Friday, December 05, 2008

TGIF: Weekly Meme Fun

For this week's Tuesday Thingers, Marie asks

What's the most popular book in your library? Have you read it? What did you think? How many users have it?

I cannot say I was surprised to see which book made the top of the list. Or the second and third for that matter. I decided to do something a little different with my response to this week's question. I thought I might list the most popular books in my personal library until I reached one I have yet to read.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling (37,474 copies) ~ I enjoyed all of the Harry Potter books immensely. They are such fun books.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
(Book 6) by J.K. Rowling (34,818 copies) ~ I really enjoyed this book, but it is probably my least favorite of the series.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(Book 5) by J.K. Rowling (33,346 copies) ~ This is my favorite of the Harry Potter books.

The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown (26,896 copies) ~ I enjoyed this one, although not quite as much as it's predecessor.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(Book 7) by J. K. Rowling (26,209 copies) ~ A fitting conclusion to a great series.

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien (24,983 copies) ~ I found this book to be quite delightful. It was my introduction to Tolkien's world (after seeing the first Lord of the Rings movie) and I was instantly sold on it. I love the entire world Tolkien has created and admire the detail he put into it.

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen (23,328 copies) - One of my all-time favorite books.

by George Orwell (23,129 copies) ~ A great classic.

The Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkien (17,813 copies) ~ I love this series!

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini (17,638 copies) ~ Another one of my all-time favorites.

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte (16,875 copies) ~ Yet another all-time favorite!

Angels & Demons
by Dan Brown (15386 copies) ~ I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining.

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte (15,053 copies) ~ I never did take to Emily the way I did to her sister Charlotte. This one was okay, but not a favorite.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (14,618 copies) ~ I did not care for this one. It had it's good points, but overall, I just couldn't get into it the way so many others have been able to.

The Fellowship of the Ring
(The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) by J.R.R. Tolkien (14,249 copies) ~ A very promising start to a terrific set of books.

The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger (13,889 copies) ~ Aha! The first book on this list I haven't read yet. I had actually hoped to read this one sometime this year, but it was not meant to be. Maybe this coming year I will get the chance.

1. Do you have a favorite author?

Put a box of chocolate truffles in front of me and ask me to choose my favorite. Go ahead. Try it. I'll end up taking the entire box.

2. Have you read everything he or she has written?

No, I can't say I have. And then to think of all the yet-to-be discovered favorites . . . Do you think I could have that box of assorted chocolates too? I still can't decide on one favorite.

3. Did you LIKE everything?

I don't especially care for the coffee flavored chocolates. With one exception. The Kona Coffee Swirls are to die for. I don't even like coffee or mocha flavored ice cream, and that's saying a lot.

It is the same with books and authors. It's not a given that I will like each and every one I read. Some books just don't resonate with me. In some cases, it may just be a matter of how much I like a particular book by degree. I may like all the author's books I have read, but some more than others.

4. How about a least favorite author?

There are authors I don't especially care for. It's just a matter of taste really. The first person who comes to mind is William Shakespeare. I have never been a big fan of his. I do like a few of his sonnets, I admit, but for the most part, I am not too fond of his work.

As for chocolates, those coffee flavored chocolates keep rearing their ugly heads. Thank goodness my husband doesn't mind eating the pieces I may have already bitten into (just a tiny nibble to see what's inside). Those boxes of chocolates that come with descriptions and pictures so I can tell what is what are a cut above the rest.

5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?

I have great admiration and respect for Nora Roberts, but I just have not been able to get into her books, even the ones written under her pseudonym J.D. Robb. I really wish I did like her books. She sounds like such an amazing woman--intelligent and kindhearted.

Now where did I put that box of chocolate truffles?

1. Snow is best seen and experienced from a distance.

2. I'm looking forward to starting on that next book soon.

3. Daniel Craig is the best James Bond ever!

4. One of my favorite old television shows is Little House on the Prairie.

5. I'm done with irate people. If only for today.

6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is the Christmas music.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to curling up on the couch with my husband and the animals, enjoying a fire in the fireplace, and picking up a good book to keep me company; tomorrow my plans include spending the day however I want with no deadlines or obligations and definitely no company to entertain; and Sunday, I want to count my blessings and take the dog for a walk!


  1. Love your Chocolating through Thursday! What a hoot!

  2. This is the second time this week that The Time Traveller's Wife has been mentioned - I absolutely loved it when I read it the year before last (was it really that long ago?) and now all this reminding me of it makes me want to read it again, I was so swept away..

  3. LOL - Now I have a craving for chocolate!

  4. My most popular LT book is The Golden Compass and it really belongs to my son.

  5. Have to agree about the box of chocolate truffles! Great analogy!

  6. Terri - Chocolate must have been on my mind. LOL It was the first thing that came to mind as I was wondering what to write.

    Michelle - The Time Traveller's Wife came highly recommended. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it! Being swept away by a book is such a great feeling.

    Yvonne - Uh oh! That happened to me as I was writing my post. LOL

    Kathy - I haven't read The Golden Compass yet. I was kind of surprised one of my husband's books didn't pop up on the first page of my most popular books, but maybe I shouldn't be. He tends to read books that are lesser known.

    Jenclair - So yummy! Thanks!

  7. I always love your Friday Fill Ins. #1 is so true and preferably from a window in a nice warm environment. #5....Ha!!! so am I and hope it wll be over Monday (waaaaaaaa I have to take the stand, did not know, my attorney had me do role playing for an hour as when in court the other day and I messed up kinda, I think I have it right now. My ex will to and I have to listen to his lies... waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa and stay composed,yea right! NO "he is lyng!!!" outbursts. If he really lies I will have to go back to court....noooooooo, did not know this either. For anyone out-there if you ever need a lawyer and can't afford one for an extended perod of time do not hesitate "Legal Aid" I have a terrific lawyer. A lot of these lawyers have their own practice.

    And #7...I miss having a man I love to cuddle up to on the couch, I am now cuddling up with my Oliver, a real ham, he loves it. I do kiss him but he never turns into "the perfect man" :P

    Enjoy your week-end Wendy sounds loving and great

  8. I can't tell you how happy I am that I found a copy of The Hobbit in a bookstore when I was 14 and fell in love with it. Started me down a path that I've loved so much being on. Course, I also discovered Richard Brautigan about this same time...quite different, he was.

    I totally agree with your Bond assessment!

    Thanks for playing and enjoy your weekend :-)

  9. Like Janet, I must agree with you about Daniel Craig, although I didn't like the new Bond movie as much as Casino Royale!

    I love the way you approached both the Tuesday Thinger and, especially, the BTT questions this week. And I'm glad to find someone else who'll admit they didn't hate The Da Vinci Code :-). Good story - not so good writing, in my opinion - but good story.

  10. LOL You're funny. I have a box of chocolate truffles...

  11. Sylvie - Thanks! LOL Yes, from a behind a window, in a warm room is even better. :-)

    Good luck on Monday. I have had to testify in court before, but not for my own benefit. I was a witness in all of my experiences. I refer people to legal aid all the time in my job. They really are a great resource.

    Dogs make great cuddle companions. :-) I hope you have a great weekend too.

    Janet - It is a wonderful path to be on! I hope the upcoming new movie does the book justice . . .

    Florinda - Same here in regards to the James Bond movies. It was still fun to watch him in action though. :-)

    Yes, I agree. The writing left something to be desired with The Da Vinci Code, but it was a good story.

    Callista - It seemed the tact to take when I came up with my answers yesterday. :-) A chocolate truffle sounds so good right about now.

  12. I agree w/ #1!
    I need more books. I've resorted to coloring when I would ordinarily be reading. *sigh*
    I'll be done w/ irate people in about 6 hours & 50 minutes.
    Holiday music is best in small doses. lol
    Happy weekend! :)

  13. I love your answers with chocolates. Mmm, especially truffles. The only chocolates I don't care for are the ones with caramel centers...

  14. Interesting that One Hundred Years is one of the top books! I liked it but had such a tough time remembering all the names.

    Love the chocolate analogies. I can definitely pick a favorite--Bordeaux's by See's Candy. Except it is the family favorite so we all fight for the one or two that comes in the assortment box. Yummy!!

    I hope you have a great weekend!!

  15. bundleocontradictions - Thank you for stopping in! It's been a while since I last set down to color, but it is so relaxing. I used to use it as a method of relaxation. I need to get back into it! Not too much longer now and you'll be done with those irate people! Oh, do I know how that goes!

    Have a great weekend!

    Jeane - You and I would get along so well if we had to share a box of chocolates! I could eat all the caramel filled pieces for you. :-)

    Trish - One Hundred Years is a really popular book, but yes, I guess I'm surprised too. It was the only one of the one's listed above I didn't really care for.

    See's Bordeaux is so good! Mmmm! Excellent choice.

  16. Thankfully I've already indulged my chocolate craving today.

    I loved Wuthering Heights as a teenager, I wish I'd never re-read it! I so wanted to box all their ears and send them to their room.

    The Da Vinci Code was okay but I couldn't believe so many people were so gobsmacked at the storyline. They'd never heard the MM+Jesus thing before?

  17. mmmm... chocolate truffles!
    I loved The Time Traveler's Wife! I really should read it again sometime.
    As much as I love snow, it's true that it's best when watched from inside next to a warm, cozy fire. :P
    Have a great weekend!

  18. First off, I loved your list of books from your own library! Excellent. Secondly, the chocolate was off the hook funny!!! and #4...your favorite show from your childhood was the same as mine!!! I still miss watching it. And I miss Pa :(

  19. One of my favorite old TV shows is Little House on the Prairie Too! I hope you have a chance to read The Time Traveller's Wife in 2009. I think the movie version is coming out soon!

  20. Carrie K - Haha! Good thing indeed!

    The Da Vinci Code sure did stir up a lot of controversy, didn't it? You're right though, it really wasn't anything new. It's quite amazing in it's own way--the fact that the book got so much attention, I mean.

    Nat - I have never been a fan of the cold--it makes my nose run uncontrollably. I guess it's good that I live in a warmer climate then. :-)

    Hopefully I will get to The Time Traveler's Wife this next year.

    Staci - Thank you! I was a little chocolate crazed at the time I wrote that, can you tell? :-)

    I really did love The Little House on the Prairie. It was such a good show. I miss it too.

    Laura - I hope I get to it too! The friend who gave me the book is probably wondering why she bothered. LOL And I really must read it before I see the movie. Even more of an incentive! Thanks for the reminder.

  21. I love Dan Brown -- he weaves an excellent tale and you should read Deception Point, if you haven't already. I can't wait for his next novel... whenever it may be!

    YOU MUST READ THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE!! It's awesome. I just loved it... and Niffenegger's writing is pretty damn good. TOP OF THE TBR PILE! (I'm torn how I feel about the movie)

    The only thing that bothers me about LibraryThing is when there are multiple entries for the same book... which one do you pick and are some jsut false entries? I don't really follow how it's managed.

  22. Okay, obviously I wasnt done commenting. GEEZ blogger.

    Your weekend sounds LOVELY, I wish I was there for some quiet, dogs, and fire...mmm good book too.

    I love Daniel Craig too! My best friend and I are going to see the new movie on Tuesday!!

  23. I love the chocolate analogy! I've never been a big fan of The Bard either.

  24. Gautami - I'm always happy to share! :-)

    Monica - I think I have Deception Point around here somewhere. His books follow such a similar formula that I have trouble reading them too close together.

    I guess I really better read The Time Traveller's Wife this next year! So many of you highly recommend it. :-)

    With LT, I always enter the ISBN and can't say I've had a problem with only getting one choice. There have been a couple of instances where I haven't had an ISBN and that sometimes proved to be a problem if the copy I had didn't match with any of the listed copies publishing dates or publishers, but that's so rare.

    I do love a quiet weekend! I hope you have a good one.

    Chris - Thanks! It's nice to know I'm not the only one who isn't too fond of Shakespeare.

  25. I enjoyed reading this post, Wendy! Your mention of chocolates already have me drooling, hehe.

  26. *HP and the Sorcerer's Stone* is the top in my library, too.

    A friend lent *The Time Traveler's Wife* to me just a few weeks ago ... I don't know when I'll get to read it!

  27. Dawn - My copy of TThe Time Traveller's Wife came from a friend too. Hopefully I can get to it next year sometime. It sounds like it will be good.


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