Judgment Day

Judgment day:

If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?

I thought one and hard about my favorite book. For book lovers world wide I feel like this question is almost near impossible to answer. Why? Because most of us have a numerous amount of “favorite books.” I know I do. So, I thought about the book I have read and reread the most in past year or so. And one book in particular came to mind. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Yeeesss I am a #Maashole She is one of my favorite authors. Her worlds are unique, gorgeous and full of romance and angst. All of which I am a huge fan of.77493_original

 

ACOTAR is about a nineteen-year-old huntress named Feyre  who kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged t a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

 

DUN DUN DUN…..Best book ever. And its sequel A Court of Mist and Fury aka ACOMAF is EVEN BETTER! Holy wowza. Like Legit the best. Ryhs ❤

 

So back to the original reason for this post. Would I still have read this book just based off the cover? The answer is no, I wouldn’t.

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I might be alone in saying this, but I am not a huge fan of any of the covers Sarah J. Maas has. However, I like simple covers with no characters on them. One of my favorite covers (and books) is Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie. Not only is Purdie’s writing

 

23677316-2phenomenal in her beautifully crafted dark and dangerous Russian-esq world, but her cover…oh LAWD he cover! I lust after it!

Isn’t it just gorgeous? Simple, haunting, eye catching and freaking fab!

 

 

 

 

Another cover that I am head over heels for is Red Queen (and its sequels) by Victoria Aveyard. LOOVVEEE! Again, its simple and eye catching and captures the mood of her book perfectly!

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See for yourself

Legit one of my other favorite books! See? I have too many favorites. Its so hard to narrow

them all down. However, these are def in my top 3! If I were to judge Red Queen and Burning Glass off of their covers, I would have definitely picked them up.

I feel like covers are different for everyone though. Most people seem to really love ACOTAR and its cover. I might be alone in my opinion. Let me be clear though, the cover and my opinion on it is in no way my opinion of Sarah and her writing. She is an amazing human with a HUGE talent. She is fantastic and beautiful and I love her to pieces. She literally saved my life. Story time….

I have a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 1 of NF1. I have tumors that grow through muscle around nerves and bone all throughout my body. I live every day with chronic pain. When my hormones are being silly (during pregnancy or lady time) my tumors swell and grow and cause more pain. When I was pregnant with my demon (now 4) a mass I had in my right shoulder grew and began pinching a never in my spine. It was starting to cut off function to my right arm and legs. We opted to have pieces of the tumor removed so the nerve wouldn’t be so compressed. When I cam out of surgery my entire right arm was paralyzed because of how compressed the nerve had been, it was severely damaged. I was absolutely distraught. I had a 3 month old, my arm was paralyzed and I had MAJOR PPDepression. That, and my husband was about to leave for 2 months for Air Force basic training. I was very alone. I moved in with my parents and they helped me take care of my son. But it wasn’t enough. I was severely depressed. I could hardly get out of bed. And when I did I was angry, and scared and sad. I hated myself and my life. I wanted to end things, and thought about how to do it daily. I used reading as an escape because reality for me was just too much. I happened upon the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, in particular the prequel Assasins Blade. In it, the main character Celeana has literally had her life turned upside down. People are dead, she’s been betrayed etc…Her life is over. Yet,  even though she has all of this coming at her, she is still alive. One of the last lines in the book she says “My name is Celeana Sardothian and I will not be afraid.” I read that, and I began to cry. If this character who had been through hell and was about to march into more could face life with courage, so could I.

I recently got that tattooed on my forearm to remind me every day that I will not be afraid.

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So…there you have it. My answer to the dreaded Judgment Day question.

What are your favorite books? Would you have still read them just based on the cover? Let me hear your answers in the comments!

-Aubrie

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