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TOP TEN TUESDAY! All time favorite Writers! Neh neh neh neh!

It’s top ten Tuesday y’alls! And it’s a great one! I present The Broke and The Bookish!‘s Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favorite of ALL-TIME Authors! I am so excited to share them with you! And I bet I am forgetting some……bleh!

  1. The wonderful and amazing Lisa See. Since the day when I stumbled onto “On Gold Mountain” at the local library, I’ve read everything she’s written. Most of the time I adore her stuff, and the rest of the time? I like it anyway~


  2. The awesomeness that is Isabel Allende. Goddess. Seriously. Even if I hated Zorro. Isabel_800px
  3. Marian Keyes who is not chick lit! Her stories deal with actual issues facing actual women!Screen-shot-2013-01-02-at-5.47.05-PM
  4. Jim Butcher Photo and Book 06012014 I love you Jim Butcher! Harry Dresden is it!
  5. quote-life-is-a-dream-for-the-wise-a-game-for-the-fool-a-comedy-for-the-rich-a-tragedy-for-the-poor-sholem-aleichem-2696The one, the only Sholem Aleichem without whom there would be no Fiddler
  6. weiner  I’ve loved her forever, Good in Bed indeed. Can’t say how many times I’ve read it in bed!
  7. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he who gave birth to the entire freaking genre! SHERLOCK!!!!!conan_doyle
  8. The eternal love of my childhood, Alexandra Brushtein 90796476_133809345407
  9. Yes, I am going there, George R R Martin! WINTER!!!!george-rr-martin
  10. And of course, Amy Tan Amy-Tan-amy-tan-383075_433_326

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Top Ten Tuesday everyone! Or you know, the one from last week!

This Tuesday’s topic coming as always courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish is: ten books that I’ve recently added to my -re-read list. Or lets be honest now: pile. This was the list from last week but I was out of town and never did manage to get around to finishing it.





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Top Ten Tuesday! Favorite books from my childhood that I would love to re-read~

This comes a bit late in the night but it’s still Tuesday so here is a slice of my childhood courtesy of yet another wonderful list hosted by Broke & Bookish!

So without further adieu, here are my tens!

Doroga-uhodit-v-dal1. Doroga uhodit v dal by Alexandra Brushteyn.

This is the first literary love of mine. My mom read it in the 60s and she had to share it with me. It tells the story (in Russian and sadly not translated) of a Jewish girl growing up in czarist Russia.


2. Jane Eyre by the one and only Charlotte Bronte.

The BBC version is my favorite film version’s come


3. Angelica series by Anne & Serge Golon.

Sexy French Louis XIV era romance at its best


4. Edgar R Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes. YEEEEEAP.


5. H Rider Haggard King Solomon’s Mines – shades of Indiana Jones

 6. Thousand and One Nights aka Arabian Nights


7. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I was a weird kid. Yes I read it when I was still a kid.


8. Actually didn’t read this particular book but I love the color and I can’t remember the Russian version’s name!


9. Children of Captain Grant by Jules Verne.

Superbly famous miniseries was made of this when I was a kid. The book is about kids of the sea captain marooned on an island and their quest to come home.


10. And finally! Roxelana by Pavlo Zagrebelniy.

The story of the first legal wife of an Ottoman sultan – Roxelana or Hurrem.

Hope you enjoyed these! I certainly enjoyed the trip down the memory lane~

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I love love love this meme and I almost forgot to do it! This Tuesday it’s top ten books on my spring TBR list as hosted by the fabulous Broke and Bookish!

These are just books new to me, not necessarily new to being born on paper and/or electronic devices!

This along with Kabbalah has always held my interest!


Hoping to read this one with my non-book reader boyfriend!

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Gotta keeping going!


Because it comes highly recommended.


Because come on! I have to!


Because my mom is one.


At this point, because I’ve had the book for over a month and I don’t want the library to have it back! (JK)


Because Jane Eyre!!!!!


Because she is one of my favorite authors and how can I not?


Part of my continuous quest about learning where my genetic roots lie.

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Top 10 favorite books from last five years

So this is the first time I am participating in a hosted meme. Top Ten Tuesday has been my favorite meme on every blog that hosts it so I am finally joining in as well. It’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Favorite Books from the last three (or in my case five years because I am far too picky!)”.

  1. The Great Mortality by John Kelly – This is the history of the Black Plague – for those that have slightly morbid interests and are interested in history of diseases. It’s amazingly well written book that I could not put down.)
  2. Book #1 – The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series. Sorry but it’s the truth. I am trying not to worry about the fact that #6 and #7 are not in sight yet
  3.  The Lost. A search for the six of six million by Daniel Mendelsohn “- one of the most heartbreaking Holocaust stories. Ever. And I mean ever. I wanted to cry for months.
  4. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen – This is an exceptional and funny memoir of a well-known food writer chronicling her and her mother’s cooking experiment of various decades of Soviet rule juxtaposed against her own family’s stories.
  5. Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart– autobiography of an immigrant experience, from early years in Russia to growing up in United States. I greatly identified with this one.
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Yet another Holocaust entry on the list. I swear I read other Jewish books that are less depressing but this one was so superb I had to list it.
  7. Mariana by Sussana Kearsley – love, reincarnation, time travel and plot twists characterize my absolute favorite of Kearsley’s works.
  8. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks  – Backwards history of the Sarajevo Haggadah from Bosnian war in 1990s to 1480s Spain, gorgeously written and imagined.
  9. Three Minutes in Poland by Glenn Kurtz. – see my Review here.
  10. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant– beautiful Renaissance story about an illicit affair, a convent and ultimate power of love

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