For the third year in a row, I’m attempting to host my own challenge. I completely sucked at it in the past, so this year is once again a renewed attempt at consistency.
So, what is the cover color challenge?
Well, it’s a way for me and you to look at our TBR’s differently. As a blogger, It’s so easy to get sucked into reading the newest thing. And that’s great, but sometimes it can leave us wandering around somewhat restlessly as we rush to make ourselves as relevant as humanly possible.
But, we all started doing this for the love of books, right? So this is a way to make myself take a step back, and consider books in a different order than I do by default. Sometimes I tell myself that I’ll read a bunch by the same publisher….or I’ll read a bunch by the same trope or theme. Trust me, I will still do that this year. I do it all the time. But I do a bunch of these challenges in an attempt to keep myself from stagnating. It forces me to diversify my reading selections. A-Z challenge? You betcha. Debut challenge? Sure thing…. but…
I’m an extremely visual person. So what better way to tackle my TBR then visually sorting? Each month has a color (Usually, the color of the birth stone for that month, though I’m changing it up this year) and I challenge myself to look at all the books I have that fit that color….
Then I narrow down what I want to read most and pick 10 books of that color to feature and hopefully read and review! January’s color is RED. Join me if you’d like! (and leave a link so I can come follow you!)
As I read and review, I will update this page to include the links to the reviews!
There are very few rules to participate:
- The book must have the color on the cover. I won’t be judging these personally, it’s just an honor based thing. After all, I am partially color blind and sometimes I have no idea what color is which. Basically, if it looks like that color to you – it counts.
- You can add anticipated reads to your post, like I have, but only check mark it/count the book if you read it in January. 😀 That’s it!
Planning ahead? Here’s a list of all 2018’s month colors:
February – Purple
March – Green
April – Yellow
May – Pink
June – Light Blue
July – White
August – Gray
September – Dark Blue
October – Orange
November – Brown
December – Black
January’s Cover Color, like always, is RED. So here are a few books with RED COVERS I’m looking forward to reading. See why I’m interested in them and then keep your heads up for the reviews! Also, join in the challenge if you’s like, by linking up!
As Red As Blood
“Lumikki Andersson has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. She knows all too well that trouble comes to those who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. But Lumikki’s rule is put to the test when she uncovers thousands of washed Euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom and three of her classmates with blood on their hands. Literally.
A web of lies and deception now has Lumikki on the run from those determined to get the money back—no matter the cost. At the center of the chaos: Polar Bear, the mythical drug lord who has managed to remain anonymous despite hosting lavish parties and having a notorious reputation. If Lumikki hopes to make it out alive, she’ll have to uncover the entire operation.
Even the cold Finnish winter can’t hide a culprit determined to stain the streets red”
Books in the US end up translated to other languages all the time. BUT this book is one that’s been translated from Finnish. I can’t help but feel that if a book ends up being so popular in another country, that it’s been tranlsated TO English, there must be something special to it!
I’m also really curious because it’s been published twice (by different publishers) in English. Both times I was given an arc, and it’s made me feel like the old timer I am.
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“It was supposed to be epic.
During a late-night poker game, tennis teammates Colin, Ceo, Grahame, and Rhody make a pact to go on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park. And poker vows can’t be broken.
So the first sign that they should ditch the plan is when Rhody backs out. The next is when Ceo replaces him with Ellie, a girl Grahame and Colin have never even heard of. And then there’s the forest fire at their intended campsite.
But instead of bailing, they decide to take the treacherous Snow Creek Falls Trail to the top of Yosemite Valley. From there, the bad decisions really pile up.
A freak storm is threatening snow, their Craigslist tent is a piece of junk, and Grahame is pretty sure there’s a bear on the prowl. On top of that, the guys have some serious baggage (and that’s not including the ridiculously heavy ax that Grahame insisted on packing) and Ellie can’t figure out what their deal is.
And then one of them doesn’t make it back to the tent.
Desperate to survive while piecing together what happened, the remaining hikers must decide who to trust in this riveting, witty, and truly unforgettable psychological thriller that reveals how one small mistake can have chilling consequences.”
This one sounds completely terrifying. It’ll probably give me nightmares for life. Why am I reading it? I have NO IDEA. But I’ll read it anyway.
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Blood Red Road
“Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba’s world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back. Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the outside world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba’s unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.”
This is my BFF’s FAVORITE series (at least one of them anyway….). We happen to love a lot of the same books and types of plot lines. One year, I found it on Book Outlet so I jumped at the chance of getting it on the cheap. I mean, why not? Sadly, it’s been on my shelf since. Like I said, it’s hard to ignore the allure of the latest and greatest. So this is one of the older titles that I DEFINITELY want to read.
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Devil in Ohio
“A strange, damaged girl lives with a family after escaping a cult in this debut YA suspense/thriller that was inspired by true events.
When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl, her mother explains that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But shortly after, Mae is wearing Jules’ clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and kissing Jules’s crush. Then things get weird.
Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, she’s startled to see a pentagram carved into her back. Soon white roses start turning up on the front porch, a rabid dog bites one of Jules’ sisters, and Jules’ parents, who never fight, start arguing behind closed doors.
Jules pieces clues together and discovers that Mae may be a survivor of the strange cult that has taken over a nearby town. And they will stop at nothing to get Mae back.”
This one also sounds completely terrifying too. Will I still read it? Yes. Yes I will.
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Ever the Brave
“Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.
The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.”
I ADORED Ever the Brave! I got to meet the author (she is SO SWEET). Ever the Brave had a HUGE cliffhanger ending. It was a huge, TROLL of an ending. I really can’t wait to find out what happens. And that dang King better stay the way from my OTP. Know what I’m sayin?
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“Five years ago, Abby Booth’s mom, co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a ‘haunted’ cave in Arizona.
Since then, Abby’s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad’s deep depression and how they’ve drifted further and further apart.
But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.
With the help of the co-host’s son Charlie and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers…but what the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imagined.
Abby was investigating a possible haunting… she never expected that there could be something worse.”
Why do all the red books this year sound COMPLETELY TERRIFYING. I did tell you guys I was so traumatized by a ghost story when I was little, that I covered my mirrors and wouldn’t look at them for two years afterwards? Yep. So I’m starting to think that I’ve made a bad decision in my red-covered TBRS. I have read a Leveen book before, it was AMAZING (though with an ending a little too quick and curt for my taste.) BUT STILL. It was good enough that I think reading another book of his will be a delight.
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“Nazi Germany. 1936.
“I should have been born yesterday, but that’s not what I wanted. The date didn’t suit me. So I’ve stayed put. Motionless. Rigid. Of course that means a lot of pain for my mother, but she’s a brave woman, and she’s putting up with the delay without complaint. I’m sure she approves of my tactic.
“My wish, the first of my future life, is to come into the world on April 20. Because that’s the Führer’s birthday. If I’m born on April 20, I will be blessed by the Germanic gods and seen as the firstborn of the master race. The Aryan race will henceforth rule the world.”
In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, literally counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen.
Max is taken away from his birth mother soon after he enters the world. Raised under the ideology and direction of the Nazi Party, he grows up without any family, without affection or tenderness, and he soon becomes the mascot of the program. That is until he meets Lukas, a young Jewish boy whom he knows he is meant to despise. Instead, the friendship that blossoms changes Max’s world forever”
This book got a lot of backlash from twitter for just being published. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about it. I do know that this book is rooted in fact, and I’m interested in seeing how the author explores the mind of a born-nazi and the darkness of the regime itself. How it explores the plight of the Jewish is of real interest to me. So I look forward to reading this and deliberating for myself!
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Reign The Earth
“Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.
But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.
This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarletwill hold readers spellbound.”
I can’t wait to read this. Like I said in the intro, I am partially colorblind. So I can’t really decide if this is red or not. So I decided it was red. haha. Gaughen’s Scarlet series was gorgeous, and remains one of my favorite. There was so much to like about it, including a historical depiction of PTSD. Way. Cool. It was so good that it means I automatically would read anything Gaughen has written. It also reminds me of a webtoon I’m super into.
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“In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.”
I STILL haven’t read Roseblood!! I really need to. I adore the cover! And, I can’t wait to read a retelling of Phantom of the Opera. The cover does appear to mostly be blue. But, the red pops so vividly that I decided to count it as red. I’m determined to read this one. It’s perhaps my most anticipated read on the list.
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Ten Miles One Way
“The powerful story of a mind at the edge of unraveling, held together by love and acceptance.
Nest and Q walk through the city. Nest speaks and Q listens. Mile by mile, Nest tells Q about her life, her family, her past . . . and her Chimaera, the beast that preys on her mind and causes her to lose herself. Q knows only that his love for Nest runs deeper than the demon that plagues her thoughts, that he loves her in spite of—or perhaps because of—the personal battle she fights every day.
A beautifully-written, haunting story.”
This book is TINY. It’s also a psychological story! Those can go really right or really wrong. Is it a short story? Or just really well written? I’m worried about possible lack of character depth…but I’m intrigued all the same.
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This Mortal Coil
“Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.
That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.
When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.
Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?”
Way back in 2012 I read a book with a similar premise. EXCEPT. It ended up being a huge disappointment. I’ve heard great things about Mortal Coil though, so I can’t wait to see this played out. Is it done right here? I don’t know yet. We’ll see.
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