Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

From The Broke and The Bookish

1. The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls
It was the first series I remember reading as a kid. It made me want to live on the prairie, wear long dresses, and ride in a wagon.

2. Nancy Drew Mysteries
I will always have fond memories of those old yellow-backed books. Nancy was my hero, and she taught me that girls could be smart, brave, and adventurous.

3. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Anne was a dreamer just like me. We both lived in our heads, and sometimes that got us in a lot of trouble. :)

4. Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery
These books made me believe that I could be a writer someday. I believe that they are also the reason I’m so fond of dark stories.

5. By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz
This book was my introduction to Dean Koontz, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

6. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
I had always been too afraid to read Stephen King’s books. The movie It had scared the crap out of me as a kid. But then a friend lent me a copy of The Gunslinger and I’ve been a fan ever since. Yes, his books do scare me, but they also make me laugh, cry, and care about his characters.

7. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The reason that I love Epic Fantasy.

8. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
Harry Potter isn’t just a books series, it’s a way of life! I had never wanted to be part of a world, more than I wanted to be a part of Harry’s. Still do.

9. The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny
The second reason I love Epic Fantasy. And I’m still in love with Corwin.

10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
This is my favorite book. Ever!

This has been in my drafts folder for way too long. Since before last Thanksgiving, I think. EEP! Anyway… What books are you most thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

Pretty Little Liars: Books vs. TV

~ Some Spoilers Ahead ~

Maybe this review isn’t fair, considering I am only on Book three of the Pretty Little Liars series, but I have to say that I like the TV show better. This is a very rare thing for me, I always prefer the books , but this time I just don’t.

On the show, I find Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily very relatable. Yeah, they are in high school, and wealthy, with closets to die for, and are being stalked by the mysterious A, but they feel like real girls. Also, I can overlook that they live a lifestyle I know nothing about. In the books, with constant mentions of their gorgeous looks, and designer bags and purses, I find it harder to relate to them and their way of life. I realize that constantly mentioning these things are probably the writer’s way of reinforcing in the reader’s mind the kind of world that the PLLs live in, but I just find it alienating.

One of my favorite things on the show is the friendship between the girls. The cast has great chemistry and you believe that these girls really are friends, and have been for a long time. So far in the books, the girls have had very few scenes together, so I’m missing that aspect of the show that I love so much. I really hope this changes as the books progress.

Another thing that the show has that the books are missing is the Spencer/Toby relationship. Their relationship was so fun to watch grow and develop, but there isn’t any of that in the books. In fact, Toby kills himself at the end of book two! So, now there is no Toby at all! Which is completely unacceptable!

I will give the books this though, at least in the books the Aria/Ezra relationship didn’t last long. As much as I love Ian Harding, I am never going to think it is okay for a teacher to date his student. Yes, I know that currently on the show Ezra is no longer Aria’s teacher, but I’m still just over the relationship. Make it go away! Please! And make Wren go away too! I know that in real life all the actors on the show are around the same age, but they are playing twenty-something guys chasing after high-school girls, and it really just creeps me out. UGH!

Pretty Little Liars the show is so much fun that it made me want to read the books. But I have to say that if I had read the books first, I never would have wanted to watch the show. And that’s a shame!

So, do you watch Pretty Little Liars? Have you read the books? How do you think that the two compare?

What I read in February

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

At first this book was so frustrating! All I wanted was for the author to get on with it! I don’t know if it was the author’s prose or my own impatience, but I often found my mind wandering. Never a good sign.

What kept me going was the promise that HG Wells would soon appear, and when he did my frustration turned to enjoyment. His meeting with Joseph Merrick, aka the Elephant Man, made struggling through the first chapters worth it. It was interesting seeing these real life people in a fictional setting, and HG Wells made for a fun protagonist.

There are three different stories being told, all connected by HG Wells and time travel. The middle story of Captain Derek Shackleton and Claire Haggerty is my favorite. It also brought in one of the biggest surprises of the book. The Map of Time has so many twists and turns that I never knew what to expect, though I always thought later that I should have seen it coming, but I never did. I guess that’s to the authors credit.

If you are willing to struggle through the first few chapters and you enjoy time travel stories, you will like this book.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie when I was a kid, so I’m not sure why I never read the book. When I saw that I could download it for free on my Kindle, I decided to give it a try.

I think I would have loved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz if I had read it as a kid, as an adult I felt it was just meh. I guess I thought it would make me feel the same way that the movie does. The movie always makes me feel the wonder and excitement I felt as a kid, even if it’s only for a moment. The book lacked that magic for me.

The Style Checklist by Lloyd Boston

Lloyd Boston’s style checklist is pretty much the same as all the other style checklists I’ve read. The little black dress, white button-down shirt, trench coat, etc. But what was different about Lloyd’s book is that he actually gives you outfit ideas! He also gives tips about how to style garments at different stages of your life. I found all of this so helpful and interesting. I’m definitely going to purchase his book Before You Put That On for more great tips.

So, what have you been reading lately? Any good books to recommend? Have you read any of the above books? What did you think of them?