Top Ten Tuesday: Authors With Fun Social Media

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and the topic this week is a creative one! For this TTT, we have been tasked with making a list of authors with a fun social media presence. Which is funny because someone on Twitter had asked this question a few days ago, so I’ve actually been contemplating this question quite recently. I don’t know if I’ll get up to ten, but there are definitely quite a few authors I follow that are a gift to the internet! So let’s get into my list 😁

#1. Margaret Owen

Margaret Owen is the author of The Merciful Crow, one of my faves from last year, and she is hilarious. She also isn’t afraid to speak her mind about social issues, which I appreciate!

Read More »
Advertisement

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Single-Word Titles

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time for another TTT and our theme for this week is single-word titles. I feel like titles are getting longer and longer these days. Which was kinda confirmed when I was going through my read books on Goodreads and was having a TIME trying to find single-word titles! Still, I’ve rounded up ten of my favorites to share with you. Enjoy!

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, simply click on the cover to go to the Goodreads page.

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • SLAY by Brittney Morris
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Carrie by Stephen King

I have quite a mix in there, but they were all four or five star reads. These are some of my favorite books, both new and old!


Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite single-word titled books? Did you make your own TTT? Let me know or drop a link in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Would Follow On Social Media

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

It’s time for another TTT and I’m loving the theme for this week! Dive into your imagination and think of the top ten characters you would like to follow on social media. Just thinking of my faves having a Twitter or an Insta makes me wistful because it’s not gonna happen but I WANT IT TO!

*cough* Anyways. To the list!

#1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series

Can you imagine Hermione with a Twitter account? In a world where there is a magic-compatible Twitter? Calling out everyone’s bullsh*t and just generally being awesome.

#2. Zachary Ezra Rawlins from The Starless Sea

I bet Zachary would have an amazing book blog. He seems like the type that would be able to wax poetic about books that he loves. And Mirabel could help with the aesthetic! I would read it.

#3. Tuesday Mooney from Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

If Tuesday decided to have a social media presence, I feel like she would have a super weird and Gothic Instagram that I would drool over. Or just a weird blog that features interesting obituaries. I’d be all over it!

#4. Olive Torres from The Unhoneymooners

Olive’s humor is my humor, so I’m sure I would be trying to stifle laughter at work as I casually scrolled through her Twitter. Her sarcasm is on point and Twitter is basically built on sarcasm, so I’m sure she would thrive.

#5. Gideon Nav from Gideon the Ninth

Gideon is hilarious. This is just facts. And her dark humor would fit so well onto Twitter! I would follow her to get a good chuckle throughout the day. Also, maybe she would post random sword-fighting videos! Ugh, I would die.

#6. Jack Wolcott from the Wayward Children series

I’m having difficulty deciding what type of social media Jack would go for. Probably a blog about the science of reanimation or some such thing. Perhaps a Pinterest with just a bunch of macabre pins. Whatever form her social media presence would take I would jump all over. She’s just so intensely interesting and I want to know more!

#7. January Scaller from The Ten Thousand Doors of January

I don’t know why, but I feel like January would have a beautiful Instagram. Especially if she’s travelling around between multiple doors and taking photos along the way. Can you imagine how amazing that would be?! Instant follow.

#8. Jess Brightwell from The Great Library series

I bet Jess would have a killer book blog. The man is obsessed with book! And he’s clever and funny, so I’m sure he’d have rather engaging posts. His love of books would shine on his blog. I can’t imagine not being drawn to that!

#9. Fie from The Merciful Crow

I just want to see Fie destroy anyone and everyone on a large, social platform. Probs Twitter. She is short and to the point, so Twitter would be perfect for her. And her dry wit would fit in so well. She would be a complete troll to all the privileged asses and I am here for it.

#10. Maia Tamarin from Spin the Dawn

Maia would have THE most amazing Instagram (and probably Etsy shop)! I want to see pictures of all the beautiful clothing that she sews. I mean, I have a visual in my head, but I want to actually see them. I would scroll through her Insta all the time and dream of being able to afford her clothing.


Are there any characters you would love to follow on social media? Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Hangovers

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Tuesday has rolled around again and it’s time for another TTT. This week’s theme is book hangovers. As in your top ten books that left you so wrapped up in the world and the characters that it took you awhile to pick up anything else to read. Or, if you did pick up another book, you just couldn’t get into it.

I’ll be honest, this doesn’t happen to me as much as I would like it to! I tend to roll right along after finishing a book, even if I absolutely loved it. As I was going through my recent reads, though, I did find ten books that had this impact on me in varying degrees. After looking at the list, I think the common theme is that they were all beautifully descriptive and had interesting concepts in addition to characters I instantly loved.

So let’s take a look at my top ten last books that gave me a book hangover!

Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

With Valentine’s Day coming up this Friday, this week’s TTT is all about love! You would think it would be easy to come up with a topic centering around love and books, right? Not so much for me this week. I’ve been training in a new section at work and my brain has been mush by the time I get home. I can barely focus on reading, let alone being creative!

But I finally settled on a topic! I’m going to talk about the top themes or tropes I love in books! You may remember me mentioning that I’m still learning what I love in books, though, so this is list is going to stop way before ten, heh. I’ve got five things that, when done well, make me fall for a book every time. So, without further ado, here are my…

Top Five Book Tropes/Themes I Love

#1. Books about books

I mean, this one is probably pretty obvious because I’ve mentioned it quite a few times, but I love a good book about books! Or a book within a book! Unf, give me all of those. I think I connect with this theme so much because, usually, there is a character in the book that loves books just as much as I do. It’s amazing to be able to connect to character that shares a similar passion and hear them describe their love with far prettier words than I’m ever able to conjure. I feel very seen.

Some examples: The Starless Sea, The Great Library series, The Thirteenth Tale

#2. A game/puzzle aspect

If a book contains some type of game or puzzle aspect, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’m going to read it. My enjoyment of the book depends on how fleshed out the game/puzzle becomes throughout the story. I don’t like when it’s just there for flash, but when it becomes an integral part of the story, it’s just… *chef’s kiss* Can’t get enough of it!

Some examples: Ready Player One, The Westing Game, SLAY

#3. QUESTS

I mean, who doesn’t love a good adventure? I love when someone (or, better yet, a group of someones who may or may not get along) has to go on a journey to find the thing/save the village/murder the big baddie. I get so invested in their quest and have a burning need to know how it ends! Because, at my core, I’m a big softie who loves a happy ending. Not to say that I’m going to hate a book with death and mayhem and no happily ever after. I just like when there’s at least hope after a long journey and I love following our questing protagonist to that point.

Some examples: Spin the Dawn, The Merciful Crow, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

#4. Magic and whimsy!

Seriously, I adore a book with a bit (or a lot) of magical or whimsical elements. I typically read books as a way to unwind at the end of the day and I feel like, the more fantastical, the easier it is for me to feel transported. I find myself falling into these worlds and pulling them around me like the warmest, comfiest blanket. I love getting lost in books that play with the world as we know it. Perhaps it is because it let’s me imagine that magic truly exists, if only for a little while.

Some examples: The Night Circus, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, In an Absent Dream

#5. Found family

You know when a group of misfits are shoved together for Reasons and they have to learn to work together and eventually come to think of each other as family?

Yeah… that’s that good sh*t.

I am fortunate to have grown up with a very loving family, but the found family trope still calls to me. I think it’s the concept that, even if you have no blood family or they treat you like crap, there are still people out there that can love you. Reading about someone finding their people just gives me all the feels and I can’t get enough of it.

Some examples: A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Six of Crows, the Harry Potter series


There you have it; a short list of a few things I love in books! I’m sure with as much as I’ve been reading lately, this list will eventually be much longer.

In the meantime, why don’t you tell me about some tropes or themes that you love in books? Are any of these on your list? Talk to me in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Five Star Predictions

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

It’s another fresh week and time for another Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme made me exam my TBR shelf with one question in mind: Which of these books will end up being my favorites? I’m not one to throw out five stars, though I do hand out four stars left and right. Actually finding ten books I thought I would love so much that they would get the coveted 5/5 took some time, but I think this list captures the ones I think have a fighting chance. Since I’m still learning my reading tastes, it will be interesting to see whether or not these predictions are correct.

But enough chit-chatting, let’s get to the list!

Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Recent Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Happy Tuesday, dear reader! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, but when I saw it was a book cover freebie, I couldn’t resist! I’ve read quite a few books recently that had gorgeous covers. It makes me wonder if I’m just drawn to pretty books or the genres I typically read are upping their cover game. Either way, I thought I’d share my top ten favorite covers of books that I have recently read. Enjoy!

  1. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: I just love the dark, creepy vibe of this cover. It’s also my favorite of the Wayward Children’s series!
  2. The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen: I just love the color scheme and the art of this cover! I honestly originally picked this up solely because of the cover. Thankfully, I ended up loving it.
  3. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Another book that I picked up solely because of the cover. I mean, look at it! It’s absolutely gorgeous! The colors, the art, the whole aesthetic is just *chef’s kiss*
  4. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: I loved this entire book’s aesthetic. Honestly, it just fit the book so well. That aside, this cover just makes me drool. Gideon looking suitably badass and bones aplenty. It speaks to me.
  5. Wilder Girls by Rory Power: Yet another book that I picked up solely because of the cover. Sensing a theme with me? I can 100% be sold on a book if I find it pretty. I just love the art on this. It’s evocative and creepy and it makes you want to know what’s inside.
  6. A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer: I mean… just look at it! It helps that green is my second favorite color. It’s so pretty…
  7. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow: I don’t usually go for flowery covers, but this cover just slapped me in the face in the best of ways! It’s eye-catching and stunning and I just want to stare at forever.
  8. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: I do love a cover with symbolism. Everything on this cover is a hint to things found within the book and I adore it. It’s also beautifully understated.
  9. SLAY by Brittney Morris: This is probably my favorite one on the list. I love the colors. I love that it features a beautiful, geeky, black young woman. I love the effects. And, not gonna lie, the naked hardcover is beautiful!
  10. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: Yup, another Wayward Children book, but look at it! The lightning! The door! It makes me think of a horror movie, which makes sense when you think of the content of this book. It’s deliciously weird and I love it!

If you’d like to find out more about any of these books, simply click on their gorgeous covers to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Have you read any of these books? Have you read any book simply because you loved the cover? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Jan – Jun

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

We’ve entered a new year and a whole new crop of new books are on there way! Just today, three books released that I’ve been really pumped about reading. 2020 looks like it’s going to be an incredible year for new books! This week’s TTT is focused on picking out your top ten most anticipated reads for the first half of the year. So, in no particular order, here are the books I am most looking forward to from January to June!

Of course, there are tons more books that I’m really hyped for in that time frame, but these are the ten that have me the most excited. And I’m lucky enough to have an ARC for a few of these! If you’d like to know more about these books, just click on the titles to head to their Goodreads pages.

So what new releases are you most excited for in the first half of 2020? Are any of these books on your list? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Reads of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

It’s the last day of 2019 and a great time to reflect on my past year of reading. According to Goodreads, my average rating for 2019 was 3.8, which tells me that I had a rather great reading year! I definitely did better than last year. Of course, I only read two books last year, soooo…

Considering that I read a lot of great books, it was hard to sit down and pick out the ten best books. There are so many I’d love to put on this list! In the spirit of the TTT, though, I’m gonna stick with ten. So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are the books that I loved the most in 2019!

Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Happy Christmas Eve, y’all! I actually have the day off and I’m planning on doing a lot of relaxing with the family and just generally being lazy af. I still have presents to wrap because I’m a slacker. I’ll get to it once the kids are distracted. They’ve been on a Star Wars binge since we went and saw the newest movie, so perhaps I’ll switch on Disney+ and take advantage of that time for some intense wrapping.

Speaking of presents, this week’s TTT is all about what books you hope to find wrapped prettily beneath your Christmas tree. Now, I don’t tend to ask for books for Christmas. Weird, right? It’s probably the control freak in me, but I would rather get a gift card to, say, Barnes & Noble so I can buy whatever I’m feeling at the moment. I can also never think of a specific book I want when someone asks me because I want SO MANY BOOKS! In the spirit of this TTT, though, let’s say I finally got my stuff together and asked for some books I’ve been dying to read. Here’s my list in no particular order!

Read More »