Beards, Birds, and Basket Cases: Swoon-Worthy Reads

I have a confession.

I judge books by their covers.

Sorry not sorry.

Covers are a huge deal, and I love analyzing them. What works? What doesn’t? Why do I feel sad looking at this? Why do I want to rip this book open and devour its contents. It’s more of a psychological analysis, I guess.

So, I thought, why not share what I think with you lovelies? If anyone wants to know my inner thought, it’s YOU FOLKS, right? I’m going to talk about books I’ve read, too, but this could also be interesting. (Let me know in the comments and I’ll adjust from there.)

Cover Lust

SO here is a book I bought solely based on the cover.

The Opposite of You

Have I ever told you that I’m a sucker for a good beard? Husband grows the BEST beards, and maybe that’s why I love them. So, when I saw thumbnail for THE OPPOSITE OF YOU by Rachel Higginson, and it had this glorious beard with the city overlay on his hair and sunglasses, the book quickly became mine. And it was on SALE, y’all! Yippee!!

True Love

Darling Songbirds

I read another Rachael Herron book, and y’all….Y’ALL. This one has my heart. THE DARLING SONGBIRDS is a happy surprise of a romance. All the things I liked and wished for in the last Herron book came to fruition in this one. The characters are so well done; I want to be their friends. I want to drink at the Golden Spike. I want to lament with Adele. I want to pet the dang parrot. The prose is noteworthy, and the arc for the two Mains are small on the surface, but when you think about how that seemingly small adjustment changes their lives…isn’t that how real life is most of the time? Small pieces of change making large impacts on us? Adore. Will reread. Will continue in series.

Caged in Winter

I finished CAGED IN WINTER by Brighton Walsh, and the ending just right. I really want to tell you about it, but that would spoil it, so this is me keeping my mouth shut for once. Except to say this (I know! I can’t help it!):

There were some writing elements that drew me out of the story occasionally, but THE STORY! WOW! I loved it! Both MCs past and present and how they allowed room for each other…gah. Got me in the feels. Loved the ending especially.

Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR!

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