Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Reasons I Loved Remarkably Bright Creatures

This week’s theme is a fun one, I think. It’s “Ten Things I Loved About [___]” and it comes with instructions. They are to pick a book title. It didn’t take me long to figure out which book I wanted to gush about. REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES is my favorite book I’ve read so far this year. Here are ten eight reasons I love it as much as I do:

Marcellus: It’s mostly told in a third-person limited POV and it’s sometimes told in a charming first-person POV from Marcellus, the octopus, the star of the book. He’s smart, snarky, a little bit cranky, and a delightful narrator.

Tova: Tova’s the main human character. She’s such a likable person despite being a bit closed off because of grief. She reminded me a bit of my own grandmother whose family, like Tova’s, immigrated to the US while she was very young.

Friendship: There are many forms of friendship but my favorite is the one between Tova and Marcellus. Their friendship reminds us, not in a preachy way, that animals know more than they let on and they each have feelings and deserve our kindness and respect.

Unputdownable: As soon as I started reading REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES, I could tell it was going to suck me right in and it did. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I still think about it long after I finished reading it.

All the Feels: I laughed, I cried, and I smiled. I felt so many emotions while reading this beautiful story.

Great Discussion: It’s a very heart-warming story of love, loss, grief, and resilience and garnered a great discussion at my IRL book club. Even though most of my book club rated it high, we still had things to talk about.

Fredrik Backman Read-a-Like: It reminded me of something written by Fredrik Backman. Both authors draw you right in to the story and characters because they make you feel something.

My Octopus Teacher: One of my friends recommended I watch MY OCTOPUS TEACHER on Netflix because I loved this story as much as I did. I’m so glad I decided to watch it. I adored it. It was captivating and it made Marcellus more real to me.

What about you? Have you read REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES? If so, did you love it as much as I did?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Books on My Summer 2024 TBR

Since I didn’t participate in the Top Ten Tuesday topic for my summer TBR, I’ve decided that’s what I’d do for this week’s freebie topic. I’m a huge mood reader so I might plan to read specific books because they fit a challenge, they’re for book club, or I just want to read them. If I’m not in the mood, though, there’s no amount of obligation that can force me to read a book. With that being said, here are ten books I’d like to read this summer, mood permitting:

What about you? Which books are on your Summer 2024 TBR? Do we have any in common?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Books I Meant to Read in 2023

I have quite a few books I wanted to read last year. Unfortunately, life happened and I didn’t get to very many. Here are my top ten books I meant to read in 2023 but didn’t get the chance:

What about you? Which books did you mean to read in 2023 but didn’t get the chance? Do we have any in common?

P.S. Please forgive me if I don’t return your comment until tomorrow or Thursday. Today and tomorrow are a little busy for me. Thanks!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Favorite Books of 2023

Even though I didn’t read very much last year, I’m still really excited for today’s prompt. I always love sharing my favorite reads from the previous year. I’ve decided to exclude any rereads from my list. Here are my top ten eight favorite books from 2023:

  1. Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
  2. Radical Love by Zachary Levi
  3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith
  4. The Only Girl in Town by Ally Condie
  5. The Measure by Nikki Erlick
  6. Building a Life Worth Living by Marsha M. Linehan
  7. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  8. The It Girl by Ruth Ware

What about you? Which books were your favorite reads from 2023? Do we have any in common?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Bookish People I’d Like to Meet

Today’s prompt nearly stumped me enough to skip this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post. However, since I haven’t joined in the fun since January, I decided to work through it. The original prompt is “Bookish People I’d Like to Meet.” I decided to put a spin on it and go with “Hogwarts Teachers I’d Like to Take Classes From.” Here are my top ten:

Albus Dumbledore

Any Subject

Minerva McGonagall

Transfiguration

Filius Flitwick

Charms

Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank

Care of Magical Creatures

Rolanda Hooch

Flying

Horace Slughorn

Potions

Bathsheda Babbling

Ancient Runes

Aurora Sinistra

Astronomy

Septima Vector

Arithmancy

Remus Lupin

Defense Against the Dark Arts

I don’t really have an interest in Herbology or I would’ve had Professor Sprout on my list. If I had to take Divination, I’d take it from Firenze not Professor Trelawney so I’d actually learn something. Because I’ve been sorted into Slytherin, I may take potions from Snape but I’m a little iffy on that since he’s so moody. And, even though I love Hagrid and could learn a lot, I think Professor Grubbly-Plank would be safer, LOL.

What about you? Which bookish characters would you like to meet?

I learned in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) that life is full of dialectics, or two opposing truths. In this case, the two opposing truths are: 1) I don’t agree with JKR’s stance regarding trans people, and 2) I still love Harry Potter.