Top Ten Tuesday: short books you can finish in one sitting

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s been months since I linked up for Top Ten Tuesday, and I’ve really missed it. I really enjoy talking about books and seeing what everyone else is reading and recommending!

This week’s prompt is “top ten recommendations for __________”. We’re heading into the last stretch of summer and trying to maximize those last precious days lounging on the beach or in a hammock, soaking up the sun. I know I’m not the only one who loves a good beach read, but since we don’t have much time left to finish those books before school starts up again, I thought I’d round up ten of my favorite short books that can be easily read in one sitting. (This is similar to a prompt I followed earlier this year, but all of these titles are under 300 pages.)

There’s a little something for everyone in this list, from mystery to rom-com to nonfiction. In order by length, here are some of my favorite short books to enjoy this month, whether you’re relaxing poolside, taking a train to a weekend vacay destination, or parked in front of a fan trying to beat the heat! Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: things that will make me instantly want to read a book

Top Ten TuesdayThis week on TTT we’re discussing the things that will make you instantly want to read a book. Whether it’s a plot device, historical setting, or something really quirky—you know there’s at least one thing you just can’t resist! Here are the top ten things that hook me every time, in no particular order:

  • Time travel
  • Dragons
  • Other dimensions/alternate worlds
  • Fringe science
  • Amnesia
  • Dreams
  • Retellings of famous stories
  • Badass female leads
  • Unreliable narrators
  • Characters in hoods (I’ve joked about this one before but it’s true)

What bookish things make you instantly want to read a book? If you linked up for TTT make sure to leave me your link in the comments so I can check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday: books I just had to devour in one sitting

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s time for another weekly round of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week we’re dishing on single-sitting reads: books you read in one go or could theoretically blast through in a single session. There are several books I just had to devour in one sitting, because they were just too good to put down! In no particular order, here are some of the books I just had to devour in one sitting…

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. I scoffed at all the hype around this book until I actually picked it up, and realized I couldn’t put it down again. The plot gets more and more twisted right up until the very last page. Many other books have bragged in their blurbs that they are similar to this but I have yet to find a worthy rival.

The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney. This book sucks you right in with the dual narratives of Emma and Jane, two women renting a beautiful but odd house from an equally intriguing architect…who may or may not be a murderer.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. This was my introduction to the world of dystopian YA and I couldn’t put it down. I admit that I wasn’t as enamored with the latter books in the series but this remains one of my favorite YA series to date.

The Mothers, by Brit Bennett. I went through a bit of a reading slump this year and this was one of the books I picked up this spring that shook me out of it. It’s hard to believe this novel is a debut—the prose is so rich and the characters so well drawn, it seems like something a more seasoned author would produce.

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, by Fredrik Backman, This is a very short book, a novella really. But that’s okay, because you’ll want to read it multiple times. It’s an incredibly moving portrait of a man slowly losing his battle with Alzheimers, recounting the memories he still has and mourning the loss of those that are fading away. There’s so much emotion packed into such simple sentences. I bawled my eyes out reading this one.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I just had to devour in one sitting

Any of the Inspector Erlendur novels by Arnaldur Indridason. This is one of my favorite crime series, hailing all the way from Iceland. The books are short, just under 300 pages apiece, so they’re very easy to binge-read.

The Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie. I favor Marple over Poirot but enjoy both of these series—and again, since the books are only two or three hundred pages, they’re perfect for an afternoon of non-stop reading.

The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell. This book just sucked me in with the shifting narratives from the very first page. I thought the ending was a little odd but otherwise I loved this book. The switch in voice through was mesmerizing.

The Pretty Little Liars series, by Sara  Shepard. So sue me—these were absolute trash. But they were also super addicting, in the way junk food is. I actually would say that only the first eight books in the series deserve that status, though; the series came back with eight more books after the original mystery was solved and they weren’t nearly as compelling.

Inferno, by Dan Brown. A thriller that was impossible to put down! I think this is probably one of those books that required me to get up and make a pot of coffee so I could finish it, since it is on the longer side. But it was worth any lost sleep!

So…if you’re looking for a new book to devour in one sitting, those are just a few of my suggestions! Do you gulp down your books or read them slowly? Sometimes I’ll tell myself that I’ll pace a book, but then I just can’t resist racing through it!

Top Ten Tuesday: my spring 2017 TBR list

Top Ten TuesdayHappy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! This week we’re writing up our top spring TBR lists, and while I have tons and tons of books waiting to be read, these are ten that I’m especially eager to read. Hop over to The Broke and the Bookish to link up your own list, and let me know: what’s at the top of your TBR this spring? (And if we’re not already friends on Goodreads, leave me your profile link, too!)

In no particular order on my spring 2017 TBR list: A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Choksha // A Curious Beginning, by Deanna Raybourn // The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden // Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel // The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers // The Girls, by Emma Cline // To Capture What We Cannot Keep, by Beatrice Colin // The Map of Chaos, by Felix J. Palma // One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez // Britt-Marie Was Here, by Frederik Backman

Top Tten Tuesday: my spring 2017 TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday: Character names I’ve used (or would use) for my cats

Top Ten Tuesday: character names I would use for my catsI love good stories. I love cats. If I can combine the two then I am one happy girl! This week for TTT we’re talking character names that we would use for a child or pet, so I am rounding up my fave character names that I have used or would use for my kitties:

Merry and Pippin—I mean, who didn’t love these two hobbits? And The Lord of the Rings continues to be one of my fave stories ever, so obviously I’ll have to pull some kitty names from it at some point. If I ever get kitty siblings I’d love to call them Merry and Pippin.

Guenhwyvar—the magical panther who accompanies Drizzt Do’Urden in the Forgotten Realms books. I always said that if I got a female black cat I would use this name and now I have. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen her pop up from time (but let me tell ya, black cats are hard to photograph, and even more so when they’re shy!).

Book character names I've used for my cats: Guenhwyvar

Artemis Entreri—another FG character, this one was an assassin who was kind of a good guy at times. I haven’t used it yet but I will. I’d like to give this name to a black boy cat.

Sherlock Holmes—can’t you see a super-grouchy fluffy cat with this name?

Jaqen H’ghar—I’m reserving this one in case I ever get an orange and white cat. I suppose my Skittles comes close since she has the split coloring on her face and that fits perfectly with the Two-Faced Man but I couldn’t bear to change her name. She is my other super-fluffy girl.

Captain Jack Sparrow—the fluffiest of fluffies! She got this name because a) I found her while jogging to some music by Bring Me the Horizon, so fate; and b) she had bad mats in her fur from neglect, so she looked like she had black dreadlocks. I know this doesn’t really count as a bookish name, but I had to include it.

Book character names I've used for my cats: Captain Jack Sparrow

Daryl Dixon—if I ever get another cat who’s absolutely wild he or she will be Dixon after everyone’s favorite zombie slayer. If it’s a girl I could just call her Dixie for short.

HobbesCalvin and Hobbes was one of my favorite comic strips growing up, and still is. I used this name for the shy, slightly grumpy orange cat that comes by my porch each day for food. S/he is feral and won’t accept pets but is slowly getting more used to me. (I’m not sure if it’s a girl or a boy but I call it “Mr. Hobbes” all the same.)

Al Sa-Her (The Magician)-–if you watch Arrow on TV or read the DC comic books, you know this is Malcolm Merlyn’s name as a member of the League of Assassins. A little black and white cat showed up on my doorstep and charmed even Hobbes into accepting her, so “The Magician” seems to fit. And I do think a black and white cat needs a regal name, don’t you? (BTW, that ghost cat in the background is the neighbor’s, “Sweetie”–but I call her Mouse!)

Book character names I've used for my cats: Hobbes and Al Sa-Her

Those are the best ones I can think of for now! So what character names would you use (or have used) for your kids and pets? Do you think it’s a silly idea or not? Leave me a comment and let me know!