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Bish Denham's List Blohhop: Top Unreliable Narrators

Bish Denham: The Listing Hop, Question of the Month,  a Win,  and Being Thankful:

Now That's my kind of bloghop:  A Listing Hop. How fun. I love making lists. I make list of the lists I need to make each day. Anyone else do the same? C'mon, you're among friends here.

Bish has been making lists most of her life, but the idea for this blog hop came from Ray Bradbury's book, Zen In the Art of Writing.

This fest will be so easy and fun it should probably be a crime.

Well, that's all I needed to hear from Bish, and I was on board.

You had me at "crime."

A quick breakdown of the very simple rules: {and I'm taking the rules straight from her blog, so there is no confusion ... they are her rules, not mine. But, to simplify and for clarity, I'm copying her rules, word for word.

The rules are simple. All you have to do is sign up in the linky thingy below, grab the banner, and make a list. I suggest you keep your list to between 5 and 25 items long. We'll visit each other on October 26th.

You can list whatever you feel like (except for adult type content). That's it! Of course, if you'd like to help spread the word, I'm not going to fuss at you.

And, if this bloghop does well, it will become an annual October event!

Here are some examples from Bish's blog of lists you might choose: Really the options are endless.

Think about it, the ideas are endless.
You could list:
favorite trees/animals/flowers/insects/pets
favorite books/movies/actors/heroes/villains/music/concerts you've been to
places you'd like to go/places you've been to
make a bucket list
favorite food/desserts/drinks
favorite names
favorite scientists/mathematicians/artists
favorite activists/saints/prophets
favorite myths/mythological places/gods/goddesses
your morning/evening routine
important things to pack when going on vacation
what to take on a picnic
biggest fears
greatest loves
the birthdays of your family members
things you like/dislike doing
foods you don't like to eat
pictures of your cat/dog
cars you've owned
places you've lived/schools you've attended
musical instruments you play
important moments in history you've lived through
historical eras you'd like to have lived in
famous people (dead or alive) that you'd like to meet

And there you have it, Bish came up with a 25 to 50 point list, listing things, without even thinking about it. 

And while you're thinking about it, hop over to L. Diane Wolfe's Spunk on a Stick, for a real treat. She takes you on an an adventure to my favorite places in the world. Amusement Parks. I haven't had a chance to scroll through the blog hop yet, but I will this week. And I'm sure, the mighty ninja and co-host of this fun blog hop, Alex J. Cavanaugh, will have some fun, interesting lists full of knowledge and tid bits we will all learn from.

So, now ... for my list ... 

I'm tying my list into NaNoWrimo theme for this year:

Unreliable Narrators:

I've been studying unreliable narrators, which means I've been re-reading some of my favorite novels; reading some of the classics, I've never read and I've tried quiet a few that were suggested by many of my blogger friends and I've also found a few recommendations from the comment section of other blogs, Amazon & Goodreads. Some, I've fallen hard for. Others, I couldn't manage to complete, but hey ... we can't all love the same books and actors now can we.

The first 10 in my list are my absolute, all time favorite stories told with unreliable narrators:

1. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
2. The Girl on the Train by  Paula Hawkins
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. Defending Jacob by William Landay
5. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haass { this book actually has a little story to go along with it. I really wish I could remember the name of the blogger who recommend this incredible book, because it blew me away and left Gone Girl and the others in the dust)

 But, you see, I couldn't find the damn book I was looking for because the dark psychological thriller written with an unreliable narrator that I was searching all over the world for, with the title, Dangerous Girls, was authored by, Abby McDonald, and I googled and searched online and inside every actual book store and apparently this dark and disturbed writer who made Gillian Flynn and Amazing Amy seem like Barbie and Marie Osmond, didn't exist. Abby was a ghost. A figment of someone's imagination and that person was hell bent on playing a cruel joke on me. Which, of course, if you know me, only intensified my search to find this Abby McDonald and demand to know why she had entered the witness protection program. It turns out the the mystery surrounding Abby McDonald Haass' real life is nothing as sinister as her deeply disturbing psychological thriller, Dangerous Girls. She does indeed exist and she is alive and well.

Fortunately for me, I discovered another blogger who directed me to Abby under her new ...  last name. Thank you Writer of Wrongs. Without you, I  might never have discovered Abby McDonald is now Abby Haass. However, my initial problem remained. I did finally get my hands on Abby's book, and it just might be my favorite psychological thriller to date. Which is why, her own blog post about her sales broke my heart. I'm not that far along in my own career, but it saddened me. Abby has a contract with Simon and Schuster UK, but apparently they weren't impressed with her her sales and won't be bringing her beloved book to the U.S.

You should read Abby's words. She passionately talks about her readers sending her tweets that Dangerous Girls is their favorite book. Having read it, I can see why. Abby's finally plot twist rivals any other I've ever seen and believe me, you don't see this one coming.  The author is truly devoted to her fans and despite having a contract with Simon and Schuster in the U.K., she has self published Dangerous Girls in the U.S and her sequel Dangerous Boys. Read more about Dangerous Girls & Abby Haass here.

6.  The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

7. The Usual Suspects

8.  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

9. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

10. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

The remaining in my list are all favorites of mine, but they are not in any particular order.

11. Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes

12.  In the Woods  by Tana French

13.  The King of Lies by John Hart

14. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

15. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

16. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie 

Who would play me in a movie about my life story?
I posed the question to my husband and my daughter's boyfriend and told them to pick anyone and I promised not to hurt them or throw them out of the house unless they picked someone 20 years my senior or someone really mean and bossy. Neither of them were close on looks, but I'm quite flattered. They picked based on personality. I'm okay with that.

1. Reese Witherspoon for being kind of ditsy, southern and blond, friendly
2. Sandra Bullock, take charge, get things done, refuses to take no for an answer, never gets  embarrassed, takes care of business, men and women respect her and admire her
3. Mary Louise Parker -The Mom on Weeds, not that I  condone the sale of marijuana, but that I would out protect my kids the same way that mom protects hers (doubt I would out mine in the jeopardy she does, but hey, why spoil the fun.

Great blog hop. I had a lot of fun coming up with my answers.


Blogger said...

I highly recommend reading the book The Girl on the Train: A Novel.
I finished reading it today, and my conclusion is that its a very good book.

I ordered mine off Amazon and they delivered it in just 2 days.
Here is a link for the book on Amazon:

Melissa Sugar said...

Thanks for the comment . When I updated my blog I lost all my comments that were on my old Disqus comment platform. I’m just now going back through old post and catching up with people who left comments on posts since I revamped my blog and switched back to blogger conments. I really hated losing all of my comments. They meant so much to me, but far too many friends and readers complained about how awkward and cumbersome the Disqus platform was.
I did read the Girl on the Train and I loved it. I really liked how the author made all three of the female narrators seem unreliable in different ways. I never would have guessed the perfect new wife Anna, would have been unreliable about anything. The author is brilliant and did an amazing job Keeping us in the dark about the the many secrets each character had. Have you read any of the other books on the list? I realize it’s an old list by now, but there’s some good books on it.
Some of my newer favorites are:
Safe With Me
The Wife Between us
The Last Mrs Parish
Behind Closed Doors
I let you Go
The Woman Next Door

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