June 2018 Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s time for another wrap up. I read 5 books in June, two of which were behemoths. And I actually loved every single book I read last month, so all in all, a great month.


The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Like the first one, this book was a whirlwind of constant action and plot-twists. There were some things that I loved and others that… at least upon finishing this book, I didn’t know how to feel about. But over all, it was great! 4.5/5 stars.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

I immediately bought the final book in the trilogy because I just could not with the ending. And it was one hell of a finale! I loved everything about it. 5/5 stars.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

This was my first dip into the worlds of Neil Gaiman and boy why did I not read any of his books sooner? Soo good. 5/5 stars

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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I finally brought myself to read this strange little story. Now I am officially out of Kingkiller stuff to read until the next one comes out 😦 It was beautiful though. I love Auri to bits. 5/5 stars

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

A couple years ago, I read The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and found I really enjoy this guy’s mixture of humour and history. I maintain that opinion having read this book and would not hesitate to recommend all of his books to anyone who enjoys darker, witty humour. I listened to the audiobook for this one, which was definitely a good choice as the narrator was great. 5/5 stars

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What is the biggest reason you read?

I enjoy it.

Book that changed you as a person?

I don’t think there is any book that has changed me as a person. Except perhaps the Bible.

A Book that everybody should read?

The Bible.

Which author would you like to meet?

Living, I’d love to meet John Green. Dead, C. S. Lewis.

Fictional character who you to befriend? ( not marry)

The squad in Six of Crows.

Which fictional character’s life would you change your life with?\

I’ve answered this question several times before and I’ve firmly established that the lives of the characters in the books I read aren’t exactly enviable. So like… Chairman Meow or Church from The Mortal Instruments.

Which part in any book that made you cry a lot ?

Ending of Clockwork Princess. 

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Temptation

I reach for my phone, I unlock it. I open YouTube, browse for a while. I put my phone down. I read. I pick my phone up again. Scroll through social media feeds. Put it back down. Read some more. I’m resisting temptation.

But every time, my eyes land on your name, they linger just a little bit longer. I resisted yesterday, I’m resisting today, perhaps I will resist tomorrow. But temptation is like a river. Give it enough time and it will turn mountains to sand. And my resolve never was a mountain.

May 2018 Wrap Up

I thought I hadn’t read many books in May. It feels like I’ve hardly read at all. But looking back, I actually read 7 books. I mean yeah, to be fair some of these I’d started before May and one of them is super short, but still. I’m surprised.


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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First book I finished in May and it was hilarious. I’d started reading this book years and years ago, but I didn’t own it until now, so I never finished it. I can honestly say it deserves its popularity. It was thoroughly entertaining, really just my kind of humour. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 5/5 stars.

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

This has quickly become one of my favourite series. I listened to the audiobook of the first one, Red Sister, in April and loved it and I listened to the audiobook of this one in May and loved it just as much. I absolutely do recommend the audiobooks for this, the narration is amazing. I am so upset that I have to wait until next year for book three cause this series is awesome. It’s about a magic warrior nun school… what more do you need to hear? 5/5 stars

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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This book was sadly a massive disappointment for me. It was mediocre at best, I think it suffered from a bad case of diversity hype, where a book is hyped because it is diverse as opposed to based on its merits as a book. The characters were two dimensional at best, and they were all more or less the same character. I could often not tell who was speaking. I didn’t care about them, in fact they annoyed me, the relationships were rushed and unrealistic. The world was cool, but could have been much better developed and the story was… okay, but unoriginal to a fault. 2/5 stars

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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I’ve been re-reading this series and it’s just as much of a delight the second time around. It’s clever, witty, fast paced and all around fun to read. It’s one of the more underrated series I’ve read. 5/5 stars

Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

I’m not sure this really counts as a book, but for some reason, I’d never read the short story before. I managed to find it online and now I really want her to write that book.       😦 5/5 stars

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

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Sadly, this book wasted a lot of potential. It had a cool and original world, it had elemental magic, it had some really interesting characters and the story had the potential to be suspenseful and gripping. Instead… instead it chose to focus on one relationship that was bland, uninteresting, completely lacking in chemistry, cringe-worthy and just all around boring. And I am so mad about it. Cause I wanted to know more about the interesting characters. I wanted them better developed. I wanted this story to be told better cause it had so much potential. I do not give two shakes of a rat’s behind about that stupid love story. SO MAD! 2/5 stars

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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Finally, FINALLY, I have finished this book! It took me like 6 months to finish it. But I’ve been in an adult fantasy mood lately and I finished it at last! It wasn’t as good as the first one, but I still really loved it. 4.5/5 stars

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – Spoiler Free Book Review

the thiefRating: 2.5/5

Genre: Fantasy, YA

First published: 1996

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

Synopsis: The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

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This book is as old as I am. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked for one very simple reason: it was kind of boring. This is a tiny book, shy of 300 pages and most of it is just… people riding horses and eating olives. Which is both unnecessary to the plot and boring to read about.

I really enjoyed the characters. Well Gen, the main character at least. He is a conniving, smartass thief. I love those kinds of characters and I really enjoyed him. But unfortunately, there weren’t many other characters present, as mentioned, most of the book is just them travelling and having idle conversations at mealtimes. But I did like the other characters, such as they were.

The world was nice. It’s not a very intricate world, there is no complicated magic system. There is some magic, but it’s not very heavily involved. I would call it a light fantasy world. Still, I liked it, it’s very Mediterranean and there are interesting elements of court politics. I wouldn’t call it fascinating, but it’s a solid world.

The writing was good as well, as long as you don’t take into account that it was mostly just describing roads and meals. You can definitely tell that this is an older book by the style, it’s not your typical YA style of writing, but I don’t find that to be an issue, in fact it’s quite refreshing.

This book’s hamartia is its plot… because it seems to be mostly absent for the first two thirds of it. Everything that happens, happens at the end and while it is interesting and does set up for future books, it doesn’t make up for the 200 pages of nothing that precede it.

All in all… I wish I had more to say about this book, but it doesn’t even give me anything to talk about. It’s just pretty boring. Like I said, it does set up for more interesting sequels, and I do plan to continue with the series, but for this first book… quite disappointed.

Down the TBR Hole #24

It’s been an age since I’ve made one of these posts and my TBR has grown again, though not as much as I’d have thought. This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

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Books: #231-240

Last week’s final number: 331 | Current number: 334 | This week’s final number:  329 | Total books removed so far: 100| Total books kept so far: 146 | Books added since I began: 128 | Books read from my TBR: 41


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

Honestly, I have very little interest in reading this. I’ve heard reviews of it, I know what happens and it just doesn’t really appeal to me.

Verdict: Goes

False Gods by L. R. Trovillion

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I don’t know. This doesn’t have many reviews and while it’s a horse book and I love horses, there are just so many other books on my TBR, I doubt I’ll get to this.

Verdict: Goes

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

I’ve actually yet to read an Aladdin re-imagining, so I want to read this. And it’s blurbed by Sarah J. Maas.

Verdict: Stays

Traitor to the Throne & Hero at the fall by Alwyn Hamilton

I’m not really sure why I never continued with this series as I really enjoyed the first book, but I am interested in continuing.

Verdict: Stay

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Ugh… I don’t know. I never think about this book. Maybe one day, but not in the forseable future.

Verdict: Goes

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz

I don’t really feel drawn to this, to be honest.

Verdict: Goes

Shadow Scale & The Audition by Rachel Hartman

I really need to finish this series. The first book was so cool and it’s only a duology. Plus a short story.

Verdict: Stay

Of Breakable Things by A. Lynden Rolland

This has a cool cover and a cool title and at first glance, even a cool premise. Buuut… ultimately it seems to me like it’s a high-school romance except everyone happens to be a ghost. So… nah.

Verdict: Goes

Best Book Titles Part 2

About a year ago, I made a post about book titles that I love. Today I’m going to share some more titles that I really love.


Turtles All the Way Down

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I generally like the titles of John Green’s books. Contemporary YA titles tend to have the name of the main characters in them a lot of the time, and I’m not a big fan of that for some reason. But John Green’s titles usually make little sense before reading the book. And those are the kinds of titles that I like best.

For Darkness Shows the Stars

I also like titles that begin with linking words such as “and” & “for”. It makes them sound like incomplete sentences and it gives the impression that you’ll find out the rest of the sentence by reading the book. Again, I’m a fan of titles that gain more meaning as you read the book.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

I love everything about this title. I love the abundance of adjectives, I love the imagery of a small angry planet, I love the imagery of a tired traveler who’s come a long way just to encounter said small angry planet, I love that it’s long. I love long titles. I don’t know what this book is about. But this title makes me want to read it.

Wink Poppy Midnight

I like this title because I don’t know what to expect from it. Are Wink, Poppy and Midnight 3 characters? Is someone telling Poppy to wink because it’s midnight? Is a wink poppy a type of flower? I don’t know. This title doesn’t offer enough information and it just makes me want to read the book to get that information.

Stalking Jack the Ripper

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I’m not even going to offer an explanation for this one. I just think it’s awesome.