Can’t Wait Wednesday – INSTANT KARMA by Marissa Meyer

 

“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 INSTANT KARMA by Marissa Meyer. I’ve been a big Marissa Meyer fan ever since I read The Lunar Chronicles and her new book just sounds like too much fun to pass up on. I love the tagline on the cover:  “Is it love, hate…or fate?”

 

INSTANT KARMA by Marissa Meyer

Publication Date:  November 3, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

In this young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her—both good and bad.

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

 

 

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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 – Why I Love Reading Contemporary Fiction

 

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 Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here].  Since I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary fiction lately, I decided to share some reasons why I’m enjoying reading it so much.  Many of the reasons I’m sharing of course also can be applied to other genres, but they just specifically add to the charm of contemporary fiction for me.

 

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Reasons Why I Love Reading Contemporary Fiction

(in no particular order)

 

  • I love the modern settings — places I recognize from having visited, or even places that I want to visit.  As much as I might enjoy reading about the same exact city in a historical fiction, there’s just something comforting and familiar for me reading about it in a contemporary. New York immediately comes to mind as I’m typing this.
  • I love the overall timely feel of a contemporary, especially in terms of its inclusion of modern technology, social media, current events, etc.  Those things that make it so relevant to right now.
  • Along similar lines, I love reading contemporary novels that are sprinkled with familiar pop culture references.  Whether it’s Star Wars, Harry Potter, or something else iconic, it’s just fun to actually “get” the references.
  • I’m a huge fan of fantasy and all of the magic that typically accompanies those kinds of stories, but another appeal of contemporary fiction for me is just seeing ordinary, everyday people (Muggles, lol) facing and overcoming difficulties without the assistance of any kind of special powers.  Anne from Books of My Heart commented on one of my reviews this week and she says she calls this “Life Fiction” and I I really liked the term.
  • Along the same lines, I also love contemporary fiction in that it often just gives us a snapshot of a character or characters’ everyday lives.  Sometimes I just think it’s fun to get a glimpse into a day in the life of someone else.
  • Another huge appeal of contemporary fiction for me is that it feeds my inner mood reader because there’s such a wide range of subject possibilities, not to mention that you can easily find either a light, fluffy read or an emotional one that will have you grabbing for the tissues.  There’s a book for every mood!
  • I can’t forget to talk about the diversity.  Contemporary fiction is doing such a wonderful job with representation these days.  I love that there’s so much representation out there for different races, cultures, religion, the LGBTQ community, mental illness, and so much more.
  • I also love contemporary fiction because it is in these kinds of stories that I most often see myself in the characters.  They are definitely more relatable to me than a fantasy character or even a character from historical fiction.
  • Romance is also a draw for me when it come to contemporary fiction, mainly because it seems to be the place where I find my favorite tropes and that snarky, witty banter that I love so much.
  • Last but not least, the covers!  I know I shouldn’t judge books by their covers but I totally do and I adore the covers for contemporary fiction reads, especially if they’re those cute illustrated covers that seem to be the trend now.

 

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Question:  Do you read contemporary fiction?  What do you enjoy about it?

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – RECOMMENDED FOR YOU by Laura Silverman

 

“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 RECOMMENDED FOR YOU by Laura Silverman.  Laura Silverman’s Girl out of Water and You Asked for Perfect have been two of my favorite reads in recent years, so I was already planning to check out her upcoming release even without knowing what it’s about.  Then I read the synopsis:  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets You’ve Got Mail, a competition between two rival teen booksellers, and the potential for an enemies to lovers romance. Ummm, yes please!

 

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU by Laura Silverman

Publication Date:  September 1, 2020

 

From Goodreads:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets You’ve Got Mail in this charming and hilarious rom-com following two teen booksellers whose rivalry is taken to the next level as they compete for the top bookseller bonus.

Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of death, the store has become a welcome escape.

When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna sees an opportunity to at least fix her car, if none of her other problems. The only person standing in her way? New hire Jake Kaplan.

Jake is an affront to everything Shoshanna stands for. He doesn’t even read! But somehow his sales start to rival hers. Jake may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but he’s also the enemy, and Shoshanna is ready to take him down.

But as the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects…

 

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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 – The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

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 The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.).  I used to struggle with DNFing books and would make myself finish them even if I wasn’t enjoying the experience at all.  I’ve been getting better about abandoning books that aren’t working for me, but I admit the temptation to keep going is always there.  Below are some of the most recent books I’ve given up on and why.

 

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The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

 

1. CURSED by Thomas Wheeler

I loved the idea of a King Arthur retelling that focuses on the Lady of the Lake, but just couldn’t get into the book at all. I didn’t feel any connection to the characters and thus didn’t feel invested in their story at all so I quit the book.  It’s supposed to be made into a Netflix series so I may give it a second look then. We’ll see.

(Find out what it’s about…)

 

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2. THE BOY AND GIRL WHO BROKE THE WORLD by Amy Reed

I thought I would enjoy this story of two outcasts who become friends, but I just couldn’t get into it at all. While I liked the two main characters, Billy and Lydia, Billy came across as way younger than Lydia and they felt sort of mismatched to me, so much so that it kept pulling me out of the story until I finally gave up on it.

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

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3.  PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn

I don’t know that there was necessarily anything bad about this book but when I originally requested it from Netgalley, I had no idea that it was a sequel. I tried to read it anyway but wasn’t a fan of the text and email format.  Sometimes that works for me, but here it wasn’t, perhaps because I didn’t know enough about the two main characters not having read the first book.  I wasn’t invested enough to go back and get the first one, so I chose to DNF.

 

(Find out what it’s about…)

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4. LIFE AND LIMB by Jennifer Roberson

When I read the blurb for this, I thought it sounded like such an original premise:  “A biker and a cowboy must stop the apocalypse in the first book of the Blood and Bone modern western fantasy series.”  Actually, even reading that now, it still sounds amazing. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t settle into the story at all so I gave up. The only notes I made about it were “OMG, get on with it already.” and another scribble about the characters just saying the same thing over and over again.

(Find out what it’s about…)

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5. NAMELESS QUEEN by Rebecca McLaughlin

I didn’t connect with the main character at all in this one.  I went into the story hoping for an underdog I could really root for, but instead, Coin was one of those too good to be true protagonists, who just knows how to do everything and do it well, which I just found annoying.  I was also in the middle of a big fantasy slump so that probably didn’t help matters.

(Find out what it’s about…)

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6. THE DOLL FACTORY by Elizabeth Macneal

I knew going in that this was a dark tale of obsession, but I found it very slow moving at the beginning and dark and twisted in a way that made me very uncomfortable.  I was not a fan of the taxidermy angle at all, so I quit the book.

(Find out what it’s about…)

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7. SONG OF THE ABYSS by Makiia Lucier

I DNF’ed this one because I didn’t realize it was the second book in a series when I requested it from Netgalley and didn’t have time to go back and read the first. They both actually have quite high marks on Goodreads though so I’ll probably read this series at some point.

(Find out what it’s about…)

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8. THE VANISHED BIRDS by Simon Jimenez

I was unfortunately in the midst of a big fantasy slump when I tried to read this book.  It’s another that has high marks on Goodreads so I may actually revisit it at some point and give it a fair shake since I’m pretty sure the problem was me and not the book.

(Find out what it’s about…)

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9. AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

I don’t know what it is about this book but I’ve tried to read it twice and DNF’ed both times.

I’ve loved many of his other titles but just can’t seem to get into this one at all.

(Find out what it’s about…)

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10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

I think this book is probably amazing based on Murakami’s other books but I honestly just got lazy and decided I didn’t want to read a 925 page story of magical realism.  Maybe someday I’ll revisit it.

(Find out what it’s about…)

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – YOU LUCKY DOG by Julia London

 

“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 YOU LUCKY DOG by Julia London.  My mood reader settings are still firmly in “I need books that will make me smile” mode and I fell in love with the idea of this book as soon as I saw that adorable cover.  Then I read the synopsis and I’m already rooting for Carly and Max, as well as for Baxter and Hazel, lol.

 

YOU LUCKY DOG by Julia London

Publication Date:  August 25, 2020

 

 

From Goodreads:

An accidental dog swap unleashes an unexpected love match in this new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia London.

Carly Kennedy’s life is in a spiral. She is drowning in work, her divorced parents are going through their midlife crises, and somehow Carly’s sister convinces her to foster Baxter–a basset hound rescue with a bad case of the blues. When Carly comes home late from work one day to discover that the dog walker has accidentally switched out Baxter for another perkier, friendlier basset hound, she has reached the end of her leash.

When Max Sheffington finds a depressed male basset hound in place of his cheerful Hazel, he is bewildered. But when cute, fiery Carly arrives on his doorstep, he is intrigued. He was expecting the dog walker, not a pretty woman with firm ideas about dog discipline. And Carly was not expecting a handsome, bespectacled man to be feeding her dog mac and cheese. Baxter is besotted with Hazel, and Carly realizes she may have found the key to her puppy’s happiness. For his sake, she starts to spend more time with Hazel and Max, until she begins to understand the appeal of falling for your polar opposite.

 

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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 Must-Haves For My Bookish Party

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 Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party (Choose 10 things: items, accessories, foods, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc. You can also choose a party if you’d like: book launch, book club, book-themed wedding reception/birthday party/bridal or baby shower/Anniversary, book event, etc.).

Wow, this was such a hard topic for me. 1) I’m a major introvert and rarely even attend parties, much less host them, and 2) I tend to like cheesy, dorky things so even if I were to throw a party and people actually showed up, I think they’d probably take a look around and run for the nearest exit.

If I were to throw a bookish party though, it would be a one-time only thing. My introverted little heart couldn’t take the stress of it becoming a regular thing, lol. And because it would be a one-time only event, it would have to include a hodge podge of all of my bookish favorites, the dorkier the better.

 

10 Must-Haves For My Bookish Party

 

 1. BOOKISH DECOR

I would go all Martha Stewart, bookish style, when it came to decorating.  Here are just a couple of decorating ideas I saw while motoring around on Pinterest. Even though the first one is in a child’s room, I love the idea of hanging books overhead as decorations.  It’s budget-friendly too since I already own tons of books, lol.  I also love the whimsical signs on the right.  They reference so many of my favorite books.

 

 

2. BOOK-THEMED BEVERAGES

Even though my decorations could possibly be considered childish, I promise this would be a party for adults and that there would be plenty of alcohol.  In keeping with my love of all things dorky, I’d definitely give them book-themed names like these.

 

3.  THEMED APPETIZERS BASED ON A POPULAR BOOK SERIES

I would make use of the many book-themed cookbooks out there to put together an assortment of appetizers based on books that hopefully everyone would recognize.  This Happy Potter book is more geared towards kids, but there were also some more “grown up” selections in there.

 

4.  MAIN FOOD DISHES INSPIRED BY POPULAR BOOKS

I’m all about feeding people so I would definitely have a full meal as well, also based on some favorite and/or popular books.  Comfort foods seemed to call to me as I was considering a menu. Perhaps my anxiety kicking up at the thought of having a party, haha!

 

5. BOOKISH GAMES

It might be the lockdown/quarantine talking, but I think bookish board games would be a must-have as well.

 

6. BOOK-THEMED DESSERTS

And because I clearly haven’t stuffed my party guests enough, we would need bookish themed desserts as well.  Maybe a giant book-themed cake of my favorite books or some bookish themed cookies that are almost too cute to eat.

 

 

7.  A BOOK ARCH FOR BOOKISH PHOTO OPS

I keep thinking of The Last Bookstore in L.A. and the circle of books that people pose for pics in.

I think something like that or an arch would be fun for party pics.

 

8. BOOK-THEMED PLAYLISTS

I would probably cheat on this one and use movie soundtracks

but I think it would be fun to have playlists based on favorite books playing in the background.

 

9. A BOOK SWAP

If people have made it this far into my party, I think the least that should happen is they should walk away with some new books.  Book swap!

 

10.  BOOKISH PARTY FAVORS

How fun are these?!

 

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Question:  What would you consider a must-have if you were throwing a bookish party?

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by Alix E. Harrow

 

“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 ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by Alix E. Harrow.  I started reading Harrow’s debut The Ten Thousand Doors of January this week and I’m completely enamored with it, so much so that I’m already looking ahead to see what she has coming out next.  When I saw that her next book is about witches and that it’s historical fiction, I immediately added it to my TBR. That gorgeous cover doesn’t hurt either.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by Alix E. Harrow

Publication Date:  October 13, 2020

 

 

From Goodreads:

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

 

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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 – Book Series I Wish Had Existed When I was a Kid

 

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 actually Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child.  I tweaked it a bit because I honestly couldn’t think of many titles that I wish I had read as a child but didn’t get around to.  What I decided to share today instead are book series I wish had been around when I was growing up.  I know I’m totally dating myself with this list, but none of these gems had been written yet when I was a child.  The oldest on my list is the Magic Tree House series and I was already in college when that was first published.  Now that’s not to say I didn’t have many fabulous series to choose from when I was younger – The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, etc., but man, so many great series have come out since I started adulting.  I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to read them with my son, but I really wish I had had the opportunity to read them for the first time when I was his age.

 

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Book Series I Wish Had Existed When I was a Kid

(in no particular order)

 

HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS by Rick Riordan

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON by Cressida Cowell

HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman

ARTEMIS FOWL by Erin Colfer

THE UNDERLAND CHRONICLES by Suzanne Collins

SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS by Lemony Snicket

THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE by Mary Pope Osborne

 

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Do you have any series you wish had been around when you were growing up?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – NO OFFENSE by Meg Cabot

 

“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 NO OFFENSE by Meg Cabot.  My need for all the fun and fluffy reads right now drew me to this romance between a children’s librarian and a small town sheriff.  The Florida Keys setting doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

NO OFFENSE by Meg Cabot

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

 

From Netgalley:

New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot’s returns with a charming romance between a children’s librarian and the town sheriff in the second book in the Little Bridge Island series.

Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys, home to sandy white beaches, salt-rimmed margaritas, and stunning sunsets—a place where nothing goes under the radar and love has a way of sneaking up when least expected…

A broken engagement only gave Molly Montgomery additional incentive to follow her dream job from the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Keys. Now, as Little Bridge Island Public Library’s head of children’s services, Molly hopes the messiest thing in her life will be her sticky-note covered desk. But fate—in the form of a newborn left in the restroom—has other ideas. So does the sheriff who comes to investigate the “abandonment”.  When John Hartwell folds all six-feet-three of himself into a tiny chair and insists that whoever left the baby is a criminal, Molly begs to differ and asks what he’s doing about the Island’s real crime wave (if thefts of items from homes that have been left unlocked could be called that). Not the best of starts, but the man’s arrogance is almost as distracting as his blue eyes. Almost…

John would be pretty irritated if one of his deputies had a desk as disorderly as Molly’s. Good thing she doesn’t work for him, considering how attracted he is to her. Molly’s lilting librarian voice makes even the saltiest remarks go down sweeter, which is bad as long as she’s a witness but might be good once the case is solved—provided he hasn’t gotten on her last nerve by then. Recently divorced, John has been having trouble adjusting to single life as well as single parenthood. But something in Molly’s beautiful smile gives John hope that his old life on Little Bridge might suddenly hold new promise—if only they can get over their differences.

Clever, hilarious, and fun, No Offense will tug at readers’ heartstrings and make them fall in love with Little Bridge Island and its unique characters once again.

 

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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 – Book Titles That Would Make Great Band Names

 

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 Titles That Would Make Good Band Names.  I thought this was a fun topic and what surprised me as I was looking at the titles on my shelves was just how well so many titles would work as names for bands.  My only struggle was just picking 10!  Fantasy titles seem to work especially well, in my head anyway, lol.  I’m imagining the titles I’ve chosen as either head-banging 80’s hair bands or something a little more modern, like alternative bands.

My son looked at me strangely when I added Turtles All the Way Down to my list, but I say if Bowling For Soup, the Barenaked Ladies, and Toad the Wet Sprocket can be band names, why not Turtles All the Way Down?

 

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Book Titles That Would Make Great Band Names

(in no particular order)

 

AURORA RISING

UNDERCOVER BROMANCE

THUNDERHEAD

SIX OF CROWS

SPINNING SILVER

RENEGADES

MY LADY JANE

WARCROSS

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN

 

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Could you see any of these titles as band names?