Tag: book covers

The Reread Book Tag: An Original Randomness Tag!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day so far. I’ve been working on the third draft of my work in progress, “These Broken Pieces,” in hopes that I can move to the fourth draft soon. This is my third Randomness Tag and I’m excited to share it with you today! It’s called the Reread Book Tag.

Rules:

  • Link back to the creator, (Brianna@ Brianna’s Books and Randomness)
  • Tag as many or as little readers as you like
  • Feel free to use my graphics!

I don’t typically reread childhood books, but I remember loving “Charlotte’s Web.” I have a feeling if I read it again I would still love it.

I DNFed “City of Bones,” (I know, shocking), because I was having a hard time getting into the story, but I would be willing to give it a second chance.

It’s not completely new, but I would reread “I’ll Give You the Sun” because of the sibling dynamics and wordy descriptions present in this book.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you probably know I hated “Swiss Family Robinson.” I never want to read that book again. It was too descriptive for me at the time but I know I DO NOT want to reread that.

I read “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” in fourth or fifth grade and I’d love to reread it again. At the time I didn’t understand all of the biblical connections, but now that I’m older, I’m sure I’d be able to understand them more.

I would gladly reread anything from John Green, (except “An Abundance of Katherines” because that was a nightmare). I’ve read just about all of his books and have loved all of them except the aforementioned Abundance.

I loved “The Lunar Chronicles,” (and even made a book tag based off of it!), and I’m sure I would enjoy reading them again. The only problem is finding time to read them again!

I’m kind of cheating on this one, but I would like to try “Six of Crows” again now that I’ve read the original Grisha Trilogy and because the Netflix series is due sometime this year.

I’m not an audiobook person, but I know a ton of readers really enjoy them. There are a few audio books I would like to listen to that I haven’t read though, such as “Sadie” which has a full-cast audiobook.

I hope you enjoyed my original tag! I tag the following people:

As usual, don’t feel obligated to do the tag if you don’t feel like it/don’t want to.

Upcoming Posts:

  • “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo Review
  • “Black and Blue” by Nancy O’Toole Meservier Review
  • Explorations in Journalism #3

Disney Parks Book Tag

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great day, (and week), so far. I’ve been reading quite a bit and getting ready to finish out the school year. I was tagged by Siren over at Sweaters and Raindrops. She has a really awesome blog, you should definitely check her out!

The Rules

  • Mention the creator and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friends
  • Feel free to copy the heading graphics
the-jungle-cruise

They’re literally stranded on an island, in the ocean, but hey, it’s still water, right?

pirates-of-the-caribbean

“All the Stars and Teeth” fits this prompt perfectly: it follows an ex princess-turned-pirate, a literal pirate, and the ex-princess’ fiancé.

the-haunted-mansion-2

I’ve never read anything by Stephen King, which seeing that I’m from Maine I probably should. I also haven’t read anything from the horror genre and I’d be willing to try it out.

thunder-mountain-railroad

“Throne of Glass” is a total thrill ride. There are twists that I did and didn’t see coming, which is part of what makes a fantastic book.

splash-mountain

If I remember right, the majority of “Paper Towns” is set in Florida. While Florida is south, I wouldn’t call it southern south, if you know what I mean. Yet again, the only part of Florida I’ve been to was Orlando.

cinderella-castle

“The Kingdom of Back” features a castle…if I say anymore I’ll spoil the book.

mad-tea-party

I guess I don’t read very many whimsical books, because this was the only one I could think of that remotely fit the prompt.

matterhorn-bobsleds-1

“Children of Virtue and Vengeance” is pretty much set on a mountain, but there are a few scenes in which the characters are traversing up the mountain.

its-a-small-world

The Grisha Trilogy has aspects of Russian culture sprinkled throughout. There are many books that I’ve read that would fit this prompt; “Shadow and Bone” was just the first one I thought of.

space-mountain

While I love sci fi, I don’t read a ton of books set in space. “Aurora Rising” is technically considered a space opera.

I hope you enjoyed this tag and I tag anyone who wants to participate!

Real Neat Blog Award

Hi everyone! I hope you have had a good start to your week so far. I’ve been working to finish up my remaining classes for the year. I didn’t picture freshman year to go like this, but it has been an experience nonetheless.

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Beck over at Smellfoy Can Read. Her blog is so cool! You should go check it out!

Rules:

  • Display the award logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate seven to ten bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

What is your favorite movie?

I happen to have a few. I love: Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, all the Harry Potter movies, and um…Muppets Most Wanted.

If you could only read one series for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

Either Harry Potter, (I know, cliche), or The Lunar Chronicles.

If you were a superhero, what would your name be and what super powers would you have?

I’ve never actually thought of what my name would be, but there is an ongoing joke in my family involving slugs, so maybe Doomslug. Power wise, I like the idea of being able to see into time like Dr. Strange, but I’d also be your friendly neighborhood hero like Spider-Man.

If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be? Why?

He’s Loki, why wouldn’t you want to meet him? If we’re talking book characters, then Dumbledore because I’ve always thought he was pretty cool.

What is one thing on your bucket list?

I want to go to France. I also want to see a Broadway show someday.

What is the title of the best book you’ve read this year?

My favorite book so far has been “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson.

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

I really hate peppers, of all kinds. The only peppers that I somewhat like are banana peppers because I think they taste like pickles.

I nominate the following people for this award:

My questions are:

  • Who is your favorite Harry Potter character?
  • Do you play any instruments? If yes, which one(s)?
  • If you could reread any series or book for the first time again, which would you choose?
  • What do you like to do on rainy days, (besides read)?
  • What is your favorite band?
  • Would you prefer a cold day with lots of snow or a warm day perfect for the beach?
  • Share a picture of your bookshelf!

Thanks again Beck for nominating me and I hope you all have an awesome day!

Randomness Discussions #8: Rating All the YA Novels I Have Read

Hey everyone! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy, (I think I have a new tagline). I found this post on Kiersten Kraves Books and thought it would be really fun to do. As a teenager, I’ve read a lot of YA books since I started reading them in 2017. From the first YA book I read, (“One of us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus), to the most recent, (Currently reading “All the Stars and Teeth” by Adalyn Grace), I’ve read many YA books.

I did not include any ARC copies I’ve read this year or any graphic novels, (there was a total of three graphic novels). Half stars are rounded. You’ll notice that Kiersten used a listing platform for her list, but I don’t have Twitter and therefore can’t use the same platform. Reviews are linked. Note that if I read some of these now, the ratings would be lower. Books marked with* don’t have reviews.

***** Five Star Reads*****

****Four Star Reads****

***Three Star Reads***

**Two Star Reads**

*One Star Reads and DNFs*

As you can see, I’ve read a lot of YA books in the past three years and there will be many more to come! I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great day.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Would Make Great Band Names

Hi everyone! It has been a few weeks since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I really liked this prompt! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Here we go!

“Paper Towns” (YA novel by John Green)

Paper Towns would be a lesser known band with a style similar to OneRepublic but with a more indie sound. Lots of acoustic, slower songs and summer vibes with this one.

“Six Angry Girls” (Upcoming YA novel by Adrienne Kisner)

Six Angry Girls would be a feminist, pop rock band with opinionated songs that would hit hard. There would be lots of girl power and inclusion.

“Ruin and Rising” (YA novel by Leigh Bardugo)

Ruin and Rising would be a rock band with a classic yet modern sound. They seem like the type of band that would cause a lot of drama with the lives of its band members.

“Carry On” (YA novel by Rainbow Rowell)

Seeing that the title is already based off of a song, I had to choose this. Carry On would be similar to Panic! At The Disco. They’d be famous with teenagers for their current sounds and positive message.

“Wilder Girls” (YA novel by Rory Power)

Wilder Girls would be a country sister duo like Maddie and Tae. They would have started in a small town making YouTube videos until they got discovered by a big producer and made it big in Nashville.

“Far From the Tree” (Contemporary novel by Robin Benway)

Far From the Tree would be a family band made of siblings with a strong bond. They wouldn’t be the most well known, but they would be loved by their fans nonetheless.

“Girls With Sharp Sticks” (YA novel by Suzanne Young)

Girls With Sharp Sticks would be similar to Six Angry Girls, but with a more jazzy sound. They’d be blend of different genres and wouldn’t be confined to one particular genre of music.

“Amber and Dusk” (YA novel by Lyra Selene)

Amber and Dusk would be a male-female duo that would be like Julia Michaels and Ed Sheeran recording music together. Amber and Dusk have a singer/songwriter type vibe and would be famous for writing songs for other artists.

“When Breath Becomes Air” (Memoir by Paul Kalanithi)

When Breath Becomes Air would be a pop band that would defy common musical sounds. This band would do many collaborations with different artists while also writing their own music.

“We Are Okay” (YA novel by Nina LaCour)

We Are Okay would be a super relatable band with chill, relaxing songs. They’d be popular with teenagers and adults alike for their genre defying music.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Have a great day!

Upcoming Posts:

-Review of “How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts” by Christopher Salerno and Kelsea Habecker

-Review of “A Song Below Water” by Bethany C. Morrow (ARC)

The Dreamy Book Covers Book Tag

Hi everyone! I hope you are all staying healthy and have better weather than I have right now. It’s April and we’re supposed to get snow tonight. The perks of living in Maine.

I was tagged by Madeline @The Bookish Mutant to do this tag and it looks so much fun! I love pretty book covers as much as I love being random, so here we go!

Rules:

-Thank the person who tagged you, spread the love!

-Link to the creator

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

-Tag at least 1 fellow blogger for this tag

No Idea but in Things: A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside of it

It’s as colorful and odd as the book inside. I love it.

Sugary Sweet: A cover that is so sweet you want to give it a hug

The artwork is so cute on this book! I’ll be reading it soon for the O.W.L.s.

The Simple Aesthetic: A book that stuns with the most minimalistic of designs

The cover is simple yet haunting. I think it really captures the synopsis of the story as well, (haven’t read the book yet, but I will).

Cover Envy: A book cover you wish you had on your shelf but you don’t

It’s so pretty! I love the cover for this book and I’m equally interested in the synopsis.

Travelling Abroad: A book cover that features a country outside your own

The focal point is the Eiffel Tower, and I live in the U.S.

Color Wheel: A book that showcases one of your favorite colors

“The Kingdom of Back” has such a beautifully blue cover. I’ll also be reading this for the O.W.L.s.

Switching Gears: A cover change you absolutely adore

I know it’s not much of a cover change, but the U.K. cover is so much better. I just reviewed this book a few days ago.

And the Winner Is: Which cover above is your favorite?

Definitely “The Kingdom of Back.”

I hope you enjoyed this tag! I tag:

Evelyn@ Evelyn Reads

Mandy@ Book Princess Reviews

Lindsey@ A Rambling Reviewer

You!

The Pancake Book Tag

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are all staying healthy and catching up on some reading during this lovely quarantine. I haven’t done a book tag in a few weeks and I found this tag from The Bookaholic a little while ago. Here we go!

The Rules

-Link back to the original creator

-Feel free to use any of the pancake graphics or create your own, (They’re so cute!)

-Tag five other people and let them know you tagged them

The way the author described people and Noah’s artwork was very interesting. There weren’t overpowering descriptions that took up pages, but the descriptions weren’t basic either.

A lot of the characters have some wit, but Zelie in particular.

So many people have put Harry Potter, but I honestly don’t care. I have yet to do a reread, but I know I could find something different each time I read it.

I remember after reading “Warcross” I had a really hard time finding something else to hold my attention. I tried “The Maze Runner,” “City of Bones,” and a few others and none held my attention. I would eventually like to come back to “City of Bones” since it’s kind of a YA staple.

“Fangirl” is such a sweet book. The sibling relationship between Cath and Wren was portrayed in a realistic way and I really appreciated that. Not all siblings get along perfectly, (*cough cough*Audrey I know you’re reading this *cough cough*).

I think that so far, (I haven’t read past “Queen of Shadows” yet), Celaena has shown some great character depth and growth as the series has gone on. She started out as this young girl trained to be an assassin, but by the end of “Heir of Fire,” so much is revealed about her that the reader didn’t realize, and I’m interested to see what will happen next.

The plot in this book goes everywhere, and not in a good way. I thought it was just going to be a nice contemporary by a book vlogger I liked, but then it had magic and I was so darn confused.

I wouldn’t say they’re perfect, because no pair is, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Nova and Adrian together. It turns out I did and they turned out alright.

I just finished the ARC of this yesterday, (Review to come!), and the cast of characters was very diverse and unique.

I hope you enjoyed the Pancake Book Tag and I tag anyone who wants to do the tag! Note: Sorry if some of the images aren’t centered. I’ve been working to solve the issue

Upcoming Posts:

-Interview with author Nancy O’Toole Meservier

-Review of “The Extraordinaries” by T.J. Klune

-Review of “Starsight” by Brandon Sanderson

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books on my TBR

Hi everyone! It’s a double-post day. I also published my review of “Red and Black” by Nancy O’Toole Meservier. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book prompt hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is a genre freebie, so I decided to do Sci fi and Fantasy Books on my TBR, (there are way more than ten).

I tried to sticks with books currently on my shelf at home with a few exceptions. Here we go!

1. “The Guinevere Deception” by Kiersten White

This was one of my OwlCrate books, (back from December), and I’ve been really interested in it. I haven’t read anything from Kiersten White, but she seems like a pretty interesting author.

2. “Queen of Shadows” by Sarah J. Maas

I finished “Heir of Fire” in January, and it left on a cliffhanger, so I kind of need to read this now.

3. “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo

I got “Siege and Storm” for Christmas and still haven’t read it. I have plenty of time now that I don’t have to travel back and forth to school and the dance studio.

4. “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman

My dad just finished “Scythe” and was kind of up in the air. He’s not much of a sci-fi dystopian reader as I am. He likes historical books. Chances are, I’ll like this more than he did.

5. “Crier’s War” by Nina Varela

I was pretty interested in this book, especially now that I’ve seen some of the reviews written about it. It sounds like something I would enjoy.

6. “Serpent and Dove” by Shelby Mahurin

Now that the cover for the sequel is out, I should probably go about reading this. “Serpent and Dove” is not a book that I have on my shelf, and those come first, so it could be a while.

7. “The Sword of Kaigen” by M.L. Wang

Some of my blogger friends were part of a book tour for “The Sword of Kaigen” and all of them loved it. I’m all for an intriguing fantasy, (hence this post).

8. “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alix E. Harrow

This is kind of a genre defying book, but I’m going to call it fantasy. The cover was the first thing that caught my eye. I read the synopsis after and still wanted to read it.

9. “Vicious” by V.E. Schwab

A ton of people love V.E. Schwab, so why not read something of hers? I love finding new authors.

10. “Sorcery of Thorns” by Margret Rogerson

My friend really enjoyed this book and recommended it to me. I haven’t read a book that was recommended in a while, and I should really do it.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday and make sure to check out my review of “Red and Black.”

"Red and Black" Review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Hi everyone! I hope you are all staying safe, maybe getting some reading in. I start virtual dance classes today over Zoom since we can’t meet in the studio. Today is a double post day because I will be reviewing this book and also participating in Top Ten Tuesday.

“Red and Black” actually surprised me a bit. The author, Nancy, used to be the librarian at the library I volunteer at. Sadly, she lived too far away to keep up the job.

The Plot

“Red and Black” is an indie published superhero novel. This was my first venture into the world of self-published books, but definitely not my first into superhero books. The book follows Dawn Takahashi, a shy college student from Bailey City, as she learns to master her newfound abilities while also trying to take down Calypso, a young woman with the power to make anyone dedicated to her. It also follows Alex Gage, one of Calypso’s followers, who can’t be controlled by her mind.

The Characters

Dawn was a very likeable character. She is both determined and dedicated. All she wants is to prove herself as Bailey City’s first Actual, a recognized superhero. I found myself comparing her to Spiderman in the sense that they both just want to be friendly heroes that protect the city.

Alex was not my favorite character to read from. I found myself almost rushing through his perspective to get to Dawn’s. Calypso was a cool villain. She had a good backstory, (don’t want to give too much away), and her connection with the “drones,” (people she controls), was kind of cool as well.

Overall

Overall, I was pretty impressed by “Red and Black.” I saw some similarities to Brandon Sanderson in the writing and characters. I hope you enjoyed this review. I’ll be doing an interview with Nancy soon! Have a great day!

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

TW: Abduction, death

Down the TBR Hole: Week Four

Hey everyone! Since I have plenty of time for reading, I decided now would be a good time to go through my TBR again. The last time I did Down the TBR Hole was in October, and since then I’ve added many more books.

The rules are simple: Go to your Goodreads TBR list in reverse order and go to the first five, (or ten if you’re feeling ambitious), books, (or the last five depending on where you left off). Read the synopsis and decide if it’s a keep or go.

1. “Just Life” by Neil Abramson

I can’t resist a good dog book, even if it might be sad. “Just Life” seems like the type of book that would be both sad and compelling, and therefore I’m keeping it on my TBR.

Verdict: Keep

2. “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly

I absolutely loved the “Hidden Figures” movie. Historical is one of my favorite genres, fiction or not. However, I watched the movie before I read the book, so I already know how the story goes.

Verdict: Go

3. “This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl

I added this book shortly after finishing “The Fault in Our Stars” because I knew that the character of Hazel was loosely based off of Esther. Nearly three years later, I still want to read the story of this inspiring girl.

Verdict: Keep

4. “Scrappy Little Nobody” by Anna Kendrick

I had seen this book on the shelf of my library while volunteering and thought it seemed interesting. The thing with biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs is that I have such a hard time rating someone’s life on a 1-5 star system! That just seems cruel, so I tend to stay away from these kinds of books. However, I’d be willing to give this a try.

Verdict: Keep

5. “The Problem with Forever” by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Before I start, I just want to point out how gorgeous this cover is! Definitely draws attention. Anyway, I added this book a long time ago. I was in the faze of stereotypical teenage protagonists. You can’t really blame me though because I was 12 and just introduced to the genre. I love books with homeschool reps because I’m homeschooled, so that’s a bonus, but I’m not sure if this is something I could enjoy at this point.

Verdict: Go

6. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Like I said above, this would have been awesome for 12 year old me, but 15 year old me loves sci fi and fantasy. I’m really picky with contemporary, but I do like it. Cute cover, but this is a no.

Verdict: Go

7. “This is Where it Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp

This was a possible choice for my creative writing class back in December, but even though that class has ended, I still want to read this. I enjoy books that hit hard, and I know “This is Where it Ends” will hit hard.

Verdict: Keep

8. “Pax” by Sarah Pennypacker

This book seems both really sweet and really sad. I can’t resist an animal book, even if it’s destined to be a tear-jerker.

Verdict: Keep

9. “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman

This book intimidates me so much! So many people adore this book, and I’m afraid if I don’t like it I’ll be exiled from the reading community. Honestly though, I really need to read this!

Verdict: Keep

10. “Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

This book still seems really intriguing to me and I plan on reading it this summer.

Verdict: Keep

I hope you enjoyed this round of Down the TBR Hole and stay healthy!

Upcoming Posts:

* “Red and Black” by Nancy O’Toole Meservier Review

*Author interview with Chantelle Flores

* Author interview with Nancy O’Toole Meservier