Six for Sunday: Favourite Tropes

Sunday again! Where do the weeks go?! Anyway, time for this week’s Six for Sunday, which is a meme created by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. This week’s theme is favourite tropes, so here goes!

  1. The chosen one
  2. Insta-love (I’m sorry, I know it’s terrible and unrealistic but can’t help it!)
  3. Friends to something more
  4. Angst
  5. Found families
  6. Meet-cutes

God, they’re all terrible. I am a cliche of a person, but I really do love all of them – with the caveat that they have to be done well.

What would be on your list of favourite tropes? Let me know in the comments!

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Six for Sunday: 2017 Books I Didn’t Read

It’s that time of the week again! Six for Sunday is a meme created by Steph at A Little But A Lot. This week’s theme is actually authors you discovered in 2017, but I did that for a Top Ten Tuesday post the other week, so I’m jumping back and doing the first theme of this year (which I missed) – 2017 books I didn’t read.

I actually own all these books. I was excited about all of them before they came out. I’m still excited for them. I just haven’t got round to reading them! The sad thing is, I could have easily doubled this list under the same criteria. Why do things like working and eating and sleeping get in the way of reading?

What did you miss last year? Is your list as sad-making as mine? Let me know in the comments!

 

Six For Sunday: Favourite Covers of 2017

Six for Sunday is a meme created by Steph over at A Little But A Lot and this week’s theme is favourite covers of 2017. I love book covers, and there are occasions when I’ve bought a book purely on the strength of what the cover looks like, so let’s see what I’ve gone with!

I commented on Charlotte’s post earlier that I thought my list would be similar to hers, but actually we’ve only got one book in common (Ink, which is so beautifully shiny it should be on everyone’s lists!). I love the optical illusion in Release, and the Waterstones special edition of Strange the Dreamer was genuinely one of the most beautful things I’d ever seen. The Smoking Hourglass is there to represent all the wonderful covers that Karl J Mountford is doing at the moment – I recommend you check out his work, because I love it!

This was so difficult! I think publishers are really pushing the boat out on covers recently, and we’ve been totally spoiled! What would be on your list? Let me know in the comments!

 

Six for Sunday: 2017 Books I Didn’t Enjoy

Six for Sunday is a meme created by Steph over at A Little But A Lot and this week’s theme is six books I didn’t enjoy in 2017. I think this is such a great topic because I certainly don’t tend to talk about much about the books I dislike, and I almost never review them. This is something I want to get better about this year – I can’t always just post positive reviews just because I feel guilty about being critical of something someone has worked hard on – so hopefully this is the jumping off point I need.

1. T is for Tree – yes, I know I was on the blog tour for this. There is a reason my post was a Q&A instead of a review. It’s a terrible book, with terrible themes and concepts, and if I’d felt I could pull out of the tour, I would have done.

2. Seven Days of You – I can’t actually remember why I disliked this book so much, but I remember that I did. I think I hated the lead character, and the way she treated everyone around her.

3. Royce Rolls – I hated the writing style of this one and really struggled to get through it, which is a real shame because I loved the Beautiful Creatures series that Margaret Stohl co-wrote.

4. Dramarama – So. Boring. And unrealistic. Fortunately from the library so at least I didn’t spend any money on it!

5. Undercover Princess – also boring and not terribly well written. It felt like someone’s first draft to me, and again, it seemed so unrealistic. I also thought the characters were pretty one dimensional.

6. The Fandom – I know some of you are going to disagree vehemently on this one, but I just found it boring. I couldn’t understand why they loved the book/film they were fans of, because it sounded terrible, and I hated the way the group of friends behaved with each other. I gave up at about page 160 and gave my copy away.

Don’t forget to check out Steph’s post and let me know in the comments what you think of my list (be nice though!).

Six for Sunday: Book Covers I Love

Six for Sunday is a new meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. This week’s theme is six types of books cover you love, so here goes.

1. Covers with maps. I love a good map and I am statistically 50% more likely to pick your book up if it has a map on the cover. Just so you know.

2. Colourful covers. I love the way the Wells and Wong series looks on my bookshelves, and that is completely down to the lovely bright colours that stand out. More of this please.

3. Covers by Karl J Mountford. Mountford has to be one of my favourite illustrators working on book covers at the moment. He has a real knack for getting them just right for the content. Just look at the difference between The Uncommoners and The Sinclair Mysteries, but both are perfect for the books. Give him ALL the work.

4. Foiled covers. So shiny. Do I need to say more?

5. Limited edition covers. I don’t have enough room on my bookshelves to buy more than one copy of a book (mostly. I have made exceptions.), but oh how I wish I did. I loved Hodder and Stoughton’s idea of 5 different covers for Caraval and getting to choose your favourite.

6. COVERS THAT MATCH. Sorry for shouting. But one of my pet peeves is covers changing partway through a series. Why do publishers hate me? Sometimes they get it right though, and I love a book series that has a theme throughout its covers. The Skyscraper Throne books had a brilliant silhouette of the London skyline along the bottom, that changed very slightly to match each book’s storyline. Brilliant!

What do you think of my favourite types of cover? What would yours be? Let me know in the comments!