This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie and, indecisive as I am, I couldn’t pick my favourite past topic. So I chose 10!
Fret not, I do not intend to give ten answers to each topic. Just one. There is a freebie coming up again soon, so I’ll have to figure something out by then.I include a link to the original TTT for each of my chosen categories. Enjoy!
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I’ve heard so many ravings but it’s just soooo long! I’ve never really read a classic without guidance (i.e. from a teacher or whatever), so I decided instead to read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I wish I could say that was going any better…
Anything by Jane Austen… Part-intimidation, and part-aversion for the romance thing. And maybe some fear that it won’t live up to everyone’s gushing reviews.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, a medical biography of a man with locked-in syndrome. It was recommended to me by my favourite doctor ever. I haven’t read it because I simply haven’t been able to source it from anywhere.
Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I don’t know why, but I’ve always had a liking for her. I find her to be rather hot in a gothic kind of way. I welcome you to analyse me here because I don’t understand it all. I just like her. And yes, I did like her before the movies.
Marcus Flutie from Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. I’m so jealous of this friendship. Marcus gets Jessica like I only dream of being understood by a friend. I love the things they talk of. I love how there is depth to him. I wouldn’t date him, but I’d love a Marcus as a friend.
Harper Scott from Saving June by Hannah Harrington. First because of the Mockingbird reference, and I hope my kids will one day be the kind of rebel that Harper Lee was for her generation and those to come. But also because Harper Scott is a darling child who is brave and strong and not as horrible as she thinks she is.
There are many, but a recent literary trend is this incessant name-dropping. It was particularly annoying in Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. Readers really don’t need to know the brand of every strip of clothing on your characters – it’s a novel, not a screenplay. I felt like I was stuck in a room with some snobbish person trying to show off their knowledge of high-fashion.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – I’ve lost track of how often this pops up on other TTTs. I saw it a few times in the library when I was a little kid, but it always looked kind of lame. Now everyone talks about it and I don’t know if it will be worth the read now or if it will just annoy me.
Spud: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by John van de Ruit – the fourth (and allegedly final) book-journal about a young boy at a South African boarding school in the years immediately post-Apartheid. These books have managed to grip audiences and although not one of my absolute favourites, I’m looking forward to this one being released August this year.
Orchid by Tom Morello – a graphic novel, my review for it is here. I’ve been shunning graphic novels since I was about 12, figuring they’re silly and for “babies”. That’s the one excuse. And the other is that “adult” graphic novels tend to be very graphic, and I don’t know how I feel about blood and guts being drawn in animation. I kind of wanted animation to remain pure and naive. But anyway, I read it and liked it.