Top Ten Tuesday: Animals from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Animals from Books. I did a TTT post this past November about great pets in fiction, so I may have some overlap here.

My top 10 animals from books:

  1. S.T. (crow) from Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
  2. Rocinante (horse) from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  3. Crookshanks (cat) from Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  4. Rollo (dog) from Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Adso (cat) from Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Rosie (elephant) from Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
  7. The owls in Hoot by Carl Hiaassen
  8. The Adelie penguins in How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior
  9. Buck (dog) from The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  10. Carl (dog) from Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (represented here by the dog flying a plane, in case you’re wondering…)

What animals in books do you especially love?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Colorful Book Covers. I misread the topic, so I had a completely different list ready to go… but I guess I’ll save that one for another time! I went back to my shelves and looked through all the covers there, and came up with this collection of colorful book covers:

  1. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  2. Icons by Monica Ahanonu & Micaela Heekin
  3. Jane Was Here by Nicole Jacobsen
  4. The Roommate by Rosie Danan
  5. Outlawed by Anna North
  6. Mythos by Stephen Fry
  7. The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes
  8. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  9. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
  10. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

What colorful book covers did you feature this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: If books were crayons…

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors. Checking out the existing Crayola colors, I fell down a deep rabbit-hole of Pinterest boards, graphs, charts, images… but I really like this one, which is a great visual reference of currently available Crayola crayons:

Source: Jenny’s Crayon Collection http://www.jennyscrayoncollection.com/p/crayola.html

I also found this awesome chart that shows the evolution of Crayola colors over time — and if you go to the original site, you can hover over a color to see its name:

Source: http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/color/crayola-crayon-chart-bow/#

Onward to books!

I went through my shelves (physical and e-book), and came up with a list of 10 book titles that I think could also be great names for crayon colors. Tell me if you agree!

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer — a fresh green, of course
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer — from the same series (the fabulous Lunar Chronicles) — a light, ashy grey
  3. Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown — a brown/black blend
  4. Iron Kissed by Patricia Brigg — this would have to be a steel grey with a hint of rose mixed in
  5. Firefly Beach by Luann Rice — I’m picturing a bright, sandy color
  6. Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire — maybe something electric blue?
  7. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer — a deep, bloody red, of course
  8. Storm Front by Jim Butcher — a deep bluish-gray, veering more toward the dark side
  9. Rainwater by Sandra Brown – something pale and silvery
  10. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley — a lovely red/pink mix

And just because I never get tired of looking at books, here’s a collage of the books on my list:

What book titles do you think would make good crayon names?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Under the Sea

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean. I just wasn’t feeling the topic at all. I don’t want to throw any books into the ocean! Except maybe as an offering to the merpeople…

Anyway, that got me thinking, and I decided to go with a altogether different sort of ocean theme. Here are 10 books (most that I’ve read and loved, plus a couple still sitting on my shelf waiting to be read) that focus on people of the sea — merfolk, selkies, and other underwater spirits. I didn’t realize I had so many until I started creating this list!

  1. The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris: A beautiful little illustrated book telling a wonderful selkie tale. (review)
  2. The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan: More selkies! Gorgeously written. (review)
  3. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire: The 5th book in the October Daye series. And yes — more selkies!
  4. Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant: Killer mermaids! One of my favorite horror novellas. (review)
  5. The Mermaid by Cristina Henry: A mermaid in a historical fiction setting. Loved it. (review)
  6. The Deep by Alma Katsu: Supernatural goings-on on the Titanic. I didn’t love it, but it’s a cool concept. (review)
  7. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan: I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my shelf and I can’t wait.
  8. All the Murmuring Bones by A. G. Slatter: Another one to be read.
  9. Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel: Excellent graphic novel. And yes, more mermaids. (review)
  10. The Deep by Rivers Solomon: Powerful and unique! (review)

Do you have any mermaid or selkie books to recommend? And sticking with this week’s official TTT topic, do you have books you want to throw in the ocean?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Places In Books I’d Love to Live

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Places In Books I’d Love to Live. This was a bit of a challenge, but in the end, I have 9 places — some real, some fictional — that I’d love to at least visit, and maybe possibly live… and one place (although I’m sure I could come up with a lot more) that I definitely don’t want to go anywhere near!

1. Lallybroch: The Fraser family home in the Scottish Highlands, from Outlander. Lallybroch is fictional, but the Highlands and all of Scotland are a dream destination for me.

2. The House in the Cerulean Sea (from the book by the same name, by TJ Klune) — I love the description of the house and sea and the forest!

3. Pemberley: I’d be happy to live at Mr. Darcy’s estate forever!

4. Elfhame: From the Folk of the Air books by Holly Black, I think I’d like to at least vacation in Elfhame to see the beauty and the strangeness of the faerie kingdom — but with a great deal of caution, because they really aren’t particularly kind to mortals there.

5. Anywhere in Alaska, particularly the parts described in the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow. Although maybe just in the spring and summer. Winters? Brrrrrrr.

6. Prince Edward Island: An absolute dream of mind is to visit PEI and visit all the beautiful spots described in Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon!

7. Australia: I’ve never been, and I’d love to visit to see the landscapes described in books such as The Thorn Birds and The Exiles.

8. Tuscany: So many books describe this gorgeous region. My most recent read set there, My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith, convinced me that I need to go to see the landscapes and eat the amazing food.

9. Willow Creek, Maryland — a fictional location that hosts the amazing Renaissance Faires portrayed in Jen DeLuca’s Well Met and Well Played.

10. Please do NOT send me anywhere near the Scholomance, the school of magic in Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education. I don’t think I’d survive even my first hour there.

What bookish locations are your dream destinations? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Funny Book Titles — always a fun topic to put together! I know I’ve featured at least some of these before… but here’s a collection of favorites:

  1. Bite Me by Christopher Moore (funny because it’s a vampire book…)
  2. The Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore (and yes, I could probably fill up this list with just this author’s book titles)
  3. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
  4. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  5. Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi
  6. Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby by Allyson Beatrice
  7. Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
  8. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters
  9. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Trusse (because grammar books are funny!)
  10. Have You Eaten Grandma? by Gyles Brandreth (see what I mean about grammar books?)

What books are on your list? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten books on my TBR list for spring 2021

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is about our spring 2021 reading plans. So many great books to look forward to! Here are ten I’m especially excited for:

1) Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs: The 6th book in the Alpha & Omega series. Releases today — can’t wait to get started!

2) There There by Tommy Orange: A book group selection for this spring.

3) The Fall of Koli by M. R. Carey: The final book in the trilogy. I loved the first two — so excited for the conclusion!

4) Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock: A new collection of connected stories set in Alaska, by the author of The Smell of Other People’s Houses (one of my favorite books!).

5) The Lighth of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner: I loved her debut novel, The Sisters of the Winter Wood.

6) Maggie Finds Her Muse by Dee Ernst: Looks like a sweet contemporary romance!

7) The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: I’m so looking forward to reading more by this author.

8) The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser: A bookshop? In Scotland? Yes, please!

9) The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory: Sounds too weird and amazing to miss.

10) One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston: The upcoming new release from the author of Red, White & Royal Blue. This one sounds just as sweet and adorable.

What books will you be reading this spring? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Cleaning for my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Spring Cleaning Freebie (for example, books you’re planning to get rid of for whatever reason, book’s 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.).

My Goodreads “want-to-read” shelf is up to 813 (!!!!) books, and I swear, I have no idea how it got so out of hand. For this week’s TTT, I’m listing 10 books from my to-read shelf that I don’t know why I added in the first place — time to say good-bye! Overall, this is a good reminder to go in and do some major pruning.

Onward we go! My top 10 are:

  1. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
  2. Home for Erring and Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler
  3. A Stranger Came Ashore by Hollie Hunter
  4. Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
  5. The Brideship Wife by Leslie Howard
  6. Snowflake AZ by Marcus Sedgwick
  7. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  8. Being Mrs Darcy by Lucy Marin
  9. When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson
  10. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Since I don’t remember why I thought I’d want to read these in the first place, I think they all can go… unless someone can convince me otherwise. If you’ve read any of these books and think I should give them a try, please let me know!

What bookish spring cleaning is on your mind? Please share your link so I can check out your top 10!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had.

My top 10 are:

  1. Alanna (Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce): She’s a knight! How cool is that?
  2. Alice Van Cleve (The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes): Pack horse librarian — I think it would be amazing to ride a horse through the mountains to deliver books.
  3. April Whittier (Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade): Secret fanfic writer by night, geologist by day… it’s actually the geologist part that really appeals to me, not because that’s what I’d want to be, but because I love seeing fab women in science take center stage.
  4. Emily Parker (Well Met by Jen DeLuca): Bookstore manager AND Ren Faire tavern wench!
  5. Veronica Speedwell (Veronica Speedwell mysteries by Deanna Raybourn): Intrepid lepidopterist and Victorian era sleuth. A girl can dream, right?
  6. Naomi Nagata (The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey): Because space adventuring would be awesome.
  7. Norma Kopp (Kopp Sisters series by Amy Stewart): She trains messenger pigeons! Again, not that I specifically want to do that, but I think it’s awesome that Norma does it.
  8. Meg Mackworth (Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn): A professional calligrapher, who actually makes money doing it. I wish I had the talent!
  9. Claire Fraser (Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon): OK, this is a stretch, but I had to find a way to sneak Claire in. No, I wouldn’t actually want to be stuck practicing medicine in the 18th century, but I do think it’s awesome that she finds a way to introduce modern medical practices like instrument sterilization and antibiotics to the time she’s in. She even grows her own penicillin!
  10. Mercy Thompson (Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs): I wouldn’t necessarily want to be a mechanic, but I love that Mercy is one! Again, it’s awesome to see a woman thriving in a traditionally male-dominated field. Go, Mercy!

What book characters’ jobs do you envy? Please share your link so I can check out your top 10!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud.

I know I did a similar post last year for a top 5 list, but here goes again!

(Okay, that’s more than ten… I couldn’t decide which ones to leave out!)

What books make you laugh out loud? Please share your link so I can check out your top 10!