Top 5 Auto-Buy SFF Authors – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is auto-buy science-fiction & fantasy authors.


First, a couple of honourable mentions:

Laini Taylor

Her writing is so beautiful and magical and poetic and her ideas always so creative, sign me up. I’ve only read 3 of her books, but I definitely plan on reading all of them and whatever new she comes out with.

Patrick Rothfuss

The only books he has out as far as I’m aware are The Kingkiller books and I don’t know whether he has any plans of putting out books once that series is completed. Having said that, if he does, I will definitely read them.

5. Cassandra Clare

She’s mostly an auto-buy for Shadowhunter books. I have read The Iron Trial and enjoyed it, but that is to date the only non Shadowhunter book of hers that I’ve read. I might read more of them in the future, but I haven’t bought every book of hers as it came out, which is why she’s number 5.

4. Sarah J. Maas

I have loved both of her series and will still automatically buy anything she comes out with, however I’ve been a little disappointed with her last couple of releases, which is why she’s lower on the list than would be expected considering how much I love particularly ACOMAF.

3. Rick Riordan

I love his books so much. I still have a lot of them to read, but they’re all on my list and his new ones are all on my list. Everything that has his name on it is on my list, really. Including the books in his new imprint thing.

2. Leigh Bardugo

I still have to catch up with the Grisha trilogy and admittedly, I didn’t love Shadow and Bone as much as I’ve loved all her other books, but… I’ve loved all her other books and she can only grow as an author. So anything that she comes out with is on my list.

3. Victoria Schwab

Honestly, she’s probably my favourite author at the moment. I have not read a single book by her that I haven’t loved and the few I still need to read, I have no doubt I will love as well.

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March 2018 Wrap Up

I honestly cannot believe it’s already April. That’s a quarter of the year gone. When did that happen? Anyway, I had a decent reading month in March, not as good as February, but to be fair some of the books I read this month were huge. I read a total of 8 books.


Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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I’m getting better about continuing with series! I actually audiobooked this one. The audiobooks for this series are pretty good. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I liked the first one. I’m not sure if it’s because I listened to it instead of reading it, or because it just wasn’t as good. But it felt to me a lot more disorganised and all over the place than the first book. I felt for the first quarter of it that the characters were just moving about aimlessly. Anyway, I still enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars.

The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer

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Again with the continuing of series! I’m proud of myself. Unfortunately, as with Golden Son, I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as its predecessor. I feel like it worked much better as a novel than it did as a graphic novel, which wasn’t really a problem I had with the first book. 4/5 stars

The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

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Another one I listened to on audiobook. I’m not really sure how I came to own this audiobook, but it was in my audible library so… I just gave it a try. I find that thrillers work quite well as audiobooks. I enjoyed this one overall, I did think that the ending was quite predictable and cliche, but it was an entertaining novel nevertheless. 3/5 stars

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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I watched the series this month and that season 7 finale just left me unable to just leave Westeros, so I decided to re-read the books. It’s been maybe 4 years since I originally read them, so it was high time for a re-read. I audiobooked this one because my copy of it is back at my parents’ house. I’m not the biggest fan of either the UK or the US narration of this series, unfortunately. I like the UK one slightly better just because I like the voice and accent of the narrator better, but he cannot pronounce names to save his life. 4/5 stars because of the narration, though my rating for the story is 5 stars.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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I had hopes for this book. Sadly, I did not like it much. I thought it was a bit boring, the writing was weird and not in a good way, the story was so… pointless that I just stopped caring about a third through the book and there were some other things that I found problematic and I’ll talk about them more when I review the book. 1.5/5 stars.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Poetry tends to be very hit and miss for me, I either don’t get it and it leaves me cold, or I really love it. This I absolutely loved. It made me cry multiple times, it made me feel empowered and beautiful, full of love and compassion. It’s just beautiful and I recommend it wholeheartedly. 5/5 stars.

Invitation to Poetry by Mihai Brinas

I received an e-copy of this from the author in exchange for a review. This is a self-published poetry book by a Romanian author. I normally don’t read a lot of poetry, but I loved Milk and Honey and when I was contacted about this and saw that the poetry seemed to be in the same style, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, this really didn’t do it for me for several reasons that I will expand on in my review. I gave it 1.5/5 stars.

The Eternity Code: The Graphic Novel by Eoin COlfer

Unlike the second graphic novel in the series, I really loved this one as much as I loved the novel itself. I’m sad though, cause I think the fourth one is the only graphic novel that is released and I don’t know if there are plans for the others to be released. 5/5 stars

I am a woman

I was a girl, I did not know how strong I was;

I was a girl, I did not know what it is to love;

I was a girl, I did not know what it is to lose.

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that my strength comes from God;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that love is a choice I make daily;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that I only lose if I give up.

 

I was a girl, I did not know how to forgive;

I was a girl, I did not know how to be kind;

I was a girl, I did not know how to accept.

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that forgiveness is bearing someone else’s sins;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that kindness is an orchard in my heart;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt to smile and say “Okay” without losing myself.

 

I was a girl, I did not know how to be brave;

I was a girl, I did not know how to respect myself;

I was a girl, I did not know how to be patient.

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that bravery is allowing fear in, but not to control;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that self-respect must not mean disrespect for others;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that if I want you, I must wait for you to be a man.

 

I was a girl, I did not know how to be humble;

I was a girl, I thought I knew what wisdom was;

I was a girl, I thought I had already grown.

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that humility is a life-long effort;

Now I’m a woman, I have learnt that you can’t be proud and wise;

Now I’m a woman and I never want to stop growing.

Books I’m Currently Reading #2

A while back, I made a post about all the books I’d started reading and not yet finished for various reasons. This is a follow up to that because unfortunately, that list has only grown. I think I’ve only completed three of the books that were on that list, have given up on another one and have added a few. For that reason, I will exclude the sciency books that are on this list because those were always going to take me a long time to finish and this list is long enough as it is.


Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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This one I haven’t touched at all since my first post. I am really nervous that I will not enjoy it and I’ve been avoiding it. I am still on page 93 of it.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catheynne M. Valente

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This is still here as well, but I have made progress on it. I am more than halfway through it and I enjoyed it this far, so hopefully I’ll finish it soon. I am now on page 184.

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

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Another one that’s still here months later. I did make a little progress on it. Every time I pick it up, I love it so much. I find it so enriching and empowering, but I just don’t pick it up often enough. I am on page 139.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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This one’s still here as well. I have made some progress on it though. I just need to sit down and read the last couple hundred pages. But this is another one that I just haven’t picked up because I was distracted with other books. I am now on page 433.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

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This is another book that I have made almost no progress on. I think I read maybe one chapter since the last post. It kind of intimidates me cause it’s huge and I’m afraid I’ll get sucked into it and not sleep until I finish it. But I do have the week off, so maybe I should just get on with it. I’m on page 35.

The Bat by Jo Nesbo

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I haven’t even touched this book in ages. I keep forgetting about it. I’m still on page 157.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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I picked this up after reading The Cruel Prince. I was really craving some more fae, so I bought this one, but it wasn’t what I was expecting, so I only read a few chapters. I do intend to finish it though. I’m on page 38 of it.

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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I’ve been re-reading this series. I finished the first book and started this one, but haven’t picked it up in a while. I’m currently on page 69 of it.

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

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This is the book that I’m most actively reading at the moment. I’ve been on an ASoIaF kick since watching the show. I am now on page 459.

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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I know I said I would exclude sciency books, but this is a popular science book and not so much an educational book, so it doesn’t need to be studied, just enjoyed. I am currently on page 43 of this.

Can You Solve My Problems by Alex Bellos

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I’ve been making my way through this, solving all the puzzles (so much fun!). I’m currently on page 29 of it.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Polos

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This is a short story collection that I’ve been reading. I haven’t been reading them sequentially, so I can’t say what page I am on, but I’ve read 12 of the 28 stories in it.

Down the TBR Hole #23

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

Stats:

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Books: #221-230

Last week’s final number: 330 | Current number: 335 | This week’s final number:  331 | Total books removed so far: 95| Total books kept so far: 141 | Books added since I began: 118 | Books read from my TBR: 37


Noted From the Underground, White Nights, The Dreams of a Ridiculous Man and Selections From the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I only added this book because a friend of mine gave me a copy of Notes From the Underground and The Double. But I really don’t see myself reading is anytime soon, and this isn’t even the anthology that she gave me so…

Verdict: Goes

The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

See above.

Verdict: Goes

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

One of these days, I’m going to finish this series, gosh darn it!

Verdict: Stays

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

Zuzana is such a great character and I really like her in the series, even though we don’t get to see her much. So I definitely want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Queen’s Army & Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer

These are two Lunar Chronicles short stories that I want to read, but I also have the bind-up of all the short stories in the series on my TBR, so I will remove these.

Verdict: Go

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

The next four books are novels and novellas all from the Lunar Chronicles which is a series I definitely want to continue with, so to save myself some time, I’ll group them all together.

Verdict: Stay

 

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – Spoiler Free Book Review

11351181Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, YA

First published: 2010

Author: Rick Riordan

Synopsis: When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?

***SPOILER ALERT*** There may be minor spoilers for the Percy Jackson series ahead.

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This is by far my least favourite Rick Riordan book that I have read to date. I mean… it’s still good, but by Rick Riordan standards, it’s just meh.

I know for a lot of people, this book is meh because all the beloved Percy Jackson characters they’ve grown attached to over the course of 5 books are now suddenly minor side-characters. But I knew that going into this book, so that wasn’t it for me. I liked the new characters as much as I liked the old. Maybe even more, if I’m being honest. I never had the huge love of Percy that so many of the series’ fans seem to hold. I like him, but I don’t love him. I actually liked Jason more than Percy and Piper more than Annabeth and Leo more than Grover. And I loved Coach Hedge. He was hilarious.

I’m actually not sure what the main issue for me was. Maybe the story? But no, it was pretty much like all Rick Riordan stories. Crazy, funny, full of action and mythology. The plot was nicely woven with the previous books and the rest of the series was nicely set up. The writing was as good as ever, so that can’t be it either. Looking at the individual parts of this book, I can’t really find fault with them. But put together, they just didn’t work as well as they usually do. I don’t know why. It’s kind of like a drawing of a face where if you look at each individual part of the face, it’s great, but when you look at the whole thing, something just looks askew.

Overall, I found the book to be a bit boring, though there were plenty of things going on. Maybe it was something to do with the pacing. It just felt like things were happening off beat. All the notes were there, but they were played at the wrong time. The whole book just felt a little off. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series though, and hopefully this won’t be an issue that I have with all the books.

This is a rather short review, but I don’t have much to say about it. I can’t really put my finger on what I disliked, but I disliked something about it. Still, this is a Rick Riordan book, so it’s by no means bad. Just worse than the rest of them.