Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated

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I’m a cover critic! I DO judge a book by its cover. That doesn’t mean a bad cover stops me from reading a book. No way! And, except for #2, all of these CAN be done well. Here are some not-so-good examples.

1. Removing a lovely, evocative, cover for bad black and white photos.

 

When I think of a British public school in the era of World War I and beyond think of I think of be-gowned masters and suited boys and cricket and rugby and rowing and Latin and silly hats and saying “Sir” every third word. I can hear Jerusalem just looking at it (even though it was just being birthed as a song at this time)! But slum boys playing dice (or whatever) ?? An urchin squatting on the ground in an old sweater? Pass the smelling salts, fast!

 

Horrible, what’s been done to this author’s lovely books and their beautiful covers. A car chopped off at the top over soldiers of a by-gone era. Was the artist joking?? The woman posed in front of American law books, with lips like a common tart?? Wt?? Dreadful. Another favorite author of mine, Herman Wouk, has had his books debased by this trend as well.

2. Author branding covers done blandly or badly

 

While this example is a trilogy, others are different stand-alone books done this way, to tie all of the works of one author together. These suck the life right out of the work! No clue what this could be about or why anyone would pick one up. Just awful.

 

Q must create a gadget to fix these dreadful Bond covers! The originals were hideous too, but these are their own circle of hell.

 

These just scream book rack at Wal-mart. What a disservice to such a talented author!

3. Movie or TV tie-in covers

 

Is there a more cringe-inducing way to ruin a book than to slap on a movie or tv-tie in cover? UGH.

4. Vintage-y, throw-back covers

 

These are also pretty much a type of branding given that the biggest Steinbeck titles have been reissued in these covers. There are much worse examples out there, believe me. It’s a hot trend in covers today.

5. Nothing at all like the story

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This cover is an even better example of a terrible title added to a terrible cover. At first glance, you could easily mistake this for an Amish or prairie romance series. Unless you read it,  you’d not know it’s excellence historical fiction based on the life of John Bunyan and the reign of Oliver Cromwell!!  The Preacher’s Bride.

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Who would guess, looking at this mess, that one of the all-time great American novels (yes, it is very racists, yes it is very demeaning –it is a product of it’s time. No I do not endorse the racism or of EVER writing anyone in a dialect that demeaning)??? He gown almost seems Elizabethan from that weird neckline. And it takes a while to realize it IS a woman’s gown.

6. Why bother with design, just throw colors at the canvas

 

 

7. Copycat covers

 

 

 

I dislike the whole trend of copying the cover of a best-seller for another book. This presumes the public is so dumb they’ll buy the “wrong” book.

I’ve done a few posts on  Copy Cat Covers: 

Green Dress Covers

After The Party (book) Copycat Covers

Tigers in Red Weather (book) Copycat Covers

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Top-Ten Tuesday: Auto-READ Authors

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For July 30th’s TTT click HERE

 

 

This Week’s Topic

Well,  the topic really is Auto-Buy Authors, but I’m a librarian (albeit in a university library) and my budget allows for few purchases. I read almost exclusively from my public library (and our state’s regional system). So, I tweeked the topic to be “auto-read” authors.

My Authors

Series:

Alexander McCall Smith

Both of these series release dates are on my calendar!  I enjoy both of these series and have enjoyed a few of his other books as well. Start with Book One in each series or you’ll be lost. To The Land of Long Lost Friends and The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith.

Louise Penny

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All the denizens of Three Pines are like old friends at this point. The end of August is when this one comes out and I’m counting the days. A Better Man by Louise Penny.

Vive Gamache!

Other Authors

Debuting this year on my Must Read list…

Elizabeth Acevedo

I fell in love with her almost on the first word of her first book, The Poet X and then went completely to head-over-heels listening to With the Fire On High. What a superb voice! No one, I repeat no one, can perform her books except her!

JoJo Moyes

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I will be interested to read a British author’s take on Appalachia in the Great Depression–The Giver of Stars. I follow her Twitter and found her tweets during her research trip to the region interesting.

I did not get to finish The Peacock Emporium, her last book, as there were holds at the library on it. I need to get back to it before I read Giver of Stars. I am working through her backlist as well.

Barbara Kingsolver

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I’ve loved her books, all except The Lacuna. I did give the audiobook of Unsheltered back to the library without finishing it. Some authors should not perform their own books. Sadly, Barbara is of them. I will read this in print. I still have a couple from her backlist to read, too.

Julie Murphy

Any author who writes a book where the fat girl gets the hot guy has my vote. It gives hope and a better idea of how good boys CAN be. I love her books! I have not seen the Dumplin’ movie yet, but would like to Ramona Blue Dumplin’, and Puddin’ by Julie Murphy. I have not started reading her backlist yet.

Jessica Brockmole

I did find parts of Letters From Skye to be far fetched (how to keep getting all those letters in a small place, but no gossip??) but I still love her books. I have one or two more of hers to read yet. I love, too, that she writes in…wait for it!….INDIANA and not NYC. Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole and Fall of Poppies with story by Jessica Brockmole.

Amy Belding Brown

Amy’s historical fiction is brilliant! I have not read her early novels, just the two pictured above. I would gladly re-read them annually–they are that good. Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown.

Review of Mr. Emerson’s Wife from my old blog:
My only question about Amy Belding Brown’s Mr. Emerson’s Wife is WHY did I leave it on my to-read list so long! This was superb! It’s one of those books I wish I had written–it’s that “real” and that moving. These are not cardboard cutouts of famous men and women. These are REAL people and they come alive on Ms. Brown’s pages. The passion, grief, longing, heartache, joy, lust, ennui, fickleness, commitment, and endurance of a deeply-felt marriage is all right here in one book. These are not mere “pages” of a story but a canvas ripe in emotional detail–another of those “inner” books I love. Ms. Brown writes possibly the most amazing line ever penned to describe an act of physical love:

“And how, when he was finished, he displayed such astounding gratitude, as if what I had given him was not my body, but a miracle.” (p. 69)

Another line that lept off the page and straight into my heart was this, written about a passionate friendship that may or may not have become physical:
“…she’d given him his most profound experience of the divine…” (p. 304)
This book is so amazing! Three words: Just Read It!
There are others, but my list changes with my mood!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2019

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This week’s topic is supposed to be “Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019,” but I tend to read some of this and some of that, so no promises I’ll only be reading new releases.

I’m always reluctant to do this type of post because I’m a reader who doesn’t care if I finish a book or not. DNF is fine with me. I either like it or I don’t finish it. I’ve already thrown back a few new titles this season, which is typical for me. I usually have a few books going at the same time and generally its a mix of old and new, fiction and non-fiction, fluff and missed classics. It’s good for the mind, I believe, to do this. I’m done trying fantasy or sci-fi and as I’ve said before, I’ve given up on Dickens. I’ve been enjoying Hemingway and even though East of Eden gave me real-world nightmares, Steinbeck has been holding my attention, too, so either of those two could make the eventual summer list when it’s all done.

I also don’t plan my reading very seriously. I do request everything from the library since I need audiobooks constantly for my commute. Walking in and grabbing something, either on CDs or e-audio, just doesn’t work. Periodically, I also pick up something on my shelves that I haven’t read or that Mom says I must read or that’s been languishing unread on my Kindle. That makes the variety even greater. If I were to say “These are THE books I’m reading this summer,” they would become homework and I’d avoid them like the plague. When I do reading challenges (which I like) I do them after a lot of reading–match it all up when I’m done for a season or a year. I also use them to fill in gaps or when I can’t get into anything or if nothing I want at the library is in yet. Very hand tool.

How about you? Do you pick books and stick to the list? Do you prefer to browse bookstore or library shelves? Have you ever picked up a book at a local Little Free Library? Leave me a comment.

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Top Ten [five]Tuesday: Royal Books That I all but Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

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Confession

I have a confession to make: I do not loan print books except to my college best friend and my Mom. That’s it. Sorry. I was burned too many times when young. I will loan Kindle books that are able to be loaned. There. Got that off my chest.

Do Not Touch

I own a few books that I’d rather no one touch. Oh, I will let you. But if you drag page corners to turn pages or something horrible like that, I’ll throw myself on the book to save it.

Once again, I’ve failed to come up with ten. This week I’ve got only the Top Five. But, today’s release of the Downton Abbey movie trailer will make a few people take an interest in these–The Duke of Windsor and his sister and brothers are contemporaries of Ladies Mary, Edith, and Sybil Crawley. Queen Mary and George V are of Robert and Cora’s generation, and their grandchildren Sybie, George and Marigold are the agemates of Queen Elizabeth! In the movie, George V and Queen Mary are visiting Downton Abbey.

The Books

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This book isn’t “rare” it’s merely rare–as in it was mass produced but not in enormous quantities.  It is Hugo Vicker’s most beautiful book and shows the completely over-the-top homelife of the ex-King Edward VIII and “the woman he loved,” Wallis Simpson, at their Paris home which was later taken over by Dodi Fayad’s father.  The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

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I hope I live long enough that Queen Mary’s diaries will be available online. She is perhaps the most fascinating of royals. Fiance of two heirs to the throne, wife of a King, mother of two other sovereigns, she saw it for what it was: the best career going for a woman of her time and class. She saw all sorts of changes in the royal world in addition to the world at large. She was an odd bird, but interesting. These are all pages from her personal photo albums. Family photos are the most interesting and tell so much of the story. These were taken by her or by others in the family or the “suite” (ladies in waiting, equerries, etc.). All are annotated in her own hand. Queen Mary’s Photo Albums.

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Louisa served the first royal Gan-gan, Queen Victoria, and then served her daughter-in-law Queen Alexandra–who was mother-in-law to Queen Mary. This is a fascinating book with pages of photos, scrapbook memories and other images.  Louisa, lady in waiting : the personal diaries and albums of Louisa, Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra.

While his mother, Queen Mary, was one of the most interesting royals, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, was one of the most boring. He did collect sporting prints and antique sporrans, but that’s about as exciting as it gets. The treasure is finding out that the used copy of his equally dull authorized biography I bought online was signed by his widow. The now later Dowager Duchess of Gloucester is the only wife officially allowed to call herself Princess. In widowhood she was known as Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. Prince Henry by Nobel Frankland.

Alice lived so long she produced two memoirs. Both are enjoyable, but the Ninety Years volume has a scrapbook feel and features her watercolors and photographs–one of which won a major award back in the day. Her brother was a big shot in Colonial Kenya–of the Happy Valley set and she, like her future royal husband, spent a lot of time in that beautiful country (or colony as it was then). She and her “Harry,” were both keen horse people–they hunted (fox hunting) throughout the season. They sadly lost their eldest son, Prince William, in an air crash–he was a daredevil and raced planes.  Memories of Princess Alices, Duchess of Gloucester.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Page to Screen Freebie

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I just learned that Kristen Scott Thomas is to star as the dreaded Mrs. Danvers in a remake of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca! I think she’ll be awesome in the part, even though I am very partial to the original movie version staring Laurence Olivier as Maxim De Winter.

I don’t know about you, but I love to “cast” the movie as I read the book. Here are a few examples of my chocices from past blog post. Once again I have failed to come up with the full ten.

 

Books to Movie Casting Choices

 

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My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith

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This stand-alone first novel in a new series from multi-series write McCall Smith is a perfect set-up for an older audience rom-com to star Huge Bonneville and his Downtown Abbey “wife,” Elizabeth McGovern. You can read my review of the book here.

 

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News of The World by Paulette Jiles

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This story just demands Sam Elliott as the Colonel! That voice, the face, the emotions–Sam! You can read my review of the book here.

 

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Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pierce

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Jessica Brown Findlay would shine in the role of Emmeline Lake. You can read my review of the book here.

 

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The Heirs: A Novel by Susan Reiger

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Wealthy Manhattan attorney Rupert Falkes dies and leaves a mess of secrets for his family to discover. As I listened to this novel, Nigel Havers face came to mind every time Rupert was “on.” I’ve loved this guy since he was Lindsay in Chariots of Fire. You can read my review of the book here.

 

 

 

The Music Shop: A Novel by Rachel Joyce

Us: A Novel by David Nichols

 

The Music Shop: I pick Bill for Frank, Julie as Maude and Lily as the stranger. You can read my review of the book hereUs: I pick two of them again! I just think Bill and Julie play such diverent types that they’d make a great ‘opposites attract‘ couple.

 

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The Trophy Child: A Novel by Paula Daly

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Laura Carmichael would be the best choice for obsessive mother Karen. And, could Robert Bathurst have a cameo as the Headmaster, please? You all know I love these two! You can read my review of the book here.

 

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Top SIX Tuesday: Characters that remind me of myself, etc.

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This week’s theme is: Characters That Remind Me of Myself. There aren’t many of those so, I’ve added “etc” to cover “or otherwise resonated with me, made me wish I could have X part of their life or whatever.”

 

Characters That Remind Me of Myself of That I Related To:

1. Katherine McConnell in The Confederate General Rides North by Amanda C. Gable.

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I was a child Civil War freak like Katherine. To read the full story, scroll down to “When a Book Validates Your Experience,” a post from my old blog that is part memoir, part review of the book.  The Confederate General Rides North: A Novel by Amanda C. Gable [is that last name a coincidence? Clark G-A-B-L-E aka Rhett Butler?]

 

2. Marjorie Morningstar in Herman Wouk’s book of the same name

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Marjorie was so appealing to me! As a teen I thought I’d live in New York or London-hahahah. I liked the whole city life idea. Add in writing and theater–I was hooked.  Herman Wouk is still on on of my favorite authors. Sad to think, today his books would all be published as series. No more 600–1000 page books. This is also where I came across the beautiful name “Marjorie”.

 

3. Diary of a Frantic Kid Sister by Hilda Colman

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My memories of reading this book can be found here.

 

4. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

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You can read my experience with this book for the first time at age 54 here.

 

Books showing how I HOPE I’d react in the circumstances:

 

 

 

 

The Confederate General Rides North:

When a book validates your own experience

 

Growing up in the late 60s and 70s, in a home dominated by my father’s crippling depression I realized quickly that I was never going to “fit in” at school. Like in the musical “Chorus Line”–I was “different” which is “nice” but it “sure isn’t pretty–and pretty is what it’s about.” [And, I too “never met anyone who was different who couldn’t figure it out!”] I couldn’t care less about much of what other kids found exciting or fun. Don’t get me wrong–I loved to play baseball [we did this in an empty lot–there were no sports leagues] and watch reruns after school, but most of my life was lived in Walter Mitty-ish style inside my own imagination. I had a whole world–my doll house [built by my Grandfather] with it’s very odd little family, my Breyer horses and horse books, my basketball goal in the driveway, my clarinet and my 10 speed bike that took me so far from home that were it happening today the police would be summoned.

In her amazing debut novel, The Confederate General Rides North, Amanda Gable has recreated a part of my lost world–a girl in love with the Civil War! For several years I was a Gone With the Wind fanatic. I read nearly every word Bruce Catton ever wrote and was ecstatic to receive a subscription to a Civil War history magazine. I treasured [and still have] and fading and worn copy of the Ford Times [the company magazine of Ford Motor Company] that featured my great-uncle’s commissioned art work of a map of ALL the battles of the Civil War. I treasured the letters from my Uncle telling me about that project. Had there been re-enactments in East-Central Indiana at that time, I’d have been there! This book touched me in such a deep and validating way. Here is one passage that just leaped out at me–I totally share Katherine McConnell’s joy in this discovery:

In the next few rows of shoe boxes are football cards, which don’t interest me, but at the end of a sideboard, the boxes contain Civil War trading cards. I look at each one carefully. I have never seen this kind of card before, and for the first time I think that maybe there are other kids as interested in Civil War history as I am. (p. 65)

Had I ever discovered such a thing I might have needed sedation! The cards alone would have been overwhelming, but to make the connection that I wasn’t “the freak” or “the only one” who cared more about the long-ago Army of Northern Virginia than what high school boy would be Indiana’s Mr. Basketball would have given me lasting comfort and a much better sense of self-worth. The Confederate Flag hanging in my bedroom [to the acute embarrasment of my very liberal parents] would be something other kids could actually ENVY and not mock.

Had I been taken on Katherine McConnell’s “Ride North” I would happily have died and gone to heaven–or even have tried to learn math! Katherine finds some kindred spirits (all adults) on her ride, who validate HER experience:

I walk out of the relic shop [where the owner has shown her a Civil War soldier’s diary and an album of Civil War sketches] toward the gate to the Gettysburg cemetery. I like the way Darrell [shop owner] talked to me and showed me things, not because I could buy them but because I would appreciate them. It was the way Miss Jameson [an antique dealer who also shared Civil War treasures with her] acted toward me, as though we shared something significant—a love of stories about our families and the Civil War. (p. 243)

I remember reading with JOY about my Great Uncle’s collection of first day covers of Civil War related postage stamps. I remember my Mother introducing me to “real” history with a book on Lincoln’s funeral published soon after the event. Like Katherine, I was seeped in family history by older realtives who expected to hold sway at family dinners. Captain McKinney and Great-Great Grandfather Watson made the Union Army very real to me as my Mom’s Grandfather made the Spanish American War real and her cousin brought Vietnam home. My own Grandfather’s “Ike” jacket with the various campaign ribbon and Sergent’s stripes was one of my most treasured possessions–as is the picture of 6 year old me receiving it as a gift. History was, and is, very real to me.

This book is also a testament to children who grow up with mentally ill parents. My Dad’s depression, which was finally “managed” with Valium rocked our family. My mother, who had married to spite her parents at 18, had to cope with her husband’s illness, me a sickly kid who barely survived a very premature birth and the challenges of raising my brother who was pretty much a normal 60s kid. She clung to her sanity like Katherine McConnell’s mother–by painting and also by sewing us beautiful, perfectly fitting clothes. As life began to spin out of control she tried to keep sane through the other love she shared with Katherine’s mom–swimming. Like Katherine, I swam like a rock. My brother brought home the swim meet ribbons in our family. He inherited her artistic talent. Sadly, we both received the family tendency toward depression and bi-polar illness.

Thank you, Amanda C. Gable, for such a theraputic book!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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The Top Ten Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

If I have NOT read a review:

1. Believable jacket blurb or the story

2. Enticing cover that doesn’t mimic the cover of a current or recent bestseller.

3. Written by an author I like/love.

4. Historical fiction is from an era or about a person I enjoy/admire/want to know more about.

5. Just sounds fun/worth it/interesting.

6. I like a bookstagram of it–I MAY try it.

 

If I HAVE read a review:

7. I trust the reviewer/blogger.

8. I trust the source–Guardian, NPR or other publication.

9. If non-fiction, adds to what is known or breaks new ground.

10. A friend I trust says, “I know this isn’t your usual, but….” I MAY try it.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Audio Freebie: Dream Narrators, Men Only Version

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Sorry, I fell short of the full ten this week. Better luck next time.

Some of these performers have recorded audio books, but not ones I have listened. Others are just my dream narrators.

Jeremy Irons

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Jeremy Irons–my all-time favorite male voice! He has recorded Brideshead Revisited and, of course, Lolita. I know Brideshead too well to bother listening to it and Lolita is not interesting to me. Maybe though he’ll do a new audiobook before too long, but given his reputation for playing sickos, I imagine any book would be disturbing. What a waste of a superb voice! He should be the lord of the manor–and not an evil one.

Sam Elliott

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Perfect for westerns, or cowboy romances.

Sean Connery

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Sadly, it’s too late in the day I imagine, to expect a new audiobook from Sean Connery. But, oh that voice! Perfect for kilted romances.

David Cameron

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A man can be disliked and still have an interesting voice. A chinless wonder of the highest order to read a high society book or a tale of wrong-doing in Parliament or a slippery adviser to a Monarch would all be great audio stories for him.

 

Paul McCartney

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Paul would be wonderful narrating any number of fun books. A family vacation story, a hapless love affair book with a good ending–anything fun.

Bruce Springsteen

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The Boss would have been perfect for Shot Gun Love Songs, but any down-on-your luck, guy books or road trip away from bad luck book would be his thing.

Hugh Grant

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I’d love Hugh to read the male lead in a multi-performer romcom or chicklit.

Robbie Coltrane

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Robbie, in his Hagrid voice, would be perfect to read a children’s fantasy series–not HP but some other new adventure.

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Top 5 Wednesday & Top Ten Tuesday: Fiction On My Spring 2019 TBR

 

 

 

I’ve a whole lot of historical fiction coming up! I am funny about fictionalized stories of real people. I get put-off by silly historical errors, modern figures of speech or modern use of profanity and modern day opinions put on historical figures where there is no documentation to show they believed it. ther things that puts me off are stilted conversations in which it is explained who everyone is and why things are done this way and “filling” up space with newspaper headlines. If you read historical fiction you should understand history! Why can’t they put a “Cast of Characters” and some family trees and things like books used to do?

I get irritated, too,  at how often rival publishers seem to come up with competing “versions” of books. Two recent biographies of Rosemary Kennedy or the two biographies of Kick Kennedy–that sort of thing.  Recently  A Well Behaved Woman and now American Duchess, both look at the Vanderbilts. I gave up on the audio of A Well Behaved Woman for one of my pet peeves (not saying which one).

From the ten books above, The Editor is the one that intrigues me the most because Jackie O was of my lifetime. She became a cultural icon the year before I was born.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

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This was a tough topic for me. I’m not into fantasy and “other worlds,” so that avenue was pretty much closed. I read a lot of nonfiction or historical fiction based on real people, too.

Here are the characters I’d like to change place with:

From Books

1. Rosetta

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I’ve long been fascinated by the Civil War. This book, one of the few woman-disguised-as-man books that have ever “worked” for me, tells the story of a new wife who goes to war to be with her husband. There is much more to it though!

My review from my old blog: I started to reject this out-of-hand: a woman impersonating a man to fight in the Civil War? Please! I’m so glad I didn’t. While there is a rather odd little sub-story of (I am confused which!) of a Christian guy falling for the woman while presenting as a man (or did he see thru that?) or was he gay and attracted to her as a man? Very odd. Otherwise, this is an amazing story–the reviewers were right–the battle scenes are almost too vivid. This is a love story of the highest order as well as being as story of self-discovery (not discovery of sexual “identity”), of marriage, of coming-of-age, of so much more. This is not to be missed! I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe.

2. A nameless student at Hogwarts

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So are the Aristocracy–the Malfoys–as stuck up as we think? Are Harry, Ron, and Hermoine too much of a clique? Are the Quidditch players as full of themselves as basketball and football players? Is movie Draco’s movie Dad as hot as I think he is every time I watch these movies? Is Professor McGonigal approachable? Can I really work with dragons? Can I skip mandrake-potting and just hide in the library? Harry Potter series.

3. Clay in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Here’s how I described this book on my old blog: “I’m not sure how to review this fun book without giving spoilers! Part Harry Potter, party mystery, part almost, but not quite, sci-fi–this is such a great read!!! Just go read it!!!” Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

4. A Wife at Los Alamos

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This book was disappointing, but what a fascinating thing to live thru. And in a place that was about as foreign to most Americans of that day as a south seas island. Here’s my review from my old blog: “Like  The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, this book is told in a slightly odd, almost poetic, plural voice that generalizes everything. “Our Marcias got chicken pox…” (p. 14) “We were round-faced, boisterous, austere, thin-boned…” (p. 12). It does not read like a novel, but does tell the story in its way. Like reading a montage of photos. I  hope this isn’t the new cool literary fad of the year. It’s very difficult to follow the thread of the story–all the “we” and “us” get in the way. There is no one to focus on. A group is too much.Minor historical errors of this magnitude: Soldiers in World War II weren’t issued black glasses.” The Wives of Los Alamos by Tarashea Nesbit.

5. An evesdroper at the table next to the Swans and Truman

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Wouldn’t that have been fun? Imagine evesdropping on these beauties! The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin. Read my review here.

6. A Lady In Waiting at the Court During the War of the Roses

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Here’s part of the review from my old blog that makes the story seem very, very current! “Remember, in the Bible, it tells us there is nothing new under the sun? The War of Roses then is simply Gang Warfare–late 15th Century Style. The great warlord, Warwick, the rival gangs York and Lancaster–each with their colors and symblols (rose tattoo anyone??). The gangs fight, steal land, pillage treasuries, bed daughters,etc. See if this, also, sounds familiar? An heir to the British throne, Edward, is “bewitched” and “besotted” and completely under the thumb of a woman most people can’t stand!” The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory.

7.  A friend of Christopher Robin’s

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Admit it. You’ve always wanted to play with Tigger! And hug Pooh and just be there with them all. Winne the Pooh by A.A. Milne.

From Movies And TV

8.  A policy wonk in Jeb Bartlett’s White House in the West Wing

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One wife, nice to his staff, no bimbo erruptions or paid-off hookers–Jeb Bartlet was a good guy. I’d work for him. Even if I didn’t agree with him on all things. It worked for Ainsley Hayes

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9. Wardrobe Assistant for P.T. Barnum in the Greatest Showman

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10. The Person Who Explained to the Professor That You Can’t Get That Lost on a 3-Hour Tour: Gilligan’s Island

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This has bugged me since childhood. If the professor can make a radio battery out of a coconut, why couldn’t he make sextant and figure out their location?? Just goes to proove that crazy academics have been with us forever.

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