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Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is by far one of my favorite, and most consistently done, over the course of three different blogs, memes.

Each week, a prompt for TTT inspires bloggers to create lists based on that week’s topic. This week’s idea, submitted by Emma at Words and Peace, challenges bloggers to list books with numbers in their titles.


Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is one of my favorite novels of all time. I recall buying it at a chain bookstore in Knoxville and proceeding to devour the entire tale on a bench downtown. The story, as oddly written as it is, is compelling. This is definitely a book I would read again.

2001: A Space Odyssey by the – in my humble opinion – penultimate writer of science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, is another of my most loved reads. I chose to read the book as a sophomore in high school, merely to take an accelerated reading test for a grade.

I ended up staying up all night prior to the day of the quiz, completely absorbed into Clarke’s could-be-real-world. Needless to say, I’m anxious to read his final series installment, 3001: The Final Odyssey!

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a book I rated a single star. I just could not get into the story. However, it’s rated over four stars on Goodreads, so I don’t know what I missed! I may attempt to read it again someday, but I doubt it!

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is equally fascinating and boring. I enjoyed Verne’s writing, but the story wasn’t as exciting as I expected. But I had always want to read it, which I did!

Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet In Heaven is a book that I read ages and ages ago, not long after I read and adored the author’s Tuesdays with Morrie. I remember reading this book in undergrad and devouring it quickly.


Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is a mystery that sounds – by the title – incredibly mysterious. I’m sorry to admit I haven’t gotten around to reading any of Christie’s works, but I’m so excited to do so; I may begin with the Poirot series and Miss Marple!

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a book that has always intrigued me. I remember one of my best friends from high school telling me the novel got its title because it symbolizes the temperature at which paper burns. I’m looking forward to reading the book to see if what she told me is true!

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is a classic I have wanted to read for such a long time. I’m excited to read about d’Artagnan and his pals’ adventures.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey is one of those books that reminds me of – because it is from – the time of my parents’ comings-of-age in the 1960s. Pretty much all I’ve heard about this classic is that its story is odd, if not bizarre = bring it on!

1984 by George Orwell is a book about which I know nothing about, except that is perhaps dystopian?! Regardless, I’m dying to read it! Since I refuse to read book summaries prior to my reading of them – I often read spoilers on book jackets [I don’t need the whole plot on the back of a book] – it’ll be a completely surprising story!

Keeping count, Maggie


19 thoughts on “Numerals

  1. I didn’t even think of 20000 leagues under the sea. Or of Around the world in 80 days, which, I must admit, I like much more than 20000 leagues. Actually a reread of that should be in order. I will forever love Passpartout coming back and telling him that they miscounted. 😀


    1. I really want to read Around the World in 80 Days! I can totally understand why it’s better than 20,000 Leagues, as it was a bit boring. I probably set my expectations WAY too high for it! I was expecting an underwater battle or something exciting!


  2. I still have to read so many of these classics but I totally feel you about One Hundred Years. I was so underwhelmed and lost by that book and I just couldn’t get how it’s so well loved. I really wondered what I was missing when reading it 😅 Great TTT!


    1. Same here about One Hundred Years of Solitude! I was expecting a beautiful classic, but I stayed mixed up the whole way through the book! Thanks so much for stopping by!


    1. I adore the Space Odyssey books! I’m poised to read the last one, 3001, hopefully soon! I highly recommend the first book for sure; I remember reading it in a single day! Thanks for visiting! 😀


  3. I have not been a huge fan of classics, but I do love some Agatha Christie! I don’t know for the life of me when I was doing my post this morning, I struggled so much with finding numbers in titles!


    1. LOL! At first, I was stumped too, so I went on Goodreads and looked up lists of books with numbers and picked the ones relevant to me! Thanks so much for stopping by! 😀


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