Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (34) and (35)

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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 
post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. (Meme description taken from the broke and the bookish)

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!

Top Ten Characters You Would Want as Family Members

1. Anna Oliphant from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- A) Anna is awesome. B) I'd get to hang out with Anna and Etienne. C) I'd get to hang out with Lola and Cricket too. Is there any down side to this what so ever?

2. Grace Brisbane from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater- I've always felt that Grace and I are kind of similar. We'd get along pretty well. We both enjoy cooking at least, so it'd be fun to have her in the kitchen. We could make fettucini alfredo while Sam played some music on his guitar. (Cole and Isabel would be too busy making out on the couch to help obviously.)

3. Claire Danvers from the Morganville vampires series by Rachel Caine- Another character I am somewhat like! We both love to read and learn. I don't know how I'd handle living in Morganville though. Those vampires have such an over inflated sense of entitlement. I'd like to meet Myrinn... when he wasn't crazy. Meeting Amelia would be so super cool since she's always so composed, but I would be terrified the entire time. (Please keep in mind I'm... almost 8 books behind on this series.)

4. Emerson Cole from Hourglass by Myra McEntire- I'm not going to lie. I would totally abuse this relationship in order to meet Kaleb and be his for however long he wanted me. That aside, Emerson is a kick ass and powerful alpha female. However, she also knows what it's like to be broken and scared of yourself. I think she'd be the ideal person to help me through my (albeit insignificant) troubles.

5. Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead- Rose is another strong but slightly fractured female. She's just so loyal and protective or the people she loves. I'm the same way with my friends. I feel like I could learn a lot from her example of bravery and total bad-assery.

6. Evie from the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White- Sorry! I don't remember her last name. I think the best thing about being related to Evie... would be showing her all the stuff she missed out on when she was "in captivity." I would love watching her shop, listen  to music, decorate her locker, eat school food. All of her reactions would be priceless!

7 . Faythe Saunders from the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent- I don't know why I'd like to be related to Faythe. Aside from the obvious fact that she is an strong alpha female (which by this pattern, we know I like.) Actually... it might be because she was a lit major before she had to go back to the Lazy S ranch. Wait... I just got the joke, after like 5 years, excuse me while I laugh my S off. Anyway, Faythe likes books, or at least literature and I guess I bonded with her over that. 

8. Kat Bishop from the Heist Society series by Ally Carter- Are you kidding me? Do I even have to think about this twice? Mastery over disguises, learning the tricks of "the family", jet-setting across the globe on W. W. Hale the Fifth's dime, seeing far off places and looking at amazing masterpieces. It's the art thief's life for me!

9. Princess Addie from The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine- I used to imagine I travelled with Princess Addie every single time I read about Bamarre. The specters scared me to death, the dragon Vollys was so magnificent, Rhys' spark heart, I would have loved to share her adventure with her. I would have given all I had to go and experience an adventure with her as her sister.

10. Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs- I don't even have to think about this one. Mercy rocks. She's surrounded by werewolves that make my knees go weak. She's crafty, hard-working, strong and has a quick tongue. Of course I'd want to be related to her.

Bookish Pet Peeves

1. Wrapping a Book around- So help you lord if you do this to a paperback in front of me. This is the one bookish pet peeve I cannot excuse. It hurts my very soul to see the binding messed up by book folding. 

2. Dog-earring the pages- Use a bookmark! That's what they're here for people! I know I used to be guilty of it, so I tend to cut people some slack on it (unless it's my book, an old edition of a book or a manga.) Still, why mess up the pages if you don't have to?

3. Burning Books- I cannot even explain the rage I feel when I see this. It is simply impossible to convey the kind of loathing I reserve for people who torch books for the fun of it. (If you're like a starving hobo that needs kindling in the dead of winter and books are the only thing you can find, I'll still glare, but I'll understand a bit more.) Even thinking about the library of Alexandria puts me in a foul mood. All of that knowledge, lost FOREVER.

4. Leaving a book face down- No. I don't care if you're "just marking your place" or "will be back in a minute." No. No. No. You're ripping up a book's binding for no reason. You're also making it do that thing were it won't stay closed easily and automatically makes it open to that page.

5. Eating with a book- Alright, so I am also guilty of this, but I'm trying to stop it. I cannot stand someone eating Cheetos or potato chips and flipping the pages and getting food on them. I also know someone who eats spaghetti with books open in front of them and it just makes me CRINGE. What if you slurp the wrong saucy noodle and get sauce on the pages. Ugh, I'm not able to take it.

6. The thumb thing- I have a friend, whom I love very dearly. However she does this thing, I call it "the thumb thing." I don't know what it's actually called. She'll hold the book in one hand, and hold the page she's about to flip in the other. She holds the page in this way though, that turns up the bottom of the page and sort of warps it. If she does it a certain way, she also rips the bottom of the page. She used to do it with a lot of my mangas. I can't find a picture to illustrate, but I'd show you if I could.

7. Borrowing a book and not reading it- I understand if it takes a few days or even weeks to have enough time to read a book. However, just keeping it for months and not reading it makes me angry. I'm pretty possessive of my books. So if you borrow them, you have to read them or give them back. I don't tolerate someone else pretty much taking ownership of my books for fits and giggles. 

8. The debate about e-books versus bound books- Can't everyone just get along? Bound books feel good, smell good and belong in your hands. Ebooks are convenient, easier to store and don't bend. The thing is, they both deserve to be read. It honestly does not matter how you are reading as long as you are reading.

9. Tossing books around- Flopping and tossing books all over the place, honestly, it's so mean to the books! They deserve a bit of respect!

10. Pirates- No, not the eye patch, sail the seven seas kind. The kind that pirate books and put them up on the internet for free. It really hurts the author and is completely disrespectful to their work. They have to report and monitor pirating sites for stealing their books. It just adds a lot of unnecessary stress, pain and anger to the author and is totally unacceptable.

Happy Reading,

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