The Nope Trope Book Tag

First, here are some important stuff for you to check out:

This carrd compiles a lot of resources about petitions you can sign and ways to donate

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Check out this playlist of black booktubers

Check out the Blackout Buddy reads readathon (Which I will try my best to complete the books within the timeframe. I have them both, they’re on my kindle and I have this week off so hopefully I’ll make good progress on them)


On to the tag. this tag was created by yerabooknerdzoe, if you haven’t already you should check her out, she is absolutely hilarious. This tag is basically centered around tropes that Zoe does not like.

Eavesdropping w/ miscommunication – Name a book you heard great things about and expected to love but ended up hating

I could probably give a list here… but I’ll go with Caraval by Stephanie Graber. This book was hyped to the heavens as the new Night Circus and as some amazing magical performance thing and firstly, there was no performance magical or otherwise. Secondly everything else was also poop (except for the cover, that was gorgeous). So yeah, this book sucked, I hated it.

Love Triangles – Name a series where you can’t pick your favourite book

First, let me say SAME! Love triangles (and polygons of any description, we don’t discriminate here) suck and they should just die.

A series I couldn’t pick my favourite… I could once again give a list, but I’ll talk about one I’ve not talked about before and that is Nevermoor by Jessica Townsed. I’ve not posted a review of this because I’ve not really posted much at all, but I binged the two books in this series earlier this year and it is now one of my favourite middle grade series. It’s so much fun and I honestly could not pick a favourite. I’m so excited for the third one coming out later this year!

Not Like Other Girls/Didn’t Know I’m Beautiful – Name a book that has a pretty cover but was boring as all hell

Once again, yeah I agree. This trope is overdone and annoying and it makes it sound like being a girl like other girls is an undesirable thing or that being aware of your beauty is a bad thing. And I bought into that lie for a long time as a youngin and it harmed me. I am a woman just like any other and that in itself is a good and beautiful thing. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

As for my choice for the prompt, I will go with The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I really wanted to enjoy this book but honestly I was bored out of my mind. I DNFed it at around 180 pages or so. I just could not get through it. I do really like the cover though.

All-Consuming Love – Name a book that gave you a book hangover

Ah yes! You know when you pick up a cool sounding fantasy and you’re really excited because there’s dragons and magic and whatever and the first 100 pages are wonderful and you fly through them, and then Jane meets Tarzan and it’s all about their boring, awkward romance and the dragons and magic just get lost. And it sucks. If I wanted to read a romance, I’d have picked up a romance.

Have you ever gone to a beer festival and tried honey mead for the first time and found that it’s delicious and tastes nothing like alcohol and before you know it you’re throwing up on someone’s shoes in a train on your way back from Oxford and then you wake up the next day and you wish you hadn’t woken up at all? No? Me neither. But that’s the level of hangover that this book gave me.

Douchebag Boyfriend – Name a book that took you a while to get into, but you ended up loving

Yeah… why is that a trope? Although, I will say I’m a sucker for the brooding guy with a tortured past blah blah (I’m looking at you Will Herondale) trope which is very close to this one. And I know it’s trash and if someone actually behaved that way in real life, I would tear him a new one. But for some reason, I read about it and I love it. What is logic? But then there’s also the “He was a douchebag before but she fixed him” angle and yeah… I hate that one.

I can’t really think of anything right now. I’m sure there are some, but I can’t think of any. So instead, I’m going to go with one that I put off for a long time because I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it and ended up absolutely loving it and that is the Bear and the Nightingale series by Katherine Arden. This series was honestly a balm for my soul. I loved it so much.

Tell us your favourite or least favourite trope!

I think my least favourites have probably mostly been covered. There are a few more like the new kid in a small town school one that really annoy me. As for my favourite, I’d say probably discovering magical abilities, magic schools and assassins.

Phrases authors should stop using part II

As I continue my Shadowhunters re-read, I have come across a few more weird phrases that should just not happen. I will say, the writing is much better as the books progress, but I’m still in murky waters for now. You can check out part 1 if you want as well, but without further ado, here are some more phrases that should just stop.


*Blank* didn’t realise they’d spoken out loud

Never, not even once in my 23 years of life have I ever spoken out loud without realising it, nor have I ever met anyone who spoke out loud without realising it. Not when drunk, not when tired, it just does not happen except I suppose if you talk in your sleep. I’ve said stupid things, I’ve spoken nonsense, I’ve spoken to myself out loud. But at no point was I taken by surprise by the fact that I had audibly uttered those words. Like I get it’s meant to show how absorbed the character is by their thoughts, but it just makes them sound like they have some kind of mental issue. So stop.

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They clenched their fists so hard they drew blood

Or some variation of that. This one doesn’t bother me so much in terms of writing, but it’s just so unrealistic. Like, how sharp are their nails? I have never clenched my fist so hard I drew blood. And I practice mixed martial arts. I clench my fists a lot. Like, are they all Wolverine or something?

People reading each other’s facial expression across the room

Not so much a phrase specifically, but it happens all the time that the POV character is across the room from someone and can read their every micro-expression. And not just like a small room, but big, big rooms. So big, they can’t hear what the other person is saying but they can read their facial expression. I mean, I know I don’t have perfect eyesight, but I doubt anyone can see that well. And not only that, but they detect super specific expressions and can deduce what the thoughts behind them are. And of course, as we saw in the previous post, their shoulders are incredibly expressive as well and have their own set of emotions that can be read in them. Do they all have Superman eyes or something?

She felt/returned the pressure of his hand on hers

Or variations of that. I know what it’s trying to say and technically… it’s correct. We do detect pressure when we are touched even if it’s light pressure. But to me it just sounds like they’re all very aggressive about holding each other’s hands. I would not describe the sensation of someone else touching me as pressure unless it was forceful enough to be uncomfortable. Surely, there are better words to describe the sensation of touch.

The girl and the Stars by Mark lawrence – Book review

43155726._sy475_Rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: adult, fantasy, grimdark

Published: 2020

Author: Mark Lawrence

Synopsis: In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.


This was by far one of my most anticipated books of the year and Mark Lawrence came through again and dragged me out of my reading slump to delight me with his fantastic world.

This book obviously takes place in the same world as the Book of the Ancestor series (which I’ve reviewed for your convenience). I don’t think we get a timeline of when the events of this book take place relative to Nona’s story, at least not in this first book, but it focuses on a lot of aspects of the lore that we just kind of glimpse in Nona’s story. Which I am so glad about because I still have so many questions and I can’t wait to see how it all ties together and I am just super excited for this series. I don’t think it’s strictly necessary to read the first series, but I would recommend it because there’s a lot of world-building in that series that you don’t see in this one. And it’s not because of bad writing, but it’s just because of the ignorance of the main characters. They will probably slowly get revealed in this series as the story progresses, but I think knowing those things in advance definitely add to the story.

The biggest problem I had with this and really why I didn’t give it 5 stars is that the relationships seemed kind of rushed. The whole thing takes place over I don’t know. A few weeks maybe and already after the first couple of days they were all tight friends and it felt kind of rushed. It wasn’t too bad, like it didn’t get in the way of the story too much but it was a bit of a let-down for me. Otherwise, I enjoyed the characters. I still think I prefer Nona over Yaz, but I really liked Yaz as well. I liked the supporting ast as well, though I do wish we’d got to know some of them a bit better. Thinking back now, I read the book maybe two weeks ago and I don’t have a strong feel for what a lot of the supporting characters are like. I think there’s just maybe 3 or 4 of them that I can distinctly remember and rest are just kind of a blur and even while reading I couldn’t really remember who was who.

We do meet some interesting characters who may or may not be human, who knows, and I thought they were really cool I just want to know more about them. I’m really, really intrigued by the conflict going on. It was kind of hinted at vaguely in The Book of the Ancestor, but here it’s just fully focused on and I can’t wait to find out what’s going on.

The underground setting was so cool. It just gave the whole of Abeth a new dimension and it took the world we already knew and expanded it and I loved it.

The ending was just such a… I don’t even know what the appropriate word for it is. It was just emotionally demanding. And a cliffhanger. And I just want the next book now. The tragedy of new books is that you have to wait so long for the next instalment. But yeah, would 100% recommend this book if you enjoyed his other series. And if you’ve not read that, then I recommend you go do that. Though do be aware that these are fairly dark books. There is a fair bit of violence and sometimes gore so reader discretion advised.

Phrases authors should just stop using

Everybody talks about “they let our a breath they never knew they were holding”. And I agree, it’s such a stupid phrase that makes no sense and it should just not be used. However, I’ve been struck by the mood to re-read the Shadowhunter books. Don’t ask why, I never thought I’d read them again, but here I am and I am actually enjoying. However, the first few books in that series are a study in bad writing. So here are some other commonly used phrases I’ve come across that are just stupid and should not be used.

Sucking in a breath

First of all, it just sounds weird. Secondly, how does that even work? How does one suck a breath? You can suck a lolly, you can suck your finger, your teeth and a variety of other things, but you can’t suck a breath. Like, just try to picture someone sucking a breath and tell me what imagery that conjures cause the closest I can get is this

Closing their mouth with a snap

Like… do they dislocate their jaw while closing their mouth? Do their teeth crack every time? How do they still have teeth? Seriously guys, you should get that checked out. Jaws aren’t supposed to snap when you move them.

*Blank* was visible in the line/set of their shoulders/back

I don’t even know. Have you guys ever seen annoyed shoulders? An amused back perhaps? Exasperated shoulder blades? A smirking spine? Cause if you have, please let me know. I must have been missing an entire aspect of human communication for the past 23 years.

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Everything being done viciously

He scratched his head viciously, She zipped her jacket viciously. They looked around viciously. Everyone should just chill the heck down okay. Take some anger management classes, the jacket’s done nothing to you. Deep breaths.

That’s it for now, but if I come across more I’ll make a part 2 for sure. Also, let me know if you have come across any super weird phrases. I find them so funny.

Liebster Blogger award Again

It has been a hot second since I last saw this going around. I can’t even remember how many times before I’ve done this. Maybe this is the 3rd? Or 4th. Anyway, I was tagged by The Crazy Reader. So thank you for tagging me.

Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer.

What about your blog are you the proudest of? (Content, graphics, consistency, etc.)

I don’t really know. I like some of the content I’ve made. But nothing stands out as something I’m particularly proud of.

What is your favourite drink?

Water probably. That’s what I drink the most.

What is the first book that you really like?

The first “favourite book” i remember having as a kid was White Fang by Jack London.

Do you own any bookish merch? If so, do you have a favourite?

Yeah, I have loads of stuff from subscription boxes. My favourite are probably the socks. All of them. I have several pairs of bookish socks.

Book blogs, bookstagrams, booktubes or book twitters?

In terms of what I consumme the most of, definitely booktube. In terms of what I enjoy doing, blogging, obviously.

How has blogging helped you in life?

By providing an outlet.

Who is your favourite author?

I don’t know. I have many favourite authors.

Do you have a favourite artist? (music or visual art)

No. I don’t really do favourites.

Can you play any sports?

Not any team sports. But I do martial arts, used to do archery as well.

Can you play any musical instruments?

Not really. I can play a few songs on the guitar, but not well and nothing too complicated.

What is the thing you love the most about yourself?

That I’m clever.

11 facts about me:

  1. I’m 23
  2. I’m stubborn
  3. I don’t like cooking meat. I like meat, but cooking it is annoying, so I tend to cook vegetarian a lot of the time
  4. I don’t like cooking in general actually (but especially dislike cooking meat)
  5. Seafood freaks me out
  6. I have a younger brother.
  7. I hate clubbing
  8. I love riding horses
  9. I’m a scientist
  10. I’ve never travelled outside of Europe
  11. I’ve never broken a bone

I’ll just tag whoever wants to do this because I can’t be bothered to do it properly. So if you’re reading this, and you want to do it, you’re tagged!

Questions:

  1. Favourite indoors activity?
  2. Favourite outdoors activity?
  3. Last country (other than the one you live in) you’ve been to?
  4. Book you’ve re-read the most?
  5. Orange juice or apple juice?
  6. Have you ever taken any dance lessons?
  7. What languages do you speak?
  8. Least favourite fruit?
  9. Too hot or too cold?
  10. Smoothies or milkshakes?
  11. Do you like playing videogames?

Most Anticipated Books of 2020

I was actually having a look on Goodreads to see what is coming out this year and quite frankly there aren’t a whole lot of books I’m excited about, but here are the ones I am excited about (in order of expected publication).


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – 3 March

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Hesitantly excited about this. I’ve been waiting for it for a long time, but at the same time, I haven’t really read much Cassandra Clare lately. I still have to read Queen of Air and Darkness but I can’t because I’m emotionally sound enough to go through the emotional torture that are her books. Especially when talking about my boo, Will Herondale. I know the series follows their kids more than anything, but still.

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin – 26 March

I honestly know nothing about this book except that it takes place in NYC. But it’s N. K. Jemisin, so I will give it a go.

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – 30 April

I am ready for more of this world. This is probably my second most anticipated release of the year. I love the Book of the Ancestor series and I still have a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in this companion series.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – 19 May

I am cautiously optimistic about this. I really, really hope its great, because The Hunger Games is to this day one of my favourite series. But I’m always a bit wary when authors come up with random series continuations 5 years later. Technically, this is a prequel. But still. Fingers crossed it’s as good as THG though.

Stormlight Archive Book 4 by Brandon Sanderson – 17 November

My most anticipated book of the year by far and the one I have to wait the longest for 😥 We don’t even have a title or a cover yet, but Brandon said he finished it on time so we’re (almost) definitely getting it this year!

Another Try a Chapter Thing

Everyone keeps doing these and they’re actually useful. I once again find myself overwhelmed by my TBR and I want to get rid of some books. I have a bunch that are sitting on my shelves and I’m not very excited about, but I also don’t want to unhaul them. So I’ve decided on another try a chapter thing to decide whether they stay or no. I’m going to do 6 books today, because I feel like more than that would just be too much. Anyway, here we go.


A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

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I read the prologue and first chapter and didn’t really like it. It basically feels like a ripoff of Three Dark Crowns (which I’m currently reading) but with vampires and fae and shapeshifters added. It’s basically about this Princess who has a specific type of magic and she has a sister who she has to fight to the death for the throne and her sister has a different type of magic. Sound familiar? Not only that, but I also didn’t like the writing. It was super info dumpy in a super annoying way. Here, it’s easier to illustrate with a quote:

Glamour, the fey ability to to cast illusions over the world and themselves
made their glossy skin shine as bright as the moon. Beside them, groups of
human girls [...] passed around tiny cups of ouitza, dark liquor made from
the sugarcane that grew along the river.Three-story akelaes - Myrean homes 
built around a central courtyard [...]

And it just goes on and on and on like that for nearly a page. It’s like reading a dictionary. And then there’s a bunch of boring tropes that are in no way creatively implemented: gay best friend, best friend who’s kind of a goody two shoes and the wild and mischievous MC who gets them to loosen up, MC with super duper rare and powerful magical abilities unseen for generations. And this was just the first chapter. So yeah, this one’s going. I’m really enjoying Three Dark Crowns and I think I’ll stick to that for my fill of rival sibling queens. I realise that I just hauled this recently and now I’m unhauling it, but I have had it for a couple months. I just didn’t do a haul for a long time.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

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I have had a bit of a falling out with Sarah J. Mass. Used to be a huge fan, but didn’t really like her last few books. Which is why this is on the list. I’ve had it for nearly two years now, or however long it’s been since it came out and I’m never tempted to pick it up. However, after reading the first chapter, I think I will keep it for at time when I’m the mood for some dark, gritty superhero trash. It’s definitely not high quality literature, but it does capture that DC grunge. Reading the first chapter kind of felt like watching an episode of Arrow (which is the last DC show I’ve watched because I don’t have a life) in terms of atmosphere. So I want to have something like that on hand if the mood strikes.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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I was never really going to unhaul this. I just wanted to see what it was like. I’ve been avoiding it because usually John Green = romance and I really haven’t been in the mood for romance in the past 2 years really. Which is how long this has been on my shelves. I read the first chapter and it’s very John Green, philosophical teenagers and all that. I know that it’s very personal for him and that it depicts his own struggles with OCD and anxiety and thought spirals. And it’s somewhat relatable for me. While I don’t have OCD, I do have anxiety and I understand how hard it is to stop the thought spirals. Anyway, I digress. I am definitely keeping this, but I’m giving myself permission to take it off my TBR for the time being because I cannot handle reading it in my current state of mind.

The Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

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I’m a bit conflicted about this. I enjoyed the first chapter. But I know this is a romance. It’s marketed as one and I’ve heard people say that it focuses much more on the romance than it does on the Korean folklore. The folklore is really the reason I would like to read this and the reason I enjoyed the first chapter is because we haven’t met the love interest yet. So I think I’m going to let this go. But I will say that the book was decently well written and it’s probably worth reading if you’re looking for a YA fantasy romance. Of course this is just based on the first chapter, so it’s not a particularly reliable recommendation.

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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This is another one that has been on my shelves for ages and I never reach for it. But I should because I really loved Nielsen’s Ascension trilogy and just reading the first chapter of this brought back all the things I really loved about her other series. I’m glad I did include it in this challenge because now I want to read it, so it renewed my interest in this book.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

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This is definitely staying as well. I can tell that it’s the type of thriller I will enjoy. You know, the kind that’s actually thrilling and keeps you on edge, not the boring type about a cop with a drinking problem, tortured past and toxic “relationships”.

New Year, new books – Book Haul

I didn’t get all of these in the past 4 days, just for the record. These are the books I’ve acquired since my last haul which was in October I believe. Considering Christmas happened, this is a remarkably small haul. Which I’m pleased with.


Physical books I purchased for myself

The Girl In the Tower by Katherine Arden | The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden | The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern | Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Physical books I received as gifts/in subscription boxes

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy | The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow | The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Electronic books I’ve purchased

Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson | The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien | The Toll by Neal Schusterman | The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang | Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Vol. 1 by Matt Fitton

Why Does E=mc2 and Why Should We Care? by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw| Rome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale

 

December 2019 Wrap Up

As I mentioned in my November wrap up, from now I will also include books I’ve DNFed or am partway through in my wrap-ups. I only completed 1 book in December as I was pretty slumpy and just wanted to play video games and watch Netflix. But I did read a fair bit of a few others.


Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures Vol. 1 by Matt Fitton

I basically re-watched the first 7 series of Doctor Who in December and I was just in the mood for it. So when I saw this in a Audible deal, I had to get it. It’s the only book I completed in December, but it was great fun. I gave it 3.5 stars.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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I started this in November. I didn’t read much of it in December, perhaps around 100 pages. I’m currently on page 324 of it. I jumped straight into this after finishing Words of Radiance, but I guess after about 1500 pages of the same story, I wanted a bit of a break. I’m definitely loving this book, but I did want to read other things as well. Also, I don’t want to finish it too soon, because then I have a whole year to wait for the next one.

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

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I read Assassin’s Apprentice in November and surprised myself by picking this up almost straightaway. I got maybe 80% of the way into it. I’m audiobooking it, so I don’t know exactly what page. But I didn’t like something that happened and stopped. I’m not DNFing it, but I just wanted a break from it. Although I have to say, this is probably my favourite in the series, despite the thing that happened that I didn’t like.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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I also read about 130 pages of this in the very last few days of December. I am enjoying it, but I realised now that I have a problem with magical realism. I thought it was a problem with Erin Morgenstern’s writing, because hers are really the only magical realism books I’d read, but I realise now that it’s the genre I have a problem with it. I enjoy it, but I don’t get immersed in it and I struggle to read a lot at a time. After reading 20-30 pages, I feel like I need to stop. Whereas with normal SFF books, I can easily read 80-100 pages before I start feeling tired. So now that I know that, I think I will actually enjoy magical realism more because I’ll just go into it with the mindset of reading it slowly and won’t get frustrated when I need to stop after only 20 pages.

Best books I read in 2019

Yesterday I talked about my least favourite books of 2019, so today I’ll talk about my favourite ones. Thankfully, the good certainly surpassed the bad this years at least in terms of what books I read if nothing else. I’ve discovered quite a few new faves and re-read some old favourites. I won’t talk about any of the re-reads, because I have quite a few new favourites to talk about. This year was the year of series for me. I read quite a few of them. So without me rambling any more, in the order I read them (more or less), here are my favourites of 2019.


Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

I read three volumes in 2019 and I loved them. This has become one of my favourite graphic novel series and I can’t wait to continue with it. The story is so good and the characters are amazing and there’s a cat that knows when people are lying and it’s just great. It’s the science-fiction fantasy type of story I’ve been craving ever since first reading The Broken Earth series. It’s nothing like that series, except that they’re both really good. I’m trying to pace myself because they are on hiatus at the moment, so I don’t want to run out too quickly, but I think I’m overdue for a volume soon.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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This is not the first Sanderson book on this list. I very nearly put all the Brandon Sanderson books I read in 2019 on here, but I wanted to limit myself to 10 books and I didn’t just want to talk about Brandon Sanderson. It was a choice between this and Elantris and while I did really like Elantris, I’ll be talking about another Cosmere book later on in the post, so I wanted to give a not to his YA sci-fi. I was honestly very pleasantly surprised by this. I questioned whether or not I would like it since it’s so different from the Cosmere books I’d read and part of what makes Sanderson’s books so good is how cool and creative his magic systems are. So I questioned whether I would like a sci-fi book. But I shouldn’t have because I flew through this and I will unquestioningly read Brandon Sanderson books from now on.

Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Another graphic novel series. 2019 was my year for delving into graphic novels. This one is the grimdark steampunk I never knew I wanted. It’s so good and weird and creepy and interesting. And the artwork is so good. I read the first two volumes last year and I can’t wait to read the rest. I’m once again pacing myself. There are 2 more volumes out and then I have to wait and I’m not sure how long. So I’m saving them for moments when I really need something amazing.

The Martian by Andy Weir

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This was such a surprise for me. I thought I wouldn’t like it and ended up reading it in one day and it just made me happy. It’s a book about science where the science isn’t messed up. The majority of the books I didn’t like this year I didn’t like because of the way they used very inaccurate and implausible science. So this was great. It genuinely improved my mood at a time when I was very depressed and didn’t think anything could make me feel better. And that’s really all I need to say about this book, though I have reviewed it if you want to hear a bit more of my thoughts.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

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I love this series and I know some people didn’t like this finale, but I really did and I can’t wait to read his new series in this world. I hope it’s just as good. I’m going to miss Nona, but I’m also very curious to know more about the world and hopefully the magic system. All I’m saying is magical assassin nuns. I have also reviewed this whole series if you’re interested in that.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

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This is somewhat of a deviation from the SFF books that are predominant on this list. I like thrillers, but they have to be really good for me to like them. There are so many mediocre thrillers out there. But I digress. This books was so good, I could not stop. I definitely recommend it as an audiobook. It works so well because the whole book is basically a podcast. So listening to it on audio just makes it that much better. Definitely one of the best thrillers I’ve read recently. A great book totally deserving all the hype it got. I’ve reviewed this one as well.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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I actually read this whole series in 2019, but I think only this first one is worthy of this list. I liked the second one a lot as well, but not enough for it to be on here. I hated the third one as I mentioned in my worst books post and also in my review of it. But this first book was great. I was hooked and it just reminded me of all the things I do enjoy about utopia/dystopia as genres. I don’t read much of that genre anymore because it’s so cliched and full of mediocre books, but this was so refreshing and cool. I am still fuming about the finale, but this is a positive post, so I’ll refrain from further ranting.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

This is probably my favourite Sanderson series that I’ve read this far. I’m so glad we are getting book 4 in 2020 because I’m about a quarter of the way through book 3. I read the first two in 2019. And it’s a testament to how amazing this series is that I easily got through 2 1000+ page books and I’m still super excited that this series has 10 BOOKS PLANNED!!! And it’s Brandon Sanderson, so there’s a real chance that we’ll actually get to read all 10 of them in this lifetime! God bless Brandon Sanderson, honestly. In a world full of Patrick Rothfusses and George R. R. Martins, we just need a Brandon Sanderson.

Circe by Madeline Miller

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I avoided this for the longest time because I thought I’d find it boring, but I loved it. I really love mythology so I’m not sure why I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it. I guess the synopsis and the reviews I’d heard just made it sound boring. And it’s really hard to summarise this book without making it sound boring. But it’s actually great and I want Madeline Miller to write more mythology books please and thank you.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is another series I put off for ages because everyone said it’s a historical fantasy and I though that would be a bit dull. Don’t ask why, I read medieval based fantasies all the time, but my brain hears ‘historical’ and thinks ‘oh, boring’. Even though I actually do enjoy historical fiction. LOGIC? WHAT LOGIC? But anyway, I can’t really articulate how much I loved this series. It made me feel happy and warm inside and I am grateful for it.