Top Ten Tuesday May 26: Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

May 26: Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)

1) Favorite famous quote: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

2) Gripping: “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” The Cast of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe.

3) Unique: “August 25, 1991
Dear friend,
I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

4) Accurate character description: “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

5) Funny and unique: “There is a pirate in the basement. (The pirate is a metaphor but also still a person.) (The basement could rightly be considered a dungeon.) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

6) Gripping: “The circus arrives without warning.” The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

7) Gripping: “I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” Red Rising by pierce Brown

8) Haunting: “It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.” A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

9) Haunting: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

10) Thought provoking: “The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.” The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Top Ten Tuesday May 12: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

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May 12: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.)

1) Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.

2) Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer by Walter Shapiro.

3) The Drafter by Kim Harrison.

4) Dodgers by Bill Beverly.

5) A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan.

6) Burn the Dark by S.A. Hunt.

7) The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton.

Top Ten Tuesday May 5: Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party

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May 5: Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party (choose 10 things: items, accessories, foods, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc.)

1) Cosplay: Come dressed up as your favorite literary character. I think I’d dress up as Hermione. Or Celia from The Night Circus. There will also be a game to guess the character.

2) Trivia: Winners get prizes – which is of course is more books.

3) Book Debates: March Madness style. We’ll pick books out of a hat and pit them against each other until one book is the winner.

4) Movie Adaptation rant: Let out your frustrations about what the movie got wrong.

5) Decorations: Hogwarts meets Oz meets The Shire.

6) To RSVP:. Solve the riddle to get in. It will be easy. The riddles will come from The Hobbit.

7) Open bar: Of course there would be food, but people also love free drinks.

8) Meet Your Favorite Character: They will appear in person so you can ask them whatever you wanted or you can just fangirl/fanboy and ask for a selfie.

9) Special Guests: Some authors would make an appearance for discussions and book signings.

10) The gift bag: Guests leave with an ARC, a reading light, and a gift card to buy more books.

Top Ten Tuesday April 14: Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

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April 14: Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About (This is for the books you liked, but rarely come up in conversation or rarely fit a TTT topic, etc.)

1)We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
2)Impossible by Nancy Werlin
3)A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice
4)Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
5)Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
6)The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
7)Tunnel Vision by Keith Lowe
8)The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
9)Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
10)The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
11)Proxy by Alex London
12)The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
13)The Prophet by Michael Koryta
14)The One Man by Andrew Gross

Top Ten Tuesday: March 31: Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover.

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March 31: Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover.

1) This blog. I review the books I read and do these Top Ten Tuesday lists.

2) Goodreads. I don’t just have it, I am active on it. I update with the books I am reading and my progress. I rate and review the books I read. I have the App and use it at bookstores to scan the books that catch my interest.

3) I have been keeping a Book Challenge list since 2007. This is only when I started keeping track. I have been reading since I was a kid (Baby-sitters Club!). I would order from the Scholastic catalogue.

4) The TBR pile of doom! I add books faster than I can read them.

5) I collect signed editions of my favorite books from my favorite authors.

6) I love going to book events. Book releases. Author signings. Book panels at comic con.

7) I’ll take books in any platform: print, e-books, audiobooks, borrowing from the library, and ARCs. Anything to increase my knowledge, enjoyment and book challenge numbers.

Top Ten Tuesday March 10: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

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March 10: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

These are the authors I follow on SM. Some I only follow on Twitter, some I also follow on Instagram/Facebook.

1) Pierce Brown.
2) Deborah Harkness.
3) Katherine Arden.
4) Erin Morgenstern.
5) E.K. Johnston.
6) Stephen Chbosky.
7) Claudia Gray.
8) Nicola Yoon.
9) Ruta Sepetys.

Top Ten Tuesday March 3: Books With Single-Word Titles

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Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

March 3: Books With Single-Word Titles (submitted by Kitty from Kitty Marie’s Reading Corner)


1) Lightless by C.A. Higgins
2) Supernova by C.A. Higgins
3) Radiate by C.A. Higgins
4) Horns by Joe Hill
5) Proxy by Alex London
6) Guardian by Alex London
7) Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
8) Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
9) Divergent by Veronica Roth
10) Carrie by Stephen King,
11) Dracula by Bram Stoker
12) Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
13) Jackpot by Nic Stone
14) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
15) Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
16) Alight by Scott Sigler