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Books That Would Win Me Scrabble // Top Ten Tuesday

Hey bookworms! Do you play games a lot?? My family often has game nights where we all get way to competitive playing games like Clue, Scattergories, and Scrabble. I am the queen of scrabble (self proclaimed of course) in my family. They try to challenge my words, but I truly have talent for making up words that Scrabble accepts.

This weeks theme for Top Ten Tuesday hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl is Books With Long Titles. I couldn’t decide what qualified as long (the amount of words, big words, a mouthful to say??) so I decided to go with Top Ten Books That Would Win Scrabble.

Now A Major Motion Picture by Cory McCarthy40 Points

Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn’t care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it’s just a little annoying that M. E. Thorne is her grandmother—and that Iris has to deal with the trilogy’s crazy fans.

When Iris gets dropped in Ireland for the movie adaptation, she sees her opportunity: if she can shut down production, the Elementia craze won’t grow any bigger, and she can finally have a normal life. Not even the rascally-cute actor Eamon O’Brien can get in her way.

But the crew’s passion is contagious, and as Iris begins to find herself in the very world she has avoided her whole life, she realizes that this movie might just be amazing… (from Goodreads)

Now A Major Motion Picture will earn you some major Scrabble points, but it is also a fun story set on a movie set. Featuring complex character relations, feminist themes, and lots of talk of fantasy worlds, it is definitely a book worth reading.

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos41 Points

Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. She’s got more pressing problems: her mom can’t move off the couch, her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms—complete with gritty characters and outrageous endeavors. With an honesty that’s both hilarious and fearsome, slowly Macy reveals why she acts out, why she can’t tell her incarcerated father that her mom’s cheating on him, and why her best friend needs protection . . . the kind of protection that involves Macy’s machete. (from Goodreads)

I mean, the title has the word dictionary in it. If that doesn’t make it scrabble gold, I don’t what what does! The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary is a dark and powerful read. Told with blunt honesty, Macy’s story will draw you in from page one.

The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings- 42 Points

1851. Bounced from one begrudging relative to another their whole lives, orphaned identical twins Sophie and Mariah Carter have always relied on each other for love and support, even though the sisters couldn’t be more different.

Brash Sophie wants to be an inventor, and demure Mariah wants to be an artist. Both long to visit London for the summer—Sophie to see the Queen’s Great Exhibition and Mariah to study the world’s finest collection of paintings. But when their cantankerous aunt answers their letter pleading for a place to stay, she insists she only has time and room to spare for one of them.

So, Mariah and Sophie hatch a clever scheme: They will travel to London together and take turns playing the part of “Sophie”.

At first the plan runs like clockwork. But as the girls avoid getting caught by increasingly narrow margins and two handsome gentlemen—both of whom think they’re falling in love with the real Sophie Carter—enter the equation, the sisters find they don’t have the situation quite as under control as they thought. (from Goodreads)

Historical fiction isn’t normally my jam, but The Invention of Sophie Carter makes me want to check out more in the future. See my full review here: The Invention of Sophie Carter Review

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown- 44 Points

Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.

He is also unexpectedly dead.

Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation?

And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?

As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship.

But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know? (from Goodreads)

An incredible debut dealing with topics like grief, abuse, and sexuality. A great ya thriller, perfect for the season.

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood- 45 Points

Danyal Jilani doesn’t lack confidence. He may not be the smartest guy in the room, but he’s funny, gorgeous, and going to make a great chef one day. His father doesn’t approve of his career choice, but that hardly matters. What does matter is the opinion of Danyal’s longtime crush, the perfect-in-all-ways Kaval, and her family, who consider him a less than ideal arranged marriage prospect.

When Danyal gets selected for Renaissance Man–a school-wide academic championship–it’s the perfect opportunity to show everyone he’s smarter than they think. He recruits the brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help with the competition, but the more time Danyal spends with her…the more he learns from her…the more he cooks for her…the more he realizes that happiness may be staring him right in his pretty face. (from Goodreads)

What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughin- 46

Lex was taken – trafficked – and now she’s Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn’t quite know how to be Lex again. 

After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it is to feel truly safe. Except, she doesn’t trust it. Doesn’t trust her new home. Doesn’t trust her new friend. Doesn’t trust her new life. Instead she trusts what she shouldn’t because that’s what feels right. She doesn’t deserve good things. 

But when she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her and that just because she is used to it, doesn’t mean it is okay. She’s thrust into the limelight and realizes she has the power to help others. But first she’ll have to confront the monsters of her past with the help of her family, friends, and a new love. (from Goodreads)

An honest and powerful read about sex trafficking this book is a powerful must read.

My Life With The Walter Boys by Ali Novak- 48 Points

My Life with the Walter Boys centers on the prim, proper, and always perfect Jackie Howard. When her world is turned upside down by tragedy, Jackie must learn to cut loose and be part of a family again.

Jackie does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades-the perfect daughter. And then…

Surprise #1: Jackie’s family dies in a freak car accident.

Surprise #2: Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters-her new guardians.

Surprise #3: The Walters have twelve sons. (Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyway)

Now Jackie must trade in her Type A personality and New York City apartment for a Colorado ranch and all the wild Walter boys who come with it. Jackie is surrounded by the enemy-loud, dirty, annoying boys who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She’s not stuck-up or boring-no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents’ memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect? (from Goodreads)

The Code For Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor- 49 Points

Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma’s sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers…those you can count on. (No pun intended.)

Emma’s senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far they can take her. When she and George, her Coding Club co-president, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born—a matchmaking app that goes far beyond swiping, using algorithms to calculate compatibility. George disapproves of Emma’s idea, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other and her own feelings defy any algorithm? Emma thought math could solve everything. But there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love. (from Goodreads)

Guys. It is an Emma retelling!! Mixed with math and a modern edge I placed a hold on it at the library as soon as it released.

The Way To Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen- 56 Points

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard. (from Goodreads)

Say fake dating and I am sold. One of my first reads of 2020, this is definitely light read perfect for a relaxing day.

The Ballad of the Songbird and The Snakes by Suzanne Collins- 58 Points

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes. (from Goodreads)

I had hopes for this prequel to the Hunger Games, but is was only ok. At least it’s worth a bunch of points in scrabble…

What are some of your favorite books with long titles??

9 thoughts on “Books That Would Win Me Scrabble // Top Ten Tuesday

  1. This scrabble one is so fun!
    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as much as you would’ve liked . . . any thoughts on how it might go if it ends up on the screen?
    Emma xx

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    1. I had a lot of fun creating this list!

      I’m not sure how a movie would turn out. A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was a lot less high stakes than the original Hunger Games, because it was told from a perspective outside the games. Maybe a movie would add some of pressure back in?? I would love to see the ending scene on the screen though. I don’t know, but it will be interesting to see what they potentially do with it. What do you think?? What would you want to see in a movie??

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      1. I hope it’s done really well but I honestly don’t know how they would be able to make the movie as intense / grabbing as the OG ones . . . that last scene will be definitely interesting but I am just worried about ya know, the couple of hours leading up to that 😂

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