Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Give Me Crayola Crayon Vibes

I haven’t participated in TTT in a LONG time, and I thought this prompt was super cute and creative. I had a lot of fun completing this list. I’m excited to see what other bloggers say. I’m sure there are tons of titles that could work. I couldn’t even narrow it down to 10, so I stopped at 15.

Rules:

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


I didn’t look up to see if any of these were already names for Crayola crayons or close to it. Some of these pretty much say which color they should be, but I’ll let you think about what the other ones would look like. If you want, you can leave your thoughts / guesses in the comments. I think that would be fun!


Survive The Night by Riley Sager

Summer Frost by Blake Crouch

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers


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The Recommendations Book Tag

I saw Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books post this, and it looked like so much fun, so I decided to participate. It was originally created by Ally Writes Things (link below). I tag whoever wants to participate!

Rules:

  • Tag Ally @ Ally Writes Things so I can see your recommendations!
  • Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
  • If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
  • Tag your friends

A book about friendship:

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

This is such a charming book about an ultimate friendship between freelance writer in NY and a used-bookshop owner in London. It’s under 100 pages and I highly, highly recommend this one. If you pick any of these books from this list, I suggest you choose this one.

A translated book:

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

I will admit that I haven’t read a lot of translated works—this being one of the only ones—but I really enjoyed this, regardless. It’s heartbreaking. If you don’t like reading about war, I wouldn’t recommend this to you. It gets pretty intense.

A diverse romance:

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

AHH! This one is so cute. If you want an easy, breezy romance, then this one is for you. It’s the second book in The Brown Sisters trilogy, but you don’t really have to read the first one. I think it’s a fun experience to read them all, though.

A fast-paced book:

No Exit by Taylor Adams

This is the craziest, fast-paced book I’ve probably ever read. It’s a little far-fetched, but it was entertaining, to say the least.

A non-fiction that isn’t a memoir:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I’m the quintessential introvert…minus the intelligence. This almost made me feel like I needed to go and get a better education. Not in a pretentious way, though. Anyway, it’s so good. Go read it!

An underrated memoir:

I didn’t have one for this prompt, so I picked one that I wanted to read.

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

I looked into memoirs that I should read, and this one popped up and immediately caught my attention. It only has 17,000 ratings on GR. I’m excited to read it.

A book with fewer than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads:

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl (3,560 ratings)

I picked this one up on a whim a couple years ago, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It really threw me for a loop. I will say that it’s not a fast-paced mystery by any means. I recommend going in blind, too. I found it to be pretty unique, and a mystery I don’t ever read. I’d love to reread it in the future.

A book with an LGBTQ+ Protagonist:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

This book. This book. This book. It’s an all-time favorite forever and always. Linus and Arthur are characters I will protect with my whole being.

A book by a trans or non-binary author:

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

I didn’t expect this one to be so heartbreaking. It was an immediate 5/5 stars, but I don’t think I could haphazardly recommend this. Just know it’s full of content warnings. Look into this before reading, please.

A book with more than 500 pages:

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

This is a long, slow, incredible novel. It’s a commitment, but well worth the time and energy. I loved every second of it. It’s 560 pages, I believe, but it feels much longer—in a good way.

A short story collection:

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

Read this in 24 hours. Weird stories that are pretty important. There’s a lot of weird deaths in this one, which could have been excluded now that I’m looking back, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

A book you want everyone to read:

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

I just thought this was something I’ve never read before. It’s such a refreshing read and beautifully written. I will always recommend this to everyone.


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The Anti-TBR Tag

A popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A classic book / author you don’t have an interest in reading?

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway / Ernest Hemingway, himself. I’ve never had an interest, and I didn’t even do the required reading in high school.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

I’m going to name a few: James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Cassandra Clare, and Mark Z. Danielewski.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher in high school, and I’ve never had interest in anything else by him anyway.

I had one of Sherman Alexie’s books on my TBR this year (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), but I don’t feel compelled to read it after reading about how he’s been racist and how he acts terribly toward women. Check out this blog post if you want to know more.

An author you have read a couple books from and decided their books are not for you?

Sorry to anyone who is a die-hard fan, but Stephen King is just not for me. I read It, Sleeping Beauties, The Institute and didn’t enjoy any of them. I tried reading Rose Madder and The Long Walk, but I couldn’t get into them. He’s just not for me and that’s okay.

A genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into?

Erotica or magical realism. I’ve tried to read from both genres, and I just don’t think they’re ones I’ll ever fall in love with.

A book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread?

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling. I think I have better odds of reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnf’d?

I have no interest in reading the Nevernight series. I’ve tossed around the idea of it, but it’s probably not going to happen.

If I don’t enjoy Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire, then I’m giving up on that series. It just isn’t for me, and really wasn’t for me the entire time. The only ones I enjoyed were the first and third one.

A new release you have no interest in reading?

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. I didn’t care for Red, White & Royal Blue, and I don’t even have interest in her new one. McQuiston was one of those hyped authors that I thought I had to read from. I initially gave her first book four stars, but later realized it was more like a 3 or lower.


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Avatar: The Last Airbender Book Tag

I love Avatar: The Last Airbender so much that this tag really spoke to me. It was created by Hannah @ A Clockwork Reader

This was a tough one to complete, but I was able to finish it many hours later. I hope you enjoy!


Water

Katara and Sokka—The best sibling relationship

The first book that comes to mind is The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. I highly recommend that book. It was one of my top favorite books of 2019!

Yue—Favorite star-crossed lovers

The only star-crossed lovers I can think of, that I actually enjoyed reading about, are Evelyn Hugo and Celia in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It’s heartbreaking to think that in the 50s someone had to hide their sexuality. It makes me horribly sad that judgement of sexuality is still a thing in 2021. I think this is a good book to read if you’re wanting to read about that topic. I’m not sure how accurate the representation is, but I’ve never heard anything negative about it. Regardless, I’d give this a read if I were you.

Blood bending—A book with a disturbing concept

Bunny by Mona Awad. I’m still not sure what I read, but I know it was disturbing and weird as shit. I don’t even know if I recommend it.

Earth

Toph—A character whose strength surprised you / or surprised the other characters in the book

Tante Truus in The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton. She’s an incredible character with an incredible strength to withstand the struggles she faces in the book. She rescues Jewish children from Nazi Germany by train. One of the best characters I’ve read in a book.

The Tales of Ba Sing Se—The best short story / poetry collection

I don’t have a favorite poetry or short story collection, unfortunately. I don’t think I’ve ever read a short story collection now that I think about it. If you just want a short story/novella, I would recommend checking out, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman.

Kioshi Warriors—Best warrior character

Would you consider Spensa from Skyward a warrior? I will for this prompt. I love Spensa and you cannot/will not change my mind.

Fire

Zuko—The best redemption arc / a redemption arc that should have happened

I think that if Murderbot was a villain in the beginning of the Murderbot Diaries series, then it would have made for a great redemption arc. We met it when it already went rogue and started helping people. I still love Murderbot, though.

Iroh—The wisest character

Is Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings too cheesy of an answer?

Azula—The best downfall

Elena Richardson from Little Fires Everywhere.

Air

Appa—Favorite fictional animal

I’m not making this up, but it’s either Appa or Momo from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I did read the first two graphic novels, so I’d say that counts for a book tag. I definitely love the tv series more, though. Can we all agree?

Aang—Purest cinnamon roll

Daisy from Giant Days was a pretty pure cinnamon roll working on breaking out of her shell.

Avatar state—A stubborn character / a character that struggles with letting go

Olive Kitteridge is one of the most stubborn characters I’ve ever read about. I just really didn’t like her.


Have you watched Avatar: The Last Airbender? If you have, what did you think?


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The Fall Bucket List Book Tag

I first spotted this over at Kristin Kraves Books, and I thought it was so cute, so I decided to participate! This tag was created by Read by Tiffany.

Rules:

  • Link back to the creator
  • Feel free to use any of [her] graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them. 

*click on images to view GR page*

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren.

This book was so much fun to read. It’s one of my favorite Christina Lauren books, and I highly recommend you pick this one up. It’s very lighthearted… and funny!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

This does have a lot of hype, but it’s so worth it. I highly recommend you go pick this up!

Giant Days by John Allison

I was looking through all the books I’ve read, and I don’t spot a lot of fun friendships. I guess I would have to go with this graphic novel series.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I know this sounds weird, but this book was made for Autumn. It is such an inviting and heartwarming story, even though they’re trying to steal treasure from a dragon.

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

I haven’t read a book about a talented chef, so I’m substituting it with a talented baker. Bittle, the main character, loves to bake.

There’s a really popular book called With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo that involves a talented chef, but I haven’t read that one yet. I’ve heard good things, though, if you’re interested.

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Oh my gosh, what a book. I was so happy I read this after I finished reading the last page.


Since this involves a question about a chef, what’s your favorite cozy Autumn dinner to have?


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Finally Fall Book Tag

Hello, friends! I haven’t participated in a book tag recently, so here’s a festive one to start the season off with. I stumbled upon it over at @ Becky’s Book Blog

**Not sure who the creator is, so if you know, please tell me in the comments. I obviously want to give credit where it’s due.**

In Fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

The setting in here is what makes this book, this book. I find that Sager does that very well, and if you don’t like this one, then pick up Home Before Dark.

Nature is beautiful…but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

I’m sure a lot of people found this book boring, but I absolutely loved it. I thought McLain’s writing was beautiful. The story does deal with war and a bit of oppression. I’m sure we all know about the type of person Hemingway was, after all.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

It was between this and Letters From An Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which is also an incredible non-fiction book. There’s one part that almost made me cry. Anyway, this book is more of my style. I love psychology, and I think that people who don’t read non-fiction would also really enjoy this.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be part of.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

The Marsyas orphanage from The House in the Cerulean Sea is definitely the group I’d want to be part of. I’d love to meet all the kids, and help out with anything they might need. I’d also love to become friends with Linus and Arthur. Oh, what a wonderful world that would be.

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

I’m pretty sure the beginning is of a storyteller who is about to tell a story—which obviously ends up being the book. This is one of my all-time favorite novels. It’s so much fun!

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I don’t read a lot of dark and creepy. I would say It by Stephen King, but that’s extremely long. I found The Vegetarian by Han Kang to be weirdly creepy…and dark. It’s not a book for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it when I read it. It’s definitely one with a deeper meaning behind it.

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

I don’t read a lot of short, heartwarming novels, so here’s a heartwarming graphic novel for you.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favorite you’d like to return to soon.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This is another all-time favorite book of mine. I’d like to reread it to see if it still holds up. I watched the show, and I didn’t end up liking it as much as I thought I would have. It made me want to reread this, but there are so many novels I need to get to. How do you find time for rereads?


I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I really thought it was fitting since tomorrow is the first day of Autumn for the northern hemisphere. Even if you don’t live where it’s Autumn, participate in this anyway! I tag anyone who wants to do it.


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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

This was created by Chami over on YouTube! I couldn’t find the video, unfortunately. I found the questions @ Truffle’s Literary Wonders.

I tried my best not to pick the same book for multiple prompts. I’ve only read 38 books this year, and a few of those were graphic novels. It’s been a super weird and scary year. I hope you all are healthy and staying safe. I hope you’re all fighting for what’s right. I love you all, and I just want justice for all the wrongs that have happened. I hope this will give you just a moment away from reality.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020:

There have been quite a few favorites. I can’t pick one because they’re all so different. There’s a lot of historical fiction, though. Oops.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Best sequel you’ve read so far:

If I’m being honest, I don’t have a favorite sequel. If I had to pick one I would choose Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m excited to pick up the next one that’s coming out in 2021.

A new release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune–This isn’t super new, but it still came out this year.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline–I don’t know why I want to read this so much, but it’s really calling to me. Fortunately, I have the digital ARC from NetGalley! Thank you to them and the publisher. 😀

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy–I loved her last book, so I’m expecting good things from this one!

Biggest disappointment:

Network Effect by Martha Wells–After reading the first four novellas in the series I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it.

Biggest surprise:

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian–I really didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. It was such an interesting story that I’ve never read before.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you):

Diane Chamberlain

Newest fictional crush:

I don’t have one from this year. Honestly, it’ll be hard to beat Aragorn from LOTR.

Book that made you cry:

Apparently, I’m heartless and don’t cry while reading books.

Book that made you happy:

Not a lot of happy books have been read this year. I think any Giant Days graphic novels can count for this one.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received so far this year:

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams or The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I would love to finish A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, but I don’t think that’ll happen. That’s really the only book I feel like I need to read by the end of the year.

Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year:

I don’t think I’ve watched any this year.


That’s all she wrote, folks! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you participate in this as well. I’m sorry mine wasn’t extremely interesting.


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The “I Should Have Read That” Book Tag

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link back to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post.
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • Enjoy the tag!

I hope y’all are doing well and staying healthy! I wanted to do something quick and fun, and a tag was just the thing. I hope you enjoy this. I first saw this tag over at Life and Other Disasters!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read:

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas.

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finish it:

I started reading The Toll by Neal Shusterman, but I haven’t finished it, and it’s supposed to be the last book in the series. It just wasn’t keeping my attention.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of but never actually read:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read:

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

A book that inspired a film/tv adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet:

Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I love that movie so much! I’m nervous about reading the book.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet:

Beach Read by Emily Henry


I tag:

Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog

Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog

Misty @ Misty’s Book Space

Octavia @ Mermaid Reads Book Blog

Marianna @ Marianna’s Corner

The Book Raven

Kayla @ Kayla’s Wordsmithy

Krystyna @ The Literary Lifestyle

Rebecca @ What Rebecca’s Read

Laurel @ The Suspected Bibliophile


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Blogmas Day 22: Christmas Cookie Book Tag

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Happy BLOGMAS Day 22!

I found this one on Krystyna’s blog @ Turning the Pages. I’m not sure who created this one.

Disclaimer: None of these images are mine. They are all from an old-fashioned Google search.


Chocolate Chip: A classic book you loved or really enjoyed

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Thin Mints: A fandom you really want to join or a hyped book you want to read

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Shortbread: An author you can’t get enough of

John Allison – The writer of the Giant Days graphic novel series. I have been really loving them lately.

Samoas/Caramel DeLites: An emotional roller coaster

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Oreos: A book whose cover was better than the story (or vice versa)

House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler – Cover is way better than the story.

Tag-a-Longs/Peanut Butter Patties: A book that wasn’t what you expected

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Snickerdoodles: A book you may never stop rereading/loving

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Soft Sugar Cookies: A book just as good as it sounds

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I’m not tagging anyone because you all are free to participate! 🙂


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Blogmas Day 5: Ultimate Book Tag

Happy BLOGMAS day 5!

I don’t know who created this, but I found it @ The Book Nut: A Book Lover’s Guide

I tag: Krystyna @ Turning the Pages

Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog

No pressure to participate, and if you want to participate, then just do it!


Do you get sick while reading in the car?

I don’t, but I never really try to read in the car. 

Which author’s writing style is unique to you and why?

This could be taken in a couple of different ways. I think A.S. King’s writing style is unique. 

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga?

Harry Potter. Is that even a question?

Do you carry a book bag? (If so, what is in it?)

I don’t carry a book bag. My purse is big enough to hold 2-3 books.

Do you smell your books?

Not typically, no. 

Books with or without little illustrations?

I love books with illustrations.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing? 

Unpopular opinion time; Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. The story was okay, but the writing wasn’t anything special either. 

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

I don’t really have any funny stories. I used to sit outside in my bathing suit during the summer, and my Grandma would read Clifford the Big Red Dog to me. I even have a picture.

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It by Stephen King.

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I think it would be cool to be a writer, but no, to both of those questions.

When did you get into reading?

I became an avid reader just a couple of years ago. I’ve read books here and there throughout the years. 

What is your favorite classic book?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho but I also enjoyed Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 

In school, was your best subject Language Arts/English?

English was never my best subject. I always passed with at least a B, but extracurricular was always my best—art class, philosophy, choir, drama, etc. 

If you were given a book as a present that you’ve read and hated before…what would you do?

Let them know I appreciate it and maybe use it as a giveaway at some point in the future. 

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

I don’t really pay attention to whether or not books are compared to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. 

What is a bad habit (besides rambling) you always do while blogging?

I tend to start a bunch of blog posts and never…actually…post them. Oops. 

What is your favorite word? 

I saw this word the other day, and it’s my new favorite: lackadaisical. Like, what? Who decided to put those letters together? Also, the definition is me lol.

Are you a nerd, dork, or a dweeb? Or all of the above?

Dork, probably. 

Vampires or fairies? Why?

Vampires = sexy. That’s the only reason I have for either of these. 

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Neither.

Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires.

Love triangle or forbidden love?

Forbidden love, baby. I hate love triangles. 

And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed books with a few love scenes mixed in?

I have become a romance girl. If it’s not romance I enjoy thrillers/contemporaries/historical fiction. I don’t read a lot of action-packed novels.


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