Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish that combines a love of lists and a love of books. Except for this week because this week's theme is: Top Ten Blogs/Sites You Read That AREN'T about Books. So here is my list, in no particular order. Warning, there is a high presence of food blogs on this list. I hope you enjoy at least a few of them!
1) The Pioneer Woman : The Pioneer Woman, aka Ree, has a category for everything on her blog: cooking, photography, homeschooling, home and garden, entertainment, and even confessions about herself. She is funny, honest, loves her family, and shares her life with us. You will find something on her site that you like, I promise. If you're having trouble, check out these cinnamon rolls. They are amazing, I've made them so I know.
2) Cake Wrecks : If I need a laugh or distraction at some point during the day, I check out Cake Wrecks. If you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you start here. I should let you know that some content on this site is not suitable for children.
3) I Heart Faces : I love photography. I Heart Faces was one of the first sites I went to when I wanted to learn more about taking photos. If you're interested in photography, especially portraits of any kind, check them out. They hold contests as well, if you're a bit more serious about it all.
4) Bakerella : You know cake pops, right? Bakerella is the original cake pop lady. Her site is gorgeous and her cake pops are amazing. She has tons of other dessert recipes and ideas, but check these out.
5) Bobbi + Mike : Another photography blog, but this husband and wife pair are my favorite. Their photos are amazing, they are super funny, and they make an adorable couple. If you aren't into photography, at least check out their holiday cards. You won't regret it.
6) Bake at 350 : Her cookies are amazing and I use her cookie and royal icing recipes whenever I make sugar cookies. But my favorite feature of her site is her Works for Me Wednesday posts where she highlights a tip or shares a secret about cookie making and decorating. Plus, she's a fan of Harry Potter and she made Butterbeer Cookies. How could I not be a fan of hers?
7) Ikea Hackers : Yep. I'm a fan. It's crazy some of the stuff people can do. I love it! I'm pretty sure I'm alone on this one.
9) The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle : She also makes cookies. Amazing cookies. I love looking at them, seeing how she creates so many different cookies from one cookie cutter, it's incredible. Check out these Star Wars Cookies. She also has lots of good recipes and isn't afraid to show us the messy behind-the-scenes of cookie decorating.
8) Annie's Eats : Okay, are we seeing a theme here yet? This is another food blog, but seriously, her recipes are amazing, she makes everything, and her site is gorgeous! I regularly make her Deep Dish Pizza and we all love it. Her blog's tagline is, "Making your days taste better." And she does!
10) Matt, Liz, and Madeline : Their story is incredible. I can't remember how I found his website, but I remember coming across it when I was pregnant with my daughter. I read his posts and cried like crazy. He is so honest and his writing style is so unique, I've never read anything like it. Matt is an amazing dad and I'm so glad he shares their life with us. Oh, and he wrote a book that came out last year, so this blog might be a cheat, but it's called Two Kisses for Maddy.
Ok, that's it for my list. I love all of these sites and hope you'll check out at least a couple. I can't wait to find out where other people are visiting. It gives an interesting side to people we don't normally see in the day-to-day of book blogging! So leave me your link and I'll come check it out! Happy Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and combines a love of lists with a love a books. Every week has a new top and this week's top is: Top Ten Books You'd Like To See Made Into A Movie. This one was surprisingly difficult for me. Every time I thought of a book I'd like to see as a movie, I remembered it had already been done. In the end I came up with ten books that I really would go see as a movie.
1) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I really love The Infernal Devices series. I know everyone loves Jace from The Mortal Instruments, but I'm a much bigger fan of Will and Jem and Tessa. I'd definitely see a movie with the three of them set in Victorian London.
2) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen - The book was great, had plenty of action, and some great characters. Who doesn't want to see a movie where the female lead kicks some ass?
3) Delirium by Lauren Oliver - This is a great love story set in a perfect dystopian world. YA doesn't get much better than this.
4) Matched by Ally Condie - I really liked the main trio and the uncovering of the society's secrets in this dystopian. I think the setting in this one could be beautiful.
5) Wonder by R.J. Palacio - The book was truly moving. And while the ending was unrealistic, in my opinion, it made for a great feel-good story. Plus the supporting characters are all wonderful. I'd love to see them come to life and teach us all a thing or two about being kinder than necessary.
6) Legend by Marie Lu - The book was not my favorite, but only because I wasn't a fan of the double POV. I felt the voices of June and Day were too similar. I don't think that would be a problem on-screen and, in fact, I think it could make a great movie.
7) Divergent by Veronica Roth - This is kind of a given. I wasn't nearly as enthralled with this book as most people seem to be but I still enjoyed it. I think given the right creative team, seeing this world on the big screen could be incredible. I'd love to see how they'd bring the Dauntless, and other factions, to life.
8) Hourglass by Myra McEntire - In all honesty, I've only read half of this so I could totally change my mind by the end. But so far I am intrigued. I'd love to see a good time travel movie.
9) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - I loved the first book in the Percy Jackson series. And then I saw the movie. It just wasn't good. I wish a movie could be made that could capture the awesomeness that was Percy and his world of Greek Mythology.
10) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows - While I'm not entirely sure this would make a great movie, I would love to see Heart come to life. And the dragons, Ana and Sam, and the Masquerade Ball are not far behind.
So those are the books I'd go see if they were made into movies, or better movies. What do you think? Did you make a Top Ten list this week? Leave your link so I can check it out!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted every week by The Broke and The Bookish and combines a love a lists with a love of books. This week's topic is a really tough one: Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books. It's difficult for me because I tend to fall easily for characters while reading a book and because I have such a terrible memory I can't recall them later. For these reasons, most of my picks are from books I've read within the last year. I already feel guilty for forgetting so many.
1) Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series. Could there be any other? He is truly my favorite. I enjoyed following Harry as he grew, made friends, feel in love, and defeated the greatest dark wizard of all time. What could be better than that?
2) I'm going to list of the rest of my favorite Harry Potter characters here so because otherwise my list would be only Harry Potter characters: Hermione, Hagrid, Ron, Professor McGonagall, Neville, Dumbledore, Mrs. Weasley, Mr. Weasley, Fred and George, Ginny, Lupin, Sirius, Snape, Luna, and everyone else. Has anyone created characters as great as J.K. Rowling did for Harry Potter? Or did we just love them so much because we were able to spend so much time with them and learn so much about them? Sometimes I wonder which is true.
The rest are listed in no particular order but I still love them all.
3) Haymitch from The Hunger Games. I just love Haymitch. He has far more depth to him than we were allowed to see in the beginning and I love that about him. He wasn't just a drunk. He had lived a hard life. Not just as a tribute, but as a mentor and a survivor. And as much as he hated Katniss in the beginning, he really just couldn't stand to lose her like he had everyone else.
4) Scarlet from Scarlet. Scarlet is truly a kick-butt character. She far outshines Robin Hood (which I'm not quite sure how I feel about yet) but I admire her ability to do anything she wants. She's flawed, for sure, but strong and loyal and just wants to take care of people.
5) Alex from Delirium. Alex taught Lena how to love and that love could be good. He saved her and loved her and showed her an entirely new world that she never knew existed. He made her happy.
6) Magnus from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. Magnus is a wonderful character. He's loyal, even to those he maybe shouldn't be, he knows how to love, and he's got much more depth than I originally thought. I enjoy the scenes in all of these books more when Magnus is in them.
7) Shogo from Battle Royale. He was calm and quiet throughout his story line but always strong and never willing to give in. He is a character that truly surprised me and that's pretty rare.
8) Abraham Lincoln from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Not only is he one of our most beloved presidents who reunited our nation and freed the slaves, but he could kick some serious vampire ass. It doesn't get any better than that.
9) Ana from Incarnate. Ana's story is incredibly unique but what truly impressed me about Ana was that even though she had been through so much and even though some people didn't think she deserved to exist, she still believed in herself. She left behind a mother who hated and abused her to find out who she is, why she was born, and what her birth means for the rest of the souls. She is brave, strong, smart, and a great female lead.
10) Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games. I couldn't choose one over the other and I couldn't have a list of favorites without them being on it. I know some people are "Team Gale" but Katniss and Peeta belong together. They save each other over and over again and remind each other that there is some good in the world even after what they've been through.
Okay, that was seriously painful. Did anyone else have a hard time choosing ten favorites? I know I cheated here, but it was still hard. Here are a few of my runners-up: Cinna from The Hunger Games, Jem from The Infernal Devices, Sam from Incarnate, Jace and Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments, and Tris and Four from Divergent.
In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren as a way to share the books we've gotten during the past week. I didn't get much, but that's actually a good thing. My pile of books is already way too big. Here are the few I did pick up this week anyway:
I bought Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout for my Kindle app from Amazon and I'm really excited to read it. I've heard tons of great things about this series (as well as her Lux series which I also haven't read yet) and I'm hoping it lives up to the hype.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins was another Kindle book I couldn't pass up. I've been curious about this since I learned that The Hunger Games wasn't the only series Suzanne Collins had written. I can't wait to read more from her. And something completely different!
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is the only book I checked out from the library this week. I need to get caught up on books but I can't go to the library and come back with nothing! I'm definitely intrigued by this one. I just hope it doesn't end up scaring the crap out of me!
That's it for my mailbox this week. What do you think? Which one should I read first? And don't forget to leave me a link in the comments so I can come and check it out your mailbox too!