Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary book titles

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is extraordinary book titles. Because I can’t really think of ten “oh my goodness, what an amazing title!!” books, I’m going with ten unusual book titles instead.

One thing I’ve noticed is that, while the actual words in the title might not be unusual, I always think long book titles are a little weird, so there are a few of those here.


Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered


Turtles All the Way Down


Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too


How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You


The Secrets of the Starbucks Lovers


Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over


The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried


The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash


Forks, Knives, and Spoons


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are some unusual book titles that you can think of? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Reader Problems

Thank you to Consu for tagging me to do the Reader Problems tag!


You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I used to have this whole system involving release dates and a calendar, but now I just read whatever sounds like it’s going to hold my interest the most. I’ve never in my life been a mood reader, but I am now.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I am COMMITTED. I will finish it even if it kills me, unless it’s the boring kind of bad and not the kind of bad that’s easy to write a sassy review about.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I definitely try to catch up with (1) audiobooks while I’m doing other stuff, and (2) graphic novels.

The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

It actually doesn’t bother me that much. I mean, matching is nice, but my shelves are always a mess anyway.

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

My boyfriend. We have similar taste in most things, and even if he loved it, he’d listen to me rant about how much I hated it.

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I’d probably text my best friend and let her distract me. That’s what I usually do when I’m about to start crying, publicly or prviately.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?

I’ll try to find a synopsis on Goodreads, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll just jump right in and hope that it all comes back to me.

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I’ve never really been weird about people borrowing my books. I mean, sure, there are some books I’ve lent out that I haven’t gotten back, but I’ll live. Am I going to let total strangers borrow my books? Not usually. Is my signed Starry Eyes going anywhere? No. But other than that… my world will not end if someone else gets enjoyment from one of my books.

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Mix up genres and formats. This has been my life for the last several months.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Either all of them or none of them. There is no in between.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Forever. Help.


Please feel free to steal this tag if you want to do it! How do you get through a reading slump? Do you let people borrow your books? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • my preorder of Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell finally came!

3 things this week:

  • I went to the release party for The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer and it was so much fun!
  • I started listening to audiobooks at work and first of all, I’m happy to have books in my life again, and second of all, it’s actually way less distracting than having fifty different conversations going on all around me.
  • I met Chelsea Jade!! I am still in disbelief.

Song of the week:

This song has been stuck in my head for like three days straight.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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ARC Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer

The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Source: ARC via author/publisher

A powerful middle grade debut that weaves together folklore and history to tell the story of a girl finding her voice and the strength to use it during the final months of the Communist regime in Romania in 1989.

Ileana has always collected stories. Some are about the past, before the leader of her country tore down her home to make room for his golden palace; back when families had enough food, and the hot water worked on more than just Saturday nights. Others are folktales like the one she was named for, which her father used to tell her at bedtime. But some stories can get you in trouble, like the dangerous one criticizing Romania’s Communist government that Uncle Andrei published—right before he went missing.

Fearing for her safety, Ileana’s parents send her to live with the grandparents she’s never met, far from the prying eyes and ears of the secret police and their spies, who could be any of the neighbors. But danger is never far away. Now, to save her family and the village she’s come to love, Ileana will have to tell the most important story of her life.

Once upon a time, something happened. If it had not happened, it would not be told.

From the first time I heard about this book, I was intrigued. A middle grade historical fiction novel set in Communist Romania? That’s a little different from what I usually read, and a little different from what I usually see floating around the book blogging world.

The thing is, I’ve been in kind of an extended reading slump for a few months now. It’s very rare that I want to pick up a book for more than a few minutes at a time, but this one had me hooked from the first page. Quite honestly, I probably could have finished it in one sitting if I hadn’t had other things to do.

So, where do I even start with this review? I guess, first, I’ll talk about Ileana and what a great heroine she was. Sure, she’s a great storyteller. But she’s also smart and perceptive and a little bit sassy, and above all, she’s a normal little girl. She makes mistakes and lives through the consequences. She questions the Communist government that she’s grown up in without it feeling forced or overly political. Her character growth over the course of this book is incredible and I was so, so proud of her by the end of the book.

The next thing I want to talk about is the story itself. I’ve never read a book quite like this before, and I think that was another thing that kept the pages turning. Not only was there the story of Ileana moving from the city to the country to (hopefully) escape the Romanian Securitate, but interspersed throughout the story are chapters of Romanian folktales, which I loved. Toward the end of the book, I actually got goosebumps reading about how everything played out.

As always, I want to avoid spoilers, so I’m going to cut myself off here. I’ll end by saying that this is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year and I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

J. Kasper Kramer is an author and English professor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has a master’s degree in creative writing and once upon a time lived in Japan, where she taught at an international school. When she’s not curled up with a book, Kramer loves researching lost fairy tales, playing video games, and fostering kittens.

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Have you read The Story That Cannot Be Told? What are some of your favorite historical fiction books?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Identity Crisis

So, first things first, thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to do the Identity Crisis tag! I’ve seen this one floating around a lot and it looked like so much fun, so I’m excited to get right into it!


Rules:

  1. Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers.
  2. NO CHEATING. You get one shot to take each quiz.
  3. Give credit to the creator Loretta @ The Laughing Listeneror tag her on twitter @LaughnListener so she can see everyone’s answers!!
  4. Tag some friends to spread the fun!

Red Queen

WHO AM I: Kilorn

Did you forget about Kilorn? Well you shouldn’t have! He may not be the center of attention but he has stuck by Mare since day one and didn’t even hesitate to join the Scarlet Guard. Just like Kilorn, your loyalty and bravery are your most admirable qualities. Rise, Red as the Dawn!

I actually did forget about Kilorn, because it’s been about three years since I read Red Queen. I don’t remember even one single thing about him, but hopefully this was a good one to get?

Shadowhunters

WHO AM I: Jace Herondate & Kit Herondale

What a dangerous combination you are! Persuasive and restless, sarcastic and capable of more than you could ever imagine. Use your abilities for good, or you might just push your closest friends away.

Well, at least I know who Jace Herondale is! It’s no secret that I’m not a huge Cassandra Clare fan, but that’s fine. I am pretty sarcastic once I get to know you.

Throne of Glass

WHO AM I: Nehemia & Chaol

You hold strong to your morals, as there isn’t much that’s more important than that—is there? You are selfless (perhaps a bit too much so), and incomparably kind. Anyone who knows you should consider themselves lucky.

I will take this. I love Nehemia and I know a lot of people dislike Chaol, but I don’t mind him.

The Hunger Games

WHO AM I: Effie Trinket

Well, you’re certainly no shrinking violet, are you? You stand out in a crowded room and like the finer things in life. But despite your flamboyant nature you are one of the kindest and loving people out there and a dear friend. You may be surrounded by sorrow from time to time but you’ll always be upbeat, because you’re you. Keep on smiling.

I really don’t think this is even remotely true, but it’s better than a lot of characters I could have gotten.

Harry Potter

WHO AM I: Dolores Umbridge

You love sweet, fluffy, pink things, but you can be ruthless and bitchy when it comes to fulfilling your ambitions.

I think not.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

WHO AM I: Azriel

Dark, mysterious, and brooding, the shadows are at your beck and call. No one truly knows you, and that’s the way you like it. Because the real Azriel, the one behind the shadows and the spies, is simply a boy who feels unworthy of everything he has been given, especially the love and devotion of his friends and a certain blond High Fae.

I haven’t read this series, so is this a good character to get?

The Raven Cycle

WHO AM I: Noah Czerny

You are very observant, and mostly keep to yourself. A little too naive and gullible of others, your willingness to trust leads to you getting hurt quite often. You are extremely kind and loyal to those you love.

I love Noah. 😭

Twilight

WHO AM I: Edward Cullen

Stunning, charismatic, mysterious, cold, warm, serious, funny — my oh my, you’re quite the package deal. Tell me, have you become accustomed to people fainting when you enter a room? You’re Edward Cullen, and you’re loyal to such a degree that no being will ever hurt the ones you love.

Actually, yes. People frequently faint when I enter a room. How did it know??

Folk of the Air

WHO AM I: Taryn

People may think you’re shy but you have secrets of your own. You have your own desires and will go after them, no matter what it takes.

Hmm.

The Lunar Chronicles

WHO AM I: Cress

A Lunar shell confined to a satellite to aid Queen Levana with hacking and surveillance of Earthen countries. She is a petite girl with very long honey blonde hair, a heart-shaped face, and freckles. She has a very overactive imagination, and nervous around people due to her lack of social interaction growing up.

I love Cress, and her book was my favorite. I’ll take it.


I’ve seen about five hundred people do this tag, so I’m not going to tag anyone specifically. If you want to steal it, though, please feel free and link back to me so I can see your answers! Which characters are you? Can you tell me who the heck Kilorn is? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 13)

I was nominated by Heran, Alexandra, and Sylvia for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you all so much! ❤

If you’re interested, you can see the previous takes of this award here:
1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9101112


Rules of the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

11 questions from Heran:

What was your first blog post?

You know, good question. It appears that it was a review of Margot by Jillian Cantor way back on November 12, 2013.

What’s the best film you’ve seen this year? Why?

I can suddenly only think of movies I haven’t liked! While I can admit that Midsommar was a cinematically beautiful movie (even given the subject matter), it just didn’t do it for me. (My boyfriend absolutely loved it.)

Where’s the best place you’ve ever been (on holiday)?

Costa Rica!

What’s your favourite post you’ve written?

It’s been a long time, but I really am partial to my post about my favorite book bloggers. ❤

Would you rather be the hero in a story or the villain? Why?

The hero, just because I hate confrontation and I’d have to have way too much of it as the villain.

Is there anything you’re excited for in 2020 (bookish or non-bookish)?

A new president. (I definitely didn’t just say that.)

Do you have a favourite word?

I do. It’s spiffy.

What’s one song you think everybody should listen to?

I think if you’re going through a difficult time in your life, you should listen to High Beam by Chelsea Jade.

Are you a plot person or a characters person?

Ideally, I would have both. I really don’t know how to answer this one. If the plot is boring, I don’t care about it or the characters. If the characters are boring, I don’t care what they’re doing. But we all knew that I’m super critical about things, so this probably isn’t a surprise.

What’s one thing that’s on your bucket list?

Going on a fun vacation abroad with my boyfriend! We’ve only gotten to travel within the US so far.

What is the best thing that happened to you during the past week?

I actually got to tell an author, to her face, without stumbling over my words or embarrassing myself, that I loved her book.


11 questions from Alexandra:

What is your favorite book-to-screen adaption?

Hmm, maybe Matilda.

What is your most hated book-to-screen adaption?

The Mortal Instruments.

Create a quick playlist for your favorite book.

My most recent five-star book was The Story That Cannot Be Told, and conveniently, I just shared a playlist created by the author!

A book you pretend you’ve read.

Why would I pretend that I’ve read a book when I could actually read it? I just don’t understand that.

Who’s your favorite superhero and why?

I’m not really a superhero person, but I was always partial to Mr. Fantastic when I was in high school.

Recommend me a new book boyfriend. What makes him swoon-worthy?

I’ll go with Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient. He’s just such a good person.

A criminally underrated book or series.

Anything by Jenn Bennett, really. Her books are so good and I feel like only a very small section of the book blogging world talks about her.

If you could interview one character who would it be and why?

All the credit goes to my boyfriend for this one: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind, because how fun would that be?

What is your go-to fluff book?

The Hating Game. I’ve only ever read it once, though. (But then again, I only ever read most things once.)

What are your favorite reading snacks?

I don’t eat while I read. I’m way too messy of an eater.

It’s time to assemble your bookish squad! Which characters make the cut?

I’ll go with Connor Cobalt from the Addicted series, Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and Joshua Templeman and Lucy Hutton from The Hating Game.


11 questions from Sylvia:

What animal would you want as your side kick?

Definitely a cat, preferably a sassy one like Mr. Kindly in Nevernight.

Which genre of books is underrated in your opinion?

I think quality memoirs are underrated. I say “quality” because there are a lot of really, really bad memoirs out there.

What is the most interesting food you’ve ever eaten?

Probably llama heart.

What is your favorite winter activity?

Literally never leaving the house. I hate winter.

What useless super power would you want to have?

Credit to my boyfriend again: being able to turn the page without touching it.

Favorite cartoon?

Bob’s Burgers!

Favorite ice cream topping?

I like sour things, so sour gummy worms, those sour popping balls, anything sour, really.

Who is your favorite book or movie villain?

Victor Vale from Vicious!

If you could see any singer/band (living or dead) in concert, who would it be?

I’m really sad that I never saw Brand New in concert. If they ever do another tour, I’ll be there.

Best read so far this year?

I’ve hardly had any five-star books this year! I’m going to cheat a little and give you three:

Which planet would you want to visit?

I’ve always liked Saturn, although I don’t know quite how visiting there would work!


If you want to answer these questions, please feel free! I’d love to see your responses. ❤ What’s the most interesting food you’ve eaten? If you could recommend one song to me, what would it be? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Why Am I Weird

Back in July, Susan tagged me to do the Why Am I Weird tag. Thank you, Susan! Like 99% of the credit for this post goes to Daniel, who let me know why I’m weird.


Rules:

  • List ten weird things about yourself, your life, or silly habits that you wouldn’t normally share
  • Tag up to ten people so you can get to know them better
  • Link back to the person who tagged you and the creator
  • Comment on the posts of people you tagged – and feel free to comment on mine– I might regret that later but why not?

My ten weird(-ish) facts:

  1. I twitch a lot when I fall asleep, sometimes really violently.
  2. I really hate beer, especially hoppy beer. IPA is probably the kind I hate most.
  3. I have recently, as an adult, found out that I LOVE arcade games.
  4. Every morning, I text my best friend the first song I heard on the radio.
  5. I have no sense of direction whatsoever. If I could possibly get lost, I probably will.
  6. I love linguistics and could sit down and read about language acquisition for hours.
  7. I am very particular about my audiobooks, especially fiction. The voice has to be right or it just completely ruins it for me.
  8. Thanks to my job, I can rattle off the diagnosis code for a ton of medical conditions off the top of my head.
  9. I may have a bit of a greeting card buying addiction, even though I hardly send them anymore.
  10. I like my half and half with just a touch of coffee in it, just to take the edge off.

What makes you weird? Do you relate to any of my facts? Let’s talk in the comments!

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