Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (22)

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By now, I am in Alabama getting ready to have an early Christmas, but fear not dear readers, I haven't forgotten about you. This week (and some of the next) will have a small group of scheduled posts ready for all of you. If I don't reply to comments immediately it's because I'm on vacation. However, I promise to get to them when I come back. Have a happy holiday, where ever you may be, filled with friends and family. (Please, allow me one corny line.)

Winter Holiday Books

1. Searching for David's Heart by Cherie Bennett- I remember crying and loving this book so much when I was little. It never really hit me as a "Christmas" or "winter" story, but it always got to me hard when I read it around the holidays. It's mournful but hopeful. I also remember having a a deep desire for Darcy and Sam to get together in the end. (Side-note: read the book, don't watch the ABC movie.)

2. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling- I'm not sure if it's just the first movie which set up the need for me to read Harry Potter books in winter, but for some reason they feel more real then. It's just wrong to read about butterbeer, yule balls and dank castles in the heat of summer.

3. Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey- This may put a creepy sort of damper on all your holiday spirit, reading about zombies instead of tinsel, but it is a good winter book. The whole thing has the distinct chill of fall and winter. It may freeze parts of your heart and break them, but in the end it will be worth it.

4. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead- All I can think about is FrostBite (book 2) where the characters were being covered with snow every 20 pages or so. It won't get you into the holiday spirit per se, (unless killing stroigoi is your family's holiday activity) but there is a wealth of snow, hot tubs and ski slopes in the series.

5. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson- This may be the most "moral" of all the tales to read, but it is a sweet, sad story. It reminds people to be kind, generous and sympathetic towards people that have less than they do.

6. Fairytales- There's just a feeling of magic and possibility around Christmas time. Fairytales seem so much more real around this time of year. Trust me, go outside into the cold and snow reading Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel. Tell me it doesn't feel like you can practically hear wolves growling after a few minutes. *Note: If you actually hear/have wolves growling in your area, please go inside. I wouldn't want anyone to get maimed.*

7. Your Childhood Favorites- Once again, it's that feeling of being younger, more innocent and happy. If you get the opportunity to read the books you loved as a kid, it will be a good experience. I read the same children's book every year at Christmas time and I love it.

8. East by Edith Pattou- My single favorite book as a child was East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Mercer Mayer. When I got older, I read East and loved it so very, very much. It was like an expansion of the fairytale I adored when I had been a kid. Full of snow, polar beards, trolls and lovers, it is the best thing to read around the winter holidays.

9. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett- Another childhood favorite of mine, though I admit to being more of a movie fan than a lover of the book. It still has a great message, all girls are worthwhile, all girls are princesses, all girls deserve to be loved and have compassion.

10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens- Once again, I'm more a fan of the movie (Mickey's Christmas Carol to be exact) but I'm sure the book is fantastic as well. I mean it's a classic, it had to have been preserved for a reason.


Fictional BFFs

1. Anna Oliphant from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- I would just die to be able to hang out with Anna and Etienne, especially at winter time in Paris. It would be the most magical experience of my life.

2. Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- Her and Cricket, I'd love to just talk to them for a few hours. I'd have an insane amount of fun walking around San Francisco with them.

3. Kat Bishop from the Heist Society series by Ally Carter- So maybe I'll never be able to relate to Kat's... occupation, but she's a smart girl with a good head on her shoulders. I swear I'd just ask her to teach me how to pick locks, well and maybe how to make some good disguises.

4. Emerson Cole from Hourglass by Myra McEntire- Hanging out with her, Kaleb and Michael would be awesome. Emerson just seems so passionate about everything. I'd love to go to an amusement part and ride the rides with her. I think she'd love it.

5. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth- Another girl I'd like to take to the amusement park. It has all the dangerous stunts of being a Dauntless with a little less danger (which might defeat the point, but still, it would be fun.) I'd love to talk with her about her old society and which faction she believes I belong in.

6. Sam Cornick from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs- So he's a bit older than me, in looks as well as human years, but I really love Sam. I was always rooting for him to get with Mercy. I've actually fallen a bit in love with him, I'd be tongue tied and smitten if I were ever around him.

7. Anna Cornick from the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs- Such a sweet and kind woman who has determination and fire just under the surface. I'd like to do some karaoke with her, Sam, Charles and maybe Bran. I'd be a pelican among mockingbirds, but I'd enjoy hearing them sing.

8. Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- Alright, I'd be bummed if I couldn't hug her, but I'd love to talk to her. Juliette just seems so alone. I want to make her laugh and have jokes with her. I really want to be her best friend.

9. Grace Brisbane from the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater- Level headed to a fault, I know, but I really identify with Grace. I think we could hit it off as friends. Isabel Cole and Sam would be great to hang out with too. I could get a real education in fashion, music and being an ass.

10. Kate "Puck" Connolly from The Scorpio Races series by Maggie Stiefvater- She seems like this wild nymph that just sprang out of the ground as is. I love her for her love of horses. It would be bliss to go out riding with her and maybe Sean, even though he's a bit stand off-ish. She has so much enthusiasm, I love it. Plus, I really like Finn and would jump at the chance to talk to him, even if he'd dislike hearing me say it.

Happy Reading,

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