Top Ten Tuesday: (Should Be Summer TBR) June 17, 2014

Since I did my Summer TBR earlier this month (check it out here) I thought I would bring a little twist to the list this week… the top ten books I should be reading this summer (and probably wont) because you all know you have both those lists in your head.  I’m just freely admitting it.

This picture has nothing to do with anything, but its made entirely of living plants, so that's cool.  Found in the Belliago Gardens c) SMLennox 2014

This picture has nothing to do with anything, but its made entirely of living plants, so that’s cool. Found in the Bellagio Gardens, in Las Vegas (c) SMLennox 2014

Top Ten Books That Should Be on My Summer TBR List

  1. Ulysses by James Joyce
    I collect beautiful editions of this book, in the hopes that the old pages and stitched bindings will draw me into reading it… and yet it just seems so hard.  
  2. Palo Alto by James Franco
    Everyone in my life who has read this has suggested it to me- and I mean everyone.  Including our substitute mail carrier.  The hype, combined with the famous-actor-author have just turned me off.
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Generally I am a book before adaptation kind of girl.  I will power through a book just to see the movie guilt free.  But I’ve been devouring the Autobiography of Jane Eyre YouTube web-series and have half halfheartedly pulled my old copy off the shelf.  I’ve read it before, and I’ll probably read it again, but this summer I suspect it will sit on my desk collecting dust while I opt for the flasher newfangled version.
  4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein
    This is not for lack of enthusiasm… I really do want to read this book, but I feel like it deserves more attention than my summer crammed- too-full-of-baseball-concessions-and-my-real-job-trying-to-have-a-life brain can handle at the moment.  The end of August and September have some promising empty time, so maybe then. **sigh**
  5. S by J.J. Abrams
    Again, I know better than trying to read something interesting and complex with this current schedule I’m on.  In fact Green Eggs and Ham might just throw me for a loop, so lets not take on a book with actual moving parts.
  6. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
    I loved this movie before I knew it was a book.  And as soon as I found out it was a book, I added it to my Amazon wish list.  Back in college.  I graduated in 2009.  I need to get on that.  Next summer.
  7. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    I have long been fascinated by the story behind this story, and really all that’s stopping me is the lack of time and the fact I don’t have a copy.  If someone wants to get on either of those I’ll happily work on reading it. (yes, you can call me lazy now- it’s summer for fracks sake!)
  8. A Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin
    I love this series, but I can’t focus enough to keep a hold of so many characters at once.  I have it downloaded on my phone as an Audible audio book (how I get most of my reading done these days) so there’s hope- but the narrator doesn’t have enough voices, and he sort of puts me to sleep, which is dangerous for my fellow commuters.
  9. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    Again, this is just a case of lazy.  I have the book, and the audio book, but it’s literately 40+ hours long, which is more than two weeks worth of commuting (and with that math, I’ll spend less time reading and more job searching for a shorter commute.  Seriously I could read that thing in less than a month.  I have a cracker jack commute).
  10. Vampire Academy (Book whatever I’m on) by Rachelle Mead
    I was enjoying these books in the way that one enjoys the Bravo Housewives of Everywhere, but then I lost momentum by reading something serious, and just havent gotten back to them.  The story is dramatic and dynamic, but it doesnt have a big enough draw to make me put down brilliant books and plots that I’m deeply invested in.

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 On My Summer TBR list

March & April 2014: Wrap Up

(double duty, because I forgot to do wrap up/ start up last month)

Cherry Blossoms in the Spring (c) S.M.Lennox

Things Read:

Things Watched:

  • (live) Game of Thrones: Season 4 (Television- HBO)
  • (liveThe Autobiography of Jane Eyre (YouTube)
  • (live) 19 Kids and Counting (Television- TLC)
  • (live) The Little Couple (Television- TLC)
  • Divergent (Film- 2014)
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier (Film- 2014)
  • Heartland: Season 6 (Television on DVD- 2013)
  • I Give It A Year (Film on Netflix- 2013)
  • The Big Wedding (Film on Netflix- 2013)
  • Hopelessly in June (Film on Television- 2011)
  • (unfinished) How I Met Your Mother: Season 1 (Television on Netflix- 2006)
  • (unfinished) Veronica Mars: Season 1 (Television on Amazon Prime- 2004)
  • (unfinished) Lab Rats: Season 1 (Television on Netflix- 2012)

Blogs Posted:

28 (March 2014)

Crisis Adverted
My Bookish Bucket List (Top Ten Tuesday)
Don’t Kiss Me, I’m Scottish-American
Canned Pressure
Cousin T and Auntie L on Wedding Day (Wordless Wednesday)

48 (April 2014)

X Marks the Spot (A to Z Challenge)
Rescuers (A to Z Challenge)
My Bookish Wish List (Top Ten Tuesday)
The Light Before the Dark (Flash Fiction)
My Little Life Coaches

Major Events: