Top Ten Tuesday 4.12.11

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. Link up to find new reads and book blogs!

This week’s list:


1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s in the works. I hope I’m not disappointed.

2. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. The question is: Who is awesome enough to play pirate/privateer Jacky Faber?

3. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. While I was reading this book, I felt like I was reading a movie script instead of a novel with all the action and dialogue. I think this steampunk zombie story would be a blockbuster. Zombies are hot right now. Right?

4. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. There were rumors that this film was being made, but it seems to have been abandoned.

5. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. Again, this trilogy seemed more like three scripts than novels. Hatter would have such an awesome costume! I’m sure some Lewis Caroll fans would be displeased, but I think this version would be an interesting variation to the classic story. IMDb lists it as “in development.”

6. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. This movie would be all about the special effects. Looks like there are plans for a movie version. I also think this book would make a great video game.

7. The Year of the Flood. Margaret Atwood’s novel would make a chilling post-apocalyptic movie.    I can see an actress like Natalie Portman playing Ren.

8. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic is ridiculous, but hilarious. I’d go to the theaters to see it, and I’m a Jane Austen devotee.

9. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.  This story is dark, magical and suspenseful. If the filmmakers did it justice, I’d watch the movie over and over again.

10. Behind Green Glass. Of course, I would love to see my own novel made into a film. I can dream!



Top Ten Tuesday 3.8.11

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Link up to find other book lovers and new reads!

This week’s topic:
Top Ten Dynamic Duos

These are the BFFs, partners in crime, powerful couples, and general groups of awesome people!

My List:

1. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Like the host of this meme, this pair is first on my list. I read these stories in high school, loving the way the doctor and the detective solved crimes together. On my first real date, a boy took me to see a play of the The Hound of The Baskervilles at the Ballard Mill Theater. It was the perfect first date.

2. Jena and Gogu from Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. Wildwood Dancing is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Jena is one of the dancing sisters and Gogu is her best friend, a pet frog who is frustrated by his physical inability to help her. There are many cute moments.

3. Fiona and Nick from The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. They succeed because of their friendship in a society that would otherwise crush them because of their gender and sexuality. I get teary just thinking about it.

4.Minnie and Celia from The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The strained working relationship between this black maid and her bimbo employer develops into a wonderful and sometimes comic friendship. These two have a scene that is absolutely hysterical–but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read The Help yet. I’ll just say that one should be very afraid when these two team up. Minnie and Celia are one of the many reasons I loved this novel.

5. Howl and Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle. This wizard and his cursed housekeeper’s relationship is filled with misunderstandings and frustrations. I love how Sophie stops fearing Howl and putting up with his magical mood swings. They certainly need each other.

6. Maisie Dobbs and Billy Beale from the Maisie Dobbs series. The friendship between this detective and her assistant is much like the series as a whole: sensitive and understated.

7. Jacky Faber and Higgins from the Bloody Jack series. Do I ever make a “top ten” list without including Jacky Faber? Higgins is a butler/father figure/co-conspirator/friend to Jacky. He has her back, time and again. Sometimes I wish I had a Higgins!

8. Jane and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. These two sisters survive the embarrassment of their dysfunctional family because of each other. My sister is also a best friend. Once she bought my a magnet that pretty much sums up our relationship: “Sisters by chance, friends by choice.”

9. Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. I’m a mom, so I spend a lot of time reading children’s books. I loved Shaggy and Scooby-Doo as a kid, and I’m glad that they are popular with my daughter too. These two space cases inadvertently solve most of the crimes, though Velma has to provide the explanations and conclusion.

10. Frodo and Samwise from The Lord of the Rings. I have to admit, I haven’t read Tolkien’s trilogy; I’ve only watched the movies. In the films, Frodo wouldn’t be able to complete his quest without Samwise to keep him focused. Such brave little hobbits! I felt so frightened for them every time they were on screen. I definitely need to read the novels in the future!

Top Ten Tuesday 2.8.11

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Link up to find other book lovers and new reads!

This week’s Top Ten List:

Top Ten Characters I’d Name My Children After

  1. Liadan from Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
  2. Seth from Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  3. Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones
  4. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  5. Tristan from Tristan and Isolde
  6. Nessa from Wofskin by Juliet Marillier
  7. Helena from A Midsummer Nights Dream (One of my gradmothers was named Helene.)
  8. Cassel from White Cat by Holly Black
  9. Dorian from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  10. Alex from Revolution or Alex Rider. (This was the Americanized version of my father’s name.)

Of course, I’d be lucky if my husband agreed to one of these names! It took us forever to choose a name for our daughter.

Also: I’d love to have a pet named Gogol some day, after the Russian author.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Inspirational Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list: our Top Ten Most Inspirational Characters. Here are mine:

1. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. Or you can call her Cordelia. She has the most vivid imagination, she inspires all who meet her and she is loyal to those she loves, even when that loyalty calls for bitter self-sacrifice.

2. Jacky Faber from The Bloody Jack series by L. A. Meyer. Jacky is a sixteen-year-old pirate/privateer (depending on who you ask). She is extremely adventurous, resourceful and talented. While she doesn’t always make the best choices, she never suffers from boredom. She doesn’t forget her Cockney orphan roots and her friends. What I love most about her: she repeatedly outwits seasoned sailors, soldiers and politicians, showing them how clever a girl can be.

3. Catherine from Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. She thinks of the best pranks to scare away unwanted suitors while discovering what it means to be free.

4. Sherlock Holmes. Yes, he’s a drug addict and a bit arrogant, but I love him. His character inspired so many quirky detectives.

5. Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. I could have easily listed ten women from Marillier’s books as inspirational characters. It’s difficult to pick just one! Marillier’s women are strong and heroic through the most horrible events. I chose Sorcha because she was the first Marillier heroine I read. She suffers in literal silence as she works to free her brothers from a curse in a novel that is loosely based on the fairy tale “The Six Swans.”

6. Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. I know a lot of people dislike Holden, sometimes claiming he is too whiny and emo. When I read this classic, however, I empathized with his character. Sometimes I felt like his thoughts echoed my own, even though Salinger wrote his character several decades before I was born. Just like Holden, I am disgusted by all of the “phonies” in the world.

7. Jo March from Little Women. I’ve read Little Women at least four times. I own my mother’s copy and intend to pass it on to my daughter when she is older. Jo grows so much in this novel. She can be impetuous (cutting off her hair for money), and she loves fiercely. Sometimes that love is unrequited. She dares to make choices that many girls of her era would never have contemplated.

8. Eliza Sommers from Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. She is the headstrong half-Chilean half-English heroine of Allende’s novel set in California during the gold rush. Eliza endures some terrible circumstances and becomes a stronger woman in the process. She also learns to distinguish true love from puppy love, and to give up her deep-seated prejudices.

9. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie is an intelligent girl who becomes a nurse during World War I and later a psychologist/private investigator during the War’s aftermath. Maisie solves crimes with unconventional methods, focusing on healing as well as discovery.

10. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love Elizabeth Bennet for being herself, for challenging and intriguing Mr. Darcy. She is witty, sincere and unpretentious. I’m sure she’ll make an appearance on many people’s top ten list!