Beautiful Covers: Blue

Hey guys, so I wanted to do a new series where I talk about some of my favorite book covers and show some love to these beautiful books.

We all have our favorite covers and we hate it when a book gets remade into something a bit more lackluster, and so I wanted to go through the rainbow and share with you all some of my favorites from books I’ve read or will be reading soon.

My list will consist of colors that have the color of the day encompassing the majority of the cover; I’m thinking at least 75% of the cover OR it has to be a standout color, like a pop of color that draws your eyes in.

Today’s color: Blue

Blue is a very relaxing and calming color, and it’s a lot of peoples’ favorite color. It can mean the difference between a clear sky and an oncoming storm, or symbolize sadness and grief.

Here are my top five favorite blue covers:

1 . Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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I purposely picked up this copy at Barnes and Noble one day because of the colors. I had seen the hardcover version before, but I absolutely loved the colors in this one. The blue allows the red castle to really stand out, but the typography is simply gorgeous. Though I haven’t read it yet, I’m excited to, and the cover really helps with the excitement.

2. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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Though Celaena may encompass the majority of the cover as the focal point, the background that she’s against is simply stunning. The different shades of blue and white really help to show the intensity of the character on the cover and make it seem like she’s glowing. I love these colors so much.

3. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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This is one of my favorite covers of ever (and don’t be surprised when the rest of the trilogy makes an appearance). Not only is the typography clean and large, the models on the cover beautiful and totally encompassing the main characters in the book, but THAT BACKGROUND. It’s gorgeous! I love that this is a sci-fi novel and how that is really explained just by looking at the cover. The stars are beautiful and really showcase the characters.

4. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I love all of the redesigned covers, for sure, and this is my favorite of the two bluer covers for the trilogy. I love the simple eye design, but how the artist really took it to a new level to show the freezing of the eyelashes, the clouds in the sky, and the bird in the iris. Everything about this cover is beautiful – even the typography. Simply stunning.

5. The Selection by Keira Cass

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As I was looking at covers to choose from, I almost completely forgot about this series and its covers. They’re gorgeous! I’m pretty sure anyone who loves to wear dresses is envious that they weren’t able to wear this gown, because I know I’m one of them. I love how the dress is such a focal point because they are a big part of the series. Plus the pose of the model is nice.

And those are five of my favorite blue covers! I’m sure that there’s more to choose from, but these were the ones that stood out above the rest.

What are some of your favorite blue covers? Do you agree with my choices? Let me know some of your favorites and why you love them!

How I Organize My Bookshelves

There’s a bunch of ways people organize their bookshelves. Some do it by color, some by author, some by series or genre. I find that it can be relaxing and kind of fun to organize your shelves.

The way I organize them changed recently, but I did keep some of it the same way as before, just in a new location.

So, here are my shelves for reference!

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Okay, these first three pictures are all of just one bookcase.

First shelf (top left): It consists of tall story books and fantasy books (a few dystopian, too).

Second shelf: It consists of some of my favorite series/authors: The Mortal Instruments/Cassandra Clare, Throne of Glass/Sarah J Maas, and The Remnant Chronicles.

Third shelf (top right): It’s adult fantasy with some horror-esque/spooky novels and a few YA fantasy.

Fourth shelf: Science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, and some of the books I won from giveaways! (Because I had no where else to put them.)

Fifth (bottom) shelf: Some of my religious books, including my gigantic study bible, and the Harry Potter series trunk.

This large bookcase is one in which I put my primary books, aka the ones I want to get to ASAP. Mostly.

Next, I have two smaller bookcases with three shelves each and I arranged them a little differently.

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Shelf one (top left): Hardcover contemporary and non-fiction, including some favorites.

Shelf two: Adult fiction, YA dystopian, and YA contemporary.

Shelf three (top right): Classics, classics, and more classics. And some DVDs we borrowed from a friend.

Shelf four (bottom left): Vampires, Narnia, unicorns. You know, because those go together.

Shelf five: Manga! And the Divergent series.

The shelf below that one is books I still have to donate, I just haven’t done it yet. (Attachments, man. I can’t help it.)

So really it’s up to you on how you want to organize your bookshelf. Maybe I’ll do a tutorial type of post soon about how to organize it in different styles, but I just wanted to show you the way I do them.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books of the Year So Far

I haven’t done Top 5 Wednesday for a long time now. Whoops. Well, this week’s topic is all about your favorites books of the year so far. This is going to be hard to choose, but I’m going to do my best. I feel so unfair giving these ranks, but alas, I must.

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5. “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor.

I wasn’t expecting to love this book so much. It had romance, it had mystery, it had sexy characters, it had beautiful writing and it had so much, much more. It was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it. Check out my review here.

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4. “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare.

This book, though a prequel trilogy beginning, was awesome and wonderful and omg Will Herondale’s personality is amazing. I love the old feel of London and the steampunk affects of the story. I can’t wait to continue on! Check out my review here.

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3. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J Maas.

A wonderful beginning to a new trilogy, this book had romance, steamy scenes, hot Faerie men, a strong heroine, and more. It was so worth the read, even if some parts felt out of place and all that. Check out my review here.

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2. “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir.

Wow, this was a strong beginning to a new fantasy series. So far, we only have this book and the upcoming sequel, but I hope it’s more than just a duology. It has action, adventure, romance, betrayal, villains you love to hate, and more. Check out my review here.

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1. “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

This book had me giggling and squeeing for a large portion of what I was reading. It was so cute and fun and such a great read. If you haven’t read this yet, what are you waiting for? Do it. Do it nooooowwww. Check out my review here.

Okay, because this is just cruel and unusual punishment, here’s a couple of honorable mentions that have also been my favorites this year:

What are some of your favorite books of the year so far that you’ve read? Let me know!

Top Books of 2014

I may have only read 20 books this past year, but I still read some great books that have stuck with me and have made me think. I’m going to list my top five books from this year, and they are:

  1. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass. The first three books are out in this six part series, and I read all of them this past year and loved each and every one. This is definitely a favorite series filled with action, fantasy, politics, romance, and a kick-butt assassin heroine. My favorite of the series thus far is Heir of Fire, but they all are awesome. (Yes, I’m counting this as one book.) I rated each 5/5 stars.
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. This is the first book she wrote and it was the first book I read this year. Though some parts seemed to drag, I did really enjoy it and glad I read it as an introduction into Austen’s writing. It’s a book about two sisters who deal with the loss of their father, their romantic lives – and lack thereof – parties, politics, and other such things that happened in that culture during that time. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. This was my first Gaiman book and it was a beautiful piece of work. It had adventure, faeries, magic, and a great storyline. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more by Gaiman. I rated this 5/5 stars.
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book was very cute and funny and I highly enjoyed it. It allowed me to reminisce on my college days (which weren’t that long ago) and just enjoy a cute story of love, family, friendship, and going out into the world. I rated this 5/5 stars.
  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book was hyped way up this past year, but it was a really great read and I really enjoyed the story and the characters in them. I rated this 5/5 stars.

What were some of your top books from 2014? Let me know in the comments below! And here’s to a New Year! Happy New Year’s everyone!