TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS I LOVED SO MUCH I HAD TO GET MULTIPLE COPIES

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone for a bit — I’m having a hard time with stress lately and well, some things have to give. I’m still around, and I’m still reading, you just might see me blog-hopping a tiny bit less. I hope you had a fantastic weekend, my friends!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is a BOOKS I LOVED SO MUCH I HAD TO GET MULTIPLE COPIES. There’s a lot of these — so I knew this week’s topic would be an easy one!

Song of Achilles, The Raven Cycle, Station Eleven, and A Court of Thorns and Roses I read on an e-reader for the first time. I loved them so much that I ended up buying physical copies of them!

The Shadow of the Gods, and The Drowned Woods I received e-ARCs for, but ended up buying physical copies for my bookshelf!

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy and A Taste of Gold and Iron I received e-ARCs for, but also bought the actual e-book for! I plan to buy physical copies of these, too, but I just don’t have the extra money right now!

Outlander, I have in e-book, mass-market paperback, AND a personalized signed hardcover. I used to have the whole series in tradeback, too, but my mom kept those when they moved to a different state!

I have the entire Mistborn series in mass-market paperback, but I also have it in e-book, too!

If I had to guess what book I own the most copies of, I’m going to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s my favorite book of the series, and I own an e-book version, at least three paperbacks, and four hardbacks (My original hardback, the one I bought to replace it after the binding broke, the Juniper books version, and the illustrated copy.). I do not and never will condone JK Rowling, but I cannot pretend that HP never existed.

What book do you own the most copies of?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS OVER 10 YEARS OLD

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is BOOKS I LOVE THAT WERE WRITTEN OVER 10 YEARS AGO. Pretty sure this one will be easy, but let’s see as I go through my FAVORITES folder on Goodreads.

I had no idea how old some of these were. The oldest of the bunch is Outlander, which was originally published in 1990. The newest is The Raven Boys, which was published in 2012. That one just squeaks into the prompt, so that’s going for me! What’s the oldest book that made your list this week?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – COMFORT READS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is COMFORT READS.

There are certain books I turn to when the world seems bleak, and when everything seems absolutely awful. These books either remind me that everything will turn out alright, or they distract me and let me escape from the grim news of the day. That’s not to say these books don’t have sad storylines, or have reminders that all is not well. It’s more these books are like climbing into your own bed at night — familiar and comfortable. I’ve read all of these books more than once, and well, I’ll keep coming back for more.

Do we share any of the same comfort books?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – QUOTES ABOUT LOVE

Morning. [grumbles] Can someone, anyone, tell my son that he can sleep right through three am without waking up wailing? Poor baby is waking up really whiney and won’t go back to sleep without a big bottle. He’s a year old! He shouldn’t need to eat at night anymore. 😦 ANYWAY, onto my sleep-deprived post…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a QUOTE FREEBIE. Sooooo, because I have a million of these saved — I’m doing quotes about love.

the book cover for The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

“When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” — THE FIERY CROSS by DIANA GABALDON

The book cover for Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” — SONG OF ACHILLES by MADELINE MILLER

the book cover for Shadow of Night by Deborah harkness

“In every moment, for the rest of my life, I will be choosing you.” — SHADOW OF NIGHT by DEBORAH HARKNESS

The book cover for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.” — THE NIGHT CIRCUS by ERIN MORGENSTERN

The book cover for Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

“The moment you first called me a prick, my fate was sealed. O, fathers of my bloodline! O, ye kings of olde! Take this crown from me, bury me in my ancestral soil. If only you had known the mighty work of thine loins would be undone by a gay heir who likes it when American boys with chin dimples are mean to him.” — RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by CASEY MCQUISTON

the book cover for A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

“You look like a Turner painting and I want to learn your textures with my fingertips. You are the most fascinating thing in this beautiful house. I’d like to introduce my fists to whoever taught you to stop talking about the things that interest you.” — A MARVELLOUS LIGHT by FREYA MARSKE

the book cover for To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

“And kissed her for a hundred and sixty-nine years.” — TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by CONNIE WILLIS

The book cover for His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams…And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…” — HIS DARK MATERIALS by PHILIP PULLMAN

The book cover for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“I was his and he was mine, and we were the beginning and middle and end. We were a song that had been sung from the very first ember of light in the world.” — COURT OF MIST AND FURY by SARAH J. MAAS

the book cover for Brazen and the Beast by Sarah macLean

“It had been three days since she’d left him alone in his home, having destroyed it with the specter of her presence. He couldn’t do anything in the house—not eat or bathe or light a fucking candle—without thinking of her. Without reliving her, smelling like almond cakes and looking like sin. ……..So, he hadn’t gone home in three days.” — BRAZEN AND THE BEAST by SARAH MACLEAN

What are you favorite quotes about love? Share them below, I seriously want to read them.

BOOK REVIEW: GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE BY DIANA GABALDON

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Outlander series has been going on for a very, very long time. 30 years, in fact. Some would say that its about time the series wrapped up, and honestly, yeah, I think I agree. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore the characters and the story with all my heart, but sheesh. How much more could possibly happen to this family?

Not a lot happens for the majority of Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone, which I was fine with for a good while. I love the characters enough that I happily read about Claire tending to her bees, or Jamie doing Jamie-things, but after awhile it was a slog. There was no real reason this book had to be over 900 pages long. Every character has their own little plot line in this book, which was nice, but once that plot line resolved, said character basically disappears.

Roger and Brianna are in the book for the first….half? And then they fade into the background. Same thing happens to Ian and Rachel. It’s weird to have these characters who are SO IMPORTANT in the other books basically get shoved to the side to do almost nothing. Hell, Brianna, Roger and Ian all are POV characters in other books, and while they do appear as POV briefly in GTTBTIAG, it’s just that — briefly. Why make them so important in prior books only to basically ignore them now?

Wasn’t there supposed to be some big prophecy thing with Brianna’s kids? When’s that coming back?

I did enjoy seeing Claire come into her powers. I read the scene with the baby twins twice over because it was so beautifully written, and so heart-wrenchingly tragic. As a new mom, any scene involving a baby was extremely hard for me to read. Any reference to Faith almost physically hurt. I cried more than once reading GTTBTIAG. Diana Gabaldon is an expert at pulling out emotions.

HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS REGARDING JAMIE:

When Jamie’s “death” scene happens, at no point was I actually worried he was going to die. I get the feeling if either Claire or Jamie do kick the bucket in this series, it will be at the very end of the next book. Because of that, this “death” wasn’t particularly suspenseful. I figured that no matter what happened to Jamie, Claire would bring him back. I was right.

I think the next book is supposed to be the last, and for that I am grateful. It’s time to wrap up the Outlander series.