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Three Bookish Things

This week I have a really cool bloggish tag that I discovered from one of my fellow authors, and it was so fun that I knew I had to dive in! I can’t say where this Three Bookish Things tag originated, so I don’t know who to give proper props to, but it’s things like this that make blogging fun.

For these I’m going to try and not pick the obvious favorites or be repetitive between authors, books, and whatnot, so there’s a little more variety. Shall we get started?

3 Favorite Authors

Right off the bat, everyone’s favorite question. At least I can choose more than one this time.

  • Andrew Peterson
  • Megan Whalen Turner
  • Brian Jacques

3 Weirdest Things Used as a Bookmark

This one was harder than you might think, since I rarely find myself in need of interim bookmarks. I have a favorite one I like to use, and by now the poor thing is in rough shape.

  • Coaster
  • Bank receipt
  • Paperclip

3 Series Binged

I have binged so many series, particularly in my school days. At that time, I didn’t like splitting series up and I read all of one before moving on to the next one, so nearly everything until just a few years ago was binged.

  • The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson
  • Pendragon by D.J. MacHale
  • King Raven by Stephen R. Lawhead

3 Characters You Love

  • Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Rin from Rowan of Rin
  • Hiccup Horrendous Haddok lll from How to Train Your Dragon

3 Favorite Book Covers

There are two kinds of book covers that I enjoy most: those that are detailed pieces of artwork in and of themselves, and those that have a more classic feel (you know, with all that filigree and whatnot. Like this one, which I haven’t read yet, or this one which I am currently working on).

This one has to be near, if not at, the absolute top of my list of favorite covers. I never would have picked the book up, honestly, except that the cover had such a beautifully detailed image of hands. The original covers for four of the books all feature hands, and I love that about them.
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I couldn’t tell you for absolute sure why this cover snags my attention so much. Maybe it’s the colors, or the flourishes in the title that make it a piece of art in and of itself, but promises a beautiful and intriguing story.
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This series is actually getting a whole new set of covers, which are equally gorgeous in their own right, but this design will always hold a special place in my heart. It is pretty much the epitome of one of my favorite cover aesthetics.

3 Book Goals for this Year

  • Read 40 books. Goodreads has a Reading Challenge that lets you set your own goal for books you want to read within the year. Last year my goal was 20 and I doubled it, so this year I’m aiming for 40, and so far I’m halfway there.
  • Get the manuscript for the first book of Falconsbane to a ready-for-an-editor draft. I’ve been at this stage before, but then the story had a growth spurt, and I’m back in construction. I have no idea how this new development will actually go, how well it’ll be received, but even if it gets cut, writing it has helped me understand the story and plot much better.
  • I feel like a cheat, since I only really have these two things, but it’s summer, and I have an understaffed job and a farmers market that eats up a lot of time and energy. I don’t think I can realistically set another bookish goal for this year ─ unless ‘reading more indie books’ counts, in which case, I have a legit three.

How about you? Consider yourself tagged! What are some of your favorite authors/characters/book covers? Do you have any bookish goals for this year? What have you used in place of a traditional bookmark ─ I’m curious!

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