TTT-Characters I’d Love An Update On

Well hello everyone! And how are we doing today? Did your bank account survive Cyber Monday? I hope so. I will say I put a sizeable dent in mine buying things I “need” for the holiday season. Like Christmas t-shirts. I need so many of those.

I’m kind of addicted to Christmas t-shirts.

It’s a problem.

Speaking of problems…today is Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s a fun meme of Top Ten lists that are put out every week. I love doing it. This week’s theme is Characters I’d Love An Update On. Last week I had a hard time coming up with ten things to the point where I only came up with six…things. Let’s see where this week takes us, shall we?

Pol From the Dragon Star Series by Melanie Rawn

This trilogy is the sequel to my beloved Dragon Prince series. I love this series just as much, but strangely never talk about it. I should fix that. This series follows Pol, Rohan and Sioned’s son, and a terrible war that rages across the land. I want to see what happens to the characters once the book is over. Pol in particular is really well written and has a lot of internal conflicts, not just the ones caused by the war.

Addie LaRue from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The ending of this book was terribly wonderful and I want to know what happens to Addie next. I won’t give anything away, but it was such a good book, and that ending was amazing. To catch a glimpse into Addie’s life after what happened would be divine. Everything I’ve seen points to this being a standalone book, so we probably won’t get any more in her world. But…ugh. I would love more.

Merlin From The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

This book is set in 1980’s London, but a fantasy London, with magic. And I loved the characters in this book Merlin in particular was my favorite. They were clearly influenced by the androgyny of David Bowie in the ’70s and of all the fashionable stars, and starlets, of the times. He’s fabulous and I want to know more about him. The author has said he has more material for another book but has been vague about whether or not he will write more.

That One Character From Project Hail Mary by Andy Wier

I’m being vague on purpose, because if you haven’t read the book then you don’t know. But if you had, I want to know more! I know, there is an epilogue in the back of the book but that’s not enough! I need more! And yes, you must read this book to know who I’m talking about. It’s worth it, I promise.

Gallowglass from the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

He featured pretty heavily in Shadow of Night and was in The Book of Life as well, but he needs a more fleshed-out back story and a life of his own. He’s such a fascinating character and I would absolutely love to see how he’s doing in future books. And Deborah Harkness has said she is writing more in the All Souls universe.

Ariadne From To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

This book had a very interesting ending that I loved, but it left me wanting to know more about every single character in this book, not just Ariadne. But it just, yeah. I need to know. If you have read this book you know this ending and this character just…tell me more!

Yadriel From Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel was such a great character to read. He was wonderfully complex and not just a one-dimensional stereotype. I want to see more of him coming into his own after the end of the book. And as far as I can tell, this is a standalone story. Which makes me sad.

Barry From Recursion by Blake Crouch

Barry was intensely complex. Let’s be honest, this whole book was intensely complex. But Barry, he broke my heart a few times with his poor family and the constant reset of time. I would love to know more about how things went for him after the end of this book.

Harry From the First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

While this wasn’t my favorite book (I only gave it three stars) I found the characters fascinating. Harry relives his life over and over again, I love a good time loop, but this takes it to the next level, where the people can affect the world around them. And Harry did that. Now, how will he do it going forward once the book has ended. I must know!

Buttercup and Westley in The Princess Bride by William Goldman

So William Goldman teases a sequel, that doesn’t exist, in this book. And I want it! I want to know what happens to Westley and Buttercup after they flee Prince Humperdink. No, I don’t just want it, I need it. I need it like I need more Christmas t-shirts!

Hey, look at that! I had ten! I know that I didn’t go too in-depth into the actual characters here, but I was afraid I would give too much away if I did that. I do try to keep things here as spoiler-free as possible.

Anything on this list that you agree with? Or would you have picked different characters from these books?

Update: wow, I really paid attention to when this went up, as it posted before Cyber Monday. I’m gonna see myself out now.

TTT-Books to Read If You Love/Loved X

Well hello, beautiful humans! I am currently sitting here with my cup of tea listening to YouTube videos trying to figure out how to write this topic. Why? Because I’m terrible at book recs. Friends ask for recs and I give the same five recommendations every time.

It’s probably five.

I’m so gonna fail at the “Ten” part of “Top Ten Tuesday” this week.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish.

If You Love Sherlock Holmes You May Like The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

This one is kind of cheating, but I feel that not enough people talk about this glorious tome. This book is directly inspired by Sherlock Holmes. In fact, the main character is Sherlock Holmes if Sherlock Holmes was a woman…and a sorceress. It was so good. And it has queer rep in it! It really is a fabulous book.

If You Love Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson You May Like X-Men: The Age of Apocalypse Omnibus

And if you like Mistborn you may like AOA. Both deal with what happens when the world is ruled by an all-powerful seemingly immortal tyrant and the rag-tag group of rebels that try and overthrow him. Age of Apocalypse came out 26 years ago, and I picked up every single issue of that series. I absolutely loved it. Keep in mind, AOA is a comic book epic that sprawled at least 5 different titles, so it does take a while to read, but it’s worth it. Mistborn is a wonderful fantasy epic that has three books…that I haven’t finished yet. But I will for sure finish reading it…eventually.

If You Love The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead You May Like The Perilous Order of Camelot by A.A. Attanasio

Both of these Arthurian retellings are amazing. If you have read one and not the other, I highly suggest you pick up the one you haven’t read. The Perilous Order of Camelot is a little darker than The Pendragon Cycle, but it is so good. I mean, it starts with the creation of the universe! What a crazy and amazing way to start a story about King Arthur!

If You Love The Gilmore Girls You May Like Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper

So I had to think real hard about this one because it was a toss-up between Payback’s a Witch and The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, and Payback won out. The reason it won is that I could just see Emmy being like Rory and being pulled into all the town events, even against her will. Which, let’s be honest, does kind of happen to both of them. But both have that “small-town girl with big city dreams” vibes. The biggest difference is that Payback’s a Witch has positive queer rep, which we love to see. Oh, and witches.

If You Love A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin You May Like Crown of Stars by Kate Elliot

These two book series started coming out right around the same time, but only one of them is finished. That’s a not-so-subtle dig there. The Crown of Stars series is a sprawling epic where, just like in A Song of Ice and Fire, no one is safe.

If You Love Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris You May Like Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Okay, so hear me out. I know both of these heroines are very different. Sookie likes to think of herself as a southern lady and Mercy, well, isn’t. But both involve some pretty decent (and multiple) love interests, supernatural creatures, unknown family history, and both have resolved (eventually) those love interests. Also, both of them have quite a few books in their respective series, so you’ll have plenty to read.

And here is where I lost, well, me. My brain short-circuited at about this point and I never could get the recommending mojo back. I was worried that would happen.

So did I fail this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Yes, absolutely. But was I going to miss the chance to talk about some of my favorite books? Absolutely not.

TTT- Memorable Things Characters Have Said

Hello and welcome! I have a confession to make. I found this week’s Top Ten Tuesday challenging. Why is it a challenge, you may be asking? Well, it’s because I can never remember if a quote I like is something a character says or thinks! So I decided to include both. Also, I don’t remember the actual characters that said the quotes.

I’m bad at remembering things like that. Chalk it up to a disorganized mind. Thanks ADHD.

Anyway, Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish.

“Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue.”

Written by Deborah Harkness in A Discovery of Witches. I have made no secret of my love for this series. I will continue to sing its praises for years to come. Is it perfect? No. There is no such thing as a perfect book. And that’s okay. Hmm, getting a little preachy there Lauren. Moving on!

“Don’t cry about troubles that haven’t yet come.”

Written by Patricia Briggs in Moon Called. This is part of a longer line, but the advice from this part of it is sound. I have generalized anxiety so I tend to do worry about future problems that haven’t happened yet. This quote is a good reminder not to.

“Death isn’t a final ending, Wallace. It is an ending, sure, but only to prepare you for a new beginning.”

Written by TJ Klune in Under the Whispering Door. This book is infinitely quotable. Seriously. Another quote I love is “It’s never enough, is it? Time. We always think we have so much of it, but when it really counts, we don’t have enough at all.” I mean, come on! I’m only going to count the one above though, because reasons.

“You can’t change the past. You can’t change other people. You can change you though. You narrate this story. So start to write a new chapter.”

Written by Matt Haig in The Comfort Book. This book is full of good quotes and memorable chapters. It helps that it’s a self-help book, kinda. It’s mostly thoughts, feeling, blurbs and musings by the author that make him feel better when he is feeling lost himself. I highly recommend you check it out if you suffer from depression. It won’t cure you, but it might make you smile.

“What’s the purpose of me?” “You’re here to learn about people.” “That’s something I’m doing. That’s not my reason for being. When I am done with this, I will do other things.”

Written by Becky Chamber in A Psalm for the Wild Built. This conversation between the two characters is extraordinarily deep. It opened up a whole new avenue of thinking for me, and it might for you too. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to think this much in a story between a robot and a monk.

“People without depression won’t understand that, but the fatigue of mental illness makes your very body a prison.”

Written by Jenny Lawson in Broken (in the best possible way). I will always recommend anything by Jenny Lawson. Her memoirs about mental health resonate with a lot of people. It’s hard sometimes to find writers that truly encapsulate the mental health struggle, but she manages it.

“It’s something small, but I think the smaller things can be just as important.”

Written by TJ Klune in The House in the Cerulean Sea. You didn’t think this list was going to happen without this book on it, did you? This book really spoke to me earlier this year and I can see myself reading it again when I need a hug. I know, I have the Hubs for actual hugs, but I meant figurative hugs.

“Kindness is what brings true pleasure in life.”

Written by Jeff Guinn in The Autobiography of Santa Claus. I love Christmas, and this book was just filled with the holiday spirit. It’s a great book to read with your older kids (meaning not toddlers, because there are depictions of war), but for your middle-grade readers, this could be a fun read. It’s got 25 chapters, so a chapter a day until Christmas!

“I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.”

Written by Martha Wells in All Systems Red. Murderbot is the best, aren’t they? I haven’t finished this series, having only read the first one. I need to fix that. But there is something wholesome about a robot that just wants to watch its shows and calls itself Murderbot.

“Inexperience can be overcome, ignorance can be enlightened, but prejudice will destroy you.”

Written by Mercedes Lackey in The Black Gryphon. My love for Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar set books runs deep, and this prequel to those books is no exception. Her books are riddled with lines like these. You’ll find yourself nodding along in agreement with them quite often.

Honorable mention: “In my experience, everybody hurts everybody. The trick is picking the kind of hurt you want to live with.” Written by Alexis Hall in The Affair of the Mysterious Letter. Cause ouch.

Well, there you have it. Ten memorable quotes where I can’t remember the person who said them! Oh well. At least I had quotes. Did I have to dive into the furthest recesses of my mind and then google them to make sure I got them right? Yes, yes I did. It’s that disorganized mind thing again.

TTT-Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Claims to Not Like Reading

Welcome to November! Tis the season for cool weather, comfy, cozy blankets, hoodies, flannels, and hot tea. Well, I drink hot tea all year long. But still. Hot tea!

But why don’t you get flannels and blankets in October, you may ask? Well, I live in Texas. Fall starts in November. I mean, I guess fall started last week when a storm front brought in 65-degree weather with it. it also brought in raging winds that have knocked over trees and Burger King signs and put people’s trampolines into their neighbor’s backyard. Wind in Texas is no joke.

This has absolutely nothing to do with Top Ten Tuesday. But still, fall!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books I would hand to someone who claims not to like reading.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This is an absolutely wonderful book. It’s so heartwarming and lovely. But it’s slow-paced and doesn’t have to be read in one sitting, although you probably will. It’s full of positive LGBTQ+ rep and has a lovely reminder that what society deems as “different” does not mean bad.

Under The Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Yes, another TJ Klune book. It’s also heartwarming and full of LBGTQ+ rep. But it also deals with death in a way that I haven’t seen before. It’s a medium-paced book that is sure to entertain you and make you cry along the way.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The premise of this story is A+. The ending is amazing. The writing is fantastic. Another medium-paced book, but this one you won’t want to put down.

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

This detective story set in the near future has long been a favorite of mine. The In Death series is a great, quick read. It has murder, it has romance, it has a colorful cast of characters, also a hint of sci-fi in the future tech and flying cars. Also, it’s a great way to get someone to read Nora Roberts without telling them they are reading Nora Roberts.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

An excellent start to another excellent series. It has everything. Vampires, werewolves, fae, romance, action, mysteries that need solving. These fast-paced books are quick easy reads that are sure to intrigue anyone who likes any of the creatures listed.

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

This short novella is perfect for the thoughtful, introspective person. It’s slow-paced, sweet, and really does make you think about what it means to be human. And those last few paragraphs, whew.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Wier

Have a science lover in your life? Or how about a hardcore sci-fi fan? Project Hail Mary is for them. This book is heavy on the science jargon, but it is so, so very good. It’s medium-paced, with a lot of fantastic elements to it. It’s a weird one to recommend to be sure, but for someone who loves the science of it all, it’s perfect.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Absurd life comedy meets non-fiction in this memoir. You get it all. It’s one of my favorite books. In fact, if you want to ease someone into the world of non-fiction, have them try this as an audiobook. Sure, it’s missing the pictures, but it’s still a fun time.

This Place: 150 Years Retold By Various

Graphic Novels are a great way to get someone interested in reading. This collection of short stories told in word and art form are excellently done. The subject matter is very heavy and educational, but it’s a great place to really start with storytelling.

The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey

Want to introduce someone to fantasy but aren’t sure how? Try anything in the Valdemar universe. It’s high fantasy, but not epic fantasy, so it won’t seem too daunting. Plus the stories are just the right mix of light-hearted and heavy. Some are heavier than others (looking at you, Last Herald Mage trilogy).

I know I didn’t put all of my favorite books on this list, like A Discovery of Witches, but that’s because I think it would be too much for a reader who doesn’t really enjoy the experience.

And hey, don’t forget to suggest audiobooks to your non-reading friend. Even if they don’t pick up a physical or e-copy of a book, they can find enjoyment with audio copies. Sometimes those are easier to digest. And audiobooks are real reading!

TTT-Halloween Freebie

Halloween is upon us!

Okay, so it’s not Halloween yet. But this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, is a Halloween Freebie! Which means I can do anything I like!

Including murder!

Okay, maybe not murder.

I mean it would be seasonally appropriate, but still, no murders.

How about this nice Adams Family gif instead?

But what shall I do with this week’s freebie? Honestly?

My top ten favorite Halloween things!

Here we go!

Pumpkin Spice Tea

This tea by Harney and Sons is one of my favorite seasonal blends by them. I’m not saying I bought three tins of this seasonal delight, but that’s exactly what I’m saying. And since it’s decaffeinated I can drink a mug full before bed and still go to sleep! Also, it is so tasty.

The Addams Family

New, old, animated, comic strip, or musical. It doesn’t matter. I’ll take this happily married family of weirdos over the cast of Friends any day of the week. And who didn’t want to be Morticia Addams when they grew up?

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This one goes without saying right? So what if I watch it year-round and don’t care that it’s a Halloween to Christmas movie? Also, fun fact, though this movie is billed as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton didn’t write, direct, or have any kind of starring role in this movie. He produced it, wrote the original poem, and did some of the early character designs, but the real credit for this movie goes to Henry Selick, director, and Caroline Thompson, screenplay. Also Danny Elfman, lyrics.

Hocus Pocus

Does anyone else watch it just to hear the Sanderson Sisters sing I Put A Spell on You? Or is that just me? Either way, this movie is fire. And I’m old enough to have seen it in theaters when it first came out!

Dragula by Rob Zombie

I’m not gonna lie, this is a year-long song for me, but it always seems to be played on the radio that much more during Halloween times. That and Living Dead Girl by the same artist. Also, he went from music artist to Hollywood horror director…so.

My Own Halloween Decor

I love all my Halloween decorations. Skulls and pumpkins and owls! This was on my floor three years ago. I love decorating! It’s not a problem I swear!

12 Ft Skeletons

These poseable friends with LED eyes are some of the greatest Halloween decor options to ever grace the streets. One of my neighbors has three of them. Three! I’m not allowed to have one. But I will wear my husband down! Just you wait, I will get you yet, my pretty.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

I’ve seen this show in a theater so many times it’s not even funny. If you’ve never seen a production of the movie, where people act it out, there are costume contests, and the crowd has the inside lines, you should fix that. Yesterday. RHPS is one of those things that is just made of magic. And yes, it’s another year-round thing that I always make sure I watch at Halloween.

Trick or Treaters

Could they be any cuter? I mean, not the cast of That 70’s Show, but regular trick or treaters. I love seeing their costumes and handing out candy. Speaking of, I gotta go buy some of that, or I won’t be handing out much of anything on Sunday.

Thriller by Michael Jackson

Had to save the best for last. I love the music video, Michael Jackson’s singing, and Vincent Price’s narration. The whole thing is amazing. I also remember not being allowed to watch MTV in my house so we had to sneak over to my neighbor’s house to watch this every Halloween. It just added to the fun of watching it!

And there you have it, a top ten favorite Halloween things list. What are your Halloween favorites?

TTT-Online Resources For Book Lovers

Well. Today is just going to be one of those days, isn’t it. I mean yeah, it’s a No Bones day, so it makes sense.

Basically, I didn’t get the notification that my post hadn’t, well, posted at the scheduled time. So I waited a little while (meaning I procrastinated and played Animal Crossing) and decided to check on it. Imagine my surprise to discover that not only had it not posted, but I hadn’t even written it yet!

Le sigh.

So basically, you are getting a later than usual post from me and I’m sorry! I would go cry in a corner somewhere but I have to write a blog post!

Anyway…it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is favorite online resources for book lovers. Not entirely sure that I have ten, but I’m gonna give it the good ole college try!

Book Bub: Book Bub is a great website that sends you a daily email to let you know about free or discounted e-books. It’s an amazing resource and I’ve used them for years. You can even select what genres you want for your recommendations, and they’ll send you those.

Digital Book Today: Digital Book Today also delivers the news of free or discounted Kindle books to your email, but it’s not personalized. You can also visit their website for the top 100 picks every day.

Libby: The Libby app is powered by Overdrive and works with your local library to get you free books to your Kindle or mobile device. It has both Android and Apple apps so it should work with all the phones! It’s great because depending on your library you can put a certain number of books on hold (mines is 5, but I’ve seen people with 10), check them out for a certain period of time (mine is two weeks), and you can extend your hold if you aren’t ready to read the book yet. I love this app!

The Storygraph: I have raved about The Storygraph ever since I discovered it last year. It helps keep track of your reading, gives you your stats in handy pie charts, allows you to leave detailed reviews, and, for example, give 4.25 star ratings. It’s great and I have loved using it not only for my blog but for me as well. It also has done a better job at keeping track of my reading challenge for me.

Goodreads: Goodreads, the original book tracker. It’s not as great as The Storygraph in my opinion, but all my friends use it and I love seeing what they are reading and what they rate their books.

WordPress Reader: This one is more niche, if you don’t have a WordPress account it won’t work for you. But I have found it to be invaluable when it comes to keeping up with the blogs I do follow or finding new blogs to read. And I’m always looking for new blogs to follow.

BookTube: The bookish corner of YouTube. I have a few favorites that I love so I thought I would share them. Merphy Napier, Peruse Project, Books With Emily Fox, and Books and Lala are just a few I enjoy watching, and each are very different.

BookTok: Have you found yourself on the book side of TikTok yet? I love it there. Ezeekat’s great, just to name one booktoker. A lot of them give recommendations, some of them give the same recs over and over again, but some of them try to switch it up and give actual interesting recs. It’s also neat to see the booktokers try and do popular trends with books.

Bookstagram: The book side of Instagram. Here you can find interesting pictures of books (duh). Just search hashtags like #bookstagram, #bookaholic, and #bookish, just to name a few. I’m on there, but I can’t take a photo to save my life.

Pinterest: This one is gonna seem a little out there. But it’s a great resource for searching blogging tips, book reviews, or how to take bookstagram pics. I’ve used it a lot and I keep referring to it.

Well, lookie there, I did have ten things to share with you. I’m sorry I don’t have any podcast recommendations for you. I just haven’t found any I’m crazy about yet. Honorable mention to all the online book clubs out there doing their best to keep us sane in the pandemic.

Have a great rest of your Tuesday everyone! Hopefully I’ll remember to actually write next weeks!

TTT-Favorite Book Settings

Hail and well met!

How are you doing this fine Tuesday? And why am I writing like this?

Honestly, I have no idea. I never do, really.

No, but seriously, how are you doing?

On to the bloggity things though. It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is all about our most favorite book settings. I have to say, I loved this topic. It really made me think about the worlds in which the characters I love inhabit. I really had to think about it this week.

Hogwarts from the Harry Potter Series

This one is pretty obvious. She-who-shall-not-be-named created a rich and vibrant world in Hogwarts and I would love to go visit. Maybe not live there. Too much crazy stuff happens.

Middle Earth From Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Just…all of it. Well, maybe not Mordor. But Tolkien created something lush and wonderous when he created Middle Earth, and I would love to go.

Sevenwaters from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Technically, there is an entire series set in Sevenwaters. Six books, to be precise. And they are all fabulous. And I absolutely love Sevenwaters itself. Its an enchanted keep! How cool is that! Terrible things always seem to happen to the people that live there, but I love the setting. It’s fabulous.

Tri-Cities Area from the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs

The Tri-Cities is exactly what it sounds like. Three cities, Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland in Washington. Home to a Fae reservation, a Vampire seethe, and a Werewolf pack, there is no shortage of colorful characters. I especially want to see what Mercy has done to the car in her backyard.

Graves Glen from The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

I loved the setting of The Ex Hex, which I will have a review up for later this month. Graves Glen reminds me of Stars Hollow, but, you know, in Georgia. The cover even has a gazebo on the cover of it, for crying out loud!

Lenfell from The Exiles Series by Melanie Rawn

This world has it’s terrifying places, like the Wastelands, but I still want to visit! I apparently like castles. And ruins of castles.

Valdemar in any of the Valdemar Series by Mercedes Lackey

I have loved reading about Valdemar since I was a teenager. I would love to go visit for a while. Why wouldn’t I want to go live in a place I love so much? No indoor plumbing.

The Five Kingdoms from the Dragonlord Trilogy by Joanne Bertin

Ignoring the fact that there are weredragons (weredragons!), there is a huge library in the second book (Dragon and Phoenix) that I would love to visit. Because, you know, bookworm. Also, weredragons.

Raverra from the Swords and Fire series by Melissa Caruso

Raverra sounds a bit like the Italian city of Venice, with it’s rivers and canals. Except for the whole built in a swamp thing that Venice has going for it.

2058 NYC from the In Death Series by J.D. Robb

I’ve been to New York City a couple of times, and I’d be curious to see how it looks in the future, what with all the FLYING CARS! Oh, and the colonies on the moon! Yeah, I wouldn’t want to see that city in the future at all.

There you have it. I have complied such a great list with utterly terrible descriptions of what the worlds are like.

Go me.

Did you make a TTT list? Share you link in the comments so we can go visit!

TTT-Bookish Pet Peeves

Well, it’s Tuesday, so that must mean it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl but was started by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks TTT is all about Bookish Pet Peeves! And I wasn’t sure I even had ten, turns out, I do!

Dog Eared Pages

No, not when you do them. See, when I do them I noticed that I have a habit of stopping in the same places in books. And then the unthinkable will happen. I will rip the page!

Though I do believe they are a valid lifestyle choice, I don’t dog ear pages anymore.

Animals Sitting On Books

And no, I don’t mean in this cute, “I’m gonna read now way”. I mean in the “I’m gonna sit on this and maybe bend the pages way”! Okay, so it may still be cute, and we may not be able to move them right away based on the rule ( I don’t make them!) But I hates it!

When My Cat Gets Hair All Over My Books

I have a TBR Cart. It stands there, tall and proud.

But because of how it sits next to the couch my cat likes to rub her face all over it. Which means the books on top are regularly coated in fluffy cat hair. I’m always and forever cleaning the books off. The simple solution would be to just move the cart, but having the books there is just so handy.

When Books Get Wet

Um no, just no. Why is the world so cruel as to allow the pages of our sacred texts to get ruined in such a fashion?

Making Fun of Authors

This has become a big one for me. I’ve noticed a trend (is it really, or is it just my TikTok?) of people mocking authors who write weird or unusual things. Don’t mock the authors when your the ones buying and reading the material just to make fun of it and the writer.

Stickers That Are Printed on the Books

Ugh! Just no! Why do they do that? It’s to mess with us right? Especially for new releases. Take, for example, The Firekeeper’s Daughter. It was a Reese’s Book Club pick before it was released and every copy of that book that was printed comes with that stupid printed sticker!

Price Stickers on Books

Okay, so this one is a little weird, but I don’t like it when book stores put their own bar code stickers on top of the book’s original bar code. It’s very annoying! And I don’t know why it bothers me so much!

When Covers Change in the Middle of a Series

The most common example of this is ACOTAR. Now I don’t own any of these books myself, but it does try my patience. Like for real, how hard is it to continue to work in the same style?

Thriftbooks.com Being Wrong About the Condition of a Book!

I can’t tell you what a pain in the butt it is when I’ve ordered an the option was new or like new and what came was very much not either of those things. Dislike!

Someone Interrupting Me While I’m Reading

Just no. Don’t do it. Why would you do that? Who would do that? Monsters and serial killers, that’s who. Are you a serial killer? You must be if you are interrupting my book!

And there you have it. My ten bookish pet peeves. That last one though. That’s the big one! Zeesh.

TTT-Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean

Well, this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie! You can do what ever you want. From a topic that you make up to a previous TTT topic, the sky is the limit!

I chose to go with a previous topic, seeing as how I just recently discovered this meme.

Just to recap, as I will do every month, as credit is due, “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″.

So basically this week it’s a list of my top ten DNF’s, or books that just weren’t doing it for me that I actually finished. Let’s get started!

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I read this book years ago. Like 20 something years ago. It’s not a flex. I never told anyone I was reading it because it was awful. I don’t remember anything about it. You could be talking about it in front of me and I would go blank. It took me a year to read (which may be part of the problem) and I have since blocked it out of my mind apparently.

The Road Not Taken by Susan Rubin

The premise of this book sounded so interesting. A woman meets someone who looks exactly like her, and discovers whole new dimensions and versions of reality. I didn’t make it past page 25 when I picked it up. The book just didn’t flow and the main character just accepted something way, way to easily. It irked me.

Dune by Frank Herbert

I’ve tried to read this book twice and I just can’t seem to connect with the authors writing style. What makes this really funny is that I love all the Hollywood adaptations and can’t wait to see the new movie. I may be insane.

Crave by Tracy Wolff

I really tried to read this one, and it just didn’t work out for me. In fact, according to the blog post I featured this in, it reminded me why I stopped reading YA for so long.

Bow Legged Buccaneers From Outer Space by David Owain Hughes

This book was a chaotic mess and I did not enjoy it. At all. I’m sure there is an audience out there for this, but it is not me.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I finished this one because I was on a trip, but I didn’t like it. It just didn’t seem like it knew where it was going. Yeah, this one wasn’t for me.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Apparently I don’t like a lot of books that are insanely popular. Go figure. I’m sorry if you love this but I just couldn’t get into this series. This is one instance where I thought the movie was actually better. I’m gonna go hide now.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

I still don’t understand how this book got as popular as it did. And this great big feminist book of women with fantastical powers is on so many best of lists. Why? I know way to many people who didn’t like it for it to be proclaimed that good.

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

This book is like if someone with ADHD took speed and had a bad trip all at the same time. It’s full of frantic energy, which would be fine, but my brain was not happy with this book. It made me dizzy, and not in the fun way.

Outlawed by Anna North

I have come to the conclusion that the only reason I didn’t like this book is because I don’t like westerns. I have no evidence to support this hypothesis, just my gut instinct. So yeah. I disliked this book.

And there are ten books I would yeet off the side of a boat if I could. Which of these would you save from the briny depths?

TTT-Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

You ever stop and think about the books you read that make you happy? Or maybe even fill you with happy memories?

That’s what today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about!

What is Top Ten Tuesday, you may ask?

Well, “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.”

I’ve really enjoyed the books on this list, though thinking of ten was hard. Like seriously. Most of my books are filled with pain and anguish. Perks of reading sci-fi/fantasy!

On to the books!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Anyone who has read this book and doesn’t have this on their list is lying to you. I read it earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Everyone, including me, describes reading it as being wrapped in a warm hug. They aren’t wrong.

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

I loved this book about Santa Claus. Of course I did, I’m a Christmas nut. It left me feeling all warm and cozy inside, which has desperately been needed in recent months. Plus, it’s a great book to read with some of your older kids. You might not find the topics of war and conflict appropriate for the youngest of readers.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

This series of essays and blurbs on things and thoughts that bring the author comfort in his darkest of times brought a smile to my face. He even includes playlists of TV shows, movies, and songs!

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

This heartwarming story about a tea monk and robot who simply wants to know what humanity needs asks some interesting questions about humanity, all while making you smile. It’s a gentle (and short) read. And I enjoyed every minute of it.

Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd

Catana Comics are utterly heartwarming. She posts regularly on Instagram, but this collection also contains new (as of 2020) comics guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This book is a complicated one to add to the list. But I love it and it makes me smile to think about it! Plus positive trans rep!

Fangs by Sarah Anderson

The illustrated love story between a vampire and a werewolf. It came out last year and I loved it! It was sweet and wholesome, as much as anything involving vampires and werewolves can be. I mean, they cuddle while he’s in wolf form. It’s adorable!

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson has a way of making you smile through the pain of your depression. I really enjoy each of her books, but her first one is special. The audiobook is fantastic. Brings a smile to my face, and makes me laugh out loud every time I read/listen to it.

Mother, Can You Not? By Kate Seigel

This is another one where the audiobook is amazing. Especially because the authors mother helps narrate the book. I was wandering through a store listening to this and laughing out loud. I need to listen to this again. Definitely brings a smile to my face.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

I’m love this book. The irreverent British humor gets me every time. This book always brings a smile to my face. Of course, the excellent TV series didn’t hurt the books popularity either.

What books bring a smile to your face?