Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

This one is an interesting topic for me, because I really had to look at my bookshelves!  I definitely have a lot of authors that are pretty new, so they don’t have this huge backlist of books.  But I managed to come up with quite a few authors where I have at least 5 or 6, so I went with some of my favorites!

  1. Rachel Caine with 29 books.  Mostly because I’m a big fan, and own most of her books…but it does help that Weather Wardens is 9 books, and Morganville Vampires is an astounding 15 books.
  2. Alison Weir with 9 books.  I have a bunch of her books, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy when I have all of her books.
  3. Natsuki Takaya with 15 books.  I really need to finish Fruits Basket one of the days.
  4. Rachel Ray.  I’m a big fan of her food, which is why I have 7 of her cookbooks!
  5. Maria V. Snyder with 11 books.  I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but she is one of my favorites in the genre!
  6. Julie Kagawa with 7 books.  (10, if you include novellas).  Because she is full of awesome.
  7. J.K. Rowling can do no wrong with the 8 books I’ve read.  (…plus the care of magical creatures textbook, quidditch through the ages and the tales of beedle the bard…and I really need to read The Cuckoo’s Calling…)
  8. Gail Carriger is why I love steampunk.  I have 7 of her books!
  9. Jane Austen with 6 books.  Because she’s Jane Austen.  And she’s right up there with J.K. Rowling.
  10. Philippa Gregory is one reason why I love historical fiction.  The 5 books I have are pretty awesome.

Gilmore Girls Interlude: The Gilmore Girls Project Is Back!

I recently did a top ten list where I shared my top 10 favorite T.V. shows…and of course, Gilmore Girls made the list as one of my favorite shows.

It was then that I realized that it’s been quite a few months since I actually watched an episode of the show and recapped it! Basically, the absence of Gilmore Girls-related posts amount to me being lazy and not watching episodes…or even recapping an episode I apparently had notes for.

But after that post, I realized how much I missed watching it pretty much every week, and how much I miss talking about it pretty much every week, so I’ll definitely be getting back into the swing of things as far as this project goes.  I really didn’t realize how much a part of my life it was until I started re-watching.  I’ll definitely be posting new recaps every 1-2 weeks, starting next week.  And I’m definitely going to be posting new episode recaps every 1-2 weeks.  Preferably every week, of course, but I’m also hesitant to make any sort of guarantee, because of the several month gap between episode recaps.

I will say that it’s actually been interesting to re-watch the entire show from the very beginning, because there have been so many things that I never picked up on or thought about until this re-watch.  And I know the show is chock-full of pop culture references, many of which go right over my head.  Like, I’ll be watching an episode, and a character will say something, and I just know it’s a reference to something…but it drives me crazy, because I’m not getting the reference is.  (I’m positive there’s something out there…I may have to research this).

I’m really looking forward to picking this project up again, and I’ll be back next week with Episode 16, The Big One.

Book Review With Spoilers: Ruin And Rising

Ruin And Rising CoverBook: Ruin And Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Published June 2014 by Henry Holt And Co|267 pages

Where I Got It: the Nook store

Series: Grisha #3

Genre: YA Fantasy

You can find Ruin And Rising on goodreads & Leigh Bardugo on her blogon Twitter and on Facebook

Goodreads Summary: 

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

What I Thought:

I really liked Ruin And Rising!  More than I expected, but also not as much as I was hoping.  Still, I think it’s my favorite book in the series.  Which is weird, because I LOVED Siege And Storm, and only really liked Ruin And Rising, and yet, this one is still my favorite.

I think it’s because everything really comes together in this book.  There are definitely some big revelations, with the third amplifier being the main source of these revelations.  So much comes from it, and I feel like I can’t talk about the book without giving things away.

This is where things get very spoiler-ey, so if you haven’t yet finished Ruin And Rising and care about spoilers, you might want to skip ahead to the big note signalling the end of the really spoiler-y part of the review.  (Or even to the rating, which will be the very bottom of the review).

So: we learn about Morozova, and his connection to both Baghra and the Darkling…his daughter, and his grandson, respectively.  I wasn’t expecting that at all, so it was quite the surprise.  It worked, and yet I didn’t completely love it, because it felt a little too forced and random.

And as it turns out, Mal is the third amplifier!  Somehow, Mal ended up being the third amplifier, and I don’t remember why!  I don’t know if I just wasn’t paying attention during that part of the book, or if it wasn’t completely explained or what, but his ability to track things is all related to being the third amplifier.  I did wonder if there was more to his ability when I read Smoke And Bone, and I had given up all hope that it would be explained.  That explanation did come through, and I don’t know how I feel about it.

I mean, it did work, and I liked how everything came full circle, and that everything really is connected.  And this really is the best place for everything we learn about the Darkling and Morozova, because I think it being revealed in either of the previous books would really have given it away.  I think that’s why it felt a little out of the blue and a bit forced.  Or maybe I’m just really oblivious, and should have figured it out earlier.  But overall, I thought it worked and that this was the best place for it all.

And I’m not surprised that Mal and Alina ended up together, since he seems to really ground her.  But I’ve never really liked them as a couple, because they felt too much like friends to me.  It did seem like there was the possibility of Alina and the Darkling (before we realized how insane he was) and Alina and Nikolai (before he became king, which meant Alina would be his queen if they got together), and, of course, Mal.  Alina really is just an ordinary girl who was able to get rid the Unsea and take down the Darkling, and because of that, it was always going to be Mal.  I just wish I could have believed them as a couple, like I could have with both the Darkling and Nikolai.

Then, again, this series never was about the romance.  At least, I didn’t particularly care about it in this series, and I think it’s because of everything else going on.  Like how balance is really important.  And friends and not wanting all the power for yourself, and what happens when you seek too much power.

Now that the super-spoiler-y bits are done…we can get on to the really short and non-spoilerific part of the review.  

One thing I’ve really loved about this series is the overall world.  We learn things along the way, and what strikes me about this entire series is that it’s a fantasy series set in a world that reminded me of Russia!  So many fantasy books have a pseudo-Medieval Europe setting (particularly Medieval UK) that a pseudo-Russian world is really different and makes it stand out because of how unique it is.

I pictured everything so well, and I have to say that I would LOVE to see this series as movies, because the costumes and make-up and sets would be so amazing.

Also: there are some characters that I’ve really come to love, and they really have come a long way from when we first met them in Shadow And Bone.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked Ruin & Rising!  I felt like things came full-circle, and I was definitely surprised by a lot of things. Overall, it’s my favorite book in the series because of everything we learn, even if I didn’t love it the way I loved Siege And Storm.  Ruin And Rising gets 4 stars.  

Book Review: Wallbanger

Wallbanger CoverBook: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Published February 2013 by Gallery Books|304 pages

Where I Got It: the Nook store

Series: Cocktail #1

Genre: Adult Romance/Chick Lit

You can find Wallbanger on goodreads & Alice Clayton on Twitter, Facebook, and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and—was that a meow?—punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O. Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick… In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

What I Thought:

Oh.  My.  God.  Wallbanger is easily the most entertainingly hilarious book I’ve read in a long time!  I think Beauty Queens was the last time I laughed this much when reading a book.

So, there’s actually a story behind why I read Wallbanger- I’m a big fan of Book Riot, and after reading their Euphemisms For Body Parts in romance novels post…and then reading the comments…one of which had a quote from Wallbanger, and I knew I had to at least check out the book.  Which lead to me buying it pretty much immediately after reading the summary.  (Really, the comments are just as entertaining as the actual post, so take a few minutes to read through them).

Wallbanger is indeed a contemporary romance, which isn’t what I normally go for in terms of romance…at least as far as adult romance goes.  I’m much more of a paranormal romance/historical romance kind of girl, but Wallbanger was so much fun to read.

The nice thing about it is that it’s not serious at all.  I mean, how could you be serious with this quote…

“My shirt bunched up around my waist, and the feeling of his hi-there against my hoohah was indescribable.”

Which, by the way, was the quote that got me to pick up Wallbanger.  Yes, I’m 12.  What’s your point?

Anyway, I loved the banter between Caroline and Simon, and it really was hysterical!  I really needed a good laugh, and Wallbanger definitely provided a much needed laugh.

How can you not laugh at this:

“Zucchini me, woman.”

Or this:

“No way, buddy.  I’m not macchuuing your pichu now…”

Or this conversation:

“Perfect, that will give me time to frost my buns.

“Pardon me?”

“Oh, I didn’t tell you?  I also made cinamon rolls.”

I really couldn’t stop laughing, and I knew it was quote-worthy when I found myself actually highlighting different parts of the book.  I never do that for fiction, so if I’m taking the time to do it…let’s just say there is a lot to quote!

Back to Simon and Caroline.  Together, they are absolutely hilarious, and I actually liked that it took them so long to get together.  I don’t know why, but it really worked for them.

Let’s Rate It:

Wallbanger was such a hilarious read and I had a lot of fun reading it!  It’s fun and cute and a good summer read. Wallbanger gets 4 stars.

Audio Book Review: A Mad Wicked Folly

A Mad Wicked Folly CoverBook: A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller, narrated by Katharine McEwan

Published January 2014 by Listening Library|Run Time: 11 hours, 13 minutes

Where I Got It: from audible.com

Series: None

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

You can find A Mad Wicked Folly on goodreads & Sharon Biggs Waller on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes 17-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist – a nearly impossible dream for a girl. 

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse – or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high-society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

What I Thought:

When I saw what A Mad Wicked Folly was about, I was intrigued enough to pick up and read it.  I went for the audio book, which I think was a semi-good decision, since I think I liked it better as an audio book than I would have liked it as an e-book.

Normally, characters like Vicky annoy me.  I’m just not a fan of female characters who seem a bit too modern and want to be independent and marry for love, especially when it doesn’t seem appropriate. However, I fully admit that I could be completely wrong, since I have no background in history, and often have to deal with what I vaguely remember from school, or the little I may have read on the subject.

But I found that Vicky wanting to marry for love and go to art school and make a living as an artist worked really for the book, especially given that she becomes involved in the suffragette movement in London.  I actually like that it was set in 1909 London and that the suffragette movement was the back-drop for the book, because I feel like it all went together really well.  I liked that there was the conflict with her family and with the world around her.  Granted, I didn’t particularly like her parents, but I also understood why they acted the way they did.  I did like her brother, though.

I get why Vicky acted the way she did, but I did feel like she was really selfish at times, and there were points, particularly at the end, where I really wanted to yell at her.  Mostly because her problems…she did kind of bring them upon herself, and if she had just listened and did what she was supposed to, she wouldn’t have been in so much trouble.  Still, I liked that over the course of the book, she finally came to the realization that she had to fight for herself, and make her own way.  I really am glad that she changed over the course of the book, and that she became less of a spoiled brat.

As for why listening to A Mad Wicked Folly was a semi-good decision…it has to do with the narration itself.  It seems like Vicky is pretty stubborn and spirited, and I really wish that came through in the narration. There were glimmers of it towards the end of the book, but I felt like McEwan didn’t really bring Vicky to life.  She’s not a horrible narrator at all.  I mean, I did finish it, so she was easy to listen to.  I just…don’t think she was the right choice to narrate the book.  I don’t listen to enough audio books to have a specific narrator in mind, but her narration just didn’t completely work for me.  She was pleasant enough to listen to, but it was just lacking that something special.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked the overall story, especially with high society London and all of the scandal that Vicky is in the midst of and how the suffragette’s fit into a very structured group.  And the narration- while pleasant enough to listen to- didn’t completely work for me because I felt like the narrator didn’t completely bring Vicky’s stubbornness and spunk through. A Mad Wicked Folly gets 3 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me On A Deserted Island

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me On A Deserted Island

When I started thinking about this list, I had the hardest time with it!  But 10 characters were really easy to come up with, because, well, it’s good to have all sorts of people with you.  My list is definitely random, except for a couple of super-obvious choices (in my opinion), and there are definitely no limits to what the characters can do, because it’s my deserted island, and the characters I picked would totally have all of the abilities they would in their respective books.

  1. Hermione is one of the obvious answers, but she’s smart and she’s a witch, so she’d be great to have around.
  2. Katniss is the other obvious choice, but she’s good with a bow and arrow, so we’d be good as far as food goes.
  3. Four from Divergent.  I need someone to swoon over,
  4. Etienne St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss.  You can never have too many hot guys to swoon over.
  5. Mia from The Princess Diaries.  So I have someone to freak out with.
  6. Dr. Steiner from Ten Tiny Breaths.  He is a very strange and unconventional psychiatrist, but you never know when you’re going to need one.  Even if he can’t prescribe any medication, it can’t hurt.
  7. Perry from Under The Never Sky.  He’s able to provide for the Tides no matter what’s going on, so he’d definitely be good to have around.
  8. Valek from Poison Study.  You never know when an assassin/spy is going to come in handy.
  9. The Weasley Twins.  They are pretty entertaining, which will make being on a deserted island a little bit easier to handle.
  10. Charlie Weasley.  Apparently, Harry Potter characters are good to have around.  Considering Charlie works with dragons, he’d be good to have around for all of the wild animals roaming around.

 

Book Review: The One

The One CoverBook: The One by Kiera Cass

Published May 2014 by HarperCollins|225 pages

Where I Got It: the Nook store

Series: The Selection #3

Genre: YA Dystopic

You can find The One on goodreads & Kiera Cass on TwitterFacebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

What I Thought:

I’ve really enjoyed this series, and I’m sad to see it end, because it’s different than a lot of other dystopic series I’ve read. But I actually think that this book is my favorite series!

Like, I really love the relationship that America seemed to have with her dad.  It was something we saw a little bit of in the previous books, but after reading this one, I wish we saw more of it.  Although…given everything we learn in the book, I’m not completely sure.  There’s so much we learn in this book- at least, that’s what it seems like in comparison to the other books- and I wish the dystopic elements of the book came through more.  I don’t mind the romance (even though it was predictable, and certain things that happened didn’t surprise me) but I felt like the dystopic aspect took a backseat.

Still, I was glad Maxon and America finally got it together, because that was one of the more frustrating parts of the entire series.  We still saw bits and pieces of their indecision and not wanting to admit to their feelngs in this book, but thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as the previous book.

And…I actually warmed up to Celeste in this book!  I felt like I understand how she acted in the last two books so much better after reading this one.  Once she actually let her guard down a little, she was actually not that bad.  I get why we didn’t see it before, but I am glad she wasn’t who I thought.

Back to the break-ins and conflict with the rebel groups: after everything we’ve learned about them and how Illea got started, I was expecting more than what we get.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked what we learned, and I’m really happy with how things were resolved, but I did expect it to have more of an impact than what we saw in the book.

I did love the book, though, and I’m glad everything came together in such a great way!

Let’s Rate It:

I loved The One and thought it came together in a way that the other two books didn’t.  Still, I wish that it didn’t take the entire series for it to come together.  But I’m actually willing to overlook it, because it was hard to put down at times, and there were parts of that I was so glad we saw.  The One gets 5 stars.

Book Review: The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou

The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya AngelouBook: The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou

Published April 2012 by Random House|1161 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: None

Genre: Adult Non-fiction: Autobiography

You can find The Collected Autobiographies Of Maya Angelou on goodreads

Goodreads Summary: 

This Modern Library edition contains I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven.

When I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to widespread acclaim in 1969, Maya Angelou garnered the attention of an international audience with the triumphs and tragedies of her childhood in the American South. This soul-baring memoir launched a six-book epic spanning the sweep of the author’s incredible life. Now, for the first time, all six celebrated and bestselling autobiographies are available in this handsome one-volume edition.

Dedicated fans and newcomers alike can follow the continually absorbing chronicle of Angelou’s life: her formative childhood in Stamps, Arkansas; the birth of her son, Guy, at the end of World War II; her adventures traveling abroad with the famed cast of Porgy and Bess; her experience living in a black expatriate “colony” in Ghana; her intense involvement with the civil rights movement, including her association with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X; and, finally, the beginning of her writing career.

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou traces the best and worst of the American experience in an achingly personal way. Angelou has chronicled her remarkable journey and inspired people of every generation and nationality to embrace life with commitment and passion.

What I Thought:

Maya Angelou really is quite the woman!  After hearing that she passed away, I knew I had to read her autobiographies. I read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings years ago, but it never occurred to me to pick up her other ones.  I really am sad that I didn’t read them earlier.

I’m actually glad I went with her collected autobiographies, because she did so much, and I felt like her life story flowed a lot better being able to read all of her autobiographies as a collective whole.

I loved seeing her life up to when she started writing I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and she had such an eventful life! It did get a little tedious at times, especially with All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes and A Song Flung Up To Heaven. All together, it was a definitely a marathon, and I think by the time I got to her last two books, I kind of wanted to be done with her autobiographies.  They were interesting, and I don’t want to take away from that at all, but I also wish I had taken a little more time with them.

It’s so easy to see how she became the person that she was- she is definitely a survivor, and always landed on her own two feet, no matter what happened to her.  I was quite surprised by some of things I read- like running a brothel, and traveling all over the world (and even making an effort to learn the language of every country she visited) and working for both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr…she is truly an inspiration, and I feel like we’re so lucky that she shared her story with us.

She really does have a way with words, and there were times when I forgot I was reading an autobiography. There’s something very poetic about the way she writes, and she has a way of feeling like she’s telling you a story.

Let’s Rate It:

I feel so honored to have read Maya Angelou’s story.  I feel like I understand her world so much better after reading her autobiographies, and I really regret taking so long to read them!  Reading them as one collective work was daunting, especially with her last couple autobiographies, but I also liked seeing her life as a whole, instead of in shorter stories. Her Collected Autobiographies get 4 stars.

Book Review: Five Ways To Fall

Five Ways To Fall CoverBook: Five Ways To Fall by K.A. Tucker

Published June 2014 by Atria Books|343 pages

Where I Got It: the Nook store

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #4

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

You can find Five Ways To Fall on goodreads & you can find K.A. Tucker on TwitterFacebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

What I Thought:

I’m really sad to see this series come to an end, because I’ve really loved this series!  But I am glad to see Ben’s story, and I liked it more than I expected.

I loved that characters from the previous books made appearances in this one, and while I vaguely remember Ben from their stories, I’m actually glad he got his own book.  I loved the first 2 books, and really liked the third- which didn’t have that special something the first two had.  Five Ways To Fall brought that something special back.

I just loved Ben and Reese together.  They really have an interesting relationship, and I just loved how their relationship developed over the course of the series.  I also loved that the book was narrated by both Ben and Reese, and I loved getting to know both of them.  I especially loved the relationship Ben had with his mom and the relationship that Reese had with her step-dad Jack.  Especially Reese and Jack, because he took care of her even though he was no longer married to her mom. But seeing Ben and his mom showed that he really is a good guy, and why he acts the way he does.

And I really wish that Reese and Kacey met more, because there’s something about Reese that really reminded me of Kacey. I like to think they’d be fabulous friends, and they really would get along quite nicely. I really felt for Reese, and she’s definitely a survivor.  You can’t help but get drawn into her story and I really wanted her to come out on top!  (And up with Ben, of course).

It did get me emotionally at the end, but there were some really funny moments too!  Reese and Ben together were hysterical at times, but it works.  I really couldn’t ask for a better couple to end this series with.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked Five Ways To Fall- not as much as Ten Tiny Breaths or One Tiny Lie, but more than Four Seconds To Lose.  I loved Ben and Reese’s story,  but I do wish we got more of Ben’s story, since the main focus seemed to be Reese.  Which is fine, since I really love her, but I was expecting a bit more of Ben.  Five Ways To Fall gets 4 stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite T.V. Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Favorite T.V. Shows

This week, we’re actually taking a break from the normal book-ish topics, and talking about other forms of entertainment! I opted for my favorite t.v. shows, because I really do like to just sit down and watch some t.v. sometimes.  Here are some past and current favorites.

  1. Gray’s Anatomy.  Gray’s Anatomy has had it’s share of good, bad and bizarre, but it’s so addicting!
  2. Scandal.  For the longest time, I meant to watch Scandal, and I finally got around to watching it recently.  Parts of it were pretty familiar, probably as a result of me being lazy after Gray’s Anatomy finished.  But I’m glad I got caught up with it.
  3. NCIS.  I actually came across it on the USA network, so I got into it quite a few seasons in.  But there is a reason why it’s one of the most popular shows- it has some great moments, and the characters are a lot of fun.
  4. Downton Abbey.  I’ve only seen the first couple of seasons, but I will definitely be catching up before the next season starts.
  5. Nashville.  It’s about country music, and I love country music a lot, so I can’t believe it took me a while to get into it.
  6. Gilmore Girls.  I am such a fan of Gilmore Girls (which reminds me that I need to finish up my project to blog my way through the entire series).  I came to Gilmore Girls through ABC Family, and watched only season 7 live, but I fell in love with the town and the characters.
  7. Lost.  I loved Lost when it was on, so I may have to rewatch it one of these days.  Probably after I finish the 50 million other things I need to watch.  It was such a strange show, but strange is something I’m a fan of.
  8. Once Upon A Time.  Considering Lost is one of my favorite shows, it’s no surprise that Once Upon A Time is one of my favorite shows right now, and I want the next season to start to see where they’re going with the season 3 cliffhanger.  I totally wasn’t expecting that particular fairy-tale tie-in!
  9. Revenge.  I started off watching the first season, but for some reason, I never kept up with it after that.  Well, until recently, when I started watching it on Netflix & Hulu, and wondered why I stopped watching.
  10. I really love the Food Network!  I love to cook and bake- but mostly baking- and I have had days where I’ve literally watched it pretty much all day.  And there’s something about the connection between food and memories that’s actually pretty awesome.
  11. For good measure, go listen to Welcome To Night Vale.  While not a t.v. show, it’s one of my favorite podcasts, and I can’t wait to listen to today’s episode, especially after the last couple of episodes.