Top Ten Tuesday | Hook, Line and Sinker! Books that Intrigue at First Impression

Monday, July 17, 2017

Broke and Bookish’s official Top Ten Tuesday is still on hiatus (until August 15). Until then, we’ve been invited to put together our own topics from their backlist or imagine our own. Today I’m joining the effort with some book talk about, well, more books because as book worms, this is a sacred kind of duty.

For our subject, I thought I’d look at taglines!

One of Finding Wonderland’s favorite topics of discussion is cover art. I’m a self-diagnosed cover snob, and I admit this. Frequently. But what about those taglines? Taglines are something that seem hit or miss as part of a book’s design. More often than not, I discovered most novels don’t sport a tagline. What are your thoughts on the lack of or use of them?

Of those I did find, some are cute, heartbreaking, sassy and downright fierce. As I thought through possible subjects in my mind, I kept a cycle working (which revolved almost like a touch screen as I’d swipe one right after the other) through my mind wondering what I could feature. While I’m always glad to talk about favorite cover art or authors, I also look for opportunities to talk about books I might not ordinarily feature. For whatever reason.

All that said, let’s take a look at ten of the more intriguing… interesting… fierce… or eye-catching taglines.

“Six dangerous criminals. One impossible heist.” 
1. From Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | This is a series I’ve woefully neglected for no good reason. It sounds like my kind of read, and that tagline suggests there’s going to be some villainous protagonists turned good(?). Amazon | Goodreads
“What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?” 
2. From Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | Not only does this book sound super cute (have you read it?), but the tagline is also heart-meltingly simple yet effective. Amazon | Goodreads
“You’ve Never Seen Watson and Holmes like this before.” 
3. From A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | As I’m a bit of a Sherlock nerd (love Elementary and Sherlock), the idea that this series presents its reader with a “new” Watson and Holmes is an attractive and fun notion. Amazon | Goodreads
“Two Siblings, one crown. A battle neither can win.”
4. From Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau | To be honest, I know very little about this novel. Here’s what I do know. Its tagline is crazy good, the cover is all sleek and modern sophistication (I mean, really, is there a more tres chic combo than black and white?) and I almost bought a copy while out and about at the bookstore(s) yesterday. Amazon | Goodreads
“Love lives between the lines.” 
5. From Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | This one might not be a “biting” tagline in the same way as some of these other ones are, but really, how cute is it! Plus, this novel is a contemporary story that promises plenty of nods to we bookworms (a bookshop + letter writing is involved *Swoon*) Amazon | Goodreads
“Sometimes history gets it wrong... it's not easy being queen. Off with her head! ” 
6. From My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows | Ok, so technically, this isn’t a “tagline” so much as it is “saucy” quips releasing to the story… but I saw this one on my shelf, and simply couldn’t help myself. It’s simply too brilliant. Amazon | Goodreads
“A dark past. A glittering future, and the world between them.” 
7. From Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon | Aside from the fact that this cover is gorgeous (look at all the scrolls, top hat and parasol, plus gold filigree), this tagline works so well. It makes us pause and wonder, “But what stands between them?” Plus, this one is a re-telling of the Dicken’s classic Oliver Twist. Amazon | Goodreads
“Who we are is written in the stars.”
8. From The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | Swoony and glittery and simply perfect for the story awaiting the reader (or that’s my impression as I’ve yet to read the book). Amazon | Goodreads
“He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.” 
9. From Nemesis by Brandon Reichs | Um, does the reason this one is on the list really need any explanation? *shakes head* Yeah, I don’t think so either. Who killed you???? Or is it who didn’t kill you? (Aside from this, again, I know nothing about this book.) Amazon | Goodreads
“A Beauty deadlier than the Beast.” 
10. From Hunted by Meagan Spooner | The intrigue level goes through the roof on this one. I mean, really, when have we met a Beauty deadlier than the Beast?? Amazon | Goodreads

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This brings us to a “wrap” of another Top Ten Tuesday edition. What did you feature this week for another week of “hiatus Top Ten Tuesday”? What suggestions do you have for future hiatus weeks? Comment down beloved with all those Top Ten Tuesday links (I’d be glad to visit), bookish – or non-bookish, thoughts! I’d love to chat with you.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland


  1. Having read Nemesis, I would recommend anyone even remotely interested picking it up. It was a rather hidden gem for me because it doesn't seem to get a lot of hype yet I totally ate it up! Great topic!

    1. I'm so glad to know this, Barb! I know zip about it, but came across it while searching for books to use in this topi, and that tagline made me sit up and take notice. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  2. Some great taglines here! I can't say I have a strong opinion either way on taglines, though the Skulduggery Pleasant books have some great ones with puns to do with death.
    My TTT:

    1. That's a series I've not heard of, Jo! But I'll have to look it up.

      I can't say I have a strong feeling on taglines either way. Mostly it's all about cover art because that's what REALLY draws my eye to the book. After this, it's all about the synopsis. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

  3. Interesting post and AWESOME blog! Why didn't I find you before?
    I am Eram and here is where you find me:
    I am fairly new and I think I will try this top 10 tuesday thing soon but since I have just started blogging and reading too, I am at a loss for topics �� What will you suggest?

    1. Hi, Eram, it's great to meet you. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

      The possibilities for blogging are endless. Basically you have to find the right combination of topics (discussion posts, book reviews, memes) that works best for you, and it's different for each blogger. Top Ten Tuesday is a great way to meet new bloggers, and it officially starts up again August 15th.

      Best of luck on this new blogging journey - and welcome to the bookish community! :)

    2. Thank you so much for the advice, I will definitely keep it in mind :)

    3. Sure! Wishing you all the best on your blogging journey, Eram. :)

  4. This is a really neat topic idea!!!!! When I think of taglines, I think more in movies/film because posters often depict them so well.

    Dividing Eden sounds interesting! I read Joelle's dystopian series, The Testing, a few years ago on the recommendation of a friend. I liked it, though I still prefer The Hunger Games.

    1. True! That is ordinarily where most taglines pop up. And they work so well often on film posters. :)

      I didn't realize Joelle had a dystopian series so obviously, now I'm curious. *goes to look it up on Goodreads* As for 'Eden,' I agree. It sounds really interesting and is likely one that will end up on my shelf. :)

      Glad you visited, Courtney!

  5. My Lady Jane was so good! Great picks!

    1. I know I've said it many times, Lauren, but My Lady Jane looks exactly like the kind of book I'd love. Definitely looking forward to adventuring with these characters. Thanks for visiting! :)

  6. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I absolutely love it. I really enjoyed this post! You choose some awesome books to feature. Six of Crow and The Names They Gave Us are two of my favorites. I'm looking forward to reading Words in Deep Blue as well. =)

    I'm new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I'd love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Hi, Breeny. Thank you! I appreciate the kind words.

      'Crows' and 'Names' are high on my must reading list, so I do hope to read them sooner rather than later. Like you, the look of 'Words' is amazing, so I hope that one doesn't disappoint.

      Welcome to book blogging! It's an awesome place to be. It's really a place and/or style every blogger has to figure out - meaning we have to find out what works best for us as the blogger. I look forward to visiting your blog. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  7. Oooh I like this topic, what a great choice! So I think my favorite is the one from The Names They Gave Us! VERY pretty, yet still quite intriguing! But they are all great, thanks for sharing them :)

    1. Hi, Shannon! Thank you for stopping by. Always glad to chat with you. :)

      Well said. Emery's is a perfect example of your wonderful description.

  8. I love taglines! They tell so much, yet they reveal so little. I'm really REALLY fascinated by them XD this post was so cool!

    1. True that, Hanne - a tagline can do both (and DOES!) so well. It tells us something about the story, and yet, remains cryptic. :)

      Glad you stopped by!


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