Top Ten Tuesday #7 – September 16th: Top Authors I NEED To Read More

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More. There are quite a few authors I would like to read more books of… Some are authors of series I need to continue. Of others I’ve enjoyed my first experience with their work and would like to read more. They are listed below in no particular order:

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  • Leigh Bardugo: I´ve read Shadow And Bone of the The Grisha series and absolutely loved it. I really need to start reading the other two books soon… (I actually own a copy of Siege And Storm, but it is in Spanish and I prefer trying to get the English version first before I start reading… I prefer reading books in the original language they were written in.)
  • James Dashner: I’ve read The Maze Runner, and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have thought before reading, I still want to read the first of the series. Plus, I already own a copy of book number two and three, so there is no holding back… Except for the fact that my copy of The Scorch Trials is in Spanish, and I prefer reading it in English as I explained above.
  • Sarah J. Maas: I’ve read Throne Of Glass en I enjoyed it. Since the last book just came out, I really need to read book number two and three soon… I have Crown Of Midnight already, but it is in Spanish… (This is getting repititive, I know.)

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  • Patrick Rothfuss: I’ve read and loved The Name Of The Wind, and now I want to get my hands on book number two as soon as possible… Although the wait for Rothfuss to finish the third book will probably become unbearable.
  • Ian McEwan: I’ve heard many great things about this author, but I’ve only read Atonement so far. I really need to buy more of his books (like Saturday and Sweet Tooth) soon…
  • Rainbow Rowell: I’ve finally read Eleanor & Park not so long ago, and I really have to check out more of her work! Landline, Fangirl, Attachments… They all sound interesting.

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  • Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and liked his writing style… I’m looking forward to read more of his work. (Like Everything Is Illuminated.)
  • Jeannette Walls: I´ve read The Glass Castle and was truly impressed by it. Now I would like to read Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star to continue reading about Jeannette and her family…
  • Lee Childs: I’ve read Killing Floor and even though it’s a bit too Rambo/Die Hard for me, I would like to see how the main character develops.
  • Ismael Beah: I’ve read A Long Way Gone some time ago and it is really an impressive memoir… I would like to read Radiance Of Tomorrow as well.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: The Glass Castle – by Jeannette Walls

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Title: The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Genre: Non Fiction, Memoir, Contemporary
First published: 2005
Finished reading: July 14th 2014
Pages: 352
Rating 4,5

“But the positive thoughts would give away to negative thoughts, and the negative thoughts seemed to swoop into her mind the way a big flock of black crows takes over the landscape, sitting thick in the trees and on the fence rails and lawns, staring at you in ominous silence.”

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I have been blessed with a lot of great reads lately, and The Glass Castle is one of them. I’m normally a bit hesitant when it comes to reading memoirs, mostly because it makes reading somewhat too personal and most memoirs are actually quite depressing. But I’m glad I picked up The Glass Castle anyway, because it was simply amazing. The life of Jeannette Walls and her brother and sisters is not an easy one to tell, and I admire her courage in deciding to tell her story. When you are reading The Glass Castle, you feel she isn’t holding back and shows us the moments of her life exactly as she experienced it. Sure, the story is depressing at some points, but it is also intriguing, moving and overall impressive. She tells us casually about some of the great difficulties she went through when she was growing up, and that actually makes you wonder how it REALLY would have been like growing up in a similar situation. A definite must read for non fiction lovers!

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Jeannette Walls didn’t have what you call a normal childhood. Rex and Rose Mary Walls are not the typical parents and have different ideals than most people. During the first few years of Jeannette’s life they moved around continiously, living like nomads and enjoying the wilderness. They slept at places along the road and lived in small desert towns for small periods. When problems arose or things got out of hand, they would simple skedaddle, as Rex Walls used to say, and move on to the next destination. Rex was a brilliant and imaginative man with one big problem: alcohol. When sober, he was able to conquer the world and his four children admired him. Rex was their teacher and was able to teach them great life lessons, although the alcoholism left its negative mark on some of those lessons. Their mother Rose Mary was a free spirit who loved to paint and write, and didn’t believe in the practical things and necessities of life. That quality both learned her children to appreciate the beauties of life and condemned them to a difficult childhood…

When things got out of hand, they end up moving to the hometown of Rex Walls. After living with his parents for a while, they buy their own house. Although it is practically falling apart, Rex and Rose Mary don’t mind and do not bother to make many improvements. Rex is more interested in getting his next drink, and Rose Mary is still lost in her own world and her paintings… Jeannette and her brother and sisters are practically left to take care of themselves, and even then their parents are working against them. Soon the children are dreaming of leaving home and finding a better place to live… Because they realize the glass castle their father Rex promised them to build will never become a reality. The kids dream of New York, the city of many possibilities, and work hard to make that dream happen.

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Even though her childhood was a difficult one full of challenges, Jeannette Walls still describes her parents with a lot of affection. It shows that a family can be hold together for a long time with unconditional love, and that other mayor flaws are not as important as that same love. The story shows that both Jeannette and her brother and sisters try to help their parents improve their life, both when they are still children and when they are all grown up. Rex and Rose Mary have their own ideas of how quality of life is judged, and never want to alter the way they live. They don’t care about the material things in life, and are happy with the way things are, even if that means living on the street… A strong message in this material world where we cannot imagine living without phone, internet and computer, let alone running water and electricity. Like I said before: a definite must read!

WWW Wednesdays #5 – July 16th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW Wednesdays is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

draculaMy TBR cup got me Dracula by Bram Stoker, and I’m about 200 pages in the story. I really enjoyed the first part of the book (Count Dracula and the diary of Jonathan), but the part I’m reading right now with Mina and the scenes in Whitby is a bit slow and not as good as I would have hoped after reading the first part… Hopefully it gets better later on in the book; I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

glassI finished The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls on Monday, and have yet have to write my review. (I know, I’m still procrastinating, it’s terrible!) What I can say for now is that this memoir was completely not what I expected and in a good way. The story is sad, intriguing, endearing and impressive. Definitely a must read for non fiction lovers!

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

throneofglassMy TBR cup has spoken, and the next book I will read is Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I wasn’t going to read YA for a while, but since I’ve set a goal for myself to use the TBR cup to randomly draw the next read for at least what’s left of this month, I will stick with this title. And I’m actually quite excited about this reading this one!

 

WWW Wednesdays #4 – July 9th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW Wednesdays is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

boneeeI’ve seen Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo around quite a lot during the last few weeks, and I’m glad to have chosen it as my last YA read for now (a break that probably won’t last long though). I’m not too far away in the story yet (still in the first half), but until now I’m definitely enjoying it. Hopefully I can find some time soon so I can try to finish it.

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

1984I finished 1984 a few days ago, but because of a messed up computer I didn’t have a chance to finish the review just yet. In short, I can say this novel by George Orwell was absolutely doubleplusgood (those who read it will understand 😉 ). A very interesting vision of the future with some disturbing similarities…

 

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

glassI’m not completely sure yet since I have a huge list of books waiting for me, but it is probably going to be The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This one has been waiting on the shelf for quite some time now, and I’ve heard good things about it. It would also be a part of taking a break from YA for a little while… Although I like that genre, I want to read different genres too, like in this case a contemporary memoir involving Jeannette’s family.