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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Authors I Want To Meet or Have Met

The first five are authors I am dying to meet (in no particular order):

1. Stephen King: because obviously, amiright? King of Horror. Wrote one of my favorite horror books in The Shining and I have been obsessed with this man for yeeeeeaaaaarrrsssss. Not only is horror, but it’s more psychological and it is because of his stories that psychological thriller is my favorite genre.

2. Dean Koontz: I was 11 years old when I read Tick Tock. It was my favorite book for so long and I kept my copy nice and clean up until three years ago when my kids tore it up (grrrr) and then spilled juice on it (grrrrr x10). I finally came across another copy with a different copy and you should have seen me dancing in the aisle when I found it! 🙂 I actually yelped! Hahaha seriously. I will be honest and say I haven’t read anything else by him but I have been collecting his books ever since. Once I have all of his work, I will read them.

3. Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (because we all know they’re a package deal): Besides a couple of novellas, I have read all of Colleen Hoover’s books. I didn’t know who she was up until maybe four years ago and quickly loved her writing. When she came out with the Never, Never series, Tarryn Fisher won me over and have been obsessively reading her work, too.

4.Stephanie Perkins: because Lola is one of my all-time favorite characters.

5. Michelle Hodkin: because her Mara Dyer series is one of my favorite series even though I have yet to read the final book. I remember pre-ordering The Retribution of Mara Dyer and anticipating it only for me to not read it three years later because I do not want the series to end. I do have plans to start the series over and finally finish it but I am dreading it.

The following authors I have met and loved an am looking forward to meet again (in no particular order):

6. Gretchen McNeil: she was the sweetest and I am hoping to get more of her books to sign. Possess is one of my favorite YA Horror books. I love that she is just as obsessed with that genre as I am, and she has an appreciation for it like I do.

7. Kiersten White: She was so quirky and so funny, it’s easy to see why people love her books so much. Definitely one of my favorites in the YA contemporary genre.

8. Tahereh Mafi: because her Shatter Me series is one of my favorites. She is so kind and beautiful and when I meet her again I will not be shy and awkward.

9. Lauren Oliver: because as a fan I owe her a do over. I was so shy and embarrassed that one of the books I had her sign I hadn’t read and she asked me about it and I looked dumb. I was just starstruck because Pandemonium is one of my all-time favorite books and I wanted to talk to her about that one but she was promoting Vanishing Girls and I was just lost.

10. Robin Reul: because her book is the very first ARC I’ve ever won since joining the booktube community and it holds a special place in my heart. I met her and she was so funny and gorgeous and sweet and I felt bad I only had the ARC and not a finished copy.

The following authors are ones I wish I had met:

11. Emily Dickinson: my favorite poet of all-time.

12. Afeni Shakur: because 2pac.

13. Maya Angelou: main reason because she’s a phenomenal woman.

14. William Peter Blatty: because the movie based on his novel ruined my childhood… and I LOVE IT.

15.Edgar Allen Poe: because after reading his poetry in middle school, it put me in a dark place and I wrote pretty cryptic poetry (words of my 7th grade English teacher. Never forgot) and my childhood wasn’t even all that bad during this particular time. 7th grade is actually one of my favorite years of school career.

Top 10

Top 10 movies in 2017

Good morning, everyone! Happy Tuesday 🙂 Hope you all had a lovely weekend and an amazing week so far! I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and while I love that I’m finally finding some much needed “me” time, I miss watching movies with the bf. Scratch that, I miss watching grown-up movies with the bf. We don’t lack movie (or TV) watching, but they’re all kids movies. And, yes, I’m a sucker for a great Disney/Pixar movie or Dreamworks, but I have to be honest, I miss the cursing and the violence and, dare I say, even the nudity, sometimes. Thankfully, 2017 is bringing some great movies:

(In order of release date)

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1. Lego Batman (February 10, 2017)
I realize this one already came out, but we haven’t watched it yet therefor still on our “to-watch” list for this year 🙂 because of our little ones, regular movie theaters don’t work so we usually go to drive-ins and while it can still get crazy, at least there they can run around without being shushed by the movie-goers.
2. Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017)
3. Wonder Woman (June 2, 2017)
4. Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23, 2017)
5. Despicable Me (June 30, 2017)
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6. Spider-Man Homecoming (July 7, 2017)
7. CHiPS (March 24, 2017)
8. Annabelle 2 (August 11, 2017)
9. Stephen King’s It (September 8, 2017)
10. Pitch Perfect 3 (December 22, 2017)
I know, I know. I added a few kid movies in there. I can’t help it. Because my life revolves around my children, I have become addicted to cartoons even more than I already was. Anyway, 2017 has a lot of sequels and remakes. I’m very much looking forward to “IT”. The first one is pretty much legendary so we’ll see how this one holds up. What movies are you guys looking forward to?
R.
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My Top 10 Romance Movies

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make a list of my favorite romantic movies. This started off as a great idea in my head. I always joke about how I don’t watch romance movies and how they’re too cheesy and predictable, and while all of that is true, I really didn’t know how true until I started racking my brain to remember great romantic movies that I’ve watched in my 28 years.

My top 2 are the obvious (though none of the listed movies are in any particular order):

  1. The Notebook (2004)

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2. Titanic (1997)

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And then at this point, I couldn’t for the life of me think of any other ones so I started googling, and found the following

3. Ghost (1990) How could I forget this one? One of my all-time favorite songs is on the soundtrack!

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4. Romeo & Juliet (1996) This may be considered more of a tragic love story, but in my defense, google pulled this up.

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5. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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6. Juno (2007)

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After this is when I had to resort to romantic comedies:

7. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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8. Clueless (1995)

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9. 50 First Dates (2004)

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10.  How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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There was a long list of romantic/com-roms on Google but I chose the ones that I’ve watched over and over and over again and will, for as long as I live, watch them over and over and over again.

What are your favorites? Any ones I may have missed? Let me know!

Hope you all have a very happy Valentine’s Day (or Taco Tuesday for you fellow foodies out there) with your favorite people! 🙂

R.