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Top Ten Tuesday: Wishes for the Book Genie

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish every week! This week the topic is what wishes you would want the all-powerful book genie to grant you. It’s weird to do a genie post without being limited to 3, but who am I to complain about more wishes? 😛

  1. More time to read in the day! It’s hard to find time to read sometimes, life gets in the way. Maybe a place where time will pause and I can just read there for a while.
  2. To be able to do other things while I read! Kinda goes with the first wish. Audiobooks let me drive/cook/fold clothes while “reading,” but sometimes I wish I could read physical/digital books instead.
  3. All the pretty covers! I wish all books had beautiful covers. I don’t want them all to be lovely in the same way, that would be so boring, but I do really hate it when books I love have awful covers.
  4. Better memory! This goes for more than just books 😅Sometimes I know I read a book and I have no recollection of it at all. It does usually speaks to the books quality, but it still bugs me. Conversely, there are so many books I remember adoring as a kid and then I don’t remember the title of author! So, I have no way of finding them again 😱
  5. Ability to underline and markup my books while keeping them nice! I love a pristine hardcover, but I also love a book that looks loved and is full of my thoughts and underlined passages. I’m on both sides of the spectrum and it’s tough sometimes.
  6. Beauty and the Beast style library! No more explanation necessary. 💁
  7. Anime version of Western books! This is a really nerdy request, no shame! I am usually very disappointed with movie adaptations of books, especially scifi and fantasy. I think than an anime or any type of animation would be so much better! Don’t have to worry about the magic and stuff looking dumb with bad CG and the characters and different races won’t just be made into humans. Mistborn is one I REALLY think would make a great animated series.
  8. Able to buy all the books! I wish I could get all the books I want and actually have space to put them all.
  9. Books I’ve been waiting for to FINALLY come out! This goes out to GRRM and Tamora Pierce, especially. I don’t need to explain Martin, I don’t know if we’re ever getting the ASOIAF books. Pierce has been promising more Tortall books forever and they still haven’t come out. I just want that Numair book, is that too much to ask!?
  10. Taking the stories from my imagination to the page! This wish isn’t too fantastical, but it’s something I would really love to happen. I have always been nervous/afraid about writing and putting myself out there. I need to gather up my courage and give it a real shot! Hopefully all of the things on this list happen 😉, but this is the one I really want to come true (with a TON of effort from me, of course).

Do you have any wishes for the book genie? 😊

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Top Ten: Classic Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish every week! This week the topic is classic books. You can either list your favorites or ones that are on your to-read list. Since I am indecisive, I’ve decided to do a mixture of both! The first five will be my favorites and the following five are books that I’m hoping I’ll enjoy.

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Five Favorite Classics:

1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

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2. Macbeth, William Shakespeare

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3. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

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4. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Toliken

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5. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Five Classics I Need to Read:

1. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

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2. Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

{I’m fluent in Spanish, so I keep telling myself to read more in Spanish. I think this is a good one to do that!}

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3. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

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4. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

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5. The Once and Future King, T.H. White

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What are some of your favorite classics and/or ones you need to read? 😀

Top Ten: Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish every week! I saw the theme for this week was “Book Covers I’d Frame as Pieces of Art.” I had to try my hand at it! I’m really “bad” and completely judge books by their covers. 😛 There’ve been books I have read solely because they look pretty and, as you can imagine, it can be glorious or catastrophic. The idea of picking covers that I would frame as art really fascinates me. I’m a big art nerd, as well as book lover, so this is really up my alley.
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Red Rising, Pierce Brown
I just finished reading this and am kinda raving about it. I think the cover’s super striking. I could totally see it in a big-shot CEO’s office intimidating the poor employees called in to meet with her/him.
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The Firebird, Susanna Kearsley
This cover is so beautiful. I really would frame it, put it over a mantle piece, and stare at it all day. It’s a book that has a lot to do with art and beauty, so it makes sense that it would have such a lovely cover. Also, if you like this, look up the rest of Kearsley’s books, they’re all beautiful. ooooo
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
There are many versions of this amazing book out there, but this is my favorite. I would have killed for a poster of this to hang on my wall when I was little… Who am I kidding? I still would.
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Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
This cover just looks so happy! The illustrations are adorable and I love the colors. That blueish-green is one of my favorite colors, especially when combined with pink.
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The Goose Girl, Shannon Hale
This cover  looks like it belongs in a little girl’s room. It’s the perfect fairy tale cover. This so much better than the new cover. Bloomsbury made a mistake changing it, as far as I’m concerned.
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Scarlet, Marissa Meyer
Now that I’m looking at it closely, this has many similarities to the Red Rising cover. It’s very striking. I just love the red cape; it has a great sense of movement. I guess I have a penchant for dramatic covers with a splash of bright red.
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I honestly bought this book just because I thought the cover was beautiful. It is a bit busier than I typically like, but the colors are really lovely. I particularly love the way the swirls in the font play with the lines of the mask.
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The Emperor’s Blades, Brain Staveley
This cover is so different from pretty much any other fantasy book out there. As a  reader of predominately fantasy, I have to say I found this cover really refreshing. I love that it looks like slightly unfinished, or at least not completely polished.
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This is another one to add to the simple, yet striking, list. I love the blue and yellow combo. Details like the texture of the background and the simple, delicate illustration of the feather make you feel like you’re about to read something special.
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I had to end with a shout-out to the Penguin Cloth-Bound Classics. They have done an amazing job with their releases. I want them all!
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What about you guys? Do you have any covers that you’d like to hang up on your wall?
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