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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Favorite Authors of All Time | Top Ten Tuesday

In this week's #TTT I talk about my ten favorite authors and why I love them and their work! 

I'll be linking the work by them that I've reviewed so far as well in case you're curious.

10. Jim Beaver
He's only written one novel and that one broke my heart. I am dying for him to pick up the pen again and write something new, because my copy is slowly falling to pieces. An insanely talented man.
Novel: Life's That Way

9. Lissa Price
She's not only a very lovely person, but has also written one of the most amazing debut novels I have encountered so far. I could not put the series down, no matter how hard I wanted to. And the worst thing is: I usually don't even read thrillers and action-packed stuff.
Novels: Starters (#1)   /  Enders (Starters #2)

8. L.J. Smith
Oh, how I loved her Vampire Diaries Series! Sadly, the series got worse as it went on (because it was ruined by a terrible ghost writer, but let's keep that for another post). I'm so glad I started reading her older novels, because they are just as wonderful as my memory of her Vampire Diaries Series. She builds worlds like no other.
Novels: The Craving (Stefan's Diaries #3)  /  The Hunter

7. Richelle Mead
Razorbill 2013 Cover
She broke me with her Vampire Academy Series. I have been in a massive reading slump ever since I read them and I don't think any fictional world can ever capture me that hard again. She ruined me and set the bar way too high for any vampire literature to come.
Novels: Vampire Academy (#1)  /  Frostbite (VA #2)  /  Shadow Kiss (VA #3)  /  Blood Promise (VA #4)  / Spirit Bound (VA #5)  / Homecoming  (VA #6.5)

6. Meg Cabot
I grew up with Meg. Not literally, but her Princess Diaries novels got me through high school. It's the only novel I own that I've read so many times that the pages are starting to come loose but I'll never ever get rid of that book.
Novels: The Princess Diaries  /  Insatiable  / Underworld (Abandon #2) / Abandon (Abandon #1)

5. David Levithan
God bless assigned reading. I read his first novel at university for a course and since then I've fallen hopelessly in love. The world needs more LGBTQ* novels and this wonderful man is doing his contribution to fixing that beautifully.
Novels: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares Six Earlier Days (Every Day #0.5)  /  Every Day (#1)  /  The Lover's Dictionary

4. S.G. Browne
The funniest author I've read from so far. His novels are satirical masterpieces and he somehow always manages to come up with ideas that have crossed my own mind once or twice already. Guaranteed to make you snort while laughing!
Novels: Breathers: A Zombie's Lament  /  Fated
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3. Jennifer L. Armentrout
I fell hard and quickly for her Lux Series. I haven't read an entire series in a very long time and I read hers in about a month because I could not, for the life of me, put it down. She hasn't quite managed to live up to that series again, but she'll get there eventually.
Novels: Shadows (Lux #0.5)  /  Obsidian (Lux #1)  /  Onyx (Lux #2)  /  Opal (Lux #3)  /  Origin (Lux #4)  / Opposition (Lux #5)  /  Don't Look Back

2. Sophie Kinsella 
Sophie Kinsella is the pseudonym of Madeleine Wickham, who's definitely gone through a major transformation that you can clearly see in her novels. She's the author guaranteed to bring a smile to my face.
Novels: I've Got Your Number   /  Twenties Girl  /  Wedding Night

1. Jodi Picoult
I love her to death. Every single one of her novels is a work of art, carefully crafted and with a beautiful message. She writes novels about controversial topics, novels about things that other authors don't even bother with.
Novels:  Second Glance    /    Handle With Care

Have you read novels by those authors? 

What do you think of them? 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Recommendation: Life's That Way: A Memoir - Jim Beaver

In Jim Beaver's LIFE'S THAT WAY: A MEMOIR, he writes about how his wife Cecily got diagnosed with cancer shortly after they had their first child after a long struggle to conceive her. In mails that he writes to his friends and family to update them on Cecily, we get to know him and his family on a very personal level.
What intrigued me: I love the TV show Supernatural and the character that Jim Beaver plays.

Insanely Emotional Writing

This is obviously a biography and a very emotional read. Jim Beaver is an actual writer and published playwright rather than an actor and you can tell. Honestly, this is some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read. He knows how to use the right words, he is able to make the reader feel what he felt. I had to pause sometimes, because I was a trainwreck in some parts, and that means a lot, I’m not easily touched. 

Even if you're not a fan of the TV shows he did like NCIS, Criminal Minds, Crossing Jordan and many more- you're probably going to get emotionally attached to the characters. The original manuscript were the transcripts of the emails he wrote to his family to tell them about the things happening with Cecily, following her diagnosis. Therefore it's very personal, up-close and absolutely honest. This translates beautifully in the writing and I just can't find the right words to say what I feel about this. 

If you know Jim as an actor and a public figure, you know how the story ends and knowing that, makes you just dread the part where it happens. I just love that Jim decided to go on and push through despite the horrible, horrible things he had to live through and gave us this little piece of beautiful writing to help others that might go through the same or similar situations.

Why read it?

It's not a biography at all. It's a tribute and a love letter to life. Because it shows, that humans are capable of deep love, it reminds you to be grateful for what you have. It reminds you to seize the moment and tell the people you love that they are important to you. Do it, before it’s too late. I think it is remarkable that Beaver is able to touch people with his writing so deeply, even though you probably don’t know him, especially not personally.

But he makes you care and he makes you cry, and he makes you want to hug everyone that you love. Also I imagine this book to help comforting to people who witnessed loved ones go through terminal illness. Read it and you’ll understand what I mean.



Additional Info

Published: April 16th 2009
Pages: 303
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Genre: Adult / Non-Fiction / Biographies and Memoirs

"Life's That Way is a modern-day Book of Job. In August 2003, Jim Beaver, a character actor whom many know from the popular HBO series Deadwood, and his wife Cecily learned what they thought was the worst news possible- their daughter Maddie was autistic. Then six weeks later the roof fell in-Cecily was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer.

Jim immediately began writing a nightly e-mail as a way to keep more than one hundred family and friends up to date about Cecily's condition. Soon four thousand people a day, from all around the world, were receiving them. Initially a cathartic exercise for Jim, the prose turned into an unforgettable journey for his readers.

Cecily died four months after being diagnosed, but Jim continued the e-mails for a year after her diagnosis, revealing how he and Maddie coped with Cecily's death and how they managed to move forward. Life's That Way is a compilation of those nightly e-mails. Jim's experience is universal for anybody who has lost a loved one. But Life's That Way is not solely about loss. It is an immediate, day-by-day account of living through a nightmare but also of discovering the joy of a child, of being on the receiving end of unthinkable kindness, and of learning to navigate life anew. As Jim says, these are hard-won blessings. But then again, life's that way."(Source: Goodreads)

What's your favorite memoir?

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