Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Truth be told, I really don’t care about most titles for books? I mean I’m far more invested in the cover and the blurb… But if I had to choose some books that I felt like did have great titles, these would be those:

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry  by Fredrik Backman

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I love this one because it just hurts to read it. Like it evokes so much emotion and it’s literally just the title.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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It’s just clever because, ya know, more than one true love…

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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A book about burning books with the title that happens to be the temperature at which paper catches fire????? Extraordinary I tell you!

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee BenderThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I haven’t read this book in years now but I remember the first time it ever caught my eye in the library. It was one of the first times I ever wandered into the adult section and this title just kind of ate away at me until I finally checked it out. According to my Goodreads I rated it 4 stars but I also read it in 2012 so I feel like this one warrants a reread sometime soon. Still love the title though.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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I will also give a runner up vote to Save the Date solely because the acronym for it is StD lol.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Don’t even have commentary on this other than I love the title.

Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick

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I absolutely love this series! It’s called The Mother-Daughter Book Club series and I am dying to reread it because I found out there’s an additional book that I never knew about! These characters are absolutely so near and dear to my heart and the fact that all of the titles are puns for classic novels makes them even better (I might be lying to you when I say this, they might now all be like this). Pies and Prejudice is my personal favorite 🙂

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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This title always makes me think when I read it. Also wondering how many times I can end up mentioning this book this year… So far it’s a lot.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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I just like the juxtaposition of America and England with the RWB but it’s royal blue.

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

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This might be the only book that I have ever bought off of title alone. Also another series that I desperately need to reread. Honestly, this whole series has pretty good titles.

So basically this post just shows that I really like really long and clever titles. Pretty much sums it up.

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The topic for today is character traits that I love… This kind of stumped me for a while because there are plenty of traits that I like but if they’re executed poorly, then I hate them instead.

I love witty and sassy characters. Oh and characters with a dry sense of humor are always pretty great too.

Gentleness in male characters makes me swoon. Most recently I fell in love with Leon from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary ❤

And also it might be negative but I, on occasion, like arrogant characters that get beaten down to the correct level. And by on occasion I mean I am trash for any arrogant character being put in their place. AKA Draco Malfoy in almost any Dramione fanfiction that I’ve read and loved…….

If they are logical and rational (especially characters in horror/thrillers) then I love them. I have genuinely gotten into fights with people before about how illogical people are in horror movies… One of my exes actually told me that no one could ever write a horror movie or book in which the characters acted completely logically. I have yet to take him up on that challenge but someday I will.

Creative characters with a side of quirky aren’t that bad either. But if they get to the “I’m not like other girls/guys” level then I’m just annoyed.

Characters that are intuitive and introspective are the best. Like if someone can admit that they’re wrong or need to learn something in order to better themselves I stan.

I’m a fan of adventurous and daring characters because they are so the opposite of me. Headstrong female characters are who I look up to, most of the time anyways. I love reading characters that are what I want to be. But on the opposite side of that, I also really like reading anxious characters because they help me see more of myself. Characters who healthily overcome small bits of their anxiety are lovely. I really enjoyed Amy’s character arc in Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, that’s one of my favorite books of all time.

Overall, if your character is dynamic and unique there’s a good chance I’ll enjoy them. Just don’t overdo it or I’ll probably get annoyed.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles With Numbers in Them

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Book titles with numbers in them??? I could do this post so many different ways!!! In the end though I decided to just go with counting from 1 to 10. Another idea that I had was titles with “one” or “twelve” in them because those were a really common theme in my books surprisingly!

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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So far, this is one of my favorite TJR books, I have two more to read before I can finally do a big post about all of her books… I’ve been working on this since June!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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This is the one book by Morgan Matson that I don’t reread on a regular basis. I just remember the first time I ever read it, just how much it hurt, and I’m genuinely nervous to read it again? Even though my reading tastes have changed so much and I’ve read much more painful books than this one in recent years.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my TBR now. The premise sounds really interesting and I’m starting to get back into a mood to read fantasy so I might pick this one up soonish.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Technically 400… But I’m counting it. This is my favorite classic!

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

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I have almost no memory of this book anymore but at some point in time I did in fact read it.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Yes… I did put three Taylor Jenkins Reid books on this list… Sue me.

Top 8 by Katie Finn

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Ha! I have two Morgan Matson books on here too. However, the Top 8 series is written under the pen name Katie Finn! It genuinely took me years to realize this! Top 8 was genuinely one of my favorite series for years, it’s written with texts and status updates along with the regular narrative which I loved. Books with odd formatting almost always interest me. They’re so much fun to read.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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This is one of the unmentioned books on my Fall TBR, I’ve heard so many people rave about it so I bought it the day it came out and I’m excited to pick it up.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

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Also for a fun add-on…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The topic for this week is the books that I have on my TBR for this fall. I never stick to TBR lists so this is going to be very general about what I plan on reading in the coming months.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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I made it about a third of the way into this book back in 2017 while I was on a trip (airplanes are prime reading time) and then put it down when I got home and never picked it up again. From 2017-whenever I started blogging again this year I barely read anything so I’m actually really looking forward to reading this again. The Princess Bride is my favorite movie and I can’t wait to see how the two compare! Plus, when I finish reading this I’m going to read As You Wish by Cary Elwes and I’m super excited to read that too!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I’ve almost gotten rid of this book  a few times now but after hearing so many good things I just need to read it. I think my grandma gave me the book after she read it and I’ve had it literally since it first came out.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I’m actually reading this right now! So far, I’m enjoying it and I am interested in seeing where this story goes. It’s definitely my type of book so I’m hoping I enjoy it as much as everyone else does!

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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I’ve heard that one of the main characters is ace and I CANNOT wait to read that.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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Ever since I read the description of this book, I’ve wanted to read it. I bought it the day it came out and I started it but I think this will be one of those books that I need to read at home on the weekend when I don’t have assignments or cleaning to do. Beautiful cover please don’t let me down!!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I’ve heard so many people raving about this and the description gives me fall vibes so that’s why I’m popping it onto my list.

Also apparently I have a theme of books and doors this fall.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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So far, the only book by Victoria Schwab that I’ve read is A Darker Shade of Magic. I really enjoyed it and I have been meaning to read more for years now but I have yet to pick anything up. City of Ghosts was an Amazon daily deal a while back so I decided to get it on a whim (retail therapy is going to ruin me) and I figure fall is the perfect time to read this.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

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But before I can read this, I need to reread Carry On… I might also reread Fangirl too. Honestly I’m super hyped to read this.

And while this is on my fall TBR, because I want to reread both Carry On and Fangirl first, there’s a good chance I won’t touch this until next year. Unless of course I end up marathoning all three books in the span of a few days. That’s definitely a possibility too!

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Not really sure what to say about this other than that it’s on my list.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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Corporations and robots. Enough said.

I’m hoping that I can get through all of these books this fall. I’ve been getting through almost a book a day recently but I’m not sure how long this momentum will keep going. We’re about to hit our busy season at work and there’s already a virus going around and I’m about to finish up my first classes and move onto new ones and oh boy I’m just anticipating being exhausted a lot. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is looking forward to reading this fall, my TBR list keeps getting longer and longer!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I follow a lot of other blogs that participate in Top Ten Tuesday and I finally decided that I wanted to join in. These posts are so much fun to read and I love seeing what everyone has on their lists each week.

So this weeks list is favorite things to eat or drink while reading. Now, I’ll read whenever I get a chance to but being able to sit down with a nice drink and a book is one of my favorite feelings in the world. I would say that I don’t tend to eat a lot when I’m reading but I actually read a lot of e-books during meals.

I’m going to split this up and do five and five, starting with my top five foods!

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Cheez-Its

Peanut M&M’s

Sour Anything

Fruit

Chips

And now for my top five drinks:

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Coffee

Chai Tea

Fruity Tea

Moscato With Lemonade

Pop/Soda

I feel like all this list has done is show how much of a bad eater I am… I swear I’m not (other than my soda addiction) most of these are just things I *want* to be eating when I’m reading… Half the time I’m reading books while working anyways!

I really like cold drinks in the summer and warm drinks in the morning. I almost always have to have something to drink while I read but I’m not a really big snacker anymore so I tend to not eat anything when I read. And if a book is really engrossing? I can almost guarantee I’m not going to consume anything until I’m done with it. I think my favorite combination is Cheez-Its and moscato with lemonade. Now that’s a great Friday night.

Now back to work, with no snacks… And lukewarm coffee because I didn’t drink it fast enough. Happy Tuesday!