Top 5 Tuesday: covers of 2022

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This lovely Tuesday we’re going to talk about some amazing covers of 2022. Since I essentially only read Wheel of Time books this year, I’ll share some stunningly beautiful covers of 2022 books that are on my tbr pile!

#1 The Honeys

Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline’s radiance. But when Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars is propelled to learn all he can about his once-inseparable sister who’d grown tragically distant.

Mars’s genderfluidity means he’s often excluded from the traditions — and expectations — of his politically connected family. This includes attendance at the prestigious Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy where his sister poured so much of her time. But with his grief still fresh, he insists on attending in her place.

What Mars finds is a bucolic fairytale not meant for him. Folksy charm and sun-drenched festivities camouflage old-fashioned gender roles and a toxic preparatory rigor. Mars seeks out his sister’s old friends: a group of girls dubbed the Honeys, named for the beehives they maintain behind their cabin. They are beautiful and terrifying — and Mars is certain they’re connected to Caroline’s death.

But the longer he stays at Aspen, the more the sweet mountain breezes give way to hints of decay. Mars’s memories begin to falter, bleached beneath the relentless summer sun. Something is hunting him in broad daylight, toying with his mind. If Mars can’t find it soon, it will eat him alive.

#2 Olga Dies Dreaming

It’s 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are bold-faced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying Latinx neighborhood in Brooklyn while Olga is the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s powerbrokers.

Despite their alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy. Sure, Olga can orchestrate the love stories of the 1%, but she can’t seem to find her own…until she meets Matteo, who forces her to confront the effects of long-held family secrets…

Twenty-seven years ago, their mother, Blanca, a Young Lord-turned-radical, abandoned her children to advance a militant political cause, leaving them to be raised by their grandmother. Now, with the winds of hurricane season, Blanca has come barreling back into their lives.

Set against the backdrop of New York City in the months surrounding the most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, Olga Dies Dreaming is a story that examines political corruption, familial strife and the very notion of the American dream–all while asking what it really means to weather a storm.

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Top 5 Tuesday: books I meant to read in 2022

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
There are so many books I was excited about this year but then I never got around to reading them. Mainly I was trying to get through the Wheel of Time series (I’m a bit more than halfway through) which is sooooo long and also put me in a bit of a slump. So, I hope to finish that next year as well as finally tackle all the following books that I meant to read this year!

#1 Cursed

Be still now, and I will tell you a tale.

Adalheid Castle is in chaos.

Following a shocking turn of events, Serilda finds herself ensnared in a deadly game of make-believe with the Erlking, who is determined to propel her deeper into the castle’s lies. Meanwhile, Serilda is determined to work with Gild to help him solve the mystery of his forgotten name and past.

But soon it becomes clear that the Erlking doesn’t only want to use Serilda to bring back his one true love. He also seeks vengeance against the seven gods who have long trapped the Dark Ones behind the veil. If the Erlking succeeds, it could change the mortal realm forever.

Can Serilda find a way to use her storytelling gifts for good—once and for all? And can Serilda and Gild break the spells that tether their spirits to the castle before the Endless Moon finds them truly cursed?

#2 Book of Night

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. She gets by doing odd jobs for her patrons and the naive new money in her town at the edge of the Berkshires. But when a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos, and her future seems at best, unclear—and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgängers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister—all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

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Top 5 Tuesday: books set in an alternate universe

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we are going to talk about books that are set in an alternate universe!

#1 The Golden Compass

First up we have The Golden Compass. I was looking at the Wikipedia page earlier and there it is described as “alternate retrofuturistic Earth” which sounds pretty badass. I was quite intrigued by the concept of daemons in this novel.

#2 Neverwhere

I haven’t read this one yet but I really like Neil Gaiman’s idea. So, this has been on my radar for a while. There’s a secret world below London that features “monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet.” (according to the Goodreads page)
I’m definitely down for that!

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Top 5 Tuesday: set in the future

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For the next installment in this month’s mini-series, we are talking about books set in the future!

#1 Dune

While trying to come up with some picks for the theme, I realized that I don’t read many sci-fi books, and thus don’t have a lot of choices for books set in the future. I did, however, read the first Dune book which takes place about 20,000 years in the future!

#2 The Space Between Worlds

So, I own a copy of this one but I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. From what I understand, the book features different worlds and multiverse travel. So, it has to take place in the future, right?

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Top 5 Tuesday: books set in the present

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Up next in this month’s mini-series we are going to talk about novels that are set in the present.

#1 Skulduggery Pleasant

I guess some of my picks this week could also work for later this month for alternate universes, but here we are. 😅
Skulduggery Pleasant does one of my favorite things which is to bring magic into the present day and incorporate it into normal life. Sort of like a parallel society with people who can do amazing things that we don’t even know about!

#2 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Addie LaRue fits in two categories this month: books set in the past and books set in the present. Schwab alternates between telling us about Addie’s past and her present life – which I found to be fascinating.

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Top 5 Tuesday: books set in the past

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Can you believe it is November already?! We’re doing a mini-series for this month’s T5T, with books set in the past, present, future, and alternate universes. To kick things off, let’s take a look at novels taking place in the past!

#1 Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

A little confession: I wasn’t fond of the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood book, but I simply adore the movie. I do, however, love the time the story is set in. I don’t know why by the late sixties fascinate me.

#2 The Devil All the Time

This one spans a little more time. If I recall correctly we start just after WWII but end around a similar time as Once Upon a Time. I found The Devil All the Time to be fascinating. It gives you a glimpse into the past and how things change a bit over time.

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