Teasers & Top Tens – 10/15/19


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week’s teaser comes from The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber.

She had seen and learned much since those days of carefree and impetuous youth. Not only had she come to understand the tired adage of money not buying happiness, but she realized that Poe had been on to something with The Masque of the Red Death. There were dangers in being too shielded, too gilded, too able to make up one’s own rules for life, too easily sheltered away from the horrors and cares of the world. She could feel a sense of dread here, as if the Red Death were lurking in the hallway just beyond. Maybe it was, clad in some beautiful House of Worth gown or some finely tailored frock coat with satin lapels.

A little bit longer of a teaser today just because I thought it sounded so good! I’m starting this book today and this is from the Prologue. Can’t wait to dive in!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Extraordinary Book Titles

This topic is pretty broad and depends on how you want to define the word “extraordinary.” The interpretation I am going to use is titles that are longer than average. Most book titles are only a few words long, maybe three or four at the most. These are much bigger than that.

  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – I remember reading this book in one sitting, but the title was what drew me to it in the first place.
  2. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst – One of my all-time favorite books when I was a kid. How can you not love it!
  3. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet – I love this book so much. I definitely need to re-read it, especially since I’ve recently watched the Amazon miniseries, which was brilliantly done.
  4. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire – I was a fan of the Broadway musical first, and had to read the book. The book is VERY different, but also very good.
  5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman’s books always have cool titles. I just read this one a few weeks ago and hope to get the review for it up this week. So good!
  6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This is a fun book not just because of the title, but with the way the author incorporated old pictures with the narrative.
  7. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – I picked this one up just for the title alone. How could you not!
  8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson – I absolutely love the Bloggess! Her books are always wonderful and all have great titles.
  9. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll – I don’t think everyone who reads Alice in Wonderland goes on to the next book. I think it’s even better.
  10. The Utterly Uninteresting & Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes – This is the only one on the list I haven’t read yet, but I just had to include it on this list! I think I got it as a free ebook from BookBub a while ago.

Those are my teasers and top ten picks for this week! Please leave yours in comments!

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14 replies

  1. These are all great titles! I especially like The Ocean at the End of the Lane! Happy reading! 🙂
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  2. Great excerpt! Now I want to read more. Here’s mine: ”GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL”

  3. I’ve read a few of these – what a cracking list, Denise:). My favourite read has to be the first one. Like you, I read it a while ago in one sitting, but it has always stayed with me. But I also love the Terry Pratchett offering, which I’ve just got on audio… Happy reading.

  4. Much agreed on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Through The Looking Glass, very pretty and punchy book titles. 🙂

  5. I read and liked that Drew Hayes book a couple of years ago!

    My TTT.

  6. Very nice teaser. And I love the list! Thanks for sharing. My Teaser

  7. Alexander was lived often by my children and now grands.

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