Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d LOVE to own

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and was moved to Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new topic is chosen, this week’s is: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library.

As you may as yet be unaware, I’m one of those people who very seldom reads a physical book anymore. Because of this, I was so excited to do this post since buying books is genuinely uncommon for me. I really had to think about what I’d go out of my way to find just so that I could sniff the pages like a weirdo and binge on staring at the cover (I’m a sucker for a gorgeous cover!). Here’s my list:

Stunning Covers

Erotic Stories for Punjabi WidowsI love this cover. It’s so shiny in person. I’m like a magpie for shiny covers. Plus, who could resist buying a book that not only speaks out for women but raises awareness for independence, immigrant experiences and portrays an insight in to Indian culture?

100 Days of Sunlight – I mean…it’s gorgeous right?! The bright yellow. The numerous miscellaneous items that somehow hint at the book’s content. The inspirational quote at the top. That’s enough for me to praise the cover artist and put it in my cart – without having to read the blurb. Sometimes its pleasing (not only just aesthetically) to buy something without reading a million reviews on it first. Going in blind (pun intended) is one of the few spontaneous things I enjoy doing!

101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration – this whimsical, inspiring book of quotes and stunning watercolour artwork caught my eye the other day and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about buying it since. Meredith Gaston has created the perfect book that will cheer you up on a dreary day!

Special Editions

Puffin Classics – I have to admit, I’m not much of a classics reader. Some of them are amazing – Pride and Prejudice being one of them. Others…not so much. It takes considerable effort to convince myself to read a classic book, or even heavy literature, so the Puffins Classic covers go a long way in capturing my interest and motivation. Look at the P&P one – it’s charming, floral and just so cute. I can’t resist!

City of Bones – 10 Year Anniversary Edition. City of Bones was one of the first fantasy books to really capture my attention when I was younger. It opened the doors to a whole hoard of books that I may not otherwise have tried without this book’s influence. For that reason, and the gorgeous cover, I would love to own the 10th year anniversary edition.

Lioness Rampant – The Song of the Lioness was the first series to make me aware of the disparity in the representation of males and females in books. Alanna was this incredibly strong, independent and resilient heroine that I absolutely adored. She taught me that women can do anything that they set their mind to. The message has stuck with me ever since. I would love to own the new boxed-set edition. Look at these covers!

Favourites Shelf

Luna and the Lie – While I would love to own this book purely because it’s one of my all-time faves (Rip will always have a piece of my sappy heart), this one really represents ALL of Mariana Zapata’s books. Until recently, all of her books were exclusively ebooks (which is my main format for reading, so this didn’t bother me) but they’ve now been released in paperback and I’m itching to get my hands on them!

Lothaire – My absolute favourite nutty Vampire. He’s literally crazy to the point of madness but his small vulnerabilities capture my heart every time I re-read (which is going on 8 times now I think… ). I honestly could read this book every year of my life and be happy!

Black Dagger Brotherhood Series – Need I really say more? If you haven’t read this yet, you’re honestly missing out. There are a tonne of tropes I adore in this vampire series, as well as kick ass females, grumpy-ass males and fated mates. My paranormal-romance-loving-soul couldn’t be happier!

Recent Read

The Art of Taxidermy – A captivating, macabre story told in verse about a child’s search for a connection after unspeakable loss. This is a gripping, morbid and heart-rending story that respectfully paints the picture of a child that’s had to suffer innumerably in her short life. Not only did this well-written story capture my heart, it also left me thinking for days. Plus, the cover is truly a work of art (pun intended).

// what books would you love to own? would you ever buy two of the same book just to own a new cover? //

Jen

20 Questions Book Tag!

Doing this tag was so much fun! Since I’m relatively new to the blogosphere I haven’t been tagged to do this but I saw it on the lovely Kaya’s page over at A Fictional Bookworm and had to give it a try. I can’t find the original creator of the tag (so if you know, please let me know down below and they can be recognised properly!)

Here we go!

How many books are too many in a series?

There are never too many in my eyes! I ADORE paranormal romance and some of my favourite series (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Immortals After Dark and Psy-Changeling) hit 15+ books. It’s like they know I love them and never want me to have to suffer withdrawals!

You can buy BDB books here, IAD books here and Psy-Changeling books here.

How do you feel about cliff hangers?

I severely dislike them. I know they’re meant to keep you on the edge of your seat and anticipating the next read but…I just can’t. I’m a HEA gal and that’ll never change!

Hardback or paperback?

Always, always hardback. They’re hard wearing, look absolutely glorious and make life easier to read. It’s a no brainer in my eyes!

Favourite book?

Damn. There’s no way I can pick just one! Have a look at my Goodreads Favourite Shelf … to see all 78 of them haha… but if I had to choose my favourite book of this year? Hands down it would be His Billionaire Bride by Madeline Ash (see my review here). It’s just so…sweet! How could you ever resist the lure of Edwin Prince?!

Pre-Order it for September 3, 2019 release: AMAZON

Least favourite book?

Tess of the D’Urburvilles. I had to read this in school and it was brutally descriptive, complicated and slow. I DNF at around 30% and haven’t ever looked back!

Love triangle…yes or no?

That would be a nope. I’m not a fan of these (with the exception of Twilight). I’m such a sap when I read and I can’t stand someone getting hurt or rejected just because there happens to be a hotter, smarter, funnier etc character. The HEA endings in these never feel quite so happy.

The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

That would be another ‘great classic’ that everyone else seems to love… or at least find meaning in that makes it worth reading. It was A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I mean the book won a freaking Nobel Prize and the newest cover edition is gorgeous. I tried, I really tried. But I DNF at around 20% when this came up last week for my book club read and the story just kept dragging on.

A book you’re currently reading?

I’ve been reading three recently – one for fun and two for ARC August (created by Octavia and Shelly over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. ). The Art of Taxidermy was one I picked up in the library the other day because I’m a sucker for a pretty cover and this one doesn’t disappoint! The other two are Our Stop and The Love Solution which I really need to finish but seem to be dragging on slowly. RTC for these, which should be sometime next week.

The Art of Taxidermy can be bought here. The Love solution here and Our Stop here.

The last book you recommended to someone?

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu. As Read Now on Netgalley, I couldn’t resist giving this graphic novel a try. It was so worth it! The art is absolutely gorgeous and the characters are super sweet. I also enjoyed the fact that there was such diverse representation in this book. Love is for everyone, in all shapes and forms.

Pre-Order it on: AMAZON

Oldest book you’ve read (based on publication date)?

I don’t tend to read many older books (partly because I’m still in a mild hate-relationship with classics) so the oldest book I’ve read would have to be Pride and Prejudice, published in 1813, which I absolutely LOVE. Mr. Darcy is where it’s at, in my sappy opinion.

Check out the Puffins Classics re-issue in this stunning cover here.

Newest book you’ve read (based on publication date)?

This would have to be Mooncakes, again. It’s the latest release in my ARC shelf and comes out on October 15, 2019. Pre-order it on amazon if you’d like to try it when its released.

Favourite author?

This one is so hard to answer because I could name so many. My hands-down auto-buy authors (even when I’m broke!) would have to be Mariana Zapata, K. A. Tucker, Madeline Ash and J. R. Ward. These four ladies are practically made of gold in my eyes. They could do no wrong!

Buying books or borrowing them?

I definitely prefer to borrow books. I hardly read them twice, except for my favourites. So I’ll usually try a book first through an ARC or the library and then I’ll go and buy the ones that I adored and have to read again and again.

A book you dislike that everyone else loves?

There are so many! The one that I received the most flack for was The Hunger Games trilogy. When the movies were released my bookish friends were all going insane about it. I tried them, I really did. They’re just not for me though – especially with their love triangle.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Dog-ears are the equivalent of writing and highlighting books in my eyes – i.e a big NO NO. I just can’t. The pages are so perfect on their own! I love to find cute and quirky bookmarks though. Especially from BookBookOwl’s Bookish Designs – have a look at her bookmarks. They’re insanely good and super cute!

A book you can re-read over and over?

Pretty much anything by Mariana Zapata, J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, Madeline Ash, K. A. Tucker and Kresley Cole. I think the one that I’ve re-read the most (according to Goodreads) is Lothaire. Bless his crazy vampire soul.

You can (and SHOULD) buy it: on AMAZON (or anywhere else you can get your hands on it!)

Can you read while listening to music?

If the music is mellow and at a low volume, then yes. Otherwise I just get distracted and find myself singing along… haha. It’s particularly weird if the mood of the music doesn’t quite match the vibe of the book. They’ve gotta gel otherwise I’ll be fighting laughter and tears at the same time.

Multiple POV or one POV?

I’m a big fan of multiple POV. Unpopular opinion here: but I love it when the author just randomly changes the POV without a chapter heading or any warning. It keeps me on my toes! I enjoy trying to keep up with multiple events as well as perspectives. You can gain a lot more information this way and it can make trying to predict the ending of the book a lot more enjoyable, in my opinion.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days on average?

I love to just binge read a good book. Most of the time I’ll read the book in one sitting, or at the very least in one day. My Goodreads Challenge Goal is to finish a book a day (approx. – I’ve given myself some leeway on this since I also have to try and study sometime as well… unfortunately).

Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to try this!

// do you have any of the same answers as me? what book do you dislike that everyone else loves? //

Jen