Top Ten Tuesday: RED Reads

Top Ten Tuesday #44

Good morning, book nerds!

I don’t know if you caught it or not, but yesterday afternoon I posted my first monthly wrap up in 9 MONTHS! So yeah, maybe check it out, give it some love, and let me know if you’d recommend any setting/stat changes. While I enjoy writing wrap ups for my own personal use, I always want to ensure the info I’m sharing is what y’all want to be reading!

Beyond that, I’ve been busy with work, chores, and catching up on some much needed sleep. Hopefully I’ll work reading into that schedule sooner than later!! Wish me luck!

And now for the reason you’re all here: Another round of TOP TEN TUESDAY!Hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl, this week’s topic is “Favorite Tropes.” I absolutely love this topic and cannot wait to read all of your posts this week!! Unfortunately when I was brainstorming earlier today, I lost my patience when I couldn’t think of great examples for every trope I wanted to include so I decided to bail and do my own thing this week.

I wanted to do something completely different so I decided to start a theme I could use when/if another TTT prompt and I don’t see eye to eye. And thus the color-inspired topic was born. Today, I present you with my TOP TEN RED READS! That’s right, this week’s list is devoted to my favorite RED-covered titles. To make things interesting (for me at least), I’ve decided to split the list between titles I’ve read and titles on my TBR. And since it was so popular last week, I’ve decided to include all the selected book’s opening lines to give you a quick glimpse into their stories.

Now that you know the game plan, let’s dive into my: Top Ten Red Reads!

The Read Red Books:A1) This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Released: 11/07/17 ★ Current Rating: 4.15 ★ Read Date: 11/11/18

Opening lines: “It’s sunset, and the sky is aflame, not with clouds or dust, but with the iridescent feathers of a million genehacked passenger pigeons.”

2) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Released: 05/05/15 ★ Current Rating: 4.26 ★ Read Date: 09/23/16

Opening lines: “The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.”

3) Sadie by Courtney Summers*

Released: 09/04/18 ★ Current Rating: 4.19 ★ Read Date: 08/29/18

Opening lines: “Welcome to Cold Creek, Colorado. Population: eight hundred.”

*I understand this is arguably a white book cover, but because I vividly see the red hoodie in my head when I think about this cover, I’m calling it a red book*

4) Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Released: 04/07/15 ★ Current Rating: 4.32 ★ Read Date: 11/30/17

Opening lines: “It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice i’m being blackmailed.”

5) Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Released: 11/17/15 ★ Current Rating: 4.02 ★ Read Date: 02/22/18

Opening lines: “He won’t be here. There’d be no reason for him to show up at his brother’s farewell party, since they couldn’t stand each other, so…”

The Red TBR:b.jpg6) Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Released: 05/10/11 ★ Current Rating: 4.12 ★ On TBR Since: 02/17/16

Opening lines: “As she fell to her knees and burst into tears, he looked all around the park.”

7) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Released: 01/28/14 ★ Current Rating: 4.27 ★ On TBR Since: 12/25/14

Opening lines: “I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”

8) Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Released: 11/22/16 ★ Current Rating: 4.36 ★ On TBR Since: 10/04/17

Opening lines: “The scythe arrived late on a cold November afternoon. Citra was at the dining room table, slaving over a particularly difficult algebra problem, shuffling variables, unable to solve for X or Y, when this new and far more pernicious variable enter her life’s equation.”

9) An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur

Released: 11/22/16 ★ Current Rating: 4.53 ★ On TBR Since: 10/24/18

Opening lines: “The doorbell rang at three in the morning.”

10) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Released: 05/27/10 ★ Current Rating: 4.04 ★ On TBR Since: 10/28/15

Opening lines: “I gaze at the small, crisp, burned-out black husks scattered across the chipped white paint of the windowsills.”

I definitely broke away from the prompt this week, but let me know what you thought about this color-inspired post below! Did you like using color as a theme? Would you like to see more colors used throughout the rest of the year? Have you read any of these RED titles? Which of these are your favorites? Did I forget to include YOUR favorite RED read? Are any of my TBR picks books I should get to asap? Let me know below! 

And, as always: Happy Reading!



22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: RED Reads

  1. confessionsofayareader says:

    I love this! It’s just pretty. And I also love how you put the opening lines. I’ve been thinking about doing that with my reviews, but I’ll likely forget on half of them. I think the first line(s) of a book can really set the tone, and also make me pick up that book.

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      That’s an interesting point I hadn’t considered. I, initially, was only focusing on the color and picking 5 I’ve read and 5 I haven’t, but trying to figure out what they have in common/why that color was chosen for the cover is definitely intriguing!

      Thanks so much for your comment and questions!


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