Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Book Covers (so far) of 2019

When Shanah announced September’s topics and I saw this on the list, I realized three things.

  1. I have never done a post specifically on book covers on my blog before, or none that I can recall.
  2. I don’t do posts dedicated to book covers because I have no idea how to critique them or give an explanation as to why I like them so much.
  3. I am not a fan of most of the book covers I’ve read so far in 2019.

 

In the initial draft of this post, I was going to focus on book covers of books I had bought so far this year, though the majority of them I have not read. Only that turned into a post with more books than I had the time to write about.

Aside from not loving most of the covers, a lot of the books I have read this year I got out of the library. In most cases, I don’t own copies yet. That was part of the reason I initially focused more on the books I bought this year.

Most of these will I buy eventually, or maybe ask as presents for Christmas. I am currently on another book buying ban that might last for the rest of 2019.

Until then, here are my favorite book covers (so far) of 2019:

 

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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I love the hardcover copy of Marina, as it fits the creepy yet romantic atmosphere of the novel. Sadly, it’s one of the books I don’t own yet.

 

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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After the fail that was Illuminae for me, I had no intention of reading Aurora Rising. I confess, besides the synopsis, I was drawn in by the cover. I love this particular shade of purple.

 

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

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If I had to pick one of the prettiest books I own, it would be A Crown of Wishes. I love the color scheme and the mysteriousness of the girl riding on the horse.

 

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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I had known about Vicious for years, never bothering to buy my own copy or reading it from the library. Not until the reprint of the cover. And, as far as I’m concerned, it was worth the purchase. It fits the story way better than the original did.

 

Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

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Another book on this list I don’t own yet, the Invisible Ghosts cover gives off a cheerful kind of sadness. If you have read the book, you might understand what I mean.

 

What are your favorite covers so far of 2019?

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Series I Need to Finish

I have a very, very, very bad habit of not completing series in a timely manner. I’m sure many of you can relate to that. Thing is, I tend to have years in between books.

I have a lot of series, in various stages of completion, on my shelves. Often times, I buy the first book and then don’t read it until the series is finished. Most, however, have been gathering dust for longer than they should have. These are the ones where I really loved the first book, bought the second one almost immediately after, and then proceeded to not keep up with each release.

Most of the books here are on my list for books I want (need) to read before the end of the year. Then, I jinx myself by not doing exactly that.

Right now, the series I currently need to finish are:

 

The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

I read and loved Lady Midnight in 2017. When I read it, Lord of Shadows came out shortly thereafter. Then, of course, I didn’t read it. Now, Queen of Air and Darkness is out in the world and in my possession. I actually think The Dark Artifices could be my new favorite Shadowhunters series, neck and neck with The Infernal Devices trilogy. Thing is, Cassandra Clare’s books are massive and her chapters too long. Even if I wasn’t in graduate school, her books take a lot of energy for me to get through.

 

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I have the same problem with Sarah J. Maas’s books as I do with Cassandra Clare’s. While I enjoy them overall, the books can be hard to get through due to their length. Also, part of the reason I sometimes put off Sarah J. Maas new releases is that she has a tendency to butcher characters for the sake of making another one look good. But with the Throne of Glass series, I made it this far (surviving Empire of Smut) that I cannot avoid seeing through the last two books.

 

The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White

I read And I Darken, the first book in the trilogy, two ago from the library. Then, I bought my own copy, and then the other two books, Now I Rise and Bright We Burn when I could. Unlike most people, I really liked And I Darken. I’m pretty positive I will enjoy the remaining two books as well. I also like to deny myself things even more.

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

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Smoke in the Sun is the sequel to Flame in the Mist and the concluding novel in the duology. I gave Flame in the Mist five stars, based more on enjoyment. But since then I’ve reconsidered some things, like the romance was not quite up to par with The Wrath & the Dawn and Renee could have gone a different route with it that would have done much better. Regardless, I still enjoyed it. That, and with there being only two books, it seems ridiculous not to finish what I started.

 

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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I honestly have no idea why I have not read Our Dark Duet yet. It’s the concluding novel in the duology. This Savage Song was amazing. I like Victoria Schwab as an author. That is all I have to say for myself. I have no excuses.

 

What series on this have you finished (or not)?

Top 5 Tuesday: Six TBR Books I Do Not Talk (or Think) About Enough

There are a lot of books that I have read I don’t talk about, like Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. However, over the last couple of weeks, I noticed there are many unread books on my shelves that I somehow seem to forget I have. Most, admittedly, I bought on impulse.

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday got me thinking about my reading goals for next year…but more on that in December. Right now, here are six (because one I felt I had to mention) randomly selected TBR books that I do not talk, or think, about enough.

 

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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Yes, you read that right….

In hindsight, I’m not sure why I bought this tiny mass market paperback from Rite Aid back in 2015. The Notebook, in case you live under a rock, is a love story between a rich girl and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who are separated by circumstances. Nicholas Sparks has had virtually every single one of his books made into a movie. That says something about his writing, right? Even though I’m trying hard to forget how he tried to stop his school from hosting a LGBT book club….(Google it)

 

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

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I bought The Casual Vacancy during the same trip to Rite Aid as The Notebook. With this one, I know the main reason I have not picked it up was because of polarizing reviews. People said it was “boring” and “not as good as Harry Potter.” Now, having read her Cormoran Strike series, I know J.K. Rowling is a good writer regardless of genre. I’m still going into The Casual Vacancy with mediocre expectations, knowing that not everything can be compared to Harry Potter. Because Harry Potter is in a class all his own.

 

Love Story by Erich Segal

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In college, my friend took a romantic literature course and, when she couldn’t sell certain books back to the school bookstore, I offered to take them off her hands. Love Story by Erich Segal was one of them. It was interesting to me, similar to The Notebook only in a more modern setting with an ending not nearly as hopeful. What really pushed me to read this book was the movie Dark Shadows, as it is the book the two lovers of the film bond over.

 

The Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepard

There is no excuse I can give as to why I have not read The Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepard. Each is a retelling of classic Gothic literature: The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein. The protagonist, Juliet Moreau, is a genius in her own right struggling with her presumably inherited madness from her father.

In other words, why have I not read these books yet?

 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Before someone asks: no, I did not buy A Tale of Two Cities because of the Infernal Devices trilogy. Over a year after completing my Bachelor’s in English literature, I felt compelled to read classics again. It was embarrassing to me how little I’ve actually read, since mainly the only time I read them was for school. A Tale of Two Cities, which follows a love triangle set during the French Resolution, seems like something I might enjoy. Not just because it was mentioned in the Infernal Devices trilogy.

 

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

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My Cousin Rachel is the book I could not resist the urge to add this list. I read Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca when I started using my local library. I enjoyed it, though I have yet to buy my own copy. I bought My Cousin Rachel impulsively while having a bad day at Target. But it sounds a little more interesting than Rebecca, anyway.

Philip Ashley takes in Rachel, the widow of his recently deceased favorite cousin, but rumors surrounding his cousin’s death make him suspicious of her. As he searches for answers, Philip cannot deny his attraction to Rachel. Except he can’t figure out if she’s a conniving murderess or a victim of circumstance. If Daphne Du Maurier is the writer I think she is, it’s both.

 

What books on your TBR do you forget you have? 

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Backlist Dystopian Novels on My To Be Read Pile

I read dystopia back when dystopian novels were a thing. I liked the genre and I didn’t. I loved The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I overall enjoyed The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, though in the end I was left disappointed. And I’m not going to waste more time by discussing the Divergent trilogy.

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Despite my on-again, off-again relationship with dystopian, lately, it has been drawing me back in. I’m drawn to dystopia with more adult themes. There are books that came out back in the day that I never got around to reading for one reason or another. I would likely still read them now when I need something light and entertaining to hold me over during a slump.

Of the series on this list, I own two of them. The other I plan to check out from the library or buy my own copies, whichever comes first. Most of you have probably already read these books, so you can let me know if they are good or not.

Those backlist dystopian series are:

 

Matched trilogy by Ally Condie

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From what I remember, the Matched trilogy is set in a world where everyone is assigned a romantic partner based on science and the government controls what poetry or artwork people can look at. If I’m being honest, it was the latter that made me want to read this series more than the former. I also remember someone mentioning that the main character’s inner rebellion begins when her grandfather recites a forbidden poem on his deathbed. I also heard this series goes downhill after book two, but that is the case with most young adult dystopian.

 

Legend trilogy by Marie Liu

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I’m not sure why I never read the Legend trilogy when it first came out. The best (worst) explanation I can offer is that the trilogy came out during a time where I didn’t have my own income to buy books, relying mostly on gift cards. I had to be selective with what I bought. Then again, I didn’t seem to think to use the library, either. Somehow, the Legend books fell to the wayside, even though I was drawn to the idea of a criminal and a socialite teaming up to take down the government.

 

Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver

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Thinking about it now, I’m almost positive I had no interest in reading Delirium during the height of its popularity. At the time, it seemed too romance-heavy for my liking. In recent months, though, I have been drawn more and more to Lauren Oliver’s books. I also heard that the Delirium trilogy has an interesting ending regarding the love triangle of the series, which had me more intrigued.

 

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

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I checked the Shatter Me series out from the library to read for two reasons. First, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, especially once Restore Me came out. Second, because I felt like I should read the author’s original work before picking up her contemporary, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. As you can guess, I did not read the series. I wanted to check them out from the library again, since I’ve heard less than ideal things about the writing and plot. But, I have to admit, those new covers are super pretty….

 

Forget Tomorrow trilogy by Pintip Dunn

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I first heard of Forget Tomorrow on Benjamin of Tomes YouTube channel a few years ago and that was the only place I saw or heard of it again. It is set in a world where, on your seventeenth birthday, you are given a vision from your future self. The main character, Callie, receives a vision of her murdering her younger sister and is then arrested. The rest of the trilogy is her trying to figure out why and if she can change her future before becoming the criminal everyone thinks she already is. I really hope these books are as good as they sound.

 

Which of these dystopian series have you read?

 

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages

I have to say Shanah, this topic was a little random. I almost didn’t do it. I was too lazy to have to go through my bookshelves to find books under 300 pages. Turns out, there is a handy little feature on the Goodreads phone app to organize your books by page numbers. Good old Goodreads….

I picked five books I don’t talk about often. Some of these I don’t think I have ever mentioned on my blog. Five books under 300 pages are:

 

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (117 pages)

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I read Death of a Salesman for the first time junior year of high school. We were supposed to read Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, but the school didn’t have enough copies for all the English classes. The teachers were allowed to pick whatever book they wanted to teach the rest of the semester. Mine chose Death of a Salesman, which is a play about a struggling salesman, Willy, whose two grown sons come home for a visit and the family starts to unravel as Willy’s sanity does.

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell (122 pages)

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I read Animal Farm right after reading 1984, also by George Orwell, for my Banned Books and Dangerous Ideas class junior year of college. Between the two, I enjoyed Animal Farm more. George Orwell got his point across while still providing an entertaining read. I also had this book stolen from my dorm room that year. I still don’t know how or by who, but I could not find it. Thus, I’m convinced my junior year dorm room was haunted. In addition to the disappearance of my first copy of Animal Farm, my best friend and I heard weird noises in that room. When I got another copy of Animal Farm, I kept it in my desk until I brought it home one vacation.

 

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (128 pages)

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I’ve never mentioned The Tales of Beedle the Bard on this blog. Until this Top 5 Tuesday, I didn’t see any reason to. While I enjoyed the wizard fairy tales, I am of the belief that J.K. Rowling needs to retire any and all things related to Harry Potter. I would much rather she focus on her Cormoran Strike series or do something else.

 

Prey by Lurlene McDaniel (196 pages)

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Prey is one of the books I unhauled a few months ago. It is an older work, published in the early 2000s. It centers on an illicit relationship between a fifteen-year-old boy and his beautiful new history teacher. It is told from three perspectives: the boy, Ryan; his best friend Honey; and the teacher, Lori. Lori is without a doubt a predator and, the thing I remember most about reading Prey, was that reading the teacher’s chapters made me deeply uncomfortable.

 

Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Joyce Reardon (277 pages)

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I read Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red long before I started my blog. It is told through the diary of a fictional heiress, Ellen, whose sinfully wealthy and unfaithful husband built her a huge, glamourous estate called Rose Red. Strange, frightening events happen throughout the years at Rose Red, including several disappearances and unexplained deaths. Through the diary, Ellen is shown slowly going insane, believing the house is protecting her from those that want to do her or her family harm. It’s been weird since I read it, though I do remember it being extremely weird.

 

Have you read any of these books?

Top 5 Tuesday: UVWXYZ Books

Of all the letters in the alphabet, I think these are the most hated.

I know we were allowed to turn to Goodreads for each week’s Top 5 Tuesday. Only I have so many books on there that it’s too time-consuming to scroll through them all. To keep things simple, I stuck to books I own. And, for this week’s letters, I did something different.

This week, I chose my three favorite letters in this group: U, V, and W. Forget about finding anything beginning with X. I have titles for Y, only not as many as I want. I don’t own any books beginning with the letter Z. At least, not last time I checked. But these are the books I wanted to talk about the most.

 

U

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (read)

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Another underrated paranormal young adult trilogy that came out around the same time as Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This one also has angels and angst, yet I know so few people that have read it.

 

V

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter (unread)

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A modern-day retelling of Baba Yaga set in an alternative fantastical Brooklyn neighborhood. This has been on my TBR for far too long.

 

V

(A) Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (unread)

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At this point, I still have not read anything by Tahereh Mafi. I checked out the entire Shatter Me series currently out from the library and didn’t get to read it. However, A Very Large Expanse of Sea is her one book I am most interested in reading anyway.

 

W

What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi (unread)

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A book I bought a few months ago on impulse. What They Don’t Know follows two girls who are brought together by tragic events. One is harboring a terrible secret while the other knows something that could ruin lives but save her new friend. It reminds me a lot of Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston.

 

W

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (read)

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Three words to describe this book: lyrical, magical, and strange. It felt like a modern-day fairy tale, turning all sorts of tropes on their heads. Yet again, an underrated book.

 

Does anyone know any book titles beginning with the letter X?

Top 5 Tuesday: PQRST Books

I have to say, I was kind of excited for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday letters. There are books on my TBR as well as read books I don’t mention often. Even though I stare at them on my bookshelves. Plus, these are amazing anyway.

 

P

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (read)

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This book I received in an Owlcrate box made me want to give lighter, cuter young adult contemporary novels a chance. For which, I am grateful.

 

Q

(The) Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (read)

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I first read The Queen of the Tearling right as I was getting into high fantasy. Although, I don’t think I was ready for it yet. Now that my feet are adequately soaked in the high fantasy genre, I want to finally complete the trilogy.

 

R

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (unread)

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Julie Murphy is an author I have wanted to read for so long. Besides Dumplin’, I’m most excited to read her book Ramona Blue, as it follows a teenaged girl who thinks she’s a lesbian until her childhood friend returns home after Hurricane Katrina.

 

S

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (read)

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Salt to the Sea is a book I want to reread for its glorious beauty, inside and out. Unfortunately, I am terrified of getting back on that emotional roller coaster.

 

T

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (unread)

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I don’t know when I will be ready for this one. History is All You Left Me pulled a little too hard at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine what They Both Die at the End will do to my mental health.

 

Is a book you are nervous to reread for whatever reason?

 

Top 5 Tuesday: KLMNO Books

Remember when I said the alphabet theme was fun and easy? I take it all back. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday was tricky. Turns out, I don’t like some of these letters in my book titles. I could turn to Goodreads, but I currently have 39, 225 or something books on there. Who has the time to scroll through all that?

Here are the ones I found on my bookshelves:

 

K

(The) Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (unread)

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The first and only book I thought of first the letter K. It also helps that no one shuts up about it on social media.

 

L

(The) Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle (unread)

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Two neurologically diverse teens meet in detention, then bond and fall in love over a medieval love story. Need I say more?

 

M

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender (read?)

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Back in the day, I had a bad habit of reading too many books at once. I would get bored with them, then mark them as read without actually having finished them. Thing is, I distinctly remember liking this book, so I don’t know why I did not finish it.

 

N

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (read)

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Turns out, I have more unread books beginning with the letter N than read ones. Hmmmm….

 

O

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (unread)

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I don’t have a lot of read books beginning with the letter O, but that’s fine. Orphan Monster Spy is a book I’m looking forward to reading.

 

What letter doesn’t appear on your TBR very often? 

Top 5 Tuesday: FGHIJ Books

I don’t know about you all, but this month’s Top 5 Tuesday alphabet theme was more fun than I was expecting. It’s been nice talking about books I haven’t in a while, or shining light on TBR books I might have forgotten about. So far, coming up with answers has been pretty easy. I’m sure that will change as we go along.

 

F

(The) First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter (read)

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The first book I ever reviewed on my blog. It’s one of those books I want to reread, but at a special time, so I can relive all the feels.

 

G

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black (unread)

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Set in an unspecified time period, a teenaged girl tries to solve murders in a town that hates her because of her mother’s crimes. Helping her is the son of the man her mother allegedly killed. Sounds like it’s going to be fun.

 

H

Half-Bad by Sally Green (read)

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An extremely underrated paranormal trilogy with witches and dark magic. Also, the main character is bisexual, however refuses to use a label. Enough said.

 

I

In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira (unread)

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Ever find a book you enjoyed very much, then get excited when the author announces a new book after so long? Then buy it almost immediately and not read it?

 

J

Jinx by Meg Cabot

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I read this in high school during the height of my Meg Cabot obsession. Besides The Mediator series and Avalon High, this is one of my favorite books by her.

 

Can anyone recommend any good books beginning with the letter J?

Belated Top 5 Tuesday: ABCDE Books

I don’t know what happened….

It’s not like I have an active social life. Somehow, I forgot to write this week’s Top 5 Tuesday. But better late than never, right?

This month’s alphabet theme of Top 5 Tuesday is interesting to say the least. For the books beginning with each letter, I did a combination of read books and TBR books, either choosing ones I don’t talk about often or the first ones that randomly popped into my head. So, here it goes….

 

A

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (unread)

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Two boys from conservative, Mormon Utah fall in love in a creative writing class. Why have I not read this yet?

 

B

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough (unread)

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I want to read this really, really badly. But, stupid me, I have too many unread books on my TBR that have been waiting too long.

 

C

(The) Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (unread)

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A book with a gorgeous cover by an author I’ve wanted to get into for years. I have it facing forward on my bookshelves because it is that pretty.

 

D

(The) DUFF by Kody Keplinger (read)

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A friend in college actually talked me into reading this one. It was funny and entertaining, and one of my favorite contemporaries. Except I don’t think I have mentioned it before, or at least not in a while.

 

E

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (read)

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This one was in my head because I mentioned it in a book review as a recommendation. Plus, I have good memories attached to it, as a friend’s mom generously gave me this book for free.

 

Did anyone else find this week’s post almost too easy?