March 2017 Releases to Read

It’s already time to look back on March to see what books came out that I just didn’t have time to read!  Surprisingly, I was able to read more March books than January and February books.  But maybe that’s just because there were so many more releases.  Who knows?  Anyway, here’s the releases I want to read but will have to wait a bit.

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February 2017 Releases to Read

This list is a tad bit late as it’s almost time to make my March releases list, but I wanted to make sure I shared several titles that I’m truly excited about, but they just didn’t fit into my reading schedule yet.

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King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death (The Hollows #0.1)The Wish Granter (Ravenspire, #2)Daughter of the Pirate KingAriadnis

Books I Plan to Read as Time Allows:

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets WorldEmpress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)One Blood Ruby (Seven Black Diamonds, #2)The Dragon's Price (Transference, #1)Long May She Reign

Yeah, February was a big month for sequels and new series starts.  It may be awhile before I can get back to even a third of these, but I will get them read eventually as they all sound amazing!

#SnufftheSequel Entry Post

Book Loving Nut just announced this fun reading challenge, so I thought it might help me burn through some of my TBR and finish up those series I’ve been avoiding.  (I don’t want them to end, don’t judge me!)  Here’s a few of the titles I’m hoping to finish this year in between all the other awesome books waiting to be read.  (I’m going to focus on series endings for this challenge as I have the #BeattheBacklist challenge that I’m also focusing on series for.)

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Top 10 Tuesday: Visual Elements

This week’s Top 10 focuses on visuals!  Which is awesome because there are so many fun books that I’ve collected and read based on artwork.  See where the meme started here!

This is just a brief listing of some of my absolute favorite art accompanied stories 🙂

Princess Ai: Ultimate Edition

A manga that featured an art style that embraced music, pop rock, girly pretty things, and gothic lolita fashions.

Kitty & Dino

Not only is this a cute picture book about a cat that finds itself sharing a home with a newborn dino, but the art is gorgeous enough to frame.

Gotham City Sirens #1

My favorite trio of characters from the Batman universe presented in a lovely art style.

Stardust

There’s a lovely illustrated novel of Stardust that features the art of Charles Vess.

Flora and the Peacocks

Another picture book, this one tells the tale of newly formed friendships without using words.

MeruPuri, Vol. 1 (MeruPuri, #1)

I fell in love with author/artist’s art back in high school, and I still re-read this manga series occasionally.

The Tiger (Love, #1)

This graphic novel tells the everyday life stories of various animals without using words.  It focuses on the main animal but shows the environment and other animals in the area as well.

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery

Here’s a graphic novel series that’s basically Dungeons and Dragons with an all-female, butt-kicking cast!

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening (Collected Editions)

The art is actually what drew me to this graphic novel, and now I can’t wait for volume 2.

Return to Labyrinth, Vol. 1

If you love the Labyrinth movie, then you’ll love this sequel manga series.

Sailor Moon, Vol. 01 (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon #1)

So no visual favorites list would be complete without a Sailor Moon reference, so here’s one of my oldest, favorite manga of all time.

 

What books drew you in based on the artwork?  Share your lists below!

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Covers from Favorite Authors

We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  And, we all know that we do the exact opposite all the time.  And part of this is because we are visual creatures, but another aspect is targeted marketing because, to be honest, covers are made to sell.  There’s been a lot of talk lately about covers, but today I want to focus on my favorite covers from some favorite authors.  Some of them are older publications, some foreign editions, and some are just the original cover I remember reading!

Magic Study (Study, #2)

I found the original covers from Luna Books to be much more visually appealing than any of the newer ones.  There was so much to look at and it gave more emphasis to the fantasy aspect.

Cinder (Cronache Lunari, #1)

I can’t remember which language this is, but I love the swirliness and intrigue portrayed.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

While not my favorite cover as it doesn’t do the story justice, I admit I picked this book up because of the cover.  And was so glad I did as Laini is now one of my top favorite authors.

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I love almost all of the covers for the Green Rider series.  The artwork is amazing and fits that story so well.  And the foreign editions hold up nicely.

In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)

After finding Tamora Pierce, I started collecting all the Tortall books and this is one of the covers I found at my favorite second hand bookstore.

Acorna's Rebels (Acorna, #6)

Acorna was one of earliest favorite series and this was my favorite book of the series and also my favorite cover.

The Black Swan (Fairy Tales, #2)

I LOVE this cover!  And it’s my favorite book by Lackey!

Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga, #4)

This cover features everything I loved about the Firekeeper Saga: wolves, big cats, and talking to animals.

The Fire Opal (Lost Continent, #4)

I love all the covers that were painted by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law,  but this one in particular was very appealing.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)

This is probably my favorite of the Mercy Thompson covers, but they’re all pretty amazing.

That’s all for this week, next week the planned theme focuses on art in graphic novels and picture books.  To see all the chosen themes, check out the site that originated the meme.  I hope you’ll share your lists as well.

 

Covers with Cats

Well, I was looking for something fun to blog about today, and I found Book Huntress’ Book’s Fashion Days for the week and thought it looked like fun.  You can find the original post here!

 

Cats on Covers, Covers with Cats

I am a cat lover and couldn’t imagine life without my fur baby, Mystical 🙂  So when I saw this meme, I knew I had to contribute!  Here’s just a few covers from my personal library that have various types of house cats on them.

The Witches of Echo Park (The Witches of Echo Park, #1)Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery, #1)Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery, #1)The Catswold PortalAcorna's Rebels (Acorna, #6)Kitty & DinoNo One Noticed the Cat

 

And here’s some more that feature big cats!

Silvern (Gilded #2)Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakening, #1)Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga, #4)The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles, #1)Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall, #1)

That was fun!  Thanks Book Huntress for putting this together.

#BeatTheBacklist Entry Post

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Another reading challenge I wanted to do in 2017 is Beat the Backlist, mostly because the last couple of years, I’ve focused on new releases and neglected a lot of my older TBR.  So this year, I plan to use this challenge for two main things.

  1. FINISH or continue series that are been done for over a year now
  2. START series that I own several books in

To Finish/Continue:

Fish Out of Water (Fred the Mermaid, #3)Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13)Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2)Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #3)Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1)Artemis Invaded (Artemis Awakening, #2)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2)Cast in Peril (Chronicles of Elantra, #8)

 

To Start:

Devil's Bargain (Red Letter Days, #1)Witch Song (Witch Song, #1)Urban Shaman  (Walker Papers, #1)Path of Fate (Path, #1)Wild Magic (Drinker of Souls: Wild Magic, #1)Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)The Bloodbound (Bloodbound, #1)Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery, #1)Sword of Fire and Sea (The Chaos Knight, #1)Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)

 

We’ll see how this goes.  Some of the series are longer than others, so if I happen to become obsessed, it might push back one or two others.  I’m really hoping to have fun with this and get more of these older series, that I’ve been ignoring, off my TBR list.  Or at least part of each series 🙂