Top Ten Tuesday: (Character Driven Novels) October 7, 2014

What’s better than a good character?  Really, good characters are what make us love (or even care) about the plot.  And, God forbid, you encounter an interesting story with lame character development (Twilight, I’m looking at you).  So here, without any ado-

Ten Character Driven Novels (in no particular order)

  • The Host, by Stephanie Meyer
    Since this novel happens largely in the head /thoughts of two independent but sharing a body characters, it could be nothing but character driven.  The whole story is told in a reactionary first person stance that embeds the reader into the action like a war-correspondent.
  • The Tale of the Three Brothers in The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling
    While not technically a novel, the legend of the three brothers is so heavily dependent on the characterizations of the four main players, that they literally become a sub-cultures fairy tale, invoking the story with just their names.
  • The Book Theif by Markus Zusak
    Not trying to spoil it, so sorry- but driven largely by the action and reaction of two characters this book is nothing if not about the hearts and minds of two “people.”
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
    Life is a live action, one take play with human souls on the main stage, and John Green’s latest book reminds us of that fact.  These are the hearts and minds that we wish we could be- with the bodies we never want.
  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Katie Rorick
    Reminiscent of a stage production, largely because of it’s creation story, Lizzie strings the reader along with her point of view and throws us into a full on *feels* tizzy every third page.  Without her, it’d (and I’d) be nothing.
  • The Help by Katherine Stockett
    Again, what better than a bunch of women with no better plot than life.  This mega story with a million and a half characters is reminiscent of my real life interactions with women in the world, but wildly funny to make up for the realism.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
    An examination of characterization, and what makes individuals, well, individual.  Two characters, living with one name accidentally encounter one another and go full on teen-aged introspection.
  • The Death and Life of Charlie St.Cloud by Ben Sherwood
    Who are we if not what we leave behind?  Charlie St.Cloud imagines what is left when things go wrong and we must strive for life once more.
  • Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak
    Max is everyone you ever wanted to be.  And if you say that’s not true- I’m calling you a liar.
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F.Scott Fitzgerald
    Faced with an impossible life situation: aging in reverse, this novel is a morality tale about living life to the fullest, using the title character as “living” testimony.

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 Character Driven Novels

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Five Favorite Friday: June 27, 2014

Oh man… it’s Friday.  When did that happen?

 

 

  1. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick.  I’ve been reading/listening to this adaptation of an adaptation that totally could become an adaptation.  It is all the background secrets and stories that I imagined it and then some.  And so my every free moment is spent on it.  It will be finished by the end of the weekend, and I will get a *glowing* review soon.
  2. Okay you guys, bananas aren’t very glamorous, but they are very very very tasty and easy to eat, and largely guilt free.
  3. The Quotes blanket from Barnes and Nobel BookBoy and Mom both bought me independently.  It’s the perfect weight and cuddlyness and it washes well, and the AC is killing me at home.
  4. Tomorrow’s start of hiking and camping season.  The weather isn’t very summery, but in Oregon you’ve got to take the trail by the horns and run with it.  We’re doing about 5.5 miles, so wish me luck!
  5. The Corporate Operations Team at work.  We had a hard week in terms of the work, and their attitude and cooperative nature really made it not awful.

What do you loves this week?

Happy Friday! Love, Mae

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