Teasers & Top Tens – 3/24/20


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by 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 Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

It began as a dollhouse. Over time, it has become more than that.

A dolltown. A dollworld. A dolluniverse.

Constantly expanding.

Almost everyone who finds the room feels compelled to add to it. To leave the contents of their pockets repurposed as a wall or tree or temple. A thimble becomes a trash can. Used matchsticks create a fence. Loose buttons transform into wheels or apples or stars.

I am loving this book so much already. It’s been a while since I’ve reread The Night Circus, but I had almost forgotten how beautiful Morgenstern’s writing truly is.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a genre freebie, and since it feels like we’re heading towards the end of the world, my topic this week will be:

Top Ten Favorite Dystopian Novels

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Maybe it’s because I am re-reading this series right now, but it really is so good. Seriously.
  2. 1984 by George Orwell – The granddaddy of dystopian literature, this has to be on the list. It was written in 1949 and is still so relevant today.
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Yeah, can’t leave this one out. It gave me literal chills when I read it.
  4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Read this for the first time in college and it remains one of my favorite books.
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – A future where everyone lives online and barely interacts with the real world that is crumbling around them? Doesn’t sound so outlandish, now does it.
  6. Feed by Mira Grant – All dystopian lists should have at least one zombie story and this is my pick. Plus I absolutely love this series.
  7. Matched by Ally Condie – I really liked this whole series. A government that seems so benevolent turns so evil? Absolutely!
  8. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – This is on my list of series to finish one day. Combines my love of dystopia with my love of underground cities.
  9. The Selection by Kiera Cass – This was a bit fluffier for me than my usual dystopian stories, but I still really enjoyed the whole series. And the covers are gorgeous.
  10. Pawn by Amie Carter – I was so glad I got to finish this series last year because it is so, so, so good!

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

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9 replies

  1. I really need to bump The Starless Sea up further on my TBR. 🙂

    My TTT .

  2. I’ve seen a few dystopian lists. But you know, Atwood didn’t like that label for her books. She prefers speculative fiction.

  3. I love dystopian novels, although I’ve definitely realized that apocalypses are more fun to read about than to live! HG is a great series. I read and liked MATCHED, but I never finished the series for some reason. Maybe I need to go back to it?

    Happy TTT!


  4. I loved The Hunger Games. I also really loved the first Divergent book, but things went too far downhill after that one.

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