Top Three Thursday: Prettiest Book Covers

Hello all and Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! I am jumping in quickly to drop some beautiful book covers on you before I am lassoed back into the kitchen to help with the cooking. The theme for Top Three Thursday, hosted by A Cosy Reading Blog, is prettiest book covers.

Damsel by Elana K Arnold (Goodreads)damsel


There is something about the way the title GLOWS that just draws me in (also the amazing synopsis). I’ve been wanting to pick up a copy since it came out and I think I’ll finally remember to grab one when I do some shopping at Barnes and Nobel on Black Friday.




unkindnessAn Unkindness of Magicians by Kate Howard (Goodreads)


I was first drawn to the title of this book, then the synopsis, and then HOT DAMN THIS COVER! It is even more beautiful in person. Sadly, since I am terrible with keeping up with my TBR, this book remains unread. If I don’t get to it by the end of 2018, I certainly will be reading it in 2019.




The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien (Goodreads)two towers


One of the things I love to do most is search through used bookstores for different editions of The Lord of the Rings. I’ve got quite a few editions on my shelves, about 5 different editions of each book. But when I found this copy of The Two Towers I just about died. I love this cover so, so, so much!



What are some of your favorite pretty book covers?

Top Three Thursday: Classics!

Unbeknownst to me, today is Thursday. I went through most of today, convinced it was Wednesday and honestly I was so happy when I realized I was wrong. Not only does Thursday mean I am one day closer to the work week being over, but it means I can do Top Three Thursday, hosted by A Cosy Reading Blog. This week’s topic: Classics!

I shall confess, I don’t read nearly enough classics. It takes the exact right mood for me to get into a classic novel and not surprisingly, a grumpy broody character is a requirement.

  • North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell – I cannot begin to describe how much I love this book. Though my introduction to the story was through the BBC miniseries starring my favorite brooder, Richard Armitage. I first watched it about six years ago, one morning when I was so painfully hungover that I could barely move. As I slowly came back to life, this story worked its way into my heart. I read the book not long after and I realized that Pride and Prejudice had been knocked out of top spot in my classics list. I’ll take a Mr. Thornton over Mr. Darcy any day.
Oh, hello Mr. Thornton!
  • Emma by Jane Austen –  Again, another one that I watched before I read. As much as I dislike Gwyneth Paltrow these days, I can admit with zero shame that I was OBSESSED the Emma movie when I was a young teen. It had a lot to do with Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley (I am forever swooning over Knightley). I read the book in high school and was all about it. And then a few years ago I found the BBC miniseries of Emma and Jonny Lee Miller was Mr. Knightley and I about died. I recently got the Audible Originals edition of Emma and I am very excited to reread this book.
Why do I have an obsession with British characters who look socially uncomfortable?
  • Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – LOTR IS A CLASSIC, FIGHT ME! Actually, don’t fight me please. I am but a meek Hufflepuff hobbit who wishes only for baked goods and for everyone to get along. And as I’m writing this I am realizing this is ANOTHER one that I watched before I read. Maybe that’s the key for me to liking classics. But I saw The Fellowship when it came out in theaters (YES I’M OLD) and then immediately went and bought the book. But I didn’t like it. I got like 100 pages in and was just over it. But I wasn’t into epic fantasy books at that time in my life and it just didn’t work for me. After many years of watching the movies so often that I can quote them in my sleep, I finally tried the books again and fell in love. I’m actually supposed to be starting an annotating reread of The Hobbit and LOTR soon. If I’m honestly, I’ve been meaning to start that reread since April.
But seriously, what about second breakfast?

Do you read classics? Do you have any favorites? Or do you have any favorite TV series or movies based on classics?