Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: n/a
Synopsis
At a house party in the countryside, the joyful spirit of the Christmas season threatens to sweep Georgiana Trent under the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue who broke her heart two years ago. Little does she know that Lucas Godwin has no intention of leaving until he has reclaimed her as his own.


NOTE: Sweetest Regret was previously published in the in 2015 in the Christmas-themed anthology, What Happens Under the Mistletoe.

Meredith Duran is one of my auto-buy authors because I can always count her books for an excellent historical romance read. Sweetest Regret, a novella, is no exception--even though it's a novella, you still get a full, satisfying story and a swoon-worthy HEA.

Georgiana "Georgie" Trent, the prime minister's daughter, and Lucas Godwin met and fell in love two years prior in Munich. But, Lucas left Munich without so much as a goodbye and broke Georgie's heart. After her father was suddenly called away on business during a Christmas house party, he invited Lucas to help her look for a missing letter of diplomatic importance that was reportedly stolen by one of the house party guests. Georgie was still very angry and wanted nothing to do with him, but, for some reason Georgie didn't understand, Lucas seemed angry with her as well.

As they're forced to reluctantly work together to find the missing letter, they find that they still have a strong attraction and feelings for each other. But, they have to first work out what actually happened in the past that caused Lucas's abrupt departure before they can hope for their happily ever after.

The events in the novella occurred days leading up to Christmas and days immediately after. The house party guests were foreign diplomats who wanted to experience a true English Christmas so there was a wonderful holiday season-y vibe to the story. The writing is as excellent as always--just as well-written as Ms. Duran full novels. The pacing was excellent--even though it's a novella it was a well-rounded story. 

If you're missing the holiday season now that we're in dreary January, I highly recommend you pick up Sweetest Regret. Read it while drinking some peppermint flavored hot cocoa, and it will take you right back to Christmas.
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Monday, January 9, 2017


Hello everyone,
I am so excited to be a part of the Full Package release day launch blog tour. I discovered Lauren Blakely in June last year when I spontaneously one-clicked Big Rock and ever since I've been devouring her romantic comedy books, one right after the other.
The previous books in the companion series. I read and enjoyed them all! 
Full Package--the fourth in her standalone companion novels that are told the guy's POV--is out today!

Release Date: January 9, 2017
Publisher: self-pubbed
Source of my e-copy: InkSlinger PR
Series: standalone
Synopsis
From the New York Times Bestselling author of Mister O and Big Rock, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?


Full Package is about Chase Summers (aka Dr. McHottie) and Josie Hammer. If you've been keeping up with Lauren Blakely's romantic comedy standalone series, Josie is the little sister of twin brothers Nick Hammer (Mister O) and Wyatt Hammer (Well Hung). But, if you haven't picked up Nick and Wyatt's books (as well as Big Rock), feel free to start with Full Package, because while the books follow a chronological timeline, they can be read and enjoyed in any order (although I suggest starting with Big Rock, Mister O, Well Hung, and then Full Package because you're gonna want to meet and fall in love with all of these hardworking, sexy guys).


Chase decided to move in with his best friend Josie when his sublease expired. Sure, he's always been kind of attracted to sweet, smart, wears-her-heart-on-her-sleeve, makes-the-best-desserts Josie, and they've always had a flirty banter going on, but Chase is good at compartmentalizing. But, sharing a tiny apartment with Josie, smelling her cherry lotion, knowing when she's in the shower and imagining all the things, it's getting harder and harder for Chase to resist Josie. Until the night they both stopped resisting. Chase knew taking their roomies-with-benefit relationship further could ruin their friendship and that is something he absolutely does not want to happen. But, can they really just go back to being best friends again after becoming lovers?

Full Package is everything I love in a friends-to-lovers story. Chase was not only sexy, but he's also smart and a hardworking ER doctor. He's also very upbeat, funny, and drama-free, which I appreciated since we were in his perspective ninety-five percent of the time. Josie, too, was very easy to like. She was such a sweetheart--a character I'd want to be friends with myself, not only because of the yummy treats she'll potentially send my way, but also because she's happy and content with where she is in her career and life. As for love, she's online dating and there was this really fun scene of her and Chase going through her potential dates together. She and Chase share the same sense of humor so their banter was fun to read. Josie owns and runs Sunshine Bakery, and I love how the author incorporated a little bit of her perspective in her recipes so we got a little glimpse of she's feeling about her and Chase's situation--I thought that was really clever. As for the steam factor, Chase and Josie definitely turned it up. I needed to fan myself after certain scenes because these two were just so hot together! Dr. McHottie indeed!

While this novel wasn't original in plot and nothing about what happened in the story really surprised me, I still had such a great time reading it. Out of the four books in this connected standalone series, Full Package is up there as one of my favorites. Full Package is the definition of a romantic comedy--it was an easy and fun, but also very sexy and steamy, read without all of the angst and extra drama. I basically smiled the whole time I was reading it, and when I wasn't smiling I was swooning because Chase and Josie were just the sweetest.
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Here's a short excerpt to give you all a taste of Chase and Josie.
I point to the curved wooden stand with a hook at the top. “This. Explain this.”

Josie sets her hands on her hips. “It’s a banana holder.”

I give her a stern look. “I can read. I don’t need to know what. I need to know why.” I poke the object on the shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond, otherwise known as the Nexus of Unnecessary Things. Pretty sure there’s some kind of vortex or force field right smack dab in the middle of this store attracting all the weird, bizarre, and odd home goods. “Why can’t they sit on the kitchen counter? Or, how about in a bowl?”

“Maybe the bananas just like to dangle?” she suggests. “Hang free and all?”

Smacking my forehead, I go along with it. “Aha. That makes perfect sense.”

“I’m here to help.” She tugs on my shirtsleeve. “But can we please get to the sheet aisle? You can’t sleep on a naked mattress.”

“That may be true, but I could definitely sleep naked on a mattress,” I offer, and she laughs as we navigate through another sardine-packed aisle in the mammoth store.

It’s one in the afternoon, and I just moved in this morning. That took all of two hours. Spending my twenties in med school and as a resident gave me very little time for the acquisition of things, so most of my possessions fit in a duffel bag. I have very little. Not even sheets for a queen-size bed. Ergo, I’m spending Saturday at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is a bit like wandering through a Buzzfeed post titled “Ten Things I’ll Never Use.”

More like five hundred. Wait. Make that five hundred and one, because I just spotted the new number one item on the list.

“That,” I say as I make a beeline for a shelf of crème brûlée torches. Grabbing a silvery one, I hold it up. “Please say we can have a housewarming party, and you’ll make crème brûlée, and I can stride all proud and awesome into the kitchen,” I say, puffing out my chest and deepening my voice. “And I can light it with a torch, and we’ll all ooh and ahh at the manly fire I made when I lit up a dessert.”

She arches an eyebrow. “A manly fire?”

I nod vigorously. “And then you’ll let the guests take turns punching me in the face for being a total douche for owning a crème brûlée torch.”

She narrows her eyes. “You actually want people to punch you?”

I’m deadly serious as I answer her. “If I ever own a crème brûlée torch, you have carte blanche to punch me, Josie. You really should.” I drop the torch on the shelf and take her hand, clasping it tightly in mine. “Promise me. From this day forward. Promise you’ll punch me if I ever own a crème brûlée torch, a rotating tie rack, or more than one kind of cheese grater. This is part of our roommate pact.”

She grips my hand tighter, her green eyes glowing with stark seriousness. “I solemnly swear to pummel you under all the aforementioned circumstances. As proof of our friendship and roommate solidarity.”

“You’re a saint,” I say, then wrap a hand around her head and tug her close for a quick kiss on her forehead.

And hello, sweet, sexy scent of Josie. What is this delicious smell? Is it . . . oh fuck me. Cherries. My God, she smells like cherries. Like the perfect summer fruit. Like the naughtiest fruit. And I’ve got to wonder if that cherry scent is her face lotion, her shampoo, or her body wash?

Body wash.

My mind is adrift, and the word association begins. Because what goes with body wash but nudity?

Naked woman in the shower. Washing. Lathering. Soaping.

Ah, hell.

Snap the fuck out it, Summers.
And don’t miss Lauren Blakely’s other standalone Romantic Comedies!

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Josie and Chase put together some of their favorite things just for you to celebrate the release of Full Package!

The Full Package is filled with:
✮ $50 Gift Card to Lush: Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for fruity scented bath products that Chase loves so much.
✮ $50 Gift Card to Sugarfina: A Luxury Candy Boutique where you can sample some of Josie's favorite gourmet candy.
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About Lauren Blakely:
Since self-publishing her debut romance novel Caught Up In Us over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like Big RockMister OWell Hung, and The Sexy One which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she'll release Full Package, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

Happy reading,
Michelle

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hello everyone,
The last few days I've been wrapping up the year 2016 book- and blogging-wise. If you haven't had a chance to see the previous posts yet, I listed my favorite and most most disappointing reads of 2016 and I talked about how I did with my 2016 reading goals and outlined my new 2017 goals.

Today, I am going to talk about my blogging plans for 2017 and what you can expect on this blog going forward.

You might have noticed that in the past few years I've been blogging less and less. In the years 2014 and 2015 it's because I've participated in less weekly memes and stopped putting up what I consider "fluff" just so I have a post up that week. But, in 2016 I only put up a total number of 79 posts--the least amount of posts in the six years I've been blogging.

To be honest, I've been kind of slowly losing interest in book blogging throughout 2016. Don't get me wrong, I participated in some fabulous blog tours in 2016 and those were fun, but besides those I felt uninspired and bored. Maybe it's because other things like my new Redbubble store, or Twitter and Instagram have been taking up the time I usually dedicate to blogging, but more often than not I'd rather do anything else but blog. It's becoming another chore I have to do rather something I want to do.

In 2017 I really want to recapture my enthusiasm and love of book blogging. If I can't then 2017 will probably be my last year as a book blogger, because what's the point?

So, here's what you can expect on this here blog in 2017.

More sexy romance and new adult books. While we do feature and review romance novels and new adult on our blog, we primarily highlight YA novels. However, in 2017 there will be a shift and we'll be featuring more NA/romance titles. We'll still be featuring YA books, of course, but more selectively and less frequently. This means there will likely be more naked torsos on this here blog this year. You've been warned, but, no worries, it will be a good time! ;-)

My Redbubble store. I opened a Redbubble store on a whim back in April of 2016 and haven't really done much with it until this winter. Graphic design is a fun, new thing I've been really getting into and I've put up new designs the last few weeks. Surprisingly, people are actually buying my designs and I've gotten some really positive feedback! So, I'm planning on doing more with it and actually advertising new designs I put up. That means you'll hear more about my store here on the blog.

Reviews of bookish merch. I'm kind of obsessed with bookish merch and I am planning on reviewing some of my purchases or featuring some of my faves.
Me on Etsy when I'm looking at all the bookish things.
Monthly wrap-ups and TBRs. I want to get into the habit of doing monthly wrap-ups that way I can share my thoughts about books that I read but did not write full reviews of. As for TBRs, I'm a mood reader so they don't usually work for me but I'm thinking maybe instead of listing books I plan to read, I can pick a theme instead (sort of like my 2016 TBR Jar) and pick books to read based on that monthly theme. That way I still have the freedom to pick and choose what books to read based on my mood.

GIFs. There will be more gifs. I will be incorporating gifs in my reviews, wrap-ups, updates, etc. Gifs are fun!

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That is it for now. Thank you so much for sticking with us and our blog. I really, really hope 2017 is the year I love blogging again because I do want to keep doing it and having fun doing it. If you have any tips on keeping your blogging spirits up and keeping things light and fun rather than an obligation, please share them!

Happy reading,
Michelle

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hello everyone,
Yesterday, I shared my favorite and most disappointing reads of 2016. Today, I am going to blog about how I did in 2016 in terms of my reading goals and also my new reading goals of 2017.

I had seven bookish goals for 2016.

Goal #1: Read 96 books. (Goodreads Goal)
I read a total of 97 books in 2016.

Goal #2: Read at least 8 books every month.
I made this goal to help me accomplish goal #1. I didn't read 8 books every month--there were some months I read fewer than 8 and other months where I read more than 8 so it all balanced out in the end. But, technically, I didn't read 8 books per month.

Goal #3: Only buy up to 75 books in 2016. 
I bought a total of 102 books in 2016. BUT, I only bought 72 physical books and when I made this goal it was to control my buying of physical books because I really do not have room for them all even though I regularly purge my shelves every three months or so. This is a fail, but I'm still patting myself in the back a little because I did curve my book buying. [FYI, in 2015 I bought 148 books, and 195 books in 2014. Yikes!]

Goal #4: TBR Jar.
I completed my TBR Jar challenge! Here are the books I read for each topic:
A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
The first book in a new to you series: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
The next book in a series you are reading: The Skylighter by Becky Wallace
A middle grade book: Took by Mary Downing Hahn
A YA fantasy: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
A historical romance: The Lie and the Lady by Kate Noble
A YA contemporaryThe Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
A romance contemporary: Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis
An e-bookBig Rock by Lauren Blakely
Listen to an audiobook: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
New adult book: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen
Read a book written by your favorite author: Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan

Goal #5: Visit at least 5 blogs a week and leave at least one comment per blog.
This was a HUGE fail. No excuses. I suck.

Goal #6: Keep connecting with the book blogging community.
While I sucked at visiting and commenting on blogs, I did a couple of buddy reads with a couple of really wonderful girls. I also got really close to a group of fabulous bookish ladies (who share my love of smutty reads) who I chat with almost everyday. I am so happy to have them in my life because they are basically my sisters in smut and pettiness and, of course, delicious tea. Ha!

Goal #7: Write everything down in a physical notebook.
This was another HUGE fail. I specifically bought a planner for 2016 to accomplish this goal and I got to mid-March before I stopped using it completely and reverted back to using Google Calendar and Sheets and Goodread to keep track of blog tour dates and books I read. It was so much easier and more convenient to use Google and Goodreads than carrying around a physical planner or notebook.

So, all in all, not a bad year!

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Now, onto my 2017 Bookish Goals.

I want to keep 2017 as stress free as possible in terms of reading and blogging. I think it's going to be a stressful enough year as it is with all the political turmoil going on. I don't want the two things that are supposed to be my fun hobbies to add to the stress.

So, for 2017 I have three bookish goals:

Goal #1: Read at least 50 books. This is also the number of books I put as my Goodreads goal--50 is a nice, low, stress-free number.

Goal #2: Buy less physical books. I bought 72 physical books in 2016 so that means I have to buy less than that in 2017. Notice I specifically said physical books? E-books are fair game. I have a feeling I'm going to reading A LOT more e-books in 2017 than in previous years thanks to my recently purchasing a Kindle Paperwhite.

Goal #3: Make blogging fun again. You might have noticed that I've been posting less and less in the last few years. To be honest I really fell out of love with book blogging in 2016--it just became another thing I have to do, not something I want to do. So, I'm hoping to recapture my love of blogging in 2017 (more on how I plan to do that in a later post).

Okay, three goals for 2017. Here we go...

Happy reading,
Michelle

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello everyone,
Happy New Year!

Usually, I am always excited at the start of a new year, but this time, with all the political turmoil and uncertainties, I am currently feeling subdued at best and apprehensive at worst. To be honest, I don't quite know how I feel about 2017.

Anyway, today I am going to list my top 3 favorite YA and top 3 favorite romance reads, as well as my least favorite reads in both genres. I read a total of 97 books in 2016, and these are the books that stood out as the best and the worst.

Top 3 Favorite YA of 2016
Heartless, Tell Me Three Things, and The Rose and the Dagger are the three books that stood out among the eight YA books I gave five stars to in 2016. 

I reviewed Heartless here so I won't get too much into it, but it's such an amazing origin story of the Queen of Hearts and it made me appreciate the original Alice in Wonderland story so much more. Tell Me Three Things was the best contemporary YA book I read in 2016. It's been so long since a contemporary YA really hit me in the feels as well as made me swoon, and this book did both that. As for The Rose and the Dagger, okay so it wasn't as good as The Wrath and the Dawn to be honest, but I was so worried that it was going to do that keep-the-lovers-apart-until-the-end shit that most YA sequels pull, and it did not. I got all the Shazi and Khalid swoony scenes that I wanted--basically it's everything I wanted the sequel to be.

Top 3 Favorite Romances of 2016
I also gave eight romance/new adult novels five stars in 2016. The three that stood out among the eight were Undecided, Steadfast, and Idol. I didn't expect to love Undecided as much as I did, but reading it brought back all the feels I had when I read The Deal--basically, it's a really damn GOOD college romance. Steadfast stood out because it didn't shy away from that rawness and vulnerability of the hero battling his addiction. I have a review up for Steadfast, so you can read more of my thoughts about it there. Idol is a rockstar romance and I typically stay away from rockstar romances because they're just not my cup of tea, but I loved Idol

Most Disappointing YA Reads of 2016
It wasn't that I completely hated these two books, but they just meh.  Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between was basically about this couple who are going to different colleges and they're trying to decide if they should break up or stay together. It was a really frustrating book because they basically kept having the same conversation over and over the whole entire time and I was at the point where I was like, just frickin' break up already and put me out of my misery. As for Reign of Shadows, I actually rated the book three stars in the end, but that was thanks to the last few chapters of the book. Before that, nothing was really happening to move the plot along and I was just passively reading it just to read it. Maybe I hyped this book up too much, but it essentially ended up disappointing me.

Most Disappointing Romance Reads of 2016
Bad Romeo was hands down my most hated romance read of 2016, but I kind of waffled whether Hitched Vol. 1 belongs next to Bad Romeo in terms of disappointment level because I did give it three stars, but, yeah, it does. Hitched wasn't my most hated book of 2016 like Bad Romeo was, but it certainly was a disappointing read.

I buddy read Bad Romeo with a couple of Twitter friends, and I went into it with such high hopes that I'll love it. It comes highly recommended from other romance-loving friends and its high rating on Goodreads cannot be denied. But, the two main characters frustrated me to no end! I wanted to reach into the pages and give them a good shake. Ethan and Cassie epitomized characters and actions I cannot stand in romance novels. Hitched Vol. 1 was just plain disappointing. It's premise was so promising, but the unrealistic situations, eye-rolling dialogue, uninspired main characters, and wonky pacing really brought the book down for me.

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Let me know if we share similar favorites, or similar disappointments. Or, if one of my disappointing reads is one of your favorites, I'd love to know. If you haven't read any of my six faves of 2016, of course I highly recommend them and urge you to add them to your to-read list.

Tomorrow I'll be posting about how I did with my 2016 reading challenges, as well as sharing my 2017 reading goals.

Happy reading,
Michelle

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag | YA + MG Edition

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Hello everyone,
I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend! The next few days I'm going to be posting my top books for 2017 lists and my blogging plans for 2017. But first, a tag all about the looks of books.

Okay, so I'm basically a cover whore. I LOVE looking a pretty covers and have been known to purchase a book based on how gorgeous its cover and overall appearance is more than its content. So, when I came across the Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag (originally created by Book Syrup) I tagged myself and got to looking through my shelves.

I limited myself to middle grade and YA titles this time around because I want to this tag again later on and do it for romance/NA titles.

Best color combo on a book cover

I love the teal/yellow/orange/black color combo of this cover. I initially wanted to buy this book because of the color combo just grabbed me, but when I read the synopsis and found out it's a road trip book that pretty much sealed the deal. And now it's sitting pretty on my shelf.

Best typography/font on a book cover

I love the typography of the title--like it's legit written by Lara Jean. If you look closely, you can see that it's written in Sharpie with all the little kind of flaws in the ink on paper. Also, I wish my cursive writing is as neat as this.












Best simple cover

I love a good, simple white cover and I really love this one. The heart-shaped waffles are so cute (yep, they have something to do in the story). 



Best endpages

Yeah, no contest. Gotta be endpages from The Wrath and the Dawn. First of all, I love that shade of purple and I'm a sucker for damask patterns. I basically want to wallpaper my future library with that exact pattern and shade there on the left. Then, we have Shazi there on the right and she's just gorgeous in her dress and jewelry. 😍 😍



Best map

This is one gorgeous map! I love the attention to detail on map itself and then to the drawings below it. It's from the Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson and it sets the perfect tone for the series. 









Best naked hardback

The hardcover edition of First and Then by Emma Mills is, hands down, one of the best naked hardbacks out there. I love the dark blue and silver foil combination. I love the raindrops (which are also featured on the cover) form a heart. And I LOVE that the raindrop design is both on the front and back cover. That doesn't happen very often.




Best back cover
I debated whether to feature Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton as my favorite color combo pick or my best back cover pick, but I ultimately decided to put it under best back cover because I love the front cover of this book and the back cover is basically the same without the place and horse and rider silhouette. I really like how they kept the basic design (which is gorgeous) all around. I love that the cover designer took the same gold and teal (love this color combo!) border that is on the front cover to the back cover as well. They sort of remind of peacock feathers. 







Best chapter headers

I didn't want to include any of the Harry Potter books on this list because it's such an obvious and basic answer, but for this particular category the Harry Potter series was the only one that came to mind for the absolute best chapter headers. I LOVE the chapter header art in the series because they give you a clue about what's to come in the chapter. When I was a kid reading the series for the first time (before the movies came out) the pictures helped me visualized the story. All of the chapter header pictures were always on point.




Best illustrations
My new favorite graphic novelist is Raina Telgemeier. My youngest sister had always read her books, but it wasn't until late 2016 that I picked up one of her books myself. Ever since I picked up Smile (the picture on the left is from Smile with a gorgeous drawing of San Francisco), I have devoured as many of her books as I could get my hands on. I love her biographical-based graphic novels best of all, but all of her books are all so beautifully drawn. I love her art style.

Best spine

I've been meaning to read the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, but I haven't finished the Grisha trilogy so I didn't want to pick up SoC before finishing that series. Anyway, I fell in love with SoC cover ever since the cover reveal in late 2015. Even though I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader's copy at the ALA conference, I bought the hardcover edition when it came out because I love the cover so much. Then, I pre-ordered Crooked Kingdom even though I haven't gotten around to reading SoC just so that I can put the two books together on myself and they just look so beautiful. Really, the publish has outdone itself in the design of the hardcover edition of both books  because both are just gorgeous all around, from the covers to the stained pages to the spine to the pages inside.





Favorite cover on your shelves
My overall favorite cover on my shelf was a very hard decision to make, but I decided to go with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I absolutely love this book, and even now, five years since I read it, I can still visualize scenes from the story and of the circus in my head, and that's amazing because I'm the type of person who forgets characters' names five minutes after I finish reading a book. But besides the content, the book design itself (in this instance I'm talking about the first edition hardcover, which is the copy I own) is all around perfect and amazing. The cover art matches the story perfectly and I love that it's simple and somewhat understated but coveys so much about the story. I love that they used only black, gray/shiny silver, and red (another color combo I love). When you remove the dust jacket, the naked hardback is beautifully designed and is reminiscent of antique leather bound books. The end pages are black and white stripes that make me kind of dizzy when I stare at them for too long. The spine and back cover are perfect as well... Basically, I picked The Night Circus because this one book can be my pick for a lot of the other categories on this tag.

So, these are my picks for the Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag. I really enjoyed doing this tag because it gave me a chance to feature books based solely on their design and appearance and not the content since, unfortunately, I haven't read a majority of these books. Out of the eleven, I've read only six but I highly recommend The Night Circus, Smile, the Harry Potter series, The Kiss of Deception, The Wrath and the Dawn, and Tell Me Three Things if you haven't read them.

Happy reading,
Michelle