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The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Friday Memes

Happy Friday everyone! I bet you are all as happy as I am that Friday is finally here. To start off this day, I’m participating in two different blog memes. They complement each other so well, it just had to happen!

The first is The Friday 56 from Freda’s Voice! The rules are:

1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

The second is Book Beginnings from Rose City Reader! The rules are:

Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
The book I selected for this Friday is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages (I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t 😛 ). So, I’m starting it today!
Book Beginning:

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.

56:

Instead of reading, she could perhaps use the pianoforte, but… well, it had been a while, and she wasn’t sure she could endure the sounds of her own clumsy playing. She traced a finger over a splotch of fuchsia silk on her dress. All those books, with no one to read them.

These sentences definitely want to make me read the book right away—mission accomplished! 😀 What do you guys think? Do you have a 56 or book beginning?

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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? 😊

Book Traveling Thursdays: Crazy Plot Twist

This is Book Traveling Thursdays! A weekly meme created by Cátia [The Girl Who Read Too Much] and Danielle [Danielle’s Book Blog]. The goal is to share the covers from around the world of a book related to that week’s theme. You share the original cover, cover from your country, your favorite, and least favorite covers. You can find out more on the Goodreads group.

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This week’s theme is for a book that had a major plot twist. I do tend to fawn over books with crazy plot twists, so at first I had a tough time thinking of one book in particular. Until, I was looking at my shelf and saw Pierce Brown’s Golden Son peeking out at me. This book had an insane number of twists and turns, every time I thought I had figured out where it was going, Brown changed it up on me again. How could I pick anything else?

Original, My Country [USA], & Fave Cover:

So simple and graphic. The laurel wreath lighting on fire is the perfect representation of Golden Son. I also love the way that the title is written vertically across the cover and the wreath is tilted towards it, drawing your towards the words. It’s just very cleverly designed.

Least Favorite Cover:

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This cover is just so bad. I’m sad for Germany that they have to look at this. It takes a modern, scifi novel and makes it look like some outdated book published in the 80’s about the history of space or something.

And that’s all for today, folks! What do you think of the covers? 🙂

Shelf Control: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Bookshelf Fantasies is hosting a new weekly feature called Shelf Control! It’s all about books we already own, whether it be physical or digital, and finding things to read without rushing out to buy new books all the time. So many TBR posts are about upcoming or new titles—I thought it was interesting to focus on appreciating the things we already own (I really don’t need to spend more money and/or have the space for more books 😛 ).

My pick for this week is:

Title: Rebecca

Author: Daphne du Maurier

Date Published: 1938

Format: Paperback {own}

What it’s about? {synopsis via Goodreads}

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .”
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

How I got it?

I purchased it.

When I got it?

At least 4 years ago.

Why I want to read it?

There is no justifiable reason for me not to have read this book already. It’s been adapted to film by Hitchcock and is one of my favorite movies of all time. They always say that the book is better, which would be tough in this case, but even if it’s not, I’ll still probably adore it! Halloween is coming up and it’s a gothic mystery novel, so it’s a good time to rectify this mistake. 🎃

Do you have any books already on your shelf that you want to read?

#15in31: October Reading Challenge!

I’ve really been missing taking time out of my day and sitting down with a good book. I’ve been so swamped this year and when I’m stressed/anxious the last thing I want to do is sit down and read, even though that would actually help me de-stress 😛

I was just thinking of how to jump start my reading when I ran across Andi’s challenge on Estella’s Revenge. I figured this was a sign from the reading gods and decided to give it a try! 15 books in 31 is a lot, maybe too much. I may not be able to complete all 15 titles, but I’ll give it my all. Worst case, I’ll have read more than I would’ve otherwise!

I’m horrible at keeping TBRs or planning what books I want to read next, so I’m not going to give you an exact list of the books I’ll be in October. This is more of a general list of books that I’m interested in:

Okay, I kinda lied, I know I’ll be digging into these three new releases next month. I’ve been waiting for them for ages!

What these all have in common is that they are all books that my husband has been begging me to read. His birthday is coming up this month and he reads a lot that I recommend, so I’ll give them a shot (I’m pretty positive I’ll like them anyways)!

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I’ve acquired these titles recently and I’m pretty excited about them. They’re a varied bunch, for sure, and I don’t think I’ll wait more than a month to read them.

I know that’s only nine, but I know I’ll get some random Kindle books in there as well as audio. I don’t like to overplan my reading when I’m having fun with it, and that’s the goal of this whole challenge for me– to read a ton and have fun doing it!

What about you? If you want to join in, please sign up on the link up top!

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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