The longer I’ve been writing book reviews, the more confused I get with my own rating system.
Rating are hard. I really struggle with them. Since I use Goodreads a lot (shameless plug- add me as a friend), I wanted to keep things consistent and rate every book out of 5 stars. However, with so many people rating books from 1-5 stars, everyone now has their own meaning behind what a 5 star/3 star/1 star book is. Even my own meaning has changed.
So, for the sake of clarification, I want to explain what my ratings mean, and give some examples for each!
Bullet journals have really grown in popularity in the past couple of years, and whenever I looked at those amazing pictures on instagram and pintrest, I would get so intimidated. I have no artistic talent, and no creativity, plus I’m a perfectionist. So basically, the worst combination for a bullet journaler. I never let myself try it, because I was so afraid I would be bad at it.
Well, in December 2018, I decided to try it anyways. No one else would know, but me, so if I failed spectacularly, only I would witness it.
I’ve been bullet journaling for about six months now, so I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned, and my advice for beginners. And since this is a book blog, I’ve also included pictures of some of my bookish spreads!
This will be an overview of sorts, so if you want specific tutorials on how I did any of these spreads, let me know!
Before I get into this, I just want to mention a post I made of 8 Things Every Book Collector Has Heard. I also just made a post about consumerism in the book community. Be sure to check that out! I feel a little hypocritical doing a bookshelf tour right after talking about how consumerism is negatively effecting the community. However, I think it’s possible to let yourself take pride in your collection and share it with others while also being aware that it became the way it is because of an unhealthy mentality surrounding book buying as well as pressures from the community.
Disclaimer: This collection has been a lifetime in the making. I’m 21, and I’ve been actively collecting books & bookish things with every spare dollar I’ve had, for over six years. This didn’t happen overnight, so if you’re just starting a collection and desperate to make it bigger, just give it time! Don’t go out purchasing a dozen books you never want to read. Be patient and let it grow with you.
One of my favorite things in my life is my book collection (also my dogs, who love to jump in any pictures I try to take of my collection). It’s been years in the making, and something I spend most of my extra time and money on.
I know it’s definitely excessive, but it brings me so much joy that it’s worth losing all wall space in my bedroom. And today, I wanted to go into detail on my shelves and how I organize them, as well as some tips I’ve learned.
Let’s be honest. We all judge books by their covers.
There is nothing better than a beautiful book with a beautiful cover to match, so I wanted to highlight some books that are coming out in 2019 (or already have) that have absolutely stunning covers. Admittedly, this is just an excuse for me to fangirl over some beautiful art, but maybe you’ll see something you love as well!
Now for some quick disclaimers. Naturally, this is all my opinion. Maybe there’s a cover I love that you hate, but I just want to shine a light on some of the gorgeous works of art that I know I’ll be wanting on my shelf.
Also, I’ll only be covering covers of books released from January 2019 – July 2019. A lot of later 2019 releases haven’t released covers yet, and I don’t want to miss some potentially gorgeous covers. So we’ll be doing the first half of the year in the post, and hopefully, later I’ll make a part 2 with the July – December releases!
I tried to find the cover artists for all of these amazing books, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find them all. If you know any of the artists I missed, please let me know so I can correct it!
I just saw this book while getting all the covers saved to make this post and was blown away by the details in this design. I love the mosaic style used in the title, and the details in the design behind it.
Charlie Bowater can do no wrong. Any time I see a cover drawn by her, I immediately add the book to my TBR. It was Charlie’s cover on Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens that got me to pick it up and fall in love with her Margaret Rogerson’s writing, so I was so happy to see her work on Sorcery of Thorns!
I don’t really know what it is in particular with this cover that I love, but it is so stunning. Anthia’s expression just seems so intense, the amount of crows and the details on their wings is amazing, and I especially love the little crow sticking his beak into the “O” in the title. He’s adorable and he’s my favorite.
And that’s my list! Twelve 2019 releases with covers that I adore, and that I can’t wait to see on my shelf.
Overall: 4.8/5 Stars Characters: 4.5/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 5/5 Awesomeness Factor: 5/5 Review in a Nutshell: The Language of Thorns is a fantastic collection of dark and riveting short stories that will become your new favorite fairytales.
Overall: 5/5 Stars Characters: 5/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 5/5 Awesomeness Factor: 5/5 Review in a Nutshell: King of Scars absolutely blew me away. It was everything I wanted and more, and I don’t think I’ll be able to function normally until I can read the next book!
January started rough. I was in the middle of a horrible reading slump and just had no motivation to get through books, but I think it’s really turned around! I spent the last week and a half of the month rereading some favorites in preparation for one of my most anticipated books of the year! I think those rereads helped me get back into the reading habit and saved me from my slump (although if you want to hear about more tips to get out of a reading slump, I have a whole post about it).
Read more to see all the books I’ve read this month!
Overall: 5/5 Stars Characters: 5/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 4/5 Awesomeness Factor: 5/5 Review in a Nutshell: Ruin and Rising is a spellbinding conclusion to an amazing and unique fantasy series.
“I will strip away all that you know, all that you love, until you have no shelter but mine.”B
Overall: 5/5 Stars Characters: 4/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 4.5/5 Awesomeness Factor: 5/5 Review in a Nutshell: Shadow and Bone is an amazing introduction to a fascinating world and complex characters that will take over your life. I’m serious. This series (and universe) will ruin you.
“‘Fine,’ he said with a weary shrug. ‘Make me your villain.’”
Overall: 5/5 Stars Characters: 5/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 5/5 Awesomeness Factor: 5/5 Review in a Nutshell: Crooked Kingdom is the epic finale you never could have imagined. It is enthralling, earthshaking, and electrifying. You can’t miss this book.
“Sometimes, the only way to get justice is to take it for yourself.”