Mid-Year Book freakout tag 2020 edition

This is my fourth year doing this. I have not done any wrap-ups this year, I don’t think. I’ve re-read a LOT of books so far. Like probably half the books I read were re-reads. So yeah, let’s see how this goes. I will try not to use re-reads for any of the questions.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

Foundryside is actually the latest of the books I read and it is by far one the best book I’ve read this year. It’s just a phenomenal book, I have a review of it if you want to hear more of my thoughts.

The only other book that I read this year and can compare is The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. This book totally deserves its hype, it’s one of the coolest mysteries that I’ve read. I can’t wait to see what Stuart Turton has in store in the future.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

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I read both the books in this series this year and man, this is another favourite series. One of the best middle grades I’ve read in some time. It’s so fun anf wholesome and magical. It’s exactly what I want in a middle grade book and I just want more. I can’t wait for the third book.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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This was released in April. I obviously haven’t read it yet, I only just finished the first book, but I am soooo excited to pick this up! I have to say… for once I actually like the US covers for this series better than the UK ones. This almost never happens.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

It’s pretty much a tie between these two, even though I still need to finish Oathbringer. So maybe I’m anticipating Hollowpox more because I am caught up with the series.

Biggest disappointment

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This was a DNF for me. I really wanted to read this series. I knew the the first book wasn’t the best, so I didn’t go in with huge expectations, but I absolutely hated everything about it. I hated the characters, I was bored out of my mind. I just could not push through this book.

Biggest surprise

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This is a book that is outside my usual genres. I do read non-fiction, but not nearly as much as SFF books. And when I do read non-fiction, I like it because I learn things. But I don’t necessarily think they’re entertaining. But this was actually supremely entertaining. It was funny. I found myself laughing frequently. I actually plan to re-read this just because it was so entertaining. I especially recommend the audiobook.

Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

See first question.

Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get crushes anymore.

Newest favorite character

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Clef from Foundryside. I know this is the third or fourth question I answer with this series, but I just loved it that much!

Book that made you cry

I don’t think there has been one.

Book that made you happy

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This series definitely made me happy.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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This cover is GORGEOUS!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Basically all the Brandon Sanderson!

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!

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

 

October 2019 Wrap Up

I have read 10 books this month. I think that’s the most I’ve read in a month this year. Which is surprising, because I’m quite busy. But most of these were audiobooks, so that explains it. I listen to them while at work.


Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama by H. G. Wells & Jeff Wayne

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This was a highly entertaining audio drama complete with sound effects. It was really fun listening to. It wasn’t the most outstanding story, but the format made it worth listening to. I do recommend it. It’s not very long, so if you like sci fi, you’ll probably like this. I gave it 3.75 stars.

Circe by Madeline Miller

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This is a book that deserves its hype. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also listened to it on audio and the narration was really good. This book reminded me of all the reasons I love mythology and I want more mythology written by Madeline Miller. It’s just great. I gave it 4/5 stars. 

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I carried on with my re-read of this series in October. I’m really enjoying them as audiobooks. I’m going to continue with the final one this month. I don’t think this book needs me to talk about it. 5/5 stars.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

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In fairness, I didn’t read the whole book this month. It is huge. But I did read a considerable chunk of it this month and finally finished it. I loved it even more than the first book if that’s possible. I already have book 3 and I am trying to restrain myself from jumping right in because I know I’ll have to wait a long time after that. So I’m trying to force myself to at least wait a few more weeks. This series probably my favourite Sanderson series that I’ve read to date. So yeah, super excited. 5/5 stars.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson

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This one was a bit of a disappointment for me. I really enjoy Jonas Jonasson’s books and this one wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I even unhauled it after finishing it. I did listen to it on audio and the narrator was great as usual, but the story and charactersjust wasn’t as good as his stories usually are. I gave it 2.75 stars.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I then started reading and quickly binged all the published books in this series (except for the novella). I’ve been putting this series off for a while, but as I often find it to be the case with series I put off, I really enjoyed it. I didn’t know much about it going into it. In fact, I knew almost nothing about it besides the fact that it was set in our world. But this is a very entertaining paranormal dystopian type story. It’s really addictive, it’s often dramatic and it’s super action packed. I gave the first two books 4/5 stars and the third 3.75/5 stars and I look forward to continuing with this series.

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

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I was really craving some more mythology after reading Circe so I decided to continue with this series. I’m  not enjoying it as much as any of his other series, unfortunately, but I want to get to The Trials of Apollo. It wasn’t bad by any means, but it was just not as much fun as his books usually are for some reason. I ended up giving it 3.75 stars.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Last, but certainly not least, I finally read this beautiful book. Another one I’d been putting off for ages, but ended up really loving. It’s just everything I love in a fairy-tale book. It reminds me of Naomi Novik’s fairy-tales and I just want both of them to write more of them. I already bought the second book and will read it as soon as it arrives. This book just made me happy and made me feel like a child reading it. 5/5 stars.

Books that I associate with autumn things – Original? Book tag?

I know, that title is absolutely genius.

So, here are some of my favourite things about autumn and some books I associate with them.


Scented Candles – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I love scented candles. I love reading and feeling that waft of fragrance from my candle. I love the flickering light. I just love the atmosphere they create. daughter of Smoke and Bone is the book I most associate with them, because the writing is so beautiful, it delights the mind just to read the words, and that complements the way that scented candles delight the senses. It’s also so atmospheric. It takes place in Prague, at least in part and I always associate Prague with flickering candle light. Don’t ask me why, I just feel like that’s the vibe of Prague. Even the cover and the title remind me of blowing out a candle and the smoke you get.

Tea – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Specifically chai. There’s just something about The Name of the Wind and Patrick Rothfuss’ writing that reminds me of a nice, hot cup of chai tea. The spices in the tea complement the story so well. In my mind, tea (only black tea), is associated with long fantasy stories. And The Name of the Wind is one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read, so I have to pair it with one of my favourite teas. But it’s more than that. It’s hard for me to explain, but Kvothe’s story is like cinnamon and all those autumn spices. It’s kind of… unfurling. I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone else, but yeah…

Pumpkin Pie – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Specifically this Harry Potter book. For the most part, I associate Harry Potter with winter. But this first book, I associate with pumpkin pie. Even more so the film for some reason. I know most people don’t like the first film because of the bad acting, but it’s my second favourite film (after goblet of Fire). I don’t care about the bad acting. I love the atmosphere of the first two films. Where they actually wear robes and pointy hats it’s all so magical. It’s also a book that I could read over and over again and I love pumpkin pie to the extent that I could eat nothing but pumpkin pie all day.

Piles of colourful leaves – Any Cosmere book by Brandon Sanderson

As a kid, I used to get out of school and go the park and pick up leaves. I would look for really beautiful ones and made little bundles of them. I also loved just making piles and jumping in them. I would look forward to that all day. My birthday is mid October and the weather was often really nice for my birthday. You know those crisp, yet sunny autumn days. Just thinking about it makes me happy. With the leaves and sunlight and scent of the leaves and birds about (especially crows and ravens). Amazing. Sanderson’s Cosmere books are like that. They’re colourful and varied. They have unique worlds and magic systems. Whenever I’m reading one (like now), I’m constantly looking forward to my next reading session. I just want to jump right in. And they’re also vast. Both in page number and in scope and complexity. And I just remember going to the park as a kid and everything would be covered in leaves. Just a colourful carpet.

Cozy blankets/clothing – Middle grade

This is obviously a genre, rather than a specific book. But I just love a nice, fun middle grade. I find them cozy. I love snuggling up with a fluffy throw and a nice middle grade. I actually have a huge middle grade craving right now and I don’t own a lot of middle grades that I haven’t read. So I need to get some asap (if you have any good recs, comment and you will have my gratitude).


These are some of my favourite autumn things and the books I associate with them. Feel free to do this yourself you you’re so incline and ping me so I can see your post. Or just leave it in the comments, I’d love to know. Just writing this post made me happy, so I’d love to read more of them.

June 2019 Wrap-Up

I had a really good reading month in June. You can tell I wasn’t really busy. I managed to read 8 books.


Children of Time by Adrian Tchaykovsky

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This was unfortunately very disappointing for me, probably the biggest disappointment of the year. I was expecting to love it, but I really did not like it. It has some credit because it wasn’t badly written, but I had a lot of other issues with it. I talk about those more in my review, so you can check that out. I gave it 2/5 stars.

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

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I finally finished this. I didn’t read it in its entirety in June. Because of the nature of the book, I just read one of two chapters whenever I was in the mood for something quick, informative and entertaining. But I really loved it, had a lot of fun reading it. 5/5 stars

Monstress vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

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I didn’t like this volume as much as the first one. I still absolutely loved the art and the story is interesting, but there was just something about this that I didn’t love quite as much as the first one. I really want to see this as an anime though. Someone please make it happen. 4/5 stars

Scythe by Neal Schusterman

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One of the best YA dystopias/utopias I’ve ever read. I totally agree with the hype for this. It was a ride. I really had fund with it and I look forward to finishing this series. 5/5 stars

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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I finally started this series. These books are HUGE. It took me 2 weeks to finish this, but I loved it. I thought it had some pacing issues, but I am so invested in this story. I’m currently reading the second book and I’m sad that there are only 3 of them currently out. I just want to know what’s going on I think even more than I did with Mistborn. Mistborn was a lot more dynamic and fast paced and it’s great, but this story just makes me want to know. what happened? How do things work? How does the magic work. I’m so curious. Anyway, loved it. 4.75/5 stars.

Lock In by John Sclazi

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Oh boy. I really did not like this. It was bad. And it was made worse by the fact that I listened to the audiobook. Never again am I listening to anything narrated by Will Wheaton. The more I listened, the more annoying his narration became. When I listened to the sample, I didn’t have a problem with it, but the more I listened… it was frustrating. Also, I was expecting the disease to be more important to the story. And in a way it was, but not in the way I was expecting. This was basically a crime thriller. And a very annoyingly written one. I don’t know how this book is so bad when I read Old Man’s War and really enjoyed it.  But this was just badly written. 1/5 stars

Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman

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I continued with this series and man, the ending of this! It was a bit longer than the first and in the middle, I was less invested at times, but the ending was such a whirlwind. Just wow. I loved it, I didn’t see it coming at all! I can’t wait for the final book to come out. 4/5 stars

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I thoroughly enjoyed this despite me and YA fantasy not getting along so well of late. It’s been a while since I enjoyed this genre as much as I enjoyed this book. It had magic libraries, it had action, it had some romance that I actually enjoyed instead of cringing at, had compelling characters.  And it’s a standalone. A well rounded-stand alone. I read it in 2 days, had a lot of fun and I’m sold on Margaret Rogerson. I haven’t read her first book, but I definitely plan to, and anything she comes up with in the future. 3.75 stars

 

Series I want to catch-up on

A while back, I did yet another series I need to finish post in which I talked about series that are completed. In this post, I’ll talk about series that are currently ongoing, but I still have books to catch up on.


The Folk of the Air by Holly Black

 

I’ve read the first one and really loved it. I think this is a 3 book series and the third one will be released in 2020. I’m waiting to be in a fae mood, I haven’t been craving fae books lately which is why I haven’t continued with it yet.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

 

I’ve read the first 2 books and then I kind of just wanted to wait until we at least had a publication date for book 4 before reading book 3. It’s really weird, I still have to wait the same amount of time to continue with the series, but psychologically, knowing that I could continue at any time makes me feel better lol But now there are rumours that book 4 is coming soon. So hopefully I’ll continue with this soon.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

 

I’m currently on book 2 of this monster series. I think book 4 will be released in 2020, so I don’t know if I’ll read the 3rd one until maybe a few months before the next one is released. Although, I might not be able to resist because these books are just so good.

The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty

 

Read City of Brass and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to continuing with this series. I believe 2 out of the 3 are currently out.

Impossible Times by Mark Lawrence

 

All 3 books are due to be released in 2019, with the final book being released later in the year. I’ve read the first one. They’re super short, fast reads, but I haven’t yet bought the second one. I’ve been in a fantasy mood, so I’m waiting for a sci-fi mood to hit me.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

 

I’ve read the first 2 books. The fourth one is being released later this year. I don’t know if there will be more books after that, but I really enjoyed the first 2 books. I’m waiting to be in a bit more of a romance mood, since the romance is quite a big part of it. I really like the romance, I think it’s cute and the banter is great. But I just have been avoiding romance lately.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

 

I’ve read the first 3 volumes of this graphic novel series. I think there are 9 out and they’re currently on hiatus, but they do plan to return to it. So I’m trying to pace myself.

Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

 

Another graphic novel series. I’ve read 2 of the 3 currently published volumes. Volume 4 is being published later this year. This is such an amazing and weird graphic novel series. I want to see it as an anime.

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen

 

I think the final volume is being released this autumn. I’ve only read the first one and I didn’t love it. I loved the art and the concept is really cool. But I was a bit confused about what was going on. I don’t know if that was by design and things will get clearer later on or if I just didn’t get their way of story-telling. But I definitely want to continue with this and see if things become clearer.

 

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019 – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, though originally it was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019

I am not really anticipating that many books for the second half of the year. I have 6 which I want to talk about. However, there are several more that are books in series I haven’t started reading yet, but I’m anticipating really enjoying. So I can’t really say I’m anticipating the release of these books because I haven’t read any books in the series and it might turn out I actually don’t like the series. But I think that I will love those series. So I’m going to talk about those as well in the second half of this post.


Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – September 5th, 2019

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I am ready, I have been waiting for 2 years. I can’t wait to read the conclusion to this series. I’m thinking of maybe doing a re-read of the first 2 in August, but I’m not sure yet.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – September 10th, 2019

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This is the only one on this list that is not a sequel. I don’t know much about it and I want to keep it that way, but I think it’s a kind of portal fantasy and I love those kinds of stories, so I’m intrigued and looking forward to reading this.

Monstress Vol. 4 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – October 1st, 2019

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I’m currently on volume 3 of this and I’m glad we’re getting another volume this year, because this is one of the coolest weirdest graphic novels I’ve read. I want to know what happens and honestly I’d love to see this as an animation. Someone please make an animated series of this. The world is so rich and the story so unique and gruesome at the same time. I would love to see this as an anime. Studio Ghibli, please get on to it.

The Toll by Neal Schusterman

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I just read Scythe and am currently reading Thunderhead and I’m so glad that I’ll have book 3 almost right away. This is the best utopia/dystopia (I find them to be the same genre, but with different emphasis, really) I’ve read in a long while.

Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence – November 14th, 2019

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Any Mark Lawrence book is automatically anticipated for me and I’ve been spoiled this year, I get 4 of them!

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson – November 26th, 2019

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This is my year of Brandon Sanderson, I feel it. I’ve already read 2 Sanderson books, I’ve just ordered Words of Radiance. I’m definitely going to read this when it comes out. Give me all the Brandon Sanderson.

These are all the books that I’m actively anticipating for the seocond half of the year. I’ve read a lot of older books that are in series already completed I feel like, this year, so I haven’t gone into new series as much. And I’ve also somewhat shifted away from YA, which I think is far more promiscuous than adult SFF. However, there are few more series with books that are being released this year that I want to talk about.

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang – August 6th, 2019

This is the second book in a Chinese inspired fantasy. I haven’t read the first book yet, but I’m anticipating really enjoying it. If I do get to it this year, I’m glad that I’ll have book 2 to get to right away if I like it as much as I’m thinking I will.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood- September 10th, 2019

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I still haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale. I own it and I really want to read it (I think I may have put it on my Book Junkie Trials extended TBR), but I don’t know if I will get to it this year. Because I’m nervous about reading it. But I fully expect I’m going to like it and I’m excited we’re getting a sequel.

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie – September 19th, 2019

I’m putting this in this section because I’ve only read the original First Law trilogy. I have a lot of reading to do before I can get to this, so I’m not really actively anticipating it since I can’t read it right away anyway. But I did really like The First Law and I plan to catch up with this world and eventually get to this. Though it won’t happen this year. Also, I really don’t like this cover. I hope they will release it with a matching cover to the rest of them, because I love those covers. I mean, can you even compare?

Although I see that books 5, 6 and 7 don’t have matching covers, so there’s little hope. 😦

 

Favourite Fantasy Books – Top 10 Tuesday

I haven’t done a Top 10 Tuesday in AGES. But this week’s topic is top 10 books in your favourite genre and I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to talk about my fantasy babies. If you don’t know, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, though originally it was created by The Broke and the Bookish. So here, we go, ten of my favourite fantasy books! Well… series, for the most part. Because I can’t just recommend one book in the series.


The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

This should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been here for any length of time. I talk about this all the time. You can read my review of it for more details, but it’s basically a series about magical assassin nuns.

The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin

Again, I never shut up about this. It’s amazing, you should read it. It’s about the end of the world and people who can control earthquakes.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I don’t talk about this one quite as much as the other two, but it probably still doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Brandon Sanderson. I’m so thankful to whoever it was who introduced me to him (I can’t remember who it was). I’m currently reading The Way of Kings and it might dethrone Mistborn as my favourite Sanderson series, but we’ll see. In case you didn’t know, Mistborn is about a bunch of people trying to steal something and they live in a world where certain metals give people certain abilities.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

One of my all time favourites. Please, please, PLEASE give us book 3 before I die. Please. This is one of the most difficult series to summarise in my opinion, because it sounds so boring when you try to summarise it. This is a frame story following a guy who’s basically a legend and it’s just the story of his life as told by himself after his kind of… fall from grace and presumed death. If that sounds boring… well it isn’t. give it a try. I have reviews of the first two books (Book 1 | Book 2), so check those out if you want to get more of an idea about the series.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I’ve only read the first two books in the series, but there is talk of the fourth one being released soon-ish. So I’m hoping to read the third one soon. This is a series about a band of con-artists. And it’s basically them planning and executing heists and getting themselves into trouble. I love heist stories. They’re so much fun and this is one of the best heist stories I’ve ever encountered. I have reviewed both of the books I’ve read, if you’d like to know more (Book 1 | Book 2).

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I talk about this one a lot less, but I love this duology so much. It’s another heist story. This time it’s YA, but it does remind me a lot of The Lies of Locke Lamora. In vibe, more than anything else. The world, story and characters are very different, but they both have a vibe that I adore. I’ve also reviewed both the books in this series so check those out for more details (Book 1 | Book 2).

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Another one I don’t talk about as much, mainly because it’s not as recent in my mind since it’s been 2 years since the last book came out. But I absolutely love it and I’m so excited to read the conclusion this autumn! This is also about assassins and very much reminds me of The Book of the Ancestor. Again, in vibe, rather than anything else. Reviews of the first two books: Book 1 | Book 2.

The Knots Duology by Amy McCulloch

This is a series that is so tragically underrated and I wish people talked about it more. I read it quite a while ago and I’ve been meaning to re-read it, but it’s such a cool desert fantasy. It has an interesting magic system and as far as I remember, doesn’t actually have a romance. Which in YA is a rarity and I love it. More people just need to read this series cause it’s great. It follows a guy who gets banished into the desert because he breaks a promise he doesn’t even remember making. In this world, each promise is tied with a magical knot and if broken, the knot burns and scars the oathbreaker and they become haunted by a shadow and become outcasts. Sadly, I read this series before I started my blog, so I don’t have a review, but if I re-read them, I will review them.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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A stand alone fantasy fairy-tale retelling influenced by Russian folklore. I think at least. I’ve read this twice, it’s one of those books that I think I will never tire of re-reading. It’s magical and beautiful. I love the atmosphere, I love the characters, I even love the romance which almost never happens. It’s amazing. It’s about a girl who lives on the edge of a magical forest which kills people and she gets taken away by the wizard who protects their area from the forest for unknown purposes. The wizard takes a girl every 10 years and then lets her go, but the girls are never the same afterwards and nobody really knows why he takes them.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Inter-dimensional travel between different versions of London. Need I say more?

Spring Cleaning Tag

I stole this from here.

Rules:

  • Please link back to Daniel @ Page to Page
  • Respond to the scenarios
  • Tag 5 people (or however many you like)

It’s time to make your bed, but you’re going to have some friends over later and want to pick the perfect book to place on your nightstand for them all to see that you’re “reading”. Which book do you choose?

I don’t know honestly. I don’t really care about whether my friends know what I’m reading. But I guess, when at its most tidy, my nightstand usually holds my Bible and whatever book I’m reading at the time.

Oh no! The house needs dusting, but you just can’t put that book you’re reading down! What book would you buy on audio just so you could continue the story while cleaning?

I don’t even need to think about this because I’ve already actually done it with either The Fifth Season or The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin. Don’t remember which one exactly. But basically I would have done it with any of the books in the series. Are you surprised? Is there any post I don’t mention this series?

Darn it! The ceiling is leaking! Turns out Mass-Market Paperbacks are the best things to soak water up! Which popular book do you use to soak up the water?

I’m not sure if this question is asking me for a book I own in mass market paperback format or one I wouldn’t mind using to soak up water with. :/ If the former, then I’d just used a rag because the only books I own in mass market paperback format are my old Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books and there’s no way in hell I’m using those as mops. If the former, then I have a nice collection. Maybe my Red Queen books. Or Caraval. The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

Bathrooms need a good scrubbing, and your 2007 Cosmos are a little outdated and need replacing. What book do you place in the bathroom for some light reading for when people need to take care of business?

Either a poetry book, such as Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Or What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. Because both can be read in short bursts and I don’t want to encourage anyone to spend too much time in the bathroom.

Family is coming over, but you have no idea what to make for dinner! You read somewhere that tearing up the last chapter of a book whose ending you hated and sprinkling it in a casserole dish makes for the perfect meal! Which book do you choose?

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Gotta love some hate casserole. I can’t think of any book where I specifically hated the ending. The only book I can think of where I hated a specific part of it but generally enjoyed the book, is A Court of Wings and RuinAlthough that part was not the ending. If you want to know which part and why, you can read my discussion on it, but beware of spoilers.

Organization is key, right? When it comes time to organize your bookshelf, you realize you have enough room (and money) to get three new books! Which books do you buy?

Hmm… hard to choose. But since I have to, the books on my wishlist I currently want the most are

  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seannen McGuire
  • The Shadowed Sun by N. K. Jemisin
  • Alloy of Lay by Brandon Sanderson
  •  Saga Vol. 4 (I get 4 because both Saga and Every Heart a Doorway are very short, so they’ll fit on my shelves 😀 )

Finally, some peace and quiet! But, before you can relax, you realize you forgot to send your Aunt a thank you gift for the lovely “ADULT LIFE FOR DUMMIES” book she gave you for Christmas (maybe she’s trying to tell you something?). What book do you send to her to show her how much (this is sarcasm) you appreciate her gift?

Well obviously I’d choose my book for the title. I’m not sure if I’d go for something sweet and to the point such as:

Or go for something more subtle like:

I guess it would depend if she sent me anything else beside the offending book.