The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

I saw this tag on youtube the other day on Alana’s channel over at King Books, and I thought it would be fun to do to finally post something that isn’t a wrap up HAHA. This tag is all about the look and feel of your favourite books. Book Syrup is the creator of this tag and the link to her video is here. I want to focus on the books I have on my own shelf (with the exception of Best Spine) so I can show the actual things like chapter headers and illustrations rather than just the front cover. Okay? Okay, let’s get started!

1. Best colour combo on a book cover

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If I had to pick my favourite Heroes of Olympus cover, it would have to be The House of Hades (with Son of Neptune right on its tail). I think that the purple and orange colours work so well together to make the setting of the cover so miserable. I love it. The blue towards the bottom compliments the orange as well. All in all, I’m obsessed with this cover.

 

2. Best typography/font on a book cover

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I LOVE this cover in general, but I think that the way the title is written really ties everything together. The sharpie-look is very fitting; it’s exactly how I would imagine Lara Jean’s writing to be like. I just love how it’s written in sharpie. It looks so cute! The accented colours also add to the look of a cute contemporary novel (pink in this book and blue in the sequel). I can’t wait to see what the third book will look like.

3. Best simple cover

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So simple, but so great. The mint colour is one of my favourite colours ever! The title really pops because of how the red compliments the green. Cath, Levi, Simon, and Baz are drawn so cutely too. Sometimes simplicity is all you need.

 

 

 

4. Best endpages

20160619_010900[1]I could’ve used A Monster Calls for so many of the categories because of how beautiful the book is in every way but ultimately, this book had the best endpages. It was the only book that had something other than a map/a solid colour. I love the blue background and white outlines.

 

 
5. Best map

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I know that I posted this map before in one of my previous posts, but The Kiss of Deception’s map is my favourite one. I love how you can see the main kingdoms and what the castles look like as a whole. The sepia toned pages gives the map an old feeling. I also love the sigils of the main kingdoms. To me, this map is perfect.

 

6. Best naked hardback

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There are words to describe how much I love this novel looks without the dust jacket. The front cover has a violet and a finch amongst the stars. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL. BLESS THE DESIGNER. The yellow on white is genius.

 

7. Best back cover

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This question was a little hard to find a book for. Most of my books have very plain backs. I chose Since You’ve Been Gone because on the back, it is the list that Sloane left for Emily. The book was such an adventure and I loved every single event on it.

 

 

 

8. Best chapter headers

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Six of Crows is possibly the greatest looking book I have ever set my eyes on. The chapter headers look great as well. The black wing doubles as a night sky and the smoky background doubles as buildings. It is such a cool looking header. I’m excited to see what Crooked Kingdom is going to look like.

 

9. Best illustrations

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These illustrations are from the book Everything, Everything. The novel is filled with so many more drawings, charts, and diagrams. There is an abundance of drawings scattered throughout the whole book so it was hard to choose which I wanted to feature. Cute pictures for a cute book.

 

 

10. Best spine

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I think that I retract my comment about Six of Crows being the greatest looking book I have ever set eyes on because have you seen this book? It is so beautiful and well made. I could go on an on about how much I love the spine, but I’ll just let you stare at this masterpiece.

 

 
11. Favourite cover on your shelves

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I couldn’t just choose one cover for this question. I was thinking about showing the Heroes of Olympus series, but I didn’t want to do any repeats of anything so I pulled out The Winner’s Trilogy instead. The Winner’s Curse is the real winner here, but I wanted to showcase the whole series. The dresses are so beautiful and the typography is on point.

 

12. Tag 3 friends to do this tag

I tag:

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Emma @ Emma the Book Lover

and everyone else who wants to do this tag

As always, thanks for reading!

 

 

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April and May Book Haul & Wrap up

I’m back again, and NOT THAT LATE THIS TIME. I’m slowly getting my reading groove back into place. I bought some books, and read some more. Here we go!

These are the books that I’ve bought this month:
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(Linked to Goodreads)

The Winner’s Kiss

And these are the books that I’ve read in April:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was another book where the movie trailer motivated me to pick it up. I thought that this book was solid. One of my favourite aspects of the book were its mysteriousness and chilling atmosphere. This is particularly evident in the beginning, when you’re thrown into a world you know nothing about. If you’re worried about this book being scary, don’t worry because it didn’t feel scary at all. The creepiest thing about the book are the vintage pictures. I found the characters likeable, although I didn’t feel any connections to them. Their peculiarities made me feel like it was X-men but with children. (super coolsssss) I think that this book could’ve done without the romance. I couldn’t pick up on any chemistry between the two people, but that is just how I feel. The plot moved in a slow to medium pace to set everything up and in motion, but picked up towards the latter half. Overall, I enjoyed this book and will definitely pick up Hollow City very soon.

(side note. I don’t like how they switched up Emma’s fire powers to air for the movie. WHY?)

I’ll Give You the Sun – Rating: 5 Stars 

This book was exactly what I was looking for to get me back into reading. I LOVED this book! Our main characters Noah and Jude are so rich with personality, depth, and are appropriately flawed. I loved reading about them so much. Within the first two pages, I was hooked into the story; the writing was so beautiful I couldn’t put the book down. I’ll Give You the Sun is told in alternating POV’s when the twins are 13 and 16 (Noah’s POV when they’re 13, and Jude’s POV when they’re 16). Reading the story like this kept me wondering about what happened in between those years to mess up their unbreakable bond. I absolutely loved how close they were with each other. Whenever I read a part that unlocked a piece of their problem, I wanted to scream for a little while into my book. More than anything, I wanted Jude and Noah to talk everything out and set everything straight. There were so many things I loved about this book! Reading about lgbt+ diversity was brilliant as well. Noah and his neighbour are SO CUTE. This book deals with relationships, love, loss, sexuality, art, and expression. The only downside I can think about is how everything neatly wrapped up pretty quickly but other than that, I thought this book was perfect.

For my May book haul, I purchased these books:

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February and March Book Haul & Wrap Up

I think that I’ll start doing wrap ups for every two months from now on. I didn’t buy any books in February, but I did read a total of 5 books this month. I would also like to say that I had a fantastic reading month.

These are the books that I’ve read in February:

 

Me Before You – Rating: 5 Stars

I want to start off saying that I loved this book so much. I have so many feelings towards this book. I put off reading Me Before You for the longest time ever, until I saw the trailer for the movie. Our main two characters felt so real. I thought Louisa was a very relatable protagonist; she reminded me about myself and how she isn’t the most ambitious person on the block, but is extremely caring, thoughtful, and hard working . And then you have Will. Before his accident, he was an ambitious man of adventure and exploration. Together, they change each others’ lives and learn from one another. I really loved their relationship and how much they grew in their character arcs. The writing was so easy to fall into. I ended up reading more than half of the book in one night. Long story short, I highly recommend this book. Just be prepared with tissues handy.

The Mark of Athena – Rating: 4.5 Stars

We’re back with another instalment of our favourite heroes. I think my favourite part about this book was that we got to see everyone come together as a team and kick butt. I don’t know what it is, but there is something awesome about people with powers/abilities grouping up and working together (the avengers, justice league, xmen) that I just love and we got to see it in this book with our crew. I don’t know how Rick Riordan does it, but his books are hilarious! As always, the book is an action packed and fast paced experience. And especially with that book ending, I need to read House of Hades as soon as possible.

Wolf by Wolf – Rating: 4.5 Stars

From the moment I heard what this book was about, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I love reading books involving history. This story tells an alternate version of World War 2 and how Germany and Japan won against the Allied Powers. The two countries, Germany and Japan, hold an annual motorcyle race throughout the continent to commemorate their victory of the war. At the end of the race, the winner gets to meet Hitler. This is where our main protagonist Yael comes in; she is a former death camp prisoner in charge of impersonating a previous winner to get into the race.Her abilities as a skinshifter (she can change her appearance at will) are utilized to complete her only goal: to win the race and kill Hitler. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought that the pacing was great, and the characters were so interesting. To me, I felt like I couldn’t connect to Yael as much as I could with other characters. I also feel like it is justifiable because of her ability that has her take the place of so many people. I just hope that she finds her own identity in the next book. I felt like I couldn’t trust any of the other characters because of how backstabby and cutthroat they were; that made me love them more. I didn’t know if I could trust anyone at all. All in all, this book was very enjoyable.

November 9 – Rating: 5 Stars

Colleen Hoover is so great with her contemporaries. I loved the concept of the characters meeting every November 9. There were so many highs and lows within this book; it had me jumping up and down with excitement one moment and screaming while chucking the book towards the other side of the room in the next. Colleen Hoover’s writing is so addictive that it felt like I flew through the whole book in a matter of minutes. I don’t want to say too much about this book because I feel like it’s best to just to read and go along with it all.

Frozen Tides – Rating: 4.5 Stars

I didn’t know that it was possible for the series to get even better, yet here we are. I absolutely loved Frozen Tides. The plot definitely picked up towards the second half of the story but it was all so great. I do want to have a full review about my thoughts and feelings towards this book so I don’t want to say too much yet. Just know that it exceeded my expectations and the fifth book isn’t coming fast enough.

 

And now for my March book haul. These are the books that I have bought this month:

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