Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Red, White and Blue Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic was chosen to celebrate July the 4th in the US, but since the UK also have the same colours in its flag, I figured I’d stick with it. Considering it’s very hard to find covers with all the colours I am going to alternate between all three. and they are all books that I have previously read (which makes it harder for me to find them).

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Considering this is the book I am currently reading and it has a red background, it is the first to make the list! I love how bright the red is and the silver thorns that travel across the cover.

2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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With an intricate and detailed drawing like that, a white background is perfect to show it off. And there is even a bit of red thrown in there with the font!

3. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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A much darker blue for this cover to represent the ocean and a hint of red thanks to the ruby on the sword. Such a great book as well, if you haven’t heard of it before and you enjoy reading about mermaids and pirates.

4. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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I love this cover so much and it perfectly matches the story. The cover for the second book in the series is blue and looked equally as good as this!

5. The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

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I love how the white background helps the colours to really stand out and it ties in perfectly with the story.

6. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Simple, yet powerful, I love how mysterious this cover is and how the leaves overlap the title.

7. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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A mixture of red and white with this cover, and it is one of my favourites for the whole series. It just looks so bad ass and I love the red flames behind her.

8. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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I always find books with white backgrounds to look so clean and classic, and the hardback version of this is exactly that. It looks amazing on my shelf.

9. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

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A book I read many, many years ago, but I always loved how simple this cover was and it incorporates all three colours as well!

10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I absolutely adore the new US edition for this book. I would have bought it but the shipping was too expensive and I figured I’d save some money by reading it on my Kindle.

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There were quite a few more covers I could have picked, but looking through all the books I’d read made me realise how many have dark designs and colours the covers have. I guess it’s a fantasy thing.

What cover do you like best out of these?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

I missed out on last weeks topic but this weeks is a good one and I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity. This time we are talking out the books that we loved back when we read them, but would never pick up again for one reason or another. For me, this included going onto Goodreads and going through all the books I’ve read over the years. It was fairly easy for me to see which ones I loved the most (even if I wrote terrible reviews) and I found that I could remember some very well.

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I devoured this series when I first read it, which wasn’t long after I started getting into Young Adult books. Everything about this series was amazing and I even went on to read the spin-offs (but I never finished reading them). However, I don’t think I would go back and read them because I’m not sure I would like them as much. My tastes have changed a lot since I was 15 years old.

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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I can’t even tell you how many times I read this book when I first got it. Obviously, it was my favourite series and I was fan-girling hard over Edward Cullen (weren’t we all). However, I don’t think I could bring myself to read this series again, just because I know it would be bad compared to the standards of the authors I now read. But I can appreciate it for what it was and how it grew my love for reading again.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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At the time of reading these I was into the dystopian genre and couldn’t get enough, especially of these characters (although I never finished reading the series). Nowadays, I am much more into fantasy and I don’t think I would pick up a dystopian book again, definitely not Divergent as I am past it.

4. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

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I loved this series when I read it, mainly because it was based off of Greek mythology and you can’t get better than that. I may not be able to remember most of the details on this book (I only remember bits) but I’m not sure if I would re-read them again. There is also the fact that I seem to have misplaced the series and can’t find it.

5. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I swear I spent most of teenage years reading books by Jennifer Armentrout. She knew how to write characters that you could fall in love with. However, I don’t think I would re-read the series now. I still have them on my book shelf so the opportunity is there, I just don’t think I will take it. Too many new books to read.

6. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Ah, this book. Right around the same time I was reading Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, this book entered my life and took over. I loved this book, LOVED it. I did fanart (terrible fanart) and I can’t deny it, I had a book crush on Patch. However, I’m not sure how well this book has aged and I’m not sure I want to find out.

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus has had so many mixed views over the years, and while I may have loved it at the time, I’m not sure how I would feel about it now. It’s not something I’m willing to find out as I want to keep the memories alive.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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I was part of the group that read the books before the movies came out (although I still don’t like who they chose to play Katniss and Peeta) and I loved the series. I flew through the trilogy so quickly and the surprising thing is that I only read them once. Maybe once was enough, and as I mentioned earlier, I don’t read dystopian anymore.

9. Fallen by Lauren Kate

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I’m going to start by saying that I love all the covers in this series, even if the books did progressively get worse for me. However, I really enjoyed the first (one I read around the time of Hush, Hush) and I was loving the idea behind it. I can’t remember details (and I haven’t watched the movie) but I don’t think I will be touching this series ever again.

10. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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The Vampire Academy is my all time favourite series and of course I read the spin-off series Bloodlines. However, as much as I loved them, I only ever read the first two books (the third is still on my shelf) and I’m not sure I would be able to read this series again to catch up. There’s a possibility I might, but there are so many amazing books out now that it would be tough.

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Those are all my picks! There are probably more that I could have added and I had to pick and choose for a few slots, but it is finished.

What books would you never pick up again, even if you loved them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Read Again

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish and is now over at Jana’s blog, That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic is all about books we could re-read forever. I’ve changed it a little (as I tend to not re-read books that often) to what I would read again in the future, whether that’s a year from now, five or even ten! These are books that hold a special place in my heart, ones that I know I will get around to again.

1. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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I have only ever read this series once and since then it has been my all time favourite. I felt everything with this book. I laughed, I cried, I was angry and I got the ending I wanted. This will definitely be re-read in the future, possibly even this year.

2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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One of my favourite debuts from an author this year and it was so easy to give The Belles five stars. Everything about this book was perfect, so imaginative with dark undertones, and it was a delight to read. I received it from NetGalley, but I am very close to buying a copy so I have it in person. That’s how much I loved this book.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

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While I haven’t read all of the books in the series, I did see the films (which I still love) and a few of the audio books. I’m still upset that they never made The Horse and His Boy into a film because that was my favourite audio book (I used to listen to them when I fell asleep at night). One day I will buy the books again and start reading them.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah. J. Maas

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While I haven’t finished this series yet, I just know that it is going to be a favourite of mine and one day I will read them again. I read the first book so quickly and loved how descriptive the writing was.

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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Again, another series that I have yet to finish, but one that has captivated me and I am sure to read again at some point in the future. I need to get my hands on all of Schwab’s books because her writing is incredible.

6. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I adore these book and cannot wait until the next instalment is out later on this year. They are so dark and twisted, a total page turner and a series that is likely to remain on my shelves as I will want to read them again at some point.

7. Goddess Summoning by P. C. Cast

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One of the first adult series I read that perfectly captured my love for Greek mythology, this series is one that I remember devouring. I still have one book of the series left to read that I am probably going to get to in the coming months. Maybe it will spur me into reading some of my favourite ones again, such as Goddess of Spring.

8. The Hunger Games by Susan Collins

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I read this series before they even said the films were being made and I absolutely loved it. I was big into dystopian at the time (it was the ‘in’ thing) and this series kept me hooked. The films were great as well, not as good as the books, so I hope that one day I get the chance to read them again.

9. Everless by Sara Holland

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Again, another debut novel from 2018 that I couldn’t get enough of. I flew through this book because the idea was so unique and different from anything I had read before, and I need the next book. I don’t know if this is going to be a duology, but you can guarantee that I will be reading this again before it comes out.

10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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How could I not have Twilight on this list? I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve read this series, far too many to count, and I would love to read them. Even if it was for the last time, I need to do it. After all, this is the series that put my love of reading into high gear.

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And there are my top ten books! What would you choose to add to your list?