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Top Ten Tuesday: In the Pink – 10 of My Favorite Pink Book Covers

 

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 Colorful Book Covers.  When I first started picking out colors to fit this topic, I ended up with a multi-hued hodge podge that just didn’t look very appealing posted on the same page together.  I ended up scrapping that post and going with one color, hot pink.  I’m normally not the biggest fan of pink, but there’s just something about a bright pink cover that captures my attention every time.

 

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10 of My Favorite Pink Book Covers

 

 

 

 

1. THE RIGHT SWIPE by Alisha Rai

2. THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk

3. THE HAPPY EVER AFTER PLAYLIST by Abby Jimenez

4. MISFIT IN LOVE by S. K. Ali

5. QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde

6. A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas

7. SAINTS AND MISFITS by S. K. Ali

8. SLAY by Brittney Morris

9. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon

10. THE WEDDING GAME by Meghan Quinn

 

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Question:  What’s your favorite color for book covers?  

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayon Colors

 

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 Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors (Take a moment and Google some of the crazy Crayola crayon colors that exist. Can you think of any book titles that sound like they could also be a crayon color? It might be fun to include a description of the kind of color you’re picturing.)

This was a fun topic for me because I haven’t paid attention to crayons in years so it was fun to actually Google crayons and see what kind of color names are out there these days.  Below is what I came up with once I started scouring my shelves and my TBR to see what might make a good crayon color name.

 

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Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayon Colors

 

   

 

 

1. LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman – This one is probably pretty self explanatory, but I could see this being used on for a green crayon.

2. VIOLET GRENADE by Victoria Scott – I’m envisioning this as a bright, vibrant purple because of the grenade.

3. I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson – Yellow of course. 🙂

4. THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morganstern – Something really dark, like a midnight blue or even black.

5. DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel – I guess this one is pretty self explanatory. I’m picturing the rose gold iPhone, lol.

6. SKY WITHOUT STARS by Jessica Brody and Joann Rendell – Like The Starless Sea, I’m envisioning this as either a deep blue or black.

7. CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas – In my mind, this would be hot pink.

8. FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh – This would be orange, of course, for the flame.

9. ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver – I’m picturing this as a pale gray or even silver, some combination of snow and silvery holiday decorations.

10. AURORA BURNING by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – Back in my day, we had a bunch of random orange-ish colors that were called things like Red-Orange, Orange-Red, and when Crayola wanted to be really creative, Burnt Sienna.  I’m picturing those names trashed in favor of Aurora Burning.

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Question:  Can you envision any of these as crayon colors?  Can you think of any other book titles that would make good crayon colors?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Was Required to Read for School But Didn’t Hate

 

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 supposed to be Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean, but I honestly couldn’t think of ten books that aroused that kind of negative reaction in me.  Required readings for school came to mind since, by nature, I hate to be told what to read and remember going into every required reading assignment fully expecting to hate the book. (Yeah, I was super mature, haha!)  Instead of sharing the books I hated though, I’d rather share the ones that surprised me because I not only didn’t hate them, but I actually kind of loved them.

 

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Books I Was Required to Read for School But Didn’t Hate

 

     

 

 

1. MACBETH by William Shakespeare – I was one of the few in my English classes who actually got excited when it was time to read a play from Shakespeare.  Macbeth was probably my favorite of the ones we had to read and I chalk it up as an early sign that I would grow up to love witchy reads so much, lol.

2. BELOVED by Toni Morrison – This book was actually one of my first required readings in college and to this day, it’s one of the most haunting I’ve ever read.  I don’t know if enjoy is the right word to use here since the subject matter deals with the horror and brutality of slavery, but it’s a read that has stayed with me for years now.

3. I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou – I’ve never been one to read much in the way of nonfiction so I probably groaned out loud when this book was assigned, especially since at the time, I actually had no idea who Maya Angelou was.  Her story blew me away though and led me to read as many of her poems as I could get my hands on.  As one who also never read much poetry, this is a testament to just how incredible writer she is.

4. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen  – This book was my first experience with an enemies to lovers romance and, to this day, it’s still a favorite of mine.

5. JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte  – I fell in love with this book as soon as I realized the protagonist was an underdog.  Anyone who follows my blog knows I’m a sucker for a good story that features an underdog.  Add in a mad woman in the attic and this was a riveting read for me.

6. THE TELL-TALE HEART AND OTHER WRITINGS by Edgar Allan Poe – I fully expected to hate everything Poe had written since I’ve never been much of a horror fan, but my goodness, his short stories were absolutely mesmerizing to me as a teen.  The creepy atmospheric quality, the psychological horror, etc.  It’s one of the few units in school where I was truly bummed once it was over.

7. THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin – I had to read this book my senior year in high school and don’t know if this was actually a great read or not, but I remember being fascinated by it, I think in part because, with very rare exception, pretty much all we had been assigned as required reading up to this point were dead white male authors.  The Awakening was probably the first real “feminist” book I had read and it was very eye opening.

8. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee – I always refer to this as the first “grown up” book I ever read.  It was assigned to me as required reading in the 8th grade and as someone who had spent her childhood reading Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, E. B. White, etc., this book was just such a stark contrast with its focus on Scout’s loss of innocence as she witnesses racism at work in her sleepy Southern town. It was another of those reads that just blew me away and that has stuck with me all these years later.

9. THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton – I had to read this one in middle school too and I was just struck by how gritty and moving the story is while at the same time being a story about family, friendship, and brotherhood.

10. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding – This was my first experience with a dystopian novel and I remember being completely glued to the book wondering what was going to happen to these boys if they didn’t make it back to civilization soon.  It was fascinating and terrifying.

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Question:  What were some of your favorite required reads from your school days?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Set in Places I’d Love to Live

 

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 Places In Books I’d Love to Live.  If I had invested more time and thought into this, I probably could have come up with 10 fictional places I’d love to live, but after a year of sitting in basically the same place thanks to COVID, all I could think about was a change of scenery and places that were loaded with endless entertainment – theater, museums, art, history, etc.  Since that’s what was on mind, I decided to share some books set in actual places, if money was not an obstacle, I’d love to live.  I did throw in one fictional town at the end of my list for good measure though.  I love it because it’s a quaint small town in Georgia filled with wonderful neighbors, cute shops, etc.

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Books Set in Places I’d Love to Live

 

1. New York City

2. Italy

 

3. Greece

 

4. Paris

5. London

 

 

6. San Francisco

 

7. Canada

 

8. Nantucket/Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard area

 

9. Australia

 

10. Peachtree Bluff, Georgia (fictional small town)

 

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Question:  If you could live anywhere different from where you live now, where would you choose to go?

Top Ten Tuesday – Cozy Mystery Titles That Made Me Chuckle

 

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 Funny Book Titles.  This was surprisingly challenging, I guess because we all don’t think the same things are funny.  That said, I always love a good pun or a clever play on words when it comes to well known titles like Game of Thrones or The Fault in Our Stars so I decided to share some cozy mystery titles that I thought were pretty amusing.

 

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Cozy Mystery Titles That Made Me Chuckle

 

 

1. NACHO AVERAGE MURDER by Maddie Day

2. THE MALT IN OUR STARS (A LITERARY PUB MYSTERY) by Sarah Fox

3. A GAME OF CONES by Abby Collette

4. ARSENIC AND ADOBO by Mia P. Manansala

5. A BREW TO A KILL (A COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY) by Cleo Coyle

6. DEATH GONE A-RYE (A BREAD SHOP MYSTERY) by Winnie Archer

7. MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK by Ellery Adams

8. GROUNDS FOR MURDER (A COFFEE LOVER’S MYSTERY) by Tara Lush

9. IT CANNOLI BE MURDER by Catherine Bruns

10. GINGER SNAPPED by Gail Oust

 

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Question:  What’s your idea of a funny book title?  Do you enjoy puns or do they make you roll your eyes?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on My Spring 2021 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 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 a Books on My Spring 2021 TBR.  As you’ll no doubt notice, my TBR is again heavy on the rom coms and women’s fiction since that seems to be where my inner mood reader still wants to be.  I do have a sci fi, a couple of fantasies and some historical fiction mixed in there though there’s a little variety going on.  I’m excited that so many of my favorite authors have new books coming out this Spring, and I’m also excited that I’ll be reading Karen White for the first time.  She has been on my list of authors to try for a couple of years now and it’s finally going to happen.

I also went beyond a Top 10 list because I also wanted to share some older titles I’ll be working my way through.  So far this year I’ve read 20 older books I already own so I’m very motivated to keep working on that goal.  🙂

 

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Books on My Spring 2021 TBR

 

ARCs

1. THE SOULMATE EQUATION by Christina Lauren

2. PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry

3. MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4. THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT by Rosie Danan

5. THAT SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner

6.  THE INFINITY COURTS by Akemi Dawn Bowman

7.  PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir

8.  HANA KHAN CARRIES ON by Uzma Jalaluddin

9.  HEART & SEOUL by Jen Frederick

10. THE LAST NIGHT IN LONDON by Karen White

 

Older Books I Own

11. THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune

12. CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Tomi Adeyemi

13. WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton

14. A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow

15. WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah

 

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Question:  What are you planning to read this Spring?  Did any of these make your list?

Top Ten Tuesday – Spring Cleaning My 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 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 a Spring Cleaning Freebie (for example, books you’re planning to get rid of for whatever reason, books you’d like to clean off your TBR by either reading them or deciding you’re not interested, books that feel fresh and clean to you after winter is over, etc.).  I decided to focus on book that I have taken off my TBR so far this year.  I guess that’s technically “winter cleaning” but whatever.

As most who follow me know, one of my big goals for the year is to read more of the books I own and another is to finish up (or at least make some progress) on some series that have been lingering on my TBR for years.  I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start on these two goals.  I’ve read 19 books from my bookshelves and 5 of those are books from series I’ve been way behind on.  Not only have I read a lot of my own books, but I’ve also made some hard decisions regarding some series have been lingering on my shelves for years now and decided to purge them from my TBR.  It was hard because my heart is telling me that I’ve invested time in the series and should continue, but the more practical side of me says that if I haven’t read book 2 five years after reading book 1, I’m just not that into it and need to move on.  In most cases, I can’t even remember the basic premise of the series or the names of any characters and just don’t have any interest in re-reading the first book to re-familiarize myself with it.

 

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Spring Cleaning My TBR

 

What I Read

1. THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh

2. DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff

3. A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT  by Sarah J. Maas

4. A REAPER AT THE GATES by Sabaa Tahir

5. THE TOLL by Neal Shusterman

 

What I Purged

6. GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown

7. BLOOD OF A THOUSAND STARS by Rhoda Belleza

8. THE INFINITE SEA by Rick Yancey

9. EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill

10. LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?  Am I missing out if I give up on those five series?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Set in Bookish Places

 

 

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 Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had. I’m kind of on topic this week, but not exactly, because I didn’t really focus on characters.  Instead, I chose to focus on books whose settings are places I would love to work and, in my case, those settings are bookstores and/or libraries.

 

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Books Set in Bookish Places

 

 

       

 

1. THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER by Jenny Colgan

2. LAST CHANCE BOOKS by Kelsey Rodkey by Meghan Quinn

3. THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George

4. RECOMMENDED FOR YOU by Laura Silverman

5. THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman

6. ONE SUMMER IN PARIS by Sarah Morgan

7. MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan

8. THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles

9. MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU by Samantha Young

10. WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

 

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Question:  Have you come across any place in a book where you would like to work?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

 

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 That Made Me Laugh Out Loud.  At first I was going to skip this week’s topic since I know I’ve done at least one post recently about funny books, but then I decided that with this depressing pandemic lingering, you can never have too many recs when it comes to books that will make you laugh these days.  Some of the ones I’m sharing are truly LOL funny, while others have some serious moments mixed in with the humor.  Guaranteed that they’ll all leave you with a smile on your face though. 🙂

 

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Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

 

   

   

 

1. IN A HOLIDAZE by Christina Lauren

2. THE WEDDING GAME by Meghan Quinn

3. TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN by Talia Hibbert

4. THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon

5. YOU LUCKY DOG by Julia London

6. BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE by Evie Dunmore

7. MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU by Samantha Young

8. THE DATING PLAN by Sara Desai

9. UNDERCOVER BROMANCE by Lyssa Kay Adams

10. HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING by Denise Williams

 

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Question:  Do you enjoy humorous reads?  Can you recommend any other funny books I might enjoy?

Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Love – Mardi Gras Style

 

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 Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers (in honor of Mardi Gras, which is today!).  I don’t usually do much for Mardi Gras honestly.  Back in college, we would have Mardi Gras themed parties and pre-COVID, my office would get a King Cake every year to mark the occasion. But that’s about it.  My favorite colors are purple, green, and yellow though so I’m happy to share some of my favorite book covers that feature those colors in honor of Mardi Gras.

 

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Cover Love – Mardi Gras Style

 

  

 

Books Featured:

 

1. A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by BRIGID KEMMERER

2. YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN by LEAH JOHNSON

3. THE UNHONEYMOONERS by CHRISTINA LAUREN

4. THE HAND ON THE WALL by MAUREEN JOHNSON

5. GEEKERELLA by ASHLEY POSTON

6. RECURSION by BLAKE CROUCH

7. HEIR OF FIRE by SARAH J. MAAS

8. WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by LANA POPOVIC

9. THE RULES OF MAGIC by ALICE HOFFMAN

10. SORCERY OF THORNS by MARGARET ROGERSON

 

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Question:  Do you do anything to celebrate Mardi Gras? Have you read any of these books?