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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had

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Kudos to whomever came up with this unique topic! I have not read these books and am only mentioning them because these occupations sound amazing.

 

Title and Author: The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

The Job: Carpet designer

Why I’m Interested: It’s quiet, intricate work that creates beloved family heirlooms.

 

Two dolls with fluffy white dresses. One has straight brown hair and the other has curly red hair.

Title and Author: The Queen’s Dollmaker by Christine Trent

The Job: Dollmaker

Why I’m Interested: Dolls bring so much joy to the world.

 

Title and Author: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

The Job: Poet

Why I’m Interested: I used to write a lot of poetry. It’s harder than some people imagine it to be but quite rewarding when you finally figure out the right turn of phrase to make your point succinctly.

 

Title and Author: The Naturalist’s Daughter by Tea Cooper

The Job: Naturalist

Why I’m Interested: This specific naturalist studied the platypus, an animal I find utterly fascinating. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the first person from your culture to discover such a thing? I’d like to think he spoke to the people who already lived there about what they knew about the life cycle and physiology of the platypus.

A red and white lighthouse on a large rocky outcropping by the ocean. Part of the lighthouse is reflected in a puddle nearby.

 

Title and Author: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Job: Lighthouse Keeper

Why I’m Interested: It was generally quiet and peaceful work which appeals to this introvert quite a bit.  I’d have time to write stories or read books while I was on the job.

 

Title and Author: The Archivist by Martha Cooley

The Job: Archivist

Why I’m Interested: I adore organizing, cataloguing, and sorting all sorts of different things. Being an archivist sounds heavenly to me.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

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A red ball with a smiley face on it. The ball is floating in a large body of water. Honestly, I haven’t read that many humorous books recently regardless of if we’re talking about tales published last year or thirty years ago.

I’ll share a few funny books I have read and hope I can get some great ideas for other reads from everyone else’s posts today.

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

It was a good read because… the author knows how to poke fun at herself while also inviting her audience to do the same when it comes to our own weird but funny stories about our pasts.

 

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

It was a good read because… everything and everyone was up for grabs here! There was no topic too sacred or mundane to joke about. This is one of the things I enjoy the most about Pratchett and Gaiman’s stories.

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

It was a good read because… of how skillfully but respectfully it picked apart the fairy tale genre and saved only their best bits to be woven together into something that was keenly self-aware but still somehow romantic and magical.

 

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1-5) by Douglas Adams

It was a good read because… it regularly defied reader’s expectations of how a science fiction adventure series should go. If you haven’t already noticed, I love it when narrators are aware of their genres and purposefully break certain rules in them.

 

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

It was a good read because… no one is ever too old or too young for puns!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Mardi Gras

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A pink mardi gras mask with purple, blue, and yellow feathers sticking out of it.Technically, today’s topic was “Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers in honour of Mardi Gras.”

I’ve written so many posts about book covers of various colours that I tweaked it to be “Books About Mardi Gras” instead.

They span a wide range of topics, from  recipes to history to even zombies!

1. Gay as Mardi Gras  by Lily Velden

2. No Mardi Gras for the Dead by D.J. Donaldson

3. The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition by Kim Marie Vaz

4. Mardi Gras Indians by Michael P. Smith and Alan Govenar

5. Mardi Gras . . . As It Was by Robert Tallant

6. Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen by Marie Étienne

7. Design A Mardi Gras Parade: A Coloring Book by Mr. Sean Gautreaux

8. Mardi Gras Greats: Delicious Mardi Gras Recipes, the Top 79 Mardi Gras Recipes by Jo Franks

9. New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920 by Jennifer Atkins

10. Mardi Gras Zombies  by Bart Gnarly

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Conversation Hearts on Book Covers

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conversation heart candies. The messages printed on them include kiss, you rock, xoxo, hey babe, and a drawing of a pair of lips pursed up to kiss someone.As I mentioned on last year’s Valentine’s Day freebie post, I don’t actually celebrate this holiday.

I do, however, love conversation hearts, so this year’s freebie post will be all about covers that feature those delicious little candies.

If you’ve never eaten a conversation heart, they’re hard, sweet, and a little chalky. You can generally only buy them during the few weeks before Valentine’s Day.

Each one has a short, romantic message printed on it. They might say “love you,” or be mine,” or some other phrase like that.

It was interesting to me to see how many similarities there were on the covers in this list. Only a few of them broke the mould, and I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a mould for books with conversation hearts on their covers.

At the Drive-In Volcano by Aimee Nezhukumatathil book cover. Image on cover shows a broken conversation heart on a highway. The title is written in the heart.

1. At the Drive-In Volcano by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Life is More Than Candy Hearts by Lisa Bilbrey book cover. Image on cover shows candy hearts lying on a white table. Two of them are large and red.

2. Life is More Than Candy Hearts by Lisa Bilbrey

Five Little Candy Hearts by William Boniface book cover. Image on cover shows candy hearts on white platters as cartoon people stand around them.

3. Five Little Candy Hearts by William Boniface

True Love by Whitney Gaskell book cover. Image on cover shows three candy hearts, one of which is broken.

4. True Love by Whitney Gaskell

Will Shortz Presents I Love You, Sudoku!- 200 Sweet to Sinister Puzzles  by Will Shortz book cover. Image on cover is of dozens of candy hearts sitting on a red surface.

5.Will Shortz Presents I Love You, Sudoku!: 200 Sweet to Sinister Puzzles  by Will Shortz

The Hell with Love- Poems to Mend a Broken Heart by Mary D. Esselman book cover. Image on the cover shows four conversation hearts. Each one has one word of the title printed on it.

6. The Hell with Love: Poems to Mend a Broken Heart by Mary D. Esselman

Romantically Challenged by Beth Orsoff book cover. Image on cover shows stack of six conversation hearts. The seventh is facing the viewer and says "try again."

7. Romantically Challenged by Beth Orsoff

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan book cover. Image on cover shows three conversation hearts. Each heart has one word of the title printed on it.

8. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Thwonk by Joan Bauer book cover. Image on cover shows pink coversation heart with the word thwonk written on it.

9. Thwonk by Joan Bauer

The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance book cover. Image on cover shows conversation hearts with arrows in them. An unbroken heart is standing next to them shrugging its shoulders

10. The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born That I’ve Read

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woman wearing a book on her head and smiling slightly.
This isn’t me, but it is something I’d do.

Every so often, a Top Ten Tuesday topic comes up that makes me wish I could read what is in everyone’s drafts folders for it as I work on my post.

Will you all choose books that were written hundreds of years ago?

Maybe you will pick books from many different eras instead?

Only time will tell!

 

1. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. Lewis

2. The Stand by Stephen King

3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

6. Animal Farm by George Orwell

7. The Color Purple  by Alice Walker

8. Native Son by Richard Wright

9. Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe

10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: My Hopes for 2021

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl These are my hopes for 2021. Some are serious while others are purely frivolous. 1. That all of us who can be vaccinated for Covid-19 will be able to receive that vaccine this year. Herd immunity saves so many lives. 2. That this pandemic ends quickly and the economy… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books of 2020

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl 2020 was a topsy-turvy reading year for me, and I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you feel the same way. We’ve all been through a lot this year. The Deep by Rivers Solomon (My review of it is here). What I Liked Most About It: The world building… Read More