Top not-quite animals #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Animals from Books

(these could be mythical, real, main characters, sidekicks, companions/pets, shifters, etc.)

Here are my favourite…not-quite animals…

Pantalaimon from the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

He’s Lyra’s daemon, in case you’re not familiar with the books. And he takes the shape of a pine marten.

Elena Michaels and the rest of the Pack from the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong

This is a fun series, and it’s one of the few to feature a female werewolf (she’s also the only female werewolf in this series). Are there other books with female werewolves? Let me know!

Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

I do not like these covers at all and for a long time resisted reading this series just because of the covers. But they’ve turned out to be a really fun read. Mercy Thompson is a shifter. She can turn into a coyote. Also, her neighbours are werewolves.

Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series

He’s probably my favourite character in the series anyway. But I have to admit it’s mostly because of Gary Oldman. Black is an animagus and can change into a black dog.

Reepicheep from the Narnia series

One of the bravest knights!

Falkor from the Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The movie makes him look like a dog-dragon. But I love how in the book, his body is covered with pearl scales and his voice is described as “bell-like”.

Temeraire in His Majesty’s Dragon series by Naomi Novik

If you’ve not heard of this series, it’s a really fascinating alternative history one where dragons are used as aerial warfare in the 1800s.


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.

Colorful Book Covers #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Colorful Book Covers

Ugh. So I had planned some weeks ago to do this in a different way. Highlighting books from before 2000. But then I didn’t finish the post. And now I have no time to do it properly. Maybe another time then!

Instead, here are colourful book covers that I’ve recently read. It’s a mix of books that have to do with….historical fiction, translated fiction, cookbook, wuxia-inspired, pandemic-related, comics, ghosts, young love, and all that crazy fun sparkly stuff that come with the Lumberjanes.

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Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah

Indian(-ish) by Priya Krishna

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup

Lumberjanes by Shannon Waters etc

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

The Down Days by Ilze Hugo

Love Is For Losers by Wibke Brueggemann

Delicates by Brenna Thummler


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.

Crayola Color-like Titles #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors

Ok this was a fun one! I did not realise that Crayola had so many unusual colour names! Here’s the wikipedia for examples. 

Also, let me know if you’d recommend any of the following titles. The only one I’ve read is Latitudes of Longing.

Here are some titles that could make great crayon colours

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Latitudes of Longing – Shubhangi Swarup (blueish green of a sea and jungle)

Fugitive Telemetry – Martha Wells (some kind of greyish-red-brown like metal that’s rusted beyond any hope)

Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas (a dusty grey pink)

Tweet Cute  – Emma Lord (an aqua turquoise like the Twitter icon)

The Snow Tourist – Charlie English (white-grey like a whiteout)

Fireheart Tiger – Aliette de Bodars (a reddish orange with hints of black)

These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong (blood-red that feels heavy)

Sharks in the Time of Saviours – Kawai Strong Washburn (that kind of whitish grey)

Darkdawn – Jay Kristoff (a deep purple)

Are We There Yet? – Kathleen West (a muddy brown of despair)


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.

Places In Books I Wouldn’t Want to Live In #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Places In Books I’d Love to Live

I wasn’t really feeling this topic (I imagine I would give answers that everyone else would have. Rivendell? New Zealand? Narnia?). So I decided to turn it upside down and go with….

Places In Books I Wouldn’t Want to Live In

Panem (The Hunger Games). Being made to watch death matches aren’t my thing, no thanks.

Mordor (Lord of the Rings). Orcs and giant spiders and that creepy eye always staring at you. I’ll pass.

The alternate timeline world of 1984 (1984). Big Brother is always watching.

The world of Fahrenheit 451. No books!! Sadness…

The America of Vox by Christina Dalcher. Women get an electric shock once they exceed 100 words a day! Also, once again, no books.

Similarly, the America of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  Whether as a handmaid, aunt, or a wife. It all sounds horrible.

Hill House (The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson). Ugh, creepy.

The California of Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Watkins. I feel like we’re already heading there, since we have once again had a very dry winter. So I definitely hope this isn’t out real future.

The society in Blindness by Jose Saramago. It was published in 1995 and it looks like I read it in 2007.


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.

Funny Book Titles #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Funny Book Titles

Oh boy, I wish I were making some of these up, but I really am not… Also I had to add in full screenshots of the book covers instead of a collage as some of them are…precious!

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Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine! – Chris Maynard & Bill Scheller

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Toilet Paper Origami: Delight Your Guests with Fancy Folds and Simple Surface Embellishments – Linda Wright

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How to Avoid Matrimony: The Layman’s Guide to The Laywoman – Herald Froy

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What Not to Wear on a Horse  – Ginny Oakley and Stephanie Soskin

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The Pop-Up Book of Phobias – Gary Greenberg

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The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure – Joseph Jenkins

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How to Live with an Idiot: Clueless Creatures and the People Who Love Them – John J. Hoover

(I feel sad for the family member who discovers this book stashed away)

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Impeccable Birdfeeding: How to Discourage Scuffling, Hull-Dropping, Seed-Throwing, Unmentionable Nuisances and Vulgar Chatter at Your Birdfeeder – Bill Adler Jr.

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Liberace: Your Personal Fashion Consultant – Michael & Karan Feder

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Deodorizing the Skunk by Surgery – Ray Singleton (bwahahaha, that skunk caption!)


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.

Books On My Spring 2021 TBR #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books On My Spring 2021 TBR

As you may know, I’m not the best at sticking to reading plans.

But I do follow some reading challenges (you can see the complete list here). And also, another initiative, the Read the World challenge on Instagram . 

So I will continue to work on these challenges, and here are some I hope to read!

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For the Back to the Classics challenge:

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (published in 1930) as an Adventure classic.

For the Reading Women Challenge:

Tokyo Ueno Station by You Miri for A Book with a Protagonist Older than 50

For the Read Harder Challenge:

Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai by Nina Mingya Powles for Read a food memoir by an author of color.

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo for Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist

For the Storygraph Translation Challenge:

Hotel Silence by Auõur Ava Ólafsdóttir for A book translated from Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish or Icelandic

For the PopSugar challenge

Black Chalk by Christopher J Yates for A dark academia book

 


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.

Books that feature cleaners #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

 It’s a Spring Cleaning Freebie

(for example, books you’re planning to get rid of for whatever reason, book’s you’d like to clean off your TBR by either reading them or deciding you’re not interested, books that feel fresh and clean to you after winter is over, etc.)

How about books about cleaners/domestic workers? This list is a mix of fiction and non-fiction, but decidedly not about self-improvement.

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The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (nonfiction)

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin (short stories – Berlin herself was a cleaning woman for a time)

Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin

My Cleaner by Maggie Gee

Upstairs Downstairs by John Hawkesworth

Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic’s Life by Alice Childress

Mary Reilly – Valerie Martin

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land


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.

Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had

I always thought it would be nice to be a bookstore owner. I’ve never worked in a bookstore though so I have no idea what it must really like – and also, how sustainable a business is it? – but I thought that I would make a post with books about people working in bookstores 🙂

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff (such a classic! I reread this ever so often)

The Bookshop – Penelope Fitzgerald

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend – Katarina Bivald

The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell (nonfiction)

The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

Books, Baguettes, and Bedbugs: the Left Bank world of Shakespeare and Co – Jeremy Mercer (also known as Time Was Soft There)

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore – Matthew J Sullivan

The Small Hand – Susan Hill

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell


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.

Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

I very rarely read funny books, I realised, as I was looking at my list of books read. I have to go quite far back to find them. And so I’ve ended up with a mix of comics and memoirs by comedians.

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The Phoebe and Her Unicorn series by Dana Simpson (#13 is to be published later in April) is always a delight.

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop series by Kelly Thompson

Nancy: A Comic Collection by Olivia James

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series by Ryan North

Discworld by Terry Pratchett (I am particularly fond of Mort and Hogfather – Death is my favourite character)

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (especially if you listen to the audiobook with its cameos)

You Can’t Touch My Hair And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari


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.

Purple covers #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers

I decided to go with purple books from my TBR list and soon realised that a lot of the books on my Goodreads TBR list are NOT purple (haha!). Instead there were quite a few green covers. But I wanted to make sure I got 10 purple(ish) books!

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The Distant Marvels – Chantel Acevedo

The Kindness of Enemies – Leila Aboulela

Vaclav & Lena – Hayley Tanner

Crosstalk – Connie Willis

Broken Glass Park – Alina Bronsky

The Shadowed Sun – N.K. Jemisin

The Thing about Thugs – Tabish Khair

Mary Lavelle – Kate O’Brien

Love in a Headscarf – Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

Beyond: the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology – edited by Sfé R. Monster, Taneka Stotts


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.