Top Ten Tuesday – It’s a Laugh

Looking for books for this topic has confirmed that comedy is not my bag. I do not gravitate towards the typically funny. Not that I don’t get joy out of my books or that they don’t make me laugh, but I don’t read a lot of ‘funny’ books.

But I’ve found a few – and realized that when I reach for the funny , it tends to be autobiographies of very funny women.

Is Everyone Hanging out Without me? / Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling

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Top Ten Tuesday – 2015 So Far

June’s been a slow month for me Top Ten Tuesday-wise. The topics just haven’t resonated with me. But this week’s is doable – best books read this year. Not published this year, but that I’ve read this year. I love topics like this. It lets me share my new loves with people. Maybe someone else will find something on my list that they love as much as I do. So, let’s not take too long to get to the good stuff. Here, in chronological order, are the best books I’ve read in 2015. You only get eight. My reading has been slow this year. I only have 29 to choose from and not all of them deserve a best of ranking.

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Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

One of the most entertaining autobiographies I’ve ever read. It feels honest and genuine. And after getting to see him on a panel at a recent convention, this feels even truer. (my review)
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Top Ten Tuesdays – Fictional Heroines (and also Amy Poehler)

(Apologies for not posting this yesterday, but I was sick and in no mood to form coherent thoughts)

This week’s Tuesday prompt is one of my favourites – heroines. I’ve talked about the importance of strong characters. How they’re the backbone of any good story. Strong female characters are seriously lacking in many genres, but they get to shine more frequently in literature. Not always, but often. So, when I was putting this post together, I was trying to think about what makes a female character stand out. What makes her memorable to me? What makes someone a heroine? Is it the character who saves the day? Not necessarily. For me, a heroine is a character whose conviction drives them to follow their gut, regardless of if that instinct is wrong. Someone who really lives in their situation – even if their situation sucks.

I love the lit ladies, but there are other media where there are also stand outs. I’ve picked mostly book girls, but a couple have crossover appeal and others are from television. Here are the ladies who are heroines in my books.

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Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables Series) – Oh, Anne. She has owned a piece of my heart since she broke that chalkboard over Gilbert’s head. A boy made fun of her and instead of shying away as a girl is expected to do, she took matters into her own hands. Not condoning her violence, but the feeling behind it. So upset that someone would make fun of her. And her unrelenting desire to find a bosom buddy. For young Anne, friendship trumped romance and that’s not something we see much in books anymore. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

Winter technically doesn’t roll in until the end of December but really, who believes that? When we’re living in inches-to-feet of snow with the constant threat of more to come, it’s winter, calendar be damned. With the new season comes a review of the TBR list. What was on my previous list? What did I get finished? What did I skip? Is there anything I want to carry forward? What’s sitting on my Goodreads list that I want to actually get around to reading?

I went into this list with only one book I knew I want to read, but when I started looking at my option, I realized there are a lot of books I want to read. I’m excited about this list. It keeps up with my super depressing book trend, but adds a couple injections of humour. Here’s my Winter TBR. What’s on yours?

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Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged. Continue reading