50/50 Friday: Books with Black Covers

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Carrie from The Butterfly Reader and Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Their Prompt: “Now what is 50/50 Friday?

Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you’ve read/worst sequel you’ve read. So that’s what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have ideas for this meme don’t be scared to let us know!”
This Week’s Question: Favorite/Least Favorite Black Cover Design
My Answer: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
goaskalice
I haven’t read this book since my early high school years – so we’re talking way back in the 90s – but I can still remember the feeling I had after reading this. Despair pretty much. I felt the same way after watching the movie Requiem for a Dream.
Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus is also a favorite for a completely different reason, so I’m including it too. Plus, I wasn’t sure if this really counted as a black cover.
thenightcircus
Now for my least favorite, here’s a book I have never read, but I truly despise the cover:
blackdahliaI mean, I really really don’t like the cover….

50/50 Friday: Chicago Baby

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Carrie from The Butterfly Reader and Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Their Prompt: “Now what is 50/50 Friday?

Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you’ve read/worst sequel you’ve read. So that’s what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have ideas for this meme don’t be scared to let us know!”
This Week’s Question: Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place
My Answer: I live about 60 miles south of Chicago, and believe me, no books have been written set in my under 3000 population farming community. Chicago, on the other hand, has been the setting for quite a few stories.
Favorite:
Black and white portrait profile of young black man
Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun is such a wonderful and important play.
 

Least Favorite:
thejungle.pngI will admit that I could probably re-read this now that I’m an adult and have a quite different experience; however when I read it in my early twenties, this novel made the list of books I despise.

50/50 Friday: School Settings

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Carrie from The Butterfly Reader and Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Their Prompt: “Now what is 50/50 Friday?

Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you’ve read/worst sequel you’ve read. So that’s what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have ideas for this meme don’t be scared to let us know!”
This Week’s Question: Favorite/Least Favorite Book Set in a School
My Answer: Let’s be serious people, Harry Potter is most certainly the first series that came to mind for this question. Hogwarts is like the boss of all schools. eleanor & park by Rainbow Rowell also jumped into my head as did Stephen Chbosky’s the perks of being a wallflower, that Gail Carriger series, John Green’s Looking for Alaska, boy meets boy by David Levithan, The Absolutely True Story of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and the list goes on and on and on. But my winner has to be:
Favorite:
themagicians
There is just something about Brakebills that both appeals and horrifies me.
Least Favorite:
neverletmego
While I realize many love this book, I was disturbed in a completely not good way. Worst school ever.

50/50 Friday: Summertime

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Carrie from The Butterfly Reader and Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Their Prompt: “Now what is 50/50 Friday?

Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you’ve read/worst sequel you’ve read. So that’s what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have ideas for this meme don’t be scared to let us know!”
This Week’s Question: Favorite/Least Favorite Summery Book
My Answer: I don’t read many summery books if ‘summery’ is defined as light and airy and romancy. All of those books with white women in big hats lounging in the sand or in a pool or playing tennis or gardening…just not my cup of tea. So I thought of summery as quite simply being set in the summer.
The Favorite:
rebecca
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Monte Carlo holidays, roses and hydrangeas, boats, the ocean, definitely a summery read if a bit darker than the typical
The Least Favorite:
atonement
Atonement by Ian McEwan
oppressive heat, summer vacay from college, all goes to hell, another dark summer read but one that I did not even finish. I actually never got past the summer portion.

50/50 Friday: What Happened in July

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Carrie from The Butterfly Reader and Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Their Prompt: “Now what is 50/50 Friday?

Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you’ve read/worst sequel you’ve read. So that’s what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have ideas for this meme don’t be scared to let us know!”
This Week’s Question: Favorite/Least Favorite Read in July
My Answer: I finished 8 books in July-
  1. Shadows of Glass by Kassy Tayler
  2. Remnants of Tomorrow by Kassy Tayler
  3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  6. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  7. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
  8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Clearly it was the month of series as I only read one standalone book this month. I’ve never been great at picking best reads, but this month, I have to go with:

curiousincident

The story is told from such a unique perspective and is just such a different read. For my least favorite read of the month:

shadowsofglassIt’s not that I hated it, but the main character spends an inordinate and annoying amount of time harping over her guilt – and practically using the same words to do so chapter after chapter.

So how about you guys? What were your favorite and leas favorite reads from July?