First a little bit of randomness and then Top Ten Tuesday!
First a question: Does anyone else hate when books get revamp to have covers associated with the movie version? I keep seeing the new version of The Hunger Games and it bums me out. The original cover was so much better.
I’m finally catching up on some of the other stops from the Cinder blog tour and I was particularly fascinated with Marissa Meyer’s short history of the Moon People Lunars, which is something glossed over in the actual book. You can read more about them and marvel at the amount of detail Marissa put into her world building at Books From Bleh to Basically Amazing.
A trailer finally came out for The Amazing Spider-Man that doesn’t look like a videogame cut scene. It also doesn’t look nearly as teen angsty as the previous sneak peaks have made it seem. While I thought the first two Spiderman films were fun, I’ve never been a big fan of Toby Maguire whereas I’ve never seen Andrew Garfield in something that I didn’t like. Plus his hair is so fluffy. All superheroes should have such fluffy hair. I think I’m looking forward to this one more than The Avengers.*
* If Fernando stops by and sees that, I didn’t write it. Oh no! We’ve been hacked! Stop the Spider-Man fan boy hackers! Of course I’m super excited about The Avengers…
Now onto Top 10 Tuesday. I like lists and every Tuesday Tahleen at The Broke and the Bookish posts a topic for book bloggers everywhere to use in the form of a list. This week’s topic is:
Top 10 Books I’d Hand to Someone Who Says They Don’t Like to Read
1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – This is the first book that came to mind. It’s YA fiction without being overly safe, so it would work for an adult. It’s science fiction without being too out there with the concepts and terminology. It’s just a great growing up story that happens to occur in space during a war.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (but not with the movie cover) – My gateway drug back into YA fiction could be someone else’s gateway drug into reading in general.
3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman – My dad doesn’t read, mostly because it puts him to sleep. I gave him Stardust and he read it within a week and asked for more. Since I moved out of the house, he doesn’t read anymore, but it was progress for a while.
4. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – This is probably pretty obvious. It starts out easy and fun, only to trick you and become dense and depressing by the end (but in a good way).
5. The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger – It’s an unusual mish-mash of Victorian novels, paranormal fiction and steampunk. They’re addictive little things and lots of fun.
6. Locke & Key series by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez – This is a great gateway into graphic novels. Its amazing crisp artwork brings the creepy dark fantasy of Joe Hill’s story to life in ways that will haunt you.
7. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings is far too dense and full of pages upon pages of descriptions of trees and mountains. The Hobbit, on the other hand, is a much easier read with everything you need – adventure, comedy, dragons and elves.
8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – For anyone who loves British television or movies, but might be hesitant to get into reading British fiction.
9. The Giver by Lois Lowry – I often forget about it when asked what my favorite books are, but The Giver is high on that list. It’s one of those books that imbedded in me a love of reading early on.
10. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – This is Fernando’s suggestion. I’ve never read it, but he said that he read it in three days and that it’s a fast, entertaining read.