Top Ten Tuesday 10/1 – Easy as 1, 2, 3

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Book Titles with Numbers in Them.” To make it a little more challenging, I decided to do the numbers from 1 to 10, and to only use titles I have actually read. Yes, I’m obnoxious and an overachiever. No, I don’t regret it.

1. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

I must admit, I picked this one up primarily because the title was so weird. It was a quirky, funny collection of essays, including a few confirming my suspicion that some “contemporary performance artists” are totally making everything up as they go along, with no real plan or intent.

2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

We read this one in my freshman high school English class. A lot of people were frustrated by it, but personally, I loved all the interwoven stories. And that ending–Defarge’s turn, Sidney’s choice–made it all worth it.

3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

YA fantasy with three sisters who have to kill each other for the throne. This one is a little slow, but it is primarily setup for the rest of the series, which makes it worth it. I like to say it’s better to think of this one as a pilot episode for a TV show.

4. The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Love me some Sherlock Holmes. Not sure how much else I really need to say here. This particular story is closer to a novella, and while it isn’t the best Holmes story, it is still a good deal of fun.

5. W.I.T.C.H.: The Power of Five by Elizabeth Lenhard

This series was such a huge part of my childhood. Oh my gosh. Part graphic novel, part regular chapter book, about a group of friends who find out they have magic powers and need to close portals that have developed between Earth and other, less-friendly worlds. It was so much fun, and a great start to an even greater series. I owned a lot of the series because my library didn’t carry the later books in it; recently, I gave them to a family friend who is in 4th grade and a voracious reader. She loved them, too.

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

One of my all-time favorites. Most diverse cast of characters I’ve ever seen, but doesn’t feel forced. So many laughs. So many plot twists. So many feelings. My heart is still breaking.

7. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

Listen, I know there are a lot of books with 7 in the title, including several on my TBR–The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, House of the Seven Gables, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, etc. But I haven’t read any of them, and it felt like cheating to pretend that I did, so I substitute 1,000 instead. Plus, this is a cool #OwnVoices collection of reimagined classic Asian stories and mythology.

8. The Eight by Katherine Neville

In high school, I read this one as a choice novel for AP European history. I don’t remember much, except that it involved parallels between humans and a chess game (like, this person is a pawn but did something huge and now she is a queen; this guy is the white bishop; this dude is a black rook; that kind of thing). And French history was somehow incorporated–girls/women in an abbey, I think? I definitely enjoyed it, but it was a weird one.

9. 1984 by George Orwell

Classic dystopian. I don’t need to explain, do I? (I know it’s nineteen, not nine, but it still has a nine in it so I think it counts.)

10. Ten Little Indians (also sold as And Then There Were None) by Agatha Christie

My first Agatha Christie, read in 8th grade English. Our whole class loved it, figuring out who the killer was and why they were doing what they did. Not going to lie, for a bit in the middle, I was a little paranoid from it, afraid I would get my throat cut in my sleep or be poisoned with cyanide or something. I was an impressionable kid, okay?

…I’m now realizing that an oddly large number of these books are ones I read for school. Interesting. Anyway, what about you guys? Read any of these, or have them on your TBR? Feel free to drop your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments as well 🙂

As always,

Kathryn (“K-Specks”)

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday 10/1 – Easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. dinipandareads October 1, 2019 / 9:48 am

    OMGGG W.I.T.C.H!!!!!!! Okay, seeing that cover has got me more excited than I should be but DAMN I loved that comic when I was growing up. It was SO GOOD!! Are they still around?! Haha I need to look this up and find them. I don’t even know what happened to my copies. They ewre my absolute fave! Awesome TTT, Kathryn 🙂

    My TTT post

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    • Kathryn Speckels October 1, 2019 / 10:01 am

      So apparently just last year they did a re-release of the full graphic novel versions! Not sure how many volumes they did, but it looks like at least 17?? So they do still exist, and possibly with more content than the old series (because I’m pretty sure each volume has more than 1 book in it, and if I recall correctly, there were 26 main books when I read them, not counting the companion novels and stuff). I’m so glad I found someone else who read them!!!

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      • dinipandareads October 1, 2019 / 11:33 pm

        oooohmygeeeee. i’m gonna have to look for these re-releases! yaaas how exciting 😍 such a great throwback lol i can’t believe i ever forgot them with how much i loved them! 😂

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  2. Margaret @ Weird Zeal October 1, 2019 / 11:10 am

    Wow I’m impressed with your ability to fill all of these! 😄 (Also you should definitely read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo)

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    • Kathryn Speckels October 2, 2019 / 7:38 am

      Thank you! And I will definitely move Evelyn Hugo up a few spots on my TBR (though it is still anyone’s guess when I’ll ACTUALLY get to it lol)


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