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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books as Crayola Crayons

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books as Crayola Crayons

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a lot of fun. Crayola are well known for having some wild and wacky crayon colour names, but can you imagine if some of those colours were named after our 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’d throw into the ocean

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’d throw into the ocean

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a difference between a bad book and a book which is so next-level terrible that you’d gladly throw it into the ocean. These ten books are ones that are so bad that I 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Misleading book titles

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Misleading book titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is actually funny book titles, but after wracking my brains for hours I still couldn’t think of any. Instead, I’ve decided to shine a spotlight on ten books that have misleading book titles. These are the kind of titles that – if they were literal – would make the stories within far different!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

In the literal version of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Pip Fitz-Amobi is a good girl with a dark secret – she’s actually a serial killer, and has been regularly bumping off people who wrong her. In this non-fiction confessional, Pip shares the deepest secrets, tips and tricks she’s learnt on the road to becoming the murderer with the biggest body count of all time!

Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens

A recipe book stuffed full of delicious treats to cook when you’re hosting your worst enemies! Definitely not a family friendly cookbook, and probably not one you want to display too prominently on your shelves…

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Instead of chronicling the life and adventures of a blogger rising to fame, a literal Girl Online focuses on one girl scrolling through social media, getting bored and talking to her friends, watching some cat videos and then scrolling on social media again. A very relatable story for the lockdown generation.

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

Rather than a story following three generations of beekeepers, The History of Bees would be much less gripping if it did what it said on the tin and just told you the true story of the history of the bee species. To be honest, I think I’d still enjoy reading it: I don’t know much about the way that bees have evolved through the centuries.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Instead of exploring the galaxy with Ford Prefect as he researches and writes the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the literal version would publish his research instead! Flip through the pages and discover the multiple wild and wacky worlds across our galaxy that you’ve never heard of, and find some new must-visit destinations to save towards in the future.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

Non-fiction cleaning releases seem to be selling brilliantly at the moment. If How the One-Armed Sister Sweep Her House was literally a cleaning manifesto focusing on a disabled woman and her genius cleaning solutions, it would be a huge hit.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Narrated by a travel blogger who is too stubborn to use a map, Looking For Alaska becomes a sprawling exploration of Canada, from a writer busy searching for an elusive American state. There’s even potential for a sequel called Looking For Hawaii.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

A literal version of Nevernight would have to follow a group akin to stormchasers, who chase daylight across the globe, determined to never see the sun set. Kind of like reverse vampires… Empire of the (Anti-)Vampire?

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Have you ever wondered what other people’s houses smell like? Well, wonder no longer! Expert sniffers have been deployed across the world, tasked with a simple challenge: to enter a wide range of people’s houses, and describe the scents they discover within.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

If this title was literal, it definitely wouldn’t be a YA thriller. Two people can keep a secret… and they successfully do! No drama whatsoever.

I hope you enjoyed my twist on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic! Are there any books that you can think of which would be vastly different if their titles were literal?

Thank you for reading,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books on my spring TBR

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books on my spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Oh boy, it has been a while since I’ve written a seasonal TBR post for Top Ten Tuesday. I am notoriously bad at actually reading any of the books that I feature on these 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’ll probably unhaul

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’ll probably unhaul

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a spring cleaning freebie, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about ten books I’ll probably unhaul at some point. Some of these are ones that 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Purple, yellow and green book covers

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Purple, yellow and green book covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about celebrating books with purple, yellow and green covers because today is Mardi Gras! Without further ado, here are some pictures of the best purple, yellow and green books that we own.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday post! Which purple, yellow or green cover is your favourite?

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Adult romances on my radar

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Adult romances on my radar

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ll be honest, I have no idea how to talk about adult books. I would call all of the books on this list contemporary romances, but I don’t actually know if they are: 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books written before I was born

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books written before I was born

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Because this week’s topic is rather vague, I’ve decided to split this list into two. I’m going to start this list by talking about five books that were written before I was born 

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I discovered in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I discovered in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

I read 240 books in 2020, and a lot of those were new-to-me authors. It’s been really hard to narrow this list down to just ten, because I could have easily gushed over 20+ authors who I read for the first time in 2020 and really loved.

However, these were by far the best of the best new authors that I read in 2020, and I’m looking forward to reading more from all of them in the future.

10. Dean Atta

I had never heard of Dean Atta until The Black Flamingo was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. It blew me away, and I highly recommend it if you want to read a coming-of-age YA novel in verse. However, I then read one of Dean Atta’s adult poetry collections and I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting to. Although I’ll definitely be reading more of Atta’s work in the future, I didn’t feel able to place him any higher on this list.

9. Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My friend Anya has recommended that I read Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ novels more times than I can count since I’ve met her, but for some reason I never got around to picking one up. That changed in 2020, when I was honoured to be asked to participate in the blog tour for The Inheritance Games. Reminding me of a cross between Truly Devious and Dynasty, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the sequel, The Hawthorne Legacy, when it is released. Luckily Jennifer Lynn Barnes has released tons of books over the years, though, so I’ve got a big backlist of her books to work through.

8. Colson Whitehead

I don’t often read literary fiction, but when Elliot Brooks and her partner read The Underground Railroad and really enjoyed it I decided that Sean and I should give it a go as well. Because it’s part of a genre I don’t pick up that often, it did take me a while to get into it, but the story is so powerful that I really felt every word of it. I have The Nickel Boys on my Kindle and I’m hoping to read it as soon as possible.

7. Jennifer Bell

I was intrigued by the cover of Wonderscape when it first popped up on NetGalley, but I didn’t end up requesting it until Gavin from How to Train Your Gavin read it and was absolutely raving about how brilliant it was. I ended up loving it, too, as it’s like a middle grade version of Ready Player One! I also read Jennifer Bell’s debut novel, The Crooked Sixpence, in 2020 when it was chosen as the Middle Grade Monthly read in November, and I’m looking forward to carrying on with the rest of this trilogy.

6. Robert Jackson Bennett

The first two books in the Founders trilogy absolutely blew me away. I’ve been seeing people raving about these books on Booktube for a little while, so I eventually caved and borrowed them from the library and I was not disappointed. With the dry sarcasm of Pierce Brown combined with the creativity of Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jackson Bennett is a brilliant author and I’m looking forward to the third book in the Founders trilogy finally being announced.

5. Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harrison is an author who I’ve known about for an awfully long time, but because I didn’t read much middle grade I just assumed I was too old for her books. However, after reading A Pinch of Magic for Believathon I couldn’t resist carrying on with the series, and I’ve now got the third book in the trilogy pre-ordered and I’m looking forward to reading it as soon as it arrives at the beginning of February. I’ve also bought the first book in the Thirteen Treasures series, so I’m looking forward to starting that as well!

4. Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is a late addition to this list, as we read Illuminae in December and that was my first ever Jay Kristoff read. I absolutely flew through it and can’t wait to read Gemina (which is on my TBR for this month – luckily I still have a few days left!) and eventually read some of Jay Kristoff’s solo offerings, too. I managed to pre-order a signed copy of Empire of the Vampire last week: bring on September!

3. Robert Jordan

I don’t know why I waited until 2020 to finally start the Wheel of Time series, but I’m so glad that I finally picked it up. I was a bit apprehensive about reading these because of how long they are – the first book comes in at around 700 pages, and I think it’s one of the shorter installments! – but I have read the first three books in the series now and the lowest rating I’ve given any of them was 4.5 stars. I’m hoping the rest of the series will live up to my expectations: only 11 more books to go!

2. Jessica Townsend

In 2020 I read books one and two in the Morrigan Crow series, and I discovered a new favourite middle grade story. Following a cursed child called Morrigan Crow, this story has magic and whimsy but isn’t afraid to play with darker elements as well. The third novel in the series, Hollowpox, was released towards the end of 2020, and it’s a book which I can’t wait to get my hands on.

1. Elizabeth Acevedo

I’d been interested in reading Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing since her debut novel, The Poet X, was released, but for some reason I didn’t actually pick it up until 2020. I loved it so much that I read Clap When You Land a couple of months later, and I’ve got With the Fire on High on loan from the library at the moment. Elizabeth Acevedo has definitely become one of my favourite authors, but at the moment I’ve only read her novels in verse. I’m looking forward to reading With the Fire on High, which has a more traditional narrative structure, and discovering whether I love Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing no matter what style she is using.

And those are the ten best authors that I discovered in 2020! Please leave links to your Top Ten Tuesday posts down in the comments, so I can find out which authors you discovered in 2020.

Have a great week, and I’ll see you again soon!

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I should have read in 2020

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I should have read in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. There were a lot of books that I meant to read in 2020, so I’ve already done a couple of videos and posts discussing them. Because of that, this list isn’t going to