I’m going to assume that this week’s prompt is asking us to make a list of book titles that are unique and attention grabbing. Everything on my list is something that grabbed my attention so thoroughly I had to pick it up and read the blurb as soon as I spotted its title. Since most of them are still on my TBR, I won’t go into detail about them this time.
The stock photo attached to this post made me think of all of the different emotions the same character may show in the same story.
They don’t have to be geniuses, but I do enjoy reading about how bright characters see the world.
2. Warm and Affectionate
There’s something about characters with this personality that make them irresistible to me. I can appreciate many different types of flaws in a character so long as they start from this base.
I exercise regularly and enjoy spending time outdoors. It’s nice to read about characters who are also into staying active.
There’s something to be said for thinking things through before rushing into a possibly dangerous situation.
I was about to put the term strange here, but maybe quirky is a little bit more accurate. Characters who wander off the beaten path of life are alluring.
While I can and do also enjoy stories about people who can be high-strung, I generally prefer to read about folks who take a more relaxed approach to life.
There aren’t enough books out there about folks who are quietly amazing but who will never be the life of the party. For example, I would have loved to read a chapter or two of Anne of Green Gables from Matthew Cuthbert’s perspective. He was honestly more interesting to me than Anne was because of how shy he was about sharing his feelings.
Honestly, I’ve grown weary of reading about shady protagonists who may not be trustworthy. Retaining some innocence is a good thing no matter how old someone is.
That is, it’s nice when characters take care of what they own and are mindful of how they spend their money.
It doesn’t matter how that creativity is expressed. I’m always interested in reading about people who can take an ordinary moment in life and find the beauty in it somewhere.
I decided to narrow this week’s topic down by only discussing books that have been or will be published in the autumn of 2019. When I actually read them depends on how long the wait lists are at my local library, but I’m hoping at least a few of these titles will become available soon.
2. Title and Author: Alex McKenna & the Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush Why I Want to Read It: A witch who can speak to ghosts? Sign me up! I’ve also been trying to read more novels about characters who are trans in general, so that addition to the plot is icing on the cake. Publication Date: Today
3. Title and Author: How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones Why I Want to Read It: 2019 has not been a year of reading many memoirs or autobiographies for me. I’m trying to change that before the year ends for good. Publication Date: October 8
4. Title and Author:The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson Why I Want to Read It: I never grow tired of reading books about all of the unusual things the human body can be capable of doing. Publication Date: October 15
5. Title and Author: Small Hearts by Bryan W. Dull Why I Want to Read It: I’m still deciding if this is the right book for me, to be honest, but I do like the idea of reading about the aftermath of a school shooting rather than the crime itself. Publication Date: October 15
6. Title and Author: Supernova Era by Liu Cixin Why I Want to Read It: There aren’t many books out there about supernovas. I get excited every time I find another one. Publication Date: October 22
8. Title and Author: The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown Why I Want to Read It: So many of the books on my list this week are serious. A fun, middle-grade horror novel might be just the thing to help me relax after them. Publication Date: November 5
9. Title and Author: The Deep by Rivers Solomon Why I Want to Read It: I love the origin story of these characters’ ancestors. The thought that pregnant slaves who were thrown overboard ships hundreds of years ago somehow managed to thrive on the ocean floor is fascinating. Publication Date: November 5
10. Title and Author: Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downsby Keena Roberts Why I Want to Read It: The author of this memoir spent part of her adolescence in a remote part of Botswana thanks to her parents’ field work with baboons. This sounds like such a cool way to grow up that I’d love to know more about it! Publication Date: November 12
Seriously, how fun was this prompt? I had such a good time coming up with my list this week, and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone else answered it, too.
1. Mint Tea
Caffeine tends to make me anxious, so I try to stick to caffeine-free beverages and foods as much as possible. Mint tea both smells and tastes nice.
2. Vegan Yogurt
I’m not vegan, but I eat a lot of products marketed to that demographic group due to my milk allergy. Non-dairy yogurts have gotten pretty good these past few years, so thank you to the vegan community for creating a demand for them. You’re awesome.
3. Salted Pistachios or Other Mixed Nuts
Nuts are such a satisfying snack.
4. Fresh Fruit
It’s hard to remember the last time I tried a new type of fruit and disliked it. Just about any sort of fruit is delicious to me.
I love crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery, radishes, or kohlrabi. It’s so satisfying to munch away at them, especially if I’m reading something a little frightening or atmospheric. Somehow having a plate of food to snack on makes me feel a bit less nervous in those circumstances.
6. Hard-boiled Eggs
I eat hard-boiled eggs with a little salt and pepper. They’re amazing. As soon as I pick up another bottle of hot sauce at the grocery store, I might try them that way next.
7. Cinnamon and Sugar Toast
This has been one of my favourite snacks since childhood. It’s even better if the toast is whole grain. My mom always bought healthy bread like that when I was growing up, so I developed a strong preference for it.
8. Grape Jolly Ranchers.
Will I eat other flavours of jolly ranchers? Absolutely, but the grape ones will always be my favourite. They are so delicious.
9. Almond Butter.
Honestly, any nut butter is appealing to me. it can be spread on toast, apple slices, celery, and so much more.
I totally expect to be the only Top Ten Tuesday blogger who mentions this snack this week, but I love sardines. They have such a unique taste, and I find them really filling. They’re also a good source of certain nutrients like calcium and Vitamin D that I need to make sure I consciously include in my diet due to my milk allergy .
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