It is my birthday!
And, apparently the world does not recognize it as a holiday… The family is off to school. I have to work. It is just another day.
But, I decided to stop and celebrate with you. My real friends. My digital friends who I don’t have to meet in person, or get stuck in an awkward conversation with. Yes, you are the best friends.
As per the tradition has been in the Onion household since this blogs inception, I will take today as an opportunity to share my all-time favourite books. As a bonus, this year I decided to add movies to the theme.
Here are some quick links to other Onion birthday Top 5’s:
Well, should we get into it?
Top 5 Books
5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
To date, there has been no book that I have read as many times as the Hobbit. Every time I delve into the journey it is as magical as the first. I am a big fan of anything Tolkien but, this simple book always stood out for me. There is nothing like the experience of reading The Hobbit in one sitting. That is what made the film trilogy such a disappointment. One three hour film would have been the ideal piece of cinema that I would re-watch over and over.
Last year, Ready Player One snuck into my top 5 list, and I wondered at the time if my appreciation would wear thin. To the contrary, I nearly put it higher on the list. I gave this book a re-read a few months back, and I can confirm that it was just as exhilarating the second time. The recent film trailer has me excited beyond belief. It would be hard to mess up such a well constructed idea, and simple plot. It looks like Ready Player One will be on this list for years to come. And don’t listen to what my counterpart, Red Onion says about this novel.
What a year it has been for my hands down favourite comic author. Lemire has knocked a few more homeruns like Roughneck, landed some of the biggest titles in comics, and delivered another cant-miss series in Black Hammer. Still, it is Lemire’s rookie outing of Essex County that holds a deep place in my soul, and has made me a loyal reader for life. My love for this graphic novel is unexplainable as it has meaning for me beyond what is between the pages. I have wanted to rewrite my review of Essex County since I wrote my first attempt, but honestly, I cannot put it into words.
2. Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson
For me, 2017 has been nothing but a countdown for November. When book 3, Oathbringer, hits shelves. I pondered hunting down an ARC. And, Tor has offered many of the first chapters for eager readers. But, I just cant bring myself to do any of it. I crave the experience of reading this book the way it is meant to be read. Sanderson has created the ultimate fantasy universe with the Cosmere, and Stormlight is centre stage of it all right now. I have never reviewed these books, because I feel like I would have to dedicate hundreds of thousands of words to it. I will figure out something, one day.
That’s right, my top 5 books have seen no changes in the last year, and rightly so. Alice’s Adventures may always be my all-time favourite book, and the par on which I hold literature perfection. Why? Because it is crazy! It is simply mad! Nothing is straight, but it all makes a mental sort of sense, or non-sense. Earlier this year I dedicated an entire week of blogging to Wonderland, and fittingly it broke my phone. It’s as if the madness of Carroll’s creation crawled into my world and messed everything up. I love it!
Top 5 Movies
5. Star Wars Franchise
Because Star Wars.
4. The Dark Knight
Oh, sure there has been a plethora of amazing superhero inspired films in the last ten years, but, nothing compares to the brilliance that is The Dark Knight. When this movie hit theatres I am not joking when I went to see it over a dozen times. Heath Ledger’s performance of the Joker is one that may never be forgotten. Beyond that, this movie is filmed, written, and structured in spectacular fashion. It’s predecessor and successor are not even in the same field as this film so, sorry Marvel you don’t have much of a chance.
3. Alien Franchise
The deep dark universe of Ripley and the Xenomorphs have been something of an addictive drug for me since I marathoned the original trilogy in my preteens. The inclusion of Resurrection put me over the top, and I have been a fanboy ever since. That is right, between the debate of Star Wars or Star Trek my choice has always been Aliens. H.R. Giger’s unfathomable creations are the greatest thing to hit the big screen. And Ripley is my hero. There is no one I love more than Ripley. Sorry Jenn, you know it was true. While girls search for a female hero in a male dominated media, here I am with this strong woman as my idol.
This movie cracks me up! I have seen it countless times now and every time my ribs hurt from laughing so much. Not only is it one of the most fun films ever made, it has the best quotes you can find. Every scene, every character, every part of this flick is my favourite. It is non-stop hilarity and awesomeness. Ramona Flowers represented all that is love, and I didn’t stop looking till I found a girl that made me feel the way Ramona makes Scott feel (I love you Jenn, even though you’re not Ripley). I find myself saying lines to this movie in almost any situation, and if I could live in any fictional world, I know where I am going.
1. Seven Samurai
This movie is 30 years older than I am. Which is a testament to how brilliant it is. This plot about a group of misfit renegades bound together to risk their lives for a simple town that they owe nothing to, is the greatest storyline ever conceived. Add in seven unique characters that are each more badass than the next and you have pure gold. Recreated many times over, but the original Seven Samurai will always be the greatest. I need to go watch this now.
Thanks booknerds, for celebrating my birthday with me.