Top Ten Tuesday ~ Book Food

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Yay!

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books.)

Hmm. I have a huge suspicion that Harry Potter foods are going to come up on these lists a LOT. I will admit, that’s the first set of book food that came to my mind. I have plenty of other book food items on my list too, but there will be at least a little Harry Potter food mentioned. Especially since I have been to the Harry Potter section of Universal Studios, and so have tasted something that approximates the food from the books. (Butterbeer. Yum. Especially the hot version.)

Okay, anyway, on with the list:

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books

  1. Butterbeer (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) ~ I can’t help it. This will probably be on more lists than any other book food this week, but I’ve had butterbeer. And it’s so good.
  2. Lembas (Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien) ~ Long before I wanted to try any of the foods in the Potter books, I was drooling over the idea of lembas. It didn’t hurt that when I was young we did a lot of camping and backpacking. The idea of a food that tasted good and wouldn’t take up tons of space in our backpacks was really appealing.
  3. Butter chicken (The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall) ~ I haven’t read this book yet (it’s on my TBR list) but I have made butter chicken. I love that dish, which is why I was drawn to this book in the first place.
  4. Hot chocolate (Sorcery and Cecelia: or the enchanted chocolate pot by Patricia Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer) ~ I love good hot chocolate. This was described as good chocolate, and served in a pretty set. And it turned out that the chocolate itself wasn’t even poisoned. Sounds perfect!
  5. Bakery goodies! (Wishcraft Mystery series by Heather Blake) ~ The magical people in this series each have a specialty. One of the characters can do magic with baked goods. I want to eat cookies made at that bakery. Yum.
  6. Klah (Pern series by Anne McCaffrey) ~ Klah is described as something that sounds like a cross between coffee and chai and cinnamon tea. It sounds fascinating, and I want to try it.
  7. Bubbly Pies (Pern series by Anne McCaffrey) ~ I loved baked goods, and these sound amazing – especially when piping hot.
  8. Pretty much anything from a Hobbit’s larder (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien) ~ I’m not picky. It all sounded good (except the mushrooms).
  9. Brownies (Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates) ~ This is a “Magical Bakery Mystery.” So again – magical baked goods? Yes please! (As long as they aren’t designed to hurt me, which these aren’t.)
  10. Atticus’ teas (The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne) ~ Teas which stop aging and provide general well-being? Yes please!

Well, that’s my 10! What about you? Do you have any favorites that I’ve missed?

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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Fall Books

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!

This week started off poorly for me. There’s a fire going in the Napa area right now (which is worse for them than for me, and I hope everyone’s as safe as possible). Mr. Wyrm and I often leave the windows open on spring and fall nights, since the air is cool and fresh. However, this Monday I woke up around 3 am (after an already fitful night) smelling smoke. The smell was strong enough that I was convinced that a neighbor’s house had to be on fire and we were going to have to evacuate. So I got out of bed, ran around the house closing windows, and checked outside for fire. I didn’t see anything, and once the windows were closed the smell of smoke cleared up pretty quickly, so I went back to bed. Still… it didn’t make for a good night’s sleep or a good way to start the week.

Therefore, I’m quite ready to move on to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic:

Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes

Note: I am choosing these books solely by going through my Goodreads “to read” shelf and picking them based on the covers. Some may be more obvious than others, and some may be based purely on how the colors on the cover make me feel. (Links should take you to the Goodreads page for the book.)

  1. A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
  2. Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  3. A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer
  4. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
  5. Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein
  6. The Ripper Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
  7. The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins (okay, this one is based on the title as well as the cover)
  8. Missing by Kelley Armstrong
  9. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  10. On Fire’s Wings by Christie Golden

Of course, just because these books’ covers make me think of autumn, that doesn’t mean I’ll be reading them in the autumn.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Book Boyfriends

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and I have to say, this week’s prompt made me laugh. Hopefully you’ll find it amusing, too.

Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

(Which characters do you have crushes on?)

  1. Faramir from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ The book version. Movie version is cute, but they messed up his character too much.
  2. Darkwind from The Mage Winds trilogy by Mercedes Lackey ~ I haven’t read this series in a while, and if I was reading it for the first time now I’m not sure I’d have the same reaction, but I really wanted to be Elspeth when I was younger so I could date Darkwind. Well, and for the magic and the telepathic horse.
  3. Legolas from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ Yeah, I read LOTR several times when I was in school. And I couldn’t decide which of the two characters (Faramir or Legolas) I liked better. (I’ve since decided: I like book-Faramir better, but movie-Legolas better. Mostly because while they messed with Faramir’s character in the movies, they left Legolas more-or-less alone.)
  4. Calvin O’Keefe from A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle ~ I have always loved this book, period. And it has always come with a crush on Calvin and a desire to be Meg.
  5. F’lar from The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey ~ Or maybe F’nor. Or T’gellan. Basically, I wanted to date a dragon rider. (Or even better, to be a dragon rider.)
  6. Afra Lyon from The Tower and the Hive series by Anne McCaffrey ~ Again with the telepathy. But also, he seemed like a really devoted guy.
  7. Lucas Cortez from The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong ~ I didn’t get all that attached to the werewolves in this series, unlike a lot of my reading group friends I read this with. Lucas, though… he was my series crush.
  8. Dean from The Keeper Chronicles by Tanya Huff ~ Mmmm. Dean.
  9. Henry Fitzroy from both the Blood and the Smoke series by Tanya Huff ~ This is the only vampire on my list. I guess I’m usually just too leery of the blood-sucking thing to have crushes on vampires.
  10. Tusk from the Star of the Guardians series by Margaret Weiss ~ This wasn’t really a crush on the character. I was reading this at the same time as some friends in college, and one of us associated with one of the characters and started using that as an IRC forum name. So then we started thinking about which character suited which of the rest of us, and ended up assigning characters to everyone. So, while I didn’t really have a crush on Tusk (I had to read a Wiki synopsis of the book in order to even remember his name) that is the character that was assigned to my boyfriend at the time. It seems to suit this topic, in any case.

What about you? Any book boyfriends or girlfriends on your list?

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books that Feature Knitters

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This one is a bit more open-ended again. Here’s the official prompt:

Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Hmm. That leaves a lot of room for creativity. In a way it’s almost too much room; I’m having trouble deciding what to do. Let’s see… just to pull something out of a hat (and hope I can find enough examples):

Top Ten Books that Feature Characters Who Knit

  1. The Grand Tour by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer ~ the characters send knitted messages back and forth in this one. So much fun!
  2. Princess of the Midnight Ball by JessicaDay George ~ this one has magic knitted into a shawl. And it’s a guy doing the knitting! Love it, too.
  3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling ~ Mrs. Weasley knits sweaters for every Christmas, and I think Hermione knits hats (and/or socks?) for house elves. I can’t remember the details. Guess that means it’s time for a re-read.
  4. Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton ~ as the first book in the “Knitting Mysteries” series, one would hope the characters knit.
  5. While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo ~ like #4, it’s the first in a knitting mystery series (“Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries” this time) so there better be knitting.
  6. Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton ~ I don’t remember all the details about this one, but I do know the main character owns a yarn shop. Plenty of knitting involved.
  7. Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee ~ this is non-fiction book of essays and anecdotes, while the others on this list so far have been fiction books. Also, she has written many books, and I’m only including this first one.
  8. It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons by Franklin Habit ~ another book that’s not exactly fiction, but it centers around knitting and is a lot of fun, so I’m including it.
  9. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs ~ I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my radar so I can include it. Right?
  10. Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae ~ this is last on my list because the knitting content is superficial in this one. Yes, it’s the first of the “Haunted Yarn Shop” series, but the yarn is just a setting.

It’s a good thing there were only supposed to be ten items on my list… I can’t come up with any other definite books to add to this list without resorting to listing multiple books in a series! (I could have done that. I’ve read — I think — eleven of Sefton’s Knitting Mystery books, so I could have just made this list out of that series.) There are other books that I’ve read which I think had knitting in them, but in some cases (like A Wrinkle In Time) I’m not positive about the knitting content, and in others (like Great Expectations) I just can’t bring myself to include the book on my list.

Have a great day!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books On My Fall TBR List

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This one, unlike recent topics, is more specific:

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Hmm. I don’t know that I really have season-specific books, but I do have books I want to read sooner rather than later. I’ll count those as my Fall TBR list, since Fall is sooner rather than later.

  1. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (#1 in the Prydain Chronicles)
  2. Rest in Pieces by Rita Mae Brown (#2 of the Mrs. Murphy books)
  3. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  4. Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard
  5. Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (Tales of the Otori #1)
  6. The Inexplicable Universe by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  7. Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
  8. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire (#3 of the October Daye series)
  9. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card (Mithermages #1)
  10. Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1)

Some of these, obviously, are higher on the TBR list than others, and the order in which they’re written only partially reflects that. The ones I want to read most came to mind first; beyond that, they’re in a much more random order.

And also obviously, I retain the right to completely change my mind when it comes time to select what book I’ll read next.  😉

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Reads from 2004 & 2005

It’s Tuesday again! Which means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is (as with last week’s) a little open-ended:

Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want!

I am going to do a throwback to the first year of my WordPress blog, and do:

Favorite Books I Read in 2004 (the year I started my WP blog) and 2005

A quick note on this — I had a Blogger blog for several years before I started my WordPress blog. I don’t link to that one anymore, but I’m sure it’s still out there somewhere. Also, in 2004 I only read (or at least only recorded having read) 24 books. This is pitifully small compared to the more than twice that I’ve read in recent years, so I’m including 2005 also.

  1. The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey (read in 2004)
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (read in 2004)
  3. Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey (read in 2004 & 2005)
  4. Undead and Unemployed by Mary Janice Davidson (read in 2004)
  5. The Grand Tour: or the Purloined Coronation Regalia by Patricia Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer (read in 2004)
  6. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorn (read in 2005)
  7. Smoke & Shadows by Tanya Huff (read in 2005)
  8. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong (read in 2005)
  9. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff (read in 2005)
  10. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (read in 2005)

Top Ten Tuesday ~ DNF

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week has a bit of an open-ended theme:

Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it how ever you need)

Heh. There are definitely books I’ve had a hard time with. I can’t think of many that I struggled with and ended up loving, and generally if they’re a chore to get through these days I DNF them instead of continuing. (That’s one of the benefits of not being a student anymore. I don’t feel obligated to finish books I don’t like.) So, I’m going to go with:

The Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down

Side note: I love the double meaning of “put down” there. Too bad I can’t take credit for it.

  1. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  2. Nozy Cat #1 by Lyn Key
  3. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  4. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (though this one I might pick back up out of hibernation)
  5. The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Ann Noble
  6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  7. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  8. As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  9. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
  10. Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer (This one might have been a DNF due to the narration, I’m not sure. I may pick up a paper copy one of these days.)

Interestingly, that covered 3+ years of books. Either I haven’t recorded all my DNFs or I’ve done a pretty decent job of picking books I like recently.

What about you? Do you DNF books you don’t like, or do you push through and finish them?