Listy List List: Books to Read

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Having seen lists of books they have every intention of reading from book blogger friends Flannery, Catie and Holly, I thought it would be a good idea to post my own list. Maybe making this list will enable me to become more organized in terms of reading choices.

Books I Plan to Read in 2012:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers
The Dark Mirror or Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier
Northlander and The King Commands by Meg Burden
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend by Sarra Manning
Paper Towns by John Green
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault
Unreported Murders, Mass Murders and Last Seen After Midnight by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo

Those are the books that I already have copies of. Some releases this year that I’m also planning to read:

About That Night by Julie James
Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith
Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar (if I manage to find a way to get it)
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Okay, I should stop there. I might not manage to read all the books in the list if I add more. I’ve noticed that 2012 has been a slow reading year for me compared to last year but I’m trying to take it easy so I won’t experience a reading slump. I really hope I can read all of the above within the year! Moving on to the next list, some of which I have and some still on my wishlist.

Books I’ll Read Someday
Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Elfland by Freda Warrington
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman
Deerskin by Robin McKinley
Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
Fire and Hemlock, Deep Secret and the rest of Diana Wynne Jones’ books
The rest of Juliet Marillier’s books
The rest of Tamora Pierce’s books

And many, many more! I have shelves on Goodreads for books that I own but haven’t read and my wishlist. The books mentioned here are the ones that are my top priority. How about you, what’s on your list of books to read this year? Any other titles you’re planning to read someday? šŸ™‚

Characters Iā€™d Set Up with My Friends (Part 2)

A few days ago, I came up with the post Characters Iā€™d Set Up with My Friends inspired by posts from both Angie of Angieville and Michelle of See Michelle Read (click here and here to see their respective posts). I really had fun making that list. I realized that I could do another one! Why? Because I have guy friends as well as girl friends. So this time, I came up with a list of female characters I’d love to set up with my guy friends.

Kate Daniels from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – If you’ve read my reviews of the Kate Daniels books, you’d know by now that I’m a huge fan. I love Kate Daniels, I think she’s all kinds of awesome. She has snark and bite and can trade insults with the best of ’em. She’s an excellent sword wielder and a powerful magic user. Add to that a stubborn instinct to do the right thing even if it harms her and you’ve got an irresistible package.

Harry from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – Another talented swordswoman with magical powers! I think it’s pretty obvious that I like my heroines strong and warrior-like. I like how resilient Harry is – she came from a world without magic and embraced the life led by the Hillfolk. And she always craved adventure as a result of reading too many novels as a child. Bookworm! ā™„

Fire from Fire by Kristin Cashore – Fire is breathtakingly beautiful but she’s definitely more than her looks. She has an inner strength that shines forth when she takes on the hardest of tasks for the greater good.

Liadan from Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier – Liadan is fiercely devoted to her loved ones. She’s not willing to back down when it comes to fighting for the happiness that she deserves.

Aly from the Tricksters Series by Tamora Pierce – Aly takes after her father, George, the former King of Thieves. She’s sly, cunning and determined to make her own way in the world in spite of her heritage (both parents have extremely important roles in the kingdom).

That’s it for my list of female characters I’d like to set up with my friends. I think I had a harder time choosing male characters because I had fictional crushes on a lot more of them. What do you think, do you agree with my choices or not? šŸ™‚ Who would you set up with your friends?

Characters I’d Set Up with My Friends

Inspired by Angie’s post of characters she’d let her daughter date and Michelle’s post of characters she’d want her son to be friends with, I decided to come up with my own list. Since I don’t have any kids and I don’t even have a boyfriend, I thought I’d come up with a list of characters I’d set up with my friends. You see, dear reader, now that my friends and I are in our mid-twenties, we get asked from time to time if we’d be willing to be set up on a blind date. So now I think it’s fun to list fictional characters that I’d set up with my friends if they were real. Please note that I’m being generous here because I’m willing to introduce these guys to my friends when I’d rather have them for myself. šŸ™‚

Here goes:

Eugenides from the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner – I’m sure no one will be surprised by this choice. I go on and on about how I love Gen and all of Megan Whalen Turner’s books. Gen is smart, funny and intensely loyal. He’s a good liar but you always know when he’s telling the truth.

Vidanric from Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith – The strong and silent type, he keeps the court mask firmly in place at all times. Which makes it even better when you find out his feelings.

Corlath from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – A handsome warrior king who has glowing eyes when he gets angry, what’s not to like? Obviously he has magic, which is always a good thing, in my opinion.

Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – The proverbial cat, he likes to play around and he has a temper but is always there to help out when there’s a crisis. Plus, he’s a very polite person. He likes the phrases “please” and “thank you”.

Red, also known as Hugh of Harrowfield from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – He’s steadfast and a born leader and he has his whole life planned out but gives all of it up for the love of his life.

I have a runner-up candidate because I just can’t stop at five:

Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – Ahh Jonah Griggs, the scary leader of the cadets, who would’ve thought that you’re really a softie. Who can’t help but love you with these wonderful lines “I’m here because of you. You’re my priority. Your happiness, in some fucked way, is tuned in to mine. Get that through your thick skull. Would I like it any other way? Hell, yes, but I don’t think that will be happening in my lifetime.” Jonah is a fighter and he’s willing to fight for those he loves.

I may be having a wonderful reading year if the last three names in this list can serve as an indication. I read those three books this year and all of them have earned a spot in my list of favorites. So that’s my list, do you agree? Any other fictional hunks that you’d like to add? šŸ™‚

Favorite Literary Couples

It’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday so I thought I’d write about my favorite literary couples to celebrate the holiday dedicated to love.♥ Here goes:

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – this is a classic pair! Who doesn’t love Mr. Darcy? Every girl who’s read Pride and Prejudice probably has a crush on Mr. Darcy. I have a guy friend who has a crush on Elizabeth. It’s funny because Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy try to stay away from each other but they just can’t help falling in love.

Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie from Megan McCafferty’s books Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings and Perfect Fifths – I remember when my friends and I first read this series back in college. We all wanted our own Marcus Flutie – the proverbial bad boy who turned out to be a genius, acting out because he was bored with school.

Gen and Irene from Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series – No surprise here, I talk about these books often enough

Meliara and Vidanric from Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith – Yay for subtle romance and an unreliable narrator! Mel didn’t even suspect a thing until the last minute, she was even confused about her own feelings.

Keturah and Lord Death from Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt – An immortal or a god falling in love with a human is a usual formula but what can I say, I loved the movie Meet Joe Black so I was intrigued with the premise of this one. Here’s a nice quote from the book:

“… the girl longed for a love that could not be ended by death. From the time she was young, she knew that her true love was there, somewhere, living a life that would one day intersect her own. Knowing this made every day full of sweet possibility. Knowing that her true love lived and breathed and went about his day under her same sun made her fears vanish, her sorrows small, and her hopes high. Though she did not yet know his face, the color of his eyes, still she knew him better than anyone else knew him, knew his hopes and dreams, what made him laugh and cry.”

I would also like to throw in my favorite quote from Meet Joe Black. I’m not sure if this is an exact quote because search results in Google vary but you get the drift.

“I want you to find someone who makes you deliriously happy, someone who will sweep you away, someone who will levitate you and make you sing with rapture. Love is passion, obsession. someone you can’t live without, fall head over heels and vice versa. Find someone you can live like crazy. How do you find them? Well forget your head and listen to your heart. There is no sense living without this… to make the journey and not fall deeply in love, you haven’t lived at all. And who knows, one day, out of nowhere, lightning could strike.”

I will cut my list short before it gets too long, but I would just like to list down other favorites:

Harry and Corlath from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Ella and Char from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Isi and Geric from The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Howl and Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Katsa and Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore

So, who are your favorite literary couples? šŸ™‚