Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday. Thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for the topic as always!
I normally don’t do these when the topic is June TBR, Summer Books to Read, etc. because I don’t read as much as other people do, so I’d have maybe one or two books on the list, which wouldn’t be fun for anyone.
BUT, I’ve been reading a lot more this year than I normally do, thanks to book blogging, so I figured a six-month time period would be enough to make a solid list about.
What books are you planning to read in the rest of 2020? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let’s talk about it.
Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox – I’m about a quarter of the way through this book, which I’ve been told is 1400+ pages long. I have a blog tour coming up for this book and it’s an interesting read to say the least.
Dread Pirate Arcanist, Coliseum Arcanist, Plague Arcanist by Shami Stovall. I loved Knightmare Arcanist, the first book in this series, and the books are a quick and fun read. I plan on getting through them pretty quickly in the rest of 2020.
Heir of Doom by Jina. S Bazzar. I enjoyed the first one in this series quite a bit, and the author approached me to read the second one. I feel bad because it keeps getting pushed back in my TBR, but I will read it soon!
Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. This one was recommended to me by one of my blogging friends Kat @ Kbookreviews. She said I would enjoy it, and since I don’t read a lot of Eastern Fantasy, that it would be good to expand my horizons.
The Fifth Season, The ObeliskGate, The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. I read some of Jemisin in university and I loved her work. It was such an interesting take on fantasy that I wanted to read more by her. I’ve heard each of these books are fantastic to read and might leave me feeling empty inside because of the emotions.
A Courtof Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This is another series I’ve heard a lot of good things about, so I am excited to get into it, but I don’t want to commit to the whole series quite yet because I have also hear some not-too-good things about it too. Hopefully those ones are wrong.
What books are on your TBR for the rest of the year? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media! Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook
Hello dear readers, I want to share some of my Instagram life with you today. I’ve been struggling with growing my Instagram followers. I don’t have an eye for design and style, so my pictures are mediocre.
I do like looking at other people’s nice pictures and discussing books with them.
So, because I am trying to share my Instagram world, you, my dear readers, get to see some of my favourite instagram accounts I follow.
I follow a lot of beautiful accounts, so this in no way is my 10 favourite, just 10 that I thought were exceptional and happened to be at the top of the list of accounts I follow.
S. by J.J Abrams: I know there was a reason, because I remember being excited to add it to my TBR, but I can’t remember what that reason was.
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult: I don’t even remember this book existing. I literally couldn’t tell you one thing about this book. I have no recollection of it at all.
Angelfall by Susan Ee: Another book I don’t remember existing. I looked up the author and she sounds good, but I don’t remember why I liked this book…I’ll have to look it up.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I know there was something about this book that piqued my interest. Another blogger recommended it to me but I don’t remember why.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy: I have seen the movie, and I don’t remember liking it. Maybe I thought the book was about something else.
Strategy by Lawrence Freedman: A thick ass book about the history of strategy. I can already feel myself hating my 20 year-old self for wanting to read this book.
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: I’ve heard it is tough to read, and not overly engaging. Some intellectual part of me probably thought it would be a good idea.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: I bought this book before I saw and started loving the movie. I’m putting it off until I am on my death bed because of an arrangement between my friend and myself.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: I hated this book in University and never got around to finishing it all. I read some cheat sheets on it though, and for some reason I decided to keep it around and finally finish it. No idea why.
The Atheist’s Guide to Reality by Alexander Rosenberg: I think I had an interest in religion and hating God way back when, but I have grown out of that phase now.
What are some books you added to your TBR and you don’t remember why? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media. Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook
This week’s theme is actually Top 10 Opening Lines, but I decided to go with my Top 10 Best Closing lines instead.
I am literally sitting on my floor, flipping through every book to find the best of the best closing lines of the books I own, so I hope you enjoy.
Closing lines are your last impression for the story. They can leave you in tears, or ruin all the time you invested in the journey. If you think about it, a closing line can be even more important than an opening line, and it is the opening line if you read the book backwards!
“Once upon a time there was a fox spirit with nine tails. A boy had the fox sealed inside him, and the two spent a long time together. A new calamity, the Juubi, was revived, but the boy became a shinobi, and together with the fox spirit and the other shinobi they became one and succeeded in sealing it. The boy with the fox spirit inside him was the son of the Fourth Hokage. Now he is called the Seventh.
I think this is a great close to the entire Naruto series. We know the story of Naruto, and all the struggles he had to go through to get where he is now. This closing line is a very short summary, and it brings back a lot of memories.
The Book Thief
“I am haunted by humans”
The entire book humanizes the character of Death, the greatest evil that someone could imagine. For death to claim he is haunted by humans shows that we, not him, are the worst evils that can be imagined. A haunting final line.
“This is what’s best for them. Besides, a guy who just sits around is boring.”
These words coming from Winry really tie in the final arc of Fullmetal Alchemist nicely. It is seen as a both romantic gesture as well as proof that the Elric’s stories aren’t over yet.
In Cold Blood
“Then starting home, he walked toward the trees, and under them, leaving behind him the big sky, the whisper of wind voices in the wind-bent wheat.”
This chilling final line of In Cold Blood really wraps up Capote’s heart-wrenching story nicely.
“Or so Bill Denbrough sometimes thinks on those early mornings after dreaming, when he almost remembers his childhood, and the friends with whom he shared it.”
If you know the story of IT, you know the significance of them remembering their childhood. With this closing line, they knew that the story was over, and that there was nobody left to haunt their memories.
“And if the Thame that ran beside them, sure and silver in the afternoon light, recalled a night long ago when the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on this same boy and girl, or if the stones of Blackfriars knew the tread of their feet and thought to themselves at last, the wheel comes full circle, they kept their silence.“
You wouldn’t know half of the ending of this series from this closing line, but if you know the story, you know the impact it has on readers.
The Eye of the World
“The Prophecies will be fulfilled,” the Aes Sedai whispered. “The Dragon is Reborn.”
This is a great set-up for the rest of the 14 book series. Though we had our suspicions, we now have a stage for the rest of the story.
Martin the Warrior
“There is always room for you and Bultip here, Aubretia. Our Abbey is a place for friendship. Anyone young or old, who has read or heard of Redwall may come and visit us. If you are honest and of good heart, no matter what the season our door is open to you. Whether for the first time, or for the return of an old companion, you are welcome. Please feel free to visit us anytime you pass by this way.”
This series will forever be one of my laborite series. This closing line perfectly encapsulates the essence of the story, and Redwall Abbey, which is often the main setting in the stories.
Priory of the Orange Tree
With the faintest smile, Ead cast her gaze towards the stars. “One day, perhaps,” she said. “But not today.”
A sad, but hopeful ending to a great romance. This line leaves hope for Ead and Sabran, but it still hurts us a little bit knowing they can’t be together yet.
“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.” “Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”
This last line always gets me. After three books of romantic build up, this is the line we end with. On one hand you can’t help but feel sad, but on the other, you hold on to a bit of hope.
What did you think of these closing lines? Are there any other closing lines that really stick out to you? Let’s talk about them in the comments, or send me a message on social media! Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook
Dear readers, did you know that it was my birthday recently? On May 2 I turned 25, so let’s throw me a pretend birthday party!
It’s tough thinking of 10 different bookish things to have at my birthday party, but I have a few ideas in mind that you might like.
But I want to hear what bookish items you’d have at your birthday, so let me know in the comments, or tag me in social media! Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook
1 – My Favourite Authors
So I’m going to be selfish and invite my favourite authors to my birthday. Assuming they all say yes, because why wouldn’t they, I would invite Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan (yes he’s going to zoom call into the party from wherever he is resting) and Samantha Shannon (She’s currently my #3 fav atm).
Because they’re all lovely people, they’ll do a little bit of signing, but mostly they’ll just hang out and chit chat with everyone.
2 – Some Book Characters
This will probably be the hardest thing on my bookish birthday checklist to get a hold of, because it involves some magic, but I am going to assume that we can find someone with the ability to make book characters come to life, even for a few minutes.
If that is possible, I want to have a station where people can “request” a certain character, and they’ll have the chance to take a picture or other PG-13 things.
Who would you want to bring to life from a book, even just for a picture with them?
3 – House Elves
Since it’s my party and I love to eat, we are going to need a lot of food. Why pay for that food, when I an have a few dozen house elves make food just appear in front of us whenever we want?
4 – In a bookstore
Where better to have a bookish birthday party, then in a book store? I don’t have one specifically in mind, but any bookstore will do. Here are some that might work.
5 – Free Book for Everyone
At the end of the night, once everyone has grown tired of the best party of their lives, they’ll get to take home one book of their choice for free.
6 – Discussion Circles
When you have a bunch of book lovers in one room, the best thing you can do is give them a chance to gush over their favourite books. So, to keep my party guests happy, I’ll have comfy chairs ready, set up in circles, for readers to chit chat about life or whatever books they’re currently reading.
7 – Coded Invitations
I think it would be really cool, if I created a coded invitation for people to come to my party. People will get an invitation on their doorstep, and you’d need to use famous books to find certain letters or answer certain riddles in order to find out the time and date of the party.
8 – Reading Area with Comfy Chairs and Couches
Like the discussion areas, I’d have chairs and couches set up in quiet zones for people to read. There will be a warm beverage station, but otherwise it will be a quiet zone for people to just enjoy whatever books they want to read.
9 – Make Your Own Bookquote Shirt Station
Simple idea. People will be able to put one of their favourite book quotes onto a plain white t-shirt and take it home to wear. Maybe with a photo station for some selfies too!
10 – All the Book Lovers I can Find
Obviously I can’t have this party on my own, so I need to invite all my bookish friends that I’ve made since becoming a book blogger. Everyone is invited, and bring as many book lovers as you can carry!
What bookish items would you have at your perfect party? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media. Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook
Hello dear readers, I have an idea I came up with for Top 10 Tuesday this week. Being stuck at home all day might be sucking your creative juices dry, so I came up with a few ideas that might get that brain working again.
I’ve had a few creative slumps during the quarantine myself, and reading other people’s works and looking for writing prompts or ideas has helped me get the creative juices flowing again.
So, because a lot of us are locked up in our homes and have more than enough time to write, maybe these ideas will be the next inspiration for your bestselling book!