Top Ten Tuesday


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Ten Book Related Problems I Have

◊Alice in Wonderland. There I’ve said it! I have a problem, I know it, I admit… I don’t care! I LOVE Alice in Wonderland and collect as many version I can get my hands on (I currently have 8). And little knick knacks related to it. I have a lovely display right now and I look forward to growing my collection.
◊Money is my biggest problem when it comes to books. I want to buy them ALL! Like all of them. Some from recommendations, reviews, to complete a series or just because of the lovely covers.
◊The hard cover verses paperback debate. If I start a series in hard cover all subsequent books must be in the same format. No matter how difficult they may be to find.
◊Beauty & the Beast gave me an unrealistic image of a home library that I’ll never have but always want. Although I am well on my way…
◊I just do not have enough room for my books. I ran out of bookshelves years ago and no matter how many more I buy it’s never enough.
◊Moving. Do you know how heavy books are? I mean seriously it’s ridiculous! Shhh don’t tell anyone but my boxes of books may actually weigh more than all my furniture combined.
◊I do not have enough time to read as much as I would like. I could spend days just reading but being an adult gets in the way with work and errands.
◊The stack of books I ‘needed’ but just sit on my shelves and will probably never get read. I have an entire bookshelf devoted to these. I was so sure I would read them at one point in time but over time my tastes have changed they just sit there collecting dust. Before you ask.. No I cannot give them away or sell them… I NEED them.
◊Writing reviews. Why is it so hard?! I know I should write them as soon as I’m done reading a book but I always procrastinate for days and sometimes weeks. I can never figure out what to write without giving too much away.
◊Waiting for the next book in a series to come out is the worst. When you fall in love with a book and then you have to wait a WHOLE year for the next to come out. I believe this is a form of curl and unusual punishment.


Mini Book Reviews

fables 19Fables, Vol. 19: Snow White

By Bill Willingham

Series: Fables (Collected)

Publisher: Vertigo

on December 24th, 201

Genres: Graphic Novel



Overview: With Castle Dark now back in the hands of the Fables, mysteries both young and old begin to challenge the residents of Fabletown.  Bigby and Stinky set off from Fabletown in Rose Red’s blood-fueled sports car to track down the two abducted cubs.  Unfortunately for Snow White, besides suffering the trauma of having two of her cubs go missing, a long forgotten secret uncovered in Castle Dark threatens to sabotage her and Bigby’s marriage.
This volume also collects the backup adventures of Bufkin and Lily from issues #114-121, as well as their full length adventures found in issue #124.

Review: I was hopeful when I started the book but quickly became confused. I have read several of the Fables graphic novels before and enjoyed them. I didn’t like how the whole beginning was about the rebellion in Oz, it didn’t seem to relate to anything going on with the Snow White tale. I ended up scanning most of the book and reading where it looked interesting. The ending was unexpected and I think it could have ended better. Aren’t fairy tales supposed to have happy endings?

alice in tumblr-landAlice in Tumblr-land

By Tim Manley

Series: None

Publisher: Penguin Books

on November 5th, 2013

Genres: Humor, Fantasy, Short Stories, Fairy Tales



Overview: The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.
Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to “happily ever after” — and have us laughing all the way.

Review:Love the idea of the book I just don’t think it was well executed. I love the classic fairy tales but the way the characters were portrayed was sad and unfamiliar. I would recommend it to a young teenager but not a lover of classic Disney.

les miserablesManga Classics: Les Misérables

By SunNeko Lee

Series: Manga Classics

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

on August 19th, 2014

Genres: Manga, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction



Overview: Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition!
Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables!

Review: I was confused at first. Even though this is a manga I did not expect to have to read from page 345 back to 1 because it was an e-book. It’s only a little inconvenient but you get used to it quickly. I love Les Miserables. I own several edition of the book and have seen it performed twice live! This was a fun version of the story and would be great for teens who don’t have the patience to read the book.

Book Review: Ensnared


By A. G. Howard

Series: Splintered #3

Publisher: Amulet Books

on January 6th, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy



Overview: After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts.
In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

Review: I was so excited about this book that I had to stop in the middle of my current read so I could devour this entrancing and magical book. Upon opening the cover I was pleasantly surprised to see that the whole book was written in red ink. RED. It was such a lovely touch. I barely put down the book and was finished in less than 24 hours. Not that it’s a short book, because it’s almost 400 pages long. I was so wrapped up in the story that little else mattered. I followed Alyssa and co through the worlds of the looking-glass and wonderland in an attempt to find her mother and undo all the destruction done to the colorful lands. I recommend having tissues near by. I cried on a few occasions. The ending came all too quickly and I’m sad this is the end of Alyssa’s adventures. I may be more sad  that this is the end of Morpheus… I choose you!

If you like Alice in Wonderland and/or fairy tale retold with a twist this is a series for you. Five stars to Ensnared! I have a funny feeling this series will be on my re-read list by the end of the year.