Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2017…so far


Happy Tuesday! This week The Broke and the Bookish asked us to share our favorite books so far from 2017. This has been a pretty good year so far for me, I’ve listened to a lot of good Audiobooks, read some great books, read some decent books, and read some that I never want to lay eyes on again…anyway, this list was pretty fun to make because I love reliving the ones I really enjoyed!

1. Shades of Magic Series, V.E. Schwab (Counting it as one, don’t hate me)

I just wrote a review on this series, so if you want to read that click here, but basically this series was awesome, and I’m so glad I got over my fear of it being overrated and picked it up!

Opening Line:

“Kell wore a very peculiar coat.”

2. The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

A classic that changes every time I read it. This book is a satire about a demon-in-training getting advice from his wise uncle about how to corrupt humans. It’s really fantastic. You can read my review for it here.

Opening Line:

“My dear Wormwood,

I note what you are say about guiding your patient’s reading and taking care that he sees a good deal of his materialist friend.”


3. The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown

This true story is fascinating and it makes you want to join a rowing team immediately. It tells a rare story of hope and triumph during war. You can read my review for it here.

Opening Line:

“This book was born on a cold, drizzly, late spring day when I clambered over the split-rail cedar fence that surrounds my pasture and made my way through wet woods to the modest frame house where Joe Rantz lay dying.”

4. The Martian, Andy Weir

This book is suspenseful, clever, and completely hilarious. If you liked the movie, there’s a good chance you’ll like the book. If you haven’t seen the movie, well you should watch that too.

Opening Line:

“I’m pretty much f*****.”

5. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

This was one of my “I’m embarrassed I’ve never read it” books, so I decided to just get it over with…and I fell in love. I wasn’t expecting to, but I did and I can’t wait to read it again.

Opening Line:

“1801 — I have just returned from a visit to my landlord–the solitary neighbor that I shall be troubled with.”

6. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman

Norse literature is one of my all-time favorites, therefore I jumped on this book as soon as I could, and it did not disappoint. I will also say what I always say for a Gaiman book, don’t read it, listen to it, trust me.

Opening Line:

“Many gods and goddesses are named in Norse mythology.”

7. The MaddAdam series, Margaret Attwood

While this series wasn’t my favorite, it was very good and I really enjoyed it. It’s really creepy (as all dystopians should be) and very clever (as most dystopians are…well the good ones anyway). It’s worth a read, and not a very long one for a 3 book series. My review of the series can be found here.

Opening Line:

“Snowman wakes before dawn.”

8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

I’ve been telling everyone who will listen to read this book. It took me by force and now I find myself thinking about it all the time. Read this book, it is easily in my top 5 favorite books of all time. My review for it can be found here!

“Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.”

9. The Great Good Thing, Andrew Klavan

I’ve talked a lot on this blog about how much I dislike memoirs, and it’s true…mostly…The Great Good Thing is one exception. It’s very funny and very eye-opening, and worth the read, even though it is a memoir ;). You can read my review here!

Opening Line:

“The Church of the Incarnation stands on the corner of 35th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan.”

10. Life of Pi, Yann Martel

This book was very popular when I was in finishing college/starting college, so I never had time to read it, but I finally did earlier this year and I saw why it was such a big deal before. It is a very good book and if you haven’t seen the movie, it’s definitely worth the read. Annnd last but not least, you can read my review here!

Opening Line:

“My suffering left me sad and gloomy.”


There you have it, I think those are my favorites so far! Check out The Broke and the Bookish for more Top Ten Lists!

Top Ten Tuesday: Series TBR

I love book series, and I love talking about them, so this Top Ten Tuesday topic by The Broke and The Bookish is just great! I’ve done a couple of these lists already, so I’m going to combine a few of them, plus add a couple more series to the list, because it really never stops growing!


Children of the Last Days by Michael O’Brien 

  1. Strangers and Sojourners
  2. Eclipse of the Sun
  3. Plague Journal 
  4. Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
  5. Sophia House
  6. A Cry of Stone
  7. Elijah in Jerusalem

The Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French


  1. In the Woods
  2. The Likeness
  3. Faithful Place
  4. Broken Harbour
  5. The Secret Place
  6. The Trespasser

Jason Bourne by Robert Ludlum (5/14 listed here)


  1. The Bourne Identity 
  2. The Bourne Supremacy 
  3. The Bourne Ultimatum 
  4. The Bourne Legacy
  5. The Bourne Betrayal 

Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton


  1. The Innocence of Father Brown
  2. The Wisdom of Father Brown
  3. The Incredulity of Father Brown
  4. The Secret of Father Brown
  5. The Scandal of Father Brown

The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg

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  1. The Emigrants
  2. Unto the Good Land
  3. The Settlers
  4. The Last Letter Home

The Second World War by Winston Churchill

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  1. The Gathering Storm
  2. Their Finest Hour
  3. The Grand Alliance 
  4. The Hinge of Fate
  5. Closing the Ring
  6. Triumph and Tragedy

Peter Grant / Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch


  1. Rivers of London
  2. Moon Over Soho
  3. Whispers Underground
  4. Broken Homes
  5. Foxglove Summer
  6. The Hanging Tree

The Divine Comedy by Dante


  1. Inferno 
  2. Purgatorio 
  3. Paradiso

Emperor by Conn Iggulden


  1. The Gates of Rome
  2. The Death of Kings
  3. The Field of Swords
  4. The Gods of War
  5. The Blood of Gods 

Welsh Princes by Sharon Kay Penman


  1. Here Be Dragons
  2. Falls the Shadow
  3. The Reckoning 


Bonus: Series I’m currently reading

Department Q by Jussi Adler-Olsen & Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley


There’s the list! I’m so excited to read everyone else’s list so I can add more series to mine!


Top Ten Tuesday: Recently added to the TBR list

Today the gals at The Broke and Bookish Blog asked us to make our Top Ten Tuesday about books from a specific genre that we have added to our TBR! This is a really fun challenge because there are so many genre’s out there that all the lists will be incredibly unique. My TBR is all over the place so I decided to do this week’s challenge about Foreign Translated Books on my TBR. 

I’m a sucker for a good translated book, and recently I’ve been eyeing them like crazy–there is something truly magical about reading a book that was written in a different language. The real beauty here is that books are so unique and yet so universal that even when they jump from language to language the ideas and the philosophies can be understood and discussed–ah, the beauty of words. 

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

Every time I look at the beautiful turquoise copy of War and Peace on my bookshelves, my desire to read it grows stronger–what’s stopping me? Well, it’s over 1,000 pages long, that’s what. However, I’ve recently become addicted to the new broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” which is about one of the love stories woven within this massive book. It has made me determined now to pick it up and read it! 

2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 

I don’t know much about this book aside from the glowing reviews and the amazing cover. I’m really looking forward to reading it! 

3. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

When I heard this book and it’s sequels were similar to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I was sold! I just got it on Audiobook for my trip this weekend, and I’m so excited! 

4. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco 

I have read very few books translated from Italian, and I’m looking forward to seeing the difference in styles, especially compared to old French writers.

5. Laurus by Evgenji Vodolazkin

This is probably my most anticipated read of this year. This is a newer book, but is said to resemble Russian classics in style, philosophy, and complexity. 

6. We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

This one also had some amazing reviews, plus the description looks so intriguing! 

7. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo

I’ve been meaning to read more Victor Hugo, and I added this one to the list mainly because I had never heard of it before. It looks beautiful. 

8. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

This is apparently a book everyone needs to read, and I’ve heard it’s a literary beauty.

9. The Emigrants by Vilhem Moberg

This is a story of a Scandinavian family who immigrants to Canada. I love these types of stories and I’m interested in reading this series and hear their story! 

10. The Big Green Tent by Lyudmilla Ulitskaya

Surprise! Another Russian novel! I have a problem, but it’s definitely a good problem to have! This book, I heard, is terribly sad, yet very good. It is about post-Stalin Russia, which isn’t as common in novels as other time periods in Russia. 

There you have it! My top ten most anticipated translated books! Should I add any others to the list? Let me know! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Freebie

Today for our Top Ten Tuesday, the Broke and Bookish Blog gave us a Summer Freebie. I actually just did a small form of this blog for my Friday Five post last week, so I’m going to try to name books other than the ones on that list.

For my summer freebie, I’m going to do Audiobooks for Your Summer Road Trip. This summer I’m traveling like crazy. I have weddings/bachelorette parties, birthdays, and vacations filling up my calendar, and so I really rely on audiobooks to get me through the long drives. Not all audiobooks are created equal, so I’m going to let you know which ones I think you pass on and which ones you should press play.

*Disclaimer: I have not listened to all of these, but the one’s I haven’t, come highly recommended to me

  1. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, narrated by Reese Witherspoon 24817626.jpg
  2. Anything by Neil Gaiman (read earlier post here)9e63081d-a68a-4163-a44d-d20327cb4191
  3. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larrson, narrated by Simon VanceMillennium-Trilogy-by-Stieg-Larsson-on-BookDragon.jpg
  4. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, narrated by Polly Stone21853621
  5. Sherlock Holmes’ Rediscovered Railway Stories by John Taylor, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch*24737122.jpg
  6. Life of Pi by Yaan Martel, narrated by Jeff Woodman51xufiFRCtL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_
  7. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, narrated by author*23453112.jpg
  8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Claire Corbette, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher22557272.jpg
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir, narrated by R.C. Bray 18007564.jpg
  10. The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, narrated by Martin Jarvis, musical adaptation by Dan Goeller.

51XLA8y2isL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThis one is for the kids (and really the adults, too). This beautiful rendition of The Selfish Giant is one everyone should hear.  Not only is the narration amazing, it is set to a symphony that elevates the story. I bought it for my nephews and they always ask for it when they are in the car.

*Indicates I have not listened to this particular audiobook, but that it come highly recommended to me.

So there you have it, the 10 Audiobooks I recommend for your summer road trips! Happy reading (or listening), and I can’t wait to read all the other TTT lists for today!


Top Ten Tuesday: Moms in Classic Literature, the best and the worst.

Another Tuesday, another Top Ten list brought to us by The Broke and Bookish blog. This week we have a freebie on “Mother’s Day.” I already wrote a couple of posts about mother’s day, but I didn’t want to skip this week, so I did a mix of my favorite and least favorite mom’s in literature. I stuck with classic lit. for this list, because, well, I like classic lit.

I found this list was a little tougher than I expected, as parents are much more rare in classic lit. than they are in modern stories. If they are portrayed, they usually take a minor role. However, there are some prominent mother’s in literature and some really stuck out to me.


The Best.
  1. Marmee March (The Little Women, Louisa May Alcott)
    • She’s kind to her children, loving to her husband, firm in her beliefs and morals, understanding toward failure, yet persistant that all try their best. I think it would be hard to arguee that she is the best image of a great mother in literature.
  2. Katie Nolan (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith)
    • Hardworking and determined, Katie Nolan gives her children the opportunities she never got to have. Katie spends most of the book trying to scrape together just enough food to keep her children alive, and yet the kids grew up thinking they were rich as kings.
  3. Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery)
    • Strict and harsh at first (and at times later), Marilla grows into a loving and wise mother to the orphan Anne. It takes her time to adjust to the spirit of Anne, but when she does, she becomes her biggest fan and confidant.
  4. Ma Ingalls (The Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder)
    • Tough to the core and hardworking, Ma shows us what it meant to be a mother in the tough times on the prairie. She is kind, but stern, encourages individuality in her children but demands obedience. To her husband she is supportive and a clear advisor. She set the standards for her children and her husband to live by, and by golly they followed them.
  5. Fantine (Les Miserables, Victor Hugo)
    • Perhaps the most tragic mother in literature is poor Fantine. This is a case where intention shows the heart of the woman. Fantine does all she can to give her child a good home, even if that meant giving her up. Leaving her child behind broke her heart, but she truly believed her daughter would be better without her. Then, due to the cruelty of others, she worked herself to death to provide for her child. She embodies the selflessness that mother’s have when caring for their children.
The Worst.
  1. Mrs. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen)
    • Many people have a soft spot for Mrs. Bennet, and I guess I can understand that, but overall, I really dislike her. She’s ridiculous.
  2. The Stepmother (Hansel and Gretel, The Brother’s Grimm)
    • So all stepmothers in Grimm’s fairy tales are pretty bad, but this one is the worst. She convinces their father to leave his children in the woods because she wants more food. She’s terrible.
  3. Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald)
    • Did you forget that Daisy had a daughter? Don’t feel bad because apparently she did to.
  4.  Jocasta (Oedipus Rex, Sophocles)
    • She’s bad in the sense that she ends up marrying her son after killing her husband. It was all a big misunderstanding, but still.
  5. Mrs. Wormwood (Matilda, Roald Dahl)
    • Encourages her brilliant daughter not to be brilliant…yeah, she’s pretty awful.

Top Ten Tuesday: Give me more…

Per usual Top Ten Tuesday is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish, the fabulous blog that orders us around every week (and we love it) ;). This week the topic is Ten Things On Our Reading Wish List: what I want more of in books.

I decided to focus on historical fiction for this post because it’s one of my favorite genres. My all-time favorite are WWII books, but as there is not a lack of those, I’ve picked 10 other Eras or topics that I would like to learn about.


  1. The Vikings!!!!: (sorry about the exclamation points, vikings make me super excited). In college my all-time favorite class was Viking Literature–it was amazing. The literature from that time period was fantastic and I would love to see it rejuvenated
  2. Pre-Russian Revolution: It’s no secret that I adore Russian literature, but I want more! There aren’t very many new fiction books about this era, and I think they could be very interesting and captivating.
  3. The Egyptian Empire: Pharos, Cleopatra, Egyptian gods, hieroglyphics, giant pyramids…there is so much material for great historical fiction.
  4. The Martyrs: There are so many martyrs in the christian faith and they all have their stories. I would love to see them told as straight as possible (much like the movie Silence or The Mission).
  5. The Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs: I loved learning about the empires of Central and South America before colonization happened, but I have not found decent fiction about those time periods, and I would love to read them.
  6. Captain Cook’s adventures/other famous explorers: I recently went to New Zealand and learned way more about Captain Cook then I thought I would. His life would make for some awesome historical fiction, the guy was pretty fascinating.
  7. The Ancient Chinese dynasties: I really don’t know enough about these dynasties to know which ones are the most interesting, which is why I would love to see more historical fiction about them. China has such a rich history, there has to be plenty of stories to uncover.
  8. The Rwandan Genocide: This is not a fun topic to read about, nor to think about, but it is important. I have heard many talks by a beautiful woman named Immaculee Ilibagiza, and she talks about her survival during the Rwandan Genocide. However, she is not the only one and the others, and the ones who didn’t survive, deserve to have their story told. If anyone is interested about reading Immaculee’s book, it’s called Left to Tell, and it’s beautiful.
  9.  Authors: I love historical fiction about authors. I think it’s so fun to get into famous authors minds and explore their work by exploring them.
  10. Constantine and Charlemagne:  There are tons of historical fiction books about the Holy Roman Empire, but there are not a lot about the two most famous of emperors of that era: Constantine and Charlemagne. I became super interested in Charlemagne when I went to Aachen, Germany and saw the Cathedral he built and the Charlemagne museum…the man really liked gold things….anyway, their lives were super cool and they both helped form Europe into what it is today, so I would love some Historical fiction about these two.


There you have it, my historical fiction wish list! Thanks for reading, and make sure to comment your TTT link so I can read your bookish wish list!

Top Ten Tuesday: Biggest Bookish Turn-offs


Happy Tuesday! Today The Broke and the Bookish blog decided they want to hear us all rant, so they gave us The Top Ten Things that Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want to Read A Book as the topic today.

Here is my list of my bookish turn-off’s, but to the spirit of fairness, I will also include some exceptions to these rules ;).

  1. A raunchy cover/language
    • If it looks trashy, I probably won’t read it. Also if it has a to of unnessasary cuss words, I’m probably going to pass (I’m not talking about cuss words now and then or used for emphasis, I do that too, but when they are thrown in the book like commas, I start to have a problem. 
  2. “You absolutely have to read this book or you cannot consider yourself a lover of books.”
    • This is a pretty big pet peeve of mine, and I try really hard not to be one of those people. I mean, we all have different tastes, and it’s perfectly ok. Read books, suggest books, critique books, but don’t tell people their taste in books is worthless because they don’t agree with you.
  3. The phrase “Coming-of-Age”
    • Oooo this phrase really makes me cringe. I don’t know why I dislike it so much, but when I see it in a book description, I tend to lose interest in the book. My exception is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, which is one of my favorite books.
  4. Celebrity/Comedian memoirs
    • Some people really like these books, but I am not one of them. Even when it comes to celebrities and comedians I really like (e.g. Tina Fey, Jim Gaffigan, Carrie Fisher, etc), I just can’t find the desire to read their books. My exception here is Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini. I really enjoyed this book, however I only picked it up because I was doing a reading challenge and I had to read a celebrity memoir…I don’t think I would have read it on my own.
  5. Memoirs in general
    • I have a hard time with memoirs in general because I don’t find them 100% believable. I also tend to find them drawn out and pretentious. There are a couple I have liked, but even so I am very hesitant when it comes to memoirs.
  6. Chick-Lit
    • Similar to “Coming-of-age” phrase, this description gives me the hibbie-jibbies. I wasn’t sure if I really did avoid books in this genre, so I went to the GoodReads’ Popular Chick Lit Books List to double check. In the first 300 books on the list, I had only marked 3 as “read” and 5 as “to-read” so I guess it is safe to say that I don’t ususally go for these books.
  7. Pet/animal stories
    • I have zero desire to read pet stories. I went through a stage in middle school where I read a bunch of pet stories, but I’m totally past that. Lately “A Dog’s Purpose” has been strongly advertised, but it has zero pull on me. My exceptions to this point are ones that I read in middle school, but I will gladly go back and read at any time: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, and The Horses of Central Park by Michael Slade.
  8. Fix yourself books
    • Financial books, organization books, health books, motivation books, etc…I should read them, probably, but I do not and I have no desire to do so. Exception: The Whole 30 book was fascinating, but even then I mostly just skimmed it.
  9. Fanfiction 
    • This one I wish I liked reading, because it seems to be right up my alley, but I just can’t get behind it, and it makes me sad.
  10. When the movie/tv show was blah.
    • Nothing ruins a book much like a bad movie. I try not to watch the movie before the book, but it does happen sometimes, and if the movie happens to be awful or totally uninteresting, I have zero desire to pick up the book.


Well, the rant is over for now and we all survived! Happy Tuesday everyone, I look forward to reading your rants for the week!

Top Ten Tuesday: Gimme that book, now!

It’s Tuesday again! Our Top Ten Tuesday theme today (as always brought to us by the Broke and Bookish blog) is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book. 

While I really want to read everything under the sun, I realize I have to be a little selective because there just isn’t enough time in the day to read them all. Therefore, this list actually comes in handy because it helps me shorten my TBR list a little bit. The majority of the books I have read or want to read fall into one of points on this list. And if they fall into multiple points in this list, chances are we’ve found a new favorite book!

*any highlighted book is one I have reviewed on this site!


The Cover

I admit it, I judge books by their cover. Recent books that visually caught my attention were: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

The Author

There are some authors I cannot resist. I have a hard time saying no to C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, Vince Flynn, and Alexander Dumas, to name a few.

The Title

If there is a title that intrigues me, but I’ve never heard of the book or the author, odds are I’ll pick it up. Some examples of titles that forced me to read them are: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.

Russian Literature

I want to read everything Russian–especially old Russian. I had always heard that Russian Lit. was something special, but honestly the length intimidated me, and I always made excuses not to read any. Then last year my book club read The Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and I fell hard for it. It quickly became my all time favorite book and it opened the floodgates for Russian Literature for me. Now I want to read them all.

Upcoming Movie Adaptation

This one almost always gets me, but it has to be a movie I want to see…if the movie looks bad or uninteresting to me, I probably won’t bother with the book, but if it looks good, I’ll most likely try to read it first. Furthermore, if I see a movie and really liked it but I haven’t read the book, chances are I’ll read the book after. Recent reads that are also great movies: The Martian by Andy Weir and Life of Pi by Yann Martel

World War II

I am a sucker for WWII stories and have been since sixth grade. It is very hard for me to pass them up, and usually I don’t. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Night by Elie Wiesel are two of my all time favorites, but more recent favorites are All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Recommendation from Reliable Source

There are a few people in whom I trust a recommendation without a doubt. Two of them are my sisters, one is a guy who has a podcast and he sometimes talks about books, and another is a friend from college–if any of them recommend it, I’ll read it, no question.

The Classics

If you follow my blog and read my posts, it’s not a secret that I love my classics. The majority of the books I read were written over 40 years ago–some way more than that. I just see it as making up for the books I missed when I wasn’t alive yet. Some of my favorite classics are: Brother’s K, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Lord of the Rings, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.


I feel in love with the Dystopian genre when I first read 1894 in high school, and since then, it has been like a good friend…well, a good friend with some serious issues. I’m always amazed with the Dystopia’s some authors come up with, and their creativity keeps me reading!

4+ GoodReads Rating

I put a lot of stock in the GoodReads rating system…maybe to much. It’s usually my tiebreak method when it comes to deciding to read something or not. If it looks interesting and it has a 4+ rating, I’m giving that baby a read.


And that’s all for this week’s TTT! Now you all know what to look for if you want to buy me books 😉


Top Ten Tuesday: Unique books

As always, top ten tuesday is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish blog;  check it out, it’s a great blog!

This week’s TTT topic is unique books! It’s hard to pinpoint what makes a book unique, so I made a list of the ten books I remember thinking “well, this is different” while reading them. Enjoy!

1. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak


This book had me laughing at one moment and then saying “what the effff” the next moment. B.J. Novak definitely takes weird to a new level in his short stories. If you have ever watched the American version of The Office (which you should, if you haven’t) then you have seen Novak’s character Ryan…well, this book is exactly like something Ryan would write, which makes it all the more hilarious. If you want to read my full review on it, click here.

2. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller


Catch 22 [Noun] :a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

I truly have never read a book quite like this one. The story itself is bizarre and troubling, but the fact that he wrote it in a way that personified the the issue he was describing is really crazy to think about. Everything in this book is a Catch-22, and it is utterly confusing and amusing at the same time. I grew to like the book the longer I read it, but I’ll have to admit it isn’t my favorite book. It is memorable, however, and quite unique.

3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel


I don’t want to spoil the ending for those who haven’t read it yet, nor seen the movie, but the ending twist is what makes this book truly unique; I don’t think I have read a book that has one paragraph that changes the entire book so drastically as this one does–it’s genius. Oh, and the entire plot when he is stuck on a lifeboat with a tiger is pretty unique as well. If you want to read my full review, click here.

4. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster


When I first read this book, or rather when my dad first read it to me, I was blown away by how different and clever this book is. Still today, years later, I find the book tremendously entertaining, and it is truly one of a kind.

5. The Hound of Heaven at My Heels by Robert G. Waldron


When I finished this book, I was convinced it was non-fiction, even though I knew it wasn’t. This book follows the lost “diary” of an opium addicted poet, and a newspaper editor who had made it his quest to find the diary and the poet. It is beautifully written and it’s ability to convince me of its authenticity is what makes it so unique as a fictional piece.

6. The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois


The Twenty-One Balloons was another childhood favorite of mine. It is about an hot air balloon explorer who crashes on the island of Krakatoa, and discovers a world of high-class and sophistiction, as well as great wealth beyond his wildest imaginations. Many books have plots about wondrous lands and exoctic paradises, but none I have read present them in such a charming and unique way as this one. I remember rereading the descriptions of the houses on the island and thinking how even though they had similiar aspects as ours, they were so completely different. I was amazed with this book.

7. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles 


This is definitely a “what-the-what?” play. Being from ancient Greece, you wouldn’t think it would be as compelling and plot twisting as it is. In Grecian literature this one stands alone as the weirdest of them all. I highly recommend it, it will shock you if you have never read it before.

8. Oryk and Crake by Margaret Atwood 


I picked this one up because I wanted to read Handmaid’s Tale, but it was checked out, so I just went with another Margaret Atwood, and I was not disappointed. This, like most dystopian books, is a strange book in a strange time for the world, but I found this one particularilly unique. I just finished the series and I’m going to write a longer review of it as a whole, but for now I’ll just say that it really get’s you thinking.

9. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


This classic is a great one, but there is no denying that it is weird. Wilde creates an amazing human study over morality and guilt and does it all within such an entrancing narrative. This classic is one of the more unique one’s when it comes to plot and characters.

10. Prelandra by C.S. Lewis


Prelandra is the second novel in Lewis’ Space Trilogy series. It can be read as a stand alone novel as long as you know that in the first one the guy made a space ship that took him to mars. In this one he travels the opposite direction and lands on Venus. There he finds a world without corruption, without sin, without doubt, but it is under attack. This book, as many of Lewis’ do, flows with philosophy, theology, and moral dilemma’s. But it also tells the story of love and devotion. It is very different than all the other fantasy books I have read, and it is even very different than any of Lewis’ other works.


Thanks for reading my TTT this week! What book are on your unique list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandoms! 

Happy Tuesday! Today The Broke and Bookish Blog gave us the category of “fandoms” for our Top Ten Tuesday, so I’m going to give you my favorite quotes from some of my favorite fandoms.

Some of these are book quotes and some are from shows or movies, but all of them not only have a beautiful meaning, but each hold special meaning for the show, book, or movie they come from.

C.S Lewis once said,

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘what? You too? I thought I was the only one.'”

Is there a more perfect quote to describe fandoms? It’s truly amazing how we can talk for hours, whether it be online or in person, with strangers about a show, book, movie, game, comic, or whatever it is that gives us a common thread.

Sometimes I feel so dorky when I get so excited and submerged in something fictional, especially when you seem to like it more than everyone around you, but then when you meet someone who likes it too, it feels as though the weight of weirdness has been lifted off your shoulders and you can finally talk about the things you love without holding back.

So without further ado, here are [some of] my favorite quotes from the books, shows, or movies, that inspire many fandoms.

1. Doctor Who

2. Shakespeare

3. Narnia by C.S. Lewis

4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. Supernatural

6. Merlin

7. Hamilton

8. Sherlock Holmes

9. Star Wars

10. Avengers

There you go, kids. Stay weird 🙂