Month: April 2021

Top Ten Book Titles That Sound Like Crayola Crayon Colors

Posted April 12, 2021 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic is all about color. For those unfamiliar with Crayola Crayons, they’re the best crayons ever and they come in a huge box that was, and still is, every child’s dream to own. Crayola has come out with special ones that were fun to collect, like fluorescents, magic scents, metallic, pearlescent, colors of the world, and even ones with glitter in them. Some of the colors were boringly named like Red, Forest Green, Light Blue, etc. But there have also been some pretty unique and creative-sounding ones like Mountain Meadow, Wild Strawberry, Fuzzy Wuzzy, Tropical Rainforest, Sunset Luau, Winter Gala, Cerulean Frost, Twilight Lavender, Confetti Sunset, Fire In the Sky, and so many more (here’s a list of them). Do any book titles sound like a color to you? Get creative with this one. Your picks don’t even need to have an actual color name in them. Just imagine your titles as colors and see what you come up with. I’m going to include what the color would look like in my list just for some extra fun.

Oh, and a note on last week’s topic: I did not mean I’d literally throw a book in to the ocean! I saw multiple posts and comments where people were mortified at the idea, so rest assured I would never throw a book into the ocean. It was all figurative!

1. Fluffy by Julia Kent
I’m picturing a roly poly little kitten with long fur that gives them a halo when the sun backlights them. So this color would be some kind of grey.

2. A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
This sounds a purplish-blue sky full of stars that very faintly light up the faces of a couple in love. So maybe indigo with a silver sparkle in it!

3. In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
This sounds like the very perfect Christmas red with a bit of shimmer to it that really pops.

4. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
I’m picturing the sky right before the street lamps come on and a normal, quiet street that is totally fine by day, but gets eerie and has you looking over your shoulder once night begins to fall. So the color would be a slightly greyish/periwinkle/royal blue color.

5. Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
Immediately, my mind falls to my hot pink suitcase that has traveled the world with me and the hot pink toenail polish I apply before going on a summer vacation.

6. Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday
This is definitely a pristine turquoise. I can see it!

7. Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase
I’m picturing the chewy, warm brown molasses cookies I make at Christmas time that make the house smell of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. A feast for the nose and the tummy!

8. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
Doesn’t this sound like a very deep, dark wine red to you?

9. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
I’m picturing deep ocean water blue with rays of sun that hit it and shimmer. So… dark blue with a teal shimmer.

10. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Can you put a fire into crayon form? I’m picturing a reddish orange with gold glitter that sparkles in the light.

I don’t know if it’s the artist in me or what, but I found this topic to be very therapeutic.
It was so fun to let my imagination go.
And I’d love to color with all these crayons.
Which book titles sound like colors to you?

Top Ten Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean

Posted April 5, 2021 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 12 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic was submitted by Beauty & Her Books, and is going to be a fun one! You can want to throw a book into the ocean for a number of different reasons, both good and bad: you didn’t like it and DNFed it, you kept reading it hoping it would get better and it never did, you wish the ending had been different, it made you feel too many feels, there was a love triangle (or maybe said love triangle ended with the main character ending up with the person you didn’t them to end up with), it ended on a cliffhanger and you’re dying, there was a plot twist that messed with your mind, you thought you had figured out how things would end and the author outsmarted you, something made you mad, a character made a bad choice, etc.

If your reasons are all negative ones, that’s ok! We’re allowed to not like books! Part of a reader’s journey is not liking some of the books they read. Just please be careful with spoilers! Funny thing is, almost all of my picks for this prompt were read years ago when I predominately read YA. I don’t have these kinds of reactions to the adult books I read now, and I wonder why.

1. Caribbean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne
This excerpt from my review had me laughing because I literally mentioned throwing the book into the ocean.
“When I wasn’t downright annoyed at this book, I was bored. I’ve been on cruises. MANY. There is SO much more to write about than this. I can list countless numbers of interesting cruise ship plots. This one just made me want to throw it overboard.”

2. Kissed by An Angel Trilogy by Elizabeth Chandler
I read this as a paperback bundle of all three books and was liking it until the last 100 or so pages (so this was probably in book 3). Then, all of a sudden animal abuse was thrown in. It was totally unnecessary to the storyline, and made me so unbelievably sad and mad that I threw the book away and blacklisted the author. If an author does this once, they could easily do it again.

3. Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase
Don’t advertise this as Christmas and then not give me any Christmas!! I need Christmas carols, lights, trees, a Hallmark movie on paper.

4. Lost Girls by Merrie DeStefano
The book has so much depressing content. If you want the big spoiler that I wish I’d known before I’d read it, read my review!

5. Love Her Madly by M. Elizabeth Lee
I’m a very character-driven reader, and I HATED the two main characters. They are awful awful people and have the most toxic, creepy friendship.

6. The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
This book is riddled with inaccuracies about cruising. AND the animal smilies made me want to die. Here are a few:
“…shiver like a drowned chihuahua.”
“…parrot caught in a hairdryer.”
“…cat caught in a washing machine.”
“Like cats tap dancing on a chalkboard.”
Someone was compared to a “coked-up gorilla”.

7. Hello, I love You by Katie M. Stout
I was excited to learn about and experience a new culture, new scenery, new music scene, and new people. The author had an amazing opportunity to shine a positive light on the Korean culture, but instead made a mockery of them, not to mention Americans and our knowledge of cultures other than our own.

8. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
This was not the sequel ANY of us wanted to Just One Day! A novella fixed it some, but that novella should have been free after what this book put us through. lol. (But I LOVED that novella… so…)

9. Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
I wanted more magic and no whaling descriptions.

10. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Purple prose. The plot takes a back seat to the overwritten details and descriptions. This is also a total knock-off of Twilight. Swap out vampires for the angels and change the paranormal being from guy to girl and you’ve got this book. Instead of sparkling, the angels glow. Bethany even takes the train in to the city (Port Circe) to search for prom dresses, but found nothing she liked. Can we just call it Port Angeles, call Bethany Bella, and move on? This book made me write my very first super negative review ever (almost 10 years ago originally, when I wrote it for The Broke & the Bookish), and will live on in infamy in my mind as being the first book I got really mad at. LOL

Do you feel differently about any of these?
Which books have made you want to fling them into the ocean?