Book Titles That are Questions#TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Book Titles That are Questions

I’m a bit surprised that there aren’t as many recent book titles that are questions. Or at least I didn’t see that many.

I decided to make a list of some (maybe) more obscure book titles for adults (a lot of kids books have question-titles).

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Miss or Mrs.? – Wilkie Collins

What Will He Do With It? – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy

Who Is Simon Warwick? – Patricia Moyes

Is He Dead? – Mark Twain

If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi

And Where Were You, Adam? – Heinrich Böll

Is He Popenjoy? – Anthony Trollope

Am I Getting Paid for This?: A Romance About Work – Betty Rollin


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.

Why I Love Reading #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Reasons Why I Love Reading

  1. It’s a cheap way to travel. And especially in these times where I’m not sure about being on an airplane right now, I get to travel the world in books
  2. It helps me go to sleep. I sometimes watch some Netflix or other streaming stuff before bed but the last thing I do before turning out the light is to read.
  3. It lets me see the world from different perspectives. That’s why I’m glad that we are able to read from more diverse writers in recent years.
  4. An appreciation for the written word. When you read that sentence or paragraph that moves you, that makes you reread it to just appreciate how it’s written!
  5. It stimulates your imagination. This especially applies to speculative fiction and how writers work on world-building. But it begins right from childhood, and how imaginative and creative some picture book writers and illustrators are.
  6. Knowledge. I don’t often read nonfiction, but when I do, there’s so many interesting and new information that just comes pouring though those books.
  7. It’s entertaining. Books can be funny, exciting, scary, thrilling, and all that’s happening is that you’re reading words.
  8. It helps reduce your risk of dementia. Yes, that’s some years away, but it’s always a good reason to read.
  9. Because plenty of times, the book is better than the movie/TV series.
  10. It’s a good workout for the brain!


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.

Summer 2021 TBR #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books On My Summer 2021 TBR

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I’d like to fill my summer reading list with all kinds of lighthearted fun reads.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters #3)- Talia Hibbert

Arsenic and Adobo – Mia P. Manansala

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) – Alyssa Cole

While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date #6) – Jasmine Guillory

Intercepted – Alexa Martin

Dial A for Aunties – Jesse Q Sutanto

The Happy Ever After Playlist (The Friend Zone #2) – Abby Jimenez

People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry

Impostor Syndrome – Kathy Wang


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.

Classics With Great Covers #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

It’s a freebie week. So I thought of this one…

Classics With Great Covers

So here’s a list of books that are at least 50 years old (at least I hope so). And with covers that have been redone to suit the newer, more modern look.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Dune by Frank Herbert.
Love the colours!
Emma – Jane Austen

I love these Penguin Threads covers.

1984 – George Orwell
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery (these are by Rifle Paper Co)
Hamlet – William Shakespeare (part of the Pelican Shakespeare)
The Birds – Daphne Du Maurier (Virago Modern Classics Designer Collection)
Orlando – Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut (Intriguing minimalist covers!)


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.

Complete Sentence Book Titles #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

All of these books are from my TBR list. Have you read any?

This Book Betrays My Brother by Kagiso Lesego Molope
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph – Brandy Colbert
Freedom is Space for the Spirit – Glen Hirshberg
I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf – Grant Snider
The Thirty Names of Night – Zen Joukhadar
Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai – Nina Mingya Powles
Who Put This Song On? – Morgan Parker
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! – Jessica Kim
This Is King of an Epic Love Story – Kheyren Callender
The Stars Are Legion – Kameron Hurley


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.

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.