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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read Based on the Cover

Hello, lovely people!
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I have to admit – I love this Top Ten Tuesday prompt. There has always been that time when you see a cover of a book, and you immediately pick it up, or add it to your Goodreads list, without even checking the synopsis. It has happened to me many times. Even though I always try to choose my books carefully, there are always those times when I just can’t resist.

1. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

From the moment I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. The cover is so beautiful and symmetrical. It has red and gold. It has a crown and a sword. And I don’t need to know anything else. My copy of this book also contains deckled edges, which is part of a very fun blog post I did recently, where I try to find books for a challenge. Check it out here.

2. The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby

I love the art on this cover. The pink paint scattered behind the title. And the girl with the red hair that appears to be carefree and happy. It gives me good vibes, and I like it.

3. Wonderland by Juno Dawson

The neon style captured my attention straight away. Then, the rabbit reminded me of Playboy – I won’t lie. So I was intrigued. And then I read the title – which instantly corrected me that it was something to do with Alice in Wonderland. And I was sold.

4. The Flight by Julie Clark

I have a thing for planes and deserted islands. Perhaps I think it all started with the series “Lost”. I am the person that will watch plane crashes one hour before boarding a plane. That person that listens to plane crash podcasts – it’s me. So, unsurprisingly, when I spotted a plane and a beach, I had to request it from NetGalley.

5. Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

I love reading about the sea, and I love mermaids. I think this cover is beautiful and very artistic, and I couldn’t resist to add it to my TBR.

6. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

The orange and brown combination, and the simplicity, but accuracy of the design is something I can’t resist. I immediately knew it was to do with magic, and I am ready. I will be reading A Deadly Education at the end of the month.

7. Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

I mean – just look at that cover! It’s so beautiful. Need I say more?

8. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The winter theme, the lovely warm cottage and the artistic style immediately gave it away for me that this is a Russian setting. And being Slavic, this theme is very familiar to me, and I am always drawn to it.

9. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Witchcraft, spiritual things, tarot reading are things I enjoy in my own time, for just myself, as it helps me relaxes and find my inner peace. When I saw this cover, I was immediately intrigued and interested.

10. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sea, witches, possibly mermaids? Yes, please? The illustration is fantastic and I can already sense danger and mystery. Of all the books listed, I thing this one may be the one I am most excited to read.

And there we have them – the Top Ten Tuesday books I want to read, only based on the cover. I didn’t include their synopsis on purpose, because they might appeal to you as well based on just the cover. And if they intrigue you enough to search for them, maybe they should be your next read too. 🙂

Let me know in the comments some of the books you want to read based on the cover, or if you have read any of the books I mentioned above. And if you could choose one to read, which one would it be? If you have your own Top Ten Tuesday post, let me know – I would love to check it out!

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Do I Have That Book? Tag

Do I have that book tag

Hello, you lovely people! I recently came across a YouTube video from Book Browsing Blog , where Maddie did the Do I Have That Book Tag. It looked like so much fun, so I decided to try it out. My living room was a mess afterwards and I had to re-arrange my bookshelves, but it was worth it. If you want to do this challenge as well, consider yourself tagged, and let me know when your post/video is up, so I can see it. <3

Do You Have a Book With Deckled Edges?

I have “Furyborn” by Claire Legrand, the first book in the Empirium trilogy. A book I am yet to read, but it is on my TBR List.

Do You Have a Book With 3 or More People on the Cover?

This was a very fun question, because it took me a while to find a book with 3 people on the cover. Finally, I got Clash of Empires by Ben Kane. It is the first book in the series, and I received it as a Giveaway from Goodreads, back in the day when they were available in the UK. I need to get to it soon.

Do You Have a Book Based on Another Fictional Story?

I have Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, which I have read and loved. It is a story based on Cinderella, and it follows Cinderella’s stepsister Isabelle. I gave it 5 stars – here’s my review in case you want to read more.

Do You Have a Book With a Title That’s 10 Letters Long?

I found Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz, which is the 4th book in the Gatekeepers Series. I own all the books in the series, but haven’t started any of them yet.

Do You Have a Book With a Title That Starts and Ends With the Same Letter?

I got Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, which is one of my all-time favorites. When Liz dies, she goes to this land Elsewhere, where you age backwards before returning to Earth again. Amazing concept. I need to re-read this book and write a proper book review soon.

Do You Have a Mass Market Paperback?

I actually have a lot of mass market paperbacks, but the first book that I noticed was The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden. This is a book based on the popular game World of Warcraft, and while I played this game the lore was something I admired the most. The book is beautifully written and very adventurous. Here’s my review.

Do You Have a Book Written by an Author Using a Pen Name?

I know if you know this, but Cassandra Clare is a pen name. I knew this a long time ago, and felt like cheating for this question, but then I thought that it might be a cool fact if some people don’t know this. So I chose Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy. I still haven’t read it, but it is definitely on my TBR list. Cassandra Clare co-authored this book alongside Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman.

Do You Have a Book With a Character’s Name in the Title?

I was going to go with Harry Potter, but then I though that is too easy. So I chose Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. It is the second book of the Olive Kitteridge series, and I haven’t read either books (yet). I need to purchase the first book though.

Do You Have a Book With Two Maps in it?

I found this book by sheer luck. I just started reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, and it contained a lot of maps of Europe, Sweeden and Stockholm, which caught my attention. So when I read this question, I didn’t even had to look, I already had my book. I am currently half-way through and I am loving it so far!

Do You Have a Book That Was Turned Into a TV Show?

I have the whole Game of Thrones collection, written by George R.R. Martin, and I loved the TV Show (up until the last season). I have only read the first book in the series though, and I need to continue the rest. Read my review of A Game of Thrones.

Do You Have a Book Written by Someone Who is Famous For Something Else?

I just recently read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, and I loved it. It’s a mystery that follows a group of elderly people that have their own club on Thursdays. When a murder happens, they investigate it. It’s very British and very funny, but the mystery element of it was incredible as well. Richard Osman is a TV Presenter, mostly known for hosting Pointless. I knew him as “that guy from the telly” before I read his book. 🙂

Do You Have a Book With a Clock on the Cover?

I actually thought that my edition of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern would have a clock on the cover, but it didn’t. So I chose A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons. It’s a Middle Grade adventure coming out in October, that I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for. I am reading it in September, and I am excited for it.

Do You Have a Poetry Book?

Even though I don’t read a lot of poetry, I recently read It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Tell the Two of You Apart by Casey Renee Kiser and Johnny Scarlotti. It was dark and horror-esque and I enjoyed it.

Do You Have a Book With an Award Stamp on it?

I thought this would be a very easy question, but I struggled the most with it. I think that’s because most of the books I own are ARCs. So I had to choose the easy option here and go for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowlings.

Do You Have a Book Written by an Author With the Same Initials as You?

My initials are I.A. and I tried to find a book with such an author. Didn’t find any. I tried A.I. as well. No luck again.

Do You Have a Book of Short Stories?

I got Dangerous Women Part 1 by multiple authors, one of which is George R.R. Martin. I haven’t read it yet, but I really want to. I hope that I will get to it soon.

Do You Have a Book That is Between 500-510 Pages Long?

This was a fun adventure. I found 3 books that were 514 pages long. Oh, the irony. But then, I did find a book that matched the prompt. It is Christmas at Claridge’s by Karen Swan. I read two books from Karen Swan in the past two months and loved the both. My mum had three more books from her on her shelves that she let me borrow and I need to read them. I am sure I will get to this one soon, right in time before Christmas.

Do You Have a Book That Was Turned Into a Movie?

The first book I saw was Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. I love both the book and the movie, and I think Nicholas Sparks is a go-to author when it comes to romance. I also love the movies that were made based on his books, they always make me cry though.

Do You Have a Graphic Novel?

A recent graphic novel that I read and enjoyed is The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. This is a story of Satrap’s childhood; growing up in a loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. We also follow Marjane in her high school years in Vienna. It is an interesting journey of a young girl becoming an independent woman. 

Do You Have a Book Written by Two or More Authors?

I recently won this book in a giveaway. Ted Bundy: Conversations With a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth. I have always been interested in true crime, especially the psychology behind the most evil people that ever existed, and this book really intrigues me. I can’t wait to get to it.

And there we have it – 19 out of 20 books. Not bad at all, in my opinion. I think the one question I missed was purely based on luck, which will probably made me actively search for authors with my initials, just to full fill it in the future.

Let me know in the comments if you have also done the Do I Have This Book tag, if you have read any of the books, if you know any authors with my initials. I would love to see your results. I had a lot of fun doing this tag, and I will try to do more in the future.

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July TBR – The TBR Raffle

JULY TBR 2020

Hello, book lovers!

I hope you are all staying well and being kind to yourself! The world that we live in today is so much different than we know it, and it is okay to take life at your own pace. Do what is best for you and take care of yourselves. Self-care and mental health are extremely important, now more than ever!

I read many books in June, but I am behind on writing the reviews. In May I had a reading slump, but June was amazing and I managed to read a lot of books. However, I was not so good with writing reviews, which is something I will be working on in the next week.

Let the July TBR raffle commence.

The TBR Raffle

I am filming my TBRs on my Instagram Stories. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, and check out the “Monthly TBR” highlight at the beginning of each month!

My TBR Raffle game is simple: I have a number of prompts that I put in small papers, into a jar. I draw a prompt, and I fit in a book that matches my prompt. Here is a list of the current prompts I have. Feel free to leave any prompt suggestions in the comments. Once the paper is drawn, I put it back into the jar, so it has an equal chance to get drawn again. I draw a total of 8 prompts, which result in 8 books for the month. If I fail to read a book, it automatically goes into the next month.

My July TBR

July TBR Improvement Joan Silber By The Feet of Men Grant Price The Breaking K.S. Marsden Eleven Lines To Somewhere Alyson Rudd Not My Daughter Suzy K Quinn The Fault In Our Stars John Green The Avengers

There are two books that I haven’t read from last month, and they are being added to this month’s TBR again.

1. Added from last month’s TBR

A book I received through ReadersFirst, Improvement by Joan Silber. It has been on my shelf for a long time, and I feel like I am in the mood for it this month.

2. Added from last month’s TBR

I have chosen a book that I had on my shelf for the longest. By The Feet of Men by Grant Price is a post-apocalyptic novel and sounds very intriguing.

✨ 3. Series

I have chosen The Breaking (Northern Witch #3) by K.S. Marsden, because it is the latest installment of the series, and I am so curious to see how it will end.

✨ 4. Lowest Rated

The current lowest rated books on my TBR is Eleven Lines to Somewhere by Alyson Rudd. I think this is due to the fact that this is still an ARC and not many people have reviewed it yet. I will be also participating on a Blog Tour, so expect my review on the 26th July.

✨ 5. TBR Jar

I have a handmade TBR Jar and I pulled a random book title. See the video on my Instagram if you are interested. The title is Not My Daughter by Suzy K. Quinn and I couldn’t be happier, as I will be participating in the Blog Tour on 13th July.

✨ 6. Re-read

I chose The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, because it is one of my beloved titles since I was in high school, and I haven’t written a proper book review for it yet. I am wondering if I will still enjoy it the same.

✨ 7. Graphic Novel

When Graphic Novel came up, I realised I don’t own proper Graphic Novels anymore. The closest I have to it are a bundle of children’s books I bought on sale. Therefore, I am choosing The Avengers: Avengers Assemble! by Victoria Taylor.

✨ 8. Purchased

This is a book I have had for a long time, and I never actually read it. 100 Speeches That Roused The World by Colin Salter seems like an amazing introduction to many famous people and their speeches. I love how speeches have the power to change a person’s opinion on something and make people act in a way the speaker wants, and I cannot wait to read it.

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July TBR The Half Sister Mayhem Sisters Sandie Jones Estelle Laure Michelle Frances Pan Macmillan HQ

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

I will be part of the Blog Tour on 4th July.

Mayhem by Estelle Laure

I was so excited that I got the opportunity to participate on this blog tour. My review will be up on 14th July.

Sisters by Michelle Frances

Blog tour stop on 27th July. This is a book I am really excited about, especially because it is set in Italy.

And that’s my July TBR.
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June TBR – The TBR Raffle

June TBR The Bane Chronicles Into The Crooked Place Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nevermoor Dear JOhn The Princess PLan Improvement Julia London Nicholas Sparks J.K. Rowling Cassandra Clare

Hello, my lovelies!

I hope everyone is safe and gliding through the new era of Coronavirus. It is hard to believe that it is June already! I have to admit – I felt useless all month, but at least I got some reading done. Let’s see what My June TBR will bring.

I have read a lot of books in May and will hopefully do a May Wrap Up post as well soon. I have one book left to finish, which will be probably finished by the time I post this blog post, but I also read other reads as well. Let the June TBR raffle commence.

The TBR Raffle

I am filming my TBRs on my Instagram Stories. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, and check out the “Monthly TBR” highlight at the beginning of each month!

My TBR Raffle game is simple: I have a number of prompts that I put in small papers, into a jar. I draw a prompt, and I fit in a book that matches my prompt. Here is a list of the current prompts I have. Feel free to leave any prompt suggestions in the comments. Once the paper is drawn, I put it back into the jar, so it has an equal chance to get drawn again. I draw a total of 8 prompts, which result in 8 books for the month. If I fail to read a book, it automatically goes into the next month.

My June TBR

June TBR The Bane Chronicles Into The Crooked Place Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nevermoor Dear JOhn The Princess PLan Improvement Julia London Nicholas Sparks J.K. Rowling Cassandra Clare

✨ 1. Borrowed

When Borrowed came up, I chose two books and let my Instagram followers decide which one to pick. The majority chose The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Jean. It is a collection of stories about Magnus Bane and I cannot wait to read it.

✨ 2. ReadersFirst

When this prompt comes up, I need to chose a book that was sent to me by the team at ReadersFirst. This is a website where you can read excepts of ARCs, leave a review and win books. For this prompt, I decided to choose I book I had on my shelf since last winter and I am excited about. Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo has magic, betrayal and fantasy and I am looking forward to diving into it.

✨ 3. Fantasy

For this prompt, I decided to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, the fourth book in the series. I think this is the book where things get darker and more dangerous, and I am extremely excited to get back to my comfort read with Harry, Hermione and Ron. On the subject of J.K. Rowling, I am also currently reading her newest children’s book – The Ickabog, as the chapters are being published.

✨ 4. My Pick

At first I thought I will choose a book during the month, as I feel like it, but then I decided to share it with you on Instagram, to choose for me. And the title was The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend. I have wanted to read this book for a very long time and I cannot wait!

✨ 5. Re-Read

When re-read came up, I had a lot of difficulty choosing a book. I had to go for Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. I used to love romance and I haven’t been too keen to it lately, so I decided to pick up a book that made me love romance in the first place, and who else if not Nicholas Sparks.

✨ 6. Romance

For my romance prompt, I chose The Princess Plan (A Royal Wedding #1) by Julia London. It is a love story with a princess in it, and I am excited to read it. This book was sent to me by the team at Mills & Boon.

✨ 7. ReadersFirst

For the second prompt of a book I received through ReadersFirst, I chose Improvement by Joan Silber. It has been on my shelf for a long time, and I feel like I am in the mood for it this month.

✨ 8. Sent by Author

I was hoping to receive this prompt, and I am quite happy. I have chosen a book that I had on my shelf for the longest. By The Feet of Men by Grant Price is a post-apocalyptic novel and sounds very intriguing.

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June TBR

 

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

I will be participating in the Blog Tour, organised by the HQ Team. Expect my review on 25th June. My Wives is a domestic thriller about a man who has three wives, who don’t know each other. Yet.

And that’s my June TBR.
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May TBR – The TBR Raffle

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Hello, my lovelies!

I hope everyone is safe and gliding through the new era of Coronavirus. April was as unusual as March, but I have now started getting more and more used to my free time. Let’s see what My May TBR will bring.

I have read a lot of books in April, and I will soon do a complete April TBR Wrap up post. I am happy to say that I have read all the books I planned to read for the month, completed my OWLs and I also read some extra books as well.

The TBR Raffle

I am filming my TBRs on my Instagram Stories. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, and check out the “Monthly TBR” highlight at the beginning of each month!

My TBR Raffle game is simple: I have a number of prompts that I put in small papers, into a jar. I draw a prompt, and I fit in a book that matches my prompt. Here is a list of the current prompts I have. Feel free to leave any  prompt suggestions in the comments. Once the paper is drawn, I put it back into the jar, so it has an equal chance to get drawn again. I draw a total of 8 prompts, which result in 8 books for the month. If I fail to read a book, it automatically goes into the next month.

My May TBR

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✨ 1. Giveaway

I have chosen A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, because this was a book I received through Readers First. It is a story about a girl whose royal family transforms into swans, and when her father dies, she needs to lead. However, she hasn’t been able to become a swan since she saw her mother die, and danger is coming…

✨ 2. Boyfriend Pick

When this prompt comes up, my boyfriend needs to choose a book for me. This time, he chose The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden. Chris & I have been playing World of Warcraft together for a while, and started again when the Vanilla version was launched. I have always been intrigued with the Lore, and he chose this book, because Cataclysm is his favorite expansion and he thinks it is a great beginning to dive into the Lore world. I am so excited to read it!

✨ 3. NetGalley

When this prompt comes up, I need to read a book I have requested through NetGalley. I have many titles that I need to catch up on, honestly, and this is a prompt that helps me stay on top of them. This time I chose Music From Another World by Robin Talley. A story about two girls that become penpals in the 1970s. Story about rebellion, music and finding their identities. I cannot wait to read this!

✨ 4. Sent By Author

I have chosen Ethereal Custody: Anthologies by Byron Allanvre, because this is the book that was sent to me by an author that has been on my shelf the longest. I am not too familiar with the synopsis, but I know it is a sci-fi book about a parallel universe, and our protagonist is trying to escape.

✨ 5. Lowest Rated

When the Lowest Rated prompt comes up, I have a look at my Goodreads TBR pile, and choose the book that has the lowest average rating. I tend to avoid books that have less than 10 reviews. French Kissing by Catherine Sanderson was the book that popped up on my list, and I can’t wait to read. I love the synopsis and I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, so I am a bit surprised as to why it has a low rating.

✨ 6. One Word Title

For this occasion, I chose a book that was sent to me by an author. The book I will read is Cryptofauna by Patrick Canning. It is a story of a janitor that works in an asylum. He is about to commit a suicide, but is stopped by one of the residents and is then recruited to play a game called Cryptofauna. I am quite excited to read what this game is all about!

✨ 7. Purchased

A book I recently purchased is The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. This is the prequel to the Witcher series. I love Witcher – the game and I also loved The Witcher – the TV Show. I love Geralt of Rivia with all my heart, and this is the perfect time to dive into the book series.

✨ 8. Giveaway

We start and we end with a Giveaway. And this time, I have chosen Thorn by Intisar Khanani. This is a book about Alyrra, who is a princess and is about to get married to a price from another kingdom. But all she wants to do is be an ordinary person. When a sorceress robs her of her identity, Alyrra’s adventures begin. Thorn gives me Aladdin vibes, and I cannot wait to read it!

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Just My Luck by Adele Parks

I will be participating in the Blog Tour, organised by the HQ Team. Expect my review on 16th May. Just My Luck is a story about a couple and their friends, that play the same lottery numbers each week. One week, the friendship comes to a rift, and the couple win the lottery. And this is when the drama begins.

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

I will be participating in the Blog Tour, organised by the HQ Team. Expect my review on 28th May. This is all I will reveal to you for the synopsis:

Jack: Three words to describe my wife: Beautiful. Ambitious. Unforgiving.
Anna: I only need one word to describe my husband: Liar.

And that’s my May TBR.
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