bad netgalley covers

It is truly a highlight of my day to go on NetGalley and see all the wonderful YA books coming out that are available for request. However, it is also sometimes annoying because I have to sort through all the books with really terrible covers. Whenever I see a slew of terrible covers, I always hope they add more books with better covers soon so I don’t have to look at the bad covers every time I log onto it (which I do way too much, tbh). Today’s post is dedicated to NetGalley’s terrible covers, and may become a feature if people happen to enjoy.

My comments are solely based on the covers, not any understanding of what the book is about.

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I get they’re going for dark maybe? But this cover is way too dark and shadowy to really see anything…also is that a normal place for a butt line? That is a very pronounced butt line. Also what genre is this? She looks like she’s wearing jeans but there’s a dragon and a fantasy forest? I’m confused.

 

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This looks more like a children’s cover than a YA cover and there’s a lot going on here. We have a weird faded aura around the girl, then a victorian-ish border, then a city at the bottom. Plus, this hair does not look like real hair because of how its drawn. It’s a puff with no dimension.

 

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This. Is so. Literal. Paper cut outs is your title AND you’re posting literal paper cutouts on the cover? you also can’t see the gray ones very well and it looks like she’s holding it but only on one side and is the black part supposed to be a shadow and if so why is she holding a shadow I’M SO CONFUSED!

 

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Baha. Bahahaha. I mean..what?? Apparently what we buried is the girl’s face somewhere else. This is both funny and vaguely disturbing at the same time. But omg WHAT. Seriously.

 

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I guess this cover isn’t terrible but the title is UNLEAVING and?? She’s clearly?? Leaving?? Okay, cover designers.

 

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To me this book cover says “I am trying to be pretentious and literary but am failing miserably because I look like a self-published adult romance.”

 

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I mean…that title though. GESTATION? Who thought that was a good idea?? Is the child on the cover the product of the gestation period of that monster? Is the child gestating the monster?? Also you can’t even see anything on this cover because the lighting is dreadful.

 

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I get they were going for ghostly here, but if your tagline is about zombies, maybe you should’ve gone for that and not had so much white against black on your cover? That is a bad font.

 

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This looks like they were trying to be pretentious again with that title but the image just looks like they plopped it on the cover and stretched it out to fit in the space.

 

Which of these covers is your favorite bad cover? Was I too harsh with any of them? Would you read any of these based on the covers?

 

www wednesday \\ 10-17-18

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

Just Finished

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I have made no secret of the fact that I am not an Adam Silvera fan, or really a Becky Albertalli fan other than SIMON VS. Thus, I was very nervous going into this book that I wouldn’t like it. However, I liked this book immediately and fortunately that feeling stayed all the way through. It got a little too long at the end (contemps don’t really need to be over 400 pages, in my opinion), but overall I really liked it. I liked both Arthur and Ben, though I think Ben’s character was more complex, and I loved all the ships and the friendships. This book is totally charming and bittersweet, and was very well-written and fun.

 

Currently Reading

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I already know who really killed the family because a YA book spoiled it for me a while ago, but I still wanted to read this one since the movie is coming out. I am really enjoying this so far, though Shirley Jackson seems to be the queen of run-on sentences. The story is dark and weird and quirky and atmospheric, and Merricat is a fascinating, relatable, and interesting character. I think this will end up a new favorite when I finish it.

 

Reading Next

I know I keep saying I’m planning to read WILDCARD next and never do, but it’s because I’m waiting for the perfect time to read it uninterrupted and not at work, and this weekend is the perfect time because it’ll be Dewey’s annual 24-hr readathon!! I plan to read WILDCARD first, then hopefully I’ll have time to start on LADY’S GUIDE, which I am super embarrassed not to have read because I’ve had an eARC since forever. This will hopefully be my ultimate reading weekend with perfect books, good snacks, and fun movies in the background, so I hope I can stay up long enough to finish a book or two.

www wednesday \\ 10-17-18

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

Just Finished

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I have made no secret of the fact that I am not an Adam Silvera fan, or really a Becky Albertalli fan other than SIMON VS. Thus, I was very nervous going into this book that I wouldn’t like it. However, I liked this book immediately and fortunately that feeling stayed all the way through. It got a little too long at the end (contemps don’t really need to be over 400 pages, in my opinion), but overall I really liked it. I liked both Arthur and Ben, though I think Ben’s character was more complex, and I loved all the ships and the friendships. This book is totally charming and bittersweet, and was very well-written and fun.

 

Currently Reading

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I already know who really killed the family because a YA book spoiled it for me a while ago, but I still wanted to read this one since the movie is coming out. I am really enjoying this so far, though Shirley Jackson seems to be the queen of run-on sentences. The story is dark and weird and quirky and atmospheric, and Merricat is a fascinating, relatable, and interesting character. I think this will end up a new favorite when I finish it.

 

Reading Next

I know I keep saying I’m planning to read WILDCARD next and never do, but it’s because I’m waiting for the perfect time to read it uninterrupted and not at work, and this weekend is the perfect time because it’ll be Dewey’s annual 24-hr readathon!! I plan to read WILDCARD first, then hopefully I’ll have time to start on LADY’S GUIDE, which I am super embarrassed not to have read because I’ve had an eARC since forever. This will hopefully be my ultimate reading weekend with perfect books, good snacks, and fun movies in the background, so I hope I can stay up long enough to finish a book or two.

I…don’t like long books?

I was thinking about something this week as I accidentally did last week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday, which was to share the top ten longest books I’ve read…

I am not a fan of long books.

I was looking at the list of books, and most were fantasy series, and I don’t like series much either, partially because they’re usually so long, but that’s a topic for another post. I remember reading a lot of these books and groaning over how long they were. I started rereading the Harry Potter books a couple months ago, but stopped because I was dreading having to read the later books. The longest book I’ve read is HARRY POTTER & THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, which clocks in at over 850 pages.

I am embarrassed by this.

I think lots of book lovers love long books, and people have that saying “I like big books and I cannot lie” from the song, and I’m over here like…I would prefer my books small or medium, please. It’s not that I *can’t* read long books, I just prefer to read in smaller, more manageable chunks that allow me to read more books per month or year versus books that seem to never end and take forever.

It makes me feel like I’m not a real book lover sometimes.

Which is ridiculous, because I love books more than anyone I know, my literal job is books, and I know there are many types of booklovers and readers. A book lover isn’t inherently more or less valid based on how much they read or what type of book they read, if they read or listen to an audio book. But still, I sometimes get this nagging sense that I’m not a as good a reader as I think I am or that other book lovers would cringe if they knew I wasn’t a long book person.

I know there’s no right way to love books, and my way of loving books does not make me more or less valid as a bookworm. Still, I feel self-conscious about my dislike of long books, and I hope that this post will perhaps encourage others to voice their own book-loving concerns so we can all feel less embarrassed about things that probably don’t need to be embarrassing.

 

How do you feel about long books? Do you have any bookworm habits you worry others would judge you for?

dewey’s 24hr readathon sign up!

It’s that time again for another Dewey’s 24hr Readathon! This is a (mostly) yearly readathon that takes place in October over a 24hr period. This month’s readathon is from 8:00am October 20-8:00am October 21! I know I literally just wrote a post about how I maybe don’t like 24hr reading events because they’re too much pressure, but I kinda want to try this one again because it’s my favorite one and I actually have the weekend off so I can do it!

Here are my plans for this readathon:

  • Read WILDCARD and LADY’S GUIDE. Or most of one of them. I have been meaning to read my ARCs of these for so long and now they’re out so I really need to read them.
  • Try not to put too much pressure on myself. I always psyche myself out and think I’m not going to be able to stay up all night so I shouldn’t even try doing the readathon, but *hopefully* I can put that aside this time and just try to enjoy it.
  • Schedule my reading time. I’ve been experimenting vaguely with scheduling things in general, such as what the heck to do over weekends, so I think perhaps scheduling what time blocks I’m going to be reading for will help.
  • Snacks. I might make sugar cookies again this weekend, but I also got a super cute cookbook with a lot of great desserts so I may try one from that. I also have a little pepperoni platter that I get for special occasions at my grocery store with goat cheese and crackers so I might do that.
  • Take breaks. I will definitely try to schedule in reading breaks over the weekend in which to do other things, like move around or journal. I don’t *have* to read a whole 24 hrs, just read a lot during that period.
  • Try to enjoy it. Again, instead of putting so much pressure on myself to read straight through or beat myself up if I can’t stay up all night. Just do the best I can and read as much as I want or don’t want.

Three Bookish Things Tag

So I wasn’t actually tagged for this tag yet, but I saw it on Velvet Spade Reads and really liked it, so I am stealing it sans being tagged. I have also been in a bit of a posting slump lately and have no ideas for posts, so here we are with bookish tags, aka my favorite thing to post and to read other than TBR lists. Woohoo!

 

Three Read Once & Loved Authors

I don’t think this is correct but I’m interpreting this as “authors I’ve only read one book by but loved.” So here we are. I loved Emma Mills’ THIS ADVENTURE ENDS but don’t remember much about it, but I would really like to read her new book, FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN, and also go back and read my really old eARC of FOOLISH HEARTS. I also LOVED Heather Demetrios’ SOMETHING REAL, about a girl whose family is part of a huge reality show but she wants out, but then I was too scared to read any of her other books. I also loved DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY about a snarky reporter, but Brodi Ashton’s other books don’t really appeal to me.

 

Three Titles I’ve Watched but Haven’t Read

  • Whale Rider – This was one of my favorite movies as a child, and is about a young Maori girl who wants to be trained to become chief even though women are not allowed to become chief. My mom read the book of this and said the movie was way better, so I am probably not going to read the book.
  • Winter’s Bone – I actually forgot this was a book until I saw this prompt. I don’t remember much about the movie other than Jennifer Lawrence was in it and pulling a body out of a lake.
  • The Shining – I honestly love the movie of The Shining. I don’t usually go for older movies, especially old horror movies, but this is definitely a classic for a reason. I’m not interested in reading Stephen King though.

 

Three Characters You Love

  • Meggie from Inkheart – All three of these books were my favorites as a kid, but INKHEART is an extra favorite because I love Cornelia Funke’s fantasies so much, and Meggie and her dad are super bookish in this story. This is the ultimate fantasy novel if you’re a book lover.
  • Lyra from The Golden Compass – Lyra is the epitome of a strong female heroine. These books will have my heart forever and I read them a million times as a kid.
  • Maddie from A Northern Light – Whenever I hear the phrase “feminist YA,” I always automatically think of this book. Maddie makes a lot of distinctly feminist choices in this book, but in a way that does not seem anachronistic to the time period of the book or like the author is being preachy.

 

Three Series Binged

This might as well have been titled “How Many Books By Jenny Han Have You Read” and the answer would be “all but one.” I binge read the Summer trilogy a few years ago and enjoyed it, and recently binge reread TATBILB after watching the movie and loved it even more the second time. The only other series I can think of that I’ve binge read is the MIND GAMES duology, a paranormal duology from about 5 years ago. I don’t remember much other than it was paranormal and I really liked it.

 

Three Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  • I don’t like series. I don’t care if it’s 7 books or even just 3 books…I just don’t like them. I have dreadful series amnesia, and I always have to reread the previous book in the series before I can continue a series, which takes time away from other books I could be reading for the first time, so series just irk me.
  • I kind of still like love triangles? But only if it’s done well. A love triangle that’s half-assed is a love triangle I will still complain about. But a love triangle with the romantic tension of…something with a lot of romantic tension, then yes yes give it to me, YA writers! Plus I’m still waiting for an excellent bisexual or lesbian love triangle.
  • I think dog-earing pages is ok. I do sometimes dog-ear my books if I have no bookmark available. I prefer not to, but I don’t think it’s as big a deal as some readers seem to think it is.

 

Three Current Favorite Book Covers

 

Three Goals for This Year

  • …participate in NaNoWriMo…??? This is a very hesitant goal because I do not know what my life will be like next month because of a few potential recent developments. I also have attempted NaNo in the past but have never completed it because I always miss days. I also haven’t written anything new at all basically since last NaNo. I do have an idea for a gay Southern Gothic Jane Eyre retelling, but it’s so outside of what I normally try to write and I’m worried it’s a stupid idea.
  • Organize my bookshelves. Well, specifically bookshelf. I have one bookshelf in my living room that is a total mess because I keep lots of junk other than books on it, and it is dreadful.
  • Try scheduling out my reading. I want to try scheduling what I’m going to read throughout the month instead of relying on my moods, because mood reading has recently gotten me into a lot more reading slumps than normal and I need to pull myself out of it. Plus, I want to get more on top of my eARCs and ARCs of recent releases.

www wednesday \\ 10-10-18

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

 

Just Finished

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As you may have gathered from my review, I was not as big of a fan of this book as I hoped. Though it was horror and atmospheric and queer, overall I just found it slow, oddly paced, and boring. It did not live up to my expectations.

 

Currently Reading

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I decided to give WHAT IF IT’S US a shot because all I’ve been enjoying consistently this year are fluffy contemps and fantasies, and this is a queer fluffy contemp which makes it even better. I was really worried about this book because I HATE Adam Silvera’s books and haven’t liked anything Becky Albertalli has written besides SIMON, but as of the first two chapters I am highly enjoying it. Let’s hope it continues to be good.

 

Reading Next

Yes, I know, my answer for this is the same as last week, but I do really want to read both of these! As of now, I’m leaning more towards BLANCA & ROJA because I’m in a queer mood (although honestly that’s all the time, let’s be real) and in the mood for magical realism, plus I still haven’t read an Anna-Marie McLemore book yet.

www wednesday \\ 10-10-18

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

 

Just Finished

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As you may have gathered from my review, I was not as big of a fan of this book as I hoped. Though it was horror and atmospheric and queer, overall I just found it slow, oddly paced, and boring. It did not live up to my expectations.

 

Currently Reading

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I decided to give WHAT IF IT’S US a shot because all I’ve been enjoying consistently this year are fluffy contemps and fantasies, and this is a queer fluffy contemp which makes it even better. I was really worried about this book because I HATE Adam Silvera’s books and haven’t liked anything Becky Albertalli has written besides SIMON, but as of the first two chapters I am highly enjoying it. Let’s hope it continues to be good.

 

Reading Next

Yes, I know, my answer for this is the same as last week, but I do really want to read both of these! As of now, I’m leaning more towards BLANCA & ROJA because I’m in a queer mood (although honestly that’s all the time, let’s be real) and in the mood for magical realism, plus I still haven’t read an Anna-Marie McLemore book yet.

Sex and Spoopy // 2 queer reviews

I read a lot of queer books because that is my jam and I am queer, and the past couple months have been no exception. Recently, I read JACK OF HEARTS and SAWKILL GIRLS, so I will be talking about both of those briefly today.

 

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Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…

…….

Outside of WILDCARD, JACK OF HEARTS was probably my most anticipated book for the second half of 2018. It is so rare to read about sexually active queer teens, so I was very excited for that, as well as the fact that is was basically SIMON VS. meets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. The mystery of the book and finding out who Jack’s stalker was was definitely the highlight of this book. The mystery was fun and scary but also realistic and believable, which actually made me not like it at times, but I’d say overall the mystery was the strongest aspect of the book. I thought the twist of who the stalker was was very well done and well plotted, because there were some hints but not so many that I guessed who it was. I realize that I really only like major plot twists if there seems to be a kernel of believability and it seems logical in some way, and I definitely believed the plot twist in this book.

The downside of JACK OF HEARTS was the character development. I felt like all we got to know about Jack was that he likes sex. I didn’t feel we got a lot about him outside of that. I get that the major selling point of the book is that it’s open about sex, but I’m sure Jack has other interests, and he even says that he doesn’t want that to be the only thing people know about him. And honestly, I started skipping the sex advice columns because they were too upsetting or graphic for me. I am not a person who likes reading about graphic sex, and even don’t like watching TV with lots of sex in it. I don’t know why because I’m not prudish or anything in real life, but it’s just not a thing I like a lot of in my media. Still, I think this book did a good job of dealing with the sexual aspects in a healthy way for teens and other readers.

 

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Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now. 

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I was expecting to like this book a lot even though I was a bit worried it would be too scary for me since even though I used to love horror, I haven’t been that into it lately. Unfortunately, I was largely disappointed by this book. My main issue with it, strangely, was that I was just bored. The writing was pretty good itself, but the rest of the story elements just struck me as slow and dull even though exciting things happened. I think my main issue with the plot was the pacing. We know who the killer is and know what the deal with that is right away, so that took a major part of the suspense out of it for me. I felt like the rest of the story was too slow as the other characters tried to catch up to what the reader already knew.

I also wasn’t sold on really any of the characters. None of them was particularly complex other than Val, I guess: Zoe was angry about her missing friend, and Marion continued being sad and plain. The most interesting thing to me about the characters was that they were all queer. Two characters have a romance, and Zoe is asexual and has a romance. I liked that there wasn’t a clear label on Marion or Val’s sexuality, but that there was for Zoe, since there are so few ace characters in YA. Overall though, I thought their characters were pretty flat.

I was also weirded out and confused by the sentient Rock that had feelings and possibly did things to move the story along?? I’m honestly still not quite sure what the heck happened with the rock. I think it gave them powers to fight the Collector? I don’t really know. But I was not a fan of the Rock parts and started skimming them. Actually, I skimmed most of the last 20% of the book because it was too slow and I was done with it at that point. In general this book was disappointing and not what I was expecting.

my netgalley queue

NetGalley. A book blogger’s blessing and curse. It provides so many good books, but too many to keep track of on our ever-growing TBR lists. Today, I’m sharing some of the books I’ve requested from NetGalley that I’m excited to read.

  1. The Everlasting Rose | Dhonielle Clayton – Is there a book that I’m more excited about reading on this list than THE EVERLASTING ROSE? Probably not. Honestly, I had mixed feelings about THE BELLES while I was actually reading it, but after I was away from it for a while, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I knew I had to read the sequel when it came out, and now I have the eARC of the sequel and EEEEEEEEEEE!
  2. Wicked Saints | Emily A. Duncan – I am unsure why this book is being SO hyped when it doesn’t even have a synopsis yet and I can’t find any info about it other than the fact that it’s about gods and monsters. All of the Flatiron YA books I’ve read have been really excellent, so this one will probably follow suit, but seriously, what is with the hype about this book?
  3. The Waking Forest | Alyssa Wees – This book I downloaded on a whim pretty much. It was comped to THE HAZEL WOOD, one of my all-time favorite books, and also PAN’S LABYRINTH, one of my all-time favorite movies, plus it’s about a witch, so obviously I had to download it.

 

4. Toxic | Lydia Kang – I added this one because I loved Lydia Kang’s most recent YA release, THE NOVEMBER GIRL. I’m a little worried about this one because it’s sci-fi and I do not do sci-fi, so we shall see how it goes.

5. Famous in a Small Town | Emma Mills – I don’t even really remember what this one is about; I just know I found Mills’ second novel, THIS ADVENTURE ENDS, completely delightful, and I have been meaning to read more by her ever since then.

6. The Similars | Rebecca Hanover – This is a book about clones, and a girl who goes to school with a clone of her dead best friend. This kind of book isn’t my usual thing, but for some reason I have a really good feeling about it.

7. The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynne Herman – From what I can gather, THE DEVOURING GRAY has a dead sister and a mysterious town, and I am all about mysterious towns filled with secrets. Bring it on.