Friday, December 3, 2021

The Friday Face-Off: Windswept

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:

As soon as I saw the topic 'windswept,' I immediately thought of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. What's a more classic, windswept traditional SFF cover than that? Let's take a look at some of the other covers of The Way of Kings that exist! There are a lot, so I included a lot because I thought they were really fun and creative. 

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)El camino de los reyes (La guerra de las tormentas, #1)
2010 US Hardcover | 2010 UK Hardcover (Pt. 1) | 2012 Spanish

Droga królów (Archiwum Burzowego Światła, #1)Droga królów (Archiwum Burzowego Światła, #1)Путь королей (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
2014 Polish | 2020 Polish | 2016 Russian

Kralların Yolu (Fırtınaışığı Arşivi, #1)Пътят на кралете (Летописите на Светлината на Бурята, #1)王者之路 (飓光志, #1)
2014 Turkish | 2014 Bulgarian | 2019 Chinese

Обреченное королевство (The Stormlight Archive, #1)Der Weg der KönigeA királyok útja  (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
2013 Russian | 2015 German | 2018 Hungarian

王者之路(飓光志·第一卷)A királyok útja 2. kötet (The Stormlight Archive, #1)Шлях королів. Хроніки Буресвітла #1
2013 Chinese | 2018 Hungarian Pt. 2 | 2019 Ukrainian

My choice(s):
王者之路 (飓光志, #1)
I love the original US edition for how classic it is, and I also love how intense both of the Polish editions are, but I cannot stop staring at this gorgeous Chinese edition!

What cover(s) do you like the most?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Month in Review: November 2021

I truly can't believe that November is already over, and I can't decide if it felt like a fast month or a slow one at this point. 

In personal news, I feel like there's not much to report. Work has been a bit busier, so that's nice, but I'm still looking for something, although I do think I'm getting more discouraged by the day–but I also know that things take time, so I'm trying to just keep my eyes open and looking for a good opportunity! My husband and I will finally (hopefully) be adopting a new furry family member this month, also, which has me super excited! I love dogs and have grown up with dogs, so I can't wait for us to finally have one of our own now that we live in a home better suited for a large dog. I spent this Thanksgiving at my husband's because my family was all out of state, and I have to say the most surprising thing to me is that his 101 year old grandma still makes dishes for the meal–and won't let you tell her to go rest! Thanksgiving is always hard for me since it's the anniversary of my dad's death, and this year marked 15 years, which just seems like so long. It's still hard to process it sometimes, even though it's been so many years, and I think that is the hardest part of any loss sometimes. But to end on a lighter nighter, I hope that you all had a great November, and that if you celebrate any holidays that you had a wonderful time! 😀

In book news, it seems like this month was a little all over the place. I've finally been feeling less slump-y (mostly), but I've still struggled a lot lately with deciding what books to read next. Because of that, I decided to just start tackling some 2022 books in advance (and actually keep good notes for reviews!), which makes me feel less stressed about all the ARCs I already seem to have for 2022 🤣–and it made me really excited for all the books coming out next year because they've been great so far! Some highlights from the month were The Justice of Kings, Jade Legacy, The Violence, A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth, The Carnival of Ash, and The Bone Shard Emperor! Honestly, I enjoyed most of these books, so I'd say a good month overall. 

How was your month? Have you read any new favorites books, or anything that just didn't work for you? Let me know in the comments how things are, I love hearing from you all!

# books read: 14

The Justice of Kings (Empire of the Wolf, #1)Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga, #3)The ViolenceThe Bird is Gone: A Manifesto
The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

Jade Legacy (Green Bone Saga #3) by Fonda Lee 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto by Stephen Graham Jones 
Source: Owned | Format: Paperback

The Carnival Of AshEngines of Empire (The Age of Uprising, #1)A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: StoriesThe Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire, #2)
The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

Engines of Empire by R.S. Ford 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth by Daniel Mason 
Source: Audible | Format: Audiobook

The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart 
Source: Publisher | Format: Hardcover

WeComfort Me With ApplesThe Whispering Trees (The Thickety, #2)A Tale of Sorcery... (A Tale of Magic, #3)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin 
Source: Owned | Format: Paperback

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

The Whispering Trees (The Thickety #2) by J.A. White 
Source: Owned | Format: Paperback

A Tale of Sorcery (#3) by Chris Colfer 
Source: Audible | Format: Audiobook

A Far Wilder MagicVladimir
A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

None! (that I remember, anyway)

The Fall of Babel (The Books of Babel, #4)All of Us Villains (All of Us Villains, #1)Flowers for the SeaComfort Me With ApplesJade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga, #3)A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: StoriesThe Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire, #2)

(other than reviews)

Top Five/Ten Tuesday:

Can't-Wait Wednesday:

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu & Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) by Seanan McGuire

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 
How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu
Publication: January 18th, 2022
William Morrow
Hardcover. 304 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

"Follow a cast of intricately linked characters over hundreds of years as humanity struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a climate plague 

Beginning in 2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue the work of his recently deceased daughter at the Batagaika crater, where researchers are studying long-buried secrets now revealed in melting permafrost, including the perfectly preserved remains of a girl who appears to have died of an ancient virus. 

Once unleashed, the Arctic Plague will reshape life on Earth for generations to come, quickly traversing the globe, forcing humanity to devise a myriad of moving and inventive ways to embrace possibility in the face of tragedy. In a theme park designed for terminally ill children, a cynical employee falls in love with a mother desperate to hold on to her infected son. A heartbroken scientist searching for a cure finds a second chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects—a pig—develops the capacity for human speech. A widowed painter and her teenaged granddaughter embark on a cosmic quest to locate a new home planet. 

From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead to interstellar starships, Sequoia Nagamatsu takes readers on a wildly original and compassionate journey, spanning continents, centuries, and even celestial bodies to tell a story about the resiliency of the human spirit, our infinite capacity to dream, and the connective threads that tie us all together in the universe."

This premise is everything to me. I feel like this is the book I've been hoping for, so I can't wait to have a chance to check it out and hopefully love it as much as I'm hoping to!

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #7)
Publication: January 4th, 2022
Hardcover. 160 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

"Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you've already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company. 

There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. 
It isn't as friendly as Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. 
And it isn't as safe. 

When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn't save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster. 

She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming..."

I have adored the Wayward Children series and I think this installment sounds like it's really going to get into something new and interesting. I'm very curious and excited to read this one!

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In School (pre-high school!)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Bookish Memories--Books I Read in High School

This time of year always makes me nostalgic, so I guess what better time than now to share some books that I read while in school and just take a deep dive into nostalgia? I'm focusing on books that I read before high school, so these will all be younger age range-based books. There are also only seven here, and although I'm sure there were more, I cannot seem to remember them off the top of my head and my mom also does not remember, haha. (I think a few of these have some somewhat problematic elements to them, so I'm not necessarily recommending all of these, just to be clear.)

Chocolate FeverBecause of Winn-DixieIsland of the Blue DolphinsHatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)

Second Grade: Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
This book feels like such an acid trip now that I think about it. I mean, the entire premise is that this kid, Henry, basically eats nothing but chocolate-based foods: chocolate milk, chocolate cereal, chocolates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, etc. He's been to doctors and dentists and they see no health problems, so he keeps doing it... until one day he develops some sort of spots? I'm a little fuzzy on the rest of the plot, but it was weird, and I really question the choice to have us read this. As a big chocolate eater, I can't say I don't see where Henry's coming from–it's pretty great. 

Third Grade: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
My teacher read this one to us during class and all I know is I absolutely loved this book. I remember telling my mom about it and us buying a copy and then being excited (and subsequently disappointed?) by the movie. I think I just really love dogs, so maybe that's why I loved it so much. And, I mean, Winn-Dixie really is a cute dog. 

Fifth Grade: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
I have the vaguest ideas of what happened in this book. I know it has something to do with a girl living on her own on an island, and I also recall her battling some wolves (or wild dogs?) at some point? That's pretty much the gist of what I remember, and I haven't read much about it since then. 

Sixth Grade: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
I know Hatchet is beloved, but at the time I can't tell you how much I hated it. I hated Paulsen's prose style and it was just such an annoying book to me and my friends for some reason. I hear a lot of love for Hatchet nowadays and I am inclined to believe that I didn't give it a fair chance, which also makes me want to re-read it, maybe?

The CayRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans, #4)The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Sixth Grade: The Cay by Theodore Taylor
I think this was another survival story (anyone else sensing a theme with some of these books??). I think this one is also probably chock full of racist stereotypes because that apparently seems to be the theme with books they made us read growing up??

Seventh Grade: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
I think this one was actually good, but also sad. I remember my classmates being very invested in this book when we would read it aloud in class, but that's sort of the extent of this one! I wouldn't mind checking this one out again to see what it was about. And apparently it's part of a children's series? I had no idea!

Eighth Grade: The Giver by Lois Lowry

I recall thinking that this was one of the most interesting books they had us read in school, but I don't know if I actively liked it or not at the time? I think most of my classmates were just very confused by it, if I'm remembering correctly. I wouldn't mind re-reading it just to see what it was like, but I'm also not sure if I'm that invested in finding out, so perhaps not...

Did you read any of these books as a kid, whether for school or not? What are some books you remember reading from pre-high school years?