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Top Ten Tuesday – Classics

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Favourite Classics/TBR Classics

I haven’t read than many classics so I thought for this I would list all the ones I have read and then list a couple I want to read.

Favourites

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

6. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

7. That Was Then This Is Now by S.E. Hinton.

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8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

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So there they are. Be sure to share yours as I want to read more classics!

Till Next Time…

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Cover Trends

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike In Cover Trends

No since I don’t think I could think of ten of either of these, I have decided to list 5 things I like and 5 things I don’t like. The things I don’t like can be done well, but I am talking about the general or things I am getting tired of seeing.

Things I Like

1. Use Of Colour. I just love it when covers actually use colours other than black. If they contrast two its just a bonus.

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2. Illustrated Covers. I find that these are generally more interesting to me and actually have something to do with the story.

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3. Interesting Text Use. Its just so much more interesting if they put effort into it rather than slapping it on there.

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4. Old Style Covers. I not only love the front of these, but they also have stunning spines.

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5. Simple Covers. They don’t need to be over the top to be pretty.

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Things I Don’t Like

1. Plain, Huge Faces. I like it when body parts or humans have a twist to their pictures on covers, but when its just the faces it really annoys me.

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2. Girls In Dresses. I didn’t mind it at first, but there are too many now. It annoys me most when the girl being in the dress actually has nothing to do with the story in the book.

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3. Twilight Inspired Covers. Since twilight did well it seems like publishers think that if the covers all look like those books their books will do well too. I am really just sick of black covers in general too.

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4. Half Naked Covers. Its not that I have anything against them, I can generally still read things like this on the bus and not care, I just think they are so ugly.

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5. Personal Just Slapped on Cover. I just hate any part of any person on the cover generally. It needs more!

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So yes, there we have it. As always I want to see your lists too, so make sure you link me!

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Till Next Time…

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OCD & Books Don’t Mix – Book Height

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I would like to point out that I don’t actually have OCD (I think), if I do it’s probably really mild stuff. This series of posts will be about observations that drive me completely insane in regards to books and writing.

I went to get books the other day and I noticed that I’m starting to develop a serious issue. All my books must be of the same height. Now this might not seem like a big issue, and at first it wasn’t for me either, but I’m starting to feel this compulsion restrain me from enjoying my reading time.

At first it started off as a simple kind of thing. All books in the same series must be of the same height. Easy enough and really understandable on the grand scheme of things. They must be pretty, matching and neat. Unfortunately for me this level of the OCD trait is aggravated by one series on my shelf, Twilight, because I was given the first two books in the series at the same time and they were both of different heights.

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The first book in the series just gives me a headache everytime I look at it, but I just can’t justify finding the larger size copy to match the rest of my Stephanie Meyer books because I feel like the Twilight series is one I probably won’t love till the end of time. So that this issue never happens again I have put off buying books for ages. One of my series that is not complete is the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. It has been over a year since the final book Rapture was release and there is still an empty spot on my shelf for it. But, I spose I will continue to wait until I finally see the correct size so something like this doesn’t happen:

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This poor person has THREE different book sizes for this series. Gah I think I would just die.

Then my obsession started growing more. I own the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and this series kind of branches off and continues in a different characters perspective in the new series Bloodlines. To me, it might as well be the same series, so the height rules was applied. I didn’t want something like this to happen:

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BUT, now a new issue arises for me. The first book in the new series Bloodlines was release in mid 2011 and its now the end of 2013 and I still have not seen it released in a smaller size. A general rule I have noticed with releasing books in a different size is that it normally takes about a year. Its been more than a year. Does this mean its just not going to come out in this smaller size? If so what on earth am I going to do? Do I forever deny myself of something I really want to read possibly forever because I can’t handle the different book sizes, or do I try and get over it (so not easy to do) and then possibly have to risk the fact that I might cry and have to buy them all over again if they finally release them in a different size once I bought the books?

Then the other day while looking at my shelf I noticed that It had turned into something more. Books by the same author but are in no way related to each other being a different size to one another started to freak me out. For example, there two books of mine by Kresley Cole:

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They are nothing alike, Poison Princess is a young adult book and A Hunger Like No Other is one of her adult smutty slightly too rape like adult books, but the fact that I can’t put them neatly next to each other on my shelf has been giving me more and more concern. My chest kind of tightens when I think about it.

Now the fact that I feel like this makes me worry, because I can totally see myself getting more OCD and then insisting that all my books be of the same height. That would make my reading life way more complicated.

Do any of you guys out there in reader land have this issue? How bad is it for you? Or do you not care a bit? If so, how can I stop carring so much!

Till next time…