of all things French. 


I will learn Spanish in 2011.


I know it will be a brilliant novel.
I also know it will be a depressing novel.
Haven't been in the mood for depressing,
but maybe next year....

So that's it...ten books I hope Santa brings.

What do you hope Santa brings to you?

 
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme 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 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 post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can't come up with ten, don't worry about it---post as many as you can!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Top Ten Books I'm Anticipating For 2011.

The question of the week from Top Ten Tuesday is:
What are the top ten books you are anticipating for 2011?

Oh dear.
I am not anticipating any books in 2011.

Help me.
What books should I be anticipating for 2011?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme 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 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 post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. If you can't come up with ten, don't worry about it---post as many as you can!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Places to Read

I can happily read anywhere.

But where is my favorite place to read?

10. I love to read with children at my school library.

9. My porch swing.
8 and 7 and 6. It was wonderful reading in San Francisco.
And Utah. And New England.


5. Who wouldn't love to read in a field of lavender in Provence?!

4 and 3 and 2. Honestly, to take the words of the amazing Dr. Seuss:

 
And I would read in a boat.

And I would read with a goat...

And I will read in the rain.

And in the dark. And on a train.

And in a car. And in a tree....

Okay. You get the idea.

But there is absolutely no doubt about
where my favorite place to read is.

I hesitate. 
I can hardly dare to show you this. 
You will be so jealous.  I know.

Oh, well, I will go ahead. 
If it is any consolation, I did not have this lovely place
until I was 51. You've still got time.

Here it is. 
It is my Reading Room.
Bienvenidos.

It has candles and fountains.
Three laptops, a Kindle, an iPad.

Coffee and a comfy chair.

A wonderful daybed.

Paradise.

Where are your favorite places to read?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Top Ten Characters I Wish I Could BFF's With!

10. Toby Lolness in Toby Alone
Toby is a tiny, tiny fellow (think: point of a pencil) living in a tree that is threatened with destruction.
Who wouldn't want to be tiny? And off with a friend to save a tree?


9. Clarice Bean in Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
Is Clarice Bean the type of girl who waits around when her best friend heads off to Russia? No! She befriends bad boy Karl and discovers Karl can have excellent ideas as a collaborator on a school project.
Clarice Bean can get along with anyone.


8. Tashi in Tashi
Jack tells his parents about his new friend, Tashi, who arrives on a swan and lives in a land of dragons and monsters and giants. Being friends with Tashi would mean some fantastic adventures.


7. Haroun from Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Haroun puts his father's life in danger and must go off on a series of adventures to make things right.


6. Stargirl from Stargirl or
Maniac Magee from Maniac Magee
Same basic wonderful type of person. Just decide if you want a zany friend who is a girl or a boy.


5. The BFG from The BFG
He can carry you around wherever you want to go.
And, despite appearances, he is nice.


4. The four brothers and sisters from Half Magic
I've always wanted to be magical.
And these kids found a magic coin.
Well, a half-magic coin.
Wouldn't that be fantastic?


3. Laura Ingalls of Little House on the Prairie
Just think. Prairie fires.
Dangerous Native Americans.
Travel.


2. Lily of Lily's Purple Plastic Purse
Lily says what she thinks.
She's brave.
And she knows how to dress.


1. Clown in Clown by Quentin Blake
He's a toy and he saves himself from a garbage can.
Great friend material.

Note: All of the above potential BFFs were chosen
from recent reads of children's books listed in
1001 Children's Books You Must Read
Before You Grow Up.



Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our blogger's 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!

Future Top Ten Tuesdays:
December 7- Coziest Places to Read/Favorite Places to Read

December 14- Top Ten Books I'm Anticipating For 2011.

December 21- Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings
December 28- Top Ten Books I've Read in 2010--a look back into your favorite reads of 2010!

January 4:- Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read in 2011--books you've put off reading but will vow to get to in 2010!