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Top Ten Tuesday #47: Authors I Own the Most Books By July 29, 2014


Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Tenish Authors I Own the Most Books By

I was surprised by this week’s results! I knew one author would dominate, but some of the others surprised me!

37 JK Rowling books (duh. Knew she was gonna top the list! Harry Potter: I have all 7 American books in physical, audiobook, and ebook format. 4 British English, 3 French, 1 Spanish, and 1 German. Plus the extra books from the HP realm. Plus her three adult books – 1 audiobook as well )

28 Cassandra Clare books (physical, audio, ebook)

27? Melissa de la Cruz books (I can’t remember which audiobooks/ebooks I have!)

26 Robert Jordan books (Hubby has physical & audio)

22 CS Lewis books (Two complete sets of The Chronicles of Narnia in physical from plus audiobooks. Audio of Mere Christianity)

22 Eoin Colfer books (ebooks, physical, audiobook, ARC)

19 Stephenie Meyer books (ebooks, audio, physical)

15? Jerry B Jenkins books (I can’t remember which Left Behind books I have on ebook!)

10 Lemony Snicket books (really need to complete my set…)

10 HB Gilmour & Randi Reisfeld books

10 George RR Martin books (physical & audio)

9 Charlaine Harris books

8 Anne Rice books

7? Shakespeare book (could’ve sworn I had more)

7 Ann Rinaldi books

6 Jane Austen books

Holy wow! No wonder I just needed a new bookcase! What authors do you own the most books by?  Thanks for stopping by! (:


Top Ten Tuesday #18: Book Recommendations November 19, 2013





Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten YA Books I’m Trying to Force, I Mean, I’d Recommend to My Hubby to Read

Hubby and I have similar book tastes. He prefers audiobooks though. I’m not a fan of audiobooks for a first time read. I’ve been on him to read these since I read them the first time, or I’m trying to get him to read them with me!

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth. I’ve had this on my list for a while. Since I haven’t read it, I avoid all movie things. I like to read before I watch. Hubby hit up the trailers on IMDB the other night and watched a few for Divergent and really liked it. Now I’m trying to get him to read the trilogy with me!

2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Since hubby loves Supernatural, I thought he might enjoy this. He seemed interested based on the previews, so persuading is still in progress!

3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. He’s only read the first few. I’m still trying to get him to finish the series. He’s not too enthusiastic since he’s seen the movies. Oi.

4. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. C’mon, he had lunch with her. The LEAST he could do is now check out her books. He IS a musician after all and should enjoy that aspect!

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. He enjoyed the movie, but felt like he was missing out on a few things. We borrowed the audiobooks from our library and loaded them on our ipods. He’s almost done with his series and he’s said he’s starting this next. SCORE! (: I think it’s cause he liked the movie and is interested in seeing Catching Fire.

6. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Same reasons as #2 with a dash of history thrown in. We’re BIG history nerds in this house!

7. Legend by Marie Lu. I think he’d enjoy the military aspect that’s thrown in. I also think he’d just love it.

8. The Prophecy by Erin Albert. I think this is right up his alley. I haven’t vocally suggested this one yet, but I’m now adding it to the list. (:

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Pushing the history thing again. I’m really wanting him to read this with me so we can maybe go on a date and see the movie! (:

10. The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, I’m actually pushing a SM book on him. I actually think he would enjoy it since it’s an entirely different level from Twilight. I need him to watch the movie too. He just needs to look the other way when I drool over Max Irons. Just sayin’!

Top Ten Books Punk and Ladybug Recommend to Other Munchkins

My munchkins are jealous of the Baby Bettys having their moment on their mama’s blog (@bookrockbetty) and want in on the fun! This is their list of their favourite books they want parents to read to their kids.

1. Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin and James Dean. Pete is a favourite character in our house! We’ve checked out every single one our library has and own several of them.

2. Go Dog Go! by Dr Seuss. I have lost count of how many times this has been read. Punk’s birthday party was a dog party this year. He still calls this Dog Dog!

3. Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Dr. Jill Biden. We haven’t actually read this one yet, but we love supporting our military and their families in this National Guard household!

4. One Foot, Two Feet by Peter Maloney. This was one of Punk’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books and it’s a huge hit. Punk loves counting for Ladybug and showing her the aeroplane on each page.

5. Ladybug Girl by David Soman. I was so happy to find a series that has my baby girl’s nickname in it. It’s adorable and the kiddos love it.

6. The Tushy Book by Fran Manushkin. Hearing the kiddos giggle every time hubby or I say tushy is priceless. Definitely a kiddo giggle inducer!

7. That’s Not My… by Fiona Watt. Punk’s first book he got was That’s Not My Penguin. We’ve added to that collection and Punk and Ladybug love them all. Punk loves showing Ladybug how to touch each thing on the pages and tells her if it’s soft, scratchy, etc.

8. I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara. Punk often finds this on my kindle and asks for it. He loves the turtles. He gets it from his Grammy.

9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and Eric Carle. Punk LOVES this book. He cried when we returned it to the library the first time we checked it out. He now has his own copy and proudly points out each letter to Ladybug. It’s a GREAT one to expose your kids to the alphabet!

10. Love You Forever by Robert N Munsch. So this one is more my recommendation to parents. I love reading this to my babies because it’s true. It doesn’t matter how big they get, they’ll always be my babies. (:

How did you like the toss up for this week? I focus mainly on YA and a bit of New Adult & Adult, but I like throwing in the occasional kids’ focus. I do read A LOT of children’s books!

 What books would you recommend to your significant other? If you’re a parent of kiddos, what do they recommend as one of their favourites? Feel free to leave your link! I’d love to check out your posts!


Perks of Being Married to a (Mostly) Non Reader August 7, 2013

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A few weeks ago, I read an interesting post over at Perpetual Page Turner about being married to a non-reader. The more I thought about it as I read, I thought about doing my own version. I’m married to a mostly non reader. My hubby does read, but he prefers audiobooks and he only usually listens to them during drill weekends or other military engagements.

Some background about us…

Tim and I met at a time in my life when I felt like everything was falling apart. I felt like everything was collapsing all around me, I was struggling in classes due to my overactive imagination on considering what my future would be, debating on changing my major, researching jobs in my major (I was an International Relations major), etc. Basically a midlife crisis at 19. Yeah, it was great times.

One of my best friends convinced me to go to a band party during fall break. Now, this isn’t a band party like you think. This was a marching band party. The Band of Blue gets together ALL the time. We don’t need a reason to have a get together. I had sworn off dating until I had school figured out, but God had a different plan in store for me. Needless to say, I met my hubby that night and two weeks later after talking and a few dates, we were officially dating. A year and a half later we got married.

Marriage Perks (not *those* perks)

I always thought I would marry as big of a book reader as I am. Looking back now, I like how things played out. Tim likes to read, but no where near as much as me. He couldn’t imagine going to a midnight book release on his own (I went to HP 5, 6, and 7) and probably will never go unless I drag him along for a book release I am interested in or if there’s a series our kids are interested in.

I love that we share a joy of reading. It’d be nice if he loved it more, but I like things the way they are. We can talk books, but I like being able to tell him about things in my books that he doesn’t know because he hasn’t read the book. Does he get annoyed with me rambling or ranting about my books? Oh, yes. Frequently. Even though we doesn’t read novels as often as me, he does read a bit everyday. Since we’ve been together, we’ve developed a system of ways to spend time together doing things we both enjoy. Sometimes we may not speak for hours during this time, but we’re still TOGETHER.

– He loves to watch sports. It doesn’t really matter what sport, he generally has a game on. If it’s football season, there definitely is a game on if there is one televised. It doesn’t matter if he’s a fan of the team or not. Various other seasons, he channel surfs, but still watches games. While he does this, I’ll watch a bit, but then I go to reading. Unless it’s a team I’m interested in, I don’t have a desire to watch. Though I will admit, I do watch more football and NASCAR races than I ever thought I would.

– Prior to deployment and two babies, he used to play video games A LOT. He said he got a bit burned out playing so much in Iraq, and with two little ones, we try to limit tv watching and more quality time together.

– When we travel, he usually drives, and if the kids have fallen asleep or are busy watching a movie, I will read. As long as we aren’t on a twisty back road. Otherwise I may throw up everywhere!

– He likes to watch TV in the evenings after the kids are in bed and we’ve laid down in our room. I’m not that big on TV, plus he changes channels every two seconds so I get some reading time then too!


Some unexpected perks!

– When in doubt, books are ALWAYS a great route for me as a present. Tim knows this, and I frequently get them for my birthday, Christmas, anniversary, or just because. When he surprises me with books (especially one I’ve gone on and on about) it’s always great!

– Books are my bargaining tool. Hubby loves all sorts of techy things and tools and other manly man things. We have a deal. If he gets a random toy, I get books! He got a new kindle case a few weeks ago. I got two new books. I may have to do his NFL draft for him while he’s at military training. I get new books!

– I have A LOT of books. I mean A LOT. I have 95% of the books from my childhood. I would say all, but I have noticed a few that have disappeared as I’ve gone to read to my kids. I have my book collection that started with Harry Potter all the way to the two most recent additions I got a few weeks ago. All of our cases have my books on them except for two shelves. Those are hubby’s books. we have at least seven bookcases.

Now, since he is a bit of a reader, I don’t get off scotch free on reading whatever I want without judgement. Unless it’s on my kindle and he can’t tell what I’m reading, he judges me based on the cover. If it looks like smut, he teases mercilessly. Luckily, I haven’t read much smut so I don’t have to deal with that!

You would think that as a reader, he knows to appreciate books. Nope. He still teases me that I have too many books. If I complain that I have more books than I can read through at the moment, he volunteers to thin out my selection and get rid of some. He usually gets a book thrown at him or elbowed. Depends on how close he is to me. I have two kiddos, but my books are my babies too!

Are you married to/in a relationship with a reader? A non-reader? A semi-reader? What are the good and bad things about it? I think we have a great system going for us. The only time it fails is when he touches my books and I’m not done reading them! He doesn’t always grasp if they are in a pile on the floor by MY side of the bed, I am not done with them. He’ll get it eventually. We’ve just been together almost 5 years. He’s got time to learn (:

Oh! And a very happy birthday to my wonderful hubby too! (:


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