Five Favorite: Books Set in Libraries

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

ChuckPushingDaisiesI’m pretty sure that all book lovers have a dream to one-day own ALL. OF. THE. BOOKS. (Whether that dream is practical is beyond the point here.) For me, it was (and is) to simply own a Library – like, a room in my house that JUST holds books on wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves with a nice big window and a huge comfy chair. As such, I get a little flush of happiness when I read books that feature or are set in libraries because, well, you know… books. Here are my five favorite.

Home Libraries

BookThief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Public Libraries

ADiscoveryOfWitches

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

TheHistorian

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

TheTimeTravelersWife

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Have your own five favorite books set in libraries? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: Books Set Outside the US

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was a rewind, so I chose to cover July 19th’s list: top ten books set outside the US. Although I mostly read books set in England, I was able to find ten books set wholly (or partly) in ten different countries (and also another planet).

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Czech Republic: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

England: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

France: A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot

Germany: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

India: The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

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Iran: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Italy: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Mexico: 2666 by Roberto Bolaño

Turkey: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Mars: The Martian by Andy Weir

Top Ten: Books Every Fan of Kick-Ass Ladies Should Read

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was “ten books every x should read.”

My top ten list is a two-fer: books to read if you like kick-ass ladies AND want to start a series. (Because, honestly, who doesn’t??)

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Kick-ass lady: Delilah Bard
Series: Shades of Magic

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Kick-ass lady: Diana Bishop
Series: All Souls Trilogy

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Kick-ass lady: Lisbeth Salander
Series: Millennium Trilogy

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Kick-ass lady: Gemma Doyle
Series: Gemma Doyle

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Kick-ass lady: literally ALL OF THEM
Series: Lumberjanes

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Kick-ass lady: Kamala Khan
Series: Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!)

Soulless by Gail Carriger
Kick-ass lady: Alexia Tarabotti
Series: Parasol Protectorate

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Kick-ass lady: Jessica Darling
Series: Jessica Darling

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Kick-ass lady: Tally Youngblood
Series: Uglies

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
Kick-ass lady: Betsy Taylor
Series: Undead

Five Favorite: Fantasy Novels

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

To me, fantasy novels incorporate something otherworldly or inhuman, but then don’t explain why such elements exist – they just are. And that’s kind of why I love them: fantastical works are exciting! The author dreams up this crazy premise and I buy it, 100%, no questions asked. Here are five of my favorite!

TheBookOfLostThings

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Coraline

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

ADiscoveryOfWitches

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

AGameOfThrones

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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Lumberjanes, vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Have your own five favorite fantasy novels? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was Ten Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows.

I am too overwhelmed by the thought of these books becoming movies that I have no details beyond ‘give it to me now.’

Movies

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Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain

TV Shows

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

Blackout (& its sequel, All Clear) by Connie Willis

 

Five Favorite: Characters I Want to Do

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

There’s no denying we all have at least one – those multi-faceted, three-dimensional characters that seem to emerge out of a work of literature fully formed (and smokin’ hot). Whether you drool because of their physical characteristics or because the author’s hit your perfect match of love krpytonite, there are just certain fictional characters you want to do. Here are my five favorite.

Darcy_LBDFitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

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Lincoln O’Neill from Attachments (Adorable gif from The Kari Diaries!)

PatrickBateman_AmericanPsychoPatrick Bateman from American Psycho

Cap_TheFirstAvengerSteve Rogers from anything MCU

and Matthew Clairmont from A Discovery of Witches (Who, sadly, doesn’t have any cute gifs.)

Have your own five favorite characters you want to do? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Five Favorite: Vampire Novels

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Show your fangs, book worms! Halloween is coming and so is the s~p~o~o~k~y literature and downright scary vampire antagonists (and sometimes protagonists). I love a good vampire story; here are my five favorite.

ADiscoveryOfWitches

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Insatiable Insatiable by Meg Cabot

TheHistorian

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

ThePassage

The Passage by Justin Cronin

UndeadAndUnwed

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

Have your own five favorite vampire novels? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!