Book Traveling Thursdays: Uprooted

Wheee October is here! And that means the return of SWEATER WEATHER! Yaaaas. Seriously my favorite season, and mostly because it’s cool without being extremely cold, and also the foliage. So. Orange. And warm. And lovely!

I’ve been in a bit of a book slump the past week or two, so I haven’t brought myself to review any of the books I’ve read. Scratch that, “listened to,” because let’s be honest, I’ve had more audiobook listens than I’ve cracked open a page. I need to remedy that, I really do.

But this isn’t about book reviews, it’s about book covers!

Book Traveling Thursday is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is in commemoration of Johnny Appleseed: “A Book That Originally Had Flowers or Foliage on the Cover.”

Uprooted by Naomi Novik fits the bill! The original cover is lovely, really, and considering the story’s antagonist is practically the Woods, it makes sense that there’d be foliage in the cover! In this case, a lovely rose and a snaking of vines and roots. And the evil, evil tree.

Original Cover

And since the US cover is mainly the original, I wanted to highlight the UK covers as well because holy crap, I love them a little bit more than the original cover (and I already think the original cover is beautiful).

UK Covers

Favorite Covers

There are two on this, because I am absolutely in love with the Hungarian and I think the Slovenian is really cute, too.

Least Favorite Cover

I will admit this is pretty eerie, but I’m still not a fan of full-on face for a cover.

What do you think of these covers? Do you have a favorite?

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Book Traveling Thursdays: Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Another Book Traveling Thursday post, yay! I’ve got to say I love doing these, because it gives me opportunity to look up different book covers and oggle at the really pretty ones!

Book Traveling Thursday is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is: “Plan your next vacation. Feature a book is set in a location on your travel bucket list.”

This was easy enough. Anyone who’s read any of my travel-related book posts will have seen that my heart has always belonged to Laini Taylor’s settings. I would have put Daughter of Smoke and Bone here but considering I actually did visit Prague, I’ve crossed this dream off my traveling bucket list. That said, my favorite setting described by Laini has always been Morocco. Morocco is a prominent location in her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy as well as one or two of her short stories in Lips Touch: Three Times. But for this week, I’m going to highlight Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the third book of her DoSaB series.

Original and US Cover

Dreams of Gods and Monsters continues the conflict of angels and demons and largely takes place in both Eretz and Morocco. It follows the story of Karou and Akiva, starcrossed lovers who have been pitted against each other because that’s how their species have fought for centuries. Now that there’s an even bigger threat to both their world and Earth, it is up to Karou and Akiva to unite their forces and fight the emperor who seeks to rule the worlds. There’s a bunch more happening in this book than I would have liked, but some of the best characters shined at the end of the story, and while I did rant a bit about it in my review, I will admit that I grew to love Liraz and Ziri even more after this book, even to the point where I so totally ship them and want more stories of them.

Favorite Cover(s)

Alright, again, it’s really hard to pick favorites! I do adore the original cover, because Karou and chimaera antlers are just fitting. However, there were some bird covers that I liked as well. The Indonesian one was cool because I loved the typography they used. The Japanese version is equally terrific because A) PURPLE POWAAAAH and B) it looks super ethereal and otherworldly, and the flock of birds reminds me of Akiva, which is always a plus.

Least Favorite Cover

Honestly, I didn’t see much wrong with all the other covers, but if I had to choose between all of the different ones, the Czech version is probably the one I’d choose last. I just wasn’t a big fan of how the bottom half typography turned out.

What did you think of these covers?

TTT: Fictional Fathers

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So last month, I’d done a TTT in commemoration to Mother’s Day and the book moms I’d encountered in stories. With Father’s Day also coming up this month, I thought it was high time to talk about the fictional dads as well! Like fictional mothers, the fathers in the stories I’ve read are also pretty nonexistent. Half the time, we get the deadbeat dads who want nothing to do with their offspring, and on the rare occasion that they do, it’s because down the line, they want to use their kid for a greater purpose.

And then, of course, there are the father figure type role models, which are cool, in a sense. And I do want to mention them at some point, but I can wait to do so at a later time on a category about mentors and parental figures. This TTT is for the fictional fathers who’ve raised fictional daughters and sons.

Top Ten Fictional Fathers

Arthur Weasley – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Well, honestly, I couldn’t include Mrs. Weasley without her other half! Rarely do we see both parents playing positive and amazing roles in books, so honestly, the Weasley clan is lucky (for the most part…hem hem). I took to Arthur much easier than I took to Molly when I read the series, and for good reason. He’s unambitious but brilliant in his own way, and he’s personable and enthusiastic. He’s definitely one of the father figures in Harry’s life, but let’s not forget he’s managed to rear five individualistic boys as well! (And on a related note, my heartstrings almost snapped when he got bitten by Nagini in the fifth book!)

Easier said than done, Arthur.

Mr. Murry – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – The Murry children are exceptional, and all of them are mathematically and scientifically gifted. I’d say it’s in the genes, considering both Mr. and Mrs. Murry are geniuses in their fields, but I believe half of it is also how the kids were reared. Meg, in general, is practically mathematically inclined, and her love of the subject can be attributed to the fact that her father often played math games with her to bolster her learning. That’s A+ in my book.

George Cooper – Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce – George and his mother weren’t exactly living the high life, and even as a healer, mom wasn’t earning respectable wages. So George, being the young man–well, young man chosen by the Trickster–that he was, decided to go in the way of the criminal folk. The man was the bloody King of the Rogue for a good number of years until he’d decided things needed changin’. And that’s where Alanna and the crew came in. At the end of the Song of the Lioness Quartet, the thief-king turned a new leaf and became a nobleman spymaster, and he went ahead and taught his only daughter the tricks of the trade. Even with his feisty wife objecting quite a bit.

By the ever talented Minuiko.

Terciel – Sabriel by Garth Nix – I mean, this could go either way, to be honest. I didn’t think Terciel was very present in terms of his rearing Sabriel, and honestly, he was pretty deadbeat when it came to raising Lirael. However, for a man who’d been the only Abhorsen left during a tumultuous time, I think he tried his best to do right by his first heir. Sabriel did admire her father, and while he couldn’t physically make his way down to magic-less Ancelstierre, he’d occasionally send his spirit-form out in order to spend some time with his daughter. Which is a good thing, because his ass needed saving, and there was clearly only one woman who’d loved him enough to even bother looking for him.

Hans Hubermann – The Book Thief by Markus Zusack – Hans Hubermann! He and his wife were the adoptive parents of Liesl Meminger, and they were amazing. I will admit I am basing this off of the movie first, and then the audiobook of The Book Thief, but I mean, come on. How could anyone not love a father who teaches his adoptive daughter to read? And then proceeds to turn his basement to a mini-dictionary?

Maxim Maresh – A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – Here’s another father that kind of came off as standoffish and surly on first impression. Admittedly, it wasn’t until the beginning of the third book where I even changed my mind about the man. That said, he loves his family, and in his own way, he tried very hard to protect them. It was heartbreaking to see the ordeals he faced in the third book of Shades of Magic, though in a way, I was glad that it happened, if only because the Steel Prince came into action one more time.

Adam Hauptman – Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – Honestly, I could put Bran AND Adam on this list of fatherly werewolves (because honestly, Mercy was raised by the Marrok, and he is absolutely lovely as well). I went for Adam mostly because he’s got a human child, and he’s terribly fond and protective of her. The first book pretty much puts this out in the open when he goes ahead and brings down his fury on those who’d gone over to harm Jessie. His protective side shows up again in Iron Kissed in much the same extent, and you really don’t want to be on the receiving end of that anger.

Bigby Wolf – Fables: Vol. 18, Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham – Here’s another werewolf father! It’s interesting to see how Bigby changes throughout the series. At the beginning he’s pretty much the lone wolf with a powerful pull on the Fabletown community. By the time the Adversary arc comes to a close, he’s more than happy to give others the reins just so he can spend more time with his children. And honestly, with the group of kidds he has, it’s no wonder he chose to settle down! All the same, when his children get in trouble, Bigby–and his wife–is the first to spring to action in order to help save them. To a certain extent, that is, but uh, spoilers.

Mr. Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Yes, yes, of course I was going to put Mr. Bennet in here! If I was going to put his wife in the Mother’s Day TTT, I was going to have him down as well. Unlike Mrs. Bennet and her theatrics, I like Mr. Bennet for his cynicism. He does get as ridiculous as his wife, but hey, he tries. And he dotes on Lizzie, which is something.

Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – My high school life pretty much revolved around this book and how much I actually admired Atticus Finch. Of course, it also helped that the fantastic Gregory Peck had starred as Atticus in the classic To Kill a Mockingbird movie. But yes, it’s kind of easy to do so in the eyes of Scout, who pretty much venerated her father and respected his views.

Who are your favorite fictional fathers?

TTT: Books Read in One Sitting

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I used to read books in one sitting often when I was younger, mostly because I liked staying up late at night to finish a book. Nowadays, it hits 11 o’clock and I’m dozing off whether or not the book is super-interesting. However! There are definitely times when I will sit down on my bed and then refuse to get off until I have finished a story. Normally this happens on books that aren’t massive, and it’s almost always the case when I pick up a graphic novel to read. That said, I’m discounting manga, children’s picture books, and graphic novels, only because yes, they do take faster to get through than a regular book.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read In One Sitting

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Hah, remember when we had to wait an actual year for the next installment of the Harry Potter series? Well, my wait wasn’t so bad. Books 1-4 were already out by the time I got on the bandwagon, though when OotP finally came out, I was one of the nerds lined up in front of a bookstore just to get myself a copy. Which I then proceeded to read without interruptions for an entire day. Gone went breakfast and lunch, and when I emerged during dinnertime…well, I sulked in the corner. Lawd, this book took me places.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – Oh, this book was lovely. And so was its spinoff. I also cried by the end of this, though I’m not sure if it was because I was sad that the book ended or super-happy at the result. In any case, I’m pretty sure someone found me curled up reading in the basement at 4 am and wondered why the hell I was still up. Oops?

Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermere – I’m pretty sure I had a Computer Science exam the next day. I ended up reading this and pulling an all-nighter to finish reading the story of Cecelia and Kate. So worth it! (But double oops?)

Iron Kissed, Silver Borne, River Marked, and Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs – Hah, and just about every other Mercy Thompson book out there. Honestly, I’m pretty sure I marathon-read the first four books over one weekend, and then subsequently read its sequels within a day. Not necessarily one sitting, but they really were just so addicting!

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause – One of my first introductions to YA supernatural fiction. I’m not sure I’d actually have enjoyed this book now if I read it again, but I did spend an entire day arguing about this with a friend because she and I were on different ships. That said! It was far better than the silly movie that was loosely based off it.

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Alright, strictly speaking, Cress took me at most two days with breaks. However, that was mostly due to me starting the first ten pages, and then going to work. But then the weekend happened and I lay in bed reading all of Cress until I’d finished. So. Damn. Good.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – I would not recommend reading this at night. I say this out of experience. The funny thing about Ocean is that it is a story of a child, though I don’t believe it is a children’s book in any sense. I suppose the best way to describe it will always be that it’s a children’s book written for adults, and that’s why I added this on the list. It was such a great read, and Gaiman has always been a wizard. So there.

Do you often read books in one sitting? What books kept you up all night?

TTT: Anticipated 2017

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Now that the Christmas knitting project has slowed down a bit (though it’s not quite over just yet, OMG WHY did I insist on knitting), it’s time to throw myself back into the habit of blogging regularly again! Alright, maybe it’ll still be a slow few weeks, because baking is going on in the background, and nothing is quite over until the holidays are over!

In any case, while my reading has also slowed down, I do have books I’ve been eyeing that’s going to be published in 2017. I’ll try not to drool and stuff.

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2017

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – OH HELLO. I would never forget this beauty coming out in 2017. I’ve been WAITING FOREVER. Actually, I’ve been waiting since February. But that’s still forever in book-years. And I’m probably going to cry when I finish this book. CRY.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – AHDIEH HAS A NEW BOOK. Yaaaaaaas. I loved her The Wrath & the Dawn duology, and honestly, if the writing is similar in Flame in the Mist, I am TOTALLY GOING TO LOVE HER. Also, the name of her protag is Mariko, which you can totally shorten to Mari. WINNING.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Dude. I’ve been seeing this ARC around in NetGalley and I so wanted it. I mean, honestly, interactive circuses and a dark plot. Whaaaaat please give me now.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – I’m still slightly angry about the ending of Allegiant, but I do want to read her next series.

The Gatlon School for Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer – I would never say no to anything by Marissa Meyer. Never.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – OKAY SO I HAVEN’T FINISHED DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE BUT I WILL. And Taylor is always such a lovely writer. And I mean have you read the book jacket summary for this book? It’s utterly gorgeous.

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – Yep. Another Schwab. Whodathunk.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel – I cannot actually wait to listen to the audiobook version of this. The first book was SO GOOD!

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs – *foams at the mouth* MERCY GOES TO EUROPE. MERCY GOES TO EUROPE.

Now I Rise by Kiersten White – I’ve actually put this book on my TBR immediately after I’d read And I Darken. It wasn’t my favorite book by a mile, but it also posed several questions that I wanted answered. Like can Lada be any more of a badass? CAN SHE? Would totally read it for that.