Judging Book Covers #2

As before, I went to my goodreads read shelf and randomised it. And as before, I will split the rating between aesthetic and relevance to the story, with a maximum of 2.5 points in each category.


A Clash of Kings by G. R. R. Martin

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I like this cover. It’s simple, yet effective. I like the colours as well. I would say 2 points for aesthetic. The crown there gives a nice medieval feel to it. You know picking this up, it’ll be a medieval setting. So 2 points for relevance with a total of 4/5.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I love this cover. I have a thing about covers with crows or ravens on them. And it’s just so pretty! 2.5 for aesthetic. As for relevance, you can definitely tell this  will be fantasy from just looking at it. You can see a kind of city landscape and the bird’s wing also looks a little bit like the night sky, so it very much suggests night-time shenanigans in an urban setting, which is very much relevant, so 2.5 for relevance as well! 5/5

The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

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I like the font of this. The background is simple, so it looks good. 1.5 for aesthetic. You can see the snow, which is relevant, and the sort of metal door behind bunker sort of vibe, which is also relevant. I would say 1.5 for relevance as well, with a total of 3/5.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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Well… it is essentially a book about a blue dragon, so gotta give it full points for relevance although subtlety and symbolism clearly eluded whoever designed this. I like the blue of it and the font, but I’m not a huge fan of the dragon for some reason. 1.25 for aesthetic; 3.75 total.

Everless by Sara Holland

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I really like this cover. Minimalist, but captures the essence of the story excellently. There’s an hourglass, blood, a castle built with it… 2.5 for relevance. I love the font and the simple design, so 2.5 for aesthetic as well. We have another 5/5.

Series I Probably Won’t Finish – Part Three

Series I Probably Won’t Finish – Part Three

Part one | Part two

It looks like I’ve finally exhausted my list of series I won’t finish (for now, at least) and I only have 4 series for this post.


 

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queenRead the first book and I enjoyed it. I was pretty excited about Glass Sword, but I just kept putting it off for some reason. And now, I finally got it and it’s the book I am currently reading. I am so frustrated with it and I am very close to just not finishing it. I will try to get through it, because I just don’t like leaving books unfinished and I kind of want to see what superpowers the other reds have. But I will not continue with the series.

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2. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

left_behindI thought this series had a really interesting premise. It’s a Christian fiction series about the end of days and it basically describes the events in the book of Revelation from the perspective of those left behind. But the writing just doesn’t agree with me. Something about the writing style annoys me and it makes the characters unrelatable and dislikeable. I’ve read 2 and a half books of the series and it’s a pretty long one. I’m not sure how many are published, but I own 10 of them. And despite owning them, I don’t think I will finish them.

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3. The Secret Circle by L. J. Smith

9780061670855I read some of the books, then I got bored because it wasn’t a very good series and I have absolutely no intention of ever reading the rest of them. I don’t even know how many there are in total. Or how many I’ve read, for that matter.

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4. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

eragon_book_coverRead the first two books in the series and I just can’t go on with it. the first one was okay, though not as good as I had expected it to be. But the second one was pure torture to read. I could not relate or understand any of the characters, they all annoyed me and it was very, very long. Even though not that much happened. I didn’t like the writing style either. And the other two are even longer and I’m probably just going to spend half an hour on Wikipedia one day and find out how the story ends, because I cannot submit myself to two more books of the torture that is reading about those insufferable characters.

Book Depository | Goodreads

 

 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I saw this tag on this blog and I thought it was cool, so I’m going to do it. I’ve read 46 books this year so far, according to my Goodreads challenge (which I am desperately behind on, it’s been a pretty slow reading year for me). So let’s see what books will make it onto this list.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

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For this, I have to say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve read quite a few good books this year, some of them very thought-provoking or very emotional, but I just can’t not give it to ACOMAF. I just enjoyed this book so much. I didn’t read it, so much as absorbed it and as soon as I finished it, I flipped right back to the beginning and started reading it again. I adored it! I have not yet had time to review it properly and talk about all the things I loved about it, but you can read my Goodreads review here.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

13188729I’m going to say Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. This isn’t so much a sequel as it is a companion novel, but I’m going to say that this is a series of companions, so it’s a sequel. I really loved the entire Graceling series. I loved the characters, I loved the themes broached and of all of them, I think Bitterblue was my favourite. It’s not a very fast paced book, but it dealt with topics such as mental illness, with anxiety, with trauma. It was full of mystery and I really love books where I have to try and puzzle things out. This is another one I haven’t done a proper review of, but I’ve written a pretty comprehensive Goodreads review which you can check out here

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

23299513This is a difficult question. There are quite a few. But I think the one I want to read most is The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine. I’ve been meaning to buy this and read it pretty much since it came out in February, but for some reason, I just haven’t. That happens to me sometimes. I want to read a book so badly, but instead I keep buying and reading other books for no reason that I can discern. And I don’t just want to read it. I want to own it. I mean, look at that gorgeous cover! Hopefully, I’ll get to this one soon!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

empire-of-thrones-ukMy answer for this one is another Sarah J. Maas book. I love Sarah so much (and I’m going to meet her this fall!!!). My most anticipated release for the second half of the year is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Queen of Shadows blew my mind. I loved it so much, it was so amazing. Things didn’t turn out quite as I expected them, but it was one of those rare occasions when I didn’t mind because what did happen was awesome. So I’m really pumped to see how the story continues. I have a video review of Queen of Shadows if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts. 

Biggest disappointment

eragon_book_cover eldest_book_coverI’ve read a few disappointing books this year. Thankfully, not as many as awesome ones. But I think the biggest disappointments were the first two books in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini. I’ve wanted to read that series for YEARS. I’m not sure why I didn’t until now, but I’ve given up on trying to understand my reading habits. So I was really disappointed by how little I liked them. I didn’t really like the characters, I didn’t like the writing. The story itself is not half bad. It’s pretty much a Tolkien ripoff, but that’s what I was expecting so I didn’t mind that much. But overall, I didn’t like them and I’m not sure that I will continue with the series. You can check out my Goodreads reviews on Eragon and Eldest

Biggest surprise

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For this one, I definitely have to go with Tangled by Emma Chase. This is an adult contemporary romance. It’s like three genres that I don’t read that much in one book. I’m not even sure why I picked it up, I don’t even like the cover. But I did and I surprisingly really enjoyed it. It was funny, it was sexy and I really liked the characters (mainly Drew). So this was definitely the biggest surprise for me. You can check out my review of it here.

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

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This one goes to Jojo Moyes. I’d never read anything of hers before reading Me Before You, but I really loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the no-nonsense way in which it was written. It wasn’t one of those cliched, happily-ever-after love stories. I loved that it was a bold novel,  it dealt with difficult topics and themes and I always love that in a book. So now, I’m really curious to read some more of her books. 

Newest fictional crush

I kind of developed a crush on Will Traynor from Me Before You. 635899377487267342-mby-trl-88662He’s a cutie and I mean… Sam Claflin. Enough said. But really, I like his character a lot. He’s witty and sarcastic and clever and cultured. He’s someone who’s had a lot of experiences in his life and I genuinely think that he’d be a person I would really like if I met him.

Newest favorite character

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RHYSAND! Rhys, Rhys, Rhysand! This was a complete no-brainer. Let’s be honest, the only reason Will got the last one was because I read Me Before You after ACOMAF. So technically, Rhys isn’t my *newest* fictional crush. But it’s just as well, because otherwise, my answer would have been Rhysand for two questions and that’s not cool. I absolutely love Rhys. He’s right up there with Will Herondale on my top favourite male characters ever. I guess I have a type: dark-haired, blue-eyed smartasses. 

Book that made you cry

me-before-you-book-coverI don’t cry that often when reading or watching films. I’m heartless like that. But I cried, despite my best efforts, while reading Me Before You. It occurs to me, this is the third answer in which this book has come up. I really loved it, guys. I really loved it. Yeah, it definitely made me cry. I knew it would be heartbreaking from the start, so I was prepared and I didn’t cry as much as I might have otherwise, but even with preparation, it still wrung tears out of me. You can check out my review of it here

Book that made you happy

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This is actually very difficult to answer. Hmmm, I’m gonna go with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I’d really been looking forward to this book and I was fortunate enough to be able to meet Cassie and get it signed. I also met Dominic Sherwood at the book signing and got a picture with him, so there’s a lot of excitement and happiness associated with this book even though the book itself did not necessarily make me happy (it made me suffer, like all Cassandra Clare books). See my review of it here.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

51tgsgjianl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. Look at that gorgeous cover! I really love the covers for The Darkest Minds books. I love how they look, I love how the feel. And I really love the paperbacks of it. They’re bigger paperbacks and they’re really… hefty. I don’t know how to describe it. But I really love how they feel in my hands. I love the texture of the pages and the covers. And I love how Never Fade looks alongside The Darkest Minds. I can’t wait to get In the Afterlight and the novella bind-up! You can check out my review of it here.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Oh boy! So many. I will limit myself to 4 books to keep it realistic (it should have become apparent by now that I have really weird reading habits) and to reduce the size of this post. But I absolutely want to read these 4 by the end of the year. I just have to!

So that’s it for this tag. It took me ridiculously long to put together this post, but I had a lot of fun doing it. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it up. I don’t know who to tag, so I tag everyone who read it and wants to do it.