Yesterday’s topic was favorite book covers. Here are mine from my reads this year:
Pictured: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Warcross by Marie Lu; I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo; Hunger by Roxane Gay; Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han, and An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
I legit read/found out more about Warcross just because of the cover.
Today’s topic is top ten reads of the year, so here are my twelve faves (no rereads and, again, so far since I might read a banger before the year is out):
Pictured: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Calling My Name by Liara Tamani, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Unhappy Wifeby K. E. Garland, Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, and Thug Notes by Sparky Sweets.
As always, it’s been super fun participating in this event. I will probably post about my favorite TV shows from this year before the year is out, and I will be completing the end of year survey. I just started a book today. Will I finish it? There are two full reading days left in the year, so I hope so!
For a period of time back in the early 2000s (aka before the blog), I refused to read book jacket flaps or the back of the book because they always, always seemed to spoil a major plot point. I would go into a book thinking that the basic premise was whatever was written on the flap and then that thing that I thought would be part of the set up would happen three-fourths of the way through the book. Oh, it made me so angry.
So I stopped reading jacket flaps and plot synopses and started picking books based on the cover and title. So, a few of the books I encountered that way are:
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Jason and Kyra by Dana Davidson
Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba (part of the Royal Diaries series)
Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Dorian Cirrone
Slam! by Walter Dean Myers
I didn’t 100% love them all, but they all matched my expectations–even if A Great and Terrible Beauty was more fantasy than the cover let on.
Now that I think about it, though, I was more likely to give books and genres I wasn’t into more of a chance when I went by the cover and title alone. Lately, I have been reading jacket flaps (usually only the first paragraph–just enough to get an idea of the basic premise. Unfortunately, spoilers still abound if I read beyond that) and ruling out lots of books because they’re not what I feel like reading. However, the best way to discover if I feel like reading something is to just read it. A lot of my favorite reads have been outside of my preferred genre.
So. I guess I learned something about myself today.
As for blog aesthetics, I kept thinking that I needed a knockout layout. You know, something that really said ME. And if I had that layout, I would be more apt to update my blog. Yeah, that didn’t happen.
My point then is that I have no real brand except for my content. However, I did redo my Top Ten Tuesday button to match my site. So I guess that’s something.
For today’s A Month of Favorites, the topic is our favorite book covers and whyyyyyy. I had quite a few this year, so here are my top ten.
This Side of Home — Maya just looks so happy and blissful.
Royal Wedding — What’s cooler than being cool? Mia apparently.
Ms. Marvel: Generation Why — I just love that Kamala is on her phone and kicking ass at the same time. LOVE. HER.
The Boy in the Black Suit — It’s all crinkly and textured and cool.
P.S. I Still Love You — The covers for these books are even more gorgeous in person. Seriously. I love how romantic and soft they are and that the model looks exactly the way I picture Lara Jean. Also, that black marker is genius.
Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen — The cover screams Jeopardy! (which I am a fan of), and Jeopardy! actually features pretty heavily in the story. So. Truth in advertising and all that.
52 Reasons to Hate My Father — The paper hat really sells it.
Ghetto Cowboy — The cover is just a hint at what you’ll find with the illustrations inside. Plus, the cover totally made me want to read the book, even more so than knowing the plot (which is also previewed by the cover).
Lois Lane: Fallout — It matches the plot pretty well. Plus, I love the motion of the whole thing.
Princeless — I love so much about this cover, but mostly how badass it is. The smirk! The sass! The posture! A++++ all around.
Another day, another Month of Favorites post! Here are my ten favorite book covers of books I read this year.
And, yes, I put The Great Greene Heist on there twice. I love both versions of the cover so much that I couldn’t choose between them.
Also, I’ll be honest: I didn’t love the Charm & Strange cover that much until I read the story. I don’t find it particularly striking, but it fits the story so well that I had to include it.
I was going to pick an absolute fave, but I just can’t. Although I’d probably have to declare a tie between These Broken Stars and Grave Mercy. Those dresses! That crossbow! Ugh, but I love so much about the other ones, too.
So yes. No absolute fave. Just a whole lot of pretty/striking/awesome.