Top 10 Extraordinary Book Titles

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is top 10 extraordinary book titles.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a fantastic title. It captures the essence of not only Rhen’s curse, but Harper and Grey’s isolation and situations as well.

Daisy Jones and the Six is a great title because it sounds exactly what is it: a book about a rock band. It brings to life that era of seventies music and is just very evocative.

Muse of Nightmares is such a wonderful title, it’s a shame I didn’t enjoy the book. I love the idea of a figure that inspires nightmares. Not gives nightmares, but help the dreamer to weave them. And it’s such a perfect companion title to Strange the Dreamer.

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is just… I love it. It sounds like a self-help book or one of those books for kids that tells them how to seek adventure. It’s wonderful.

The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. See above.

I, Iago is another fantastic title that’s attached to another book that disappointed me. I just love the simplicity of it, they way it’s slightly sinister (maybe just because it’s attached to one of the greatest villains of all time). It’s just a strong title.

The Hate U Give is a great title that I didn’t realize was a pop culture reference until I read it. It’s strong and powerful.

The Misadventures of Maude March. It’s alliterative and I love alliteration. The title alone made me want to read this.

Under the Never Sky is a fantastic title. Right away, I need to read the book just to find out what a never sky is. Are they in space? Underground? Where are they? And it’s just poetic.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I love this title because you know it’s about a girl who’s done something she needs to confess. It intrigued me right away.

What are some of your favorite titles? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Character Traits I Love

Since Top 5 Tuesday is on hiatus this week, I thought I’d give Top 10 Tuesday a try! Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is top 10 character traits I love.

  1. Loyalty. I love characters who are loyal to someone or some cause.
  2. Humbleness. Characters like Odd Thomas, who are very humble and grateful for all they have, light my fire.
  3. Bravery. Especially if they are scared, but do whatever they need to do anyway.
  4. Honor. I love characters who have a deeply ingrained sense of honor. And I don’t care if they’re good or bad. In fact, when villain have a sense of honor, that makes me love them all the more.
  5. Determination. Characters that see things through and never give up, despite the odds.
  6. Cleverness. I like characters who are able to think ten steps ahead of the situation and manipulate events based on it. Yes, I’m thinking of Kaz Brekker.
  7. Adaptability. When characters are thrown into a new situation and they have to adapt. I especially when they adapt, but keep their core self in tact. For example, Enne Salta from Ace of Shades.
  8. Wit and a sense of humor. I prefer it when the characters are smart and use their humor to lighten the situation, not hurt others (although, it can be interesting if they do and have to fix it).
  9. Faith. It doesn’t have to be a faith in God, just a faith in something. I especially like it when the antagonist is driven by his or her faith in something and is so blinded by it that when they finally see the truth, they are utterly destroyed. Javert from Les Miserables is like this, and I love it.
  10. Vulnerability, especially in men. This is why I’m so drawn to m/m romance. The men in those books have a kind of vulnerability, especially in deeply romantic scenes, that is unusual to see, even in traditional romance.

Those are my top ten favorite character traits. What are some of yours?

Top Ten Tuesday – Things that Make me Pick up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, she posts a topic and you can respond to it by listing ten (or however many) things that fit that topic. Rules and upcoming topics are here.

This week’s topic is things that make me pick up a book.

  1. The title. If the title sounds interesting, I’ll pick it up.
  2. The cover. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But a good cover is there to attract a reader, and I’m no exception. If it’s a pretty or intriguing cover, I’ll pick it up.
  3. The summary on the back. I hate it when there is no summary on the back or inside the front cover. If all there is are quotes praising the book, I put it back. I want to know what the book is about, not what other people think about the book.
  4. A female protagonist. I am more likely to pick up a book with a female protagonist than male, unless it’s a romance novel. I overwhelming prefer to read about women, but for some reason, like romance about men.
  5. It’s a retelling. I’ll take any retelling, but I always am looking for Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, and King Arthur. The last two, I’m especially interested in books about Marian and Guinevere. (And, yes, I’ve read Sherwood by Megan Spooner; it was exactly what I want in a Robin Hood retelling.)
  6. The author. There are some author’s I auto-buy, but generally I look for authors whose work I’ve enjoyed before.
  7. The genre. I love m/m historical romances, paranormal YA, and historical mysteries. There are other genres I’ll try, and I’m coming around to YA fantasy, but I’ll try almost any book in those three categories.
  8. Hype. I never would have picked up Daisy Jones and the Six or Six of Crows had they not gotten so much hype. If people like it, I’ll check it out.
  9. Sister recommendations. I read a lot of books my sister has recommended or loans me.
  10. The first few pages. I’ll skim the first few pages and see how I like it. If it clicks, I’ll take it. If it doesn’t, I’ll put it back and move along.

Those are things that make me pick up a book. What about you?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader. Each week, she posts a topic and you can make a list that fits that topic.

This week is an audio freebie, meaning it can be on any kind of audio. I’ve opted to go with my top audio books. I’ve only been listening to audio books since last spring, and I haven’t listened to a whole lot. These are my favorites of those I have.

This is probably my favorite audio book of all time. Katherine Kellgren is hilarious. Her pacing and intonation are delightful. I listen to books while I drive, and I was cracking up while listening to this book. She did a masterful job.

This was the first book I ever listened to, and it was really good. It has duel narrators for Elle and Darien, and I really liked how it was done.

This was a fun listen. I enjoyed hearing how the author went from being a binge-buyer to a minimalist. It gave me a lot to think about.

This one took me awhile to get into, but once I got used to the narrator, I highly enjoyed the story. I am highly anticipating the next one.

I really liked the narrator, Michael Crouch, on this one. I thought he did a great job.

So, I just have five favorite audio books. The rest have mostly been self-help books, and while I enjoyed listening to them, they weren’t favorites like these. Here are a few books I want to listen to:

I loved the book, and I heard the audio is amazing. I can’t wait to listen to it.

Again, I’ve heard nothing but praise for this full cast audio book.

I’m assuming it’ll be just as fun as Geekerella.

So, that is my top 5 audio books plus three I’m looking forward to listening to! What are some of your favorite audio books?