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.

Books Written Before I Was Born #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books Written Before I Was Born 

Well this is a great opportunity for me to think about books I want to read for the Back to the Classics challenge (here’s the link to the challenge page). Some books work for more than one category. And as part of the challenge, all these books are at least 50 years old (published no later than 1971).

1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899
Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell (1863)
 
2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971 – (I’ve already read The Stranger by Albert Camus)
 
3. A classic by a woman author.
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay (1971)
Tomorrow Will be Better – Betty Smith (1948)
 
4. A classic in translation.
I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki (1905)
 
5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki (1905)
The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore (1916)
 
6. A classic by a new-to-you author.
The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore (1916)
Foundation by Isaac Asimov (1951)
 
7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author. 
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (1874)
Judith by Noel Streatfeild (1956)
 
8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird).
Frolic of the Beasts – Yukio Mishima (1961)
 
9. A children’s classic. 
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (1865)
 
10. A humorous or satirical classic.
The World of Jeeves – PG Wodehouse (1967)
 
11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction)
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss (1812)
 
12. A classic play. 
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee

 

 

 


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.

New-to-me authors of 2020 #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

I read 106 new-to-me authors – out of a total of 206 books read.

So um, this post is going to just highlight a few. These are authors I would love to read more of their works.

Writers

Jerry Craft – New Kid

Charlie Jane Anders – All the Birds in the Sky

Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, Woman, Other

Tiffany D Jackson – Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Sarah Pinsker – A Song for a New Day

Ocean Vuong Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Tamsyn Muir – Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth

Cho Nam-Joo – Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Aiden Thomas – Cemetery Boys

Yamile Saied Mendez – Furia

Kiley Reid – Such a Fun Age

Kassia St Clair – The Golden Thread


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 I meant to read in 2020 #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

I picked these books published in 2020 that I didn’t get to reading, but hopefully will do that soon! Have you read any of these?

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You Exist Too Much – Zaina Arafat

Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi

Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo

How Much of These Hills is Gold – C Pam Zhang

Afterlife – Julia Alvarez

The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett

Bestiary – K-Ming Chang

Book of the Little Axe – Lauren Francis Sharma

Minor Feelings – Cathy Park

How to Pronounce Knife – Souvankham Thammavongsa

 

 


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.

Resolutions for 2021 #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Resolutions/Hopes for 2021 (bookish or not!)

My hopes for the year are that my family and friends continue to stay healthy and safe. And that we will be able to visit Singapore to see our families!

In terms of reading, I want to continue to read diversely. By that, I mean, to read more:

  • books in translation
  • books by authors from different countries, not just the US
  • books by minority writers
  • more non-fiction
  • hopefully at least six works of classic literature (works published at least 50 years ago).

How about you?


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.

Looking forward to these 2021 reads #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient #3) – Helen Hoang

Act Your Age, Eve Brown – Talia Hibbert

Life’s Too Short – Abby Jimenez

Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro

Winterkeep (Graceling Realm #4) – Kristin Cashore

On Fragile Waves – E. Lily Yu

Fireheart Tiger – Aliette de Bodard

Aftershocks – Nadia Owusu

The Tea Dragon Tapestry – Katie O’Neill


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 I Hope Santa Brings #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books I Hope Santa Brings

Harry Potter (Minalima edition).

I’ve become a collector of the Minalima editions of classic books, and have all of them so far, except this Harry Potter one. In case you’ve not heard of Minalima, they make these beautiful versions with interactive parts and they are such works of art.

Howl’s Moving Castle (Folio edition)

Isn’t that a beautiful cover? I’ve never owned a Folio before…

The Terry Pratchett Discworld hardcovers (Orion Publishing)

I own a couple of these and would love to add more!

The Vintage Classics Virginia Woolf series

So far I only own one of these but I really like the covers of this series!

Penguin Clothbound Classics 

These are just so beautiful!


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.

Book Covers to Gaze At So I Can Pretend It’s Snowing Outside #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

(it’s a winter freebie)

So my topic this week will be

Book Covers to Gave At So I Can Pretend It’s Snowing Outside                                                                 Although That’s Never Going To Happen 

I have been living in the SF Bay Area for about ten years now, and we have had snow on the very top of our peaks (elevation: 2520 feet) about maybe 3 times.

So no snow falling outside my window for me – although since this is California, I do have the option of driving just a few hours to the ski slopes. Does it snow where you are?

(The first four are TBR)

Winter People – Jennifer McMahon

Dirty Snow – Georges Simenon

Freedom is Space for the Spirit – Glen Hirshberg

The Snow Tourist – Charlie English

(The following books are those I’ve already read). 

Greenglass House – Kate Milford

Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Kimono – Mark Henshaw

The Terror – Dan Simmons

The Abominable – Dan Simmons (what can I say, I kinda like his books)

Winter’s End – Jean-Claude Mourlevat, Anthea Bell (Translator)

 

 


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.