Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Opening Lines

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)

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“Depending on who-sorry, whom-you ask, I may have killed my three best friends.”
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

“On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things: salt and magic.”
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

“If I’m not home in two months, I’m dead.”
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

“By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was to warm to wear it.”
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

“Did you ever when you were little, endure your parents’ warnings, then wait for them to leave the room, pry loose protective covers and consider inserting some metal object into an electrical outlet?”
Burned by Ellen Hopkins

“There is something truly evil about plaid.”
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

“Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend.”
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

“When I wake up, all my friends are dead.”
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

“We must, by law, keep a record of the innocents we kill.”
Scythe by Neal Shusterman

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.”
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

This list was actually so much fun to make. I just picked books off my shelf at random and decided whether it was an exciting or funny first line. What books made your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Reasons I Love Jeff Zentner

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here]

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“I’ve made books my life because they let me escape this world of cruelty and savagery.”

“I’m glad things end, though. It forces you to love them ferociously while you have them. There’s nothing worth having that doesn’t die.”

“I sometimes look at my bookshelf now and think about how someday I’m going to die without ever reading a lot of the books there. And one might be life-changingly good and I’ll never know.”

“So when I watch trains, it makes me think about how much movement there is in the world. How every train has dozens of cars and every car has hundreds of parts, and all those parts and cars work day after day. And then there are all these other motions. People are born and die. Seasons change. Rivers flow to the sea. Earth circles the sun and the moon circles Earth. Everything whirring and spinning toward something. And I get to be part of it for a little while, the way I get to watch a train for a minute or two, and then it’s gone.”

“Grief is weird. It seems to come in these waves out of nowhere. One minute I’m standing in the ocean, fine. The next minute I’m drowning.”

“It’s comforting to know that you don’t have to be excellent to not be completely forgotten.”

“We live in a series of moments and seasons and sense memories, strung end to end to form a sort of story.”

“Weird how we’re programmed to get pleasure from destroying ourselves.”

“For a long time I shined my light for someone other than me. But not anymore. Now I shine bright for me. You can create light even when everyone’s left you behind because that’s what you do. It’s what I do.”

“For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.”

This week I wanted to give reasons why I love Jeff Zentner and his books. I think these quotes are a great example of his writing and why his books speak to me. What did you do for this week’s top ten Tuesday?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Recent DNF’s

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.) (submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza)

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Collateral by Ellen Hopkins

Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Warcross by Marie Lu

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

These are the last ten books I DNF’d. I don’t DNF all that often as I’m pretty good at knowing what kinds of books I like, so some of these are from 2019. What books made your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Party

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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 for a list of ten things I’d have at my bookish party. (Choose ten things: items, accessories, food, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc.) I’m going to do Top Ten People I’d want at my bookish party. My list will be a mix of characters and authors.

 

1. Nora Roberts- Nora is easily one of my favorite authors. I’ve read more than a hundred of her books and reread them many times. I’d be ecstatic to get to hang out with her.

2. Kendra from The Kendra Chronicles by Alex Flinn- If we’re gonna have a party we definitely need a witch there to make some magic.

3. Julia Quinn- She’s hysterical. I can’t help laughing out loud when reading her books even when I’m in public so I’m sure she’d have everyone dying laughing.

4. Alaska from Looking For Alaska by John Green- She’s the life of the party. I could never throw a bookish one without inviting her.

5. John and Hank Green- If you’ve ever watched any of the many vlogbrothers videos they have, you know these guys are highly entertaining.

6. Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- I’m sure she would cause tons of trouble but that’s half her charm, right?

7. Adrian from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead- He’s got to be on everyone’s bookish party list. He was the first character to pop into my head when I looked at this prompt.

8. Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir- He had me laughing through the whole book. His humor is infectious.

9. Morrigan from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas- Maas knows how to write seriously badass women. I would absolutely love to raise hell with Mor.

10. Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- Confession time: Amanda and I were texting while I made this post and when I mentioned Hermione she joked about how Hermione and I would be off in the corner reading. Honestly? She’s probably 100% right and I’m not ashamed of that.

I had so much fun with this week’s prompt. Tell me all about the bookish party you would throw! Thanks for reading.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – My Bookish Party

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party (choose 10 things: items, accessories, foods, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc.) I’m going to use this topic to do ten books I’d recommend to anyone. So, this is ten books I’d have at a party for everyone to love.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

These are ten books I would have a party for. I think they’re all really important books that should be read by everyone in the world. They discuss hard, but important topics. What did you choose for this week’s topic?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Signs of a Book Lover

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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 for a list of ten is signs that show I’m a book lover.

1. I have multiple bookshelves- This is kind of a sad one for me because I used to own nearly 2000 books but when I moved across the country a few years ago I had to get rid of most of my collection. I’m slowly building it back up but it’s not nearly as big as I want it to be.

2. I can use anything as a bookmark- I love decorative bookmarks but still tend to use whatever’s on hand i.e. receipts, scraps of paper, the book jacket, etc.

3. I have a never ending TBR list- We all know how this goes. You check off one book and add two.

4. I have books everywhere- There are books on every flat surface of my house.

5. I have too many favorites- I would never be able to pick just one or two.

6. I own multiple copies of my favorite books- I’m generally not one for collecting certain covers and I don’t mind if a series doesn’t match but I like having the different versions of my favorites.

7. I have reading goals- I have a yearly reading goal (that I’ve unfortunately been failing the past few years) and I keep a list of which books I’ve read so I can keep track of how many I read each month.

8. I read more than one book at a time- I’m frequently in the middle of multiple series that I switch back and forth between.

9. Books make me emotional- I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times a book has made me laugh out loud or shake with anger or sob uncontrollably.

10. I think about books long after I finish- I love those books that stay with you long after it’s ended. That you stay up at night thinking about for days or even weeks afterward.

I had so much fun with this week’s topic. What makes you a bookworm?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Genre Freebie

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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 for a list of ten is genre-specific. “Pick a genre and build a list around it! i.e., best/worst romances, non-fiction for travelers, memoirs for foodies, classics that feel timeless, romance novel kisses, science fiction that feels too real for comfort, women’s fiction for newbies, etc.” My genre will be fantasy magic- worlds that I think have a cool style or type of magic.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams China

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

What genre did you pick this week? Thanks for reading!