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Top Ten Tuesday

This week our topic for discussion set by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl is, Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them To Me … which in and of itself, might be a left over from last week’s challenge, Long Titles! 

While I’ve read a couple of books recently that were, in a way, recommended to me by people on twitter—I have also read at least 3 or 4 books that someone has recommended to me via the comments after reading a really positive review. Those have turned out to be some of the best reads as well. Because, by then, you have at least read their review and already know what you’re letting yourself in for. 

My thanks to Jake from over at Jake is Reading, Ollie at Infinite Speculations, and Jo from Blue Mood Cafe, for providing me with lots of inspiration and some really great suggestions these last few months.

On the list are:

  • THE PHLEBOTOMIST (SF) — by Chris Panatier 
  • CAPTAIN MOXLEY AND THE EMBERS OF EMPIRE (Fantasy) — by Dan Hanks
  • VELOCITY WEAPON (SF) — by Megan O’Keefe
  • WE RIDE THE STORM (Fantasy) — by Devin Madson
  • BLOOD ON THE TRACKS (Crime) — by Barbara Nickless
  • OVERKILL (Crime) — by Vanda Symon
  • IN THE DARK SPACES (SF) — Cally Black
  • THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY (Fantasy) — by Luke Arnold
  • RACE THE SANDS (Fantasy) — by Sarah Beth Durst
  • THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB’S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES (Horror) — by Grady Hendrix (on the TBR)

So, there you have my list. What about you, have you had any really good recommendations lately and if so, what where they? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Really Long Titles

It’s been a long while since I did one of these, but I thought to get back into the habit of doing a few, and thought to start with Top Ten Tuesday—Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s challenge is, Long Titles.

Now, this is great if you are reading a lot of self published fantasy as, at the moment, there are a few books doing the rounds, online, that have really great titles. But crime fiction, or a thriller? Not so much. Most authors and, I think, publishers too, prefer something short and snappy or, at most, 3-4 words in length.

They go for strong, in-your-face The Whisperer, The Liar, The Silenced. Titles that leave no doubt to the fact we’re in crime fiction territory. But all that aside, here we go, I’m digging deep to try find some really lengthy titles to fulfil this one.

  • THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley
  • THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN’S BAG by Alan Bradley
  • THE GRAVE’S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by Alan Bradley
  • THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD by Alan Bradley
  • THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR by John Straley
  • THE SPY WHO CAME OUT OF THE COLD by John Le Carre
  • THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN by Vaseem Khan
  • A DARKNESS MORE THAN LIGHT by Michael Connelly
  • CAPTAIN MOXLEY AND THE EMBERS OF THE EMPIRE by Dan Hanks
  • THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY by Luke Arnold

Okay, so I had to cheat. Cheat BIG time to find ten titles, by including the four books I’ve read by Alan Bradley who, as you can see, loves his long titles. With the last two being both fantasy books I read recently.

Fantasy being more inclined to go for long descriptive titles. Some of them incredibly funny too if you look at: The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids or The Thief Who Spat In Luck’s Good Eye, both by Michael McClung. I mean, come on, even if you don’t normally read fantasy, wouldn’t you want to read both of these just to find out more about those great titles?

And you, what really long titled books have you read recently, if any?