Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday:  Bookish Goals for 2015 

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Jeni's Picks
1.  Finish all the series I have on my shelf. I'm horrible about finishing them. I'm so far behind. I think I'll choose a series a month to finish. It's usually only the 3rd book I haven't completed.  
2. Buy more books from local stores: In Utah we have some amazing indie book stores that are so much fun to shop at. King's English is my favorite. They host so many book signings. 
3. Read More with my kids: I love reading with my kids but I want to read more. Its fun getting to discuss what is happening and predicting what we think will happen next. 
4. Blog every week: I need to be better about remembering to do it. I need to start writing reviews too. I'm just more of a reader than a writer. I love following everyone blogs and seeing what other people think about books. So I will try to have courage and write some reviews. 
5. Start a bookclub for boys:  I host three book clubs for girls 8-12 years old and my son keeps begging me to start one for him. It's a lot of work but so much fun. This might be something I start in the summer. 

Emily's Picks: 
1. Read new genres. 
2. Finish series
3. Write a chapter in my book each month
4. Write more book reviews
5. Visit more blogs. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Books I read in 2014
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Jeni's Picks
1.The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson: Great ending to the trilogy. I am looking forward to starting her new series next year. 

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I know I took forever to read this. I really don't know why. I really enjoyed Lament and The Raven boys but still this book sat on my shelf for a good 3 years. Now I can't wait until the movie comes out next year. 

3. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay: Another book that sat on my shelf for awhile not as long as The Scorpio Races though. I love fairytale retelling and this one was just so different. I can't wait to reread it. 

4. I am not  a Serial Killer by Dan Wells: I used to love reading Dean Koontz when I was 16 but I haven't really read any other horror stories since then. This book was interesting and scary. Don't read it in the dark. 

5. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes: Loved this book. One that makes you keep thinking even after  you put it down. Can't wait to see the movies. 

6. Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore I picked this book up at Random while shopping for something else. It kind of reminded me of Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson but
pirate style. 

7. The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby: My girls and I loved this book. We recommend it all the time. We just wish he would write a sequel. 

8. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: I had so many people tell me to read this that I finally read it with my girls. Very fast read and we loved it. Now I'm begging people to read it. 

9. A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd: Best of the three books she has written so far. 

10. Hood by Stephen Lawhead: I loved this retelling of Robin Hood.  Started off slow but the ending was worth the read. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday New Authors

     Top Ten Tuesday: 
Top Ten New-to-me-authors I read in 2014

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Jeni's Picks:
1. Katherine Hannigan author of Ida B: I host a book club for girls 8-12 and this was one of my favorite reads this year. I love hearing back from the girls how much they love a book and not one of the 20 girls disliked this book. Many of them finished it in less than a week. 

2. Cinda Williams Chima author of The Demon King: This book has been on my TBR list for awhile and I finally decided to read it. I loved it and now I am on to the second book. I'm not a huge fantasy lover so that might be why I was reluctant to read it. 

3. Stacey Jay author of Of Beast and Beauty:  I love the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. This retelling was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. Elizabeth Blackwell author of While Beauty Slept: I had the hardest time getting into the book and liking the characters. 

4. Carrie Turanksy author of The Governess of Highland Hall: I love historical fiction and I enjoyed this book. I think Amazon recommended it to me after reading a Sara Ladd book. 

5. Robin Hobb author of Assassin's Apprentice: My dad is a huge lover of fantasy and has been begging me to read Robin Hobbs Farseer Trilogy for some time. He even leant me the whole series. 

Emily's Picks:

1. Zoe Marriott, author of The Swan Kingdom

2. Claire Legrand author of Winterspell 

3. Victoria Laurie author of When

4.Erica Crouch  author of Madly, Deeply

5. Stephanie Oakes The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday:  Books I'm looking forward to in 2015

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Jeni's Picks:

1. Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielson: I loved her Ascendance trilogy and can't wait for this one to be released.

Aslo by this author (bonus)
A Night Divided which is about Cold War-era East Berlin. Sounds Awesome. It comes out in later in the year.    

2. The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd:  A new series yeah!!!! Her whisper on the Moors series was amazing and got better with every book.  

3. The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells: The fourth book in his John Cleaver series. If you want a good horror book this should be it. 

4. Grave Visions by Kalayna Price: The fourth book in the Alex Craft novels. I'm crossing my fingers that this book really comes out next year. They've changed the release date twice. 

5. Silver in Blood by Jessica Day George: New York city 1890 era shape shifters. One of my favorite authors. I've loved everything she has written. This series seems a little darker than what she has written in the past but looks intriguing. 

6. The Arctic Code by Matthew J. Kirby: Every book he writes is so different than the last but just as good. Still wish he would write a sequel to Icefall. 

7. The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale the third book in the Princess Academy series. Now Miri becomes the teacher and is sent to a distant swamp. 
My girls are just dying for this book to come out. 

8. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen: Another of my favorite authors this one won't be released until the end of 2015 but I'm going to be waiting.
(no cover yet)

9. Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen: I'm not a big fan of reading trilogies until the whole series is released but I heard so many good things about the first book Stolen Songbird and now I am not enjoying the wait till this one is released. 
(no cover yet)

10. The Huntress of Thronbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson: I've enjoyed reading her fairly tale retellings and this one looks interesting. Robin Hood meets Swan Lake.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR list
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Jeni's Picks
1. The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen: I love this author and am so happy she is coming to Utah for a book signing in 2 weeks. 

2. Captive by Aimee Carter:

3. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin: I have been waiting forever of this series to be complete. I only read the first one and then decided to wait so I'm starting from the beginning. 

4. Lady Emma's Campaign by Jennifer Moore: I loved Becoming Lady Lockwood so I am very much looking forward to reading Emma's story. 

5. The Partials Sequence by Dan Wells: I enjoyed his John Cleaver series even though they gave me nightmares. I figure I should give his Sci-fi trilogy a try. 

Emily's Picks

1. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

2. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.  I liked her other series, so I am willing to give this a shot.

3. The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman.

4. Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker.

5. Annihalation by Jeff Vandermeer.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels We Can't Wait to Get
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Jeni's Picks:
1. Lady Emma's Campaign by Jennifer Moore: Sequel to Becoming Lady Lockwood. This is kind of cheating because it just came out but I can't wait to get it and read it.  In fact I think I'll go pick it up today. 
2. Captive by Aimee Carter: Sequel to Pawn 

3. Forbidden Sea 2 by Sheila Nielson: This one doesn't have a title yet. My book club got to meet the author and she read the first chapter to us. Supposedly it is coming out in March 2015. 

4. Winter by Marissa Meyer: 4th book in the series The Lunar Chronicles.  Fairytale retellings are the best and these series is awesome!!

5. Dearest by Althea Kontis: Sequel to Enchanted and Hero (the Woodcutter Sisters series.) I can't wait to read this to my daughters. We loved the two previous books. 

6. The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells: 4th in the John Cleaver series. If you need a little bit of horror. 

Emily's Picks
7. Dreamless by Josephine Angelini: sequel to Starcrossed

8. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd: Sequel to the Madman's Daughter

9. Idols by Margaret Stohl: Sequel to Icons

10.  The Unbound by Victoria Schwab:  sequel to the Archived

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters you wish would get their own book.
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Emily's Picks

1. Will Scarlet from The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin Mckinley
2. Adele Varens the pupil of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
3. Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments Seris by Cassandra Clare
4. Sonny Flannery Wonderous Strange by Lesley Livingston
5. Robin Greenfellow The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to re-read
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Jeni's picks:
1. Edenbrooke by Juliane Donaldson: I have actually re-read this three times but every time I enjoy it. 

2. Unearthly by Cynthia hand: This is one series I would re-read. It is the only series where I couldn't decide which boy I wanted the main character to stay with. 

3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder: I love her books and this is the first book I read by her.

4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier: I've re-read this before but I still haven't finished the series so I'm thinking I should start from the beginning again.

5. In the Hall of the Dragon King by Stephen Lawhead: This is one of the first fantasy novels that I read and really enjoyed. I want to revisit this world again in the future. His Robin Hood re-telling is another great series.

6. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: I read this book with the 12 year old book club that I host and we loved it. Now that I know what happened I wonder if I would get more out of the book then the first time around.

7. Maid at Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen: This is my favorite Klassen novel. I've re-read it before and I'll re-read it again.

8. Wither by Lauren DeStefano: This book is the only one I like out of the trilogy so if I re-read it again I will imagine a different ending.

9. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn: Halloween re-read. I'm not big on spooky books and since I've read this before I don't get as freaked out.

10. Drops of Gold by Sarah M. Eden: I've read every book by this author and this one is my favorite. Layton Jonquill…yum.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm not sure I want to read for various reasons

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Jeni's Picks: 
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer : Too hyped up. I've read to many books lately that were raved about and ended up hating them. Maybe I'll pick it up when the series is finished.  

2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: A friend warned me not to read it and gave away part of the ending. I just don't see the point in finishing this series anymore. 

3. Tigers Curse by Colleen Houck: I wanted to read this series forever but then someone mentioned the love triangle drags which made me loose interest fast. 

4. The One by by Kiera Cass: Every time I pick up this book I put it back down saying I'll read it next. I'm not sure why I haven't finished this series. 

5.  The whole Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rawlings : I watched the movies first and I think it ruined this series for me. I tried reading the first book and it just didn't hook me. 

Emily's Picks

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas this book has been sitting on my shelf for a while now, and for whatever reason, I still haven't picked it up to read.  I think it might just gather dust.

2. Heaven is here by Stephanie Nielson. I started following Stephanie's blog about three years ago, I actually started following here sister, C. Jane, first.  I have wanted to read her book, but after following her blog, I am worried the book might be a little sappy, and preachy, and I have yet to pick it up, although I bought it. 

3. Die For Me by Amy Plum I started this book, and will not finish it.  It was another twilight, just a slightly different take.  It was disappointing.  

4. Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari  I am tired of dystopia, let's just put it that way. 

5. Plum, gratifying vegan dishes by Makini Howell I don't know if cookbooks count, but I'm counting it.  I am into cookbooks, and I like vegan and vegetarian recipes.  I was excited about this cookbook, and then it came.  HUGE disappointment.  I would never use this cookbook. YUCK. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer TBR list
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Jeni's Picks:

1.Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I haven't read the second book in this series yet because I'm tired of waiting for books in trilogies. I feel like I forget so much from the last books that I need to reread them. So I just wait till all the books are out to read them.

2. The Ruby Red Trilogy by  Kerstin Gier
I have read the first and the second book but its been so long I need to reread them so I can finish the series.  My niece swears I well love the ending. 

3. Icefall by Matthew Kirby
I'm having my book club girls read this in July so I get to read it with them. We loved his book The Clockwork Three.  We have high hopes Icefall will be just as good. 

4. One plus One by JO JO Moyes
 I can't wait till this arrives on my doorstep. I have enjoyed all her books so far and am pretty sure this will be a fantastic read. 

5. Hunter's Trail by Melissa F. Olson (Scarlett Bernard #3)
This one might not count as a summer read because it comes out September 2nd but I'm looking forward to reading it. 

Emily's List

1. Defy by Sara B. Larson. This book, because it has been sitting on my shelf, and I really need to read what is on my shelf.
2. The Unwind series by Neal Shusterman. The first book was strange, and I wasn't sure if I liked it, but I have the entire series now, and I would like to see how this author works. 
3. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. I have heard a lot of great things about this book, and I love to try retellings, so this one seems like it would be a great try. 
4.The Machine by James Smythe. This book popped up while exploring Good Reads, so I thought, why not? 
5. Touchstone by Laurie R. King. I loved this author's book about Sherlock Holmes, so I'm willing to branch out to her other series, and see if it was pure luck that I liked her writing, of if she is really is that good. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie Week
Favorite Fairytale Retellings
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Jeni's picks:

1. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George: This is my favorite retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses. 
2. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay: A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I owned this book for awhile before I finally read it and wish I would've picked it up earlier. I really enjoyed all the twist she added to the tale. 
3. The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson: Snow White is one of my least favorite fairy tales but I love Melanie Dickerson so I gave this book a chance. I loved how she changed the story especially the twist with the seven dwarfs. 
4. The Merchants Daughter by Melanie Dickerson: Another retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is the first book that I read from Melanie Dickerson and I loved it. 
5. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: I absolutely love this retelling of The Goose Girl.

Emily's Picks

1. Entwined by Heather Dixon. This is a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses.  But the princess doesn't have a wear soilder come to rescue her.  She has to do it one her own.  And I liked that.
2. Beauty by Robin Mckinley. This book is amazing, and Robin Mckinley, I think, is it at her best with this book.  She revisted this story, with Rose Daughter, but Beauty is still the better re-telling.
3. Spindle's End by Robin Mckinley, this is Sleeping Beauty with a twist.  It's pretty good.
4. Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn. This was a free book on my kindle.  And you know, free books can be a gamble but I'm glad I went for it.  This is a story about all the fairy tales, woven in.  It's about a girl cursed to finish the tales.  I liked it.
5. Hook by Terry Brooks This is a retelling of Peter Pan, when he is older.  It's based on the movie of the same name.  I liked the book a lot better, as usual.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: 
Lady of Willowgrove Hall
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
release date: October 2014

           Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.
Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.
          As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.
           When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?

Why I am waiting: I liked her first book The Heiress of Winterwood. Her second book The Headmistress of Rosemere was even better so I have high hopes for the third book in her Whisper of the Moors series. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: 
Books about Friendship
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Jeni's Picks:

1. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: (Friendship between friends.)  I read this book to my girls and they loved it.  One of those books that was hard to put down at night. 

2. One for the Murphy's by LInda Mullaly Hunt: (Friendship between Foster mom and foster daughter.)  I loved the relationship between the foster mom and foster daughter. It took a lot of work to get the daughter to trust the mom and along the way they become friends. Great story. 

3. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah: (Friendships between best friends) I'm not a huge fan of Kristin Hannah but this is my favorite book that she has written. My best friend and I have known each other for 20 years. We haven't been through some of the crazy stuff that happens in this book but its been a fun journey and I can't imagine the last 20 years without her. 

4. Fliipped by Wendelin Van Draanen : (friendship between a boy and a girl) This book is a fun read. So many great quotes. The  movie is just as good. My favorite quote "One's character is set at an early age. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life. I hate to see you swim out so far you can't swim back." 

 5. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay (friendship to love) They say you should marry your best friend and in this book they become friends before they fall in love.  Great retelling of Beauty and the Beast. 

Emily's Picks

1. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan. Percy starts out as a misfit, with only one friend, who he thinks he needs too protect, and in the end, he becomes a hero, with the help of friends.  

2. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowlings, Harry is friendless at the beginning of this series, and meets Ron, and then Hermione, and they are the center of this series, without their friendship, Harry would not have been able to do what needed to be done. 

3. Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher: Loved this book, and Judith needed Loveday to enter into that strange world of the wealthy to understand what she had. 

4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray:These girls get into all sorts of trouble because of friendship.

5. The Green Rider by Kristen Britain I would say the most enduring friendship in this book, is between the rider and her horse. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Release date: February 3, 2015

In her third book about the delightful Woodcutter sisters, Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves "The Wild Swans," "The Goose Girl," and a few other fine-feathered fairy tales into a magical, romantic companion novel to Enchanted and Hero.

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell?

Why I'm waiting: 
I love fairy tale retellings.  Enchanted and Hero  were fun reads and I can't wait to learn friday's story. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday:
 Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't
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Jeni's picks:
1.  The Green Rider by Kristen Britain: I'm not much of  a fantasy person so when my sister recommended this book I dragged my feet a bit. It was entertaining in the beginning but it took me about 1/3 of the way through to really appreciate it. I'm glad I read it. 

2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman: I didn't like Adam's point of view at first and had a hard time getting into this book. I was so nervous I wouldn't like the ending that I almost took a peek just to make sure I wouldn't be disappointed.  Great book and Gayle Forman is an awesome author to meet. 

3. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: This book took me forever to like. There were too many characters to keep track of but I kept going and ended up loving the story.  

4. In the Hall of the Dragon King by Stephen Lawhead: Another fantasy novel. My dad asked me to read this book and swore I would like it. It started off slow and I was doubting my dad but I really liked the ending and finished the whole trilogy. 

5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:  This is one book I wish I would've put down. Halfway through I wanted too but all my friends kept telling me to finish because it would be worth it.  I wanted to throw the book across the room when I was finished. I was so mad at all the characters. I hated this book and  was furious that I wasted all those hours reading it when I could've read something else.  

Emily's Picks
1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyers.  I had not ventured into the world of YA since high school before this book came out, and vampires were not on my top ten to read list, so when my sister told me to read this book, I was leery, and then I started reading, and had to just dig in and read.  I can say I was a fan of the first book...and then the rest of the series came out.  But i will say that this book introduced me to YA again, and I'm glad that it did.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth.  This book was a struggle for me.  It took me until the middle of it to really get down and dirty with the characters. I think I was just tired of all the dystopia novels at the time.  But I dug my heels in, and gave it a try.  Please do not tell me how the 3rd book ends!

3. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson.  I tend to steer clear of these type of books, ask my sister.  But she gave this book a glowing review, and I trust her judgement,  And I started this book. I wasn't sure, but I was glad I read it.

4. Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper.  This was a free book on the kindle.  And out of this list, it is the only one I have yet to finish, in fact, I deleted it from my kindle.  It was horrible! And I do not understand why it has such glowing reviews on Goodreads. I would not recommend this book to any one. Phew, I got that off my chest.

5. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley.  This has appeared on my lists before.  I'm sorry, this book was yet another horrible read.  I will never understand the glowing reviews of this book. One, the main character was the least sympathetic and the most horrible heroine ever written, 2, the use of the "f" word was unforgivable.  I understand the use of a slang word, believe me there are times when  you might need to use it, but I also believe that an author has the power of the English language, (or any language,) at their finger tips, and they should express that, without having to use a swear word.  That's why we have expressive words...RANT OVER. (there were other problems with this book, but you know, this rant is way too long as is)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Atlantia 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Release date November 4, 2014

From Goodreads:
A standalone YA novel.

"In Atlantia, the heroine, Rio, is thrown into a precarious and upsetting situation after her twin sister, Bay, opts to leave their underwater world for "Above" first. Since only family member can leave for the surface, Rio is then, as PYRG executive director of publicity Shanta Newlin explained, 'left with increasingly dangerous questions about the complex political and religious system constructed to govern the fragile divide between land and sea.'"

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Top Ten Book Covers I'd Frame As Pieces of Art 
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Jeni's Picks:
I love this picture. It would be fun to have my daughter dress up for this shot and hang it up in the family room 

I just like this picture. 

This would be a fun engagement picture. 

We always love taking pictures at the beach. This would be a fun slightly spooky photo shoot. My girls would love it. 

I would love to get a  wedding day picture of my daughter like this. 

Emiy's Picks
 1. There is something haunting and beautiful about this picture that I love.
2. I like slightly creepy and strange things, and having a snake around your neck, this will do.  I think this could be considered modern art. Don't you?
 3. There is something haunting in this cover, that I love.

4, I love any picture with a grove of trees, so pretty, and this one has a pretty dress, so you really can't complain.  Love this.
5. I love the covers in this series, and this one, well, I love it.  :)