My 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

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.

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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.

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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 Obelisk Gate, 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 Court of 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!
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Top 10 Tuesday Turns 10: Visiting Past T10Ts

Hello dear readers, today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a special one, because it is the 10th Birthday!!

Because it is the 10th birthday, make sure you go check out That Artsy Reader Girl, the creator and host of Top 10 Tuesday.

I figured since it is the 10th birthday, I would share 10 of my favorite Top 10 Tuesday posts that I’ve written so we can relive some of the best ones.

I hope you enjoy, and as always, make sure to follow me on social media.
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My Top 10 Protagonists

10 Settings I’d Like to See More Of

5 Characters I Would be Friends With and 5 I Wouldn’t

Top 10 Bookmarks


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10 Beautiful Book Covers I Own

Children’s Books I Remember Loving

10 Signs You’re a Certified Book Addict

10 Longest Books I Own


Bookish Things I Want at my Birthday Party

Best Closing Lines in Books


10 Bookstagram Accounts I Follow

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.

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@Lauren.bodiford


@anerdybookbirdy


@bookish.coffee


@jenjenreviews


@reading.with.emma


@thewritereads


@sabinesbooknook


@weeziereads


@successfullybooked


@bluedeskbooks


Why Did I Add These 10 Books to my TBR?

Hello dear readers, it is time for another Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is 10 books I added to my TBR and I don’t know why.

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  • 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.
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10 Bookish Things I Want at my Birthday Party

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!
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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.


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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.


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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.
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10 Writing Ideas to Inspire You During Quarantine

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!

If that does happen, let me know in the comments or follow me on social media because I’d love to read that piece!
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1 Write a Three Sentence Novel

2 – Write A Personal Narrative – Big or Small

3 – Try Writing A Poem

4 – Write a Letter to the Editor – In your local newspaper

5 – Write a review of something you wouldn’t normally cover

6 – Write a How-To-Guide on Something You’re Good at

7 – If you have a camera, try a photo essay.

8 – Even if you can’t dry, try making a comic strip

9 – Revise and Edit old pieces

10 – Write a Recipe for the dish you’re best at cooking

Book Titles That Make Good Band Names

Naming something can probably be one of the hardest things to do, and it happens more than you might think.

There are plenty of things out there that need naming; pets, bands, books, characters,vehicles, shoes.

With all the things in the world that need names, why not look for some inspiration from something you have dozens of: books.

So, now that you’re looking to create a new band with some other book lovers, look at these books for some inspiration to call your band, depending on the music genre.

If you think of any better band names based off of book titles, let me know in the comments or send me a message on social media!
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Folk Music

If you’re looking to make a folk band of some kind, think of these book titles for your band name:

  • Proust and the Squid
  • The Dumbest Generation
  • Les Miserables

Country Music

If banjo’s and harmonica are more your jam, maybe think of these Country Music band names:

  • Slow Down
  • The Road (I actually really like this one)

Rock

There’s a lot of different forms of rock, but these band names might work:

  • Angels & Demons
  • Calamity
  • Moby Dick
  • Heir of Ashes
  • Mythology

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What do you think of these band names? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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