Tag: weekly feature

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I wish I could read again for the first time

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is one close to my heart. If I could pick any superpower (other than invisibility or flying), I would definitely pick the power of being able to forget a book I’d 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Underappreciated books by popular authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m putting a twist on this week’s topic – secondary/minor characters who deserve more love – because the only one I could think of was Ragnar from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series, and I 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Grabworthy book titles

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

This week’s topic is all about titles or covers that made me want to read or buy a book. I’ll be honest, most of my purchase are purely cover buys, so I’ve decided to only feature intriguing titles that made me need to find out what the story inside was about.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

I still know nothing about Empire of the Vampire. The main reason I wanted to read it is because Sean has a book called Vampire Empire, and I’m planning to read them both and see if there are any similarities between them other than their names. That being said, the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous too, so if the title hadn’t already intrigued me then the cover would have.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

I’m interested in a lot of Neil Gaiman’s books because of their gorgeous covers, but it was the title of Fragile Things which first interested me. This is a short story collection, so can I expect it to purely feature tales about fragile things? Will those fragile things be breakables made out of ceramics and glass, or will they be living and breathing creatures? Either way, I’m interested.

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Okay, this might not be purely based on the title, because it is a V.E. Schwab novel and I probably would have ended up wanting to read it because of that anyway. But I’m interested in Gallant because of the different meanings of the word. It can be used both to mean a man who is a romancer of women, and to describe someone who is brave or heroic, and I can’t wait to find out which definition this story leans more towards.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

This is one of those book titles which gives so much away about the plot, while at the same time sparking a lot of questions. It’s quite similar to…

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

…which also makes you ask a lot of questions, while giving you a very accurate grasp of what the plot is about. I’ve read The Hundred-Year-Old Man and it didn’t live up to my expectations, but hopefully The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland will!

In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland

I was interested in In the Ravenous Dark before the cover was revealed, because the title is so evocative. I was expecting this to be a luscious, gothic, dark and brooding story, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised by the Grecian-inspired fantasy I discovered within.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Something about this title just makes me want to cry, which is one of the main reasons I haven’t picked it up yet. Same with They Both Die at the End – I’m just convinced they’re both going to be the kind of heart-wrenching contemporaries which make me want to tear my heart out and sob until my chest aches. This book will end up either being a new favourite or being a huge disappointment, but I’m not in any rush to discover which it will be.

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily A. Danforth

Another one which grabbed me with both its title and its cover. The first time I heard about Plain Bad Heroines I had no idea what the UK cover looked like, but I was interested in the idea of bad heroines and what they might get up to. Then I saw that stunning yellow and pink UK cover and I knew I had to have a copy!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

All of Becky Albertalli’s books do this for me, but none more so than Simon. There’s just something about knowing the main character’s name going into the book – and knowing that they’ve got a struggle or a battle against something on their hands – really appeals to me. Thankfully this title buy paid off, as Simon ended up being a 5 star for me.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Throwing this one way back, but another book I definitely picked up because of the title was Uglies. Too many books are about pretty or beautiful things, so to have a book focused on the less visually appealing really appealed to me when I was younger.

Thank you for checking out this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post. Leave a comment down below with some of the books you’ve read purely because of their titles or covers!

See you again soon,

Alyce

Xx

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Desert Island Reads

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Desert Island Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Ask any bookworm you know and they’ll agree that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is impossible. How are you supposed to choose just ten books to have with you while you’re stranded on 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I read in one sitting

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I read in one sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. There are quite a few books which I’ve read in one sitting, so it’s been hard narrowing this list down to just ten titles. I can’t read in one sitting as much anymore, because 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books titles which are questions

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books titles which are questions

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

I normally struggle with topics about book titles because my mind just goes blank, but this week’s topic has been surprisingly easy! I do have one author in particular to thank for that, so here goes…

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

The first book in the Spinster Club series, followed by…

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

…and…

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

I do love it when the names in a book series complement each other so nicely. But wait! There’s also the novella, which is

And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

Four books in one series? That’s almost half of this Top Ten Tuesday already done! But Holly Bourne’s able to help us out with one more book title before I let her go, because she’s also the author of…

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

Now it’s time to move on from Holly Bourne, I promise.

I’m not sure whether using that many books from the same author counts as cheating (but as I said, I normally struggle with topics like this so I’m happy to take the easy way out!).

Some other books titles which are questions include:

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

This is such a memorable book title. I’ve never read anything by Judy Blume, but I’m going to have to pick this book up eventually.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

This is one of my favourite book titles of all time. It poses such an intriguing question!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I’ve seen a few episodes of The Mindy Project but I’ve never felt compelled to pick up Mindy Kaling’s books. The title of this one has nearly made me change my mind a couple of times, though, because I can imagine a lot of people have had this exact same thought cross their mind and one point or another.

Where’s My Cow? by Terry Pratchett

Terry, I don’t know where your cow is, but I really want to know now you’ve asked…

Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson

I’ve always been interested in homophones – words which sound the same but are spelt completely differently – so this book title is so pleasing to me.

And that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! If you’ve also made a list of book titles which are questions, leave them down in the comments so I can see which ones I’ve missed.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again next week,

Alyce

X

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Reasons I love reading

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Reasons I love reading

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m glad this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a chilled out topic, because my brain is exhausted from my first week of training at my new job! I’m sorry if I post less regularly 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (July-Dec)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (July-Dec)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. As I mentioned during my January to June anticipated releases list at the start of the year, I won’t be featuring any of the books I mentioned in my most anticipated 2021 releases video 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Bookish wishes

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Bookish wishes

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

Today’s topic is such a fun one! It was hard to think of ten bookish wishes, so I’ve got a wide variety of them. They’re in no particular order, but feel free to let me know down in the comments which of my bookish wishes you like the most (and share your own, too!).

Red Rising book six

Come on, Pierce Brown. I love you, but you’ve been keeping me waiting for far too long! Dark Age was published July 2019, and i’ts almost July 2020 and we have no news of when the final installment in the Red Rising series is to be expected. This is understandable, as Pierce shared on Instagram that he’d scrapped 200+ pages of the book and was rewriting it, but it hurts my soul. The gap between Morning Star and Iron Gold was only 23 months, and we didn’t even know to expect a fourth installment so we couldn’t be impatient! The sooner this book gets announced, the happier Alyce will be.

Muse of Nightmares UK ARC

I have a copy of the Strange the Dreamer UK ARC, and I would love to eventually get hold of a copy of ARC of the sequel. This is an absolute unicorn and it will never happen, but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep my eyes peeled every time I go into a charity shop. I’m finally reading Muse of Nightmares at the moment and thinking Laini Taylor’s writing is so beautiful, and I’m looking forward to picking up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy in the near future.

More illustrated classics

This was Sean’s suggestion, but I agree with him completely. For our anniversary I gifted him an illustrated copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and Chris Riddell’s artwork adds so much to the story. It would be great to see more classics – particularly modern classics – getting an illustrated makeover, as it breathes a fresh lease of life into a story that you may have already read multiple times.

Angie Thomas special editions

I love Angie Thomas’s novels, but I’m not a huge fan of the UK book covers. I much prefer the simplistic illustrated covers which are available in America. I would love it if a UK book box decided to reissue Angie’s works in hardbacks with covers reminiscent of the US style, and I’d snap them up as soon as they went on sale!

Better concentration

Although I could utilise better concentration well in my day-to-day life, I think it would really help me with my reading. For the past few months, for no discernible reason, I’ve been struggling to concentrate on reading. I’ll find myself rereading sentences – or even pages – over and over again, and my brain still won’t be able to digest the information it’s receiving. It’s slowed down my reading dramatically, and it’s beginning to impact my enjoyment of reading. If this would go away, it would be brilliant! But instead of wishing for the problem to go away, I thought I’d wish for better concentration. That way, even if the problem isn’t linked to my concentration and stayed, I would suddenly find myself able to focus on audiobooks more and I might be able to love reading in a different format. At the moment audiobooks are a struggle for me because I just don’t feel as though I’m retaining the information, so I feel disconnected to the story, world and characters.

A sequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree

I LOVED Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree. I would have reread it already if it wasn’t over 800 pages and a huge time commitment, but I’m hoping to get it reread before the end of 2022 (possibly after I finally start The Bone Season). There are so many characters I absolutely love, and so much potential for further exploration in this world, and I hope Samantha Shannon chooses to write a sequel or a companion novel to this book.

…and a sequel to The Boy I Am

K.L. Kettle’s debut novel, The Boy I Am, was released at the beginning of 2021, and I really enjoyed it. However, as I mentioned in my review, I would love to see this book become the first in a series. The world is so complex and well-crafted, but we only get to explore 5-10% of it, and I found myself desperate for the story to continue so that we could learn more about the other Houses and the world outside of the Society.

To be a YA Book Prize judge

This is a big one! I would love to one day be on the YA Book Prize judging panel. I am a huge supporter of the YA Book Prize. I’ve read all of the books on the shortlist and chosen my own winner for the past six years (only missing the inaugural year in 2015), and this year I even did a reading vlog and a huge discussion video with Sean which culminated in us choosing our winner. It was so much fun, and I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year… But one day judging the prize myself would be the ultimate bookish dream come true.

A Tyler Joseph novel

Tyler Joseph – frontman and songwriter for twenty one pilots – is a lyrical genius. I absolutely adore the way he structures his songs, and some of the turns of phrase and mental images he crafts genuinely stick with you long after the song has finished playing. If he eventually decided to try his hand at writing a novel instead of another hit album, I think it would end up being one of my favourite books of all time. I can but hope!

More time to read

This is going to be on everybody’s list, but it needs to be said! The only thing harder to cope with than my constantly growing TBR is the ever-increasing realisation that I’m never going to have enough time to read all of the books on my shelves. If I could live on a couple of hours sleep (or could manage with a few minutes!) and use the rest of the time reading, it would be a blessing.

What are your bookish wishes? Let me know down in the comments, and thanks for reading!

Alyce

X

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Summer TBR

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s been three months since I posted my Spring TBR, and I’ve only managed to read two books out of the ten featured there. I am still intending to read the other eight books