So here we go! Some favorite books selected through the stages of a courtship.
Bright Lights, Dark Nights is a graphic YA contemporary novel by Stephen Emond, and one of the few books I've added to my TBR list based off of the cover, not the summary. The drawings here are gorgeous, with my favorite range of colors, and a person of color actually shown on the cover! I always give bonus points to that. I'm not sure what it's about, but I'm guessing a romance, haha. Here's the cover:
Again, I usually add books to my TBR based on summary, and only rarely by other factors such as the cover, the author, or a recommendation. So I suppose the most recent book I've added to my TBR, then, is A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolf, which I just read about on The Book Smugglers today. Adult sci-fi mystery, seems interesting!
SWEET TALK: A book with beautiful writing
As y'all know, I'm a big fan of the Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi, largely because of the gorgeous and experimental prose, which is showcased at its most fantastical in the first book. J'adore.
FIRST DATE: A first book in the series that got you pumped for the rest
Well, with any series I read, I have to have enjoyed the first book first. I don't generally continue if I didn't like it. So I guess the most recent first book in a series I've read that I've liked (and therefore added the second to my TBR) is Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt. I'm super happy that this YA sci-fi thriller had a main character with a chronic illness, a bleeding disorder, and it promises good things to come. The only sad thing is that the second book doesn't have the same main character, so I don't know how much of that disabled rep is going to be there.
LATE NIGHT PHONE CALLS: A book that kept you up all night
I stay up late far too often reading, even with books I don't really like. I just have a problem with putting books down in the middle. But the most recent book that really did keep me up because I loved it and was invested way too much was The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Holy. Potato. I can't even with this book. It's phenomenal and creepy and stunning, and yeah, y'all should read it.
ALWAYS ON MY MIND: A book you can't stop thinking about
I have a whole favorites shelf that has books like this on Goodreads, but a recent addition is The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson. Gorgeous. How did I miss this series when it first came out? It's romantic, dramatic, magical, and incredibly diverse, with a great, strong main character. I really, truly, love this one. I aspire to write books like these.
GETTING PHYSICAL: A book where you love the way it feels
I'm not so much about the physical product as I am the actual text, hence me being a bit of a book-damager. However, one book where the physical copy is something I really value is a British edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling that Julia got me when she was in England--and it was actually in the presence of Jo Rowling at one point, so yeahhhhhh, sometimes I just like to hug it. :D
MEETING THE PARENTS: A book you'd recommend to family and friends
I recommend books all the time, and you get the bulk of it here! One that I recently added to my list for my mom to read is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. My mom's a big YA sci-fi fan, as well as a fan of strong female characters, and this felt like a series that would be up her alley.
THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE: A book you know you'll reread often
I also have a "need to reread" shelf on Goodreads, some of which are eternally there.To isolate one, though, let's say... the Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz, which I wrote a blog post about recently. It's an old love, a series I've owned for many years, and it's always fun to go back to.
Images via aimeemeesterwrites.blogspot.com and Goodreads.