Top Ten Tuesday/Books I Wanted To Like But I Didn’t

Hosted by thatartsyreadergirl.

July 30: Freebie (Come up with your own topic! I might steal yours for a future TTT and credit you!) Books I wanted to like but I didn’t.

The Aftermath
The Aftermath
by Rhidian Brook
Personal (Jack Reacher, #19)
Personal
(Jack Reacher #19)
by Lee Child
Wilder Girls
Wilder Girls
by Rory Power
The Definition of Equal: The transgender story continues... (The Definition Duology Book 2)
The Definition of Equal: The transgender story continues… (The Definition Duology Book 2)
by E.S. Carpenter
Motherless Brooklyn
Motherless Brooklyn
by Jonathan Lethem
Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
by S.J. Goslee
The Paragon Hotel
The Paragon Hotel
by Lyndsay Faye
Miracle on the 17th Green: A Novel
Miracle on the 17th Green: A Novel
(Travis McKinley #1)
by James Patterson
Penguins of America
Penguins of America
by James Patterson, Jack Patterson  Florence Yue , James Madsen
Would it be Okay to Love You? (Would it be Okay to Love You?, #1)
Would it be Okay to Love You?
(Would It Be Okay to Love You? #1)
by Amy Tasukada

Alex

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Readahin Announcement And TBR

Readathin is a month-long readathon, which will be happening this August. This readathon is Amanda from acourtofbooksandlove and Jessica from jescamarie493. You can use the hashtag #ReadathinAug19 to keep up with everyone and the fun reading sprints on the Readathin Twitter. Here are the reading challenges, which can be used as a guideline to help you choose the books you want to read.

There are Instagram challenges too. Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadathinPhotoAug19 so everyone can see them.

My TBR

  1. Read a thin book

For this, I’m going with Jacky Ha-Ha (Jacky Ha-Ha #1) by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Kerascoët (Illustrations).

Jacky Ha-Ha (Jacky Ha-Ha, #1)

It’s middle grade and a fast read.

  1. Read a book in a series

2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club #2) by James Patterson, Andrew Gross.

2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, #2)

  1. Read a book that’s been on your shelves for two years.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia.

Eliza and Her Monsters

  1. Read a book with a bright coloured cover.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  1. Read a book recommended by a friend.

1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club #1) by James Patterson

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

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Alex

 

 

Firsts Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

Lines

TUESDAYS WERE MARKET DAYS.

Not just for me, but for the entire city, the Rif women parading down from the mountains heralding the start, their baskets and carts overflowing with fruits and vegetables, their donkeys flanking them on either side. In response, Tangier came alive: crowds emerged, the streets flooding with men and women, foreigners and locals alike, pointing and ordering, arguing and bartering, exchanging coin for a bit of this, a bit of that. The sun seemed somehow brighter on these days, hotter, the scorch of it burning the nape of my neck.

Standing at the window now, looking down upon the swelling crowds, I made the silent wish that it was still Monday. But then, Monday, I knew, was always a false hope, a false comfort, before Tuesday would eventually come again and I would be forced to stand in the chaos swirling below me.

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Tangerine
Tangerine
by Christine Mangan

Alex

June To Be Read

Tangerine
Tangerine
by Christine Mangan

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.

Million Love Songs
Million Love Songs
by Carole Matthews

After splitting up with her cheating ex-husband, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single again for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is another serious relationship.

Mason Soames represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, handsome, and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, and yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe Edwards, on the other hand, is also lovely and handsome but he comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

Ruby soon has some very tough decisions to make. Is she ready for a relationship of any kind, and what type of life does she really want? Because while Ruby may think she knows what she wants, is that what she needs to be truly happy?

Feel-good, wonderful and an absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Ruby’s story will make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting more. It’s about to get emotional in Million Love Songs

In My Sister's Shoes
In My Sister’s Shoes
by Sinéad Moriarty

Kate O’Brien is thirty and has very little to think about except trying to keep her balance as she totters up London’s media-land ladder.

Fiona O’Brien is Kate’s responsible older sister – with a husband, twin boys, a dog and now … a life-changing problem.

It’s a problem that means Kate going back to Dublin. Pronto. There she finds herself stepping into Fiona’s shoes – and discovering that she’s definitely not cut out to be a domestic goddess. On top of that, the ex she thought she’d got over years ago turns up to haunt her.

Will either of the O’Brien sisters survive? And even if they do, can either of them slip back into their old shoes ever again?

Line of Fire (Nick Stone #19)
Line of Fire
(Nick Stone #19)
by Andy McNab

Nick Stone is back in an up-to-the-minute thriller – ripped fresh from the headlines.

Stone has returned to London.

The world is in a state of unrest and opportunists are looking to take advantage of an unstable world.

Their motives are unclear. But their threat is real.

Who are they really working for?

Bad Boy (Inspector Banks, #19)
Bad Boy
(Inspector Banks #19)
by Peter Robinson

A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But Banks is abroad, and the woman’s revelation of a loaded gun hidden in her daughter Erin’s bedroom leads to a shocking fatality when a police armed-response team breaks into her house. The fallout will have dark consequences for Banks and his partner, DI Annie Cabbot. It turns out that Erin’s best friend is Banks’ own daughter, Tracy . . . who was last seen in the company of the weapon’s actual owner, a very bad boy indeed.

Now that his child is on the run with a psychopath, Banks finds himself caught in a bloody tangle of betrayal and murder. But the rogue DCI is a bit of a bad boy himself, and he’ll freely risk his life and career in the cause of love—and vengeance.

Piece of My Heart (Inspector Banks, #16)
Piece of My Heart
(Inspector Banks #16)
by Peter Robinson

1969… In an era of free love and rebellion, a dead body is discovered among the detritus of a recently concluded rock festival—a beautiful young woman stabbed so savagely through the chest that a piece of her heart was sliced off.

Now… A freelance journalist, a stranger to the region, is savagely bludgeoned to death in a shocking act of violence with no apparent motive.

Two murders separated by four decades are investigated by two very different but equally haunted investigators—one, a casualty of war unable to come to terms with a confusing new world; the other, a rogue policeman harbouring ghosts of his own. But the truth behind a grisly present-day slaying may somehow be hidden in the amplified, drug-induced fog of a notorious past, propelling Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks into the darkest shadows of the peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll generation.

If you haven’t guessed yet by the blurbs, I was gifted those books or bought myself and I read or try to read any book I’m given. Now I will go on my Goodreads to read list and pick two books at random.

Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
by S.J. Goslee
These Witches Don't Burn
These Witches Don’t Burn
(These Witches Don’t Burn #1)
by Isabel Sterling

Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.

Soon June is pride month, I need LGBTQIA+ books recommendations I can add to my list this month. So use comments section to do that! Looking forward to hear what you want me to read.

Alex 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by thatartsyreadergirl.

May 28: Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year) (submitted by Anne @ Head Full of Books)

I Wish You All the Best
I Wish You All the Best
by Mason Deaver (2019)
Pulp
Pulp
by Robin Talley (2018)
Nothing But the Truth
Nothing But the Truth
by Dick Lehr (2017)
The Other Boy
The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey (2016)
Relinquished
Relinquished
by Kimi Flores (2015)
Laughing at My Nightmare
Laughing at My Nightmare
by Shane Burcaw (2014)
Until the End of Time
Until the End of Time
by Danielle Steel (2013)
Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery, #1)
Louisiana Longshot
(Miss Fortune Mystery #1)
by Jana Deleon (2012)
House of the Hanged
House of the Hanged
by Mark Mills (2011)
In the Midst of Life
In the Midst of Life
by Jennifer Worth (2010)
The Saffron Gate
The Saffron Gate
by Linda Holeman (2009)

This one was harder than I thought but, I think I manged.

Alex

Firsts Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

Lines

THE MESSENGER BAG pressed tight to his hip, the hood of his black sweatshirt up, and a black-and-white checked kaffiyeh scarf looped around his swarthy neck, Epée walked quickly down the Rue Marcadet.
His name meant sword in French—more particularly, a duel sword, which is how he thought of himself that night.
I am declaring war here, Epée thought. The Sword marks the first battleground.

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And The Book Is..

Private Paris (Private, #10)
Private Paris
(Private #10)
by James Patterson, Mark T. Sullivan

(Goodreads in the caption)

Alex

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by thatartsyreadergirl.

May 14: Page to Screen Freebie (Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa, etc.)

Dare To Love (Beautifully Broken, #4)
Dare To Love
(Beautifully Broken #4)
by Amanda Kaitlyn

This would make a great chic lit.

Kat and Meg Conquer the World
Kat and Meg Conquer the World
by Anna Priemaza

I want this to be a movie for a million reasons.

Bump
Bump
by Matthew J. Metzger

This is an interesting story to see on film.

Daisy Jones & The Six
Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six isn’t your everyday band novel, so of course I want to see it in a movie.

The Other Boy
The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey

This would teach us all a thing or two as a movie

Rattle (The Bone Collector, #1)
Rattle
(The Bone Collector #1)
by Fiona Cummins

This would keep you on your toes.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)
by Jenny Han

I loved the movie but didn’t like the book.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
(The Tattooist of Auschwitz #1)
by Heather Morris

A painful history lesson that ends with love.

Friend Request
Friend Request
by Laura Marshall

A true cyber web thriller.

Tutankhamun (Rai Rahotep, #2)
Tutankhamun
(Rai Rahotep #2)
by Nick Drake

A book full of plot twists that would create a unique movie.

Alex