Extraordinary Book Titles

This weekly meme was created by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Another week…another one I struggled with! Extraordinary book titles…I don’t know what makes a book title extraordinary, so I’m just going to list some titles I absolutely love.

  1. Wild Magic (also I just love this cover…and this series…and everything Pierce has written honestly.)

2. If We Were Villains (such a cool title! and a GREAT book)

3. House of Salt & Sorrows (even the title feels atmospheric!)

4. The Bone Witch (I just love this title…it is so unassuming and the story is so massive…it is good!)

5. The Priory of the Orange Tree (while it doesn’t have all that much to do with the actual story, the title is what caught my attention originally.)

6. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women (is a non-fiction book and a heart-wrenching story of women who were abused by their companies and the system and lied to. It’s a fabulous book though.)

7. Carry On (honestly…my list would not be complete without this title!)

8. The Bear and the Nightingale (another amazing title and amazing story. This one is totally atmospheric and well written.)

9. Luck in the Shadows (a rather unassuming title…but a fun read. And plus it’s like…fantasy. Seriously, I love this book/series.)

10. In a Dark, Dark Wood (if you want to evoke spooky vibes just say in a dark, dark wood…)

How’d I do? What do you think are some extraordinary book titles?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Character Traits I Love/Personality Traits I Love to See In Book Characters/Things That Make Me Love a Character/etc.

This weekly meme was created by That Artsy Reader Girl.

So this one was a little hard to do – I don’t seem to have a character type/traits that I love over others in books, but I’ve done my best!

Cat Lover

I guess it is because I love my kitties so much, but any character that loves cats, I tend to love as well. So any good cat lover character is very likely going to be one that I connect with…unless they’re a serial killer or something.

Characters with magic —

This is a surefire trait that I love to see. Magic is pretty awesome, and when it is combined with a great plot, it makes me an extremely happy person. There is just something about characters with magic…

Humorous

There’s just something about a funny character — one who has a lot of humor and makes me laugh that is so refreshing. I can’t get enough of traits like that!

Refreshingly honest —

I put these two together because unfortunately, a lot of characters are blinded by themselves and tend to not acknowledge their faults. I really appreciate when authors have them acknowledge those faults and grow. For me that helps make a terrific book.

Good at being friends —

To me, some books are solely focused on romances to the detriment of supposed friendships. I love when characters are able to have a nourishing/fulfilling relationship with their friends AND their significant other. It makes for a much better read.

Loyalty —

This one is a complex one. Loyalty is good — up to a certain point. I don’t mind bad characters, but I don’t want the loyalty to become subservience to another characters needs only. I think it has to be a fine balance. But I do like to see characters who have each others backs.

Kind —

I think this kind of goes without saying, but I love characters who are kind — both to others and themselves. There is just something wonderful about it. Unless they’re defeating the villain which ties into my next point…

Strong characters —

There was another word I thought of first, but I refrained from using it. Anyways, strong characters who manage to overcome problems, and then DEFEAT the bad guys. I love stories like that. It makes me feel all happy. So those strong characters tend to be some of my favorites. Who are able to do what is hard.

Angst —

This one has a caveat — I like angst as long as it is done in a way that doesn’t seem…overdone? It’s hard to explain. I think for me, the best example are characters like Ronan and Adam in The Raven Boys, when I think of angst done well, I think of them. It’s because they still have problems, but they’re working towards resolutions.

Intelligent —

I love a good intelligent character, one who can think their way out of dangerous situations, or can appraise a situation and figure out what has happened. I feel like intelligent can check a lot of boxes for characters done right.

Tell me what you think in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday — Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

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Well, on one hand, this list could be super long. But I am so excited to share with you ten books on my fall TBR list!

Yep. This is pretty much tied with the next book at #1 for most excited for. Seriously. TODAY PEOPLE TODAY.

Yep — two of my favorite series of all time. I CANNOT WAIT for this book!

This is number three on my list. I am VERY excited about this one.

Number four! I can’t wait to read this one!

This has been sitting on my shelf for almost two weeks…it is still on my TBR, and I do want to read it!

And in number six! There are a lot of interesting looking spooky reads this month…and I want to read them all.

I keep meaning to read this. I bought it, so maybe this month?

Yep…I’m going to hop on this bandwagon and give it a shot!

Onto nine! I will be reading this one…soonish.

And in number ten! Nevernight! I am on hold for this book at the library…hopefully I will have it soon!

Thanks for sticking with me throughout this post. What are y’all excited for this fall?

Top Ten Tuesday — Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

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YES this list is going to be soooooo much fun to write out. Because I am incessantly eating or drinking while reading. (Or doing anything really.) The number one spot is thrillingly easy to fill. (Now that I’m writing this I’m going to make some…)

  1. Hot Chocolate/Cocoa – YUM. My favorite drink almost ever. I would drink it year round and all day if I could. (I am seriously going to make some now)
  2. Hot Tea – with lots and lots of sugar. Did I mention sugar?
  3. Iced/Sweet Tea – do you sense a theme yet?
  4. Sprite – okay. My list of sugary bevs grows ever longer…
  5. Enchiladas – I’m REALLY bad about this one. I make cheese enchiladas with red enchilada sauce WAY too much and usually I’m eating them while reading. I don’t eat them with library books. But e-books? Fair game.
  6. White powdered donuts – making this list makes me realize how extremely unhealthy my diet is. I mean, I know eating veggies is hard on my digestive track because of crohns, but still…abysmal.
  7. Any sort of dip, bean dip, queso, spinach dip, all of it – I love dips. Uhmmm.
  8. Clementines – these are so good. I could eat like a hundred of these sweet, delicious things. My stomach however, would not survive.
  9. Cheese & Crackers – another favorite. Cheese and crackers are a great staple. Just don’t use them as a bookmark.
  10. Anything else I can get my hands on – really, I’m not too picky about what I eat/drink while reading

What about you guys? What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday

I’m going to join in on this, created by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks is Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why. So lets go through my TBR and see what I’ve been avoiding reading…(I’m including my want to read list, because some I don’t own…)

  1. Sea Witch Rising — I’m avoiding this mostly because I know I’m going to have to buy it (my library hasn’t picked up this series) and I don’t want to spend the money on this book right this second.
  2. Notes on a Killing: Love, Lies, and Murder in a Small New Hampshire Town — I put this on my list a few weeks ago…but again my library doesn’t have it, and I’m not interested enough in true crime to fork out money for it, so I’m going to avoid it for a while.
  3. The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial — see above…my library apparently doesn’t buy a lot of true crime.
  4. A Death in Belmont — and what do you know, another true crime! So once again, see above because man, I am not buying any of these.
  5. Of Ice and Shadows — I liked the first one fine, but I don’t know…something about this book…I’m going to wait for a bit on this one.
  6. These Witches Don’t Burn — Once more, see #1. It’s always a money issue.
  7. King of Scars — I like Bardugo’s works fine, but I’ve heard rumours about what happens in this book, and it has totally put me off reading or buying it at the moment.
  8. Pumpkinheads — I want to wait until it feels more fall like before reading this one.
  9. This Time Will Be Different — I want to read it at the library…so therefore I am waiting.
  10. The Storm Crow — until I was going through all my e-book stuff as well, I forgot I had this one on hoopla. Well…I must have wanted to read it at the time and I guess I should get on it. At some point? Whoops.

And there’s my list! Mostly stuff I want to read, but don’t want to have to pay for yet. I just spent WAAAAAY too much money on book boxes, so I have to give my debit card a rest for awhile. (Well, inexpensive books under $10 aside)

What about you? Do you have any books that you’ve been avoiding?