Top Ten Books I Found Through Recs/Hype

This is a rendition of Top Ten Tuesday by the thebrokeandthebookish.wordpress.com. The prompt was books people keep telling you you must read, but I felt more comfortable listing works I’ve already read for that reason and liked rather than just passing on other recs or books you’ve probably heard the hype about already, anyhow. So, here goes:

Top Ten Books I Found Through Recs/Hype:

1. “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling
-My secret’s been that I actually put this down the first time I tried to read it and only picked them up again for the hype…only to get thoroughly into the fandom.

2. “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory
-This was lent to me by my mother, who firmly believes that Anne did probably engage in incest with George in order to beget an heir.

3. “The Great, Good Thing” by Roderick Townley
-A friend gifted me this work and I loved its meta style.

4. “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
-I’m actually not a fan of most of Gaiman’s works, and the synopsis for this book is not something I normally go for, but somehow I really like this one.

5. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
-This one actually had to be recommended to me over years, simply because it’s so hard to explain and the title sounds boring to me, I think.

6. “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones
-One of my happiest author discoveries, I think this was actually thrust upon me by my little sister.

7. “Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchet
-This is another big author whose works I largely don’t connect with, so I need recommendations to find the ones that I do really enjoy.

8. “Soulless” by Gail Carriger
(Full review here: https://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/soulless-the-parasol-protectorate-series-1/)
-This was another gift from a friend.

9. “Her Royal Spyness” by Rhys Bowen
(Full review here: https://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/her-royal-spyness/)
-A friend literally put this into my hands in a bookstore and I couldn’t put it down.

10. Georgette Heyer books
-This regency romance author I found because a close friend began a reading aloud marathon of them with me, and luckily she wrote enough for me to still be working through them. Examples are:
“The Grand Sophy”: (https://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-grand-sophy/)
“Black Sheep”: (https://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/regency-romances-best-bickering/)
Frederica,
and for mysteries-
“Behold, Here’s Poison”: (https://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/behold-heres-poison/)

Well, I guess that rather doubled as my reading secrets blog. So, what are your favorite books discovered through insistent recommendations?

Disney Crossover Compatibility

Today I attended birthday celebrations that included the task of assigning Disney princesses to new partners, outside of the Disney/cartoon universe.  The results:

 

Snow White: Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice.  He needs someone to appreciate his gardening, keep his house, be meek with an older lady patroness, and help cheer him up.  She needs someone who’ll let her tell him what to do in a domestic setting and encourage her to support him.  Also, they both appreciate retelling stories.

 

Cinderella: Raj of The Big Bang Theory.  They both cook and do gentile-variety housework.  If anyone can appreciate geekery it’s a girl whose prior entertainment has been dancing mice and birds.  Raj might mess things up, but he’ll actually do things with her and won’t order her around.  They’d probably make each other laugh and engage in odd activities.

 

Aurora: George Weasley from Harry Potter.  McGonagall taught him how to dance, so he should be an expert.  He’ll love introducing someone gullible into society and make her smile.  She’ll be a calming influence and be easily entertained.

 

Ariel: J.D. from Scrubs.  They both indulge great optimism and fantasies, and fall in love ridiculously fast.  They also both have strong attachments to the human body.

 

Belle: Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility.  They’re both intellectuals with very strong moral principles.  She has the high spirits and fiestiness that can bring him out and make him smile the way Marianne did, while Belle won’t need any near-death experiences to appreciate Brandon’s nobility and interests.

 

Pocahontas: the new version of James Bond.  She could be a grounding influence for him and be protective without making him defensive.  He could bring her around the world and understand her political background without exoticizing her.

 

Megara (Hercules): the prince from Much Ado About Nothing as played by Denzel Washington.  Meg has trust issues, so she needs a great communicator who can make her feel valued without going overboard with cheesy things.  Also, she needs someone able to verbally spar with her.  The prince expresses himself magnificently, is a tactful genius, and has enough tricks up his sleeve to match Meg.

 

Jasmine: Westley of The Princess Bride.  She needs someone who can keep up with her actively and who understands independence.  Also, someone who can take her sarcasm and losing her temper.  Westley deserves a girl who will support him guns-a-blazing and be able to handle delicate fighting situations.

 

Esmerelda: Inigo Montoya of The Princess Bride.  Esmerelda is a physical genius who knows how to dance, fight, and disappear.  The only one who can match her is the wizard of swordsmanship.  Moreover, they both understand being marginalized by society.  They are passionate and have strong personal causes.  Also, then they could double date with Jasmine and Westley.

 

Mulan: Remus from Harry Potter.  Mulan needs someone who can go along with her plans while still making her feel beautiful and belonging.  Remus needs someone tough enough to stand up under the werewolf revelation, and someone who can make him laugh and relax.

 

Also, we wanted the boys from Psych to be involved, so:

 

Princess Fiona (Shrek): Gus.  They’re both very robust, have specific things that they like and are interested in, and are able to roll with the punches.  Also, they’d fight really well.

 

Odette (Swan Princess): Shawn, provided that they grew up together in the same circumstances as Odette and Derek do in the film.  Like Derek, Shawn has no idea what to say around women he cares about, he likes secrets, but he’s also very dedicated and fully committed to following his own instincts and intuitions in spite of what anyone else says.