Top Ten Tuesday #231


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good past week, mine has been mostly work, but tonight we got to try the new menu that’s being brought in for our cafe, which was really nice so that was fun.

As it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all (said work event is why this coming later than usual), courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking Book Titles With Numbers In Them, which I thought would be a lot harder than it actually was, I managed to come up with ten relatively easily.

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher

I’ll start off with an obvious and quite popular one, the infamous Thirteen Reasons Why. I actually really loved this one when I read it, but I was 16, and didn’t really see all of the problematic aspects back when I read it. I still think that it was a gripping story, and I did enjoy it, but I’m more aware that the representation of suicide and the idea of Hannah “getting her revenge” via leaving the tapes has been harmful to people now than I was when I was 16.

2. Nineteen Minutes-Jodi Picoult

One of my favourite Jodi Picoult books, and one that I think is still incredibly timely today given that school shootings are still a big problem in America. It’s been a while since I read this one, but I remember finding it a really gripping and thought provoking novel (as all of her books are).

3. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo

One of my favourite books of the past few years! I love the gang of crooks that Leigh Bardugo assembled for this book, it’s definitely one of my favourite group dynamics and she combines this with a great plot and great worldbuilding-what more could you want from a fantasy novel?

4. All of The Princess Diaries Books-Meg Cabot (Take TwoThird Time Lucky, Mia Goes Fourth etc)

All of The Princess Diaries books, except the first one, have a number in the title, so you can tell from the title what number the book is in the series, which I found really helpful because you never have to look up which one comes next, it tells you in the title. I enjoyed these when I was about 13/14 but I don’t think I’d enjoy them as much now.

5. One of Us Is Lying-Karen McManus

I was actually really disappointed in this one! I think it might have just been overhyped for me, I was expecting something really thrilling, and I just wasn’t? I also found the characters kind of flat which didn’t help matters.

6. One Day-David Nicholls

This one was just so boring. The premise is interesting, two friends meet on the same day every year and catch up with each others lives, but the actual execution resulted in quite a dull story. I’d hoped the movie might be better but Anne Hathaway’s horrendous Yorkshire accent ruined all hope of that.

7. Zero Hour-Mark Walden

The sixth book in the HIVE series, which I devoured when I was 14-16. It’s basically set in a secret crime school for villains in training, and it’s just as much fun as it sounds, the main character is very similar to Artemis Fowl and there’s a great cast of supporting characters as well.

8. Eight Will Fall-Sarah Harian

No it’s just a coincidence that this one ended up at number eight, I did not plan it that way! This one actually isn’t out yet, it comes out in November, but it sounds really good, it’s a magic system based around controlling emotions which is something I’ve not seen before, and it’s a crew venturing underground to kill a god with their forbidden magic, which, I mean, yes please.

9. Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman

One of my all time favourite books, I’m still not over Callum and Sephy’s story even over a decade after I read the first book in the series. It’s such an emotional and gut wrenching read, and was the first book I read that really dealt with racism. I’m so excited to dive back into the world with Crossfire, which I will hopefully be reading later this month.

10. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns-Julie C.Dao

I actually haven’t read this one yet, but it’s an Asian Evil Queen retelling, and I think that sounds awesome, I love female villains, we need more of them and I can’t wait to dive into this book at some point.

So there we go, Book Titles With Numbers In Them. Have you read any of these? Do you want to? What books with numbers in them did you have on your lists? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Character Traits I Love, which was suggested by my friend Hannah (Books, Life and Other Oddities) so that should definitely be a fun one!

Meanwhile, I’m going to have a review of my latest read, Stalking Jack The Ripper up for you guys tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.


15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #231

  1. lydiaschoch 01/10/2019 / 9:08 pm

    Nineteen Minutes was such a good story.

    My TTT.

  2. Jess @ Jessticulates 01/10/2019 / 10:37 pm

    Great list! Six of Crows made my list this week, too, and Noughts and Crosses is such a good choice. I can’t wait for the BBC adaptation!

    • iloveheartlandx 02/10/2019 / 10:37 am

      Thanks! Yeah I think it’s been a popular one this week. Me either, apparently it’s meant to be coming out this year, but I haven’t heard anything announced about it yet!

      • Jess @ Jessticulates 02/10/2019 / 10:58 am

        I saw glimpses of it in the BBC’s autumn/winter trailer for all their upcoming dramas, so it’s definitely on the way. 🙂

  3. Patrick Prescott 01/10/2019 / 11:16 pm

    Six of Crows seems to be popular. I wrote a review of it after seeing on so many previous lists.

  4. dinipandareads 02/10/2019 / 2:55 am

    Great TTT 🙂 Half of these are also on my list lol I think SoC was the most popular choice this week! Eight Will Fall looks so good too. Will definitely have to check that one out.

    My TTT post

    • iloveheartlandx 02/10/2019 / 10:35 am

      Thanks! Ha ha yeah, it’s probably one of the first ones people go for when they hear books with numbers. Yeah it does right?

  5. I can’t believe you didn’t like One of Us Is Lying! I read it in two days it was fab 😍I’m still yet to read anything by Leigh Bardugo 😳 what’s problematic about 13 Reasons Why? Is it just copying? I think Netflix were very irresponsible with the adaption of it. Noughts and Crosses is a very powerful story. I’ve not read a lot on your list this week! I read a couple of HIVEs but no idea how far I got 😂 great list! Honestly I can’t even remember suggesting this topic (but clearly I did!) and before I realised it was me I was considering doing a twist on it 😂 but I feel I should do the original Topic as I suggested it😳😂

    • iloveheartlandx 03/10/2019 / 6:50 pm

      I’m kind of picky when it comes to thrillers, I so rarely find them as thrilling as advertised! I’d heard so much about One of Us Is Lying and how much it was going to blow me away and I just felt significantly underwhelmed. Yeah obviously the fact that it causes copycats, but also the whole idea of Hannah being able to get revenge on her “bullies” from beyond the grave isn’t great either, and the author has since been accused of sexual harassment. Oh they definitely were, the book was nowhere near as graphic as the series, I was shocked by some of the stuff they included in there. It is. To be fair, there’s a few of these that I haven’t even read yet! I don’t know, I can’t remember how many I lent you. I’m probably going to get rid of them soon though, cause they’re taking up a lot of space on my shelf and I doubt I’ll read them again. Ha ha yeah you probably should.

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