Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles as Crayon Names

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors (Take a moment and Google some of the crazy Crayola crayon colors that exist. Can you think of any book titles that sound like they could also be a crayon color? It might be fun to include a description of the kind of color you’re picturing.)

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – I’m thinking a silvery gray.

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory – A really dark gray.

Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts – A deep blue/teal.

Inferno by Julie Kagawa – A fiery red/orange.

Brighter than the Sun by Julia Quinn – A super bright yellow.

I had so much trouble with this week’s topic so I’m sticking with top 5. What colorful titles did you come up with?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to Live in

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Places in Books I’d Love to Live in.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Now obviously I don’t want to live in Prythian during the war, but I love the magic in this world.

Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May- Again, I’m just pretending the bad stuff doesn’t exist. I want to live on a spaceship and travel to cool planets whenever I want.

The Awakening by Nora Roberts- Honestly I’d just settle for living in Ireland but I’d also love to go to Talamh, filled with faeries, dragons and all sorts of other magic.

Winter by Marissa Meyer – Yes! Let’s live on the moon!

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – I’m not sure I’d like living in caves but it’s still a planet other than Earth where I can fly spaceships. (Seriously, it doesn’t get cooler than spaceships.)

I could only come up with five this week. What bookish places would you want to live in?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Funny Book Titles. I’m interpreting this more as funny weird than funny “haha”.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Handbook to Handling His Lordship by Suzanne Enoch

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

These are some of the books I’ve read with funny titles. Do you have any others?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Spring TBR

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books On My Spring 2021 TBR.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

To Sleep in A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Pasolini

Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Joust by Mercedes Lackey

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

What’s on your Spring TBR?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Cleaning Freebie

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Spring Cleaning Freebie. I’m going to list ten books I’d like to clear from my TBR. These are all books that have been on my shelf for awhile that I’ve been having trouble starting but would like to try over the next few months.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Stain by A.G. Howard

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

These are the books I’m hoping to get off my TBR this spring. What kind of bookish spring cleaning are you doing this year?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud (Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza).

Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

The Martian by Andy Weir

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Paper Towns by John Green

Well Met by Jen Deluca

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What books make you laugh?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Valentine’s Day/Love Freebie. I’m going to do my top ten book relationships.

Red and Blue from This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Feyre and Rhys from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Zoe and Brad from Key of Valor by Nora Roberts

Sophie and Benedict from An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Annabeth and Percy from The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Raisa and Han from The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

Aket-ten and Kiron from Aerie by Mercedes Lackey

Layla and Roth from Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Ember and Garret from Inferno by Julie Kagawa

Sydney and Adrian from The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

These are my favorite book couples. What books do you love to read for Valentine’s Day?

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

GoodReads Summary:
Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”
High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.
Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.
As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?
Make Up Break UpReview:
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing me this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Make Up Break Up was a really fun (and diverse!) romance that was hate to love and an office (sort of) romance.
We follow Annika as she’s trying to get her app, Make Up, off the ground. Her concept is to create an app using an AI that will learn the people using the app to help them resolve relationship problems. It seemed to me almost like a therapist on your phone specifically for couples. I thought this was such a cool concept and I was so sad for Annika and all of the struggles she and June were facing while trying to get this project going. I loved that this was a story about a woman-owned and run company. But I also loved how Annkia’s backstory was a part of her motivation. Her parent’s love story is what inspired her idea and I thought it was beautiful.
Then there’s Hudson, a man that Annika had a short fling with, but also what she sees as her biggest rival. I knew right away that this was going to be a case of miscommunication from Hudson’s behavior. He was clearly interested in her right from when we first met him. I also liked him despite the company he owned. Break Up is an app that people use to break up with others. The person wanting to break up sends someone via the app to break up with their significant other. I thought, like Annika, there was some real potential for this app to be used callously, but I thought there was also the potential for this to be used thoughtfully. It was clear that Hudson didn’t really believe in his project anymore, just the success it was having. I liked that Hudson just seemed like a good dude (example: Annika was drunk and tried to kiss him and he declined because he didn’t want her to regret it later. Because he wanted her to want him when she was sober.)
Overall, this was a fun romance. There was drama and lots of tension. There was strong female women and really nice family aspects too. I liked that Annika’s dad was included and the development of their relationship gave me the feels. I definitely think a lot of people will like this. There weren’t super descriptive sex scenes that I enjoy, but there was still great romance and chemistry between the characters.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books Written Before I Was Born (These can be books you’ve read or want to read!) (submitted by Davida Chazan @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog). I’m going to list books I’ve read.

1813 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1844 The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas

1847 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

1872 Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

1920 The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie

1950 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

1961 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

1982 Magician by Raymond E. Feist

1986 Redwall by Brian Jacques

1987 Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

What books have you read that were written before you were born?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020 (If you didn’t read 10 new authors, that’s fine! Just do what you can.)

Rin Chupeco

Jen Deluca

Kristen Ciccarelli

Amal El Mohtar

Max Gladstone

I only read five new authors last year but I’m making it a priority to branch out more this year. What authors did you discover in 2020?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2020

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To (You could take this opportunity to tell us what’s left on your seasonal TBRs from last year. Or books you were super excited about and then you didn’t get to them.)

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Pasolini

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

Rules For Being A Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Bromance Book Club by Lydia Kay Adams

First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwartz

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

These are some of the books on my 2020 TBR that I wasn’t able to get to? What books are still hanging around on your TBR this year?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Resolutions

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Resolutions/Hopes for 2021 (bookish or not!) I’m don’t usually make resolutions so I’ll stick with my top five.

Read at least 50 books

Exercise more

Write reviews again

Take more time for mental health

Visit family more

What resolutions do you have for 2021?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated 2021 Releases

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021.

19 January
Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

16 February
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

6 April
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

13 April
The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell

4 May
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

25 May
Legacy by Nora Roberts

8 June
Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria

15 June
Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua

15 June
For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten

What books are you most looking forward to in the next few months?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020

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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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of my favorite books I read in 2020.

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Hideaway by Nora Roberts

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn

Well Met by Jen Deluca

The Other Miss Bridgeston by Julia Quinn

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

The House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

What books were your favorite this year?

Blogmas Day Twenty-Two (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want From Santa

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of books I’m hoping Santa brings.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
The Awakening by Nora Roberts
The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

What books are you hoping to get this Christmas?