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Top Ten Tuesday – Unique Titles (Oct 24)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Unique Book Titles’. Quite often book titles tend to be bland or too similar to others already published.  Although it’s important that the actual content of the book be worthwhile, a unique book title can also draw a person in. Here are ten books from my shelves that have, in my opinion anyway, titles like this:

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  1. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls – David Sedaris
  2. Optimists Die First – Susin Nielsen
  3. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
  4. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense – Michael Brooks
  5. When Did Wild Poodles Roam the Earth? An Imponderables Book – David Feldman
  6. A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18 – Joseph Loconte
  7. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession – Allison Hoover Bartlett
  8. The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
  9. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius – John Joseph Adams (editor)
  10. Undermajordomo Minor – Patrick deWitt

I haven’t read all of these yet, but for most of them it was the title that first drew me in. My favourites from the list would have to be the ones by Jonas Jonasson and Patrick deWitt, both of which were very funny and unique.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR List (September 19)

It’s been a while, but it’s time to get back to this. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.’ Some of these I’ve had for a while; others I bought quite recently. Hopefully I’ll manage to get a few of these read before Christmas. Time will tell!

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  1. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli
  2. Child of All Nations – Irmgard Keun
  3. My Brother My Sister – Molly Haskell
  4. On a Raven’s Wing: New Tales in Honor of Edgar Allan Poe – ed. Stuart M. Kaminsky
  5. The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith – Peter Rollins
  6. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction – Eugene Peterson
  7. God in the Alley – Greg Paul
  8. The Divine Conspiracy – Dallas Willard
  9. The Wind Through the Keyhole – Stephen King
  10. A Tale of Two Cities (Graphic Novel) – David Zane Mairowitz, Robert Deas, Ryuta Osada (Illustrator)

Top Ten Tuesday – I’ve Started, So I’ll Finish (June 6)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List.’ Rather than choosing a particular genre, I’ve chosen ten books on my currently reading list at Goodreads. These are books that I started a long time ago and for some reason or other I never got back to them. So I’ve made a separate TBR pile for them and hopefully this might inspire to pick them up and start reading them again. For some of them it’s been so long ago that I started them that I’ll have to go back to the beginning and start all over again. Here are the ten I picked:

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  1. If I Had Lunch With C.S. Lewis:Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath
  2. Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
  3. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs
  4. Daddy Lenin and Other Stories by Guy Vanderhaeghe
  5. The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Convictions Matter: The Function of Salvation Army Doctrines by Ray Harris
  7. In the First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  8. George MacKay Brown: The Wound and the Gift by Ron Ferguson
  9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  10. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

It seems like a daunting list, but hopefully I’ll get some of them read soon.

Top Ten Tuesday – My Spring TBR (March 14)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR.’ I have so many books waiting to be read, that it might be hard to narrow it down to just 10, but I’ll try my best! I have started some of these, but I really need to get them read, nonetheless.

  1. Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  4. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  5. Wenjack by Joseph Boyden
  6. Silence by Shusaku Endo
  7. Daddy Lenin and Other Stories by Guy Vanderhaeghe
  8. Grounded by Diana Butler Bass
  9. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
  10. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Top Ten Tuesday – Unread (Jan 24)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘FREEBIE’, which means I can choose anything. I checked out the list of previous Top Tens and decided to go with ‘Top Ten Books on my Shelves tat Remain Unread.’ I buy a lot of books with good intention, but unfortunately there are some really good ones on my shelves that for some reason or another I haven’t got around to reading yet. By listing these ones here it may give me the inspiration to actually crack them open and get them read. We’ll see! In addition to this, one of the challenges I signed up for this year is The 2017 Mount TBR Challenge, which I’m also hoping will inspire to get some of these unread books read.

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  1. Magnus – George Mackay Brown
  2. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  3. A New Kind of Christianity – Brian McLaren
  4. The Living – Annie Dillard
  5. The Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
  6. A Life of Jesus – Shusaku Endo
  7. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. In The First Circle – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  9. The Last Crossing – Guy Vanderhaeghe
  10. Heretics/Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton (I guess that this is technically two books, but it is still a volume that sits unread on my shelf)

Quite a few of these have bookmarks in them, which means that I did start them once upon a time, but for some reason I never got back to them. I’ll have to start them from the beginning again, as I can’t remember much about any of them. The Solzhenitsyn one seems the most daunting, whereas the Gaiman one looks like the easiest of the pile. I should choose one of them soon and get started. Check my Reading Challenges page for my progress, of which I hope there will be some at least.

Top Ten Tuesday – 2016 Favourites (Dec 27)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)’ I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped to this year, but the following 10 were the ones I enjoyed the most:

  1. Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship – Trevor Hudson. I have almost finished this one, so it qualifies as one of the best I read this year. I read it as part of the 2016/17 Renovaré Book Club.
  2. Undermajordomo Minor – Patrick deWitt. Very funny and different. It’s just a shame that deWitt doesn’t bring out books more often, but I guess it makes it worth the wait for his next one.
  3. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All – Jonas Jonasson. Another hilarious read from Jonasson. I love his characters and the way he weaves their stories together.
  4. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair – Anne Lamott. I always enjoy reading her books and this one was no exception.
  5. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
    – Rob Bell. This was a re-read, but it was worth it once more. It is probably my favourite book of his.
  6. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro. Being a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, I have to admit I had my doubts about reading this one, being that the main character, Charlotte Holmes, was purported to be the great-great-great granddaughter of the famous fictional detective. However, my doubts were dispelled and it turned out to be a fairly enjoyable read after all.
  7. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro. It took me a while to get into this one, but I persevered and the effort was worth it.
  8. The Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire. This was probably the best of the graphic novels that I read this year.
  9. Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life – Henri J.M. Nouwen. This was the best meditative book I read this year and I found it very helpful at the time I read it.
  10. My Very Best Friend – Cathy Lamb. I read this one out of curiosity, as it was from a genre I don’t normally read. I was pleasantly surprised by it and it was a very funny and, at times, moving read. Sometimes it is good to try something different.

I’m hoping to get through more books in 2017 than I did in 2016 and am contemplating a reading challenge that might help me achieve this. Whatever happens, I know I’ll have fun trying.

Top Ten Tuesday – Christmas Wishlist (Nov 29)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Holiday Gift Guide freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.)’ Mine will only be top seven, as I only put seven books on my Christmas Wishlist this year. My family always ask for a list and suggested it might be a bit briefer than previous years, so I put the following seven books on my list:

  1. Rescuing Jesus: How People of Colour, Women, and Queer Christians Are Reclaiming Evangelicalism – Deborah Jian Lee
  2. A Life in Parts – Bryan Cranston
  3. Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
  4. Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science – Mike McHargue
  5. Letters From Father Christmas – J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances – Neil Gaiman
  7. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right – Lisa Sharon Harper

It will be interesting to see which ones I get and I’ll probably share that on here at some point.

Top Ten Tuesday – Movies (Nov 15)

It’s been ages since I did one of these. In fact it’s been ages since I posted anything here at all. So, I need to get back to posting here more regularly again.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

toptentuesdayThis week’s topic is ‘Movie Freebie — top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, top ten 90’s movies, top ten action flicks, top ten tear-jerkers, top ten movies your favorite actor/actress is in, top ten movies with PoC leads, etc. etc.’ I think I’ll go for my all-time favourites.

This actually proved to be harder than I thought it would be. There are others I may have included on another day, but these are the ten I thought of today:

  1. Cinema Paradiso – a classic; wonderful story, great characters and performances, along with one of my favourite Ennio Morricone soundtracks. It’s worth watching over and over again, but has to be watched in the original language with English subtitles.
  2. The Mission – one of the few movies that make me cry every time I watch it. The story captivated me right from the moment I first saw it. Also, another great Morricone soundtrack.
  3. Babette’s Feast – a wonderful story of grace. It’s another one that has to be watched in the original language with English subtitles.
  4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? – this is my go to comedy. It’s my kind of humour and the music is great, too. I also love the outlandish characters.
  5. Once Upon a Time in the West – without a doubt, this is the best Western ever. It’s an epic, with some great performances, especially Henry Fonda as a bad guy. The soundtrack, once more, is a great one by Ennio Morricone.
  6. The Blues Brothers – this is another one I can watch again and again – great story, awesome soundtrack, innumerable big stars (including lots of great cameos).
  7. A Beautiful Mind – this was the first DVD I ever bought and is still one of my favourites. I think it is probably Russell Crowe’s finest performance. I find it to be such a moving story and one that is also well worth watching again and again.
  8. The Deer Hunter – another very moving one, with some very tragic moments. Some of the actors gave their best performances in this one and Christopher Walked was very worthy of his Oscar win.
  9. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – this is probably one of the most under-rated movies on my list. I think that, in all the different characters he plays, this is Peter Sellers best movie. I like all the Pink Panther movies he did, but this is his finest moment.
  10. A Christmas Carol (1951) – this is a must watch every year at Christmas, but it has to be the Alastair Sim version. I never grow tired of this and if I had to have one Christmas movie on my list, then this had to be it.

As I said before, there are other movies that may have made this list on another day, but for now this is my top ten. None of the Marvel movies made the list as it is hard to pick one, although I think that Doctor Strange may become my favourite of these. Also, none of the Star Wars movies made the cut, although if I had to choose one it would have to be The Empire Strikes Back. Other movies that just failed to get into my top ten include West Side StoryInceptionOnce Upon a Time in AmericaGladiator, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, to name a few.

Top Ten Tuesday – Christmas Wish List (Dec 22)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year’. I haven’t posted here much for a while now, due to a number of reasons I won’t get into right now, but I thought this would be a fun topic to get restarted with.

Every year round about the end of September I give my family a wishlist of books that I wouldn’t mind getting for Christmas. Usually there are about 12 books on the list and I’m usually fortunate enough to get at least half of them. Even though I come up with this list, it’s still lots of fun on Christmas morning discovering which ones I actually received. This year I came up with an initial list of 12, then added another later on that I had forgotten about. So this week’s top ten will in fact be a top baker’s dozen!

  1. The Buried GiantKazuo Ishiguro
  2. Undermajordomo Minor – Patrick deWitt
  3. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom
  4. Simply Good News – N.T. Wright
  5. Daddy Lenin And Other Stories – Guy Vanderhaeghe
  6. The Sherlock Holmes Book – DK Publishing
  7. A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War Joseph Loconte
  8. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir – Stan Lee
  9. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories – Stephen King
  10. Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You – Kunal Nayyar
  11. Stitches: A Handbook On Meaning, Hope And Repair – Anne Lamott
  12. The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People – John Ortberg
  13. The Story of Kullervo – J.R.R. Tolkien

It’s quite a varied list and I look forward to reading some of these very soon!

Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR List (Sept 22)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR’. Unfortunately most of my books are packed in boxes in a storage container next to our house as we await renovations to take place. I thought we would have had them unpacked by now, but I do have some unread books sitting around, as well as enough in both my Kobo and Kindle apps. Add to that the fact that the library is two minutes walk from our house, then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to find things to add to my TBR list. I’ll just have to make some adjustments to my original reading ideas and everything will be alright. So, here is my list:

  1. Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks – Justin Richards. I picked this one up at Fan Expo earlier in the month. It looks like a fun read.
  2. Shattered Glass – Teresa Toten. I received this one from LibraryThing Early Reviewers a couple of months ago. I started it and forgot about it, but I should read it soon and get it reviewed.
  3. The Day it Rained Forever – Ray Bradbury. This is a collection of short stories I picked up this summer. I love reading Bradbury, so this is one I should enjoy.
  4. Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus – C. Christopher Smith, John Pattison, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. This one has been unread on my Kobo forever, so it’s time I got around to reading it.
  5. Convictions Matter: The Function of Salvation Army Doctrines – Ray Harris. This is yet another one I’ve had for too long, although I did start it and got distracted by something else. I’ll get into it again soon for sure.
  6. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James. I am already about half-way through this one, as it is on my list of 50 books for The Classics Club. I’m a bit behind in my classics reading, so finishing off this one should help me get back on track.
  7. Candide – Voltaire. This is another one on my classics list. I downloaded a free copy to my Kobo, so I have no excuse to leave it unread.
  8. The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum – Temple Grandin. I read a couple of chapters of this one last year, so it’s time to get back to it. It’s on my Kobo, so there’s no problem in accessing it.
  9. Lectio Divina – The Sacred Art: Transforming Words & Images Into Heart-Centered Prayer – Christine Valters Paintner.  Over the past couple of years I’ve been attempting to incorporate Lectio Divina into my daily living, so I’m hoping this book will help me in my continuing endeavours.
  10. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien. This is my favourite read and it’s been a few years since I last read it. I’m keeping my pocket edition handy, so that I’ll not be stuck for something to read wherever I am.

IMG_0212If I get stuck for choices, I also have the first twenty Penguin Little Black Classics to read, which I received as a gift yesterday.

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