Summer Tags

“What Makes Me Pick Up A Book” Tag!

Hello! I am back with a new and interesting tag I saw on Kristin Kraves Books’ blog. I’m extremely curious to see the similarities and differences bookworms have when it comes to deciding what texts to read!

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Book covers have come quite a long way in terms of illustrations, graphics, and grabbing a reader’s attention. As I see it, it’s exceedingly difficult to not judge a book based on it’s cover before reading it’s pages or synopsis. I am ashamed to admit that I have indeed bought a book solely for the way it’s cover will look on my shelves, but most of the time a cover is the last thing I worry about when it comes to deciding if I should purchase a book or not.

Focusing just on a cover, what attracts you to pick it up?

Unique and interesting titles are what attract me most on a book’s cover! I love when a book’s title is clever and/or intriguing; especially when it compels me ask about it’s connection with the text, that’s the jackpot for me. When it comes to the visuals, I tend to take interest in darker more muted colors (red is an exception) with interesting illustrations and graphics! I almost never pick up a book with images of people on the cover—whether it be drawn or photographed—unless the title is super interesting. Texture also plays a pretty surprising role in my judgement of a cover as well! I love when there is more than one texture on a cover/dust-jacket and I don’t really have a good explanation as to why.

Do you read the synopsis first, or prefer to go in knowing nothing about the book?

If I’m buying a book I plan to read and enjoy, I will always read the synopsis. To be frank I find it insane that some readers can purchase books they know nothing about!

Do you have any auto-buy authors?

I do not! If I really enjoy a text and it’s author is releasing a new book, I will definitely take interest in it—but never buy it blindly. I always read the synopsis like any other book no matter the author to determine if I will purchase it or not.

Are you more likely to pick up a book if it has specific elements/themes?

Of course! Most of the time I browse for books I’m looking for certain themes and tropes that I enjoy. So obviously if a text claims to contain these things, it has a significantly better chance of me reading it than not. Books with psychological and philosophical themes/ideals like what it means to be human or how far a person can go fueled purely by love is the kind of shit I live for! I will also shamelessly admit romance is something I definitely look forward to seeing in fictional texts.

Do you ever read a book that has generally negative reviews just to form your own opinion on it?

I love to read book reviews! I definitely take positive reviews into account when I decide whether to read a book, but I never let negative reviews do the same. Every text should have a shot at being indulged.

Do you ever buy a book just because another booktuber/blogger has talked about it a lot?

Hyped books tend to be incredibly overrated for me once I read them. As a result, I take into account other’s positive opinions on a book when it comes to purchasing texts. However, I will never let another person’s judgement be the only reason to spend my money.

Is there anyone whose book recommendations you always trust?

Yes! I know plenty of bloggers and friends with the same tastes in literature who I go to for book recommendations! I can always trust in Goodreads to find books that fit my palette as well. I may make a separate post about this in the future.

I tag everyone to take a crack at this tag as it really opened up my eyes to what I do during book browsing! It also taught me to be more open minded when it comes to book covers, I will definitely try to explore more vibrant covers the next time I shop.

I’m currently writing an overview of what I’ve been doing these past few months as I haven’t been blogging. I’ll get that out as soon as I can!

Happy reading!

xoxo Byunzie

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Top 10 Tuesday

My Top 10 Favorite Book Covers

Hello! Long time no read… I’ve been so busy with AP Exams and USABO lately it’s driving me insane! Today I was able to carve out some writing time for a ‘Top Ten Tuesday’! I do have my own TTT; however, this prompt is really fun and I will be doing these ones more often!

In this weeks TTT, I will list 10 book covers that I absolutely love to look at. There are so many amazing illustrators and artists out there contributing to the making of book jackets! I have to say I prefer a mix of matte and shiny finishes for a dust jacket; though if I had to pick one or the other, matte is definitely more appealing for me. When it comes to colors, I love the whole spectrum! As of now a majority of the books I have on my shelves are murky and on the darker side, but I’d love to have brighter colors!

These are not listed in any particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The color scheme on this cover is fantastic; and I love the way this book looks on my shelf. In fact, the cover is the amazing mix of matte and glossy I mentioned earlier! All three books in this trilogy look amazing, but I enjoy the colors on the first text the most.

2. Red Queen Collector’s Edition by Victoria Aveyard

Now, the ‘Red Queen’ series is one I’m actually not the fondest of, but nonetheless I had to snatch this collector’s edition! The hardcover and page edges are red, making the whole book a delightful treat for the eyes. The hardcover actually is a mix of matte with glossy drips that I absolutely love. So simple yet it makes the whole thing so incredibly beautiful!

3. Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

This cover is illustrated by the lovely Charlie Bowater, and I love the dull but warm color scheme! It seems like it would be a book on the brighter side, but on a shelve it fits in with the darker books just fine. I usually don’t enjoy covers with “people” on it per-say, but this one is definitely an exception.

4. Circe by Madeline Miller

On the actual dusk-jacket, all of the orange shown in this image is a metallic gold along with hints of matte black. This one looks and feels like a treasure sitting snug in my bookshelf; always catching the light and twinkling. I can never get enough gold on my shelves but this cover has me more than satiated.

5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I love this cover so much for the sole reason of how it looks with the book’s sprayed edges. The pages are sprayed red on the edge, with the hardcover being of the same color. It just looks…so freaking good. The dust-jacket is matte except for the title which is glossy, and I love the subtle tinge of red on the cover while the rest of the book is that same color!

6. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

If you couldn’t already tell, red is my favorite color when it comes to book covers. V.E. Schwab’s books always have simple and bold illustrations which makes them so fun to look at. This dusk-jacket has a matte finish and bright spine to really stand out on shelves!

7. Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

Found this official gif and had to slip it in here because how cool is that?

This book’s cover is mostly matte with a metallic touch. I like it so much because of it’s beautiful spine (not shown) and the way it hides the amazing metallic hardcover! This illustration also reminds me of how curious I was when first looking at the book, wondering what the image of a dandelion could possibly mean. An attractive cover for an attractive publication.

8. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

First of all, the way the letters change colors to blend in with the rest of the cover is amazing. The texture of this dusk-jacket is actually super unique; a scratchy matte on one half with a glossy finish on the other. I love the way the texture and color changes from one side to another! One lighter half while the other darker makes the whole image complex despite how simple it may seem.

9. The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

There is so much to say about this cover. Most importantly, it’s beautiful. In the bookstore, this book cover made me instantly interested in it’s story’s world and conflicts. I really do adore the aesthetic of sea animals “swimming” in the sky, which is a more personal reason to why I adore this illustration so much. The dust-jacket is matte except for a glossy title, and I’m content it’s this way because it lets me just focus solely on the beautiful scene of London thriving deep beneath the ocean’s surface.

10. Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

This is one of the brightest books I have on my shelves, and I am so incredibly thankful for it. This cover has a glossy finish and lovely neon color scheme, bringing my dark shelves to life! Doesn’t it make you so curious? Gosh, I love this cover so much. Despite it being so vibrant, the background is on the darker side of the spectrum. Its a super cool mixed feeling to encounter when looking at the illustration!

It was super fun to do this prompt for this week’s ‘Top Ten Tuesday’! There is a whole entire list of prompts and I’m super excited to visit all of them in the future!

The next blog post will be a book review! So stay tuned!

Happy Reading!

xoxo Byunzie

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Winter Tags

Ringing In The New Year Book Tag!

Welcome 2020! With a new year comes new goals, and new knowledge. I saw this tag on Clo’s blog ‘Cuppa Clo’ that is created by Rae at ‘Book Chronicles’! It’s open to everyone and seemed like such a fun way to start off the year!

• Link to the person who tagged you
• Link to the creator of the tag: Bookmark Chronicles!
• Answer the questions below!
• Tag friends!

Best Book And/Or Series That You’ve Read in 2019?

The ‘Caraval’ series by Stephanie Garber and ‘Folk of the Air’ series by Holly Black both reached their conclusions in 2019. I have to say I adore both those trilogies and find them to be pretty memorable! The thrill of anticipating the release of a book in a series to see the fates of characters you know and love is so exhilarating. I love it!

Authors That You’ve Recently Found And Would Like To Read More Of In The New Year?

I recently discovered the author Renée Adieh by reading her book ‘The Beautiful’ a while back! The text was pretty awesome and I’m eager to read her ‘Wrath & The Dawn’ series which I still haven’t got my hands on yet.

Most Anticipated Book Turned Movie/TV Show?

Oh gosh, I binged all of ‘His Dark Materials’ the other day on HBO based off the series of the same name by Philip Pullman. I remember reading the book series years ago! I barely remember anything that happened in the books but watching the series feels so nostalgic despite it being newly released! I will definitely keep up with that show.

Name A Character That You Wouldn’t Mind Sharing A Kiss With At Midnight?

Oh gosh. There are obviously characters I really love but I’ve never thought of them in this way before. Most of them have significant others as well! It feels dirty to list those that have lovers…is that so wrong? I would probably give Nikolai Lantsov from the ‘Grishaverse’ by Leigh Bardugo a peck on the cheek, however after reading ‘The King of Scars’ I think he has a little crush on you-know-who…

How Many Books Do You Hope To Read In 2020?

I know this is ambitious, but I hope to read 200 books in 2020! I was able to read around 160 books this year which is pretty insane, so I believe I may be able to hit the 200 mark. I’m not going to kill myself trying to hit that number, but it’s a good motivation to read plenty more this year.

Will You Participate In The Goodreads Reading Challenge Or Any Others?

Yes! As of now I’m participating in the ‘Goodreads Reading Challenge’! I just recently started a Goodreads! I know I’m very very late in doing so. I’ve been filling in as many books as I can think of that I’ve read, and giving them star ratings for quick reviews! Please feel more than welcome to friend me!

Any New Year’s Resolutions?

  • Start working! I’ve applied to various jobs and already am going to interviews soon. These books aren’t buying themselves!
  • Make sure I have time to read! My life is only getting busier, and I want to make sure reading isn’t eliminated from my schedule.
  • Keep a 4.0! I have a 90% and above in all my current classes, and I’d like to keep it that way…
  • Continue self studying! I self study languages and neuroscience as a hobby. Right now I am studying Korean and Japanese simultaneously (I know I’m crazy). 여보세요! こんにちは!Neuroscience has always been something I was interested in, I plan to take a program at a university over the summer to learn even more! I’m pretty thirsty for knowledge over here…
  • Cook and bake more! I have to admit, I eat out—a lot. Whether it’s a restaurant, cafe, or bakery, I’m always spending money on food! I’m not a terrible baker and cook, so I’d like to make my own meals! It’s a good life skill I need to work on.

I hope you all have an amazing 2020; I give you best wishes! To anyone that would like to participate in this tag, feel free to do so! Just make sure to follow the rules and link me (I’d love to read your post)!

Happy reading!

xoxo Byunzie

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Top 10 Tuesday

One Good Book Published Every Year This Decade

Hello booksworms! Today I will recommend one book published from every year up until 2019 (it will be a TTT but with 9 books not 10)! Today is New Years Eve in America, so I thought this would be a great way to celebrate the past decade! Here we go!

2010: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

I remember when this book released it was a huge deal. Everyone adored Percy Jackson and the expansion on his world was amazing. The series is a breeze to read and super fun!

2011: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

This book is stunning. The visuals are beautiful and I crave to enter this world every time I read of it. An amazing story, perfect for a blooming imagination.

2012: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

This book is so saccharine and adorable I love it so much. If ever in need for a cozy and fuzzy romance, give this one a go!

2013: Vicious by V.E. Schwab


Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

V.E. Schwab is one of my favorite authors and this book was so incredibly entertaining! It’s cover is beautiful too isn’t it? Dramatic and full of modern fantasy, a highly recommended read.

2014: Red Rising by Pierce Brown


Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. 

This book was actually recommended to me by a teacher of mine and I had a fantastic time reading it. Darrow is such a passionate and driven character, the story so entertaining and compelling. Not your typical dystopian.

2015: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill–the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price…

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

It is already known that I love this series very, very much. Romance and fantasy galore, it’s an amazing and unique take on faeries!

2016: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world. 

Now, I was going to put ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J. Maas in this spot but that seemed a bit dull so here’s another fantastic read! If you haven’t read the first book in this series: ‘Six of Crows’ I highly recommend itbecause who doesn’t love a good heist?

2017: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

This story is powerful and ever so compelling. A break from fantasy and sci-fi but not at all lacking in action and entertainment.

2018: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

A powerful fantasy with a world so unique and magical. It is so fresh and new from what I’m used to reading. I love it.

2019: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo


Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Will I ever get enough of the ‘Grishaverse’? No. Is that good? Hell yes. This book is a wonderful read and I fell quickly in love with all the new characters introduced! Highly recommended for those that loved ‘Six of Crows’!

I hope you all enjoyed all the books released this decade. I can’t wait for more, there are already so many reads I’m aching for that will be published in 2020!

I was able to pump out around 160 books read this year. My goal for 2020 is 200! What is your reading goal?

Happy New Years!

Happy reading!

xoxo Byunzie

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