Top Ten Tuesday (Covers with fall vibes)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere)

1) The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. I reread this book recently (review here) and the cover has such autumn vibes with it’s reds, oranges and greens. Definitely gorgeous.

2) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I’m not sure why this one gives my fall vibes, I think it’s because it has that lovely brown snake and a horror / Halloween feel? Anyway, it’s a great book that I’m reading right now as I write this.

3) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Again it’s definitely the orange that gives me all the autumn feels. I also tend to read this book in autumn. I met Samantha and got my book signed in October last year.

4) Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. This is another book for spooky system with a great cover! I read an ARC recently and it was a really good fit for Halloween his year!

5) Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It’s probably the mushrooms giving me a fall feeling! Also I love forests in autumn.

6) With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. This one has gorgeous autumnal colours! It’s also a really amazing book that you should absolutely check out sometime.

7. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. The conclusion to an amazing trilogy that I’m still not really over. Please read so we can cry together.

8) The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Spooky witchy vibes? Yes please. I love this cover, it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s a beautifully written book too.

9) The Familiars by Stacey Halls. This is a really heart-breaking book that an old friend recommended to me. I really loved it, I think I’ll re-read it soon. Look at all those leaves. And the cute fox. Such beautiful cover art!

10) The Betrayals by Bridget Collins. More autumn colours. I rated this ARC 5 stars but I’m still debating whether I liked one of the plot twists or not! Anyway, we have to agree the cover is gorgeous – and my Waterstones special edition pre-order has sprayed edges. There’s still time to pre-order!

There we have it, some autumnal covers. It was harder to do this than I thought it would be! I’ve gone for some Halloween vibes, some autumn leaves vibes, some colour vibes. What do you think? Feel free to link your posts below!

Top Ten Tuesday (Books That Make Me Hungry)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Books that Make Me Hungry (They could have food items on the cover, foods in the title, be about foodies or have food as a main plot point… they could be cookbooks or memoirs, etc.)

1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I cannot get enough of this book with it’s gorgeous descriptions of spicy foods that the main character Emoni instinctively puts together. One of my fave books of 2019, this one is a must read for any food lover.

2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Honestly this one is full of cinnamon roll mentions and it’s got to be my favourite pastry. The main character, Hannah, loves them a lot and they’re a key feature in the story, where Hannah’s life is told in two parallel worlds based on one decision she makes.

3. Sourdough by Robin Sloan. It has food in the title, right? Love this book set around sourdough and the tech world. It even fits with my blogs bread theme. It is a short read but wonderfully cute and inspiring. Go after your dreams like the main character, Lois.

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. This is one of my favourite YA fantasies, and it definitely has some excellent descriptions of the local food. It centres on Shahrzad, a young girl who sacrifices herself to the boy king known to murder his wives after one night. What follows is one of my fave love stories – definitely a duology that you must check out.

5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Who wouldn’t want a Kitchen that could make everything you asked for? Also, you won’t ever find a Kitchen as cute as the one in The Starless Sea. You can see my review here to find out more about this perfectly mind-boggling story full of stories.

6. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim. I just finished an eARC of this beautifully sad mother-daughter story. A book full of mysteries, I was gripped from start to finish. It also has amazing descriptions of Korean dishes that makes me really want to try them! This book is published today, you should check it out.

7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. In this book, Rachel Chu meets her boyfriend Nick’s family for the first time. Only thing is, he forgot to mention they are super rich. They spend the summer in Singapore, amongst all the family gossip – but will their relationship survive? There are some great food descriptions in this book – especially the street food in Singapore!

8. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. You’d think a book about a poison taster would make you anything but hungry, but in this book a sweet called Criollo plays a big role, and it’s based on chocolate! Even with the threat of being poisoned, a book where chocolate has such a big presence is enough to make me crave it.

9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Another weird choice but Celaena Sardothien has such a sweet tooth and has a great love of cake – particularly the chocolate kind. This series is really popular, and only gets better in future books so it’s best to persevere!

10. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. Finally, we’re left with one of my favourite contemporary romances, Ayesha at Last. In this book, Ayesha’s Nani teachers her and the love interest, Khalid, to cook. It’s adorable and definitely a beautiful story about Muslim characters with very different perspectives on life. If you like romance, definitely give it a go and fall in love just like I did.

There we have it, books that made me feel hungry. Have you read any of these books? Some of my favourites are definitely in this list and I’d encourage you to check them out.

Adventures in Aesthetics

Hi everyone! My friends from The Book Coven all re-vamped their blogs recently. After seeing what a beautiful job they were doing, I thought I’d join them and create my first blog dedicated to books. So, welcome to our first group idea – adventures in aesthetics.

First, a little about my friends:

We have Sam who has created a beautiful witchy blog full of all kinds of magic. Sam is full of kindness and super perceptive. She absolutely brings the sunshine to my life every day. You can see her adventures in aesthetics post already for 5 witchy recommendations.

Jaye is honestly one of the wittiest people I’ve ever talked to – you definitely won’t want to miss her reviews. Her blog is space themed and has some super cute designs (almost as cute as she is)! You can see her out of this world adventures in aesthetics post here.

For a gorgeous flowery theme, Linaria is bringing it. I am in awe of Linaria’s computer skills (her bots for The Book Coven are something else). She is always so selfless and supportive, we’re so lucky to have her friendship. You can find her adventures in aesthetics post right here – it’s full of big book bois!

Janel has created a stunning pink pastel theme full of moons and stars. She has amazing design skills and is always giving us advice! I rarely meet people as caring as Janel, she’s always the first to help a friend in need. You can find her romance recs for adventures in aesthetics right here!

Finally, Meaghan has a beautiful starry blog with an amazing header. They are incredibly smart – their reviews are always written so well I’m so jealous of their writing skills! Meaghan is so understanding and sensitive – they are absolutely one of the sweetest people I know that definitely has your back! Meaghan’s awesome recommendations based on their favourite planets are here.

So what about me?

There wasn’t much thought into my blog aesthetics – I love bread and toast, what more is there to say? I also kinda like the way it sounds cosy. When I’m not reading, I love hiking, playing animal crossing and walking my favourite dogs. You can find a list of my fave books here, which I will continue to update.

That’s enough rambling from me – let’s get into the prompts for my toastie aesthetic.

A book about a heist

Heists are all about getting the bread, right? For this prompt it has to be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It’s one of my favourite found family books and features one of the best uses of multiple points of view ever. This rag-tag group of six kids are trying to pull off one wild heist, and it’s definitely a roller coaster ride. The sequel, Crooked Kingdom, is also absolutely fantastic. This duology is not one to miss.

An ambitious protagonist

For me, this has to be The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. Alessandra is tired of being overlooked as the second daughter in her family – but she has a plan. Woo the Shadow King, Marry him, Kill him and take the kingdom for herself. Alessandra puts the A in ambition, but don’t let that put you off. The romance is super sexy, this book is not one to miss out on enjoying thoroughly.

A protagonist as sweet as honey

I love honey on toast, it’s amazing! I really like sweet characters that make me smile and warm my heart. One of my faves is Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, but for this post I’m going with Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. This debut is a stunning fantasy inspired by West African folklore. It follows Malik and Karina through a twisting plot full of intriguing magic. Malik is such a softie who cares so much for his sisters. The book also has a very real portrayal of what it’s like to have anxiety. I honestly can’t believe it’s a debut, it’s that good!

A book about food or cooking

One of my favourite books of 2019 had to be With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Emoni dreams of being a chef, and really wants to take her school’s new culinary arts class. She doesn’t know if she’ll have time for it though – Emoni has a young daughter to care for! This book is great – we follow Emoni as she tries to balance her dreams and caring for her little girl. The gorgeous descriptions of her spicy food definitely made me hungry – and hungry for more Elizabeth Acevedo books!

An office romance

Unexpected romance while you’re out getting your bread? Yes please. For this one I’ve decided on The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon. This romance has everything I love -a woman in STEM kicking butt and defying the odds, a mystery (financial crime, my inner nerd is screaming), and characters with unbelievable chemistry. Samiah and Daniel take us on the most thrilling ride, and treat us to a great love story. It also has positive female friendships and shows the dangers of burning out at work. Amazing stuff.

So that’s that, hope you enjoyed my choices for adventures in aesthetics. Have you read any of these books before? What books would you choose for these prompts? Let me know in the comments. Be sure to check out my friends’ blogs, and maybe even join The Book Coven!