Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 backlog

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To!

(Some of this is because I am a SLOW reader…well, a distracted reader (Dragon Age:Inquisition is just like reading a choose-your-own-adventure book…that takes 60+ hours because of side quests!). Others are because I’ve been on the wait list at the library FOREVER. Either way, I’m hoping to get to them all early in 2015)


Undivided by Neal Shusterman
The final volume in the AMAZING Unwind series. I’m actually halfway through the book now and have no idea how it will all play out on the last page. I’m scared!!!


Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
A.S. King has to be one of my favorite authors of all time. I love all of her young adults novels. She has a very real voice and she avoids falling into cliche plot and characters. I cannot WAIT to read this (and bonus, while blogging this, the book appeared on my desk at work! Now I really have to finish Undivided)


Nightmares by Jason Segel
Segel READS THE AUDIOBOOK! How can I resist??


How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor
I do love non-fiction about my favorite franchises and after Dunc’s positive review I am eager to pick this one up!


Joss Whedon: The Biography by Amy Pascale
He is my Big Damn Hero so I need to know ALL THE THINGS about him.


Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer
I’ve had this book come across my desk several times and just didn’t get a chance to read it before having to pass it on to the next person. The wait list is finally gone so this will be read soon!


The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
I’ve been meaning to read some Murakami and this one seems small enough that I can get through it quickly. Also Evelyn said I have to read it so we can talk about it.


Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
This has been on my to-read list since May but after listening to ‘As You Wish’ (about the making of The Princess Bride) I really want to read this graphic biography!


Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
I credit Scott Westerfeld with turning me on to YA book with his Uglies trilogy so I am really looking forward to reading his latest.


The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley
Jimmy Gownley’s “Amelia Rules” series is one of my favorite realistic fiction comic series for kids.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014 (books, blogging or otherwise)

1. My Goodreads Reading Goal for last year was 60 books and I managed to beat that goal! Now, granted, many of those books were graphic novels for children and picture books. But if I’m going to count such things, I should increase my goal!  So next year I’m going to take it up to 75!

2. Schedule more blog posts!  I am just now getting into the habit of scheduling these Top Ten Tuesday posts and it’s been a lot of fun knowing they would go up each week and that this blog wasn’t sitting empty. I definitely want to keep participating in this weekly meme and maybe add a few more to the list.

3. Update my website! This has been on my to-do list for over a year now, whoops!  I mean, look at this poor thing, it’s just SAD!  If anything, I should just make one of my blogs live at the URL…though which one???

4. Stay more up to date on what is going on in the world…and mostly I think I just might start watching ‘The Daily Show’ again. The real world is depressing but I really need to be aware of what is happening, especially with elections on the horizon.

5. Cook at least one new thing a month…then blog about it? Okay, maybe just the first part of that. My comfort level with cooking has grown exponentially over the past three years. Maybe I’ll start pestering friends for easy to medium difficulty recipes I can try out.

6. More “professional” blog posts. I have another WordPress blog that is supposed to be where I post about Librarian kinda things. And I have opinions but I just tend to share them with co-workers but I really need to post more there than just storytime plans. Not that there is anything wrong with that! Just wish there was a helpful meme like this one for librarian posts…maybe I can start one!

7. Along those same lines, type up some more professional looking book reviews, especially for those random picture books I flip through all the time. When I was working on my MLS I took a class that taught me how to write professional reviews! I should put that to good use.

8. Sell some stuff. I have a lot of stuff. I am a collector of things. Not a hoarder, but I tend to get excited about tv shows or movies and buy ALL THE THINGS. And then years pass and I’m sorta over it. Most of what I want to sell are Star Wars prequel items that I bought during midnight madness things. Won’t get a ton of money, but any money would be good.

9. BUY A HOUSE. This is a big huge goal for this year. I’m so done with apartment living. I know that owning a house is a lot of responsibility, but I would be willing to take that on for all the perks of not sharing a wall and a floor with other people. It’s not that I am particularly loud, but I want to be able to play Dance Central and Rock Band and not worry about bothering anymore…except Tim. Oh wait, I don’t worry about bothering him!

10. BUY A HOUSE! I know this is on there already but I can’t think of another one and this is a HUGE DEAL!!!!! So, yeah.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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I’m joining in on The Broke and the Bookish popular book blog meme Top Ten Tuesday. How could I resist making a list?

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

So, apparently this was the year of just reading sequels and new books by favorite authors because I don’t have a lot of new-to-me people. I did manage to throw together five authors who pleasantly surprised me this year.

(in the order that I saw them on my GoodReads list)

Gabrielle Zevin – I’d seen her books in the YA collection and had always meant to pick one up, but I’m happy my first experience with her writing was in the charming Stories Life of A.J. Fikry

Dana Simpson – I almost didn’t pick up Simpson’s bright pink book with a unicorn on the cover. I’m always suspicious of bright pink books. Then I noticed the Unicorn’s name was Heavenly Nostrils and it was blurbed by Peter Beagle…and I needed to know more!

Ernest Cline – He gets me.

B.J. Novak – I always liked him on The Office (US) so I really had to listen to his book of short stories.

Vivek TiwaryFifth Beatle blew me away on several levels, but the writing really made all the difference.

G.M. Berrow – This person writes the My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic children’s chapter books and does a wonderful job. I mean, it’s still a book targeted towards 2nd-4th graders but they are fun to read and there is so much there for fans.