Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Movies

Some of my favorite movies!  And if they are on television, you’d better believe I’m watching them…even if I have the DVD.


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What are some of your favorite movies?


Top 10 Tuesday: New to the TBR Pile

Ohai TBR Pile!  How are you?

*Charlie Brown teacher noises*

Yes, I know I keep adding books.

*More Charlie Brown teacher noises*

Yes, I know I haven’t been choosing books from you to read.

*Again with the wah wah wah*

Yes, I know I may never read everything in the pile.

*Something that doesn’t need be translated*

That was rude and uncalled for.  Just for that, I’m adding more things.  And removing your speaking privileges.

And here are 10 more things added to my TBR pile!

Three Dark Crowns


The Gilded Cage



Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

My Lady Jane

The Island of Dr. Libris

Only Ever Yours

The Wedding Dress

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Bone Gap

What have you added recently?

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Bookish Names I’d Use for a Child

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish*

I love names.  When it was time to name The Tiny Human, it was easy peasy.  And it’s a great way to get this list started!


1.) Atticus- Yes, that is the real name of The Tiny Human.  When I first read To Kill a Mockingbird, I knew I would one day use the name Atticus.

2.) Scarlett- Because, reasons…..

3.) Elinor- I think I might be one of the few people who prefers Sense & Sensibility over Pride & Prejudice. 

4.) Darrow- Have you read the Red Rising trilogy?!  DO EET!!!

5.) Prudence I love the Alexia Tarabotti novels by Gail Carriger…but Alexia’s daughter has the better name!

And I’m stopping at 5 today.  Any literary names you would use to name someone?

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Food Network Shows

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish*

Hi, my name is Alyssa and I’m a Food Network addict.  It is the channel I have on whenever I have access to the television.  I like to cook and LOVE to eat, so it’s only natural that this would make for some of my favorite viewing.

Here are some of the shows that have been my favorites!

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The ORIGINAL Iron Chef– Iron Chef America will do, but the original is by far the more superior series.

The Pioneer Woman– I love her style of cooking and want to be her BFF.

Cutthroat Kitchen– Diabolical is an understatement.

Good Eats– HE HAD A SWEENEY TODD THEMED PIE EPISODE!  How can you not be in love?!

Chopped– If you’re not screaming at someone for using the ice cream maker, you’re not watching this show right.

30 Minute Meals– Still can’t figure out how she does it.

Sandwich King– Jeff Mauro is a damn National Treasure.

Southern at Heart– Shoutout to a fellow Kentuckian!

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Barefoot Contessa– She and her husband are PRECIOUS together.  Kinda makes me sick, actually.

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Cooking for Real– Sunny Anderson is AWESOME!

Any other Food Network fans out there?

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Facts About Me

*Top 10 Tuesday is weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish*

Time for my favorite topic, me!

Seriously, I’m so vain I KNOW this song is about me.

Moving on….

1.) Thanks Alyssa Milano– Yep, I am named after her.  My mom was watching “Who’s the Boss?” one day and thought Alyssa was a name that was different, but not off the wall.  (Bonus fact: Alyssa Milano and I both have December birthdays).

2.) Birthday Cake for Days– Speaking of December birthdays, my family has a few during the first part of the month.  How many?

12/2- My grandpa

12/4- Me and my great-grandpa

12/8- My sister

12/12- Two of my cousins.  They are siblings who were born 2 years, 1 hour and 45 minutes apart.

3.) Origami Yoda– I was OBSESSED with origami as a tween, and can still bust out an origami cup or ball.  But I can’t make origami Yoda….

4.) #hamiltrash–  Yes, I’m one of those Hamilton obsessed people.  I’m going to finish the Chernow biography if it kills me (and it might).

5.)  Bad Melon– I hate melons.  Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe.  They are all gross.

6.) Dr. Pepper is Not a Good Physician– I hurt my shoulder in college and ended up losing some of the feeling in my right pinky all from picking up a 12 pack of Diet Dr. Pepper.

7.) Allergic to My Job– No, really.  I have allergies to dust, mold, and mildew.  Not great for a librarian.  It’s the main reason why I didn’t go into rare book librarianship (and the whole not being able to read French or German thing).

8.) Straighten Up– I’ve had braces twice…and need them again…..

9.) Say What?– I lost the hearing in my left ear for three days after a .38 Special/Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.  Boyfriend at the time just had to be near the speakers.

10.) Vote for Pedro– I’ve never seen Napoleon Dynamite.

What 10 things should I know about you?

Top 10 Tuesday Freebie: 10 Reasons Why I HATE Summer

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

I hate Summer.


Why?  Let me count the ways:

1.) Sunburns- My background is Irish.  To say I’m pale is an understatement.  Sitting outside for 20 minutes without sunscreen will gain me a respectable sunburn.  The sun= IT BURNS.

2.) Humidity- I grew up in Kentucky, in the Ohio River Valley.  My hair is thick, coarse, and wavy.  It can also detect humidity from 100 miles away.  It grows into a magnificent fluff ball in the summer.  It’s hot.  And don’t get me started on what the humidity does to my already oil complection.

3.) Sweat- Do we really have to say anything else on the subject?

4.) Summer Attire- Yeah, my legs are not made for short shorts, or any shorts really (and they REFUSE to tan).  If it could be fall when I could rock some tights, that would be great.

5.) Shaving- Again, do we really need to say anything else?

6.) Mosquitoes- They love me.  I hate them.

7.) Allergies- If it grows, it makes me miserable.  And while I love the smell of freshly cut grass, my allergies hate it.

8.) Hot Cars- Nothing like hopping into a black car with tinted windows (I didn’t think of these problems until after I bought the car) that has had the windows up all day because it was looked like rain.  Speaking of rain….

9.) Impromptu Summer Storms– I only hate these because storms FREAK OUT  The Tiny Human.  Especially if they come in the middle of the night.

10.) Summer Reading– This is a love-hate relationship. I love seeing all of the kids.  I love the programs.  I HATE planning it and I HATE the hateful people who have to complain about EVERYTHING we’re doing during the summer.

I can’t be the only one who hates summer.  Who else is with me?!