Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue Colour Covers

Hey guys! It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme originally created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. Top Ten Tuesday has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl and all info can be found here if you want to take part!

Today for Top Ten Tuesday we've been tasked to list books with red, white and blue covers. I found this a really hard task so I've decided to list a mix of books I've read and want to read that had red, white or blue covers, or a mix. I hope you enjoy!

1) Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell: I love Rainbow Rowell's books, but I've yet to read Eleanor and Park. I've heard all good things though!

2) The Sleeping Prince - Melinda Salisbury: No list is complete without one of Mel's and TSP is my fave.

3) State of Sorrow - Melinda Salisbury: Okay, two of Mel's.

4) Summoner - The Novice - Taran Matharu: I loved everything about this book and more. If you haven't had chance to pick it up yet, do yourself a favour.

5) Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton: After months of this book being sat on my shelf I finally gave into everyone's recs and boy do I wish I'd read it sooner. Can't wait to start Traitor!

6) Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes: Not heard much about it but it sounds amazing.

7) Truthwitch - Susan Dennard: I've heard loads about this series and honestly can't wait to start!

8) Ruby Red - Kisten Gier: An epic time travel regency tale I can't wait to start!

9) The Orphan Queen - Jodi Meadow: Another epic fantasy on my TBR.

10) The Love Interest - Cale Dietrich: A recent release I'm eager to delve into!

What's on your TTT this week? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Monday, 2 July 2018

Cover Spotlight Monday: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Hey all! It's time for another Cover Spotlight Monday and this week I've chosen Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. I started this book yesterday and I'm loving it so far. Lots of emotions stored within an epic fantasy. As for the cover, well, take a look;

How gorgeous is that? The filigree skull and crown against the rose backdrop is stunning and looks more like a fashion ad than a book cover, but there's a lot more to it than just that.

I'm not that far in but it's obvious the skull relates to necromancy, as is the book's premise, but the ornate design makes me think it's much more linked to royalty and or the monarchy, which is an interesting mix that only serves to intrigue me. While the crown atop the skull, with the title itself, makes me wonder if there's going to be some sort of zombie revolution? Either way this cover certainly packs a punch, and brings any prospective readers to the proverbial table.

What are your thoughts on the cover? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

July TBR and Goals!

Hey guys! A new month means a new TBR and new goals! Check out mine for July!

To Read:

Final Draft - Riley Redgate (Finish)
These Rebel Waves - Sara Raasch (Finish)
Truthwitch - Susan Dennard.
Ruby Red - Kirsten Gier.
Girls Guide to Summer - Sarah Mylnowiski.
The Belles - Dhonelle Clayton.
Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi.
The Waking Land/The Memory of Fire - Callie Bates.
Everless - Sara Holland.
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton.

10 books should help my yearly goal along nicely after the past few months, and including plenty of ARCs and backlist titles, as well as one British book, will also help with my immense backlog of review books and my challenges, so it should be a good month if I keep on track!

As for my writing goal, this month I'm aiming for 12 or 13 handwritten pages, to take me to around 60 pages, as well as - now I have a laptop again - typing them all up to get a proper word count. Fingers crossed all goes well and I keep some momentum going!

What are your goals for this month? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Summer TBR!

Summer's here and that means it's time for a Summer TBR! Yay! Check out the graphic below to see what books I'm hoping to read this summer!

What's on your Summer TBR? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

End of Month Wrap Up: June!

Hey guys! Today marks July 1st and that means it's time for an end of month wrap up post! Woohoo! Let's take a look at the books I've received and read this month, and how well my writing progress is going, shall we?

Books Received:

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch - Harper 360 - This is one of my most anticipated releases for this year and I was lucky to win a copy from the lovely Harper 360 team. I love Sara's books and so far it's living up to expectations!

Books Bought:

Legendary (Waterstones special edition - Aracle secret cover) by Stephanie Garber - I adored Legendary when I read it pre-publication (Review up soon) so I couldn't resist getting my favourite secret cover!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand - I've heard so many good things!

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman - Again I've heard so many good things!

This Monstrous Thing by Makenzi Lee - This just sounded amazing.

Runaways by Christopher Golden - I keep meaning to watch the show so I'm going to start with the novel.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh - I started it today and it's lush!

Books Read:

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia - Mixed thoughts, but overall loved it, with a review up soon.

Final Draft by Riley Redgate (Half way through)

These Rebel Waves (Half way through)

Challenge Books:

Beat the Backlist - 1

Eliza and Her Monsters: Not reviewed or linked.

British Books Challenge - 0

Writing Progress:

The King's Trial: 3 handwritten pages - Not my best, but I'm easing back into it.

So I've not done the best this month, but it only gives me more enthusiasm to do better next month! Check out July's TBR and Goals tomorrow!

As always thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf