Top Ten Tuesday: (2014 Years) June 10, 2014

Here we are, dear readers, at the half way point in the year.  Which, if I were a good bookish blogger would mean I would be on book number 24 at this point.  I am not on book number 24 at this point.  That’s life folks.  Of the books I’ve read (or are actively reading at this moment) here is a list of the best.

Top Ten Books of 2014 (thus far)

  1. Burning for Revenge (Tomorrow Series #5) by John Marsden
    First of all, I have been loving this series in the first place, but the fifth book is perhaps the most intense plot line and action / adventure so far (I’m halfway through the sixth at the moment).  This is really the opportunity for the main characters to come into their own, being welcomed into the war by proper authorities gives them a sort of agency in the fight for Australia, and ultimately makes them adults and soliders in their own right.
  2. Insurgent (Divergent Series #2) by Veronica Roth
    I haven’t completed the final installment yet, but I found this novel to be sprisingly good.  Generally the second novel in a trilliogy can be filler- perpetuating the plot but not really enriching the story.  Insurgent was an exception to this rule, giving us a lovely independant plot, full of rich characterizations, real emotions and the harsh realities of a heronie not getting what she wants.
  3. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (reading-in-progress)
    The idea of a story set in the poorest slums of Mumbai may not be a great beach read, but Katherine Boo has turned this tragic story into one where elegant prose illuminates the small rays of hope and dignity found within a landfill town.  The story itself reminds us that life’s little details are futility precious.
  4. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
    Okay, last years NYT Best Seller is probably on everyone’s 2014 list because of the movie, but I re-read on a sleepless night a few months ago (before the hoopla for the movie got so intense) and cried a bucket of tears.  Heartwrenching and honest, and a reminder of the life behind the diagnosis- this is the book Green will be remembered for.
  5. My Story by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart
    An early memoir, I was expecting Mormon propaganda, but instead got a straight to the facts no fluff, filler, or sugarcoating account of the worst year of a young girls life.  Smart (with Stewarts help) narrates her time in captivity in a way that reminds us not only of the horrors of her captors, but also of the inadequate nature of the response system.
  6. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
    Okay, truth is its c**p from a literary point of view, but I still turn to it like Lays Origional potato chips.  (Read my actual review here).
  7. The Butler by Wil Haygood
    The origination of the Lee Daniels / Oprah Winfrey film this fast book is a more journalistic approach to the story of one man who went from a field slave to watching the first black President elected in the US in his lifetime, all while standing by watching history unfold every day.  This book is a great reminder that domestic work is not forgone, or forgotten.
  8. Growing Up Duggar by Jill, Jana, Jinger, and Jessa Duggar
    An enlightening memoir / instructional on the highly Evangelical beliefs and teachings in the Duggar Family (of 19 Kids and Counting Fame).  I picked this up in part because of my interest in the subculture of Extreme Christianity in the US, but kept with it largely because once you remove the biblical passages, they open a lively and important discussion about the way we choose to interact with the opposite sex.  I dont always agree with them, but they are some of the few people in the world even bothering to discuss this topic.
  9. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (book-in-progress)
    Half science fiction, half woe-is-me teen lit this book is far from high literature, but it never claims to be anything other than one big game of “what if.”  What if Cinderella lived in the future?  What if cyborgs existed?  What if there was an epidemic?  What if Cinderella could actually offer something to the prince, more than a pretty face and a dance in the woods?  What if this re-imagining ignites the love of fairy tales for a whole new generation of cell phone carrying, internet using tweens?
  10. Tuna fish on Banana bread with extra Mustard and Sauerkraut” by me
    Okay that’s not a book.  But I wildly amuse myself, and I’ve started telling people that instead of “I dont know.”  My favorite part is most people at work walk and talk and so they never notice, or they make it all the way down the hall before turning back and asking.


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 I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday: (Bookish Wish List) April 15, 2014

Top Ten Bookish Things (that aren’t books) That I Covet

One of the best part about being a member of the bookish community isn’t the books, it is the intense relationship we have with everything tied to our books.  These are the things that make up our handshake-wink-lapel pen of the book girl (or boy) secret society, a tiny mark that screams “I’m one of you!” to those who will only quietly judge a book by its cover.  I’m just sad I don’t already own all this stuff!

Darcy & Lizzie, of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries

  1. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries DVD set at
    I’ve been waiting, patiently with bated breath, for this Kickstarter campaign item to arrive in my mailbox for a year.  I have not gone postal for only 2 reasons a) the Pemberley Digital team is very honest about the delays b) they will never ever use this vendor again, so we won’t face this trouble next time.  Haven’t seen Bernie Su and Hank Green’s Pride and Prejudice adaptation?  Check it out for free at YouTube and
  2. Billy Bookcases in Brown/Black by IKEA to complete my Beauty in the Beast / Biltmore Estate Library (and also the house to hold all said shelves).  There are never enough books, and there are never enough book cases to put them in.
  3. TIFIOS Preparedness Kit by is a brilliant idea that yes, all of the New York Times Best Seller for ever readers (and Nerdfighters) will a) see the movie at least twice and b) cry the whole time.  I also love that this is a brain child of Papa Green (The Vlogbrothers / DFTBA Record Owner / TIFIOS’s author’s Dad).
  4. Muggles into Wizards Hoodie by and the  because um, yeah… Books do turn Muggles into Wizards, and kids into readers, and readers into agents of social change.
  5. Halve Fish Bowl bookends at Generate, though I wouldn’t fill them with fish (dead fish sort of kill the library’s ambiance).  These would be awesome repositorys for random collections like sea shells, matchboxes, ticket stubs, or whatever little trinkets you have lying around.
  6. Classic Clothbound Editions and Drop Caps Editions by Penguin because they are beautiful.  And yes I know these are books, but they are extra, erroneous books because I already own most of them in less pretty editions.  But they are so pretty!
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Postertext a picture drawn with the text of the work, which occasionally results in a piece so beautifully representative that I can’t imagine how they do it.  I like this classic Austen version, because it fits the them of my current home, with the silhouettes- but I would really love any of them.
  8. Edgar Allen Poe Magnet Set at Gone Reading for a little late night horror-able poetry.  Pun intended 🙂
  9. I am Figuratively Dying Mug at Literally Gift Company because I would literally die laughing if my boss asked for an explanation.  She doesn’t always get my booky jokes.
  10. Stack of Books Earrings at Literally Gift Company so I can complete my Mrs. Frizzle impression.  I’m a big Mrs. Frizzle fan, and I sort of want to be a teacher just so I can be Mrs. Frizzle everyday on Halloween.

What about ya’ll?  Is there anything you are coveting these days?

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 Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own