Hey y’all! I’ve done a few of these posts before, and they’ve been pretty fun! At one point, I commented on how “Crow” was the hot animal for YA fantasy titles. Now I’m thinking Serpent might have taken over the mantle as crow/raven books become more scarce.
5. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Top 5 genre tags for this title: fantasy, romance, young adult, historical fiction, lgbtq
2 Sentence Summary: Book two in a story about a quirky group of treasure hunters in France (or something like that). They probably succeeded the first time and are ready to get back to it!
Have I heard of / read this before? I have heard of this one before! Unfortunately that’s because I tried to read the first one and it was extremely boring and not for me at all. I abandoned the first one pretty early on, maybe 25% – 30% in at most.
Do I like the cover? It’s fine, but it’s also pretty generic now because we’ve had a lot of books with covers like this (vines on gate framing a thing but especially a castle) in the past few years.
Will I read it? Almost certainly not. I couldn’t even stand the first one — historical France bores me, and the quirky cast of characters was not for me. Sorry about my lackluster summary above… can you tell my drab impression of it colored that? 😅
Hey y’all! I’ve gone and done another list of top 5 books, this time with the word house in the title. I was lounging around in bed this morning thinking about the trends in book titles lately, and house kept popping up as one I remembered seeing a lot of. So I decided to see where it takes us!
To get the below list of books, I went to Goodreads and found the 5 most popular books with the word house in their titles. So take a look and let me know what ones you think deserve to be in this list!
5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Top 5 genre tags for this title: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Adult, Paranormal
2 Sentence Summary: A girl with no future is suddenly offered a full-ride to Yale after surviving a horrific multiple homicide. The catch is that she has to infiltrate the inner echelons of the elite and see what kind of shady shit they’re up to.
Have I heard of / read this before? Oh yes, I’ve heard of this. xD
Do I like the cover? I do! Shades of black and gray can be very effective, plus I love snakes.
Will I read it? Eh, maybe eventually. I’m not really feeling the whole “elite of the school” vibe, but I’m totally in for demon summoning or devil bargains or whatever the hell it turns out they’re into. I might read this in a year or two, particularly once the hype has died down even more. Just won a Goodreads choice category, but that doesn’t always work out for me…
Hey y’all! I’ve gone and done another list of top 5 books, this time with the word paper in the title. I have no real story this time for why I chose that word, it just popped into my head and ended up giving some good results. 😂
To get the below list of books, I went to Goodreads and found the 5 most popular books with the word paper in their titles. The most popular one is definitely not a surprise, although it is one that makes me groan a bit in annoyance (more on that later). So take a look and let me know what ones you think deserve to be in this list!
5. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Top 5 genre tags for this title: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic, Romance
2 Sentence Summary: Ceony is crushed when she’s assigned to work paper magic (instead of metal) under a strange mage. Then that strange mage’s heart gets stolen — literally — by a dark witch, and Ceony has to use her fledgling knowledge in paper magic to try to reclaim him.
Have I heard of / read this before? I have heard of it enough that I ended up reading it a few years ago.
Do I like the cover? Yes! That was probably what drew me to it in part in the first place. This was one of those popular books I saw around quite a lot and never bothered to look at until like years later.
Will I read it? I already did! Though as I remember it, I wasn’t really blown away by it. I came out with the feeling that this would be a better series than it was taken as a single book. I didn’t continue the series though, and I likely never will. I like the idea of the magic in the world, but the plot and characters weren’t entrancing enough to match it.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book! But it’s so similar to these other wildly popular books that I had to wonder what the most popular books with the word “thorn” are. Because I had a pretty good bet as to what they would tend to be. 😂
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
No one is surprised.
Top 5 genre tags for this title: fantasy, young adult, romance, new adult, retellings
2 Sentence Summary: A human girl is taken to the land of fae as penance for killing a faery. Basically everything there wants to kill her, and she just wants to get away from the weird gorgeous fae lord who has taken a strange interest in her.
Do I like the cover? Neutral. It’s not ugly, but it’s not breathtaking. Kind of strange for a fantasy by Sarah J Maas, really.
Will I read it? I did! I finally gave in. All these years, I had a feeling it wouldn’t really impress me, especially with the added pressure of the hype around the book and series. Everyone loves it. So predictably,I didn’t. In short, took forever for things to happen and the romance was weak at best. One character introduce at the end might convince me to continue the series. But not in any hurry.
Alright y’all, is it just me or has “crow” become an abruptly hot word for YA fantasy novels? It’s gotten to the point where I kind of grimace and roll my eyes when I see one. It must be an author’s dream knowing that just putting the word “crow” in their book title is currently guaranteed to get a good chunk of views from the crowd. And paired with a dramatic cover? OH YEAH. Marketing made easy!
I rest my case. Crows, man. People are really into the dark, witchy, crow aesthetic right now. This feels like a replay of when The Girl on the Train was published and then there were a million titles like “The Girl [something something].” Not sure why The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo didn’t strike that apparent gold though…?
So some of the top 5 books Goodreads lists when you search “crow” are definitely not surprising, because they have been shouted about by many readers in book communities, bookstagram, blogs, and anywhere else. But with such a newly saturated market, which Crow titles manage to come out at the top of the pack??
PS – all book covers link to the Goodreads page for the book 🙂
1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Top 5 genre tags for this title: fantasy, young adult, favorites, magic, adventure
2 Sentence Summary: Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Have I heard of / read this before? Oh yes, I’ve heard of this. I feel like I’ve been bashed over the head with this book! It’s EVERYWHERE! I’m thoroughly unsurprised that it’s the top result for crow because I feel like this might be the book that launched crow into a bookish success word. The fact that “Favorites” is a super popular tag for this says enough, I think. xD PS – technically, the sequel to this book was also the #3 spot but I’m skipping books in the same series.
Do I like the cover? Eh, it’s aight. I feel like the more I look at it the more clever I think it is. I appreciate the design for design, but visually I’m not completely enthralled.
Will I read it? Believe it or not, this is one of a few books that’s on my attempted shelf. Once again, I gave into the hype on a book and gave it a shot… and was very much not into it. It sounds so perfect for me on paper! Quirky crew! Heist! Magic! But something about it just didn’t catch me. And, yeah, I’ll be honest: the amount people talk about it still turns me off. Sorryyyy Leigh!
Yes, I’m aware this is practically blasphemy for many people. 😂 Talk to me! Comment on what made you love this book. I’m willing to give it another shot if I have a good reason to!
As a voracious reader, I am always looking for ideas of what to read next even when my list is already hundreds of books long. 🤣 Today I chose a random word — wind — and searched it in Goodreads’ database to see what the top 5 recommended books related to the word wind would be. Most of them include the word wind as the force of nature, but one included it as a sense of a twisting or turning motion. Here’s a quick look at what the top 5 were!
1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Top 5 genre tags for this title: Classics, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Historical
2 Sentence Summary: Scarlett O’Hara, the beautiful, spoiled daughter of a well-to-do Georgia plantation owner, must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. (Goodreads itself only had one sentence so that’s all I’ve got!)
Have I heard of / read this before? Yessss, I have heard of this one! Although I’m aware of the movie, I’m not totally sure I knew there was a book.
Do I like the cover? Not really! 😂 Since this is an older book, it really shows. It looks like something I would borrow from my grandma when I would run out of books to read while visiting when I was younger.
Will I read it? Probably not. Western-based stories with cowboys and train heists don’t usually interest me much.