Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Kickass Heroines

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic: Top Ten Kickass Heroines

1. Phedre Delaunay in Kushiel's Dart

2. Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and series)

3. Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables (and series)

4. Yelena in Poison Study

5. Katniss in The Hunger Games (and series)

6. Kat from Kat, Incorrigible

7. Alexia Tarabotti in Soulless

8. Katsa in Graceling

9. Liesel in The Book Thief

10. Wynter in The Poison Throne

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Selection of Recent Halloween Costumes

My most favorite holiday of the year is Halloween, and so I thought I would (as I have in the past) give y'all a little look-see into the previous year's Halloween awesomeness.  So last year, I was "Dooonise" aka Denise from the Lawrence Welk Show SNL skit and my hubby was Captain Planet:

For those unfamiliar with Denise...here's one of the skits featuring her character - still cracks me up!

Our friends had some rockin' costumes too....like Edward Scissorhands and a shrub (Edward won a costume contest at our local Rocky Horror midnight showing last year)!

Also, Quailman...

Aaand, a fisherman hanging out with the Operation game guy:

Finally, from two years ago...here's our awesome group shot of mostly homemade costumes:
Front Row: Skeleton, Charlie Brown, Gypsy, Joe Dirt, Fire, a Loofa, Monkey, Polluted Mermaid, "Emo kid," Angler Fish, and Borat!

Happy Halloweenie folks!

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween TBR Edition

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic: Top Ten Books to Get You in the Halloween Spirit!  I completed a similar list last year so I'm gonna make this my Halloween TBR:

1.  The October Country by Ray Bradbury - a collection of haunting stories.

2.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

3.  Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie - Yay, for a classic Halloween mystery!

4.  Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - gotta love a gothic ghost story!

5.  A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore - for a paranormal chuckle

6.  Feed by Mira Grant - blogging and zombies, woot!

7.  A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny - any book that combines Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Frankenstein, Dracula, and a slew of supernatural creatures is a shoe-in for my Halloween TBR!

8.  Boy's Life by Robert McCammon - hmmm, this one has appeared on several of my TBR lists lately...time to read this sucker!

9.  Fledgeling by Octavia Butler - a vampire book written by Octavia Butler...sold!

10. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - this looks like a book that will keep you up late into the night

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Changes to No Page Left Behind

Hey folks!  I'm sure many of you have noticed already, but I wanted to announce that No Page Left Behind will be changing a bit.  I used to try and publish content Monday thru Friday every week, and I just can't manage it anymore.  So, I will pretty much only be posting reviews (I'm going to shoot for at least one review per week) and Top Ten Tuesdays (because it's my favorite meme).  There will likely be some exceptions - for example I'll probably post quite frequently during my Foodie February event. 

Right now I'm reading and loving Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell!  Hopefully I'll finish it up quick and have a review for you guys shortly.  And now, for the heck of it, a quote from a favorite book:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind!

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic: REWIND - Top Ten Books I just HAD to buy but are still sitting on my bookshelf unread:

1.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline...now, I did actually get my hubby to read this one - but I have yet to read it myself!

2.  The Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin...I think I'm the last person on earth to not have read or at least watched this story.

3.  Sabriel by Garth Nix...actually I have the whole trilogy patiently awaiting me on my shelves.

4.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman...shame on me!

5.  The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon...I've yet to read Chabon - eek!

6.  The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

7.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

8.  Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace

9.  This is Shyness by Leanne Hall

10.  Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Oldies but Goodies

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic: Top Ten Older Books That I Don't Want People to Forget About.

1.  Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga

2.  The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

3. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

4.  Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5.  Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

6.  The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

7.  Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

8.  Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

9.  Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury...an often overlooked Bradbury book.

10.  Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell