Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books from my childhood/teen years I’d like to revisit

Top Ten Tuesday

It has be been a long, cold, and a non-stop snowy winter for us in Massachusetts, and I have been taking a little mini break from the blog. I just wanted to let you all know that it shall be restarting up again, and I have plenty of reviews to post about for some great books I have read while in hibernation. For now here is our Top Ten Tuesday of the week.

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme created by the girls at The Broke and the Bookish . This week we are discussing the top ten books we would like to revisit from our childhood. Here are my picks:

1. The Sweet Valley High Series- Francine Pascal

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I absolutely LOVED reading this series. I would walk out of the library with at least 3-4 every time.

2. Anne of Green Gables and the rest of the series – L.M. Montgomery

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Probably one of my all time favorite book/series. I actually did do a re-visit of this series a few years ago, but I would read them again in a heartbeat.

3. The Awakening- Kate Chopin

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There is just something about this book that really touched me.

4. The Babysitters Club- Ann M. Martin

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These were such fun reads, I remember wanting to be in their club so much when I was a kid. 🙂

5. The Chronicles of Narnia- C. S. Lewis

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Who doesn’t want to believe in a magical place that can be reached by walking through your wardrobe?

6.  Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll

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Completely nuts, and I think I would have a much different point of view of the story when I read it again as an adult.

7. Shadow Castle- Marian Cockrell

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This book has stuck with me since grade school and I really need to find a copy of it and read it again.

It also made me thinking twice about shadows.

8. Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

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I wanted to be a part of this family. I wanted to be Jo.

9. The Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Williams

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I can’t even properly write about how much I loved this books as a child. I always loved my stuffed animals, especially my blue bunny and this book is about that magical love you have for your toys.

10. The Time Machine- HG Wells

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The first book that I read  as a pre-teen that  opened my eyes to the  world of sci-fi books.

What are some of the books from your childhood and teen years that you would like to re-sit?

Are there any you still read even as an adult ?

Top Ten Books ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 5 years

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme created by the girls at The Broke and the Bookish . This week we were asked to pick our Top Ten All Time Favorite Books from the last 3-5 years are. Here are my picks:

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

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Whenever I have a chance to pick this book up I do. I have read it more often than any book in my collection. I just LOVE this book SO MUCH! I also recommend it whenever I have a chance to. If you have not read it….DO IT NOW! It has everything I love in a story: mystery, costumes, ghosts, magic, circus, tarot cards, romance, memorable characters. It’s whimsical, charming and so very unique.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman

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From my #1 favorite Author of all time, his latest novel is a very personal one. It’s everything a Neil Gaiman novel is known for and more. Absolutely loved reading this one, and when I got to the finish I wish it had been longer.

The Wise Man’s Fear- The KingKiller Chronicle Book 2-Patrick Rothfuss

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If you have not started this series yet, you are in for a treat! These books are big, but you will be left craving more pages. So many wonderful characters and gorgeous storytelling.

The Cuckoo’s Calling- Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling released this little tasty morsel under her “penname” Robert Galbraith. Many people weren’t even aware it was her when it first came out. Stores ran out of copies, and more had to be printed once the word got out. This new detective series brings you Robin and Strike, the most unusual of partners, but so perfectly written together you simply can’t stop reading. This one will keep you guessing as to who killer is for quite a while. Definitely a very fun and entertaining read.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender-Leslye Walton

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One of the most beautifully written books I have read in the last three years. Absolutely captivates you  and breaks your heart too.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things- The KingKiller Chronicle Book 2.5- Patrick Rothfuss

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Here we have a small glimpse into one of my most beloved characters from the KingKiller Chronicle Books. Not at all what you would expect from a book, or how a story should be told, but this tiny book will charm your socks off.

The Raven Boys- Maggie Stiefvater

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It took me forever to finally get to The Raven Boys and the rest of the books in the series so far, but once I did I could not put them down.  A story about a unlikely group of friends, that go on a search for a long forgotten and buried king. With fortune tellers, tarot cards, a touch of romance and a treasure hunt for a sleeping king that will grant the person who wakes him anything he most desires, you will be on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. Three books are out in the series and book four is due later this year.

The Painted Girls- Cathy Marie Buchanan

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I love a good historical fiction and this book does disappoint. It tells a tell of two very poor sisters, and their entrance into the shady world of the Paris Opera and the Paris demimonde. Marie the youngest becomes the subject for one of the most famous statues made by Degas- The Little Dancer age 14. A fabulous read, with some fascinating intermingling of fact and fiction.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore-Robin Sloan

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How could I not love a book about a bookstore and books? A mysterious 24 hour bookstore, that is so much more than it seems. A secret society devoted to solving a puzzle found within the special section of the bookstore and the clerk that uncovers it.

A Jane Austen Education- How 6 Novels Taught Me About Love,

Friendship and the Things that Really Matter-William Deresiewicz

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Loved reading about this one man and how due to having to take a class on Jane Austen he came to realize what a genius and marvelous writer she really was. Using his own life experiences and relating the books to them he does a wonderful job showing us the everlasting power of Jane Austen’s teachings. Very funny, and very insightful. I think this is a lovely read for all Jane Austen fans and for those yet to become fans.

Book Review: The Eterna Files (Book 1)

Book Review: The Eterna Files (Book 1)The Eterna Files (Eterna Files, #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber
Published by Tor Books on February 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Steampunk, Supernatural
Pages: 320
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three-half-stars

Welcome to The Eterna Files, written by Leanna Renee Hieber, "the brightest new star in literature"(True-Blood.net)
London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire's chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.
Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the hidden laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped--and has a sample of Eterna.
Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. Haunted by the ghost of her beloved, she is determined that the Eterna Compound--and the immortality it will convey--will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain.

The year is 1882 and Queen Victoria has just appointed Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to the Special Branch Division called Omega. Omega is set up to secretly look into paranormal and supernatural happenings and personnel. Spire is dubious about the actual existence of anything supernatural, but his chief researcher Rose Everhart is not. She is a firm believer that there is more to the world around them. They are set on their first mission, which is to find the “Eterna Compound” that grants immortality. The hidden laboratory where Eterna was created in New York City was destroyed, but the Queen is convinced that someone survived and has a sample of Eterna with them. A frustrating point for myself is that a good part of the plot during the Eterna investigation is about a totally unrelated case that Spire is also investigating. I am assuming this might come back again in the next book, but it does take away from the story in the “here and now”.

However, the Brits are not the only one search for the elusive Eterna. Clara Templeton an American is also hunting down Eterna. After the death of Abraham Lincoln, Senator Bishop (one of Clara’s guardians) and Clara decided to put together a team to seek the immortality compound Eterna. One of her team members is also romantically involved with Clara. When the laboratory is destroyed, he is one of the people who died during the catastrophe. Haunted by her dead lover Clara becomes even more determined to find the Eterna Compound. In the prelude of Clara’s story we also find out she has a special abilities that allows her to commune with the dead and that she has memories of her past lives, yet this isn’t fully developed and doesn’t really come to play in the story much (not even to communicate with her dead lover). Maybe it will be developed in the future of the series? Along with the fact that she is a Mystic and can recall memories from lives she previously lived through? (Yeah…I was a bit WTF? On these points too).

I applied to get an advance copy of this novel through NetGalley because I had just finished reading Ticker and wanted to try another novel that might be similar. Always being a fan of the Victorian period I thought this would be a nice choice. The book was an enjoyable read, well written, though it felt a bit rushed in some places. A minor pet peeve is that there are often complaints made throughout the story regarding the hardships of wearing corsets and the fashion of the day. Personally I LOVE corsets. I also love the fashion of this time and I felt like I got my fill within these pages (yes…I know that wearing those dresses and corsets were not easy, but I’m okay with that). Besides a few points of annoyance with organization of the story,  and that it is being set up for a sequel , the book was a fast and entertaining read that had it’s funny moments. Some have called this “Steampunk”, but it isn’t at all. It’s more of a paranormal historical fiction, with petticoats and ghosts. I enjoyed it. I do hope there is another book in the works, because I would love to know more details and information that I as the reader was not privy to but have questions about.

**This review was originally posted on Reading In The Tardis**

three-half-stars