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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book,



Happy Tuesday, Biblionerds!


Fasten your bibliohelmets and get ready for:


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This week's top ten topic is:

Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read a Book

Examples of books that I've picked up with nary a second thought:

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Favorite Author- This one should be pretty obvious! If it's a favorite author of mine, then I'll definitely be picking up the book.

The Next Book In A Beloved Series- Another obvious one. If it's a series that I've been really loving, as soon as the newest book hits the shelf I'm all over it.

Paranormal Historical Fiction - Set in the Victorian era with ghosts, mediums, or other supernatural creatures running amok? Take my money!

Mythology - Is it a reimagining of a particular mythology or folklore that I love? Yes, please.

Paranormal Cozy Mysteries- Ok, so this is one of my weaknesses. I love quirky mysteries with paranormal/supernatural aspects of some kind. If it's set in a Victorian Mansion that was turned into some kind of business, that's a plus too.

Fairytale Retelling- Is it a retelling of a favorite fairytale of mine? I'm probably going to buy it with about 0% hesitation.

Pretty New Edition Of An Old Favorite- 10th anniversary edition with cloth bound cover of a particular favorite? SOLD! Special edition with author notes of a childhood classic? BOUGHT!

Short Story Compilations or Novelizations of Favorite TV Shows/Movies - Dr. Who and Supernatural short stories anyone? Labyrinth Novelization? Fun new Beauty and the Beast book based off of the most recent film? Ah, yes, I see that you know exactly how to get me to spend money.

A Flipping Amazing Synopsis- If the synopsis is good enough, then it doesn't matter if the cover is hideous or the premise isn't exactly what I would normally lean towards. That precious precious book is coming home with me.

It's So Beautiful I Might Cry -If the cover is perfect enough, I'll buy the book DESPITE a synopsis that I'm not 100% on. Because, hey, if I end up not liking the book at least it will look beautiful in my bookcase.

What Makes You Instantly Interested In A Book?



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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Unique Books I've Read




Happy Tuesday, Biblionerds!


Fasten your bibliohelmets and get ready for:


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This week's top ten topic is:

Ten Unique Books I've Read


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"The Game" by Diana Wynne Jones - For this wild romp of a Juvenile Fiction, Ms. Jones draws from Classical Mythology, explaining myth with a twist by turning all the stories you know into part of a magical children's game.

"The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman  - Complete with vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and a host of other supernatural creatures who are really just trying to live their best after-lives while keeping a young orphaned boy who lives in a local cemetery safe from a bunch of really cranky villains.

"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman - Fantastically creepy for children and horrifyingly bizarre for adults. Alternate dimensions, talking cats, circus mice, kidnapping, bat-dogs, and an "other-mother" who could really use a spa day.

"Abarat" by Clive Barker - Worlds that reflect every hour of the day, a truly terrifying villain that is all kinds of "Nope",  a drove of odd and eccentric characters to keep Candy Quakenbush (can we just stop for a moment and appreciate that name?) on her toes while she tries to save Abarat from all sorts of evil nonsense.

"Courtney Crumrin" by Ted Naifeh- Dark, fun, and amusing. Reimagining of some of those well-known boogeymen from the scary stories of sleepovers and camp outs. Courtney Crumrin is awesome - even if her last name is hard to say.

"Dead Until Dark" Charlaine Harris- Main character has a vivacious personality and, dun dun dun, she can read minds. Not her choice. There are plenty of vampire/supernatural books out there these days, but very few of them are as original as the Sookie Stackhouse series. Charlaine Harris takes extreme care in researching the topics she's writing about so everything seems a little less made-up and a little more rooted in possible reality.

"Illusionarium" by Heather Dixon - Includes explosions, a seemingly incurable disease, dimension hopping, hallucinogenic drug usage (just go with me on that one), insane mutant drug addicts, and a legitimately loony girl in a pretty dress. It also had all of the steampunk elements that gives it it's fantastical feel: Cities in the sky, airships, steam technology, and of course... fancy outfits.

"Enchanted" by Alethea Kontis- Ever wonder where fairytales come from? Creative, intelligent, and wacky, weaving together favorite fairytales of childhood into one big "This probably could have happened, almost certainly" origin story.

"A Snicker Of Magic" Natalie Lloyd -Filled with fun made up words, behind the scenes magic, awesome ice cream flavors that you've never heard of (but would really like to try), and MEANING. LOTS OF MEANING.

"Nightmares!" Jason Segel & Kristen Miller -When nightmares are just trying to do their jobs (all while dreaming of retirement.)

What unique reads have left you squealing with glee?



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Auggie is the 30 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 8 Of My Favorite Fandoms



Happy Tuesday, Biblionerds!


I know that it's "Top Ten" but I couldn't think of ten for this one, so you get eight. That is so close to ten. Fasten your bibliohelmets and get ready for:


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This week's top ten topic is:

8 Of My Favorite Fandoms


Studio Ghibli- "My Neighbor Totoro" was my first Ghibli film. I was a pretty young kid and it was a VHS tape (yes, VHS) that I looked for every time we went to rent a video at the video store near our home. I had no idea that it was a "Ghibli" film then or that it was Japanimation. It was just a really cool and fun movie that I loved. I rediscovered it as a teen along with so many of the other Ghibli films I had missed. And then "Howl's Moving Castle" released via Disney and my heart was won.

The style, the music, the stories... *makes a happy noise* I think one of the things I love most about Ghibli, is that my little brother shared my love for those stories. We watched "My Neighbor Totoro" together growing and later his favorite became "Spirited Away".  Whenever I watch one of Ghibli's films I feel close to my brother, who I miss dearly.

Harry Potter -You had to know this one was going to make the list. Harry Potter was with me from the time I was 12 years old until, well, now! That's a solid 18 years.  I still love collecting memorabilia and Harry Potter "swag". Now that "Fantastic Beasts" is out, I get to keep on enjoying the very living culture that is J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter Universe. Pottermore, anyone? Yep, love that too.

I've got my Ravenclaw robes and my Head Girl pin, my scarf and my socks and the Funko and the blanket and the stationary and I could just KEEP GOING I LOVE IT SO MUCH. *deep breath* Okay.

Disney - DUH! I've been singing Disney songs since I was old enough to squeak. In the car, in the house, musical auditions. Disney World is one of my super happy places, and Beauty and The Beast is my favorite Disney movie, followed very closely by Brave (if you count it) and The Princess and the Frog.

I just have to say that I super respect Maleficent mostly because her dragon form has managed to haunt my nightmares since I was 5. I STILL have nightmares about that dragon. But now as an adult I appreciate how cool it is. SO COOL. *wears Maleficent Mickey ears*

Also, I think that "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" has some really underappreciated musical numbers. "Bells of Notre Dame" and "Out There" are both PHENOMENAL.

Oh, and wait, you CAN NOT forget "Hocus Pocus"! I just have to say that... *keeps on keeping on about Disney until the last star in the last universe pitters out*  Oh. Am I talking too much about this?

Doctor Who -  I didn't want to like Doctor Who. I resisted it for so very long. When finally I was super bored and out of things to watch I decided to see what all the hubub was about. First episode (of the reboot)... ridiculous. Didn't like it. Second episode? Just as ridiculous. Geez, what's up with the horrible special effects? Third episode... Oh, wait. I kind of like that. Fourth episode... OH MY GAWD. CALL ME A BELIEVER BECAUSE I LOVE THIS MESS!

Every time a new Doctor would be cast I would complain and whine. "I'm going to stop watching, I'll never love this Doctor as much as the last one." Cue the fangirling over every...single... Doctor. I love them all and I really hope the next one will be a lady so I can, you know, pretend it's me.

Sherlock - This one is preeeety straight forward. I've always been a light fan of the Sherlock stories and all of the various retellings that turned Sherlock into the iconic man he is now but "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch, hit a homerun with me. I love modern reimaginings and this one was level 100.

Once Upon a Time-Oh come on. Did you not read my Disney Fandom explanation up there? All my favorites, all the Heroes and the Villains and their stories all TIED TOGETHER. UNG. It's so yes.

Supernatural - This is another one that I share with my brothers. When those two were together it was Sam and Dean. I was the weird sister piece that didn't quite fit in, but I didn't even care because I loved it and they loved it and we all loved it together. My big bro and I still watch it and will for as long as those writers decide to keep it going.

Tim Burton- Edward Scissorhands and Nightmare Before Christmas were my first introduction to Tim Burton.  I can't remember which one I watched first, but I think that "Nightmare Before Christmas" had the first impact on me. I was about 7 years old when it released and I watched it pretty close to around that time. I LOVED CREEPY STUFF! Still do (creepy, not scary. Difference). The idea that these scary creatures were actually just kind of chill, fun loving, trying-to-live-their-afterlife type of people was novel to my child-self.

Edward Scissorhands was a favorite because it was so whimsical, and the music was great, and Johnny Depp wasn't too bad looking and, yes, I was aware of that kind of thing at that age.

The eccentric, peculiar, magical and slightly macabre (or very, depending on which movie we're talking about here) characteristics of many of Burton's films keep me coming back.

What Fandoms Do You Belong To?



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