Midyear Book Freak Out Tag

I thought doing this tag would be a great way to check back in with my long forgotten blog. This is something I see everyone and their mom doing on BookTube and figured I’d give it a shot. Without further ado…


2019 Midyear Book Freak Out Tag:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker stands out to me, but also Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and There There by Tommy Orange.

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Some other favorites have been My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwait, Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, and the Murderbot Diaries novela series by Martha Wells.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire was by far the best yet in the Wayward Children series.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

I read Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone/Grisha trilogy this year during Book Roast’s OWLs Magical Readathon. I loved the books so much! I haven’t gotten around to King of Scars yet. Haven’t decided if I am going to reread Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, or jump right into it.

I also have A Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson calling my name. I have very high hopes for it

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I am looking forward to Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and Supernova by Marissa Meyer

5. Biggest disappointment

There have been several books I probably expected to enjoy more than I actually did, but my greatest disappointment by far was Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. I have been meaning to read it for at least 9 years; since my first reading of Jane Eyre. I was expecting to fall in love with Antoinette “Bertha” Mason as a heroine, but it really fell flat for me. What a bummer.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. The series is one I put off reading because I knew I’d love it… so I wanted to wait until the perfect time. Well I did NOT love it, and I’m not totally sure I see myself continuing the series.

6. Biggest surprise

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee was a book club selection, and honestly I was not thrilled it was chosen. I had heard nothing but great things about it, but I really didn’t think it would be for me. Well…. it is definitely one of my favorite of the year (as you saw back in question 1). I am so pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read and enjoy. I was expecting it to be more purple prosey in style, but it was very readable and accessable…especially when historical fiction is something I don’t read often.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Well, definitely not the best author(s) I’ve read this year, but they are new to me and I highly enjoyed them… Christina Lauren. This year I read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Unhoneymooners, and Roomies. Were they amazing literature? No. Did I enjoy them? Yes, very much. Everyone needs a little brain candy now and then.

You could of course refer back to my answer for question 1 for more quality new-to-me authors.

8. Newest fictional crush

I’m just gon’ say it: Mal (the Grisha Trilogy). screw the Darkling. Mal and Alina are OTP. I LOVE MAL.

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I know, I know.

9. Newest favorite character.

Murderbot (From the Murderbot Diaries series). I love that sentient, anxious robot. So much.

10. Book that made you cry (Saddest book you have read).

One that took me by surprise was The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. When I heard reviewers say they cried reading it I couldn’t imagine being so moved. But it got me. Those were pretty happy tears though. Proud, full of love tears.

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The book that made me saddest this year would probably be Pachinko. I did cry reading that one, too. An empty, wrecked cry.

11. Book that made you happy.

Umm…The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

But also, Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston…. which also brought me to tears actually.

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12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Good Omens. OMIGOSH. David Tennant.

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13. Favorite review you’ve written this year.

I haven’t made much effort to do more than a Goodreads star rating when I finish a book. I track my progress and leave a note here and there as I read, but when I finish I click my star rating and move on.

But when I finished The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu… I had things to say.

My review for The Lost Girl can be found on Goodreads here.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Sorcery of Thorns maybe? King of Scars?

For the sake of naming a book I haven’t mentioned yet, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff has a pretty cool cover and some great art. Haven’t gotten around to it yet, but you KNOW I preordered it in order to get a copy of Memento, which is the Illuminae Files prequel only available to US readers (or those willing to spend a small fortune) as an Aurora Rising promo.

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15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

All the books. Seriously, there are too many to name. Lots of backlist books I have purchased at thrift & used book stores, plus some new releases and next in series that I am looking forward to.


Have you done this tag? Leave your link if you’ve done it already, or make sure to come back and share when you do.

Happy Reading!

Spookathon Readathon Day 2

Last night I decided to start My Plain Jane as my first book for the readathon. I am really doubting I’ll be able to get to all 5 books from my tbr, BUT I realized I can easily double up the challenge prompts.

My Plain Jane will count for a book with purple on the cover (if you have the Owlcrate exclusive cover, that is…which I don’t, but I know that it exists and that it is purple, so I’m counting it), as well as a book not set in this time.

I read a whopping 8 pages before falling asleep last night, but as soon as I woke up this morning I managed to read to around page 86, and I am currently on page 118. I still don’t know if I’m going to love this book, but I do love that it is a quick and easy way to kind of revisit Jane Eyre. Kind of. In a really cheesy way. Definitely cheesy.

And now for a recap of my day in pictures:

  • Husband brought me coffee in bed, and I got right back to the book I barely started last night.

  • The Spookathon Photo Challenge prompt on Instagram was SKULL.  My son thought that this was the best book cover choice because the skull is so subtle.  In his opinion, people will like that more.  Okay, kiddo.

  • Kids and I went to the beach so they could catch Pokemon…

  • So many Pokemon!

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  • We stopped by Savers for book shopping… I mean… to drop off donations.  But I mean, we were there, soooooooooo.  We got some great books.

  • This kid could’t wait to start Dory Fantasmagory

 

  • I got a couple pages of reading in at soccer practice this evening.

  • I could watch my baby read a chapter book to himself all night.  He whisper read chapter one to himself, then had me read chapters 1 through 3 to him.  We’d recently read two other Dory Fantasmagory books that we checked out from the library and he loves them! LOVES THEM! They are pretty great, I must admit.  So we were so happy to find this at the thrift store today.


And now I am off to bed.  How many pages will I get to before my eyes give out on me tonight?  Place your bets now.

Friday 56: ‘The Wicked Deep’

Friday 56 is a linkup hosted by Freda’s Voice


RULES:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your e-reader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.

*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

Also join in the fun on Instagram using the hashtags #Instagram56 #Friday56


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I just finished reading The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.  I loved it.

Page 56 happens to blank, so this excerpt is from page 57:

“From the black waters of the harbor, their song sinks into dreams, permeates the brittle grass that grows along steep cliffs and rotting homes.  It settles into the stones that hold up the lighthouse; it floats and swirls in the air until it’s all you can taste and breathe.

“This is how they do it– how the sisters are freed from their brackish grave.  They steal three bodies and make them their own.  And this season, they do it swiftly.”

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This book was well written without being to flowery.  It was dark and macabre without being scary or morbid.  It left me with a lot to think about in terms of love, loss and identity.

Let me know if you participate in The Friday 56.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead of you!

T5W: Favorite Friend Groups

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Visit the Goodreads group for the topic schedule and to share your link.

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I love this weeks topic of favorite friend groups. While I don’t always love multiple 1st person POVs, I do love ensemble casts with amazing chemistry.


Here are my favorites books with some kick-ass awesome crews: (featuring fanart I found on Pinterest/Google)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Pretty sure this is on every T5W this week. There’s a reason- these characters are so well written and their chemistry is perfection. Every character has their own motivation in working toward a common goal, and they all have vices/issues to work through making them so real and dynamic.

Crooked Kingdom, though. Have I mentioned before what that book did to me? I think I may have brought it up once or twice.

***breaks down sobbing***

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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This series is amazing…. I will accept no other opinions. I love it puts totally unique twists on fairy tale characters. I love all the ships. I love all the interactions. I love that their story continues in graphic novel format, and you get to see how close they all remain after all the crap they went through. Thorne and Cinder’s closeness is my absolute favorite. I also like the scenes with little Cress and Wolf interacting one on one. And Jacin is hilarious in the way that he doesn’t really fit into their group dynamic, but he is one of them anyway.

The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

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These kids are just too cute. I love the age that they are in this follow up series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians; it makes their relationships among the group that much more meaningful. They are at that point in life where they are figuring out where they want to end up (if they survive long enough that is), and they are still young enough not to take things too seriously. Percy and Leo are so good at breaking tension and lightening the mood.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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I really loved the crew from this book. Leah on the Offbeat destroyed them, in my opinion. And I was so looking forward to more adorableness.

Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

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Maybe it’s just because it’s my most recent read… but I think these guys were great. If you can still find something to laugh about when planning on overthrowing an evil lord and are sure you won’t actually survive… then yeah, you have some good friends by your side.


Who are some of your favorite friend groups?

Let me know.

The Relationshipper Book Tag

I was so excited to see that I was tagged to do this by the ladies at Fiction No Chaser.  I had every intention of getting this posted sooner….but….kids.  I haven’t gotten a chance to sit here and compose coherent thoughts until now.

This post is all about the ships.

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The Rules:

  1. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  2. Come up with eleven new questions of your own!
  3. Tag 5 new bloggers!
  4. Mention the blogger who tagged you and have fun!!

 

This was harder than I thought it would be….

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What fictional character from a book would you date and why?

All of them.  For the sake of this tag I will pick Marko, from the Saga graphic novel series by Brian K Vaughn.  Because DAYUMMMMM can Fiona Staples draw one heck of a man! Yes I know he is a fictional character, but he is so hot! And sweet.  He loves so deeply and he’s a great dad, too….  Swoon…

What would your first date with this character look like? What would you do?

Bookshop and cuddle.  I’m also down for Netflix and chill.  Introvert dating.

What fictional characters would form your book significant other harem?

I want my harem to mesh well and have amazing chemistry, so I’m gonna make this easy on myself and say: you know The Lunar Chronicles? yeah…. that’s my harem now.

What’s your least favorite trope when it comes to book relationships?

Is miscommunication a trope?  Because I hate when that happens.  I hate when the characters are heart broken, fighting, or avoiding each other for no reason.  COME ONE GUYS!  Talk it out!   Stop jumping to conclusions!  You what they say: ‘when you assume….’

What’s your favorite ship?

How do I answer this?!  I feel like the ship in The Kiss Quotient is great.  It fell into that miscommunication trope I that I hate, but I feel like the respect and comfort that the relationship was built on was just…ugh… perrrrfect!  I will take Michael Phan over Christian Grey a hundred times over.

Also, Zuzana and Mik’s adorable relationship kind of steals the show in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.  I haven’t read their novella, Night of Cake and Puppets, yet, but I expect great things and swoony feels.

What’s a ship you *hate*?

Let’s go with Ana and Christian in the 50 Shades books.  I loved these WHILE I was reading them, but as soon as I finished the series (which I binged while high on pregnancy hormones) and started discussing it, I quickly realized how many problems I had.  These two characters used sex as a weapon.

Also- Just like Jess and Teagan… I HAAAAATE Cal and Mare!

What’s a ship you’d like to third wheel with and why?

Simon and Bram (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)- because they are so freaking adorable! I feel like I would get a giddy contact high off of their cuteness.  If I had to third wheel (cue prom weekend memories) it would totally be fun hanging out with these two love birds, I think.

If you could delete one ship from a book, who would it be and why?

That would be from my current read, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.  Vin and Elend do not need to be a thing.  I am always all for the romance in just about any story; and I am all for insta-love.  But no thanks.  Not this time.  My gosh the romance adds nothing to the story and it makes the character Vin ANNOYING!!!!

What two characters from different fandoms would you like to see together?

I don’t know, I’ve never really considered this…. hmmmm…..

Alucard Emery (Shades of Magic trilogy) and Jesper Fahey (Six of Crows duology).  Not only would this be a GORGEOUS couple.  Their playful personalities and hardcore flirtation would be electric!

What ship that ended are you still mourning?

I might break down and sob just thinking about this…. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo DESTROYED me.  I’ll leave it at that.

 Jacob or Edward?

Ok so… I was Team Edward…. BUT Team Taylor when it came to the actors.  If I read the books over now (I won’t) I have a feeling that I might just switch teams.


 

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My Questions:

  1. Who was your first book crush?
  2. Who was your most recent book crush?
  3. What popular ship do you sink?
  4. Which unpopular ship do you actually love?
  5. Do you have a favorite friends to lovers ship?
  6. What ship reminds you of your relationship? or the relationship you would like to have?
  7. What ship was just unnecessary?
  8. Imagine your favorite ship 10 years in the future (from when their book ends)… where are they now?
  9. Which book do you want to see adapted to tv/movie? Who would you cast to bring your ship to life?
  10. What is a relationship that you wish happened?
  11. What character(s) have broken your heart?

 

I tag:

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

Vikki @ My Mundane Life

Megan @ The Cozied Reader

And any one else who would like to play along.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday, Reader Friends!

I hope you had a good weekend and managed to read a bit… or not… it’s your weekend, you do you.

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As for me- I got to do some reading at the park on Friday, the beach on Saturday, and I even got to sneak a few pages in at the baseball field on Sunday.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Last week I listened to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The audiobook was very well done- there were multiple narrators for the two main characters/timelines and the tabloid articles.

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I had heard nothing but wonderful things about this book. I have to agree, it was fantastic! Evelyn is such an engaging character- you simply cannot help but fall in love with her. She’s a manipulative bitch in the best way, and she is proud of it. She built herself up from nothing, didn’t allow the men in her life to dictate her success, and even at her most selfish moments she felt the need to protect the people she loves. The racial and sexual diversity in the book was amazing. The relationships were all so real in that they were full of the good, the bad and the ugly.

One disappointment I have, and this is just me, is that I didn’t cry. Every reading vlog I watched that featured this book left the reader in tears at the ending. I thought the ending was beautiful and, while sad, didn’t wreck me the way I anticipated.

If you love books with dynamic characters…. this book is where it’s at. check it out.

Also last week: I made slow progress through The Final Empire. I am definitely enjoying it, but I am so discouraged by my own reading pace.

Which brings me into my reading plans for this week:

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FINISH THE FINAL EMPIRE!

My ebook actually contains the entire trilogy- a whopping (and intimidating) 2,045 page count. I think I’ve made it to the half way point of the first book so I am hoping to get it done by the end of the week, and with that, the end of the month.

The next question is: go right into book two, The Well of Ascension, or take a break from this world?

I am worried that if I don’t continue right away, I will take a long time to get back in and finish the trilogy. HOWEVER… as of right now, I feel like I need to move on to something different. I am very eager to start my fall/Halloween reading, and this series is not giving me those spooky vibes. I guess we will see how book one ends and if it leaves me needing more right away.


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Last week, with the kids, I read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. I vaguely remembered it as something I read in early elementary, and we picked up a copy from the thrift store to read together. It was a really fun read- the kids both loved it and always wanted me to “read the next chapter!”

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The kids also started listening to The Penderwicks at Last audiobook. We actually read about 90% of the book together but then never finished it (well they didn’t… I went ahead and read the last couple chapters myself).
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The kids also started reading some books on their own last week:
So the reading goals for the kids’ week will be for kid 1 to finish The Magic Tree House #10- Ghost Town at Sundown, and for the little brother to finish Frog and Toad All Year.

We also have a bag bursting of picture books and graphic novels from last week’s library trip. There is no shortage of books in our house!


What are your reading plans for the week?
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Shelf Control

I found this meme and thought… “Hey! I have TBR shelves I need to control!”

So here we are.

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.

I am beyond excited for fall… autumn (whatever, I’ve always called it fall).  It’s my favorite season for several reasons:

  1. Climate- I live in New England, so it’s kind of required I love fall
  2. Hot apple cider
  3. Pumpkins
  4. Spooky (NOT gory!) Halloween decorations
  5. Atmospheric reads

I have quite a few books I saved to read leading up to Halloween, and honestly they may end up taking up my entire fall season, which I am going to say is September through November.

My birthday was in June, and with the gift cards I received I ordered several 2018 releases that I anticipate will make good lead up to Halloween reads.

The first one I will talk about is:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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I am going to venture a guess that by now everyone has at least heard of this book, if not read it.  It was released in March, with much hype, and I made a promise to myself that I would save it for fall. I mean… it’s about witches!

An excerpt from the Goodreads description:

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

The cover is gorgeous, the plot sounds perfect for this time of year, and I’ve seen enough good reviews for it, that I am more than eager to try it out for myself.  So far, I have gotten lucky and ended up loving books that have gotten mixed reviews.   The Goodreads rating is 3.86 and my prediction is that it will be 4 if not 5 stars from me.  We’ll see if I was right (I really hope so! I could use a 5 star book to kick off the season!)


If you want to participate in this meme, check out the post at Bookshelf Fantasies and join in the comments.  Don’t forget me know if you do!

Let’s take control of our shelves, one book at a time!  What book have you bought that you need to get to?

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Love with Covers I HATE

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from the YouTube channel, Thoughts on Tomes. Check out the Goodreads group for topic schedule and participants.


This week is a freebie topic week, which is perfect because I have been so bad about posting lately and this is a great way to jump back in. Again.

The topic I have decided on is Books I LOVE with Covers I HATE!

Usually it’s the opposite: you are attracted to a cover and then disappointed when the story doesn’t live up to the expectations you based solely on its beauty. Right? We’ve all been there at least once…ahem… To Kill a Kingdom (I mean, the book was okay, but that cover! am I right!?)

But every once in a while you hear good things about a book that you had passed over because the cover is atrocious, or tropy, or just generally unappealing.

Now, I realize you should never judge a book by its cover…. but c’mon we all do. If we are not looking for something specific, it’s typically the cover that draws us in.

So here they are: 5 books that I have read and loved, but never would have thought to pick up on my own because I totally judged them by their covers (plus 2 that I haven’t read yet, but have heard they’re great even though they are hideous).

In no particular order:

1-The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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It’s just so ugly. It looks like it’s for 12 year olds, but like, bratty texty 12 year olds…. not demigod summer camp, or school of wizardry 12 year olds.

It’s actually a great book about an 18 (I think) year old with body issues, anxiety, a non-traditional family, and experiencing first love.

2- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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So right off the bat, I don’t love books that have people on them, because I inevitably picture the character differently, if only slightly. In this case, that didn’t turn out to be such a big problem because I listened to the audiobook (AMAZING btw) and so didn’t have to see the cover often. Plus, yeah, this is totally Monty. My main problem with this is that the lettering and doodle style graphics over the portrait make it seem like a Seventeen Magazine cover… or some other equally sugary publication.
Honestly, it’s grown on me the slightest bit since reading it, but had I not heard over and over how good the book was, I never would have picked it up on my own.

3- All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

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Books with “white people almost kissing” on the cover… yeah I don’t read those books. But my sister has followed a few of my book recommendations, so when she encouraged me to read this (actually shared her audible with me, so I had no excuses not to) I figured it was time I actually go with one of her recommendations.

I haven’t heard rave reviews about Colleen Hoover in general, so I did not anticipate loving this book. I don’t think I will go out of my way to read any more of her books, but this one REALLY got me in all the feels. I cried for the entire second half of this book.

I feel like there are so many other images they could have used for this that could tie into the plot- a beach house, a take out container, a mysterious box, a couple with distance in between them…. literally anything would be better!

4- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This entire trilogy is plagued by trash covers! Holy hell do I hate every single one of them! They are hideous… sorry if you actually like them… but they are so cheesy and don’t capture the story AT ALL!!!!!
Now if I can get this trilogy in the UK paperback editions I would be all set. Those are MUCH MUCH MUCH better! Until then, I will settle for the audiobooks (currently listening to #3 actually) from my library because I don’t want to look at these particular covers on my shelves.

5- Wintersong by S Jae-Jones

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This is actually the least visually offensive of the bunch, but I certainly would have kept walking right past… in fact, I did, several times. Nothing about this cover says “Hey! Over here… I’m interesting!” It wasn’t until I finally heard that it was a LABYRINTH RETELLING that I had to have it in my life.


And finally- here are two books I am very excited to read, even though I HATE THEIR FACES! I really hope they live up to the good reviews.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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There is nothing good about this cover, except maybe that I can imagine what running my thumb over the title pin would feel like.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

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I have the same problems with this as I have with The Gentleman’s Guide– it looks like a teen magazine cover. It’s not terrible, I don’t even know exactly what I would want to be done different…. it certainly is unique and makes the Lady Janies series cohesive and identifiable. I just don’t happen to love it.


What covers have you come across that do their stories no justice?

I Spy with My Little Eye…

… a Book Cover/Title with ____________

I was tagged by Vera (Unfiltered Tales)…oh gosh, too long ago!

As soon as I got the notification from her post I played along, but (as we know by now) my June presence on my blog has been lacking.

Here is how the game works:

The challenge: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!

Here is how I played:

I wrote down all the I-Spy challenges, sat in front of my TBR shelves, and set a timer on my phone for 5 minutes.  Once the 5 minutes were over, I went ahead and finished whatever challenges I ran out of time for, pulling from either my TBR or Read shelves.

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Here are the I-Spy challenges:

  1. Food
  2. Transportation
  3. Weapon
  4. Animal
  5. Number
  6. Something You Read
  7. Body of Water
  8. Product of Fire
  9. Royalty
  10. Architecture
  11. Clothing Item
  12. Family Member
  13. Time of Day
  14. Music
  15. Paranormal Being
  16. Occupation
  17. Season
  18. Color
  19. Celestial Body
  20. Something That Grows

Here is how I did in 5 minute time constraint:

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And here are the rest of the I-Spy challenges fulfilled:

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  • Food- Chocolat, by Joanne Harris
  • Transportation- Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh

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  • Weapon- Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
  • Animal- A Dogs Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Number- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
  • Something You Read- Redwall, by Brian Jacques
  • Body of Water- Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  • Product of Fire- The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins

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  • Royalty- The Boleyn Inheritence, by Philippa Gregory
  • Architecture- The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan (the labyrinth was designed by Daedalus…the Greek architect, sooooo….counts)
  • Clothing Item- A Darker Shade of Magic, by VE Schwab (Kell’s coat)

A Darker Shade final for Irene

  • Family Member- The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt
  • Time of Day- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt
  • Music- Shadowsong, by S. Jae-Jones
  • Paranormal Being- The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
  • Occupation- The Gravedigger’s Son, by Patrick Moody
  • Season- Wintersong, by S. Jae-Jones
  • Color- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, By Fannie Flagg
  • Celestial Body- Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass
  • Something That Grows- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (flowers grow….that counts right?)

 

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