My TBR Shelf

I’ve never had a designated TBR shelf before. I usually kept read and unread books together. But I recently moved to a new flat and I have this little shelf right next to my bed, so I decided to put my unread books on it. These aren’t all of my unread owned books, because they wouldn’t all fit, so I kept my unread non-fiction books separately.

A great photographer, I am not, but this is what the shelf looks like at the moment.


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The books on here aren’t actually sorted in any particular way except that the hardbacks are at one end and I kind of grouped the white books, but other than that I just shoved them on in whatever order. The little shelf at the top holds the books that I’ve already started but have yet to finish.

In case you are for whatever reason curious as to what books are on my TBR shelf, they are as follows:

Top shelf (started but not yet finished)

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – I’ve legit been reading this for a year now. Since it came out last year. I’m just really not enjoying it, mainly because I cannot stand Chaol. I just want to get through it so I can get to Kingdom of Ash. I’m almost halfway through it (I know, I hate Chaol that much).

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – This is another one that I just couldn’t really get into. I was actually expecting to enjoy this book and series as I’ve heard great things about it from people I trust. And I am intrigued by the plot and the world, but again, I dislike the main character and it just puts me off reading it. Every time I pick it up, I read a few pages and I put it back down. I’m 135 pages into this one.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – I started reading this at the start of September, but then I just really haven’t been in a contemp kind of mood, so I haven’t been picking it up much.

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis – This is the non-fiction that I’m currently reading and as usual with Lewis’ books, I’m really enjoying it. Though I have to say at least so far, this one is my least favourite of his books that I have read.

What If? Serious Scientific Answersto Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe – This is another non-fiction that I’m reading, though not as actively as The Four Loves. Because of the nature of this book, this is what I pick up when I have only 5 minutes and want a quick pick me up as each chapter is very entertaining and usually quite short.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – You can’t actually see the spine of this one, but it’s the one with green pages. This is my meh book of the moment. Am I the only one who has a book that’s just kind of mediocre that you read when you’re too tired for anything that requires more than a quarter of a brain and you don’t want to read a book you love because you won’t be able to focus, but you want to read? Or when you just finished an awesome book and you know you won’t be able to focus on a new one, but you also want to keep reading? No? Just me? Anyway, this is my second Sara Raasch book and I didn’t really like the first one either.

The Bat by Jo Nesbo – Final book on the little shelf. I’ve been reading this book even longer than ToD. I’m debating just admitting that I’m never going to finish it. But… it was recommended to me by someone special and I just really wanted to like it.

Bottom shelf

I haven’t actually read any of these, so I don’t have much to say about each one. I’ll just list them, from left to right:

Hardbacks

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas | Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton | Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett | State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury | Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

Paperbacks

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund | Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pincola Estes | Elantris by Brandon Sanderson |A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by G. R. R. Martin | Origin by Dan Brown | Down River by John Hart

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill | The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab | The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett | Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen | A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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

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.

What Is Self Control Book Haul

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert | The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen | The Runaway King by Jennifer a. Nielsen | The Broken Throne by Jennifer A Nielsen | The Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | The Eternity Code: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin | The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund | State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

February 2018 Wrap Up

This month, I’ve read 10 books. Which I am well impressed with considering what a year this has been and also that this month is shorter. Admittedly, some of these books are quite short, but still. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this much.


Everless by Sara Holland

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Despite all the buzz it’s been receiving I thought this was a pretty meh book. It wasn’t particularly original or well written or interesting. The time magic thing was cool, but other than that… meh. I did really enjoy it though. I was just in the mood for something easy and quick to read. Mindless entertainment. And this book was well written and just interesting enough that it didn’t bore me out of my mind and it provided just that: mindless entertainment. So this was by no means an un-enjoyable experience. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not a great one either. 3/5 stars

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Unlike the previous book, this one 100% deserved the hype in my opinion. It was dark, it was atmospheric and seductive in that opulent and surreal fae way, it was cruel and brutal, it was fast paced, the characters were ruthless and interesting… it was basically anything you could possibly want from a dark fae book. I loved it. Read it in one day, cannot wait for the next one. 5/5 stars

The Obelisk Gate & The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

For once, I actually finished a series within 2 months of starting it, which… wow, I’m proud of myself. This series was awesome. I have a full series review, if you want to check that out. I cannot recommend this series enough. If you’re an SFF lover and you haven’t yet picked this series up, just do it. You won’t regret it. 5/5 stars for both books. Also, can I just bring your attention to how beautiful those covers are?

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Finally, finally I have read this book. This series has been hyped up and down for as long as I have been part of the online book community and I finally jumped onto the bandwagon. I really liked it. Dystopia is not really my cup of tea anymore these days, but this is a good one. This is worth reading. It was so full of action, it just kept you on your town. You don’t get a break with this book. It’s one thing after another. 4.5/5 stars.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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I was disappointed by this book. I had heard some amazing things about it, but it was pretty boring. Most of it was just… people travelling and having irrelevant conversations and eating. Pretty much 2 thirds of the book is taken up by that. the ending, does make up for it somewhat and sets up for a much more interesting story in future books, but not enough to make this book a good one. I ended up giving it 3/5 stars, although in all honesty, it’s probably more of a 2/5 star book. But I did really enjoy the main character and the ending, so…

This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab

I finished two series in one month? That’s got to be some kind of record for me. As with every Victoria Schwab book that I’ve ever read, I loved these. I just devoured them and I need more in my life even though they hurt me in my soul. This is such a creative and beautiful and heart-wrenching story and I loved it. Victoria Schwab is the best. 5/5 stars for both.

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer

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If you’re new here, I love Artemis Fowl. It’s one of my favourite series and I don’t understand why more people aren’t reading it and talking about it. That needs to happen. Because it’s awesome. And I just found out recently that there’s also a graphic novel version of them that was adapted by Eoin Colfer himself, so it’s time for me to re-read Artemis Fowl. I loved it this time around as well and I really enjoyed seeing the things instead of just reading about them. 5/5 stars.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Another sorely under-appreciated series. This one was another re-read for me and I loved it even more than I did the first time. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this, because it’s amazing. It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s full of adventure and mystery and snark and I love it. It deserves more recognition than it’s getting. 5/5 stars

I Dare You Book Tag

I was tagged to do this 100 years ago and I completely forgot. I was tagged by The Book Mermaid, so thank you for tagging me and sorry it’s taken me so long to actually do this.


Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

I don’t know honestly. I have books that I’ve owned for as long as I can remember.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current readThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I’m rereading this and I’m loving it all over again ❤ This series is underrated.

Last readOur Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab. I adored the book and the duology and I love everything Victoria Schwab writes.

Next read: I don’t know… I don’t usually plan what I’ll read next. I’m a mood reader, so whatever I feel like. Maybe The Runaway King which is the sequel to the book I’m currently reading. Or maybe I’ll finish one of the 15 books I’ve started reading and abandoned halfway through for no reason.

What book did everyone like but you hated?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I know not everyone loved it, but a lot of people did and I hated it.

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?

Haha, there’s a list tbh. Um… The Silmarillion is probably on that list. I’ve read the first half or so of the book 3 times and I never finished it. I want to read it, but I also can’t seem to commit to it. The Odyssey is another one.

What books are you saving for retirement?

Maybe I’ll finally read The Silmarillion when I retire. I feel like that’s a retirement book.

Last page: read it first or wait until the end?

Wait until the end. I don’t like spoilers.

Acknowledgements: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Definitely not a waste of paper. Even if they may not always be interesting and may not be interesting for everyone, I think they’re important. It’s important for the author to acknowledge the hard work that went into creating the book and the people who did that hard work.

Which book character would you switch places with?

Uh… I’m pretty sure I’ve answered this question before and like I said then, there aren’t many characters in the books I read whose lives I envy lol Maybe like… Church from The Mortal Instruments. He has a pretty sweet life… for the most part. I mean, everybody wants to be a cat, right?

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (place, time, person)

Plenty. The Mortal Instruments reminds me of high school because it’s one of the last series I read before I graduated. TFIOS reminds me of a hot summer day because I read it on a hot summer day and I remember wondering around town in blistering heat trying to recover after it.

Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way.

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. This is a really fun book totally recommend. I don’t know if the way I acquired it is particularly interesting, but I can’t think of a better one. I got this book in an airport. I was travelling from London to Vienna and my flight got cancelled, I had to spend the night in the airport and then the next day the flight almost got cancelled again (it was only delayed, thankfully but I had a good scare). So as I was waiting to find out if my second flight would be cancelled, I saw this book and the title caught my eye because I felt like it was very relevant to my situation. It was just one damned thing after another.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Uh… does a birthday qualify as a special reason? Otherwise, I don’t think so.

Which book has been with you most places?

My Bible. I take it pretty much everywhere.

Any required reading in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Sadly, no. I still dislike the books I had to read in high school as much as I did when I had to read them.

Used or brand new?

I don’t mind. I would say I get about half and half. I actually like used books. There are some things that I don’t like. Like if the pages are torn or written on. But I don’t mind yellowed pages and worn covers. Of course, I also love pristine, new books. I like both and I like having both. I like my shelves to be a mixture of new and well loved books.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Nope.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Possibly, but I can’t think of any right now.

Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook books included)?

Harry Potter!

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I don’t think I actually have such a person. I’ll consider any recommendation, but I’m usually a pretty good judge of whether I’ll enjoy a book or not, so if it doesn’t sound like something I’ll enjoy, I won’t really prioritise it no matter who it comes from.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I don’t normally read adult romance, let alone enjoy it, but I loved this one. Similarly, Tangled by Emma Chase.

 

 

A Noob’s Guide to High Fantasy

High fantasy books can be pretty scary. They’re usually massive and part of some massive series with an intricate world that is different from the real world. I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t like fantasy and I always ask… have you really tried? Are you sure you’re not just intimidated by it? Fantasy is not a genre you can just dive into. You have to ease your way into fantasy.

I think one of the most important things is not to jump right into high fantasy. If you’ve never read fantasy before. Or you’ve read like… Matilda when you were in elementary school, but nothing really beyond that, then the books that I’m about to talk about are not for you. Not yet. If that’s you, then go and read my other post A Noob’s Guide to Fantasy.

If however, you have read at least some of the books on that list, you’ve learnt how to swim in the shallows of fantasy and you kind of want to go off into deeper water, but you’re a little bit scared and you’re not really sure where to begin, then this post is for you. Grab some popcorn and allow me to ease you into the world of high fantasy.

In the interest of not making this post too long, I will not be talking about what the books are about, I’ll just leave a link to the Goodreads page so you can check them out for yourself.

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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This is probably the best series to get you into high fantasy. Particularly if you’re really apprehensive about reading a book that takes place in a different world. This is perfect. It’s classed as a middle grade series, but it is really good. It’s really clever and witty and quite dark for middle grade, I would say it reads a lot more like YA.

It’s an amazing series, really underrated in my opinion. It’s super fast paced, it’s not too long, the world is not that complex. It’s very similar to just… the real world but with a medieval setting. As far as I can remember, there isn’t any magic in it and if there is, it’s really not prominent. So it’s perfect for people who aren’t used to high fantasy and are perhaps a bit apprehensive about it. Although it’s also amazing for senior high fantasy consumers, like myself. It’s just a great series.

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The Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder

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This is another excellent series to ease you into high fantasy. This one does have a magic system, but it doesn’t thrust you right into it, I think it only really becomes part of the story towards the end of the first book. It’s really easy to get into, it’s really fast paced. Maria V. Snyder has a great writing style, I really enjoyed this series. I think most of her novels take place in the same world and I think there are 2 or 3 series known as The Chronicles of Ixia. I’ve only read I think 7 of them, but to begin with, I would recommend the first 6 books, which follow the same characters, because I believe the next ones focus more on other characters.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Another pretty light one, as far as fantasy goes. It has a slightly more complex world than the previous two. It takes place in a desert, Roman-like society and it has some elements of magic and mythology that are a little bit more prominent that in the previous books I mentioned, but it’s still not too dense, you don’t get thrust into it, it’s really not difficult to understand and get into.

I’ve only read the first book so far, but I really enjoyed it and I think it’s a good series for beginners. It’s not too long, it’s not too complicated, and it has a really cool setting and some nice mythology to it. I also have a spoiler-free review of this, if you’re interested to read that.

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The Assassin’s Curse series by Cassandra Rose Clarke

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If you like pirates and assassins, this book is it. This is a duology, the books are quite short and while there is quite a heavy element of magic and mythology, it’s not dense or difficult to understand. I really enjoyed this series, it’s got quite unique characters as far as the YA genre goes. And I think it’s perfect if you’ve maybe read one of the previous books I talked about in this post and are ready for the next step. It’s a bit more complex a fantasy world, but it’s not too bad.

The Graceling Series by Kristin Kashore

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This one is a bit more complex. This is the graduation series of this guide to high fantasy. If you’ve read this, you’ll probably be ready to take on some of the more hardcore fantasy series. The world is more complex, the magic system is more complex and the books are longer, closer to your standard high-fantasy book, around 500 pages. It’s not that fast paced. Some people find it slow, I personally really loved the series and I think the fact that it isn’t very fast paced, is good for people who are not as used to high-fantasy. Because it gives you time to digest the world and how the magic works and so on.

This is a companion series. They can either be read in chronological order, or publication order. I recommend publication order, so start with Graceling, then Fire, then Bitterblue. 

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So, yeah these 5 books/series I think are a very good way to get into high fantasy. I hope this list helps someone get into high fantasy, because it’s an amazing genre and there are so many good stories that people may be missing out on because they’re intimidated by the genre. Let me know if this did help you, or if you’re already a veteran fantasy reader, what books would you recommend for noobs? Also, for fellow veterans, because I’m always on the lookout for some good fantasy recs.

Book Recommendations Based on the Seven Virtues

A while ago I made a post recommending books based on the Seven Deadly Sins. You can check that out here if you missed it. So today, I thought I would turn that idea on its head and recommend books based on the Seven Virtues.


1. Chastity

pride-and-prejudice_bnPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love this book. I love the story and I love the characters and it takes place in Victorian England, so it’s pretty chaste. This is one of my favourite love stories and if you haven’t read it, or at least watched the film (the Kiera Knightley one!), then what are you doing?

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2. Temperance

darker shade of magicA Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. Kell is probably the most level headed and tempered character I’ve come across in a while. This book and this series is absolutely amazing, I loved it! I literally cannot wait until the next one comes out! I love the world and the characters that Victoria has created and I can’t wait to read more of her books. She’s awesome! (Pst, I also have reviews for both books in the series. Here and here.)

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3. Charity

nightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This book was so beautiful and if any book portrays charity, it’s this one. The girls both sacrificed so much for other people and they gave so much in a time when there was scarcely anything to give but one’s life. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone.

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4. Diligence

the-raven-boys-maggie-stiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Gansey’s diligence when it comes to his search for Glendower is remarkable. This is a YA paranormal book. I’ve only read this one in the series and I really enjoyed it, but I hear the rest are even better. I have a review of the book here.

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5. Patience

acotarA Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas. I chose this series for two reasons. One, because there are quite a few characters who patiently bid their time, waiting for the perfect opportunity. And since the characters in this series have quite the long lifespan, they were really, really patient. The second is that patience is the virtue I need to exhibit while waiting for the next one and it’s proving to be problematic. I love Sarah J. Maas! I recommended her other series in the deadly sins post, so it seemed fitting to put this one here. Also, did I mention I will be meeting her in less than a month? *squee*

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6. Kindness

the book thiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Definitely a book about kindness and the power of words. Another one that I universally recommend. There are just some books that everyone should read and this is one of them. I have a review of it here if you would like to hear more of my thoughts on it.

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7. Humility

the-ascendance-trilogy-the-false-prince-35473004-935-475The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I’ve talked about this series before, although I haven’t really seen or heard much about it around the community, which is a shame because I really loved it. And Sage, the main character is probably one of the most genuinely humble characters. In the sense that he puts everyone else before himself and he genuinely does not believe himself to be better than they are, not in the sense that he is self deprecating.

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These are my recommendations based on the seven virtues. Do you agree? What books would you choose?

The Birthstone Book Tag

The Birthstone Book Tag

I saw this a while ago on booktube and recently I saw ChicNerdReads do it and I loved it both times, so I’m going to do it as well.

So basically, each question is inspired by one of the birthstones for each month.

January (Garnet): Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies – Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of

22828394chasthkwgaaloxdSo many good candidates for this one. I’m tempted to go with Ramsay Bolton from A Song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin. Such a sadistic psycho. But another one on the same level with him is the guy from The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin. That book freaked me out. You can check out my review of it here.

February (Amethyst): Purple is associated with royalty – Name a book with regal qualities. You can base this off the characters or choose the king of all books

kralica_na_senkite_hrmQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Because there are so many regal characters in that series and in this book in particular, Aelin really was a queen.

March (Aquamarine): Washed out – Name a “wishy-washy” character, a character who is not strong or a follower

2128918Peter Pettigrew from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. He was definitely a follower and quite the coward.

April (Diamond): A Diamond in the rough – Name a book that you loved but is not well known

artemis_fowl_first_edition_coverThe Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. I wouldn’t say it’s not well known, because I know it has quite a following, but I haven’t seen anyone talk about it on booktube or or book blogs and I just wish there was more hype for it because I adored it!

May (Emerald): Said to balance energy – Name two characters that balance each other well

ksdw_fdz5de6e747856c5ef94bff1a01ea495155Jace And Alec from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Jace is reckless and bold and cocky, while Alec is cautious and subdued. They balance each other very well, Jace bringing Alec out of his comfort zone a bit and Alec tempering Jace’s recklessness.

June (Pearl): Associated with loyalty – Name a character that is loyal to the end

f3e44aa13286353ed8cb7955cb3db7a7There are a lot of loyal characters, but I think I have to give this one to Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I don’t imagine Harry was easy to have as a friend, and yet Ron stuck with him throughout, despite the difficulties that they faced both within their friendship and from outside. I always think of him when someone says ‘loyalty’.

July (Ruby): Blood red – Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry

acomaf-cover-3A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this book! But at the end when that thing happens and that someone does that one thing, before the awesome thing that happens right at the end. I was so angry. I remember I was outside reading and I started yelling at the book and stomping my feet. Thankfully, it was late evening, so no one was around to witness my hysteria.

August (Peridot): Pale green (it pales in comparison to other gems) – name a supporting character who you liked better than the main character

117541_600I think I could make a list. But I’m going to go with Cinna from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Just because I think he’s my favourite character in the series and he wasn’t even in the books that much. Most of the supporting characters I like better than the main ones (which would be such a long list) are present throughout all or most of the book.series. But Cinna wasn’t and I still adore him.

September (Sapphire): Blue like the ocean which is calming – Name a book that had a calming effect on you

148891The Bible. That’s what I read when I’m anxious or scared or sad or angry and it always makes me feel better. I always find a verse that inspires or strengthens or calms me.

October (Opal – my month!): Iridescence – Name a book that is iridescent, this can be a book with a beautiful cover (shiny? lots of colour?) or you can base it off a character (quirky? colourful?)

ukdsbhcDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This book is iridescent from every point of view. The cover is gorgeous and it shimmers when it catches the light as certain angels. At least the version that I have. There are plenty of colourful characters, both literally and figuratively (Karou’s blue hair? Brimstone and the other monsters?). And on top of that, the writing itself is iridescent. Honestly, if I had to attribute a colour-related adjective to the writing it would be iridescent. So many shades, so mesmerizing!

November (Topaz): Associated with resilience – Name a book with a character that rises to the top in a time of adversity

the-ascendance-trilogy-the-false-prince-35473004-935-475This is like every YA book ever. But I’m going to go with a book series that I haven’t seen much of around the booktube/book blog community. The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I really loved this series and Sage is nothing if not resilient.

December (Blue Zircon): Associated with friendship – Name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of

clockwork-angelThe Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Will and Jem’s friendship is my favourite friendship that I’ve come across in literature, I think. It’s just beautiful. And I don’t know that I would want to be part of their friendship (I feel I would ruin it), I would love to just be around them and watch it.

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