Read for a Cause

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Better World Books is an awesome company that started with three guys who love books, and turned into a book-loving cycle.  When you buy a book from them, you are supporting literacy and a love for the written word on an international level.  The books are cheap, and shipping is always free.  And green and all earth-friendly-like.

I came across their website while searching for some used books.  I found out that not only does a good portion of the profit of each sale go toward non-profit literacy causes, but they also have dropboxes all across the eastern U.S. and in Texas where you can drop off unwanted books so they can find a new home.  It’s the idea that books are meant to be loved and read put into practice to help others.

I love this website, I love their selection.  I hope that they will continue to expand because….well the more books the better!  And because I have a lot of books I would drop off if they were anywhere near my location.  They take part in college and library book drives and large-scale donations and use the money they make to support a wide range of literacy organizations.  The average price for good used books that I’ve seen is under $4 and like I said, shipping is always free.

Check out these stats:

  • 6,801,997 books have been donated
  • 95,699,749 books have been reused or recycled
  • $13,204,413.39 has been raised for literacy and libraries.

Not only are these numbers staggering, they are always increasing.  So go check them out, buy and donate books, and take advantage of what this great organization has to offer while supporting literacy worldwide.  Click the link below to visit!

Better World Books

Hey Everyone!

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I’m still here!  I’m moving soon and my life has been crazy-hectic-weird.  I haven’t had time to post my reviews, my internet is off until we move, so starting next week things will get back into the groove of awesome.  I’ve read 7 going on 8 books recently and I will have a lot of fantasticalness coming your way very vurry soon.

Stay fresh, stay cool, and stay awesome!

Quote >> John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

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“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.”

Cover Lover >> Part Two

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Hello my fellow cover whores.  I know you just are dying for this post.  To see if my tastes align with yours.  And if they do, we are all awesome.  And if they don’t, then just I am awesome.  You are ok too though.

Here are my favorite covers out there and why.

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Clean by Amy Reed

I don’t know what it is about this cover, but I always pull this off the shelf. Even though I always pull it off the shelf. Maybe the hand-drawn lines or bright white cover?

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Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Love the illustrations…even though it looks a little crowded. This book also always draws me to it at the library or bookstore.  It says, “Hey, over here…I’m pretty.  You should caress me like only a book lover will.”  This book is kind of a whore.

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Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez

Hello. Hot pink and black. Big thick typography. Need I say more?  No I do not think that I do.

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

This cover is stunning. Who doesn’t love looking up at the stars? If you say…yeah I don’t really do, then you are dead to me.  The silhouettes make me want to kiss somebody.  Pinks, purples, black, blue, white, yellow…..all blended into perfection.  Sigh.

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A Million Suns by Beth Revis

I just love when the covers for a series match AND are gorgeous. This cover is so pretty, although not quite as good as Across the Universe. I love stars. And galaxies. Yummy.

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

The actual book…meh. The cover…be still my heart. The angst, the scraggly ends of her hair and dress, things on her wrist (I love things on wrists), the woods…it is poetic and sad and beautiful. And I love it. This was my favorite cover of the Fallen series.  Was this the first girl in a pretty dress looking sad and you can’t see her face cover?  I doubt it, but it definitely was a trend starter nonetheless.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Um…cyborg leg!  Cyborg leg!  Cyborg leg in heels!

Match that with a pretty font and you have me intrigued. Simple, interesting texture (kind of a creamy matte finish with glossy bits), and just a couple of colors.  I can’t wait to read this book!

{check out Connie’s review of Cinder here}

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Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino

I love this book cover. Saw it in Barnes and Noble one day, and it stayed with me. The book is square, and the cover has a matte finish. The classic evil stepmother/witch half portrait on the front is gorgeous. Adds up to a fantastic cover.  This picture really doesn’t do it justice.  And it doesn’t look square.  Also, the book I looked at had no writing on the front.  Way better.  Negative space is one of my favorite things, yo.

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Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Beautiful lace curtain matched with pretty corner illustrations. The font works perfectly. Then the wording contradicts the pretties, and the girl looks depressed and lonely and sad and I just want to know what is going on in this picture. The title also really draws me in.

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The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I love photography, so just the picture alone would have drawn me in. But the typography is perfect. I also love it when a title is long but still works, and this is a great title for a book like this. Since it has a nice black and white photo on the cover, with some time-lapse goodness going on, it doesn’t look like the normal cutsy tootsy chic-lit covers and I am much more likely to read it. Even though there is nothing wrong with chic-lit…but like I’ve said, I can’t get past a cheesy cover.

So there ya have it.  I’m sure I missed some good ones, but I do really like these.  What are some of your favorite book covers?

Cover Lover

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Growing up, I was told “don’t judge a book by its cover” all the time.  My mother was a teacher, and she highly encouraged reading in our house.  She was always reading herself, as well.  My grandmother, the person I miss most in the world, was also a big reader.  She read everything.  These women fostered a deep love for reading in me and my sister, and I am so grateful for it because I spent a lot more time reading than watching tv as a kid, and even as a teenager.  But I could never get over one thing….

>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I JUDGE BOOKS BY THEIR COVERS <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

I won’t even read a book if it has a bad cover.  If a new edition has a better cover, but an old edition is sitting next to it, I have a hard time wanting to read it.  I am a visual person.  Books appeal to me because I imagine the world the characters are in, and I lose myself in it.  If the cover is god-awful……then the world will be in my mind.  I won’t be able to get that horrible, cheesy picture from my mind as I read.  I wish that I wasn’t scolded as a kid for doing this.  Not only is it a natural thing to do, but it’s also okay.  You hear that???  It’s okay to judge inanimate objects!!!

Here is an example of a cheesy cover:

Sorry Colleen…but this cover is really bad.

And the thing is, it has about 5,000 reviews on goodreads.com and over a 4 star rating.  That means it’s probably a pretty decent book.  At the very least, it must be entertaining.  The cover of this book may have been a casualty of whatever was trending at that time.  Who knows?  Who cares!  It’s still horrid.  I’m not saying that if the cover was amazing, I would immediately pick up this book and read it.  I always take into account what the story is, what other reviewers think….it all factors in.  The only thing I know for sure, is that I would not read this book, or any other book, if the cover looked like that.  Or this:

Again…this is supposed to be a pretty good book.  But……ACK.

Up until recently, I felt ashamed.  I don’t know why I was so humiliated by my judgement.  I suppose I thought it made me shallow.  Now I understand more why this is.  It’s not just the cover that makes you pick it up off the shelf.  That is the marketing part of it all…to sell.  But the cover still has to relate to the book.  Which is why it is so important!  The cover is the only illustration the reader gets for the book…at least 99% of the time (of course, children’s books aside).  And don’t pretend like you don’t do it, because we all do.  Some people aren’t as visual, they don’t hold that vision in their minds and reference it throughout the book.  Some people have the ability to overcome a bad cover and enjoy a good book.  And yes, it may be my loss, if I miss out on a good read.  But the thing is, it wouldn’t be a good read for me.

That is why I really hope the publishers release a new edition of this book:

This book intrigues me.  It looks so good.  Maybe I will be able to read it in ebook form…maybe I can trick myself into not seeing that cover.  And maybe I hate it so much because I am also a photographer……and there are so many things that bother me about it.  But as it is….I won’t read this book.

Now…getting the bad out of the way…I will post part two next week.  Because the upside to being a cover whore is that I also get to take great joy in a fantastic cover.  A good cover isn’t just a beautiful one, but one that is part of the story, that melds with the pages and the written words.  It’s all one book, and the cover is key.  Part two will detail my favorite covers, and why.