A Beautiful Cover for a Beautiful Book

A Beautiful Cover for a Beautiful Book

In which I finally get over my misgivings about buying a book for the cover, and admit to being slightly confused. By the book, not life. I’m more than slightly confused about that bit.

I also talk about how much I loved His Dark Materials. It was a lot. A lot. And this book – well, it isn’t His Dark Materials, but it’s still good. I’m a pretty happy bookworm about it.



Do you have a favourite series of books? Have you ever been nervous about whether the new book will live up to the old ones? Let me know below!


13 Replies to “A Beautiful Cover for a Beautiful Book”

  1. My absolute favorite ever series is Deltora Quest and the two series set after it with the same characters. In the last couple years the author has come out with another four book long series to add onto it and I haven’t gotten them yet. I’m very nervous they won’t live up to the old ones and will sour everything!

    1. Ooh, I haven’t read those! I’ll have to take a look. It’s so nerve-wracking when you’ve loved a book or a series so much. Even when the next books are good, so often they’re just not the same. I hope these ones live up to expectations!

    2. I read the first few of the Deltora books when my kids were young teens and voracious readers. Even as an adult, I really enjoyed them. I hadn’t realized there was an anime with them.

  2. I have many complete series of books … Dortmunder, Hornblower, Discworld, Flashman, Swallows & Amazons, but one you might not know is The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. The first book (Over Sea, Under Stone) was written long before the rest, and is an OK kidlit fantasy adventure, but after that it gets good. The middle three books, especially (The Dark is Rising, Greenwitch and The Grey King) are absolutely outstanding, aimed at 12 to 14, but a terrific read for anyone.

    1. Oooh! I’ll second the recommendation for The Dark Is Rising series. I ended up owning The Grey King somehow (got a huge box of books for a couple dollars) and loved it. I was thrilled to find out it was part of a series. The first book seemed almost like it didn’t quite fit with the rest, but it’s a solid series. (Sorry, Kim. We should just buy you a new bookshelf.)

      1. I have to get hold of this series! I had a copy of one book in the series (I think it was The Dark Is Rising – I remember it had a wonderful cover) when I was 10 or 11, and I remember both loving it and being quite unsettled by it. Unfortunately bookshops and libraries were in short supply where I lived at the time, so I never read the others. Must fix that now!

        And never apologise for all the book recs – I love them! Although if you did want to club together and send me a new bookshelf, I wouldn’t be complaining… 😉

    2. Ooh and thanks for the reminder of Swallows and Amazons – I loved those as a kid. I wonder if I can force them onto my cousin’s little girls or if they’ll be a bit outdated? Worth a try… And Discworld is, of course, amazing. 🙂

  3. I have also got HDM, and I did read them all, but I was left dissatisfied and annoyed, partly by the anvilciousness of it all, but mainly by the complete lack of underlying logic in his ‘verse. Gah.

    1. New word of the day for me 😉 And yes, I do see what you mean. If I’m engaged by the characters and the world I tend to be VERY forgiving of lots of other things. I actually found La Belle Sauvage had more strange and inexplicable happenings that I really noticed, but still overall enjoyed it. Although, now you’ve got me worried. I haven’t read His Dark Materials for quite a few years – as in before I started writing seriously. Maybe I’ll notice these things more now?

      I still want a daemon, though… 😉

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