Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (32) and (33)

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday 
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It's Double Jeopardy week for Top Ten Tuesday! Two posts filled with two top ten lists each. (Hey, I'm trying to turn my laziness into something exciting.) I hope you enjoy this quadruple taste of juicy Top Ten Tuesdays after such a long dry spot!

*I skipped the Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations post, because well.... it would be far easier for me to list the worst ones than the good ones.*

Top Ten Books I just HAD to buy... That are Still Sitting on my Shelves

1. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong- I loved the Darkest Powers series SO MUCH. Naturally, that meant I immediately wanted to get the spin-off/sequel that was The Gathering. Over a year later and I still haven't read it.

2. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton- I was so extremely excited by The Faerie Ring. It had good reviews, it was about faeries and thieves (two of my most favorite subjects). However, I've never really felt a "pull" to read it since I've gotten it.

3. Firelight by Sophie Jordan- Dragons. That was the word that made me need this book. I've never found the time to read it. This is most likely because at the height of my obsession with reading this book, I put it on my old kindle. Yup, the kindle I hardly read anything on. I have bought a hardcover copy more than a year ago now though, so I don't know what the hold up is.

4. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia- The only, and I mean the only thing that is holding me back from reading this book is the length. The only book I've ever read which even approaches this length was Shadowfever, and that was an a huge uphill battle, a fun one, but still. I don't think I have another huge book in me for a couple of years.

5. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver- Umm, well I have no excuse for this one. I thought it looked pretty and it felt good under my fingers. We simply never made the reading connection.

6. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston- I bought it based off of a review and fan-art by Sophistikatied Reviews. I have not touched it since for no reason at all.

7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman- I bought this book because of Entertainment Weekly and other sparkling reviews, and I think I was on a contemp. books kick at the time.

8. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund- I saw, I wanted, I bought... and never read, end of story. The poor thing still sits neglected on my shelves.

9. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready- Another acquisition, untouched and unloved, standing in perfect order on my shelves. However, I still have high hopes for this series. I'm going to read it, just not sure when that will be.

10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- Same story as all the rest really, got it and then never got around to reading it.

Top Ten Dynamic Duos 

1. Emerson and Sophie from Hourglass by Myra McEntire and Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins- OMG Myra McEntire posted a conversation between her Emerson Cole from Hourglass and Rachel Hawkins' Sophie Mercer from the Hex Hall series. It is the funniest thing I have ever read. I want Em and Sophie to be BFF because they are the greatest thing together since sliced bread.

2. Katsa and Bitterblue from Graceling by Kristin Cashore- Maybe they're not the greatest dynamic duo of the bunch, but Katsa and Bitterblue have a special relationship. Bitterblue brings out a slightly more nurturing and protective side of Katsa. Katsa brings out the strong, fierce, adventurous and especially queenly attitude of Bitterblue. Their relationship just makes me happy.

3. Chloe and Liz from the Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong- Who says you have to desert your friends after you die? Liz may be gone, but she's still finding ways to help Chloe and the gang beat their enemies and look out for danger. Chloe.. well she can talk to Liz and that's very dang important to Liz.

4. Will and Jem from the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare- I just read Clockwork Angel, like 2 days ago. Can I please order both of these boys wrapped up to go? I favor Jem's side more, because well, that's just the type of guy I tend to fall for. Will is still...endearing in his own ways. I just love how their friendship works. They understand each other almost completely. Jem knows things about Will that Will doesn't even know he knows. Will can always be counted on to care for Jem. They simply have a really awesome dynamic.

5. Grace and Isabel from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater- I wanted to see more of these two being friends. They're both leading ladies in my opinion, both will very strong and often strong personalities. Grace acts slightly more her age with Isabel and Isabel, I think grew up a bit with Grace as her friend. I love give and take relationships!

6. Liz and Maria from the Roswell series by Melinda Metz- Okay, so I'm actually more referring to the TV version of Liz and Maria's relationship than their book one, but both are good to me. Liz is responsible, centered and all around the adult of almost any given situation. Maria is... for lack of a better word, crazy, but in a good way. They complement each other nicely.

7. Rose and Christian from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead- Eww, not in the romantic way. I remember they had some good banter and a strange sort of companionship over protecting Lissa. I think Christian and Rose as friends is hilarious, just because they're so completely opposite. Party girl Rose and dark, sulky Christian hanging out together makes me giggle.

8. Sophie and Jenna from the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins- I'm honestly not sure why I like this pair. I guess it's because Sophie was Jenna's only friend really and believed in her when no one else did. I'm a total sucker for friends that are there through every and any type of problem without question or judgement.

9. Rachel Morgan and Ivy Tamwood from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison- One of the most kick ass duos ever. I admit there are total and complete lesbian undertones to their entire relationship. They've had some sexy times together. However, since they are not a couple (That I am aware of, keeping in mind that the last Rachel Morgan book I read was White Witch, Black Curse.) I count them as a non-"couple" team. They work so well together! Book 2, when Ivy... AGH I loved Rachel so much, just... all the feels. Then Ivy with the pool table and Kist and it killed me like book 2.

10. Ian and Bones from The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost- Oh come on, do not even lie. You know you'd have loved to be around when Ian and Bones were raising hell together back in the heydays. Banter, people, they have amazing banter. They also are completely unafraid to be assholes to each other, however stick together at the slightest mention of danger to the things and people they care for.

Happy Reading,

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