Top 5 Tuesday: Books With Bones

Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!

Hello, reader!

It’s late on a Tuesday and I am just now getting to sit and write this post. School starts tomorrow and clothes shopping was accomplished today after a long day at work. Ya girl is T I R E D. Still, I can’t let this day end without joining in on the Top 5 Tuesday fun! Mostly because today’s scavenger hunt was one of the easier ones for me. I had to pick five of my favorite books with bones on the cover.

I suppose it says something about that this came so easily… 😂

Anyways! I had to tough time narrowing this down to five books, but I’m happy with the books I’ve chosen. Let’s get to the list!

#1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Starting off with a fairly obvious one, though not all covers feature the classic “Alas, poor Yorick…” scene. This is hands down my favorite Shakespeare play. Always has been and always will be. I’ve consumed so many renditions of this play that it’s slightly obscene, lol. Unfortunately, my version of the play has this creepy looking guy on it… but at least there’s also a skull so I can feature it on this list!

#2. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This doesn’t feature any actual bones, but ‘bone’ is in the title, and I say that counts! This might also be an excuse to gush about one of my favorite series of all time. This is the first book in the Great Library series, which is criminally underrated. It features an alternate timeline in which the Great Library of Alexandria never burned down and now it’s this super shady organization that controls the flow of knowledge. The series is incredible!

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Book Blogger Hop: Jan 28 – Feb 3

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

Have you ever attended a book signing? If so, who was the author?

Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

Yes, I have! Two, actually, both in 2019. I had never been to a book signing before that, mostly because I had never lived in a place where they were both close and convenient. My family and I had recently moved to the greater Boston area, however, and suddenly I was spoiled for choice! But this was in late 2019… and we all know how 2020 went down.

But I digress! At least I was lucky enough to experience the two that I did!

Anyways, the first signing I went to was for Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo! I was pretty proud of myself for attending the signing by myself. I am not a fan of doing social things alone because I am ✨awkward✨ But I really wanted to read Ninth House and I really wanted to meet the author, so I sucked it up and signed up. I had a great time, too! Leigh Bardugo is quite funny and it was interesting listening to her talk about the book and her inspirations. And she complimented me on my Hamilton shirt when I got my book signed! I don’t remember at all what I said in response… probably some bumbling thanks followed by nervous laughter… but it was a lovely experience all around. It also took place in this beautiful library, so win-win!

Not to downplay Ms. Bardugo and the fun I had at her signing, but the next one I went to was, by far my favorite. And that’s because it was for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern! Though I had been nervous about attending the Ninth House signing, I held no such reservations when it came to Morgenstern’s sophomore novel. I didn’t care that I was going by myself to an unfamiliar part of town in the middle of the night. There was no way I was going to miss it! And I’m so glad I went because I had such a great time! First of all, fans of The Night Circus are a passionate bunch and I saw so many incredible outfits that reflected the passion that night. There was one woman in full Victorian garb and she looked fantastic! Second of all, they were allowing people to have other books signed beyond our fresh, new copies of The Starless Sea, so I got to have my original copy of The Night Circus signed, as well! Most importantly, though, is the fact that Erin Morgenstern is an absolute gem. She has a wit and charm about her that makes you feel like you’re having a casual chat with a friend. I remember us talking about Dragon Age: Inquisition as I got my book signed! And I was actually able to talk like a normal person and not be 100% awkward! More like… 90% 😂 It was such a fun night and a memory I will cherish forever.

Here’s hoping I’ll be able to make more memories like that in the future.

First Lines Friday #26

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end of the week and I’m particularly excited because I don’t have to work this weekend! I’m planning a couple of days of rest, relaxation, and reading. Speaking of, one of the books on my potential weekend TBR is my feature for this First Lines Friday! This one might be fairly easy to guess as it’s the first book in a very popular series.

Let’s see if the first line is as compelling as the rest of the story!

The Line:

“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”

The Hints:

This popular YA series was recently adapted for the screen.

It’s the beginning of a trilogy set in large universe.

The author has written a number of other books in this universe, as well.

The Reveal:

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