Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab.  V.E. Schwab is one of my all-time favorite authors So far I’ve read 8 novels she’s written and they’ve all been 4.5 or 5 star reads so I was absolutely over the moon to learn that she has another book coming out this fall.  I especially love that this story has a Faustian twist to it and that there’s a hidden bookstore. It sounds so exciting!

 

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

 

 

From Goodreads:

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

 

 

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Signs You’re a Bibliophile

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover (basically, people know you’re a book lover because… i.e., you’re always carrying a book or two, your library card broke from overuse, etc.).  I thought this was a fun topic and lots of things came to mind that give me away as a book lover to everyone who knows me.

 

10 Signs You are a Book Lover

 

 

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1. You go to the library so often you have your library card number memorized.

 

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2.  No matter what the occasion, when someone asks you for gift ideas,

your answer is always books.

 

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3. No matter where you go, you always have at least one book

(and probably your kindle) with you, so that you’re always prepared.

 

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4. If someone says they’re looking for a good book to read, you are always ready with the book recommendations.

 

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5.  When traveling, even if you know there’s a 99% chance you won’t spend your time reading,

you still have to be prepared for that other 1%.

 

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6. You can’t walk past a library or bookstore without gazing at it longingly.  

 

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7.  There are random stack of books everywhere in your home from where your TBR is so out of control. 

 

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8.  You find yourself trying to squeeze a few more pages of reading in whenever you possibly can. #multitasking

 

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9. Whenever people ask you why you’re tired,

the answer is always the same: “I stayed up too late last night reading.”

 

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10.  Your idea of fashion always gives you away.

 

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What are some other signs you may be a book lover?

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA by Jenn McKinlay

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA by Jenn McKinlay.  Everything about this book appeals to me, from the super cute cover to the European setting, to its promise of a second chance romance.  It sounds like it will be the perfect summer read!

 

PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA by Jenn McKinlay

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

A thirty-year-old woman retraces her gap year through Ireland, France, and Italy to find love–and herself–in this hilarious and heartfelt novel from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay.

It’s been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong post-college European adventure. Since then, she’s lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea’s thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most talented fundraiser is unquestioned.

When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died, and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her gap year. Inspired to retrace her steps–to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy–Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago, can help her find it again.

From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Reads That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Genre Freebie (pick a genre and build a list around it! i.e., best/worst romances, non-fiction for travelers, memoirs for foodies, classics that feel timeless, romance novel kisses, science fiction that feels too real for comfort, women’s fiction for newbies, etc.).  I went a little rogue this week because I couldn’t really think of a genre I wanted to focus on. Instead, and especially in light of what’s going on in the world right now, I decided to focus on humor.  Specifically, I’m sharing books that I think are such fun reads they’ll put a smile on your face and will make you forget about your troubles for a little while.  All ten of these have plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and, at least for me anyway, were major mood lifters. My list is heavy on rom-coms and YA contemporaries, and you knew The Bromance Book Club and something by Christina Lauren would make an appearance, didn’t you? Anyway, here’s my list. Happy Tuesday!

 

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10 Reads That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

 

1. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han

(Find out what it’s about…)

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2. MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton

(Find out what it’s about…)

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3.  THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary

(Find out what it’s about…)

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4. THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams

(Find out what it’s about…)

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5. SAVE THE DATE by Morgan Matson

(Find out what it’s about…)

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6. THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee

(Find out what it’s about…)

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7. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon

(Find out what it’s about…)

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8. RAYNE & DELILAH’s MIDNITE MATINEE by Jeff Zenter

(Find out what it’s about…)

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9. JOSH & HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING

(Find out what it’s about…)

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10. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

(Find out what it’s about…)

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Question:  What are some of your favorite fun reads?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE SWITCH by Beth O’Leary

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE SWITCH by Beth O’Leary.  After loving O’Leary’s last novel, The Flatshare, I can’t wait to get my hands on her new one, which sounds like it’s going to be such a fun read.  I love that it features an older protagonist looking for a second chance at love, and I also love that it’s a grandmother-granddaughter story.

THE SWITCH by Beth O’Leary

Publication Date:  April 30, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – My Spring 2020 Reading List

 

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is 2020 Spring TBR. This was a pretty easy topic for me since I, of course, have tons of books I’m hoping to get to this spring.  The hardest part was trying to narrow down to just ten to share and I failed on that so you get to see 13 books I’m planning to read.

 

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My Spring 2020 TBR

(in no particular order)

 

ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW by Kristan Higgins

Sometimes you have to break a family to fix it.  From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins, a new novel examining a family at the breaking point in all its messy, difficult, wonderful complexity.

 

REAL MEN KNIT by Kwana Jackson

When their foster-turned-adoptive mother suddenly dies, four brothers struggle to keep open the doors of her beloved Harlem knitting shop. A big-hearted, warm, funny story of community, family and unexpected romance.

 

MASTER CLASS by Christina Dalcher

The future of every child is determined by one standardized measurement: their quotient (Q). Score high enough, and they attend a top tier school with a golden future ahead of them. Score low, and they are sent to a federally run boarding school with limited prospects for future employment. The purpose? Education costs are cut, teachers focus on the best students, and parents are happy. Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s elite schools. When her nine-year old daughter fails her next monthly test, her Q score drops to a disastrously low level and she is immediately forced to leave her top school for a federal school hundreds of miles away. As a teacher, Elena knows intimately the dangers of failure in their tiered educational system, but as a mother who just lost her child, all Elena wants is to be near her daughter again. And she will do the unthinkable to make it happen.

 

ADMISSION by Julie Buxbaum

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

 

CHASING LUCKY by Jenn Bennett

Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.  What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy…

 

SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett

In the second installment of The Founders Trilogy, the upstart firm Foundryside is struggling to make it. Orso Igancio and his star employee, former thief Sancia Grado, are accomplishing brilliant things with scriving, the magical art of encoding sentience into everyday objects, but it’s not enough. The massive merchant houses of Tevanne won’t tolerate competition, and they’re willing to do anything to crush Foundryside.  But even the merchant houses of Tevanne might have met their match. An immensely powerful and deadly entity has been resurrected in the shadows of Tevanne, one that’s not interested in wealth or trade routes: a hierophant, one of the ancient practitioners of scriving. And he has a great fascination for Foundryside, and its employees – especially Sancia.

Now Sancia and the rest of Foundryside must race to combat this new menace, which means understanding the origins of scriving itself – before the hierophant burns Tevanne to the ground.

 

JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME by Gae Polisner

Fifteen-year-old JL Markham’s life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever best friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren’t the friends they once were.  With JL’s father gone on long term business, and her mother suffering from dissociative disorder, JL takes solace in the in the tropical butterflies she raises, and in her new, older boyfriend, Max Gordon. Max may be rough on the outside, but he has the soul of a poet (something Aubrey will never understand). Only, Max is about to graduate, and he’s going to hit the road – with or without JL.

JL can’t bear being left behind again. But what if devoting herself to Max not only means betraying her parents, but permanently losing the love of her best friend? What becomes of loyalty, when no one is loyal to you?

 

RUTHLESS GODS by Emily A. Duncan

Darkness never works alone…  Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become.  As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.  This is the second installment in the Something Dark and Holy series.

 

FEELS LIKE FALLING by Kristy Woodson Harvey

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd-couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness.

 

THE SECOND HOME by Christina Clancy

A debut novel set on Cape Cod that centers on a beloved family home and the summer that changed the lives of three siblings forever, perfect for readers of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand.

 

TO HAVE AND TO HOAX by Martha Waters

In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attentionand maybe just win each other back in the process.

 

THE PRISONER’S WIFE by Maggie Brookes

Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.

 

THE LIES THAT BIND by Emily Giffin

In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and Something Borrowed, a young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace . . . The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth–in our relationships, careers, and deep within our own hearts.

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Do you plan to read any of these titles this Spring?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams.  I can’t get enough of the Bromance Book Club series so I’m beyond excited that we’ll be getting a third book this October and that it will focus on Noah and Alexis, two of Lyssa Kay Adams’ excellent secondary characters from Undercover Bromance.  I can’t wait to see the Bromance boys in action as they recruit Noah to their club and then help him with his love life.  Whatever their methods, they are sure to be hilarious.

 

CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication Date:  October 27, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.

Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.

Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.

Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Authors to Follow on Social Media

 

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence.  Following authors on twitter is the best. I love reading their random musings about writing, politics, or whatever happens to be on their minds at any given moment.  I also love to follow them because, at least in the case of my favorites, they also tend to have the best sense of humor. The wit and sarcasm makes my day, and I’m also a sucker for author accounts that post about their pets. Stephen King tweeting about Molly, the thing of evil, for example, always cracks me up. Anyway, below are some of my favorites on twitter. Do we share any faves?

 

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My Favorite Authors to Follow on Social Media

 

1)  V.E. Schwab

 

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2)  Angie Thomas

 

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3)  Stephen King

 

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4)  C.G. Drews

 

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5)  Jenn Bennett

 

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6)  Marie Lu

 

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7)  Julie Murphy

 

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8)  Victoria Aveyard

 

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9)  Jay Kristoff

 

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10) Jenny Han

 

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Question:  Who are some of your favorite authors to follow on social media?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant.  I was sold on this book as soon as I read “Les Miserables meets Six of Crows.” That, coupled with the idea of an alternate Paris where the French Revolution has failed, makes this book too intriguing to pass up.

 

THE COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant

Publication Date:  June 2, 2020

 

From Netgalley:

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

 

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Sometimes One Word is Enough: My Favorite One-Word 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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books With Single-Word Titles.  As someone who has always struggled to be concise with their writing, there’s just something so impressive to me about single-word book titles.  It amazes me that authors are able to so perfectly capture the essence of the hundreds and hundreds of pages they’ve written with a single word.  And I don’t know about you guys, but I often find those one-word titles to be way more powerful than their multi-word counterparts.  In some cases, they perfectly capture the magic of a book, while in others, they succinctly convey the horrific vibe.  And yet in still others, they are deliberately ambiguous so as to keep you guessing as to their meaning.

Anyway, enough of that.  Below are ten of my favorite one-word titles.

 

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My Favorite One-Word Book Titles

(in no particular order)

 

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

UPROOTED by Naomi Novik

GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

BELOVED by Toni Morrison

PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

VENGEFUL by V.C. Schwab

SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

IT by Stephen King

 

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Do you have any favorite one-word book titles?