Do you judge books by their covers? . I read UPROOTED late last year and loved it, but the cover put me off for so long... it wasn't until I read the preview that I determined I would enjoy it. While not a perfect book, I loved the Polish inspired setting and the characters. It was the perfect blend of magic and violence for me as well. The end gets a little bloody, but I liked that visceral feeling. . (Hello #grimdragon Blood Red, the other meaning of Valentine's day.) . You can read a longer review on my blog, link in my bio or by navigating to www.auroralector.com in your browser. . . Now, since it's my day off and I just had a large brunch, I'm gonna lay on my bed and read THE LAST OLYMPIAN, the final book in the original Percy Jackson series! . . Photo Description: an ereader displaying the title page of UPROOTED by Naomi Novik lays on a white linen cloth in a streak of sunlight, surrounded by tiny pinecones and branches from a pine tree.
What kind of bookish blog posts do you like? . I'm going to try something new now, using @unumdesign to post at least three times a week to coincide with my blog posts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . On the blog: I've just posted about a memoir written by a child soldier from Sierra Leone, A LONG WAY GONE. It's the oldest book on my TBR, from 2007. 😱 Other recent posts include reviews of SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo and KISS THE GIRL, a f/f romance. Link in my bio or you type www.auroralector.com in your browser. . Technically this shot is a leftover from spring 2017 so hereyago, #grimdragon. I didn't know what to post and felt like it had been a while since I featured this beautiful series. 😍 Any excuse, right? . I was tagged by @abookishinvasion to share my #top10femaleauthors that I've read: . Leigh Bardugo, Diana Wynne Jones, Alisha Rai, Cornelia Funke, Genevieve Cogman, Karen Cushman, Hiromi Takashima, Naomi Novik. I'm aware that's less than 10. 😌 heh~ . I'm tagging: @thebookprophet, @erinwroe, @colourmeread, @vicariousbookworm, @howlsmovingbookstagram, @bookmeacountry, @racheliswriting, @maru.books, @sumptuousbooks, @booklover_jenny. 💙 Sorry if I missed you already did this. Tag me in yours! . . Photo Description: the hardcover of CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo sits in a spot of sunlight, shadows streaking across the gold and black cover featuring a large black crow, the silhouette of a city between its feathers. The blurb on front reads: WHEN YOU CAN'T BEAT THE ODDS, CHANGE THE GAME.
Do you remove dustjackets? . Have you ever used a dustjacket flap as a bookmark? Or are you 🙅 totally against it? . THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan (PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS 5) . I've been so slow reading this, and it's already making me so emotional in the first few chapters. . #grimdragon - we're totally screwed . If you've read it, you know. I just want everyone to be okay. These kids are dealing with heavy stuff. Well Percy is almost 16 now. 😧 Wow. . Bookmark is an old design by JR Koop aka @wordsbyjasmine who is rebranding and relaunching soon, I think? She's amazing, kay. . . Photo Description: a black hardcover edition of THE LAST OLYMPIAN without dustjacket is nestled in a fluffy comforter, beside a pillow. A mug is tucked behind it and a bookmark featuring Annabeth Chase lies on top.
Would you live in the last book you read? . #grimdragon - anything but books . There's a lot of world building in Harry Potter that JK had very little hand in aside from leaving a lot of blanks. Often when she returns to fill in the story, her version pales to the one we've come up with on our own. . The Wizarding World is a mess, much like our own. . Tell me about book worlds you've lived in? Dreamed about? Or just about your terrible book hangover. . Or tell me your HP headcanons. 😘 Or tell me how much you love Dobby. . Photo Description: a mini Funko of Dobby the house elf is surrounded by dark leaves, reminiscent of his first appearance in Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling.
What's your latest library loan? . How are your reading goals? . How is your year going overall? ♥️ Power to you, Fall and Spring are just around the corner. . I decided to aim for 50 books for 2018... lower than last year, tho bookstagram helped me smash that goal. 😘 (112/75 😱) Last night I finished my 10th read! Zero foreign language books though. 😧 It's on the agenda. . I just saw an ad/offer for a German audiobook streaming service and since I'm in need of practice, I think I'm going to take advantage of it. (If you're a german learner you might want to check out @book_walk's page. Danke, Philip!) . . #grimdragon has blessed us with another whatever day 😆 so have my current read. . I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE by Maurene Goo is a cute book so far (pg 55), and I really appreciate all the K-drama references. . Summary: A disaster in romance, High School senior Desi Lee decides to tackle her flirting failures by watching Korean television dramas where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. . . Photo Description: the title page of the book is open on a white bedsheet, showing a library stamp and notes made in pencil by a librarian. A hand-painted rose bookmark is sticking out of the pages.
What's next on your TBR pile? . . So. I finished KISS THE GIRL last night, my first f/f contemporary romance. I'm gonna go all emoji on this review à la #grimdragon: . 🍷👩❤️💋👩💥👔📇🏙️🗽🍸🍹🍺🤠🐄👨👩👧👦💥😢🏙️🤜💻🤛💢😡😞😮🎅👩❤️👩 . . Aaaaaand a book tag! #top5tbr 😬 which I've snagged from @sneirrbooks. After I finish the FOUR I'm currently reading, I'm absolutely gonna read: . +) German Short Stories (Penguin Modern) +) Skim +) Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms +) Siege and Storm +) The Red Pyramid . I'm actually feeling really good about this TBR! 😌 . Tagging: Camila, @literallyreading, @booksknight, @bookmeacountry, @colourmeread, @annieloveswords, @staybookish, @vicariousbookworm . . This shot inspired by @abookeater 😘 ((having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card)) ((name that kids show)) . . Photo Description: three f/f Romance novels by Melissa Brayden lay on red and white striped sheets.
Favorite or recent ♥️ in middle-grade fiction? (Also called juvenile fiction, aimed at kids 9-14 or so.) Read any of these? . #grimdragon - TBR . I would be surprised if I read all these books this month, but I might. 🤔 No, what I'm deciding today is that I will try to be strict about reading certain books and reading them in a particular order. . I've always allowed myself to just read whatever, but with some studious books on the list I have to be firm with myself. . Gee, doesn't that sound fun. 😋 I want to try anyway. . What about you? Do you have a list you follow in an order? A stack beside your bed you pull from as you like? I own too many books and have an unreasonable TBR on Goodreads. 😬 Trying to cut it down is taking so long. Any tips? . . Photo Description: a stack Middle-Grade books from Owl Crate and LitJoy Crate sit on a small wooden table beside a white ceramic tea mug.
What's your current read? Are you a polyreader? (More than one book at once.) . I've got my blog posts scheduled but ran out of reviews and the book I could have used for a First Chapter Thoughts post (aka judging a book by slightly more than it's cover) turned into a current read. (Damn you, Maurene Goo.) . So slightly before midnight I began work on a 'current reads' post. I am so upset with myself for having 5 books going at once! It's been so long since I've been this bad! Definitely a couple months!! . Anyway you can read more about these books on my blog, link in bio or navigate to www.auroralector.com in your browser. ♥️ . . Photo Description: three books lay on a cloud pattern duvet, KISS THE GIRL by Melissa Brayden, PERCY JACKSON AND THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan, I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE by Maurene Goo and my Kindle with some of THE PUREBLOOD PRETENSE visible-- that's a Harry Potter fanfiction.