TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Books With Single-Word Titles

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! The theme for the week is “Books With Single-Word Titles”.  I was confused. Should I just list random books with single word titles? Or should it be books I have read? So I went with the single-word titles that I enjoyed.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Emma by Jane Austen


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Rebecca by Daphne du Murier

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

 

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Transcend by Jewel E Ann

Kulti by Mariana Zapata


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

Happy Tuesday, guys! The topic for week’s TTT is characters I’d follow on Social Media, something I really found interesting!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Disclaimer: Okay, if I had the choice I’d definitely follow all Harry Potter characters on my social media. But I’m just picking the top three characters for this list.

Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)

The thought of Ron Weasley and his sarcastic and witty quips to lighten up my social media makes me so happy!

Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter)

I have a feeling that the Weasley twins would be the Meme king and post the funniest prank videos.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Anyone remember that one time Luna Lovegood did commentary for the quidditch match? What I wouldn’t give to find commentary like that regularly on my social media feed!

Karou (Daughter of Smoke & Bones)

Karou would post her amazing art and fill my feed with awesome aesthetics!

Calla (The Simple Wild)

Aesthetics. Aesthetics. Aesthetics. She lives in Alaska and would give me travel goals!

Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I’d love Rhysand and his brand of humor on social media. Besides, I’d also get great pics of the gang!

Lucy Hutton (The Hating Game)

Lucyyy! Okay, to be honest, as much as I love her, my prime reason for following her would be getting glimpses of Joshua because I really don’t see him ever getting a social media or being active on it.

Anabelle (Bringing Down the Duke)

Anabelle would be lovely to follow on social media. I’d not only get updates on her suffrage movement but also get to see glimpses of her life with my favorite duke!

Emma (Emma)

Out of all Austen characters, I think Emma would be the most fascinating on social media.

Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

As much as the books suck, I will forever be grateful to them for the character of Blair Waldorf. She’s someone I’d obsessively stalk on social media!


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK QUOTES

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

The topic this week is top ten inspirational or thought provoking quotes. Here we go –


 

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”
“Wishes don’t just come true. They’re only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bull’s-eye yourself.”
“And apologies, once postponed, become harder and harder to make, and finally impossible.”
“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
 “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”
Emma
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

ARC Book Review: Emma And The City by Amy Hilliges

*I’d like to thank the Publisher for providing an ARC of this book through Netgalley*


WHEN ARROWS FLY, CUPID BETTER GET OUT OF THE WAY . . . OR RISK BEING SHOT
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It-girl and blogger Emma Worth appears to have it all: beauty, brains, connections and a fabulous Manhattan apartment. Emma makes it her business to tell others what to wear and who to date because she knows best. Obviously.

Despite her designer outfits and glitzy New York lifestyle, something’s missing . . . If she only knew what it was. That is, until a hot A-lister swoops into her life and sends Emma’s pulse racing and fills her head with red-carpet fantasies.

Emma’s neighbor Adam Knightley is disapproving, telling her she needs to fix her priorities and stop chasing celebrity pipe dreams. The man would look hot on a red carpet himself if only he’d stop frowning for more than five seconds.

When Emma’s matchmaking backfires and her meddling causes mischief, what’s a girl to do? Try to lie her way out of it, of course. Anyway, who cares, right? Because Emma’s finally getting the kind of attention she deserves. Except in her fantasies, things looked a lot different. And it didn’t feel this heartrendingly painful . . .

Love her or hate her, Emma is back––with a sexy makeover, 21st-century problems, and another chance to redeem herself in this grippingly entertaining, thoroughly original retelling of the Jane Austen classic.


Jane Austen’s Emma is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, she even might be my favorite Austen heroine, despite all her flaws and imperfections.

Suffice it to say, I was excited about reading this retelling.

I’ll just say this before anything else – Emma and the city doesn’t even come close to living up to the original. And I didn’t even expect it to. That’s simply impossible. And no author should even aim for that. All I wanted was the author to give her own fresh twist to the old story. And she sorta did. But I couldn’t bring myself to like it or even find it fresh.

I won’t even bother comparing this retelling with the original. Even on its merit, Emma and the city felt weak to me. Okay, here goes my rant. (And a few Clueless gifs)

I’ll start with what I found unbelievable. You can’t just have a dynamic like Emma-Harriet in a modern age setting without bringing changes to it. For those who haven’t read the original, there Emma takes Harriet – a girl from an unremarkable background – under her wings and guides her in navigating the high society.

In this retelling, Emma helps her old nanny’s niece Haley settle down in New York after she moves there. And that’s all fine and dandy. But Emma also takes dating decisions for Haley and feeds her a false narratives about her neighbor Zak’s interest in him, based on her own assumptions. That felt like an unbelievable for me in this setting.

Hilliges’s Emma comes across as a delusional and obnoxious busybody with no sense of boundaries and not a single apologetic bone in this book. At least Austen’s Emma was written as an unassuming and well-intentioned lady but this Emma was too haughty for my liking.

Although I did like some of the modern twists – having Knightley divorced, Emma’s issues with her father, inserting a celebrity spin to Churchill-Fairfax’s story. But, most of it felt too mechanical to me, as if they were engineered just for the sake of following the trajectory of the original.

In other words? Execution left a lot to be desired.

I have to be honest here. Even disregarding any comparisons with the original, I couldn’t but compare this with other retelling I’ve read this year and how much more I enjoyed them. Emma and the city falls far behind on that mark too.


My Rating: ★★★☆☆


 

Publication Date: 18th September, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
You can find this book on – Goodreads | Kobo