Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sunday Post #264



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Ah mid- September has passed and we're closing in on October rapidly. Anyone else excited by this? Obviously I am, as I've been singing the praises of autumn every week. October for me is the month when it really feels like fall- the cool winds are here and there's something in the air, something that just feels different. I'm glad I live somewhere with the change of seasons because this transition period between summer and winter is one of my favorite things. The changing of the leaves, the smell of bonfires, pumpkins and harvest moons- I love it.    

I was thinking about book titles the other day. Some are more evocative than others, of course, but do you ever see a title and feel drawn to it, even if it's not your usual kind of read? The Drums of Autumn is that way for me- I've never read Outlander and it's not really my thing, but that title- it just seems to evoke something, I don't even know what. I should do a post on this. Do you have certain book titles you just love?  

The group read for Record of a Spaceborn Few is over and what a book! Thanks to La La in the Library, Jo's Book Blog and A Dance With Books for reading with me! It was fun. My review for that went up this past week. 

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)An Unwanted GuestObscura 

Song of the week  


PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

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NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Survive the NightEchoes

BOOKISH LINKS 

Iron Fist S2 is a mixed bag but the standout is Typhoid Mary. Here's one of her fight scenes with Misty and Colleen. 

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  1. I've seen mixed reviews of Survive the Night. I have it on my ereader but I'm really unsure about it! I enjoy autumn with the changing leaf colours, cosy nights in front of a warm fire reading, getting dark earlier...

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    1. I'm unsure to, to be honest. I've seen mixed as well. I was gonna read it a while ago, kept putting it off, now I'm thinking of reading it for the spooky readathon in October.

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  2. Yay October and cooler air! Iron Fist 2 is on my list to watch,and I really liked the first season a lot. The thing about the end of September is that the new Fall TV season starts, so in addition to all the other stuff, I'll be knee deep in all my shows coming back like Law and Order, 911, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, The Good Doctor and a host more filling up my DVR, not to mention the new book releases. Sure hope you have an amazing weekend! Hugs...RO

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    1. Thanks Ro! You too- and I know what you mean, I have some shows coming back to- my watching is about to get busier! I hope you like Iron Fist- I'll tell you that Typhoid Mary steals the show, for me!

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  3. I love the mermaid theme you have going! The artwork is stunning as usual😁

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    1. Thanks Tammy! I have been finding some killer mermaid stuff lately- and I just found more last night!

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  4. Happy first day of fall! I am excited to be able to open my windows today. I hope it lasts.

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  5. I also love autumn, especially when the weather is cooler, but you still have some sunny days as well which are great for going outside. Not a fan of all the rain tough.

    I usually don't really care about titles one way or another. Although I do like it when the title makes sense and fits the book. It would be interesting to read a post about the topic and which tiles catch your attention.

    Nice artwork pictures again! I like the last one with the dino's.

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    1. I agree, autumn plus sun = happiness.

      And that's good to know. For some reason I do find certain titles to be evocative, and I agree- when they fit the book it's always nice!

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  6. It definitely feels like fall around here this weekend, and I am loving it! Fall is my favorite season.

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    1. I love fall too, definitely my favorite season!

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  7. October's Coming :) Happy Autumn to you! I think it came early for us. I do hope we see the sun soon before the snow settles in gosh.

    Welcome Fall

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    1. You too! And hopefully snow is far away yet

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  8. After another heatwave we finally have had some cooler fallish weather, but with more rain and some flash flooding. Thank goodness it was mostly park areas this time. Today it is now officially autumn, so now we can bring on the pumpkins. This is not on my diet, but I am craving cider and donuts. XD

    Thanks for reading with us! I am not done discussing Spaceborn Few, yet. Ha ha. My transition back to having to do work every day after summer break has thrown me off social media kilter. I have to come up with a schedule again. :P

    Have a wonderful new week. 🌞

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    1. Ooh flooding for you too? I know some areas have been really affected. And yay for autumn!

      You are welcome- my pleasure! And I look forward to seeing more of your thoughts.

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  9. I'm grumbling about fall. I don't even know why, I don't like the heat? I do like swimming though. And I HATE snow, so I guess that is my problem. I am glad you're glad though! I got all salty when I saw people talking about the first day of fall and I was like "guys that isn't for WEEKS" until I looked at the calendar and was in for an unpleasant surprise.

    Definitely do the titles post! I love titles. Like Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies. Or That Inevitable Victorian Thing. Exit, Pursued By a Bear. The Smell of Other People's Houses. Yeah, do the post.

    I could not read your review of Record of a Spaceborn Few because I haven't even read the second one yet, oopsie. Also, the girl on the horse looks like Echo riding through the woods to the island during Praimfaya. So that makes it my favorite of course. Did you start Two Dark Reigns? Mine hasn't even shipped yet, sobs.

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    1. Yeah I will be- give it time. Ha ha I'm never happy w/ weather. Have you been swimming? And yes as much as I like it- how IS it fall already???

      I may! There are so many titles I like, and so many weird one lol.

      You need to get on those. Join the party! And yes that could be Echo- except for the snow part.

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  10. Yay, more mermaid art! And I'm pretty excited about autumn too - it's my favorite season of the year when it's still warm but not too hot, and the real cold is still weeks away. I wish the weather could be like this all the time!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Oh my gosh I've been finding meriad all over- Pinterest and the usual art sites. I have more upcoming lol!

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  11. I do feel drawn to books in genres I don't usually read because of their titles. Found some good stories that way:) It's still high 90s here and lots of humidity even though some leaves are starting to fall off the pecan trees. I've been enjoying the pool while I still can:)

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    1. Same. A good title will get me every time. :)

      I'm jealous of your heat (a bit) mainly because you have a pool to take the edge off! If I had a pool I'd probably be loving the hot too!

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  12. Yeah... we don't have seasons where I live lol. Changing leaves? What are those? Bonfires are great though. And they do smell nice. There should really be more bonfire get togethers everywhere!

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    1. I would miss seasons. Although there's something to be said for warm year around too. But changing leaves I would miss. Bonfires are the best!

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  13. I do love autumn...pumpkins, apples, crisp leaves, and color! The air feels good, too. We don't really get to full-on fall until mid-October, but then I feel happy and renewed.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I hope you get a beautiful autumn color when it hits this year. I love the display nature gives us!

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  14. We've had rain on and off the last two weeks, but it was still muggy and humid outside. However, tonight when I let the dogs out... COOL AIR. It wasn't cold, but definitely a chill. Needless to say, I opened all the windows and did a little dance in the living room. I cannot wait for October and cooler weather. Fall is my JAM.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. Ugh I hate muggy. Especially after rain when it gets all sticky. I much prefer a cooling down after rain lol. And yes- cool air!! Haha the best. Fall IS the best! And I bet it feels good where you guys are, down in the hot zone!

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  15. I'm totally excited, especially because my blog was created in the middle of October, so the Halloween time always has this really cool "good things are starting" feel for me :)
    Really nice artwork this week, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Aw that's neat. A nice time for a blogoversary!

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  16. YES! A Million times yet! I love the transition of Summer to Winter and I adore living in a place the has four season (sometimes it does, sometimes it just skips spring) I always told my husband if we move I need to be in a place that has them otherwise I don't know if I could live someplace with no fall or even winter. This is the start of my favorite time of year. I even love how blogs change during this time with all the spooky reads and more cozy books.

    Love the mermaid images, those are amazing. It's also nice to see that cats will be able to come with us in space! ;)

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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    1. Hey Michelle! Exactly- I used to think I'd love living in the tropics or whatever, but now I really appreciate the change of season, especially fall! And yes I love the blog changes also!

      And right? Cats haha.

      Have an awesome week Michelle!

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  17. Awwww, it's so good to get back to visiting your blog. And what a post today :) YES, titles are sometimes draws for me even if I don't read the genre. It's funny you had the book up there, too, b/c I keep seeing "An Unwanted Guest" and I don't normally read suspense b/c of the stress (I'm weird) but that title!! Simple titles like "The Martian" do it for me, too. So vague that I'm completely intrigued.

    Awesome pictures this week! I LOVE the mermaids, especially the cartoon. I'm going to look her up b/c I like how she captures the character's curiosity.

    I've been so out of it I FINALLY saw Bladerunner 2049 yesterday. Yep, that busy. Stupid red herrings broke my heart but it was awesome!! So much to catch up on :) Have a great week!

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    1. Hey there you are. I stopped by your blog last week and didn't see you around. :) And yes certain titles will almost always grab me!

      Yay! I almost didn't use the comic because I didn't think it would really translate or anyone would. Glad you liked the art- I've been finding killer art on Pinterest and Artstation lately.

      Ooh you liked 2049? I liked parts of it but not as much as the first one. Still I LOVE the cyberpunk feel!

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  18. I love all your images, Greg. Lots of great fantasy. I love Autumn, too. It's such a wonderful time of the year. I've only read the first Becky Chambers book. I really need to catch up on those. Have a great week.

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    1. I think the first one is the best one! They all have something to offer though. And yes autumn! Thanks!!

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  19. I'm eager to see what you think of Echoes---it seems like people either love it or hate it. I think you're right that titles can evoke an emotional response all on their own. Oh, and I love the mermaid pictures!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Thanks Nicole!! I've seen the same thing w/ Echoes- one of the reasons I decided to read it is because the mixed opinions really got me wondering!

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  20. Yeah, I feel something in the air alright....cold...lol. I am not ready for my nights to be in the 50's yet. :( I love this time of year but not the fact that it gets colder.

    I have my eyes on Echoes so I hope you enjoy that one!

    Have a great week and happy reading,
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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    1. Ha right? The downside of fall is yeah... it gets cold at night.

      Echoes is curious for me because everyone is either loving it or hating it, and it sounds so ambiguous- I had to see for myself. :)

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  21. I used to like this time more before I moved to "the south". (I'm actually more north than where I'm from, but it doesn't feel like it.)
    Now October is much the same as September, which is about the same as August (and back and back).
    However, there is Halloween! So that's something.

    Outlander is a good title. I think it was originally titled Cross Stitch which doesn't have the same feeling. I do like that book, but haven't been able to get into the rest of the series.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I would die in the south lol. Too hot for me- although I will say when we're freezing in winter, it sounds pretty good. :)

      Was it really? I had no idea! I do like the Outlander titles- Dragonfly in Amber is another that gets me.

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  22. I am not sure if I should watch Iron Fist S2 at all. The First season put me off completely. Is it worth a try?

    Also is there anyone else who dislikes Misty? She just gets on my nerves and has been nothing but a pain in everyone else's ass (esp Luke's).

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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    1. I think S2 is worth it just for Typhoid Mary. And Colleen and Misty. They steal the show if you ask me.

      I get that though about Misty. She CAN be a pain w/ her attitude, that's true. I like her only because I liked her in the comics, so I cut her some slack, but yeah I can see where she would irritate also. And I haven't finished Luke S2 yet but she does kind of get in his face, doesn't she?

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  23. I think most of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander titles are fabulous! A Breath of Snow and Ashes or An Echo in the Bone are some of my favorites. Drums of Autumn is pretty good too. I love the original cover of that book too.

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    1. I think I seen it, and agree. Kind of has the ambience? And yes her titles are great. Dragonfly in Amber is another.

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  24. Yes! I love this time of year, my favorite!! I read a quote the other day that said "If the year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour." And I totally agree!

    It's funny you mention that about book titles. First, I definitely feel like some titles resonate with me more than others, and I will often read books just because of the title. :) Also, I read Drums of Autumn first, before reading the rest of the books, for that very reason! I was pretty confused lol but I did go back and read them in order. So I know exactly what you mean about titles. :)

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    1. Yes- as a kid I loved summer best, but now as an adult give me fall anytime!

      And yes I've read books because of titles before too! The drums of Autumn just has something! Same w/ dragonfly in Amber- have no idea what it's about but the title makes me want to read!

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    2. The Outlander series really has great titles. Lol. If I had picked up Drums of Autumn and made my decision from the synopsis alone I would never have read it - I hate time travel usually. But the title made me do it and it is one of my very favorite series ever!

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  25. I love really creepy titles but very few follow through on the premise but I'm drawn to them anyway.

    I keep hoping for more fall like weather but not yet...

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I do too some time, but a really evocative title will get me curious even if it's a genre I don't read!

      Hope you cool off soon...

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  26. Fall is my favorite season, too, even though it rarely gets cool here until November. Enjoy your week!

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  27. I can see autumn all around the blogosphere. I wish we too had something like autumn/fall and pumpkins all around. I love seeing all the pics.
    I am often drawn to book titles. In fact, it is the second thing that I notice after the cover :P
    All the books are new to me but I hope you enjoy them all.

    Have a lovely week and happy reading!
    My wrap-up: https://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/09/weekly-wrap-up-2/

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    1. I know, it really takes off in the blogosphere doesn't it?

      And yes pumpkins and all that are the jam. I love a good book title. It can get me totally interested in a book I wouldn't otherthise?

      Have a great week!

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  28. October starts my favorite part of the year. October-December are my absolute favorite months so I am always psyched for October's arrival.

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    1. I do too, with the holidays and everything else.

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  30. Well Greg it certainly feels like fall here too! Now I wondere every single week how you are doing to find all these beutiful graphics! Love the siren's one ;-) Have a wonderful Sunday! Sophie @bewareofthereader

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  31. I also love October, but it's because it reminds me of my childhood going trick or treating on Halloween. In Brazil celebrating Halloween and going trick or treating isn't a thing (as much as I've wished that aspect of US culture would bleed over to south america, it hasn't). October means cooler weather for you but it means that summer is drawing nearer and nearer for me (December is one of the hottest months in Brazil because it's the official start to a summer that never fully leaves). As always those images are amazing! :)

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    1. Trick or treating is such a huge part of October! I love those memories too. And yes that part of our culture needs to drift south so you can all go trick or treating! lol and yes I imagine it is going to get HOT for you soon! As much as I complain I probably will be a little jealous when we're freezing and you're nice and toasty. :)

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  32. It's still warm here and we had 36°C today so I went to the beach. Not sure it will be the same next week.

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  33. I really do love the month of Oct. I love when the weather cools down and I can where sweaters, but don't need a coat or hat. I definitely sleep better in the fall, too. I do love certain titles. Like a good cover, a good title will at least make me pick up a book. Happy reading!

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    1. Same, October sometimes has that perfect weather where you can wear a sweater but yeah don't need a coat yet.

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  34. I'm glad you're getting some Fall weather! I can't wait for things to finally cool down. An Unwanted Guest and Obscura both sound fantastic! Have a great week :D

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  35. Happy Fall, I agree, the air is different this time of year, nice and crisp.
    And titles do grab my interest, book covers too, they will make me read the blurb even if it's not my usual genre.

    Enjoy your books and your week! That mermaid art is eye-catching, especially that last one.

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  36. We don't have a real changing of the seasons here. It's hot and then cool. lol I don't think I even wore a jacket last Winter.

    That last picture reminds me of Jurassic Park.

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  37. I am so glad fall is finally here. Now for the weather to follow suit! Oh, yes! There are certain titles that woe me. I love the title The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Although I have yet to read the book. I want to. One of my favorite Mary Higgins Clark titles is Loves Music, Loves to Dance. There's just something about the title that draws me in. I hope you have a great week, Greg! Enjoy your reading.

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  38. I love unusual and poetic book titles :-)
    Two of my favourites are Sleeping Embers Of An Ordinary Mind by Anne Charnock and Through The Sad Wood Our Corpses Will Hang by Ava Farmehri. They're both good books too!

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  39. Such great art this week! I love that one of the two young women on the couch watching TV with space in the background. I do like Fall. It's a nice season and all that. But It means that winter is coming and I really REALLY hate winter, so ... yeah. Bittersweet.

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  40. I love October, too. It’s my favorite month. I like cold weather and spooky stuff. I also like the mermaid pictures you shared. They’re pretty and intriguing.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  41. Yeah! I can't believe it's mid September too! I also love October!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  42. It is great to live in a place where the seasons do vary and we can enjoy the difference and diversity of each. Yes Drums of Autumn is a wonderful title. (And a wonderful book -so love that series myself!!)

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  43. October definitely feels like fall here too and I'm all for it. There are book titles I hear and just love for sure. Happy reading and have a great week!

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  44. I love the fall!!!!! Love the mermaid pics this week.

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  45. October is my favorite - and I love that I live somewhere with all four seasons too, though Fall is often shorter than I wished! Ooh I'm curious about Obscura; hope it's a good one.

    -Lauren
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  46. Some titles and cover do catch my attention more than others. I'm currently reading a book with a lovely cover. Unfortunately, the cover is the best part of it. I'm glad you are enjoying Fall. I'm still clinging to summer. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  47. You always find the neatest artwork! And to your question re: titles - yes! The Name of the Wind was like that for me. I love fantasy but there was something about that title that drew me.


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  48. Fall is my favourite time of the year too! But I don't like the cold that comes with it �� Kudos to you for finding the best and most mesmerising pieces of art. Steep City looks like it belongs to the Harry Potter World, Diagon Alley at night would look something similar to this. Also, yes I have judged books not only for their covers but also their titles and sometimes have even wondered why it isn't one of the four options for requesting a book on Netgally. A book in my TBR that I accepted mainly because of the title is 'All The Ways You Can Face The Sky'

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  49. I envy your actual transition period. We don't really have a set fall. Basically there will randomly be a day that's in the 70s and then it'll be back in the 90s and then another random day and then suddenly you realize it's been more 70s than 90s and then suddenly it's cold and rainy. I am looking forward to it not be so freaking hot though! That Live and Let Die clip is fantastic. The book is SOOO much better but the movie has a lot of campy fun. Hope you're having a great week!

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  50. I love mermaids, so thanks tons gor sharing the art!!!
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  51. As per usual Greg your illustrations are amazing!

    I too am reading the Three Dark Crown series and have recently been sent the 3rd book Two Dark Reigns, the covers are absolutely stunning 😍

    Happy reading and can't wait to hear your thoughts on this Kendare Blake series.

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  52. I like the looks of that Two Dark Reigns book. A cover usually draws my eye but a title would only if I don't see the cover.
    Yeah, I've been craving tacos. My dad grilled a tri-tip and my mom oven-roasted shrimp with butta. There was radicchio, freshly shredded cheddar, Chimichurri sauce, and cilantro for toppers.
    I like steam punk. This book I had read I don't recall having steam elements in it but it definitely had the sci-fi technology in it.

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  53. It might start to feel like fall this week. We've had unseasonably warm temps this month, but rained moved in today so we'll see if the cooler temps remain after the rain ends. See what I read this month at Girl Who Reads

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  54. The artwork is so different and fascinating.

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  55. It is hard to believe that October is almost here. I do love the cool nights and warm afternoons! An Unwanted Guest is on the stacks. Have a great week.

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  56. Autumn is my favorite time of year, and it's hard to believe that October will be here in less than a week. We actually have seasonal temps here this week and I'm thankful for the cooler weather. Enjoy your week.

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  57. I love that rider in the snow picture!
    I totally get what you mean about book titles evoking feelings in you... I've read many a book just because of it! Some live up to the title tinglies and some don't unfortunately.

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  58. I love the change of seasons too. I will be headed to the North Shore of MN for a fall-color camping trip on the weekend of October 5th, and I just can't wait! :D

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  59. How is it almost October? I do not understand! I swear September only began a few days ago. I agree about living somewhere where you get to witness the full change of seasons, I think I'd hate not having that transition, sure the weather can go a bit haywire and speed right into winter and then backtrack to autumn but I love seeing the leaves change and the nights get darker. I always find the colder weather to be a shock to the system, though, even when I'm expecting it.

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  60. Oh my gosh, yes. I can't believe it's almost October but LOVE fall so I'm ready. We got our first tiny taste of it this week and it's wonderful :) Hope you're having a good one!

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  61. I love the picture for steam city. I can't believe it's autumn already. WOW, where did the summer go? Have a wonderful week.

    Mary

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  62. Really loving that mermaid art - and steam city! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  63. I am someone who lives for summer but it's all okay because autumn is my second favourite season as well! So I am happy for the change too x

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