Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated.  OK so I’m going to try to separate them into 5 loved and 5 hates… wish me luck.


Loved

In no particular order…

1. Grisha Trilogy

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Although I do love the Russian inspired covers, the foil on the animal-based ones are gorgeous.  I wish I could find Shadow and Bone in the new cover, but sigh I haven’t been able to find it in thrift stores just yet (I can’t quite justify full-price replacement).

2. Six of Crows

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I can’t help it, these collector’s editions are to die for! I’ve already preordered Crooked Kingdom and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

3. Throne of Glass

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I am not a fan of the original cover for this one and I’m so glad they redesigned the rest of the series to look like the cover on the right.  If they had stuck with the original, I’m not sure if I would have picked it up – the cover definitely wouldn’t have caught my eye.

4. Vicious by V E Schwab

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When Vicious first came out I had no interest.  1) because it had come out before Schwab was an instabuy for me and 2) because of the original cover.  I just don’t like it and I can’t explain why.

5. Royals

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OK this one is more of a love/hate lol.  I love the new cover, it’s cute and stands out better than the original.  BUT, I hate that it was changed for the paperback AND the name was changed!  If we are only looking at the cover design though – the new one wins.

Hate

Again, in no particular order…

1. Ember in the Ashes Series

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This series is bad! It changed it’s cover often, plus they have UK covers which are harder to find – which of course was the best looking ones!  I get it, the author wanted to change the covers to have a person of colour on the front since there are so few, but I’m not drawn to these covers.  In fact, I don’t exactly want to buy the third book until it goes on heavy discount because of it.  Currently, I own the first book in the first cover and the second book in the third cover and if I buy the last book it’ll be in the third cover.  Another mismatched set.

2. House of Furies Series

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Originals = creepy… new covers = meh

3. Wolf by Wolf

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I bought this series from Book Outlet expected both to match.  On the website, Wolf by Wolf was shown with the first cover (original), but what I got was the new cover (left).  Of course, now my books don’t match, but on top of that, I really don’t like the new cover.  The focus of the book is a motorcycle race.  You can barely see the motorcycle on the new cover – in fact, I didn’t even notice it until I started this list.

4. Laundry Park

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Again, this is another series that I own where the covers don’t match… it’s almost like my hatred towards cover changes balances on my series not matching (not really the case but still).  Again, I like the original (left) better than the new (right).  I liked that the girl wasn’t the center focus on the cover.  Plus I’m partial to black.  Really the cover redesign is just meh and served no real purpose in its change.

5. Tease

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Why? Why did we need to put a face on the cover?  The copy of Tease I have is metallic and gorgeous.  The original cover reminds me of the word being written on a mirror with lipstick – the idea of someone being teased/bullied.  This other cover tells me nothing other than it’s probably about a girl.  She shows no emotion, which the book will have lots of considering the subject.  So glad I picked up the original cover when I could – I’m sure it’s going to be harder to find now.

So that’s it – 5 cover changes I loved and 5 I hated.  Do you agree with my list? Or do you have the opposite opinion of me? I’d love to hear about it – or even some other cover changes you loved/hated that I don’t have listed here (as I’m sure there are many).  Let me know in the comments!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Characters so Far in 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is a character freebie, so I decided to list my favourite characters so far this year.  They are in no particular order – it would be too hard to do lol.


Image result for middlegame fan art1. Roger & Dodger from Middlegame

Fan art by Diana Fox

 

 

 

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Fan art by Rosievision

 

 

 

 

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3. Bri from

On the Come Up

 

 

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Fan art by Ink and Dowl

 

 

 

 

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5. Veronica and Stoker from Veronica Speedwell Mystery

Fan art by Kirsten_Driggers

 

 

 

 

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Fan art by unknown – but came in the February 2019 Fairyloot Box

 

 

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7. Scarlett and Donatella from Caraval Series

Fan art by Yvone Brickus

 

 

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9. Esha from The Tiger at Midnight

 

 

 

 

 

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That’s it… that’s 10 (with only some minor cheating)!  What do you guys think? Did I miss any of your favourites?  Please keep in mind that I may have read your favourite characters in another year – or haven’t gotten to yet 🙂 But I’d love to get more ideas.

~Heather

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favourites

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten is Childhood Favourites… This will be a little harder for me since I wasn’t much of a reader as a kid, but that being said, let’s give it a go.  This list will span up until my tween years – otherwise, it might be a list of two lol.  This, like always, is in no particular order.

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1. Mr and Miss Series

I remember this series fondly and I have collected a large number of these plus some mugs and a cookie tin.

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2. The Baby-Sitters Club

I got into this later than the target audience, but I absolutely loved it… and the movie lol

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3. Full House Stephanie Series

I didn’t read all of these, but of the ones I read I remember loving them.

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4. 99 Fear Street

I loved all of Fear Street, but I specifically remember 99 Fear Street which started my on a Fear Street kick.

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5. Charlotte’s Web

Again, another book I read later than it was intended, but I believe it was on a school bookclub list.

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6. Go for the Gold

This one I’m sure very few have actually heard of.  I remember reading this a number of times because I was in gymnastics and obsessed with Olympic Gymnastics!

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7. One Step at a Time

This is probably another one that no one has heard of.  It is about a girl that is slowly going blind.  I remember liking it and finding it cute but moving.

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8.  Silver

This list could almost be called “Books You’ve Never Heard of”.  This is about a girl who lives in a trailer park and gets a scholarship to a rich, private school.  She spends the entire book trying to hide how poor she is.  I read this one a few times, really enjoy it.

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9. Wanted!

Possibly more familiar? Or at least the author should be.  This is a murder mystery where the main character is on the run while trying to solve the murder of her father that she was framed for.  I remember it being tense and I breezed through it.

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10. The Face on the Milk Carton

So when I had first read this book, this was not the cover – it was red lol.  Anyways, I only recently learned that there were more books – I want to read the entire series soon actually.  This book follows Janie and her finding out why her face was on a milk carton.  This book is a little fuzzy from what exactly happens, but I remember reading it a few times and really loving it.

There you have it, my top ten childhood favourites.  Honestly, this list just made me want to do a Childhood Favourites Readathon… maybe someday.  Have you heard of any of these? Read them? What childhood favourites of yours should I try?

~Heather

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten is Books on my Summer 2019 TBR… Let’s get to it – these will be in no particular order.

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When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

This one will definitely be happening in July – it is way overdue since I got the eARC!

Synopsis: Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

This one I got in a Subscription Box and I want to start reading those as soon as I can.

Synopsis: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven 

This one has been on my radar for a few months now and I’ve heard such great things – plus I have this gorgeous UK cover!

SynopsisIzzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has… 

The Passengers by John Marrs

A friend of mine pointed this one out to me and I couldn’t resist asking for the eARC.  This comes out August 27th so I would love to read it prior to its release.

Synopsis: You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.”

Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man.

From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, “Which of these people should we save?…And who should we kill first?”

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett 

The same friend who suggested The Passengers told me about The Grace Year and wow does it ever sound good.  I managed to get the eARC for this one too and I want to read it before its release date as well (September 27th).

Synopsis:  No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

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There’s Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi #2) by Sandhya Menon

I absolutely loved When Dimple Met Rishi and I want to get my hands on this one (just waiting for my library hold to come in).  This to me screams summer, although I am not 100% sure this takes place then.

Synopsis:  Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I have a copy of this from the library and didn’t get a chance to read it before it was due (another library book that has a huge holds list).  If I’m luck, I will get to this (I would prefer to read it physically instead of using an ebook if at all possible).

Synopsis:  Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey

This wasn’t high on my radar when I first heard of it – thought it would be a cute RomCom of Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaine… yup very, very wrong.  After hearing a couple of reviews, dang this looks like it’s going to be a steamy read that you can read in public *shock*.

Synopsis:  A brand new romantic comedy from New York Times bestseller Tessa Bailey!

Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World… whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her…

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

I love Kasie West books, especially in the summer.  This is another one I have a library hold on.  It comes out July 9th and the library can be a little slow at processing, so if I’m lucky I’ll be able to read it in August – otherwise, I’ll likely just switch it out for another Kasie West book lol.

Synopsis:  One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

9 Days and 9 Nights (99 Days #2) by Katie Cotugno

I want to read the light, fluffy, happy books this summer (on top of the sexy times and the thrillers – but mostly fluffy).  I got this at the end of last year after I read 99 Days and I really want to finish the series off – it’s short and sweet to boot.

Synopsis:  Molly Barlow isn’t that girl anymore. A business major at her college in Boston, she’s reinvented herself after everything that went down a year ago . . . after all the people she hurt and the family she tore apart.

Slowly, life is getting back to normal. Molly has just said “I love you” to her new boyfriend, Ian, and they are off on a romantic European vacation together, starting with scenic London. But there on a Tube platform, the past catches up to her in the form of Gabe, her ex, traveling on his own parallel vacation with new girlfriend Sadie.

After comparing itineraries, Ian ends up extending an invite for Gabe and Sadie to join them on the next leg of their trip, to Ireland. Sadie, who’s dying to go there, jumps at the prospect. And Molly and Gabe can’t bring themselves to tell the truth about who they once were to each other to their new significant others.

Now Molly has to spend nine days and nine nights with the boy she once loved, the boy whose heart she shredded, without Ian knowing. Will she make it through as new, improved Molly, or will everything that happened between her and Gabe come rushing back?

So there you have it.  Ten books that I want to read over the rest of the summer.  What do you think? Any of these on your list?  Anything you think I should add – or remove for that matter?  Let me know in the comments.

~Heather

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten is Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019… let’s see if I can limit it to only 10!  These are in Release Date order.

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1. Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury #2) by Tracy Banghart

Release Date: July 2nd 2019

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2. Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Release Date: July 9th, 2019

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3.  Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

Release Date: August 6th, 2019

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4. The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Release Date: September 3rd, 2019

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5. Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

Release Date: September 3rd, 2019

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6. Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

Release Date: September 10th, 2019

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7. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Release Date: September 24th, 2019

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8. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: October 1st, 2019

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9. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: October 8th, 2019

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10. The How and The Why by Cynthia Hand

Release Date: November 6th, 2019

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Well, there you have it.  There are a bazillion more books that I’m looking forward to, but those are the Top Ten (as of right now – I’m sure I’ll find more as dates come closer lol).

What books are you looking forward to? Are there any that I should put on my radar that I haven’t listed here?  Let me know.

~Heather

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten is about Unpopular Bookish Opinions.  So here we go, don’t hate me 🙂

1. I DNF’d An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I know John Green is a very popular author, but I couldn’t get through An Abundance of Katherines.  I managed to force myself through about 100 pages, but just couldn’t finish it.  I’ve been afraid to read anything else by John Green.

2. I didn’t like We Were Liars by E Lockhart

I found it predictable and wasn’t impressed by the ending.  It felt too sitcom.

3. I get stressed thinking about Unhauling

Yes I unhaul some books, but thinking about it stresses me out.  I love having all the books – but to be honest, I’m running out of room lol

4. Organizing books by Genre bugs me

I’ve had my books sorted by Genre for a year or so now and it’s bothered me for about a year lol.  I really wanted to go back to alphabetical order by author, but resorting just overwhelmed me.  I’m doing it now – because I’ve built more shelves – but just doing the process is just SO MUCH!

5. I love all the tropes!

Ok maybe I have a hard time picking out the majority of “tropes”, but when they’re listed to me I can’t seem to think of any that I don’t enjoy – I challenge you to list one for me that I should hate!

6. I’m not big on dragons

I’ve only read a few books with dragons in it, but I just don’t get it.  Maybe I haven’t read the right ones yet – I keep trying.

7. I hated Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I know so many people who loved this book – but I really just didn’t get it.

8. I have no clue what Hogwarts House I am and I don’t know if I care

I just randomly pick one when I’m supposed to pick a house for group reads or challenges.  I could do a test, but when you haven’t read more than Book 1, what’s the point?

9. I fall asleep while reading Classics

No matter how hard I try, reading classics puts me to sleep.  I have finished some, but it takes me way, way longer than it should.  For example, Alice and Wonderland (which I loved) took me a week because I would take mini naps in between.

10. I watch Unhaul videos on Booktube to get book ideas

Yup, that’s right.  I watch videos about books being unhauled so I can pick those titles up later at thrift stores.  I have no clue why – sometimes the premise sounds good, some times I’m reminded of books I use to want to read but have forgotten about, sometimes it’s just a weird need.

Well, there you go.  Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions – well I think.

What about you? Do you agree with any of these? Or do you have some that you want to share?

~Heather

Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is “Thankful Freebie”.  Well since I’m in Canada and I’ve already had Thanksgiving, I’m opting to do Thankful Freebee instead of Thanksgiving.  More specifically, I am going to make a list of ten books I am thankful for.  To me, this just means I enjoyed the book so much that the memory of it makes me happy (thankful). These are in no particular order.

Image result for winnie the pooh1.  Anything Winnie the Pooh

Childhood memories win guys!  I remember reading some of the books, but I definitely remember watching the TV series.  All memories associated with Winnie the Pooh make me smile, except that one live-action show – that’s just nightmare fuel lol.

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2.  Mr Men  & Little Misses

I absolutely loved these tiny children picture books!  I still have many from my childhood and I’ve collected some recently.  I also have a few mugs that came out in recent years.  Before you ask, no I don’t remember the TV show, but I do know that it exists.

374703. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

This one reminds me of my trip to England and visiting the Boleyn Castle.  I actually picked this book up after visiting there.  My cousins recommended it to me once they saw how much I was interested in Tudor history.

418654.  Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Alright now before you laugh and leave my blog, I want to explain.  I had spent many years not reading – mostly because when I was in college and university I didn’t want to read after reading a bazillion pages worth of articles.  This was the first book (and series) that I picked up after I graduated and was unemployed.  I remember being able to just sit there an read it – not having to think too hard or analyze the story and what it was trying to teach me.  I just got to enjoy it.  Would I like it now? I don’t know.  But it got me back into reading and that makes me thankful.

186196845.  Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

When I first read this book, I cried – and I mean full out ugly cried!  This was another one I read when I was unemployed and got through in one sitting – made it easier to ugly cry without judgement that way.  It was just so emotional and heart-moving.  It was nothing like I had ever read at that point.

109096. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

I’m thankful for this book because it was the second Jodi Picoult book I ever read and I just fell in love with her writing.  I read My Sister’s Keeper first and really liked it, but I didn’t connect with the character.  In the Tenth Circle I connected with the main character’s story and decide then that Jodi would be one of my favourite authors – I’ve been buying her books ever since (even when I haven’t been able to get to any others besides The Pact and Between the Lines).

9307. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I picked this up right after the movie came out on DVD because I loved the movie so much.  This was my first Diverse read, I believe.  It wasn’t something I thought about back then, I just picked up a book that sounded interesting, or that I watched the movie of and was curious if the book was different.  By looking back, I’m 90% sure this was my first diverse read and I absolutely loved it.  I already had the connection with the movie so it was easy to picture the settings that I had never visited and the style of clothing that I had never been exposed to.

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8. Animal Farm by George Orwell

This book was the first and only book I read in high school.  It was the first book that made me think that I actually did enjoy reading – that I just hated when people told me what I HADE to read.  This was the also in an English class where the teacher made me realize that I wasn’t necessarily bad at English and that I could be creative.

324399.  Intensity by Dean Koontz

This one has a couple of reasons why I am thankful for it.  Firstly, it was my first thriller (at least that I can remember).  Secondly, it was the first book my grandma and I read together (her first and then me the week after).  She was the only member in my family that read, so for her to share that with me is a great memory.

685310. Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

This one, like Intensity, was one that my grandma and I read together.  We read this entire series (that was published before she passed).  It was one of the few crime-based/detective-ish novels that I read that had humour in it.  I will also be fond of this series – no matter what a movie adaptation does to it.

So there you have it, my top ten (in no particular order) books (or series) that I am thankful for.  What books are you thankful for?  Have you read any on my list? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Book Series I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is “Backlist Books I Want to Read “.  I decided I wanted to make a backlist of series.  Keep in mind that I’m behind, like real behind!  I WILL be listing series that are beloved and I SHOULD have read years ago but haven’t.  Forgive me… These are in no particular order.

158399761. Red Rising Series

This series started in 2014 and I know a number of people that have read it.  I own the first three in the original trilogy.

Genres: YA, SciFi, Dystopian

236887922. These Vicious Masks Trilogy

The third book just came out for this trilogy (I think it’s a trilogy), so I’m not too far behind on this one.  The first in the series came out in 2016.

Genres: YA, Historical, Fantasy, Romance

173329693. The 100 Series

Happy News!  I’ve read the first one of this series!  The reason I stopped reading the reason (we’ll call it a hiatus) because it differs so much from the Netflix series that I was getting confused watching and reading them at the same time!  This series started in 2013.

Genres: YA, SciFi, Dystopian

105763654. The Darkest Minds Series

So I’ll admit, this one wasn’t on my radar at all until the movie came out.  Movie trailer came out, found out it was a book, bought the boxset – story of my life lol.  I am desperate to get to this one since they’ve started the series up again!  It all started back in 2012.

Genres: YA, SciFi, Dystopian, Fantasy

105072935. The Selection Series

I remember seeing this everywhere and I was really interested when it first came out.  Then, like so many others, fell off my radar.  I found the entire series in the thrift store recently and I’m hoping to pick it up when I want to binge a series (assuming I like it).  Another series that started in 2012.

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian

133268316. The Testing Trilogy

This was originally a cover buy.  The cover is really shiny and I found it in a thrift store.  After reading the back of the book, I was hooked – of course, it took until now to find the other two books.  With them being smaller books, I’m thinking I could use them as a series binge in a read-a-thon or book challenge.  Another 2013 release.

Genres: YA, SciFi, Dystopian

233956807. Illuminae Files Trilogy

Here’s where everyone starts to get angry at me.  No, I have not read the Illuminae Files Trilogy.  Yes, I am aware of how awesome it is.  I’m behind ok.  Also, the format intimidated me, so I never picked it up.  I plan to soon.  This started back in 2015.

Genres: YA, SciFi

261144638. The Nevernight Chronicles

This one only recently got suggested to me.  Plus it’s not finished yet, so am I really that behind?  I do want to read it in a Fall/Winter season though.  I had tried starting it in the Summer and I wasn’t in the mood – it had more of a darker feel (perfect for Fall/Winter).  This was released in 2016.

Genres: YA (mature), Fantasy

160968249. ACOTAR Series

Yes, I am a horrible person!  I haven’t read a single thing written by Sarah J Maas.  As we have already learned, I am very much behind on my series – plus I had warned you before I started the list that you would be upset for me not reading the most beloved series.  This series, that is not yet finished, started in 2015.

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance

1019415710. The Grisha Trilogy

This one actually kills me that I haven’t started!  I have read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom and absolutely adored them.  After reading Six of Crows I had every intention to read the Grisha Trilogy before reading Crooked Kingdom, but then the TBR and Beyond Facebook group did a group read and I had to join!  If I don’t get to this one next year, I will be horribly upset!

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Trust me, these are not all the series that I haven’t read that could fit on this list easily.  I didn’t mention ToG or Harry Potter *ducks from rotten vegetables being thrown*.  I was 1) trying to have variety to my list and 2) feared the attacks of not reading some of them lol.  I have started a number of series this year, and I didn’t include them because either the next in the series hasn’t been released yet or I haven’t had it on my TBR as long.

What books or series do you have on your backlist?  Do you plan on having a reading goal specific to tackling this backlist? Or better yet, are there any on the list here that I should prioritize or forget?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Decided to DNF too Quickly

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is “Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly “.  Just to give perspective, my typical rule for DNFing a book is that I have to read at least 50 pages of the book before “giving up”.  I will try to let you know if I actually stick to this rule for these books or not.  These are in no particular order.


161010311. Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
This one is another book about Anne Boleyn.  I love reading Anne Boleyn books and, really, any Tudor historical fiction book. I picked this up and started it.  I was constantly distracted from it and I was clearly not in the mood for another Anne Boleyn book at that moment – plus this was a library book so it was due back soon.  I didn’t get to my 50 page rule (I think I only made it to 20 pages lol.  I plan on trying it again in the future.

26572. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This was a book club read and I wanted to read this.  I would pick it up, get distracted or feel daunted by the text size and the idea of reading a classic.  This is another one where I didn’t meet the 50 page rule.

 

358047513. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos
I received this one as an eARC back in February.  I was really interested in the story, but I was having a hard time relating to the character (and honestly I found her a little annoying).  I plan on trying this one again, but at that point I just couldn’t continue (I was dreading reading every time I picked up the book).  I made it to page 95 of this book.

174706744. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This one I have DNF’d 2 or 3 times.  Again, it seems to be a fear of classics and how much time and energy they seem to need for me.  I was really enjoying it, but I just got distracted from it.  I have tried physically reading it and listening to it on audiobook, both times ended with DNFing it.  I really want to read this one and I think I just need to find the perfect mood to read it.  Made it about 50% of the way through it.

233957635. Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl (Illistrator)
I keep picking this one up and enjoying it, but then I get distracted and it’s due back to the library by the time I go back to focus on it.  I like the art style and the story sounds interesting for how far in I got.  Really I think I wasn’t even 1/4th of the way through it.  I do plan on picking this up again and finishing it!

 

So for the rest of these I don’t think I’ve DNF’d these too quickly.  I don’t typically DNF books.  It takes a lot for me to do that and I don’t usually mark them as DNF in Goodreads because I do plan on going back and know it’s just my mood.  That being said, the rest of these are just my DNF’d books.

205576716. Anyone But You (Twisted Lit #3) by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
I picked this up because the idea of a Romeo and Juliet retelling just peeked my interest.  I got about 20 pages or so into it and just found myself being bored.  I think when I picked this up I had just binged a bunch of contemporaries so it may have just been burn out or my mood wasn’t in the right place.  That being said, I don’t know if I will pick this one up again – there are just so many contemporaries and retellings I want to get to more that I don’t know if I want to try again.

158418377. Confession of a Sociopath by M E Thomas
I picked this up on a whim.  I don’t know why, but I thought it was fiction and more of a humourous telling.  I was so wrong.  It was an audiobook and I wasn’t into the narrator. I didn’t get very far into the book (maybe 30 minutes or so) and I don’t plan on picking this one up again.

 

252415518. The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones
This was another book club read.  I got about 50% through the book.  I was enjoying parts of the book, but not all.  Half of the book is based in the present time and the other half is based on the book the character is reading (a non-fiction story).  The book was WAY more interesting than the main character.  I was sad that I didn’t enjoy this book enough to finish it because it was based in Toronto.  I went to the book club expecting to hear spoilers but still wanting to finish it, but now that time has passed, I don’t think I will.

255825439. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
This book follows three generations.  I was listening to it on audiobook and the story and narrator did not grab me at all.  I remember being bored!  I don’t remember anything else about this – clearly I will not be picking this one up again.

 

3341206110. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Ok so don’t hate me, but I was completely bored by this book.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Beauty and the Beast!  I picked this up thinking it would be, not a retelling but, a side story to the movie where Belle goes on an adventure.  The “Lost in a Book” portion of the book was interesting, but there wasn’t enough of it.  There is too much repeat of the actual movie and not enough about the book and it’s world that Belle is escaping to. I know so many people love it, but I was just disappointed and I was hating it so much that I had to stop reading it 50% of the way through.

That’s my list of DNFs.  What do you guys think? Should I give any of these another try? Or should I just forget them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish World I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is “Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In”.  So here’s my Top 5 Bookish Worlds I’d Want to Live in and Top 5 Bookish Worlds I wouldn’t want to live in.  They are in no particular order.


Top 5 Bookish Worlds I’d Want to Live in

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  1. Grisha Universe from Six of Crows – I love the idea of having magical abilities and the fact that it’s based on a futuristic Russia just adds to the beauty of the world.
  2. Gods Behaving Badly alternative reality – basically it’s no different than the real world, except the Greek Gods live among us.  If you haven’t read this book you definitely should! It’s hilarious.
  3. Sailor Moon Universe – ok so this is more because I would LOVE to be a Sailor Scout!
  4. Marvel Universe, specifically X-Men – this one is based on the idea of wanting super powers!  I love Jean Grey (Phoenix), Rogue, and Kitty Pride!
  5. DC Universe – again super powers!!! I love Black Canary, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna (and yes I’m only naming powerful females!).

Top 5 Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live in

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  1. The Host world – honestly, who wants to live in a world where an alien race takes over your mind and body!
  2. The Hunger Games world – ok now hear me out.  I love this book (unlike the one above) but this dystopian world does not sound like a fun place to live and I’d be one of the lucky ones selected to die 😦
  3. Delirium alternative United States- the idea where you don’t feel love is truly sad.
  4. Zom-B alternative England – just zombies! That is all!
  5. The Call alternative Ireland – evil fairies can just steal you from your world and take you to their dimension to hunt and kill you – yeah no thanks!

So that’s it guys.  Sorry if it’s a little boring.  This is not one I’ve ever really thought about.  Hopefully the next TTT is a little more my speed.