Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own.

I tend to spend more time and money shopping books than bookish items, but there are some things that look great. Below are 10 bookish items I came across recently that I liked.

1. Nancy Drew Tote Bag

Nancy Drew tote bag

2. Library bookend

Library bookend

3. Bookish coasters

Book stack coasters

4. Bookish pillow

One more chapter pillow

5. The Great Gatsby infinty scarf

The Great Gatsby infinity scarf

6. Shirt – Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air t-shirt

7. Custom book stamp

Custom book stamp

8. Library card notebooks

Library card notebook

9. Gear bookends

Gear bookends

10. Bookish linen tea towel

Linen tea towel

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Backlist Books I Want to Read.

It’s no surprise that I like to shop books, but I have a bad habit of buying books and never reading them. I tend to give ARCs and library books priority in my reading list, so books I own get shelved and never picked up again. I’ve started to improve a little bit in this area, and hope to focus on reading more of what I already have next year. Below are ten books that I heard great things about, bought the book, and never read it. Hopefully, I get to these books in the next year.

I Let You Go by Clare MackintoshThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Secret History by Donna TarttNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Quiet by Susan CainShatter Me by Tahereh MafiThe Eyre Affair by Jasper FfordeBehind Closed Doors by B. A. ParisThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne

1. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
6. Quiet by Susan Cain
7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
8. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
9. Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
10. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Have you read any of these books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Horror TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Halloween/Creepy Freebie.

For my topic this week, I’m listing 10 horror books on my TBR. I’ve been reading more books listed as horror in the last couple of years, so my list for books in that genre has been growing. Below are 10 books I didn’t get to before Halloween this year, but I hope to read sometime over the next year.

It by Stephen KingLet Me In by John Ajvide LindqvistWorld War Z by Max BrooksThe Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanBroken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln ChildI am Legend by Richard MathesonMy Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady HendrixRosemary's Baby by Ira LevinThe Collector by John Fowles

1. It by Stephen King
2. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
3. World War Z by Max Brooks
4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
5. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
6. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
7. I am Legend by Richard Matheson
8. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
9. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
10. The Collector by John Fowles

Have you read any of these books? Any other horror novels you recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday: Villains in Mysteries and Thrillers

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Villains.

I was coming up with way more than ten villains for this prompt, so I limited it to villains in mysteries and thrillers released in the last 5 years.

Pretty Girls by Karin SlaughterThe Lies We Told by Camilla WayJane Doe by Victoria Helen StoneGame by Barry LygaThe Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
The Exes' Revenge by Jo JakemanStillhouse Lake by Rachel CaineThe Other Woman by Sandie JonesBig Little Lies by Liane MoriartyThe Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

1. Paul Scott – Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
2. Hannah Jennings – The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
3. Steven Hepsworth – Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
4. Billy Dent – Game by Barry Lyga
5. Cherry Laine – The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
6. Phillip Rochester – The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman
7. Melvin Royal – Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
8. Pammie Banks – The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
9. Perry Wright – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
10. Amber Patterson – The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit.

I love to visit bookstores and libraries when I travel! There are plenty of bookstores and libraries I would like to visit. For this top ten, I’m listing 5 bookstores and 5 libraries.

BOOKSTORES
1. Hay-on-Wye, Wales – yeah, I’m listing the whole town as one bookstore
2. The Strand – New York City, New York
3. Shakespeare and Company Bookstore – Paris, France
4. Barter Books – Alnwick, England
5. Powell’s Books – Portland, Oregon

LIBRARIES
1. Library of Congress – Washington, DC
2. Vatican Library – Vatican City
3. Trinity College Library – Dublin, Ireland
4. Library at Admont Abbey – Admont, Austria
5. Boston Public Library – Boston, Massachusetts

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday

I keep seeing Top Ten Tuesday posts fill my feed on Tuesdays, and always think it looks like a fun bookish meme to do. I’m going to try to start doing some of these, and hopefully can participate most weeks.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Longest Books I’ve Ever Read.

I used Goodreads to sort my “read” shelf by number of pages to come up with this list. So, the page numbers are from Goodreads.

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustThe Holy BibleShakespeare's Complete WorksLes Miserables by Victor HugoWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander DumasThe Brontes by Juliet BarkerThe Stand by Stephen KingThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

1. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust – 3,053 pages
This book, also known as Remembrance of Things Past, holds the Guinness World Record for longest novel. It’s made up of seven volumes though, so I tend to think of each volume separately and not lump them all together in one book. I have read all seven volumes, but it took me a couple of years to work my way through them. The seven volumes are Swann’s Way, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower , The Guermantes Way, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Captive, The Fugitive, and Time Regained.

2. The Holy Bible – 1,106-2,306 pages
Over the years I have used various Study Bibles and different versions (ESV, RSV, NIV, and NABRE), so I have several different Bibles marked read in Goodreads.

3. Shakespeare’s Complete Works by William Shakespeare – 2,689 pages
I checked this book out of the library to read all of the works by Shakespeare that I hadn’t yet read. If I had read it, and many I had already read, I skipped reading it again. This was to fulfill a personal goal of reading all of Shakespeare’s works.

4. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – 1,463 pages
I read this book years ago, like 12-15 years, and I’m fairly certain I have the wrong edition marked as read in Goodreads. I don’t currently own a copy though, so I can’t verify that. Oh well. It’s a long one, so it belongs on this list somewhere.

5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – 1,440 pages
I’m not a huge fan of War and Peace, but Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is one of my all-time favorite books. I have really enjoyed the Russian literature that I have read, mainly Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment). All of these books are long, but War and Peace won for longest according to my Goodreads shelf.

6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – 1,276 pages
This was one that I had wanted to read for years, and I finally read it around 5 years ago. At the time, a friend asked what I was reading and I said this book. She looked shocked and said she had just finished reading it. Weird. Then we geeked out over realizing we both liked to read classics. Nerds.

7. The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of Three Sisters by Juliet Barker – 1,158 pages
Confession. I’m not really a fan of the Brontës. I only read this because it was on the Gilmore Girls reading challenge. I’ve read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, and neither one ranks very high on my list. This book was an interesting, and very in depth, look into the lives of the Brontës though.

8. The Stand by Stephen King – 1,153 pages
I’m going to guess a lot of today’s Top Ten lists will have a book by Stephen King listed. So many of his books are really long, but The Stand ranked longest of the ones I have read. It also happens to be one of my favorites by him.

9. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – 1,137 pages
Someone gave me an edition of this book around the time the first movie came out. It had all three books (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) in it. I had never read them, so I dove right in, got hooked, and read one right after the other.

10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – 1,037 pages
In my opinion, which I realize doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, this is one of the greatest American novels. While, it’s not my absolute favorite American novel, it is definitely in my top 5. It’s truly epic, and a must-read classic.

That’s it for my top ten longest books read. I was a little surprised that a Charles Dickens novel didn’t make the list, because his stuff is usually really long. I went back and checked my Goodreads shelf, and Nicholas Nickleby was the 11th book on the list. According to my “read” shelf, Gone with the Wind is 8 pages longer than Nicholas Nickleby. Who knew?