Favorite Book Covers of All Time

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Who doesn’t love a good cover? It’s one of the most important part of the books (after all, I judge books by covers and I think you should too)! Here are a few of my favorite covers of all time (in no particular order). I expect some of these will be a tad controversial 😉 .

 

 
Clearly I am a fan of the girl in a dress cover. I know a ton of people hate them, but I think they’re beautiful. I also love the original Throne of Glass cover, which is definitely an unpopular opinion. The new covers? Very much not my thing. And then let’s talk about Tris & Izzie. I love this cover soooooo much. I really do. The story though? Terrible. Did not like it at all.

What are your favorite covers of all time? Are you a girl in a dress fan too?

Things That Make Me Want to Unsubscribe

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Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that there are certain things that make me want to unsubscribe from a blog immediately. I know we all have our ticks and some of mine are probably pretty common, other might be less so.

 

PMS-ing characters and other non-female friendly remarks

Statements like this make me so angry. PMS is not something that turns you into a raging bitch or takes away your ability to be rational. Implying that for two weeks a month (PMS and during menstruation) women are incapable of behaving like normal humans is ridiculous. If someone is a mean, rotten person, it’s probably because they are a mean, rotten person. Not because they bleed and get cramps on a monthly basis. What the hell even is this? What decade do I live in that people still say things like that and think it’s ok?

 

Constantly re-blogging other people’s content by summarizing the main points.

I once followed a blog with interesting articles and great photos. But you know what? I unsubscribed!

That sounds a little odd, doesn’t it. Great photos, great content, why would you leave? Well, after several weeks of reading their posts, I just found that I was almost always irritated by the site. None of the images were their own and neither was the content. The content and photos were always cited, but here’s the thing:

I don’t care if you credit the source. IT’S NOT YOUR CONTENT.

If the only thing you post on your site is paraphrases of other people’s work, why the hell should I stick around? Re-blogging someone once in a while is perfectly fine. Constantly doing it? Not so much. I follow bloggers because I am interested in what they have to say, not what the 25 people they follow have to say. After all, I can visit Buzzed on my own, can’t I?

 

Reposting content

If you posted it last month, I don’t want to see it again. Especially constant reposting. If you really want to highlight these posts again, work them into another post. Feature them on your side bar. If you think you’re regular readers aren’t going to notice and be irritated, you are wrong.

 

Reviews that restate the synopsis

I can read that on my own, thanks. There’s literally no point in reading reviews like this. And I’d argue that it’s not even a review – just a non-spoiler recap. I struggle to see any value in this.

 

Crazy design. I like simple.

You know the drill – really cluttered side bars, double sidebars, busy patterns that distract from the content. A background that takes up the entire site – text that is overlayed on a pattern instead of a solid background is miserable to read. If I can’t read your content without distraction, I’m not likely to stick around.

 

Sliders

This is really for those photography blogs out there. Sliders are annoying. I want to go to your post and easily scroll down to see all of the gorgeous shots you took. Sometimes sliders don’t work if you’re visiting from Bloglovin’. And even if the slider does work, it’s just not as a user-friendly.

 

Alright, well, slightly ranty. But there you have it—the things that drive me absolutely freaking bonkers when I see them on other blogs. What kinds of things make you want to unsubscribe?

10 Gorgeous Libraries I’d Love to Visit

What bookish person doesn’t love a beautiful library? Especially if it’s one of these 10 places! I’ve only been to two of them, but the others are definitely on my bucket list!

 

New York Public Library

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Have you seen the NYPL? The main branch on 5th avenue is gorgeous and was definitely my dream wedding location! First of all, getting married in a library would be so “me.” But then there is also the architecture! It’s such a majestic setting and makes me feel as though I’ve been transported to Ancient Greece!

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You can definitely get married at the NYPL if you’d like too, but it’s pretty pricey. They even hold fashion shows there! I couldn’t just pick one picture from their wedding page, so here are 6 of my favorites! They’re all stunning, and you may even recognize a few from Pinterest.

 

Bibliotheca Alexandria

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The second library I’ve been lucky enough to visit is Bibliotheca Alexandria. The main part of the library feels pretty modern to me, even with the columns, but the outside is very cool. It overlooks the water and has a bunch of symbols on it, which I believe are hieroglyphics.

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As you get deeper into the library, you’ll come across several museums. This is the part I really loved. Tons of ancient manuscripts and artifacts. If you ever visit Alexandria, the library is a must see.

 

William Rainey Harper Memorial Library

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This library is part of the University of Chicago, so I’m hopeful that’ll be able to see it in the not-so-distant future. The architecture is absolutely stunning and has that gothic feel I love.

 

Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten

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This library, located in The Netherlands, feels much more whimsical to me. Not my favorite style of architecture, but don’t you just want to walk up and down that staircase?

 

George Peabody Library

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This library is located in Maryland, and I’m sure I’ll be back there again soon. Sad I didn’t visit when I was there visiting colleges though.

 

The Admont Library

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I have always wanted to go to Austria (and Prague)! I’ll have to stop by The Admont Library when I do. The style of this one makes me think of France.

 

Bodleian Library at Oxford University

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Travel + Leisure suggested this library for it’s Harry Potter feel. If these pictures look familiar to you, it is because part of Harry Potter was filmed in this library. The first image is the Hogwarts library and the second one is the infirmary. Several parts of the movie were actually filmed at Oxford University, so this would be an awesome library trip/Harry Potter tour in one. Definite win.

 

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

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Continuing with the beautiful homes for books (aka libraries) is the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice. Isn’t it lovely? I kinda want to move in. Or at least host a fabulous event. Maybe I should become a really high-end event planner. Then I could travel the world and throw parties in the world’s most incredible buildings.

 

Richelieu Library

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Have you seen the movie Ever After? I freaking love it! In the movie, Henry takes Danielle to a library (swoon-worthy, I know) and tells her that the Franciscans have an impressive collection (or something to that effect). Well, I’m not sure if this is the library or not, but I thought it might be. Either way, it is magnificent.

 

Opéra Library

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Another Paris library! I came across this while looking for the library that Henry might have taken Danielle too. It has a different look than the Richelieu Library, but is still beautiful.

 

Image sources: NYPL main building – Wikipedia. NYPL weddings – NYPL.org, Biblioteca Alexandria – Bibalex.org, William Rainey main building – University of Chicago, William Rainey reading room, Netherlands library, George Peabody, Admont Library – Architecture  & Design, Bodleian Library 1 – Wikipedia, Bodleian Library 2 – Wikipedia, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana exterior – Wikipedia, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana interior – Corriere Del Veneto, Richelieu Library – BnF, Opéra Library – Wikipedia. I discovered several of these libraries via Architecture & Design.

So, I Got Hacked . . .

This really fun thing happened to me last week. My site got hacked! How awesome is that?

If you have a blog you can imagine what it’s like to wake up in the morning, grab your computer so you can get the day’s post up, and find out that you can’t access the backend of your website. Freaking lovely!

Luckily my host was able to remove the corrupted file and get me back into my site. As a result though, I decided to move over to Book Host. If you’re not familiar with Book Host, it’s Ashley’s hosting company. If you’re not familiar with Ashley/Nose Graze, then I don’t even know . . . we need to fix that. Like now. Go visit her, she’s awesome 🙂

Anyway, Ashley’s service is more of a managed solution, I suppose. I don’t have to worry about any back end stuff because she takes care of all of that. It’s a bit odd having all of these plugins and such pre-installed for me, but I think I’m really going to like it! I’ve already discovered a few plugins that sound great and had just never heard of before.

So aside from the general crappiness of being hacked and the minor headache that comes with something major like a host migration, I am looking forward to the weekend! There have been so many changes on this site in the last several weeks — both visible (new design) and in the non-visible backend — that I am so looking forward to having them all done! I think I’m very, very close, but still have a few outstanding things on the list.

Instead of thinking about how much I hate the Internet at the current moment, I am going to think about the awesome weekend I have planned: Wicked and champagne brunch! And maybe even some progress on building those new shelves I mentioned in my library tour 🙂

Do you have anything fun planned this weekend? Definitely let me know in the comments!

Throne of Glass Questions

I have a few questions about the Throne of Glass series since I’ve read each book as it came out and the details aren’t as crisp as I’d like them to be. Warning! If you haven’t read through Heir of Fire (including The Assassin’s Blade) these questions will have some spoilers.

 

Now I already have the answer to the first question thanks to the receptions, but here are my other questions! For more details on each of these, check out my video above.

 

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How do the wyrd marks work? Do you need to have magic in order to use them?
Did Celaena figure out that Arobynn was the one who betrayed her? And if so, when did she?
If Celaena has figured out it was Arobynn, why hasn’t she killed him yet? And why hasn’t she killed Farran?

 

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The contest is open until April 12, 2015 and one lucky person will win the items shown above!

Rich Guys, Poor Girls, and Bad Parents: My Frustration with YA/NA Characters

I have been so frustrated with several of the character/story lines I’ve seen lately in both YA and NA, and after talking/ranting about it with a close friend, I’ve decided I should share.

 

Rich Guys and Poor Girls

Can someone please tell me why the hell some poor or middle class girl always meets a millionaire to sweep her off her feet? I realize this was the pattern in Disney movies and classic fairytales, but how freaking long ago were they written?

As a career-minded female, it frustrates me that the heroines in the stories I read often need to be taken care of—or for some reason, despite their intelligence, are unsuccessful. In a day and age where women are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and have more than proved their worth in the workforce and their ability to earn high incomes, why in the world aren’t we reading about them?

I would love to read a story about a girl who was 28 and unmarried because of her career instead of a string of failed relationships. The men these cynical girls end up with are often still single because they spend their early 20s building companies. Additionally, it’s a positive and more relatable way of crafting a story. We’ve all had our hearts broken at some point or another, but how often does that end up with a girl deciding she hates love and the entire male race in general. I mean, really?

I just find it sad that in the 21st century, we seem incapable of writing stories for teens and 20 somethings about women who are driven, successful, and ambitious. Oh random side note: there is no executive barbie <link to: http://www.thedailymuse.com/breakroom/17-barbies-were-glad-mattel-made/> (there was in 1963, 1992, and 1999, but not recently). That’s how well we encourage young women to have successful careers, if that is what they truly want. We have them play with Malibu barbie and read stories about women who get rescued by millionaires so they can shop their hearts out. Ugh.

 

Neglectful, Wealthy Parents

Here is another cliche that drives me up a freaking wall. In the event we do have a female character who comes from money, her parents suck. Why in the world do people assume that if you’re parents are successful, they must not give a shit about you?

Most of my friends come from family business and have parents that work very hard and make quite a bit of money. Most of my friends also have loving, caring parents who still made it to most of their sport games and are very involved in their lives. From making sure homework was done in grade school, to selecting a good college, to knowing all of their best friends…just because you’re successful and work a lot does not mean you must be a bad parent. It does not mean you don’t care about your kids and that they are left with cash instead of hugs. Honestly!

There has actually been only one example of good, successful parents in a book I’ve read and that was Wait for You by J. Lynn. The only problem is that it was the male protagonist’s parents. His mom was a doctor, his dad was a lawyer, they were well off and involved in their children’s lives. The female protagonist had pretty much the worst parents on the planet. They were apparently insanely rich, but did not give a shit about their daughter. (For the record, Wait for You is one of my favorite novels of all time).

 

 

These two trends have caused so much frustration for me, especially as I start to read more contemporary novels where these cliches are more present.

 

How do you feel about unsuccessful female heroines and parents who must be shitty just because they’re wealthy?

A to Z Bookish Survey

This survey was created by Jaime at The Perpetual Page Turner. I’ve seen this floating around a lot and finally decided to join in!

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Author you’ve read the most books from:

J.K. Rowling, followed by Julie Kagawa and Richelle Mead

Best Sequel Ever:

This is a tough one. I’m going to have to with two: Fire with Fire by Sioban Vivian and Jenny Han or Splendor by Anna Godberson.

Currently Reading:

Sweet Legacy by Terra Lynn Childs

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Mmm…I don’t really drink while I read. Probably water.

E-reader or Physical Book?

When traveling = e-reader. Otherwise = physical book.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Oy. Ok. In high school, Steldor from the Legacy series by Cayla Kluver (he won me over in Allegiance). I actually like cocky, charming, jerks in high school. I’ve grown out of that though, so if I had a book boyfriend today it would be Logan from Defiance by C.J. Redwine.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I was over vampires when I read it and I didn’t want to give it a try at all, but one of my friends convinced me. It’s one of my series of all time.

Hidden Gem Book:

So this is more of a hidden gem for the YA world, but it’s got a very dedicated following (hardcovers for this series sell for about $2,000: Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn. In the YA genre: the Siren series by Tricia Rayburn and Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Clair.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I don’t know. Probably reading with my Nanny.

Just Finished:

Elegy by Amanda Hocking

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

The kind my husband reads 🙂 War, mystery books.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Haryr Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

Major book hangover because of:

Being alone and reading too much. When my husband is traveling for a week and I read the whole time he’s gone, the last thing I want to do when he gets back is to read.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

4. One is my husbands, the other 3 are mine.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The one and only book I’ve ever re-read is Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn.

Preferred Place To Read:

My bed 🙂 Second choice is my couch. If I’m on vacation though, then on a lounge chair in the shade looking at the ocean.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

I have several:

“Nothing is written stone, child. Even if it were, the stones can be shattered” – Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn. It just speaks to me.

 

“Someone said she’d heard he was in the Great Hall,helping the wounded enter the passage. Someone else thought he’d been seen near the grotto, urging balky horses through. A servant, carrying Sioned’s casket of jewels and cursing for not remembering them earlier, said he’d been upstairs but that had been some time ago.” – Stronghold by Melanie Rawn. Saddest book moment in the world for me.

 

“Living too much in one’s head can be dangerous.” – Rumors by Anna Godbersen. This one is just so me. I’m very introverted and hardly spoke when I was little—I was always in my own world.

 

Reading Regret:

Forgetting how much I loved reading non-classics until a friend made me read Twilight.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Hunger Games. The first was good, but I’m dying to pick up the others. I will before I see the movie, but otherwise I probably wouldn’t.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn, The Luxe by Anna Godberson, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. These are more my all time favorite series than books. Oh, I have to add Harry Potter in there too, obviously.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn and The Luxe by Anna Godberson (clearly!)

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Ashes to Ashes by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

Worst Bookish Habit:

I don’t have one!!!

My husband says ignoring people when I’m reading (apparently a bomb could go off in the next room and I wouldn’t know—hello, exaggeration).

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

I’m not feeling this question. I;m sorting my goodreads to-read shelf randomly and picking number 27. The answe is (drumroll): Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Your latest book purchase:

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier and This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron