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Top Ten Tuesday – Interesting Opening Lines

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Opening Lines. I went with the opening lines that I thought were interesting and different.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Today is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ve been locked up for 264 days.

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

When Red wins, she stands alone.

The Exact Opposite of Okay (Izzy O’Neill book 1) by Laura Steven

Look, you probably bought this book because you read the blurb about how I’m an impoverished orphan and also at the heart of a national slut-shaming scandal, and you thought, Oh great, this is just the kind of heart-wrenching tale I need to feel better about my own life, but seriously, you have to relax.

A Girl Called Shameless (Izzy O’Neill book 2) by Laura Steven

The thing about sex scandals is that you never quite get used to your grandmother having seen you naked.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles book 1) by Marissa Meyer

The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I’m going to die tomorrow morning.

Do you find these lines interesting?
What are some opening lines you like?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Titles That Would Make Good Band Names.

 

Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6) by Annette Marie
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

 

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

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About. There’s no particular reason why I haven’t talked about any of these books, they are just books I haven’t talked about as much as other books but I’ve still loved them.

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Solanin by Inio Asano – Solanin is a standalone manga about a woman who is stuck in a job she hates and doesn’t know what to do with her life. I loved this manga and I think it talks about relatable topics.

Shoot the Messenger (The Messenger Chronicles #1) by Pippa DaCosta – This is a sci-fi reverse harem series and I loved how action packed and interesting the story of this series in, it has a lot of twists in it.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – This is a book that’s hard to describe but it’s told in two povs, one of them being an old man reflecting on his life and the other is a young girl trying to help her mother. The writing of this book was so beautiful and it’s such a quotable book.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud – Mirage is a YA sci-fi/fantasy book and I really liked the writing of it. The characters and storyline were both captivating to read.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost – This was one of the first adult urban fantasy/paranormal romances I ever read and I loved it. I flew through the books in this series and rated nearly all of them 5 STARS apart from the last book in the series which I really disliked.

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Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer – Proof of Forever is a YA contemporary with a slight time travel twist. I love books about friendship and books and time travel so the fact that this book centred on both was great and I loved it.

Shades of Treason (Anomaly #1) by Sandy Williams – I’ve loved the first two books in this series and I’m eagerly awaiting the next. I loved The Shadow Reader trilogy by Sandy Williams too and I think both it and the Anomaly series are very underrated.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – This was such a unique book because it’s about a dog’s life through the dog’s point of view and I loved it.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa – I loved this vampire series when I read it years ago, I thought the characters were all so intriguing and I enjoyed the plot.

Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) by Jesse Mihalik – I read this last year and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, it’s an adult sci-fi space opera with romance.

I didn’t realise how much sci-fi books I’ve read and loved until I made this list. What books have you enjoyed but rarely talk about?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Emotional Historical Fiction Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Genre Freebie. So for this I chose to do: Emotional Historical Fiction Books. There’s something about historical fiction that really pulls at the heart strings, maybe because they take place in a time period that’s now over so the story ends up feeling bittersweet from the beginning.  A few of these books fall into other sub genres like historical fantasy/time travel but they all are set in the past.

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles – This book tells the story of the protagonist’s life as she looks back on it and it’s such a beautifully written story.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare – The Infernal Devices is set in Victorian London and it’s such an exciting story but the characters and how Cassandra Clare writes about them is the most emotional part of these books.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – This book is similar to The Air You Breathe where it’s about the protagonist telling the story of her life and I think most people already know how emotional this story is but Evelyn Hugo is one of my most favourite books of all time and the reason for that is because I was an emotional wreck after finishing it.

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Another TJR book on the list. This book focuses on a band in the seventies and I loved seeing how their time together as a band affected all the members.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – The Nightingale is about two sisters during the time of WW2 so of course it is an emotional and heart wrenching book.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Outlander is a great historical time travel story and I feel like the second book in this series is probably the most emotional one.

 

What are some emotional historical fiction books that you’ve read?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Spring 2020 TBR. Hopefully I can get to reading all of these books before Spring is over.

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The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

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Twilight Seeker (Daybreaker #1) by Pippa DaCosta
The Golden Sheep Vol 2 by Kaori Ozaki
A Throne of Swans by Katherine Corr and Elizabeth Corr
Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6) by Annette Marie
Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy #4) by J.R. Ward

What books are on your TBR for this Spring?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books With Single-Word Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books With Single-Word Titles.  These are all books I’ve read and enjoyed.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

 

Have you read any of these?
What are some one- word titles you can think of?