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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Fall Covers/Themes

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is another fun one: Ten Books with Fall Covers/Themes. Since I am obsessed with all things Halloween at the moment, all I can say in response to this week’s theme is YAY.

Don’t worry, there is nothing pertaining to pumpkin spice anything on this list.

Top Ten Books with Fall Covers/Themes

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Cemeteries are one of my favorite places to visit this time of year.

To Kill a Mockingburd by Harper Lee – I confess that I dislike this book, but the cover of this particular version feels very Fall-y to me with with colors and the tree.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackon – Creepy family and a black cat. Perfect for a Halloween read!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – The colors on this one reminds me of the leaves changing from green to orange to brown. (Obviously, the themes of the series itself are perfectly suited for Fall reading.)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving – I feel like this one is pretty self-explanatory.

The Books of Elsewhere series by Jaqueline West – The series is an appropriate one as most of it takes place during Fall and around Halloween. Pus, magic, talking cats, witches, people trapped in paintings…

The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass – I actually know nothing about this book, but I’ve seen it pop up on the blogosphere and the cover is appropriate.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I love the creepy covers on these books.

Dracula by Bram Stoker – There’s no such thing as October without vampires.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – This one is a cozy, gothic-mystery to curl up with in the evenings.

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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

I saw this tag over on One’s Peculiar and I don’t feel like being productive at the moment, soooo let’s talk about books. 🙂

  1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel – The Graveyard Book! I would love to read about Bod’s life after he grows up and comes back to the graveyard at some point. 2213661
  2. Totally should’ve gotten a spin-off series – The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Considering that all the books take place in the same world with inter-related stories,  but aren’t actually sequels, this one would be perfect for a spin-off series.13623012
  3. An author who should write more books –  Colleen Oakes. I’ve read her Queen of Hearts and Wendy Darling series now and I absolutely adored them both. I really look forward to whatever books she puts out in the future.
  4. A character who should’ve ended up with someone else – Elizabeth Bennet. She should have ended up with literally anyone other than Mr. Darcy because he was a douche. 1885
  5. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise  – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m not even a huge fan of this book, but the imagery is spectacular. I would watch it on screen for the costumes alone.9361589
  6. Totally should’ve kept the original covers – Rebel of the Sands  by Alwyn Hamilton. The original (left) was better.
  7. Totally should’ve stopped at book one – The Twilight series. Or Fifty Shades of Grey. UGH.

I don’t know who actually enjoys doing these things, so consider yourself tagged if you want to participate.

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Fall TBR List

Since finishing the last Wendy Darling book I’ve been a little slow with reading. I’m still enjoying re-reading Game of Thrones, but there’s been a lot on my mind, which is making it hard to stay focused. When I go through funks like this I often find it necessary to take a step back and retreat into familiar territory. This often means re-reading favorites or sticking with “easier” books for a little while until my brain sorts itself out.

These are some of the books on my TBR list for the upcoming month(s). Hopefully I’ll be able to get through them a little faster.

War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes – It’s almost here! I’ve been impatiently waiting for the third and final book in the Queen of Hearts saga to come out for 2 years now. If I can find the time, I may go back and re-read the first two before it’s released.

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – I purchased this one during my visit to Asheville a few weeks ago. I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounded too cute to pass up.

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – The plan is to try to read the entire series by Spring.

Sand by Hugh Howey – I picked this up at the cool bookstore we found in Raleigh last weekend. I haven’t read any of Howey’s other books yet, but this one sounds pretty good.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer – I really enjoyed Cinder, so I’d like to see where the rest of the series is going.

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What books are on your upcoming TBR list?

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Top Ten Tuesday: All Aboard the Struggle Bus

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is “Books You Struggled With.”

I don’t feel like I struggle with books too often. Judging by my list below, it feels like most of the books I’ve had to force my way through were ones that I had to read in school. For me, it can be challenging to get through a book when the language is very archaic or the descriptions are too lengthy. I can plod through boring parts of a story if there is at least some initial interest in the plot and the characters are interesting. If its slow right off the bat, however. forget it.

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – I actually like Anna Karenina, but Russian novels are tough to get through. Everyone has like 3 different names and it gets really confusing.
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – I wanted to set this book on fire when I was reading. The descriptions of the scenery dragged out for like 10 pages at a time and at times it was hard to figure out exactly what the author was trying to describe.
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – This one was just all around boring. I’m pretty sure I never even finished it.
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman – I’ve already expounded on all the reasons I didn’t like this book multiple times, so I’ll spare you from having to hear it again. This one is just an all around NOPE for me.
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – Another one that was just too long and boring for me. I am not a Steinbeck fan.
  • A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer – The events of this book were just too terrible and heartbreaking that I didn’t even want to keep reading it. I remember putting it down multiple times because I was so sickened by what was happening.
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – As mentioned in my recent review, I actually do really like this book. There were a lot of lulls, however, and I started to lose interest a few times.
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery – They tried way too hard to be philosophical about the most banal things. I jumped ship early on.
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan – This is another one that was super popular (most likely because there was a movie), that I just couldn’t get into.
  • Someday, Someday Maybe  by Lauren Graham – I love Lauren Graham and appreciate her wittiness on and off-screen, but she kinda missed the mark with this one.
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Series I Don’t Intend to Finish

There’s nothing more heart breaking than finishing a really amazing book. If you’re anything like me, you cry a little on the inside and walk around for a few days asking everyone “What am I supposed to do now?!” Cue the book series. With a book series there are hours and hours of reading before you reach the book withdrawal phase.

Unfortunately, not all book series justify such a huge time commitment. Why read a few mediocre books when there are series like Game of Thrones out there?!  Here are a couple that I’ve started over the past few years that I probably won’t be finishing:

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The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman – This book had potential, but it just missed the mark a little. The overall concept was a good one, but all of the characters felt incredibly flat.

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The Borden Dispatches series by Cherie Priest – Lizzie Borden meets Lovecraft. I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it either. It was a little heavy on the horror/sci-fi aspects, which is fine, but there wasn’t enough to keep me interested beyond the first book.

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The Magicians series by Lev Grossman – I believe I’ve already expressed my opinions of this series on here before. Maybe once…or like five times. For my new readers though, allow me to fill you in: YUCK. I hated the main character of this book so much that I gave up reading it halfway through. Twice. The magic system and the world they were in didn’t do much for me either. (Several people told me that the tv series was better than the books, so I gave that a try for a while. I gave up on that also.)

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The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard – This one felt like another one of the Hunger Games/YA dystopian ripoffs. *yawns*

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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – I’ve actually gone back and forth on whether or not to continue this series a dozen times. I actually loved the first couple of books. I love Jamie and Claire and I love the unique story that Gabaldon created. Unfortunately, after the first few books I felt like things started too get a little too…wait for it…outlandish. The over-the-top action and ridiculous scenarios became too much and took away from the overall story. I stopped a few books in because I didn’t want to start hating it.

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Books I’ll Never Read Tag

I was tagged by Nikki from The Night is Dark and Full of Books to do the “Books I Will Probably Never Read” tag. Thanks for including me Nikki! (I love the name of your blog!) This one feels almost too easy for me to fill out, given that my list of books that I don’t want to read feels significantly shorter than my TBR list as of late.

  • A Really Hyped Book You’re Not Interested in Reading – Red Riding by Pierce Brown, given that this sounds exactly like 10 other books I’ve already read.

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  • A Series You Won’t Be Starting/Finishing – The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I’ve heard it gets pretty bad the further  you get into the series. No thanks.

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  • A Classic You’re Just Not Interested In – Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Just reading the blurb on the back makes me want to fall aslee…zzzZzzzZzzzZzzz.

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  • A Genre You Never Read – Basically anything that shows up in the “Romance” section of the bookstore. I enjoy romance in other genres, but not the overly cheesy, erotica type.
  • A Book on Your Shelves You’ll Probably Never Read – The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I’ve had this one on my shelf for years because I was told that as a fan of historical fiction I just had to read it. I tried to start it once and just wasn’t feeling it, so it’s unlikely I’ll crack it open again.

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My Nominees: 

Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf

Grace @ Quirky and Peculiar

Katie  @ Never Not Reading

Ellie @ Blogging for Dopamine

Bentley @ Book Bastion

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Kiersten’s Favorites: Pt 3

We had a bit of a rough night last night. After getting home from work I had to rush my dog to the emergency vet. To make a long story short, his arthritis was causing him a significant amount of pain. 😥 Thankfully, he’s doing a bit better today now that his meds have kicked in. (I, however, am a tired mess, as I got up practically every hour to check on him and make sure he was okay.)

*yawns*

I could use some happiness today, so I am going to do another favorites post, as it’s been a while. (Feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2.)

  1. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – I’ve been in love with Rebecca since I read it back in high school for summer reading. In a way, it reminds me of another favorite, Jane Eyre, in that it’s a filled with gothic themes of suspense, mystery, and romance. I used to have dreams about living in Manderlay.
  2. The Other Boelyn Girl by Philippa Gregory –  This book was the one that made me so obsessed with historical fiction throughout college. (Prior to that I assumed that historical fiction novels would be about as exciting as reading a history textbook.) The descriptive detail of the clothing (omg, the clothing!), the scenery, and the people of the court were enough to keep me hooked. Philippa Gregory really knows how to take history and really make it come to life.
  3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – Seriously, who didn’t love this book? It’s short, but kept me interested from the very first page. It’s basically Clue in book form.
  4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – Part historical fiction, part dark mystery, this book has the whole package. It’s basically an updated, exotic version of Dracula with more history thrown in.