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Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!


Note (11.08.23): I try to comment on every blog that is linked up with the TTT main page, but I am having trouble with some WordPress blog. The comment box isn't allowing me to type anything no matter how often I refresh the page. If I haven't commented on your post by the end of today, that's why!

Today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a fun one. Nice and easy, too! Suggested by Cathy over at What Cathy Read Next, we have: Top Ten Book Titles That Would Make Great Newspaper Headlines. Since book titles and periodical headlines have the same purpose—to grab our attention in order to sell a story—it makes sense that there would be similarities between the two. The best ones, for me, are those that use creative wordplay to convey double or deeper meanings. 

Before we get to that, though, remember to click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl and give Jana, our TTT hostess with the mostest, some love. 

Top Ten Book Titles That Would Make Great Newspaper Headlines

Other than the first, all of these novels are on my never-ending TBR list:


1. The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters—I just finished this YA fantasy/horror novel about a Tennessee nature preserve that has fueled one family's witchy powers for one hundred years. Now, something is disrupting the place's powerful magic, making everything go haywire. Young women are disappearing in the preserve and one teenage witch is terrified that someone she loves is to blame.

I didn't love this book, but it has a great title. Whether you take it literally or figuratively, it's a bone chiller!


2. Murder at Haven's Rock by Kelley Armstrong—This title would definitely signal a front-page, above-the-fold kind of story. The novel is the first in a series that's a spin-off of Armstrong's popular Rockton books. In it, Casey Butler and her husband, Eric Dalton, are starting their own secret town deep in the Yukon wilderness, where people on the run can find safety in a hidden refuge. Haven's Rock hasn't officially opened yet when two of its builders disappear into the forest and don't return. Did they fall off a cliff somewhere? Were they dragged off by wild predators? Or is something much more sinister afoot in Casey and Eric's new town?


3. Lying in the Deep by Diana Urban—I've talked about this creepy-sounding novel a few times before. Its title hints at all kinds of juicy double meanings. The story is about a group of students who embark on a semester at sea, which will take them to 11 different countries in four months. Running from heartache, Jade can't wait to sail away. But when passengers start dying, she quickly realizes that her adventurous getaway has just turned into a horrifying nightmare from which it's impossible to escape.


4. Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize by Margo Rabb—This title sounds like a newspaper headline about some juicy political scandal. It's actually a YA novel that concerns a 16-year-old girl who is sick of being bullied. When she retaliates, the fallout is much worse than she expected. As a punishment, she's sent to New York City where she's forced to serve as a full-time companion to an eccentric, paranoid old woman. Despite her oddities, Lucy's new charge has lessons to teach Lucy that will change the young woman's life.


5. Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless—Another sure-to-get-noticed title/headline, this murder mystery is the first in a series starring Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, a Denver railroad cop. When a young woman is viciously killed, purportedly by her scarred Iraq War veteran boyfriend, Sydney and her K-9 companion are called in to investigate. They discover a dangerous gang of rail riders with sinister intentions. Can Sydney stop them before they do more harm?


6. The Vanishing of Margaret Small by Neil Alexander—I'm always intrigued by titles/headlines about mysterious disappearances. In this novel, the titular character begins receiving checks in the mail signed only "C." Margaret believes they must be from an old friend from her childhood, who knew her when she was "vanished" to an institution for children who had trouble learning. In order to find out who is sending the checks and why, Margaret must revisit painful memories of a time she'd rather forget.

Carla over at Carla Loves to Read recommended this one. Read her review here


7. A Traitor in Whitehall by Julia Kelly—This title sounds like a headline straight out of Washington, D.C.! It's actually set in London during World War II. Our heroine is a worker in a munitions factory when a chance encounter with a family friend leads her to a job working as a secretary in Winston Churchill's war rooms. When one of her co-workers is murdered, she becomes an amateur sleuth, determined to find out what really happened to her friend.


8. An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn—Number seven in Raybourn's popular Veronica Speedwell historical mystery series, this installment sees Veronica and Stoker on a covert mission to discern if a back-from-the-dead amnesiac is the lost heir to a large fortune or a skillful fraud. 


9. The Kind to Kill by Tessa Wegert—In this fourth installment of Wegert's Shana Merchant series, the Thousand Islands Senior Investigator is on the case of a tourist who has gone missing during a pirate-themed festival. Trying to solve the puzzling mystery while also defending her reputation, which has taken a hit due to her blood relationship with a notorious serial killer, she has her hands full. 


10. Harboring Hope: The True Story of How Henny Sinding Helped Denmark's Jews Escape the Nazis by Susan Hood—Hopeful headlines are important, too, so I'm ending my list with this one. It's a verse novel written for middle graders that recounts the heroic efforts of 22-year-old Sinding, who smuggled hundreds Jewish families out of occupied Denmark to safety in Sweden during World War II. 

There you are, ten books on my TBR list that boast titles that could be newspaper headlines. Have you read any of them? Which titles-that-could-be-headlines did you choose today? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog. I also reply to comments left here.

Happy TTT!

69 comments:

  1. I never really thought about it, but mystery titles would make excellent newspaper headlines. They're attention-grabbing for sure.

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    1. Definitely! They're usually sinister in nature and that always grabs people's attention.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, AJ!

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  2. The Vanishing of Margaret Small would make such a good newspaper article. I’d hope it would eventually end on a happy note. :)

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    Lydia

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    1. Hopefully! "Vanishing" kind of implies something magical or mystical, like she was transported to an alternative world for a day or something no more sinister than that :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

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  3. While I've read some of these (and they're all great titles) others I need to check out.

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    1. Our taste in mystery/thriller books seems to be pretty well aligned. That's just one of the many reasons I love visiting your blog!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Alex!

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  4. Oh I am DELIGHTED that we both picked Lucy Clark this week! Political scandal is a great idea for what it could reference in our fictional newspaper.

    #6 is an especially great pick, a more unique spin on the ubiquitous titles about missing people I'm sure we'll see this week.

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    1. I'm pretty sure you're the one who recommended LUCY CLARK WILL NOT APOLOGIZE. I've always loved the title! I haven't actually read the book yet, but hopefully I'll get to it sometime in the not TOO distant future.

      THE VANISHING OF MARGARET SMALL sounds so compelling to me. It's another one I need to get to soon. *Sigh* So many books, so little time...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

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  5. These are all great choices! I keep meaning to read The Vanishing of Margaret Small.

    Here are my selections for this week: https://portobellobookblog.com/2023/11/07/top-ten-tuesday-7th-november-2023-book-titles-that-would-make-great-newspaper-headlines-toptentuesday-bookrecommendations-tuesdaybookblog/

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    1. It sounds like such an interesting book! Sad, but compelling. I hope we both enjoy it when we get to it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Joanne!

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  6. These sound super intriguing, I'd definitely want to read them!

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    1. I agree! They would catch my attention for sure.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lindsey!

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  7. Fun choices. "Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize" made me smile because it would be so perfect for an entertainment magazine headline or a high school newspaper. :-)

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    1. Oh, yes, I can definitely see it as a headline in a high school newspaper. It has just the right amount of drama for that :) LOL

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  8. Murder mystery and thriller titles were popular this week! I know that's what made up most of my list. But I love that you ended with a hopeful headline! I hadn't really thought about it, but you're right—those *are* important too.

    My TTT for this week

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    1. I don't read the newspaper or watch the news anymore because it's so disheartening and depressing. When I did, I lived for hopeful headlines! It's always nice to be reminded that no matter what horrors are going on in the world at any given time, there is lots of good happening too.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

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  9. These are great, Susan! There were So many books to choose from for today's topic.

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    1. Right? I never realized how many book titles could work as newspaper headlines too. It was a fun topic to do for TTT.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

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  10. That first one- ooh! And I need to start that Armstrong series too (and finish Rockton).

    Lying in the deep sounds awesome!

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    1. I love the whole Rockton series. It's excellent. I've especially enjoyed listening to the books on audio.

      LYING IN THE DEEP does sound awesome. I need to read it sometime soon!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Greg!

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  11. Murder at Haven's Rock made my list this week, too! :D

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    1. It's a good one! I'm almost finished with it on audio. The Rockton series is one of my favorites. You can't go wrong with Kelley Armstrong :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

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  12. All of these would make great headlines! I especially like The Vanishing of Maragaret Small.

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    1. It sounds very magical and mystical, doesn't it? "Vanishing" somehow doesn't sound as mysterious as disappearing...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

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    2. Oops! I said that wrong..."vanishing" doesn't sound as SINISTER as disappearing...

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  13. What a great list! I can see any one of these being a headline, and you make a great point - the whole idea of a title or a headline is to grab attention, so it makes sense that there would be overlap.

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    1. Right? But I hadn't ever thought about it until this TTT topic came up. It was a fun one to do!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

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  14. I agree with some of the commenters above that mystery thriller titles work really well. The Woman in Cabin 10 or The Silent Patient definitely grab attention!

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    1. Mystery/thriller titles work extremely well for this topic, especially since I was thinking more in terms of hard news headlines than feel-good human interest pieces.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Ethan!

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  15. I have Harboring Hope on my bed side table. Is it good? What a positive headline!

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    1. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten around to reading HARBORING HOPE yet. It sounds interesting to me. I hope we both enjoy it! And, yes, I do like a good, hopeful headline :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Anne!

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  16. The River Has Teeth would make such a great Headline! 😂

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    1. It's a creepy title/headline, any way you shake it!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nickimags!

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  17. What great headlines for a newspaper. Blood on the Tracks is a really good one! Have a great day, Susan ☕📚🦃🍂🧡

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    1. It would grab my attention for sure!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jody!

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  18. The River has Teeth is such a great title!

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    1. Right? It definitely grabs one's attention. The book wasn't that great, but I REALLY like the title.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carrie!

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  19. I have Veronica Speedwell 's series since forever, the titles are so clever

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    1. I love the Veronica Speedwell series. I need to try Raybourn's Lady Julia Gray series. It sounds fun, too.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Vero!

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  20. Mysteries and thrillers definitely seem the way to go this week!

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    1. For sure! They're perfect for this prompt.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Louise!

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  21. They look good. I've not heard of them but they make good sounding headlines!

    Have a great week ☺️

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    1. Don't they? I would definitely read articles with these headlines!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Emily!

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  22. I can also see "The Vanishing of Margaret Small" being a special on 60 minutes or one of those true crime TV shows.

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    1. Yes! For sure. It does sound like a 60 minutes headline - and, honestly, I would watch that, even though I never watch those types of shows! LOL

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Zezee with Books!

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  23. The River Has Teeth is a great title. It definitely made me sit up straighter. Great choices!

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    1. Right? No matter how you interpret that title/headline, it's CREEPY as all get out!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Alicia!

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  24. Blood on the Tracks!!! Very sinister! Good job!

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    1. I know! It would definitely get my attention. I love a mystery, real or fictional.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lisa!

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  25. A fantastic collection of titles! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/book-titles-that-would-make-great-headlines/

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    1. I'm a huge mystery/thriller lover and reader and those titles are perfect for this prompt. It was an easy one for me!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Pam!

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  26. OOh nice picks! I almost added Lying in the Deep too! Yay for Murder at Haven's Rock though! Lol!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

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    1. LYING IN THE DEEP intrigues me - the title, the story, everything. It would catch my eye in a newspaper or magazine, too.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jessica!

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  27. Ha, yes! I can see Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize being about a politician (I loved that book!!!)

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    1. Right? It sounds like an excellent book. I need to get to it sometime soon.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  28. You picked the perfect titles for this topic!!! The River Has Teeth is my favorite title. Makes me want to read what that book is all about.

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    1. I like the book's title a lot more than I liked the book itself, unfortunately. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it more than I did.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

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  29. These are great! I would definitely want to know more if I saw a headline that said The River Has Teeth!

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    1. I know! It's such an intriguing title/headline.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lisa!

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  30. Great job this week! Murder at Haven Rock is a popular title this week.

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    1. It would make a great headline. The book is a good read, too. I'm just about finishing listening to it on audio.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Dedra!

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  31. The river of teeth! 👀 That makes a great headline. Great choices!

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    1. It gives me chills every time I see it! LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicky!

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  32. Haha, brilliant titles. The first one sounds very scary. Imagine a river with teeth. Wouldn't want to swim in there. LOL

    I know there are problems with WordPress blogs. I usually go to Google Chrome for that, some of them work then. But often not the other way around which means, I can comment on their posts but they not on mine. Always these problems with some internet sites! Agh!

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    1. I have problems commenting on WP blogs on a fairly regular basis. It's irritating and just another reason I stick with Blogger for mine.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

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    2. Wouldn't help anyway, if we moved to WP, we would have the problem with blogger. They need to get their act together.

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  33. Ooo! That first title is SO chilling. Definitely a great true crime story potential there. And I've heard so many things about Deanna's books, but never read one. The one you featured today makes me curious again! :) Thanks so much for visiting my list on this week.

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    1. The Veronica Speedwell books are the only ones I've read by Raybourn, but I really like them. They're clever and funny and compelling and just all kinds of enjoyable. I definitely recommend them.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Rissi!

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  34. These are awesome! I think we were all having WordPress trouble last week!

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