Book Tag – Dreamy Book Covers

Since the Top 5 Wednesday choices this month are all romance-based, I am not planning to do them. Today, instead, I thought I’d do a fun book tag!  🙂


Here are the rules:

1. Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love! – I’ve stolen this one from Elnade over at Confessions of a Serial Reader

2. Mention me Tiana @ The Book Raven as the (insert adjective here) creator of this book tag!

3. Use the original tag image in your post. (However, Feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires!)

4. At least tag 1 fellow blogger for this tag. Even if you’re like me sometimes and feel a bit lazy – Aurora Librialis and Siobhan, I choose you!

5. List the rules


1) “No Ideas But in Things” – A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

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Is this a strange choice? It seems like a strange choice…or maybe not. Did I mention that this book is basically a “what would it be like if the Scooby Gang grew up and had to face one more monster” with a large dose of HP Lovecraft throw in?

2) “Dark and Lovely” – A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up

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I don’t know about creepalicious, but the cover is DEFINITELY what first drew me to this book. Super spooky!

3) “Sugary Sweet” – A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

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What, you don’t think stuffed raccoons are sweet? As Jenny would say, “That’s sounds like a You problem”. 😉

4) “The Simple Aesthetic” – A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design

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A cover almost as mysterious as the Juliet itself.

5) “Cover Envy” – A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet

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I’ve been on a Sherlock kick since I read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes by Loren D Estleman a couple weeks ago. This book sounds fun AND the cover is cool. 🙂

6) “Traveling Abroad” – A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own

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Nora Roberts? Really? I know, not a usual “me” type of book, but the story line was really interesting and it takes place in Ireland, one of my favorite countries.

8) “The Color Wheel” – A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors

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This series is wonderful and the covers are gorgeous! I love that they kept the same style the whole way through the series.

9) “Switching Gears” – A cover change you absolutely adore

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Don’t get me wrong, the original Harry Potter covers are ICONIC to me, but look how pretty that new cover is! And it has Hagrid, my favorite character, looking all happy and fluffy on it. 🙂

10) “Oldie but Goodie” – A favorite cover of your favorite classic

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See? Sherlock kick. But this IS a pretty cool cover, right? Just the right amount of spooky.

11) “And the Winner is…” – Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?

Aww, they’re all good or I wouldn’t have chosen them! But…I’ll have to pick Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I just smile every time I see that silly raccoon. 🙂

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Booksgiving 2018

Three years ago, Jenny Lawson (one of my favorite authors) started a new tradition. She wanted to send a few copies of her book to fans who needed a pick-me-up. When she posted about it on her blog, a ton of her readers thought it was a brilliant idea and wanted to help send books to those who needed them. Thus Booksgiving was born.

This year is the Third Annual Booksgiving. To participate, all you have to do is create a wishlist on Amazon with the one book you’ve been wanting for a while and post a link to it in the comments (make sure you attach your shipping address to your wishlist!!!). Then you scroll through the comments and pick someone else to send a book to (if you have the funds at the moment; sending is NOT required, just encouraged).

I’ve already had my wishlist book purchased and now a copy of Keeper of the Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is winging it’s way to my house. (Thanks Bookgiver!!! 🙂 ) I myself purchased a book for a teacher in an inner-city school who wrote that she is looking for books for her students; inspiring books that will help increase their sense of self-worth.

This is a wonderful tradition and I hope to keep participating in the future. Knowing that I share the love of reading with so many people is amazing and hopefully the book I donated will bring a some light into at least one child’s life.

I highly recommend you get on the bandwagon and share in the joy. What a great day! 🙂

Book Tag – 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime

So, I am totally stealing this tag from Elnade over at Confessions of a Serial Reader. I’ll admit, I’m not anticipating doing very well. After so many years of being forced to read certain books in both public school and college (I have a BA in English), I have a tendency nowadays to just read stuff that sounds fun. Not the best of traits for a bibliophile, I suppose, but it works for me. 🙂

The List:

Amazon has come out with a list of the top 100 books you should read in your lifetime. Here is the blurb from Amazon that explains their thinking behind the list:

So many books, so little time. With this in mind, the Amazon Books editors set out to compile a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. We had a few goals when we started out: We wanted the list to cover all stages of a life (which is why you’ll find children’s books in here), and we didn’t want the list to feel like homework. Of course, no such list can be comprehensive – our lives, we hope, are long and varied – but we talked and argued and sifted and argued some more and came up with a list, our list, of favorites. What do you think? How did we do?

The Tag:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them) — I’m not going to tag anyone. Feel free to snag the tag if you want! 🙂
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web E. B White
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert DNF
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury DNF
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Yes
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak Yes
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson DNF
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Yes
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Houghton Mifflin Yes
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien DNF
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King Yes
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame DNF
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving Yes
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

Summary:

Yeeeaahhh, that’s about what I figured. Total count: 18 completed, 5 DNF. Sounds about right. 😉 Amazon has similar lists for specific genres, so I’d probably do much better on the YA, Sci-Fi, or Mystery lists.

I’ll give myself a bit of credit and say that I HAVE read other works by some of the authors I couldn’t check off; for example, I’ve read Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, but not Me Talk Pretty One Day. And I’ve seen quite a few of the children’s books as movies, but that never counts, does it. 😉


So how did you do? I bet you beat me! 😉

Sweeping The Shelves #2

For those of you who don’t know, Sweeping the Shelves is my “weekly” challenge try to clean up my shelves. I pick 5 random books that I own but haven’t read, post about them here, and then decide whether to keep or donate them.

Here’s the picks for this week!

Behemoth – Leviathan #2 (Scott Westerfield)

behemothDescription from GoodreadsThe behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan’s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory. 

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.

Final Verdict: Well, apparently I liked the first book in this series enough to give it a full 5 stars on Goodreads. I don’t remember ANYTHING that happened in it now, but…I guess that just means I’ll have to re-read it before getting to this one. 😉 – KEEP

Black House – The Talisman #2 (Stephen King & Peter Straub)

blackhouseDescription from GoodreadsTwenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories “twinner” from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “The Fisherman” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins’ eggs and red feathers? It’s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

Final Verdict: I really liked The Talisman. It was 2 BILLION pages long, but it was really good. This one is also really long and I probably won’t get to reading it any time soon, but IT’S STEPHEN KING. – KEEP

The Crossroads – Haunted Mystery #1 (Chris Grabenstein)

TheCrossroadsDescription from GoodreadsZack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights.

Final Verdict: This one looks interesting, has really good reviews, and, considering how easy to read The Island of Dr. Libris was, shouldn’t take me very long to read. I think I’ll keep it for now and donate it after I’ve read it. – KEEP 

The Enemy – The Enemy #1 (Charlie Higson)

theenemyDescription from Goodreads: When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician – every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive.

Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there – alive?

Final Verdict: I dunno. I can barely handle the gore in zombie books/movies at the best of times, and having it happen to kids? Hm. I must have bought this while I was still on my high from the Wayward Pines series (which is great, btw, you should check it out), but I’m just not feeling it now. – DONATE

The Whisperers – Charlie Parker #9 (John Connolly)

TheWhisperersDescription from GoodreadsIn his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods–drugs, cash, weapons, even people–are changing hands. And something else has changed hands. Something ancient and powerful and evil.

The authorities suspect something is amiss, but what they can’t know is that it is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men’s hearts. As the smugglers begin to die one after another in apparent suicides, Parker is called in to stop the bloodletting. The soldiers’ actions and the objects they have smuggled have attracted the attention of the reclusive Herod, a man with a taste for the strange. And where Herod goes, so too does the shadowy figure that he calls the Captain. To defeat them, Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a man he fears more than any other, the killer known as the Collector. . .

Final Verdict: Reading some of the other reviews, I think this one might be a little too grim for me. And adding in the fact that it’s #9 in a series I haven’t even heard of…yeah, I think this one is for the donation pile. – DONATE


Today’s Count: Keep = 3, Donate = 2

Overall Count: Keep = 7, Donate = 3

Book Tag – Goodreads

I snagged this book tag from Kate over at Read, Eat, Retreat! 🙂

What was the last book you marked as read?

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Matchless, A Christmas Story (Gregory Maguire) – I’m not usually a fan of Gregory Maguire, but this retelling of The Little Matchgirl was very sweet and not too depressing. 😉 I’d recommend it as a quick Christmas-y read.

What are you currently reading?

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The Long Earth (Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter) – This sci-fi is an interesting take on what would happen if humans discovered a way to step between alternate universes. I’m really enjoying it so far!

What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

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Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break Up Notes to the Books in Her Life (Annie Spence) – As a bibliophile, I guess it’s completely natural for me to love books about books. 🙂 This one is a collection of love letters and break up notes from the author to books she either can’t live without or can’t wait to get rid of. Sounds fun!

Do you use the star rating system?
Yep! I know some people don’t like it, but I find it very useful.

Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?
Yep! I’ve decided to run the Goodreads Challenge and the 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenge simultaneously. I’m attempting to read at least 60 books, while completing as many of the categories from PopSugar as I can. I’m not doing too badly either. 49 books down so far and 30 categories completed!

Do you have a wishlist?
No, my To-Read list is wishlist enough. 😉

Who are your favourite authors?
Hm…I’m always bad at this question. Currently I love Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer is probably my favorite book of the year so far). I also love Neil Gaiman and John Green. Joseph Fink & Jeffery Cranor from Welcome to Night Vale are also great!

Have you joined any groups?
I’ve meandered my way through a few groups. My current ones are:

Top 5 Wednesday
Cozy Mysteries
Friends of the Apparating Library Book Club
EVERYONE Has Read This But Me
Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge

How many Goodreads shelves do you have?
36 outside of the regular ‘Read’, ‘Currently Reading’, ‘To Read’, and ‘Did Not Finish’ shelves.

I tag…
Kristen from The Brunette Bookworm Blog!


I also tag anyone else who wants to do this one! Please link your post in the comments so I can check it out! 😀

Book Tag – Unpopular Opinions

So, I wasn’t actually tagged to do this, but I LOVE the concept behind it, so I’m totally stealing it. 😉 (Thanks Kristen!) You can view the original video for the tag here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYfgq8HgDc0&t=367s

QUESTIONS:

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like:

18490I actually have quite a few options for this category, but we’ll go with a classic: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. (*SPOILERS*) This is a story about a man who decides to play God and create life, only to completely panic when he actually succeeds. His creation, understandably upset by his Father thinking he’s a freak, runs away and hides in some random people’s house. When THEY get understandably upset that a stranger has been living in their house spying on them, he decides that all people are evil and he’s just going to kill everybody. Pappa Frankenstein proceeds to blame every problem in his life on someone else and refuses to acknowledge what’s really happening, leading to the deaths of most of the people he cares about. — I really couldn’t stand this book. Dr. Frankenstein is one of the most self-centered, whiny, egotistical, and obtuse characters I’ve ever had to read about. By the end, I was rooting for the Monster. I have no idea why this story is so beloved.

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love:

Oh, this one is way harder. It has to be POPULAR? Hmm…I’m going to go with the Weird West Tales series by Mike Resnick. The overall Goodreads scores for the books are solidly in the mid-3 range, but there are a ton of individual reviews that are terrible. I personally love the series, but then I also like the movie Wild Wild West. 😉

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3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like:

harrylunaOk, I blame the Harry Potter fanfic for this one, but I’m totally a Harry/Luna (or Harry/Draco, but that’s a bit more farfetched considering that they were super-crazy antagonists in the original stories). Ginny (from the books) was pretty great, but I just love Luna and I think they would have made a great couple. Plus, falling for his sister’s best friend, a girl who’s had a crush on him forever…it’s a tiny bit cliched, don’t you think?

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for

Romance – I’m really not a romance fan. I do occasionally still read them, but more the cozy or fun love stories, like The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George or The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. The ones that are completely focused on the relationship or full of flowery passion…not my cup of tea.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like:

I know I’m supposed to support the ladies, but: Katniss, Tris, & Bella. I can’t stand ANY of them. Bella is kind of understandable, since her story is a romance (see above 😉 ) and she seems to spend most of it needing rescue (at least during what I got myself to watch). And I know Tris & Katniss are SUPPOSED to be flawed. “That’s what makes them such great characters. They are REAL!” Whatever. I don’t like reading about unlikable people and these girls just seem to irritate me more than inspire me.

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6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into:

terrypratchettTerry Pratchett – Sorry Pratchett fans, I know I’m supposed to love this author, but ::shrugs:: I did like Going Postal ok and Good Omens, his match-up with Neil Gaiman, was kind of fun, but I just have no interest in trying to read more if his work.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.):

The “distracted by love” trope. Does this count as a trope? It seems to be in virtually every single book I read with a female protagonist. Why do the guys get to be completely die hard about saving the world, but the girls all end up getting distracted by a man? Seriously, EVERYONE IS ABOUT TO DIE…maybe focus on that instead of whether or not that dude you just met thinks you’re pretty.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading:

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I like watching epic fantasies, but reading them has always been hard for me. Too many twists and turns, too many complex connections between the characters. I have trouble keeping everything straight.

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9. The saying goes: “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

lotrbookAnd speaking of epic fantasies…Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein. Oh man, have you tried to actually read these books? I was doing ok, even with the really verbose dialogue and never-ending descriptions, until they all decided to stop FOR A MONTH to party with a guy who lives in a tree when they were SUPPOSED to be ridding the world of the Ultimate Evil. I got so angry with all of them that I couldn’t read anymore. I know the fans of the books love Tom Bombadil and were really cranky that he wasn’t in the movies, but seriously, what was up with that part?!?


How about you guys? What are some of your Unpopular Opinions?