Top Ten Authors

This week for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten authors you own the most books from.

Before I get into my list I have a confession.  I don’t own that many books.  I mean compared to some people it is quite a few, but compared to most book bloggers/lovers it isn’t that many at.  There are a few reasons for this.  The first reason is that I just do not have the space.  For a long time I haven’t had space for big bookcases.  In fact my bookcase I have right now is three shelves high and not very wide.

Case in point my tiny bookshelf

Case in point my tiny bookshelf

A year ago I didn’t even have a bookcase.  I had books shoved under my bed and under the nightstand.  I had to precariously place them and hope I wouldn’t be smothered in my sleep by books!  Another reason is I don’t have a lot of extra money.  It keeps me from being able to buy all of the books that I really would like to have.  The last reason is that I don’t want to have to keep books because I feel like that is what I am supposed to do.  I often cycle through my books.  I either sell them to a bookstore, give them to family, or give them to charity shops.  I like to keep only the books I think I will re-read or that have some great sentimental value.  That being said, I can’t do this list like most bloggers will.  I will instead list the authors that I would own if I had unlimited space, and I had unlimited budget.

 

 

Top ten authors I dream of owning their books.

sophie kinsella

Sophie Kinsella

khaled hosseini

Khaled Hosseini

Jodi picoult

Jodi Picoult

gayle forman

Gayle Forman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer

Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver

Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sophie Kinsella- I just love her books.  The Shopaholic books are great, but her stand alone books are what I love.
  • Khaled Hosseini- He writes so fantastic.  I find myself sucked into his books.
  • Jodi Picoult- I go through phases with reading a ton of her books and then taking a break from them.  If court room dramas are your thing, she is a must to have on your shelf.
  • Gayle Forman- I was hooked after just one of her books.

Recent additions to this list:

  • Rick Riordan- I have read one of the Percy Jackson books, but already I can tell he is one I would like to have all of the books from.  Millions of fans can’t be wrong, right?
  • Rainbow Rowell-  She quickly becoming high on my lists, right up there with Sophie Kinsella.  I just love the worlds she creates.
  • Colleen Hoover- I read Hopeless and just knew she was my kind of writer.  I really want to continue on with her books.  Bring them on.
  • Marissa Meyer- I loved Cinder and I feel like her series just gets better and better.  So good.
  • Lauren Oliver- Another author I felt like was for me after just reading one of her books.
  • Morgan Matson- I loved Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, and I can’t wait to read more by her.  I have been saving Since You’ve Been Gone, but must read it this summer.  Plus, she was the nicest author I met at BEA.  Bonus points!

(side note:Does anyone else think of the Kelly Clarkson song every time you hear that Morgan Matson title Since You’ve Been Gone?  No, just me.)

 

Here are the top three authors on my shelf right now.

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

 

Suzanne Collins is probably the author I most re-read.

 

 

 

 

 

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead

 

I found most of the Vampire Academy series at a library book sale. I should really get around to finishing that series. I have only read the first one.

 

 

 

 

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

 

I love, love, love her cookbooks. If you could pull off The Appetite for Reduction book you would see so many pages marked. Plus, her dessert cookbooks are wonderful. I get the most compliments on her cookies I make around the holidays.

 

 

 

 

What authors do you own the most of? Are you like me and try not to keep a bunch of books?

The United States of Books

I recently saw a post on Lauren Oliver’s website that linked to this post on Epic Reads.  I found it fascinating.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but some books I easily remember that easily where they take place.  I think most people could tell me that Twilight takes place in Washington.  However, other books I don’t remember where they took place.  Here are two more links to posts about famous books that take place all of the United States.

The Most Famous Books Set in Every State (according to Business Insider)

50 States, 50 Novels by Qwiklit.com

 

My question is this, do you pay attention to what state a book is set in? I am going to limit this right now to the United States. If you don’t live in the US does this make a difference for you? If you live here do you search out books set in your current state or states you have lived in?

I don’t know if I make a conscious effort to pick out books from the states I have lived/live in. I do notice it at times. When I read Divergent I kept think about how much I missed Illinois. When I read The Tenth Circle I read it while in an Alaskan village. Not far from where the book was describing. I had to read a passage to my roommate. I also know I am drawn to books about some of my favorite vacation destinations. Did you say that book was set in New York City? Well then I guess I will have to read it.

Top Ten Characters on a Deserted Island

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This Top Ten Tuesday is the top ten characters on a deserted island.  I tried to find a mix of young and adult characters that would be beneficial as a team.  Here is my list.

Siege and Stormtwilight

where'd you go bernadette

percy jackson

hunger games

fangilr

shatter me

catching fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sturmond-He is good with a ship and can build things.  If we somehow can put together a ship, we will make it out.  Plus, I imagine him as great eye candy.

Carlisle Cullen-He is a vampire, so odds are he would survive.  He is also a doctor and that is a must on an island.  Also he is one of the few vampires that wouldn’t kill us all.

Bernadette Fox-She is an architect that builds out of local materials.  She would be so useful for shelter.  As long as she doesn’t get depressed.

Percy Jackson-Percy is good with the water and will be useful if we need a strong swimmer.

Katniss Everdeen-Katniss is good with a bow and arrow.  I know we won’t go hungry with her around.

Levi– Just because he is Levi.  Enough said!

Aaron Warner– He will keep everyone in line.  I also think his ability would be useful.  He is also just darn handsome.  So there is that.

Finnick Odair– Another just oh so handsome one!  He will also have a lot in common with Percy Jackson.  Plus, another one that is easy on the eyes.

Anges Crandall– Agnes is an amazing cook.  It won’t be depressing eating with her around.  I also think she would be fun to hang around.

Kenji Kishimoto– I just LOVE Kenji.  He would be around just because I want to hang out with him.  I also think he would be a good addition to the group on the island.

agnes and the hitman

unravel me

 

 

 

 

 

Do you agree with my choices?   Who would you have on a desert island?

Is reading too much a bad thing?

I have a confession. I have read almost 50 books already this year and have not rated one of them 5 stars. Sure I rated The Hunger Games trilogy 5 stars, but that was a re-read (so I am not counting it). I don’t know if I am just not picking books that are really resonating with me, if I need to change the types of books, or I am becoming one of those readers that never likes anything. *shudders*

I am hoping that the rest of the year will bring some 5 star books in.

Here are my top 5 books of the year so far.

  • Blankets by Craig Thompsonblankets
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Brackendarkest minds
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hooverhopeless
  • Cress by Marissa Meyercress
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusakbook thief

 

That brings me to a thought I had the other day.   Is reading too much having a negative effect on me?  All of the books I listed are different than a lot of other books I have read in the past.  I really, really enjoyed them.  So why couldn’t I give them the full five stars?

Do you think reading a lot of books can be a negative?

Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

This Top Ten Tuesday is all about other types of stories, TV shows or movies. Top ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out.

I thought about doing movies, but I think that list would just be a little bit tough to do only ten. I did a list about my favorite current shows here. So, this time I am going to focus on shows that are no longer on the air. To make the cut, I thought about which shows I could watch over and over. Here they are.

10. Felicity

Felicity

 

 

 

 

 

Creator: JJ Abrams

Stars: Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, and Scott Foley

Ran from 1998-2002

Felicity is a young college student who decides on a whim to follow her crush to college in New York City.  The show follows the four years in college.  

The show is a guilty pleasure.  It is a drama that is so engrossing.  I watched this one from beginning to end, and it was the first introduction to JJ Abrams.  I loved the drama of Ben or Noal!

9. Friends

friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creator: David Krane and Marta Kauffman

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer

Ran from 1994-2004

The story of six friends making their way through the New York City.

This show, like to so many, is such a comfort.  If I feel down and I want a pick me up this is a good choice.  I just enjoyed this show so much.

 

8.The Office (UK Version)

office

 

 

 

Creator: Ricky Gervais and Stephan Merchant

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, and Lucy Davis

Ran from 2001-2003

The story of an office staff that is filmed in a documentary style.  The office manager, David Brant, is trying to be the coolest, best boss ever.  This is to the horror of the rest of the office staff.

I watched this before I watched the US version.  I thought it was hilarious.  It ran for such a short time, but had such a big impact.

7. Hey Dude

Hey Dude

 

 

 

 

Creator: Dee Laduke

Stars: David Brisbin, Deborah Kalman, Christine Taylor, Joe Torres, Kelly Brown, and David Lascher

Ran from 1989-1991

The story of a staff that work on a dude ranch.

I remember rushing home after school to catch this series.  It was such a campy, fun show.

6. Alias

alias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creator: JJ Abrams

Stars: Jennifer Garner, Victor Garbor, Ron Rifkin, Greg Grunberg, Michael Vartan, and Bradley Cooper

Ran from 2001-2006

Sydney Bristow is chosen to work for a secret agency of the CIA, but things aren’t as they seem.

I think this has one of the best premiere episodes I have ever seen.  I was hooked once I watched the first episode.  I remember finishing the whole first season in just a few days.  It was the first series I forced gently nudged everyone I could to watch it.  I thought it was that good.

5. Sex and the City

sex and the city

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creator: Darren Star

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, and David Eigenberg

Ran from 1998-2004

The story of four friends and their love lives in New York City.

This is one that is not for everyone.  However, I loved the fact that the main focus of the show is about the friendships.  It is on HBO, so be aware of that!

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creator: Josh Whedon

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anthony Head, Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, Nicholas Brendon, and James Marsters

Ran from 1997-2003

Buffy is chosen to be the vampire slayer in southern California.  She gets to juggle fighting supernatural creatures all while attending high school.

This is one that I discovered after it had been off the air.  I kept hearing that it was amazing.  I ended up watching the first season and just getting hooked.  I loved the fact that so many episodes were so well written that all the supernatural stuff was just extra.  It touches on so many things that we all go through during high school, minus the demon fighting.

3. Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creators: Amy Sherman Pallodino

Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Bishop, and Edward Hermann

Ran from 2000-2007

The story of a mother/daughter relationships.  It follows Lorelei Gilmore and her daughter Rory’s close-knit relationship.  The huge contrast to the relationship between Lorelei and her mother Emily’s relationship.  As well as, all of the lovely characters in the small town of Stars Hollow.

I ended up watching this while it had already been on for 5 years.  I had a roommate that was in love with the series.  I enjoyed, but I really fell in love after watching it from the beginning.  It is such a great show.  As long as you don’t fast talking, it is so fantastic.

2. Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

 

 

 

 

Creator: Rob Thomas

Stars: Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, and Ryan Hansen

Ran from 2004-2007

After her best friend is murdered she takes it on to solve the case.  She becomes an outcast in the town of Neptune, California after her father accuses the wrong man.  

This is one of those shows that I didn’t like when I first watched it.  I tried to watch an episode in the middle of the first season and thought it wasn’t for me. I kept hearing about the show and figured I would give it another shot.  I watched the first season when it came out, and I was hooked after the first episode.  It another one that I forced encouraged everyone I could to watch this show.

1. The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creator:Ed Weinberger, Michael J Leeson, and Bill Cosby

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Malcol- Jamal Warner, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Tempestt Bledsoe, and Lisa Bonet

Ran from 1984-1992

The Cosby Show follows the lives of the Huxtable family.

I loved this show when I was young.  I just couldn’t wait until the next episode each week.  In my opinion this show has so many great episodes.  Anytime I see it on the TV I just have to watch it.

 

 

I know I missed some.  So you tell me, which ones did I miss?  What are your favorites?