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Ten Authors I wish would write another book

Posted by Gina Schwartz on January 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ten Authors I wish would write another book

Top Ten Tuesday



I couldn't quite get to ten at short notice but here is my top list


1.  J.K. Rowling - How I love Harry Potter

2.  Diane Setterfield - I loved the thirteenth tale

3.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez - I saw alot of critiques of Love in the Time of Cholera but I liked it

4.  Jennifer Crusie - One of my favourite female authors.

5. Steig Larssen - how about another trilogy in English.


Kind of scanty I know.

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Gina Schwartz on April 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  Today's top ten tuesday is...

Top Ten Books I would like to see made into movies

1.  Thirteenth Tale - This would be all dark and spooky.  I would love to see the constuming and the sets.

2.  Those who save us - This is a powerful story that would be great for the screen.  Especially the interviewees stories

3.  Tiny Sunbirds Far Away - I would love to see this family drama well played out.

4.  Comfort Food - Just one of my favourite novels

5.  Sarah's Key -  A haunting story

6.  Outlander Series - These would be a compelling mini series

7.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - I loved this story and would be fascinated to see how this was cast.

8.  Mr. Pip - The scenery of the South Sea Islands would be enchanting

9.  The House at Riverton - This would be great

10.  Fall of Giants - This would be epic.



Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Gina Schwartz on March 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM Comments comments (0)

Top Ten Tuesday

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is "Top Ten Bookish Peeves"


These are mine not in the order of peevishness

1.  People who borrow books but do not return them.  This is sooo rude

2.  Authors who write without quotation marks - I know this is a style but really?

3.  Novels with abrupt endings - Please finish your novel properly.  There is a reason we are not reading a short story.

4.  Over use of coincidences - Make it real for gooness sakes

5.  Cover makeover mid series - If I am going through the troulbe to buy all fo the books in a series Id like for vanity's sake for all of the books to look alike.

6.  Ugly covers

7.  Funny character names or names with spellings that put off the reader causing the reader to invent a pronunciation

8.  Fantasy overkill

9.  Unreaable fonts

10.  Books where poeple have scribbled or leaft other things.


What are yours?

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Gina Schwartz on February 22, 2011 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Top Ten Tuesday





This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books made into movies


Her is my list


1.  Atonement - I could watch this anyday


2. Twilight Series - nice very eerie


3. Harry Potter - I love to see the characters growing up in these


4. Secret Life of Bees - The casting in this movie is genius


5. Tangled - Even my five year old son loved this


6. Chocolat - Just like the name I love it


7. Pride and Prejudice - This is the Keira Knightley version


8. Enchanted - Cinderella with Patrick Duffy


9. Man on Fire -This movie strayed far from the story in the novel but in a good way.  I am a huge fan of Denzel Washington


10. I am Legend.  I watched this movie twice back to back.


What is on your top ten

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Gina Schwartz on February 15, 2011 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Top Ten Tuesday


1.  Pride And Prejudice - You have to love Mr. Darcy all brooding and romantic.


2.  Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky - This is a love story told froma man;s perspective about falling back in love with his wife.  I think it is spectacular


3.  The Notebook - Who could not love this


4.  Love in the time of cholera - A nice tragiv love story - ill fated


5.  Twlight - Who wouldn't want a boyfriend who was content to watch you sleep all night and the sense of impending danger is just too much


6.  Oulander Series by Diana Gabaldon - Claire and Jamie are the best couple of all time - literally


7.  The Far Pavillions by MM Kaye - I read this many years ago and loved it.  I would love to find a copy now


8.  Beauty and the Beast - the television series with Catherine and Vincent - I just love it.  I almost can't get enough


9.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burroughs.  This is not a love story per se but the romance between the two main characters is a great story.


10.  Harry Potter - I love Hermione and Ron



Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Gina Schwartz on February 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (3)

Today's Top Ten Tuesday.  Is the Top Ten Characters I would name my children after




Here they are in no particular order:


1.  Tristan from Tristan and Isolde

2.  Briony from Atonement

3.  Scarlett from Gone with the Wind

4.  Anouk from Chocolat

5.  Mackenzie from Peyton Palace

6.  Piper from Charmed

7.  Seamus from Harry Potter

8.  Jasmine from Alladin

9.  Aurora from Sleeping Beauty

10.  Noah from the Notebook


What are your top ten?



Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Gina Schwartz on January 25, 2011 at 8:44 AM Comments comments (2)

Top Ten Books I wish I had read as a child.





Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling.  I loved this as an adult


The full Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I was never able to get my hands on all of the books.  I bought the entire series for my daugher last Christmas so I finally got caught up.  SHe got to read them too.


The full series of Ramona by Beverly Cleary.  I also got these for my daughter one Christmas


Mary Poppins - I loved this movie as a child.  I only became aware recently that there was a novel


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.  Also loved this movie.  I love everything about the Jungle Book


Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  I wish they had this in my time.  It seems so cool


Dear Dumb Diary - This is also so cool


Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield.  I used to check this book out of the school library every chance I got.  I feel like reading it over now


The Hobbit - JR Tolkien.  I always wonder if the reason I have no loe for the Lord of the Rings is because I skipped this novel as a chilld


The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson.  I heard that this is great.

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Gina Schwartz on November 9, 2010 at 10:58 AM Comments comments (6)

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is the top ten most unfortunate names in novels:



Here is my list in no particular order:


1.  Scout from " To Kill a Mockingbird"


2. Beezus from "Ramona and Beezus"


3.  Bilbo Baggins from " The Hobbit"


4.  Mr. Jaggers from "Great Expectations"


5.  Ms. Havisham from " Great Expectations"


6.  Renesmee from "The Twilgith Saga's Breaking Dawn"


7.  Dawsey Adams from : "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"


8.  John Jarndyce from " Bleak House"


9.  Ms. Trenchbull from " Miranda"


10.  Mad Eye Moody from " Harry Potter"

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Gina Schwartz on November 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I am participating in Top Ten Tuesdays which is hosted by "The Broke and the Bookish"


Here are my top ten:

1 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - I had never expected this novel to end the way it did .  It completedly threw me.


2. A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini - This novel brought home to me ina ne

w way the plight of the Afgan women and their daily struggle under the Taliban.


3  Cereus Blooms at Night - Shani Mootoo - THis novel is special to me being written by a Trinidadian author.  It depicts village life in all its cruelty and humanity


4.  Sarah's Key - Tatiani de Rosay - The premise of thisWW2 novel gives me the shivers.  I fe

el like crying again just at the thought of it.


5.  The Zookeepers Wife - Diane Ackerman - Another WW2 novel filled with pain and longing.


6.  One last Summer - Catrin Collier - Another WW2 novel - this one is about lost love.


7.  Mr. Pip - Lloyd Jones - I reveiwed this novel on this site some months ago.  It is deep and very moving.


8.  Twilight Saga - New Moon- Stephenie Meyer - Bella's longing in this novel is almost palpable and heartbreaking.


9.  Angela's Ashes - Frank Mc Court - The plight of the poor Irish in the early 1900's.  This is a true story and very moving.


10.  Harry Potter and the Half Boold Prince - J.K. Rowling.  I had to read the ending of this novel about four times to make sure that I was reading correctly.


That's my ten.  Tell me what you think.







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