Well hello beautiful people! It’s going to be an interesting day for me today. I’m preparing for inclement weather that may, or may not, happen. There are some very cold temps heading my way and with that comes snow and/or ice. Maybe. See, I live in the south, so when the weather calls for snow and ice, there is a 75% chance it won’t happen. But you have to act as if it will happen because we are ill-prepared for the poor weather. As evidenced by how last year’s storms wiped out our power grid.
But today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books with names in the titles. As I was trying to focus on books I actually own, I honestly thought this was going to be harder to complete, as I read mostly fantasy, and that genre doesn’t often use names in the titles. But I managed to find more than ten! Huzzah!
Some of these will be on my TBR pile, and some will be books I have already read!
The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
A TBR pile book. The Apollo in the title is an obvious reference to the Apollo missions which saw American Astronauts land on the moon. It took place between 1961 and 1972, with the first crewed flight being in 1968. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
Le Morte d’Athur by Sir Thomas Mallory
I have read part of this book, gotten distracted by other books, and not finished it. It’s a dense thing. These are the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. My illustrated copy is 800 pages long. This book was originally written in the late 1400s and Mallory was not a nice guy, having been imprisoned for a variety of violent crimes, including attempted murder. The things you find out when you get curious.
Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead
This second book in the Raven King Trilogy is named after Will Scarlett, this series is all about the fictional hero of Robin Hood. I say fictional hero as there is no actual evidence that Robin Hood actually existed. From what I was able to find, the first written account of him was in the late 1300s. Apparently, today is history day.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
This is also a book on my TBR. I picked this book, named after its main characters, years ago at McKay’s in Nashville. Weighing in at 865 pages, I have just avoided picking it up. Because of time. And weight. That book is heavy.
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
This book on my TBR pile was a total cover buy. I have since learned that it is number one in a series of five, so that could be fun. From what I understand, the whole series is told in memoir form, told from Lady Trent’s point of view.
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
A BOTM pick that made its way onto my TBR. I love the idea of inheritance, magic, and mysterious circumstances leading you back home. Should be a fun read, you know, when I get to it.
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
Oh, look, another book on my TBR. This book has all the praise and that cover is gorgeous. This book is named after its main character and she has a ghost dog! A ghost dog!
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
I read this book years ago, and I liked it. I thought the first book, Angels and Demons, was so much better. This book really isn’t about Leonardo Da Vinci, but it’s a fun read if you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller to read.
Polgara the Sorceress by David and Leigh Eddings
I read this book twenty years ago. I’ll be honest, I don’t really remember much about it, so I should probably re-read it. I do know it’s the final book in a series that I have never read another book in. This was a recommendation from a friend in my college days.
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The story of the mysterious head of the Dark-Hunters, Acheron. It took 14 books to get to his story, and it was well worth it. In my opinion, it was the best of the Dark-Hunter novels up until this point. I really need to re-read this series. That will have to come later!
Honorable mention to Willow, the novel based on the movie. I found it listed on Amazon for $700, so yeah, no. Suffice it to say that one is out of print.
I had a lot of fun trying to find all these books. Looking of my bookshelves at all the books I own reminded me how very lucky I am to be able to have reading as a hobby. So very, very lucky.
Do you have a favorite book with a name in the title?