Top 5 Tuesday || Retellings

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You’re never too old for a good fairytale.

Trust me. And with retellings like these, you’d never want to be anyway! Personally, I’m picky about my retellings (they have to really stand out to catch my attention), and these five are some of my absolute favorites.

And hats off, as ever, to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for setting today’s Top 5 Tuesday topic! She’s probably the wise wizard in so many of the original fairytales we know and love. I mean, look at how smart she is about her topic choices! 🧙

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books with People on the Cover

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People on the cover of books can be hit or miss.

Thankfully, it’s Top 5 Tuesday, not Worst 5 Wednesday, so we get to talk about the hits today (thanks as usual to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads)! I’m a huge fan of illustrated covers, especially ones in a more painterly style, and today, we’re including a lot of that.

You guys, I have so much love to give. This might be my favorite topic this month!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books With Buildings on the Cover

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Let’s take a moment to appreciate the scenery.

We don’t always get a lot of it with books, focused as we are on characters and plot. But setting always plays an important role, and today, it’s the star! Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads decided it was time to spotlight our favorite books with buildings on the cover, and lo and behold, I actually found five books to showcase. The scenery on some might be a little subtle, but you can’t deny the effect it has overall!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books With Plants on the Cover

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Believe it or not, I used to work in a greenhouse.

Double believe it or not, I had an awesome green thumb at work, and couldn’t keep anything alive at home. Still not sure how that happened, even to this day. Thankfully, plants on the cover of a book don’t need too much care. In fact, I suspect they thrive if you just talk about them, which means that it’s a good thing Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads made this week’s T5T topic just to showcase their green, green glory.

And can I get a round of thanks that book plants are so pretty and allergy friendly? All the beauty, none of the pollen! You can’t beat that!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books with Creatures on the Cover

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What’s better than a little creature?

Books with said little creatures on the cover, of course! Maybe it’s because I read a lot of fantasy, but I do love a good creature feature, especially illustrated ones. As nice as it is to leave things to the imagination, I can’t resist the work of talented artists, especially wrapped around the work of talented authors.

And since Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is a generous and clever soul, that’s what today’s first T5T post will cover! This is actually a catch up from last week, since I was on vacation. It’s also me trying not to feel too bad about skipping books with food on the cover. Did you know I own ZERO books with food on the cover? Big ol’ goose egg. None. Zip. Kind of disappointing really, but maybe it’s because I don’t read much contemporary, where I’m sure you see more of it.

Petition for fantasy books to start putting food on covers? Nah, what am I saying? We have creatures!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books I Didn’t Like

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Oh, to like every book I’ve ever read!

If only, right? It would be just so nice not to dislike things. But today, thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads popping this can of worms wiiiiide open, we’re going over some of the big hyped books I didn’t like. Do I dare say, even hated?

Admittedly, a large part of this post comes with a generous heap of salt on top. Do with that information what you will, my friends. And hopefully, maybe we even agree… 👀

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books I’m Not Interested In

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I refuse to accept criticism at this time.

Okay, just kidding. Criticism can be a lovely thing, especially from trusted sources. But today’s post is one I still stand firmly by. Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads chose “hyped books I’m not interested in” as a T5T topic, and by golly, am I going to tell you all exactly how I feel. I’m one part salt today, one part knowing my bookish tastes well, and one part feeling the need to stir the pot just a tiny bit.

Sometimes you just have to let it out, right? Tell the world how you really feel? And for these books, I’m feeling very not interested.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books (Still) on my TBR

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My greatest talent is procrastinating.

That’s why today is a Top 5 Tuesday Triple, beginning with Hyped Books (Still) on my TBR! Thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads suggesting it for a topic earlier this month, and to my own ability to delay things, I’m using today to post about how far behind I am, and to catch up.

Yep, instead of reading all these books on my TBR, I’m just doing three weeks’ worth of T5T posts instead! My priorities are obviously rock solid. Right?

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books I Loved

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Sometimes, things that are hyped are good.

I’m a bit of a contrarian, so that’s not always true for me. But in these five cases, the books were well worth the hype, and I’m still thinking about them. Thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads making hyped books I loved the star of today’s Top 5 Tuesday, you too join me in being completely head over heels!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Authors I Want to Try

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To be honest, this T5T topic carries a lot of pressure behind it.

There are so many amazing authors out there, and I’m sure plenty of them are authors I haven’t yet picked up. But in true bookworm fashion, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is making me reexamine and cherish my TBR just a week after shaking my head at its towering heights. So, here are some authors I want to try sooner rather than later! Think I’ll be able to make that happen?

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