A Case of the Blues

So I was lazily reading (by lazily, I mean it — I’m still such a slow reader from last month) one day this month when I noticed a little curious thing.

It seems like I have a case of the blues.


Check out the print books I’ve finished reading lately:

Blue, blue, blue, blue, blue

Okay, Ender’s Game isn’t exactly that blue like the others, but the cover has dark blue tones. But look at all the blue! Even the ebooks I’ve been reading have (mostly) blue covers:

Wonder by R.J. PalacioFreshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Have you ever noticed that with what you’re reading? I don’t pay huge attention to covers, but this is pretty cool how I seem to gravitate towards blue covers. Not that the blueness really means much to the stories in the books. There may be a psychology in this, with how there seem to be more blue-toned covers out there, right? Is it because it presents stability (as this infographic says)?

Of course there’s a part of me that makes me want to break this record of blues. I suddenly find the color of the cover affects how I’m choosing the next book I want to read. Just to break the color consistency.

So how about pink? :)

Tada! Pink!

Faves of TwentyEleven: The Covers

And we’re at the last installment of the Faves of TwentyEleven series, hosted by Nomes of inkcrush! In case you missed the others, here are the other posts in my Faves of TwentyEleven series:

I had so much fun coming up with this list, and this last one is the first time I’m doing this. I’m not much of a cover person, as I have stressed in several posts before this, but I’m also one who can still appreciate nice covers. I think my opinion of covers is just a little better than my opinion about other things…like say, basement tiles. So now, here are some of my favorite covers for the books I read in 2011.

Day Five: The Covers

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BTT: In Public

I don’t know what’s up with me, but I’ve been on a blog-following, blog-commenting streak the past few days. I think cleaning my Google Reader helped, because I started following a bunch of new highly-recommended blogs. :) This is me de-lurking, yo! I hope it lasts.

Anyway, I thought I’d participate in this week’s Booking Through Thursday again because I liked the question. :)

Booking Through Thursday

Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world?

And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

Oh yes of course. I always carry a book in my bag (sometimes two!). I usually have one print book in my bag, and I add another one if I know I’ll be finishing that book before I get back home. I don’t always bring my Kindle because I think I already have more than enough gadgets in my bag. When I do have my Kindle, I leave the print book because there are more than enough ebooks in my Kindle.

But wait, there’s more! I also carry my iPod Touch everywhere and I also have a copy of my ebooks in the Kindle app. I also have most of my e-galleys from Netgalley and Galley Grab there, so if ever I happen to forget to bring a print book or my Kindle, as long as my iPod has battery, I can still read. I just have to turn the WiFi off and don’t listen to music when the “20% battery remaining” warning shows up and it will tide me over, especially for long commutes.

Do I ever hide covers? I don’t think so. Like I said, I’m not much of a cover person, so I don’t care that much. Then again, maybe I’m lucky that most of the books I read and take outside has decent enough covers. I hardly read any romance novels anyway — not that that’s bad, but I know some people who hide the covers in public when reading that! Hee. When I read hardcover books anyway, I don’t bring the dust jacket outside. And ebook readers have done a lot for cover shame.

Except of course, if the cover is just ugly. Like, general, public opinion ugly. You know what I mean about that, right? If you don’t…well, here are some examples spotlighted by That Cover Girl, Capillya.

Get it now?

Then again, if you’re really and truly enjoying the book and you love reading with abandon, this shouldn’t matter right?

What do you think? :)

Waiting on Wednesday: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

I haven’t done a Waiting on Wednesday for a while, but I did do a post on the ten most anticipated books for 2011 a few weeks ago. There are some books that needs to have a repeated post, though, because they deserve their own post. Like this one.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Release date: May 10, 2011

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents’ bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean’s become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean’s ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?

Two words: Sarah. Dessen. Shouldn’t that be enough reason why I’m waiting for this?

I’m a big, big fan Sarah Dessen because her book was the one that got me started on contemporary YA. When I saw Just Listen in National Bookstore, I got it on a whim and fell in love with her book. I started looking for the other Dessen books everywhere, and when I saw all of them in one weekend, I did not hesitate to get them even if I know it would kill my credit card bill. I love her and her books, and she’s the first author I declare as auto-buy for me.

So her new book is definitely, definitely worth waiting for. Do I need to explain more?

On another note, I spotted the UK covers of The Truth About Forever and Just Listen in Fully Booked Eastwood the other day and I almost splurged on them. However, if I get them, I would be forced to look for the others, too, just so it looks pretty on my shelf. Talk about excess! I’m probably one of the minority who likes her US covers, but now that I think of it, the UK covers are pretty too. Just look at the US and UK covers of What Happened to GoodbyeI can’t choose which I like better. What about you?

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.