Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today’s topic asked us to list the ten authors whose books feature the most prominently on our shelves. Because I own a lot of series, it’s those authors that dominate this list for me. I also left out two authors of romance novels, which I was obsessed with back in middle and high school, although I will state for the record that Nora Roberts and Catherine Coulter should definitely appear on this list – I think I own pretty much every single book both of those ladies wrote up until around 2002 or so, when I made a dramatic shift in genres to inhale. But I wanted to stick with YA/MG authors for this week, so unfortunately those two had to go.

Anyway, here’s my list!

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So those are my top ten! Which authors do you own the most books from? Please link me!

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REVIEW: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

dissonanceDissonance by Erica O’Rourke
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014
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Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

mythoughtsDissonance has been on my radar for a really long time, ever since it first popped up on Edelweiss in the spring of 2013. It boasted a synopsis that was new to me – something sci-fi-ish that dealt with the concept of the multiverse – and seemed to have that sort of loner, strong, female lead that I tend to gravitate towards. It took me far longer to get around to actually reading it than it should have – this is a hefty book, sitting at just under 500 pages – but once I did, I literally read it in one go. I found the writing to be extremely solid, with a nice blend of mystery and humor and romance that kept me eagerly flipping through my Kindle until the very end.

The first thing I must talk about in a review for this book is the world-building. Because, let me just say, it is awesome. For all of those paranormal/sci-fi/whatever other genre books you’ve read and then complained about because the world just didn’t make sense, or things weren’t explained? This book is the opposite. The explanation starts pretty much from the get-go, and continues throughout the story. It’s also weaved in seamlessly with the narrative, because Delancey herself is still an “amateur” Walker – she’s not licensed yet, so much of the book focuses on her lessons with her sister, Addison. And while Delancey learns, so, too, does the reader. I loved the way the characters “Walk” to the different worlds – or Echoes – and the ways they’re taught to fix the issues they may find there. And as someone who herself has perfect pitch, I loved the nod to the importance of music and the way people and places have their own tones. Just, seriously, the world-building of this book would have been enough to sell me on it completely, even without the characters themselves.

Speaking of the characters, there’s a lot there to offer as well. Aside from Del, who I actually really felt for throughout the story, particularly all her inner thoughts about how she wasn’t good enough, you also have: Monty, Delancey’s grandfather who’s not quite right; Addison, the over-achieving big sister who doesn’t get along at all with Del (at least not at first); Elliot, the brainy best friend who clearly has feelings for Del that she doesn’t return; and then, of course, Simon, the love interest. I actually found myself really drawn to Addison, and was really excited to hear that there’s going to be a novella released in 2015 that focuses on her, because she gets me all tangled up in my thoughts. I found her desire for perfection to be realistic, and can’t wait to see inside her head. I also really loved the relationship that grows between Simon and Del, because it, too, just felt extremely real and heart-wrenching and true, so, seriously, just mad props all around to Ms. O’Rourke!

All in all, I found Dissonance to be a wonderful breath of fresh air in the YA world. It has a lot going for it – relatable characters, excellent world-building, intrigue and suspense – and a cliffhanger ending. Which, yeah, hurt me, so there’s always that. It’s also a nice little step into the sci-fi end of things, without space or other elements that may put readers off the genre. I definitely recommend it, and personally can’t wait for book two!

4.5stars

An e-galley was provided via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC August Sign-Up Post

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Octavia @ Read. Sleep. Repeat is hosting her second ARC August, and I’m going to participate! What is ARC August? Well, just a month-long challenge to help encourage you to read any and all ARCs you may have laying around. These ARCs can be print or e-book, new or already-published. It’s totally up to you! To find out more, please go HERE!

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I haven’t quite put together my list of titles to read for this challenge, but I DO know that I’d like to read at least 3 ARCs/galleys from each of the below categories (for a minimum total of 6) during the month of August. I start back to work in less than two weeks, and knowing how hard teaching kicked my butt last year, I want to keep my total somewhat manageable. Here’s the list of galleys I’ll probably be working off of:

To-Be-Released:

  • Magnolia by Kristi Cook (August)
  • Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke (August)
  • Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (August)
  • Terror of the Southlands by Caroline Carson (September)
  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (September)

Already-Released:

  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
  • Fates by Lanie Bross
  • A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron
  • Resurrection by Amy Carol Reeves
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

(NOTE: I have LOADS more already-released galleys to choose from because I am a bad, bad blogger, but these are ones that caught my attention as I was perusing my NetGalley list.)

As always when it comes to me putting together some sort of TBR list, feel free to take this with a grain of salt! I will be doing weekly updates during the month of August (except for the week I’m planning on participating in Bout of Books 11) to keep folks – and myself – updated on my ARC August Progress.

Anyone else going to give this one a try? Feel free to link me if you do! We can cheer each other on.

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Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon Progress Post #2

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Week two of the Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon has come to an end, which means it’s time for another progress post! This one will be laid out exactly like last week’s, and I’m excited to say that my reading continues apace. I’m so glad I’ve been managing to actually read and review and blog! I just hope I can keep that up once I go back to work in two weeks.

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Week Two (7/18 – 7/24):

Books Read:
savagedrift dissonance
Number of Books Read: 2
Number of Pages Read: 802

Total Books Read for Read-A-Thon: 4
Total Pages Read for Read-A-Thon: 1532

New Reading Challenges/Prompts Completed:

  • Read a book you’ve heard a lot of good things about (Dissonance)
  • Finish an entire book in ONE day (Dissonance)
  • Finish a book in a series you’ve not yet completed (Savage Drift)
  • Read a book written by or focusing on [a] POC #weneeddiversebooks (Savage Drift)

Currently Reading:
starling silmarillion

There’s one more week left in this Read-A-Thon, so I’m excited to see what I can accomplish over the next seven days!

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Waiting on Wednesday #81

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers):

blackiceSometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

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Why I’m looking forward to this book:

Okay, admittedly I was not the biggest fan of Ms. Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. I only read the first book and decided that was quite enough. But this one doesn’t sound paranormal, and while there appears to be a tad too many potential love interests for my usual taste, the summary still makes this one sound action-packed and suspenseful, which is a definite point in its favor!

Release Date: October 7, 2014

What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!

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Top Ten Characters I’d Want With Me on A Deserted Island

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was actually really fun to put together! While I don’t plan on ever getting stranded on a deserted island (who does, really?) – and even if I did, these folks wouldn’t be much help since they’re, you know, not real – it was fun to really look at the characters I’ve read about and see who would actually be the biggest help. I tried to really stay with people who could actually help me get off the island; after all, resourcefulness is pretty darn sexy!

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From the Percy Jackson & the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus Series

Okay, he’s possibly cheating. But come on, the guy’s a son of Poseidon, which means he can control water creatures AND breathe underwater. Seems pretty handy to have around, not to mention the amusement his snark and sass could help bring about!

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From the Hunger Games Series

She’s good at hunting, and knows her wild plants. She’s definitely a necessity if I want to stay alive on this strange, deserted island!

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From the Heroes of Olympus Series

This guy is good at building things, and in fact, builds himself a raft to get off his own deserted island in The House of Hades. Plus he’s hilarious, and could help keep the mood on the island from getting too serious.

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From the Harry Potter Series

Magic can’t be anything but helpful, right? Plus she’s smart, so could help us all figure out what to do.

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From The Lord of the Rings

Good at tracking, plus he knows some healing tricks, which I would imagine would come in handy. And he’s good with weapons, so could help keep everyone (namely ME) safe.

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From The Chronicles of Narnia Series

Since there’re lots of strong personalities on this island, someone versed in diplomacy would be a good addition to the group. After all, he’s known as King Edmund the Just, right? Plus he’s handy with a sword, so, you know. That whole protection thing again.

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From the Something Strange and Deadly Series

Eleanor is a feisty lady, who’s strong and determined. I’d like to think those qualities would come in handy as we work to get off the island!

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From the White Rabbit Chronicles

Okay, I don’t think zombies are really going to be an issue on this island (at least, I hope not), but JUST IN CASE it’s probably a good idea to have someone around who’s well-versed in fighting them. Plus he’s extremely nice to look at. What can I say? Eye candy is never a bad thing!

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From The Dispossessed Trilogy

If Luc manages to get swept away to this island, then it would be considered his territory, right? So he’d have to save all of us “living” there. He’s a strong protector, and he can fly and heal people, so I consider that a win-win all around.

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From the Pivot Point Duology

Addie has the ability to “search” two different paths to see which one she should take. This would be extremely helpful to a group trying to get off a deserted island!

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So those are my ten characters! Who did you pick? Please link me!

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REVIEW: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

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by Anne Blankman

Balzer + Bray, 2014
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In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

mythoughtsPrisoner of Night and Fog was one of my most anticipated releases of 2014. I am a huge fan of books that take place during World War II, and while this one isn’t quite that – it’s set in 1931 before Hitler’s rise to Chancellor of Germany – it does give a first-hand account of what life was like in Munich at that time. The narrator, Gretchen, has grown up hearing Hitler’s diatribes against Jews and those considered “less” than her own Aryan bloodline, and has followed along blindly, never even thinking about doing anything else. So while this book is definitely political, it is also about a girl’s journey to become her own person, and every single thing about it was just absolutely amazing to read.

It’s fairly clear even from the start that Gretchen is a little different than her family. The first time we meet her, she interrupts her brother, Reinhard, and his friend while they are beating up a Jew who was crossing the street and nearly “made” them crash their car. Her reasoning for this is that Hitler himself has said that the National Socialists must comport themselves with dignity, and brawling in the street is not dignified. But we soon learn that this wasn’t the only reason – Gretchen has compassion, which is something many characters in this book are severely lacking. Much of the beginning of this book details Gretchen’s daily existence, from helping her mother in the boarding house they live in (and her mother manages), to getting invited by Hitler (who is a family friend) to cafes or outings with his niece, Geli, to trying to avoid her brother and his very scary tendencies to react violently to anything and everything. And even though those things could become monotonous, they didn’t, mostly because Gretchen herself is actually a very likable narrator whom you feel for from the start. She’s just different, in a very good way, and I loved getting a chance to know her before the main part of the book is introduced.

As with any YA, the change is introduced in the form of Daniel, a Jewish reporter for the Munich Post who knows a secret about Gretchen’s father’s death. From the get-go, sparks fly between the two, although that’s in the form of glares and dislike, at least initially. But Gretchen figures out pretty quickly that Daniel’s actually telling the truth, and so they create a bit of a wary alliance to help each other get to the truth. Of course, along the way, Gretchen realizes that Daniel really isn’t any different than she is, and that’s when her actual journey into adulthood really kicks into high gear. While I always like when a character can figure things out on their own without help (particularly from a boy), that honestly wouldn’t have happened here without Daniel’s influence. Gretchen was just too ingrained in what she’d been taught to ever think about questioning Hitler or her family without that outside push. Also, their relationship is just perfect – very slow-burning, Gretchen slowly becoming more of her own person, becoming more daring, more curious, and allowing her real self to shine through. Daniel may have been the catalyst, but much of Gretchen’s decision-making comes from inside herself, and it was a very wonderful thing to read about.

The action of this book was also first-rate. While the last quarter of the book or so was when things really ramped up, there’s a sense of danger throughout, which just nicely set the tone. The gritty, dark atmosphere of 1931 Munich also helped, making it easy to see the setting and really place yourself into the story. The book also had a really nice flow to the words, drawing the reader in and making me eager to continue reading until the book was done. And then the actual climax comes along and you’re not able to put the book aside at all; I was very much on the edge of my seat with my heart racing as everything came to a head!

Prisoner of Night and Fog is not only a historical read, but a coming of age story that also manages to incorporate romance in an amazing way (and how often do we say that in YA these days?). It’s really a book about a girl finding herself and being willing to let go of what she thought she knew to figure who she wants to be. While it is the first in what I assume is a trilogy (correct me if I’m wrong!), it’s also fresh and different and amazingly written, and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

5stars

An e-galley was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon Progress Post #1

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Week one of the Trees of Reverie Read-A-Thon has come to an end! This means it’s time for first progress post. I’m happy to report that, for the most part, I’m reaching my goal of reading for at least two hours each day, and have also managed to complete a few of the Reading Challenges created by Sarah to go along with the Read-A-Thon, even though that was sort of unintentionally. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to!

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Week One (7/10 – 7/17):

Books Read:
lovelyandthelost prisonerofnightandfog

Number of Books Read: 2
Number of Pages Read: 730

Reading Challenges/Prompts Completed:

  • Read a book by an author you haven’t read before (Prisoner of Night and Fog)
  • Read a book in the Fantasy genre (The Lovely and the Lost)
  • Write a book review for one of the books you read (Review HERE)
  • Take pictures of your reading progress (see my Instagram)
  • Read a book you received in exchange for an honest review (Prisoner of Night and Fog)
  • Read a book from your Goodreads to-read shelf (both)
  • Read a book to go towards a specific reading challenge (both)

Currently Reading:
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Not too shabby for the first week, right? I’m looking forward to seeing what the next week brings!

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Waiting on Wednesday #80

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed #3) by Page Morgan (Delacorte Press):

NOTE: Spoilers for the first two books in the summary!

wondrousandthewickedSince the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia’s power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel’s Harvest is near-and the timing couldn’t be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.

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Why I’m looking forward to this book:

Oh, man, The Lovely and the Lost – the second book in this series – just BROKE ME. I am still upset about the ending, and probably will be for a long time. I cannot wait for this book to be released so I can see how everything ends. I just feel awful for Ingrid, Gabby, Grayson AND Luc – seriously, I have never read a book that packed such a wallop as to leave ALL THE MAIN CHARACTERS in some sort of heartbreak at the end of it! Please, Ms. Morgan, put me out of my misery! (And if someone could maybe possibly send me an ARC of this one I would LOVE YOU FOREVER!)

Release Date: April 14, 2015

What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!

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Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic asked us to list our Top Ten TV Shows or Movies. I have a really hard time with movies – they are constantly changing and I’m just too all over the place to ever put a list together – so I did TV Shows instead. However, I want to preface this by stating that, this past TV season, I didn’t really watch anything consistently. So while I have some current shows on my list, I am at least a season behind in all of them. To compensate, I added in some shows that are no longer on the air, but that I still consider all-time favorites. It’s a very, um … eclectic list, let’s just say, but it gives a pretty good idea of what it’s like inside my head!

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castle

I just really love the chemistry between the two leads of this show, and the entire concept. You’ll notice by looking at this list that I have a thing for crime dramas, and I really love how this one combines humor with the action in a really seamless way.

criminalminds

This one is decidedly darker than Castle, but I really love the idea of following around this elite team of profilers and watching them solve complex cases.

criminalintent

I really only loved the episodes with Kathryn Erbe and Vincent D’Onfrio. Goran and Eames will forever be my favorites!

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I like NCIS okay – I’ve only ever seen the repeats on USA – but I LOVE Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J a whole lot, and Linda Hunt’s Hetty is an AMAZING character.

darkshadows

Obviously I was not around when this show first aired. I started watching when it was airing daily on the Sci-Fi Channel, and while it is immensely corny and ridiculous, it’s also atmospheric and gothic and amazing. I own almost all the series DVDs and am slowly working my way through all the episodes.

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Who can say no to Captain Picard and crew? My mom is a HUGE Star Trek nut, so obviously her love was going to rub off on me.

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Okay, here we go with the childhood favorites. I was SO excited when we got cable and I was able to watch the Disney Channel! Gummi Bears was an instant favorite, with its bright colors and fun characters.

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I’m talking about the original series, here, not the whole “Friendship is Magic” remake. Give me the original ponies any day!

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Same with this one. I only like the original Care Bears. I was SO UPSET when they remade them and changed some of their tummy symbols. Blasphemy!

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Haha. And then we have this one. :)) I was all girly-girl, but I sure did love me some Voltron!

So those are my Top Ten Favorite TV Shows of All Time! What does your list look like this week? Please link me!

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