Top Ten Tuesday: (Summer TBR) June 3, 2014

Oh the summer… days spent in the yard, book in hand, pretending you don’t hear the call of chores from the house while you devour novel after novel.  The time of the year when you are allowed, as an adult, to be seen with a book filled with something other than literary merit and best seller status.  So here, dear friend, are the ones I plan on being lost in this summer.

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  1. The Other Side of Dawn (Tomorrow Series Book 6) by John Marsden
    The war begins to draw to a close, and Ellie and the crew dig in for one last novel battle.  This is their last chance to stay alive, stay together, and stay Australian.
  2. Allegiant (Divergent Book 3) (Divergent Book 3) by Veronica Roth
    Will Tris change everything like Katness did?  Or will this become another sad disappointment in the long chain of girl power trilogy conclusions?  And just who are these allies?  [yes this was on my Spring TBR Top 10]
  3. Behind the Beautiful Forever’s by Katherine Boo
    The Nerdfighter Book Club Summer Selection.  While the subject of poverty and social class is heavy, Boo’s writing has delicate and rings so personal I almost feel like I am personally being told this story.  {clearly I’ve already started it}
  4. Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith
    It’s all in the Amazon description “Warning: This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.”  [yes this was on my Spring TBR Top 10]
  5. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    I don’t really know what this book is, or why it is already purchased and on my kindle… but there it is, staring at me every time I reach for something else, and it seems like it should be read.  [yes this was on my Spring TBR Top 10]
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
    Harry and the Gang try to solve a Scooby Mystery.  This is my slowest HP Book, largely because it just doesnt move at the pace I would like it to.  There’s a lot of world building, which is great… later… when I have the details for all the exciting stuff.
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
    After Pemberley Digital’s announcement about their new project, Frankenstein M.D. I’m ready to turn back to an old favorite.  The doctor, the monster, the gothic horror- it’s a better fall read, I think, but I want to be ready to see what the Lizzie Bennett Diaries crew has in store for me!
  8. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
    Speaking of Pemberley Digital and adaptations… Pride and Prejudice was adapted into The Lizzie Bennet Diaries which has been adapted into this book.  Christina at A Reader of Fictions gave it a lovely review.  And it has Darcy’s letter.  Ladies and Gentlemen pre-order now.
  9. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
    I accepted the conclusion of 13 Little Blue Envelopes with little complaint, though I always wanted to know what was in that last envelope… and now I’m gonna sit down, power through and find out!
  10. Please Ignore Vera Diez by A.S. King
    This just came in my Book Riot Quarterly Box, and I’m excited to dive into it, though I don’t really know what it’s about.  Apparently it’s got flow charts, and I love a good flow chart.

This regular feature here at A MaeDay Life is a part of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday’s.  This week’s theme was “Top Ten Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag or Ten Books

FOUND:: Five Favorite Friday: April 4, 2014

FOUND in the Drafts folder…. I don’t really know how I failed to post it- I must have been lost in A-to-Z oh well, here is a bonus bit of happiness!

At 5.30pm on Friday our local Country Music DJ plays a Friday Happy Dance mash up… my goal is to make it in my car before those three minutes are up.  I’m always sad if I don’t get to hear a drunken country crowd chanting “Friday, Friday, Friday” just as a start my car.

  1. Tale of Two Tomatoes A-to-Z Challenge story.  I am fascinated by the way she is detailing the 26 hours up to her arranged marriage.  It is an ingenious an act of serialization, and a rare perspective on the modern experience of an ancient custom.
  2. 19 Kids and Counting’s 13th season, which premiered this week on TLC and focuses on the mating rituals of the ultra-conservative Christian culture in the US.  The immensely complicated act of toeing the line between falling in love (and letting the young fall in love) and being compliant with strict cultural norms makes me glad to be a dater, rather than a courtier.
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  3. Naps.  Really why don’t we get to take them in the Northern-Western hemisphere at work?  And who says that there is an age that is too old for them?  Naps for all, I say!
  4. I F**king Love Science website and Facebook page.  Reporting all of the awesome and fun and important science news, without any of the awkward confused silences of the major media outlets.  Also- how cool is it that this whole social media outlet was born out of a geeky girls desire to entertain her geeky friends?
  5. The Portland jury that convicted a mother of murder.  A four year old may or may not exhibit signs of sexuality or homosexuality- but they certainly should not be hurt by a parent over anything.

What do you loves this week?

Happy Friday! Love, Mae