Top Ten Tuesday : Opening Lines

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tttTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Opening Lines

So, this is fairly self explanatory.  Gripping opening lines.  These are my choices:

“It’s important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size.”– Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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When I was seven, I found a door.”  The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow

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“Dogs were with us from the very beginning.” A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by CA Fletcher

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“Itami Cho woke to the screams of her own death. “  Never Die by Rob J Hayes

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“Carolyn had been kidnapped twice in the past month, which was twice more than most people in a lifetime.” Sworn to the Night by Craig Schaefer

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“When a welcome to a city comes in the form of being chased through it’s streets by a bloodthirsty mob, you might assume you’ve done something wrong.” Chasing Graves by Ben Galley

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“My right arm is made of metal.”  Fortune’s Fool by Angela Boord

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“Two weeks before everyone died and the world changed forever, Finnbogi the Boggy was fantasising about Thyri Treelegs.”  You Die When You Die by Angus Watson

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“Of course, a sensible woman would never have accepted the invitation in the first place.” Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis

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“The old spellmasters like to say that magic has a taste.” Spellslinger by Sebastien deCastell

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 reasons why you love xxx?

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tttTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Reasons Why I Love:  Reading

Lots of reasons.  First and foremost I guess I take after my dad, he loves to read and had a good collection of books that I could tuck in to, plus I had a teacher in my early years who really encouraged reading and recommended books to us.  So, what else do I get from reading:

  1. Well, it’s a hobby and I think hobbies are important for us all. It gives us something of our own to delve into and become absorbed with.
  2. Escapism.  I don’t suppose this needs too much explanation really.  Sometimes when you’re reading it’s like you’ve become completely involved with what’s going on to such an extent that you really have escaped from the everyday world around you – so much so that you miss your train stop, or randomly make strange noises out loud, or become immune to everyone and everything around you.
  3. Travel – similarly to escapism, reading can take you on wild adventures to all sorts of places, both real and imaginary, certainly places that you won’t see unless in your wildest dreams.  I’ve been into deepest space, Middle Earth and even the centre of the earth.  I’ve been 20,000 leagues beneath the sea and stranded on a remote island.
  4. Great characters.  Goodies and baddies alike.  Great characters are what really makes the book for me.  I want to feel an attachment, if there’s a romance I want the chemistry to sizzle, if there’s an evil so and so I need to feel the motivation, not just some crazy machiavellian character twirling his moustache.  I want strong friendships and people that I care about who don’t totally step out of character just to make a plot point.
  5. Reading community..  Obviously this is a fairly recent development for me but being a part of the reading community is something that I love.  It’s where I get most of my book recommendations from and it’s the place where I can chat a never ending stream of babble about books and people don’t mind, in fact they positively encourage it.
  6. Blogging.  This is also a fairly new addition to my hobby and it’s a part that definitely helped me to form connections with the reading community at large.  I confess that when I first started blogging I never expected anybody to visit my little corner let alone try and connect and it’s become something that I thoroughly enjoy.
  7. Events.  Another obvious one but there’s usually lots of events going on in fact I’d say you can pretty much fill up your entire yearly calendar with events of one type or another.  Take for example the Wyrd and Wonder event mentioned above.  Vintage Sci Fi which usually takes place in January or any number of readathons that are constantly buzzing around the blogosphere.  Choose your own catnip and jump on in.
  8. Easily transportable.  Lets just be honest, reading is a hobby that you can take with you anywhere.  You can make use of travel time, fill in a lunch hour and even multi task if you like audio.  Is there anything better than a hobby that you can always crack open.
  9. Shopping.  I really don’t enjoy shopping – unless it’s books – and then I can spend hours and hours browsing.  I do love my kindle these days and I will warn you that ‘one click’ is practically addictive.  And, with my new found love of audio I can also shop on Audible too.
  10. That’s it for me.  I’m sure there are plenty more reasons that will spring to mind as soon as this is posted but for now – did I miss one of your favourite reasons for reading??

Top Ten Tuesday : The Purge #wyrdandwonder

 

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tttTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

The Last Ten Books I Abandoned set aside – for now

I’m teaming my post up this week with Wyrd and Wonder (details here) and so I’ve chosen fantasy books for this week’s theme.

This is s sad post.  I don’t like to abandon books – it sounds so harsh doesn’t it.  Let’s not say ‘abandon’, lets say ‘set aside’ – at the end of the day you just never know do you.  Here are ten books that I’ve come to the conclusion I probably won’t read, they’re all books I’ve bought some time ago and really wanted but that gnawing urge has, for now, diminished.  Let me be clear – no books were harmed in the making of this post, they’re all still sitting pretty and, lets be honest, i’ll probably never let them go (insert mad cackle) but, I recognise that I probably won’t read them at this point – unless someone absolutely tells me I HAVE TO:

  1. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
  2. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  3. The Adamantine Palace  by Stephen Deas
  4. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
  5. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  6. Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler
  7. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  8. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
  9. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  10. Radiance by Grace Draven

So, which one do you think I absolutely have to read??

Top Ten Tuesday : Books That Would Make Good Band Names?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is : Titles That Would Make Good Band Names.  I enjoyed this one and can’t help thinking that SFF books really lend themselves to this topic.  What do you think of my picks?:

  1. Gutter Prayer
  2. The Furies
  3. Limited Wish
  4. Songs from the Deep
  5. Spinning Silver
  6. Trail of Lightning
  7. No Sleep till Doomsday
  8. The Silent Companions
  9. The Just City
  10. Dreamer’s Pool

Top Ten Tuesday : Books I just bought

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

 Books I Bought/Borrowed… because

Okay, so, I’ve gone for my most recent acquisitions.  Do I really need a ‘because’.  Yes? Well in that case – ‘because’ – books!

This is what I bought most recently – and this isn’t as bad as it looks, these are purchases spread over the last three months and all bought using gift cards – and in fact, I still haven’t used my last gift card up – so very happy about that 😀  See if you like the looks of any of these.  Unfortunately I didn’t make a note of where I saw these recommended but if it was you then thank you 😀  Now I just need to find some extra time in the day and all will be good.

the Broken girls
Stoker's Wilde
Circe
Finale
thewickeddeep
SongRising
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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1) by Tamsyn Muir
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Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
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I may have gone over 10 – shhh, don’t tell anyone.
Which do you recommend I pick up first??
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