Top 5 Wednesday: Covers I’d Live In

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

August 2nd: Book Covers You’d Live In
— We all love a good cover but what are some covers you’d like to be transported into?

 

I was so excited when I read this topic, because I thought it would be sooo easy. I was wrong. Very, very wrong. There are plenty of gorgeous covers out there, but it took a lot of work for me to come up with 5 that made me think, “Oh yeah, I want to be in there!” if I took the story out of the equation. Anyway, here’s what I finally settled on, in no particular order…


 

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puffin chalk cover; links to goodreads

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Camille Rose Garcia cover; links to goodreads

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll– Either the Puffin Chalk edition, or the gorgeous Camille Rose Garcia edition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jane Eyre cover; links to goodreads

 

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– The Penguin Deluxe Classics edition, which I’ve been lusting after for a couple of years now but still don’t have 😥 I think all the books in the Deluxe Classics line are drool-worthy (or at least all the ones I’ve seen), but this one makes me want to go explore that house.

 

 

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Through the Woods cover; links to goodreads

 

 

 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– This is one of my favorite book covers, and I’m definitely intrigued enough to want to explore those woods.

 

 

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The Seafarer’s Kiss cover; links to goodreads

 

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember– Icy (or snowy?) looking landscape with a mermaid? Yes, please! (I hate summer, ok, and it took conscious effort to not make this list with all winter landscape covers :/ )

 

 

 

 

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Chamber of Secrets cover; links to goodreads

 

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay– I had to include a Harry Potter book on this list, but choosing just one was so hard! I finally decided to use this one.

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T5W: Book Recs for Ravenclaws

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

June 7th: Books For Your Hogwarts House
— Show your Hogwarts House Pride, and tell us the top 5 books that represent your house!

 

First things first: my Hogwarts house. I think I could be happy in Hufflepuff, but I’m definitely a Ravenclaw. I’m always sorted into Ravenclaw and I think I would be most comfortable there.

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ravenclaw crest

 

In no particular order…


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cover; links to goodreads

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I just think it would appeal to Ravenclaws, especially the ones like Luna.

 

 

 

 

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cover; links to goodreads

 

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Yes, I will find a way to incorporate this into almost every T5W.

 

 

 

 

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cover; links to goodreads

 

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Four stories, no reading order, and the whole thing is kind of a puzzle. This was the first book I thought of when I thought “Ravenclaw books.”

 

 

 

 

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cover; links to goodreads

 

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

I think Ravenclaws might enjoy a mystery involving theater kids, the Bard, and twists you won’t see coming.

 

 

 

 

 

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cover; links to goodreads

 

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

For the Ravenclaws like me who wonder about what happens to kids who visit other worlds, then end up back here.

T5W: Books as Event Themes

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

May 10th: Books as Event Themes
— It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??

 

I feel so unoriginal with these selections, but my imagination has failed me, so here we are. For these, let’s assume money isn’t a problem and these could all be pulled off successfully.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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  • Costumes! (Hats, rabbit ears, etc.)
  • Tea party!
  • Croquet!
  • Invites like these!
  • Hookah? (Think electronic with no nicotine)
  • Paint the (faux) roses red, then take yours home as a party favor!
  • Those tiny bottles of liquor with “Drink Me” labels!
  • So many other options for things!

 

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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  • I have actually no clue because it’s been too long since I read this :/
  • Black and white striped decorations with pops of red
  • Time-appropriate attire?
  • Big cauldron with white light inside?
  • Invites like these with “The circus arrives…”
  • Clocks. Clocks everywhere?
  • Tarot readings?
  • Wire tree with candles + holders for the wishing tree?

 

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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  • Yellow “brick” road (you could paint stones or whatever)
  • Lots of shiny, green stuff like the Emerald City
  • Costumes!
  • Silver (or ruby, if you go by the movie) slipper decorations
  • Gingham tablecloths
  • Faux mini hot air balloons hanging around
  • Green drinks
  • I’m out…but I actually had a Wizard of Oz themed birthday, once…

 

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  • Invitations like these
  • 1920s attire!
  • Great music, especially old-school jazz
  • Everything is sparkly; lots of gold stuff, strings of pearls and faux crystals
  • Big, feathery accents and other decorations
  • Champagne (and other alcohol, plus some non-alcoholic substitutes for non-drinkers)
  • Tiny foods that require no utensils to eat

 

 

 

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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  • Invites are letters from Hogwarts; RSVP is a short quiz to sort you into your house
  • 4 tables, decorated for each house
  • HP themed drinks, anyone?
  • Plus the food! So much HP food! Plus, gold foil wrapped truffles made into golden snitches!
  • Hanging LED candles, “steaming” cauldrons, brooms, etc. for decorations
  • Apparently quidditch pong is a thing (I snorted my coffee when I found it)

What do you guys think: would you attend any of these parties? And what books do you think would make a good party theme?