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Top Ten Tuesday | What’s in a Name? (Plus Bookish Olympic Fun)

Going back in time is not something I wish for. (Unless a temporary jaunt into the past with the great Doctor Who a-la Matt Smith years is on the table.) Perhaps 5 years in the past I’d revisit (because I could deal with that) and maybe I’d like to hit “freeze” on time slowing down, but going back to my teen years? Nah. I think I’ll pass. Life is about the passage of time which hopefully travels with growth that is of the good variety. We’re meant to change and learn from our past. That’s… life.
However when today’s Top Ten Tuesday came around, revisiting the past isn’t a bad thing.
Broke and Bookish August 9th Topic 

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND
We all love names, right? From our shipped couplings to memorable character names within favorite fiction worlds, names play an important role. The handy spreadsheet the ladies at Broke and Bookish provided made it super easy to revisit one of these topics. On said spreadsheet, I saw a past topic that was all about “Hilarious Book Titles.” Well, I didn’t know how many of those I could find nor was I sure I wanted to track funny book titles down, but I did like the idea of featuring some of the books titles I have liked, wanted to read or was drawn to them because of their titles.
Let's have a look at said list.
1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard | Epic name for what I can only imagine is an epic series. Amazon | Goodreads
2. Unblemished by Sara Ella | Anyone who is active on BookTube has probably "met" Sara Ella and knows about her journey to publishing. Her debut novel is slated for release this fall, and not only is the title amazing (love it!), it sounds like an enchanting story. Amazon | Goodreads
3. A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert | Katie's novels all have stunning titles, and this novel is no exception. The good news? The inside is as beautiful as the title would suggest. Amazon | Goodreads
4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber | This is a YA novel that is hotly anticipated come January 2017. I love the "sound" of this one; it's got an exotic "pull" to the name that in some way "demands" the reader to discover what Caraval is. Needless to say, I'm curious. Amazon | Goodreads
5. Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck | Fairytale story? That's Rissi catnip. I'm in, no more words needed. Amazon | Goodreads
6. Bright Smoke  and Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge | Hodge is re-telling the Romeo and Juliet fable with this one. Great title and I hear Rosamund's books are well written. Amazon | Goodreads
7. A Singular and Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillan | Love this title. Love this series. Amazon | Goodreads
8. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay | As an Austen and Mr. Knightley fan, anything with Mr. Knightley in the title and I'm curious. Not to mention this novel is stunning! Amazon | Goodreads
9. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith | As a happy-book fan, this one sounds like my kind of read. Who wouldn't love a title like this!? Amazon | Goodreads
10. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | As a fan of cute romantic-comedies, this book sounds fantastic. Now that my preorder came in the mail, I must read it. Amazon | Goodreads
BONUS! Books, a Movie and TV Show about sports! Because, after I had this all mostly together, I realized, why didn't I chose a topic highlighting sports to tie into the Olympic Games which we're all watching. (I'm actually watching them as I type this: what events are YOU guys engrossed in?)
1. Tumbling by Caela Carter | I'm not sure if this book will be suited to me or not, but I've seen it around the blogosphere and curiosity piqued. Amazon | Goodreads
2. Make it or Break It (TV Show) | Despite the drama, I did enjoy this fun show.
3. The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith | Because sometimes lists need TWO books by Jennifer and this one is no exception. Amazon | Goodreads
4. Cinderella Steals Home by Carly Sims | Contemporary fairytales? The more, the better. Amazon | Goodreads
5. Wimbledon (Film) | I don't remember a great deal about this, but seem to remember enjoying it. It's a "rom com" about tennis and stars Kristen Dunst and Paul Bettany.
That's it for today! What topic did you chose to revisit? Have you read any of these books? Are any of them among your favorites? Comment down below with your thoughts! I'd love to chat all things bookish with you.
PS: for a few more hours enter to win a US paperback copy of Katie Ganshert's The Art of Losing Yourself and signed copies of novels (+ swag) by Dani Pettrey or Melissa Tagg.
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  1. I'm watching the rowing, swimming and diving. There have been some good swimming races already so that's been fun. And I like Glass sword and Broken Kind of Beautiful.

    1. The swimming has been AMAZING, Greg. I agree. So proud of the US Olympic team. :)

      YAY! Glad you spy a couple of books you like on this list.

      Thanks, as always, for dropping by.

  2. Ahh, you've got some very pretty book titles on your list. I love appealing titles!

    1. Thanks, Chrissi - and I agree. Appealing titles help "sell" the book all the more. :) Thanks for the visit!

  3. I like the topic you chose! So many books with lovely titles there. And I've not even heard of The Comeback Season! Shall have to go google it now. Have fun Olympic watching! :D

    1. The Comeback Season sounds really fun/cute, Kate, but then I suspect ALL of Jennifer's are. :) Thanks!

      Appreciate you swinging by. :)

  4. A lot of people seemed to have loved reading P.S. I Like You. I might have to pick it up myself! Great Top Ten Topic! :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

    1. I hope so, Giovanna. I'm very much anticipating P.S. Like You so I'd love for it to be a cute read. :)

      Excited to read your Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. I love Kasie West's books. They are the perfect light and romantic reads. I haven't seen the movie Whimbledon in a while, but I really enjoyed it. :)

    1. I'm glad, Jess! I've only read part of a Kasie West novel, but LOVED what I read. It was indeed a happy, lighthearted romcom that was just my style. :) Thanks so much for visiting!

  6. The Glass Sword IS an intersting title... its intriguing (having a sword made of glass sounds counterintuitive and not totally functional... but it must mean something). Maybe there's a background that I'm missing, since I haven't really read the series...

    1. I'd guess this title is more symbolic than literal, but then, like you, I don't know either since I've yet to read this one. :) Thanks for the visit, Kelly!

  7. All of those titles are definitely striking! I think my favorite is A Broken Kind of Beautiful. That phrase just makes my mind swirl with happy. Also for the record? P.S. I Like You is VERY adorable! And I'm loving the olympics. I don't get to watch much live, but I'm keeping up with it as I'm able. I'm not a huge sports lover, but the olympics? I love the olympics! :)

    1. I love Katie's too, Kara. Such a beautiful deciption that's a mere fraction of the beauty we'll discover on the inside!

      YAY for the P.S. I Like You praise. cannot wait. :)

      I'm not a bit sports fanatic either, but am enjoying this! It seems every four years I am glued to swimming (how about our team!?), gymnastics (yay #FinalFive) and beach volleyball. :)

  8. I think 'Glass Sword' is a really capturing title. Red Queen (the first book in the series) was excellent, so I can only imagine how good 'Glass Sword' is... hopefully it does not have second book syndrome!

    I loved Make It or Break It, also despite the excessive drama. I think what I loved most about it were typically the mid-season/season finales when they typically had some major competition that showcased all the routines and skills.

    1. YAY! I'm thrilled to know Red Queen is good, Kay. It's definitely high on my anticipated list.(*fingers crossed* I hope Glass Sword lives up to RQ's expectations!)

      As someone who enjoys watching gymnastics at the Olympic games, it was fun to watch a TV show (no matter how dramatized) about the sport). Definitely lots of skills, and yes, watching those routines were fun. :) Plus, I liked all the friendships.

      Thanks for visiting, Kay!

  9. Oh, these are fun! I liked the title for Bright Smoke, Cold Fire too! And I hadn't heard of it before, but I LOVE A Singular and Whimsical Problem!! That sounds so... well, whimsical 😂 And I like A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Caraval too! Great list, I love this idea!

    1. Aren't they, Shannon!? Who doesn't love a good or catchy book title? It might be almost as important as a good cover. (Total cover snob that I am.) 'Whimsical' is delightful. The author wrote such a charming group of characters. Thanks (as always) for the visit! :)

  10. Really want to read Caraval!
    My TTT:

    1. Me too, JJ! Hoping it lives up to its hype. :) Glad you visited.

  11. I'm looking forward to Unblemished as well! It looks wonderful.
    I'm glad that I'm not the only one who was sucked into Katherine's books when I saw Mr. Knightley in the title.;)

    1. I agree. Gotta' love the chance to discover new authors, right!? :)

      You are most definitely not, Amanda. I remember seeing the title and then the adorable book trailer and thinking, "That's definitely a must read!" :)

  12. What a marvelous idea for a TTT!! Love this and all your stunning graphics, as usual. :)

    Oh! Glass Sword, Bright Smoke Cold Fire, and Caravel are very antipicated to-be-reads. And I’m really curious about Unblemished. The cover is stunning and it sounds like a really good read. Thanks for the intro!

    1. This one was fun, Bekah. Usually I don't like the freebie topics (because how to come up with a good topic!), but this one was relatively "easy" which is what made it easy to put together. :)

      YAY! Hope we BOTH enjoy all of those. I started reading Bright Smoke, Cold Fire the other day and a mere few pages in, and I'm excited. Also, yes! I cannot wait to read Unblemished. It sounds fascinating... and that cover! :)


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