Compelling Book Titles

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time once again! The original prompt this week is book titles that you find hilarious but honestly I couldn’t think of any books that came to mind. So instead I decided to go with 10 book titles that had me intrigued and compelled enough to want to pick up and find out what that could possibly mean.

10 Compelling Book Titles are:

You’ve Lost a lot of Blood & Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca

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Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

In My Dreams I Hold A Knife by Ashley Winstead

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Book Settings I’d Love to Visit

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time friends!

10 book setting I would love to visit are:

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca – I wanna go to this Ren Faire and see the wonderfulness for myself!

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I would visit Ravka and see the Grishas!

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – I would love to go to Paris & the apartment building without the creepiness does sound amazing lol

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – a few days stranded on a tropic island sounds great right now

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo – Hollywood in the 30’s sounds magical!

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager – a retreat at a quiet and peaceful lake house, sign me up!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I would die to be on an old school pirate ship!

The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – I never went to college or uni so I would love to visit a campus and a sorority house!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – duh!

One by One by Ruth Ware – a rustic mountain chateau, yes please!

Quarterly Reading Recommendation

I can’t believe it’s already been another three months since my last recommendation post! This is going to be my second instalment for 2022 and this month I only picked 5 books to list since I didn’t read as much during those three months and these were the only books I wanted to recommend. If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for April – May – June are:

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Under the Whispering Door Review

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead. And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead. But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

Wallace from the start is not the most likeable character which is to be expected. I think it was very relatable the way he acts and lashes out on everyone at the tea shop when he first gets there. I appreciate the transformation he undertakes after he dies and the emotional toll it takes on him having to reflect upon his life. I think it was admirable that he chose to resolve some loose ends with his ex wife and chooses to help Nancy and Cameron as one of his last acts before he moves on.

Hugo was lovely though I didn’t feel as much of a connection to him. We learn so much about his history of how he came to be a ferryman and why he chose to give up his life to help those that have died to cross over. But I feel like we don’t feel like we see enough of him just being Hugo. Mei and Nelson on the other hand were delightful characters. They brought some much needed lightness and banter to the story and definitely lifted up everyone’s spirits.

It was frustrating at times when Wallace would ask questions after just getting there and would just keep getting non-answers from both Hugo and Mei. They would just keep saying the answers would come with time and would ask another question to distract Wallace and it was repetitive and boring at times. The never ending existential talks that kept going round and round really slowed down the pace and made the book drag at times. It this condensed into a short story of like 150 pages I think I would of loved this soo much more!

⭐️3/5 stars A bit predictable but heart-warming!

5 Star Reads so far!

Since we’re about half way through the year I thought why not go back through all the books I’ve read and see how many I’ve loved so far. To my surprise I only have 1 book so far that I have rated 5 stars! This time last year I had 6 books I had already rated 5 stars so it’s not looking too good. I feel like I need to start prioritising my 5 star predictions and read some books I think I’m going to love as opposed to hyped books.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

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