Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books on my TBR

Hi everyone! It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday. Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah @Bionic Book Worm. This week is a free topic week and I’ve decided to list my Top 5 most excited books to read.

I’ve always loved reading but it wasn’t until a year and a half ago that I started to read more and more often. For this reason I haven’t read as many books as others. So I have a lot of catching up to do (there are so many books I want to read)!

#1 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy by Jenny Han

I’ve heard so many great things about this trilogy. It sounds like such a cute contemporary. In addition, I really love character driven stories and I think a trilogy will allow me to invest in a character and witness their character development. I think this trilogy will be a great summer read!

#2 Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

This is another trilogy I want to read. The plot and writing style of this book sounds so unique and intriguing. I’ve flipped through the pages of Shatter Me and seen how some words and sentences are crossed out. Looks interesting! The power of touch that the main character has is also something I haven’t read before. Plus, the books are written in the first person point of view which I always enjoy. Also these covers are gorgeous. 🙂

#3 Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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All I know about this story is what I’ve read from the back blurb of the book. But that’s all I need to know because it’s a Morgan Matson book! Morgan Matson is one of my favourite authors even though I’ve only read two of her books so far. Her books are such great contemporary summer reads! I’m very excited to read Save the Date!

#4 Beartown by Fredrik Backman

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This book looks a lot longer than the one book (A Man Called Ove) I’ve read by this author. To be honest, the length is intimidating me just a little bit because I’m not a super fast reader. However, I am so excited to read this one because I loved A Man Called Ove. I’ve heard so many amazing things about Beartown and many people say it’s their favourite book by Fredrick Backman.

#5 Words in Deep Blue

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Every once in a while I look for books that are tearjerkers because I love reading books that can move me. The story line of this book sounds emotional and interesting. It’s a book about healing after loss. I’m excited to see how well this book is written.

There are many other books that I’m excited to read. Here are a few others

Also, I have some exciting news! This blog was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award and the Sunshine Blogger Award! 🙂 I’m so grateful. I’m trying to publish those posts as soon as possible. ❤

Let’s have a discussion!

Have you read these books? If you have, I would love to hear your opinions on them!

What are some of your most excited books to read? 

Do you have a summer reading plan/goal?

Thank you so much for reading,

Sissi ❤

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US Vs.UK Covers: Which One Do You Prefer?

Hi everyone! Today I am going to compare US book covers with UK book covers as I have realized there are big differences between them! As a Canadian, the book covers I buy are US versions.

For this list, I chose the books that I feel have the most interesting covers. Sadly, most of these books are still on my TBR, but I plan to read them all soon. 🙂

The Princess Diaries Series

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I prefer: The UK version! I love the bright colours and how the main character is drawn on the covers. I also love the facial expressions; it makes the covers look so fun and interesting! The US version is a little too plain in my opinion.

The Hunger Games Series

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I prefer: The US version! I love how clean the US covers look and how there is a symbol of a mocking jay on all three covers. Also I love the font of the titles! Compared to the US version, the UK covers look a little too crowded.

Thorne of Glass Series

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I prefer: The US version! This was such a hard decision because both versions look so stunning! However, I choose the US ones because I like how the font looks on top of the darker background. Also, my bookshelf is dark brown so it matches more! 🙂

The Book Thief

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I prefer: The UK version! I plan to read this book this month because I’ve heard so much about it. I know that it is written in the perspective of death and that the main character is a young girl. I think that the UK version better captured the plot and mood of the story. However, the US version also looks great!

Eleanor & Park

Left: US, Right: UK

I prefer: The US version! I like how the two main characters are the centre focus on the cover. I also really like the peach colour background and the font of the title. In comparison, the UK version has more going on and looks more animated. I like the US cover because of its simplicity.

Second Chance Summer

Left: US, Right: UK

I prefer: The US version! This one was a difficult choice because they both give a great summer vibe! However, I like the US cover just a little bit more because I really love the sun set colour. I also like how the cover is a scenery.

Conclusion

Of the six on my list, I chose the US version 4/6 times. In general, I think I prefer US covers simply because I am more used to the style of them. I realize that a lot of UK covers look more animated/cartoon-like/hand drawn, while the US covers have more solid shapes, lines, or are photos rather than drawings.

I’m sure there are a lot more gorgeous book covers that I didn’t include on this list!

Let’s have a discussion!

In general, do you prefer US or UK book covers?

In the list above, which cover version do you prefer?

Do you own book covers that look different from the ones I listed above?

 

Thank you so much for reading,

Sissi ❤

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Top 5 Tuesday- Amazing Book Covers with Green, Blue, Or Purple

Hi everyone! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah (@Bionic Bookworm Blog). Her blog is amazing and you should go check it out 🙂  This week’s topic is ‘Top 5 covers with green, blue or purple.’

Top 5

#1 Divergent/Insurgent

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Such great covers! I love how the symbol on the cover carries throughout the whole series. In addition, the blue background and the yellow fire on the Divergent cover just looks so good 😍. The covers of this series are simple but have such a powerful impact. Although I only enjoyed reading Divergent and not so much the other two books in the trilogy, I would still recommend Divergent!

#2 Windfall

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This cover is the exact depiction of what I envision contemporary books to look like lol. The green is a beautiful shade and the confetti adds so much to the cover. Who doesn’t love confetti? 🎉 The little gold accents are also great! The book is about a boy who wins the lottery. It’s a cute story that also has a good message about what’s important in our lives.

#3 The Unexpected Everything

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Surprise! A Morgan Matson book is on my list again, just like last week’s Top 5 Tuesday! I love her covers because they all give me summer vibes and I love summer! I think the  hardback cover is gorgeous and depicts the plot so well! Sadly I have the paperback … but the paperback cover is pretty nice too! ❤ This book is about a girl named Andie who spends the summer figuring out who she is and what she wants to do after her well organized summer plans get cancelled. An awesome summer read!

#4 The Selection

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Another book from the Selection series! I just had to put this on the list because I think the dress is gorgeous, and I really love this shade of blue 😍 Also the covers of all the books in the series match so well with each other! It is about 24 girls who compete to marry Prince Maxon and become a princess, told in the perspective of one of the girls, America Singer. It’s a great read!

#5 We Were Liars 

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A great cover! I love how the only thing it reveals about the story is that it takes place by a lake. I also like how the title takes up the whole cover. The cover sort of gives readers a feeling that it will be a fun and light summer read, which it is definitely not (it’s a heavier/darker read). The writing style is unique and very fast paced. The best thing to do for this book is to go into it without knowing anything about the plot. This book was one where I was genuinely shocked at the plot twist/ending. It’s a great book!!

Other honorable mentions

So many beautiful covers!

 

What are some of your favourite covers with these colours? I would love to hear them. Comment below!

Thank you so much for reading,

Sissi ❤

The NOPE Book Tag

  • Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. Exams are starting soon and I am feeling a little stressed out.

Today I am doing the NOPE Book Tag. I was tagged by Kay @Hammock of Books . You should go check out her blog, it’s awesome! 🙂 I’ve only been an avid reader for around a year and a half, even though I’ve always loved reading. For this reason, I haven’t read that many books so some of these questions may be a little difficult to answer.

Let’s Start!

NOPE. ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I LOVED THIS BOOK! This has nothing to do with the actual ending itself, but I just wish the book was longer 🙂 Audrey’s character development was fantastic and I wanted to read more about her and her story. It would have been nice if there was an epilogue talking more about her recovery progress and her relationship with Linus.

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NOPE. protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy. I can’t think of a book where I hated a character. However, one character that did drive me crazy at times is America from the Selection series. She has a genuine heart but is rather naïve at times. She. drove. me. crazy. with her back and forth between Prince Maxon and Aspen! I was shocked that she didn’t urge Aspen to leave the castle!! With all this said though, I actually really liked this series. It was a quick paced and an overall interesting read. 😊

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NOPE. series: A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it. The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie. Well, I wouldn’t really say I invested all my time into it since there are only three books in the series lol. The first book was pretty good and the second was okay. But I couldn’t finish the third book. I feel that as the series went on, the plot became too slow and redundant.

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NOPE. pairing: A “ship” you don’t support. Ahh, I think I’m too easily influenced; if the book spends time to develop a “ship,” I usually fall in love with it too. So currently, I can’t think of one I don’t support.

NOPE. plot twist: A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’m not going to say the “plot twist,” (ie. Madeline’s truth) but I definitely saw it coming. I didn’t like the revelation/climax because I thought it was unrealistic and cliché. I have a review of the book here.

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NOPE. genre: A genre you will never read. Horror! I get scared so easily. Another genre that I don’t often read is high fantasy, although I would love to start reading it (ie. the Thorne of Glass series sounds great).

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NOPE. book format: A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition. I don’t hate any book format. However, I usually don’t read/buy ebooks because I like to hold the book and flip the pages.  As well, I rarely buy it because it’s so expensive! Hardcovers in Canada are usually 25-30 dollars, which is basically double the cost of a paperback.

NOPE. trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE. Insta- love. Most of the times (definitely not always though, for example I loved the book The Sun is Also a Star) I don’t like it because it’s too unrealistic. I don’t usually have a problem when a character sees another one and wants to get to know them better; but their relationship must go through an actual development before they fall in love.

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NOPE. recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read. The Mortal Instruments series. I generally don’t like to read highly action packed books, or high fantasy books, and this one just seems too intimidating and the plot seems a bit too complicated for me.

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NOPE. cliché: A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes. Stories where there is too much focus on a character’s looks, making it the reason they are loved by others. I prefer it when the character is loved for their personality. This is why I have problems with Insta-Love because it is often characterized as when one character sees the other character, not really about the personality of the character.

NOPE. love interest: A love interest that’s not worthy of being one. I can’t think of one at the moment!

NOPE. book: A book that shouldn’t have existed. Um, this question is pretty difficult to answer. But, I would maybe say Allegiant by Veronica Roth because it was unnecessary to the series. I think Divergent would have been an AMAZING book if it was a standalone, or if it ended with Insurgent. I didn’t get through all of Allegiant because it felt really dragged on.

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NOPE. villain: A villain you would hate to cross. President Snow from The Hunger Games! He is so scary, cruel, and ruthless. I was honestly scared and had goosebumps while reading parts with him in it.

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NOPE. death: A character death that still haunts you.

SPOILER ALERT 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Wow just the way the whole book was written just took me by such surprise.

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NOPE. author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit. I haven’t read enough of one author to quit reading their books!

If you guys liked this tag, try it out! I would love to read your answers!

I tag: @Book Orbit|Becky|Rose|Dawlyn and Krista|Priyasha|Marie

If you don’t usually do tags or you don’t feel like doing this one, no pressure! 🙂 ❤

Thank you so much for reading,

Sissi ❤️

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Top 5 Tuesday- Amazing Book Covers with Red, Yellow, or Orange

Hi everyone! Today I decided to try a TTT, and I discovered Shanah’s (@Bionic Bookworm Blog) version called Top 5 Tuesday. Her blog is really awesome and I really like this week’s topic of ‘Top 5 covers with red, orange, yellow’ so I decided to try this out!

Top 5

#1 The Elite

Wow this book cover is gorgeous! ♥️ The dress is so beautiful. I love the ruffles and how captivating it looks. The choice of red as a cover colour is a bold choice that definitely works in this case! I love all three of the Selection series’ covers. If you haven’t read this series, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a very quick, cute and fun read. To sum up the series in one sentence, it is about 24 girls who compete to marry Prince Maxon and become a princess. This book (The Elite) is the second book of the series.

#2 Catching Fire

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This book cover is so shiny and pretty! I really like how simple and clean it looks. It also has significance to the story so I think this cover is great. The whole trilogy all have minimalistic covers and they all match well with each other. The Hunger Games is one of my favourite series of all time, so I would highly recommend it! This book (Catching Fire) is the second book of the series.

#3 Second Chance Summer

The reason I really like this book cover is because it has such a summer feel to it! Right away, I knew that this was a contemporary book I wanted to read (and also it’s written by the amazing Morgan Matson! 🙂 ). I really like the sunset and lake on this cover; it’s just so peaceful and calming. The cursive font used for the title is also very pretty. The book is about a family who spends one last summer together at their lake house. It is an emotional story that will make you cry! It’s a great read especially for the summer.

#4 The Sun is Also a Star

Wowww! This cover is so beautiful. I love how all the colours come together in such harmony. The lines and the ways they fit together almost in a spiral pattern is stunning. I remember seeing this book at the book store and immediately picking it up and reading the summary. This cover is one that just catches your eye! It was also a great read; I rated it 5/5 stars on my review of this book.

#5 Illuminae

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Okay so I haven’t actually read this book yet but I’m considering reading it for sure! However, I just couldn’t not put this book on the list because I love this cover so much. It’s shiny, and the shade of red used is so nice. The mixture of yellow, orange and red works so well, and the white on top of it also looks nice. I just love everything about this cover! 🙂

What are some of your favourite covers with these colours? I would love to hear them. Comment below!

Thank you so much for reading,

Sissi ❤

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