January-March 2019 Wrap Up

Ssooo… I have been severely neglecting my blog. It’s been a long few months. But I have actually read a decent amount of books. So be prepared for a massive wrap up.


Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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I started the year with a Brandon Sanderson book because that’s always a nice start to the year. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I enjoyed Mistborn. Which is what I was expecting anyway. I am wholly satisfied with this book and if there will ever be a sequel to it, I am here for it. It’s not as well written as Mistborn, but it has a fascinating magic system and I would love to learn more about it. 4/5 stars

Saga Vol. 1-3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I’ve read quite a lot of graphic novels this year and I have been especially loving Saga. I’m trying to pace myself with reading it because it’s currently on hiatus and I don’t want to have to wait ages. But the world and story is just so cool and creative. The art is also nice, it’s not the best I’ve seen, but it’s very creative and it’s not by any means bad.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

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I actually finished this series, but I read the final book in April, so I’ll save it for the next wrap up. But this was actually my favourite in the series. I mean, this whole series is just so good and underrated in my opinion. It’s one of the best sci-fi series I’ve read recently. I’ve reviewed the whole series if you want to know more of my thoughts. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Second Sanderson book of the year. I am on a roll with continuing with series/reading books by authors I know I enjoy. Which is something I’ve been wanting to do more. Not that I don’t like discovering new authors. But there’s just something satisfying about reading all or most of the works of an author. It just gives me a sense of accomplishment and when I also really love all the books, it’s even better. Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed by this one. I was a bit apprehensive because it’s a different genre from any of the other Sanderson books I’d read before, but I really shouldn’t have been. It was a bit slow to begin, but otherwise was great. I have a review of it if you want to hear more of my thoughts. 4.5/5 stars.

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

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I enjoyed this more than I liked The Lost Hero, but still not as much as I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series. I know it’s generally agreed that Percy Jackson is better, so I was expecting thins. But it does mean that I’m less inclined to get through them quickly. Which annoys me, because I really want to get to the Apollo books. 3.75/5

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

This book wasn’t what I expected. I still enjoyed it, but it didn’t feel the same as the first one a d I definitely liked Vicious better. The most disappointing part of the book was the ending. It just was so anticlimactic. I gave it 4/5 stars, but now in hindsight it’s more of a 3.5 really.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Finally carrying on with this series! Once again, the physical book itslef was just a masterpiece. I think I like this one even more from that aspect, than Illuminae, because it’s blue and has drawings in it and blue is better than orange any day. I didn’t like the content as much as I liked Illuminae, but it was still pretty great. I have a review of this if you want to know more of my thoughts. 4/5 stars.

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu

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Another graphic novel series I started this year. And it is so good. I’m struggling to pace myself, since there are only 3 volumes out at the moment and I don’t know when the next one will be out. But it’s such a cool world and story and the art is amazing! 5/5 stars

Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novels

So… I re-watched the show again. I don’t have a problem, shut up. And after re-watching the show, I wanted more, so I re-read The Lost Adventures graphic novel. Then I re-read The Promise Part 1 and went on and bought The Promise Part 2 and read it as well. If graphic novels weren’t so expensive, I’d just binge read the lot of them, but alas…

The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin

Lots of re-reads for me so far. I listened to all of these on audio, because the audiobooks are amazing and this series is amazing and if you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? I have both a spoiler free review and a spoilery rave if you want more of my thoughts on it.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

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My first Ursula K. Le Guin book. I audiobooked it and it was okay. I enjoyed it. But it was kind of… vague? I don’t know, I would have wanted more information about the world, about how the magic works and about what exactly was going on. It was just kind of vague. I know there are more Earthsea books, but I’m not sure they follow the same characters. I still enjoyed it, I gave it 3/5 stars, but I was just expecting more from it.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Finally, I listened to the final three Harry Potter books, because they’re like comfort food and I needed some comfort in my life.

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

Down the TBR Hole #24

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

Stats:

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Books: #231-240

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


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

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

Verdict: Goes

False Gods by L. R. Trovillion

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

Verdict: Goes

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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

Verdict: Stays

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

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

Verdict: Stay

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

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

Verdict: Goes

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz

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

Verdict: Goes

Shadow Scale & The Audition by Rachel Hartman

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

Verdict: Stay

Of Breakable Things by A. Lynden Rolland

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

Verdict: Goes

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.

 

 

Mini Reviews: Miracles by C.S. Lewis; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins & Harry Potter

Sometimes, I don’t really have enough to say about a book to write a full review on it, but that doesn’t meant I don’t still want to talk about it. So here are some mini reviews for books I’ve read recently.



682778Rating: 5/5

Genre: Non-fiction, philosophy, christian

First published: 1947

Author: C.S. Lewis

Synopsis: “Do miracles really happen?” is a question that has dogged philosophers and researchers for centuries. In this moving and inspirational book, C.S. Lewis sets out with his characteristic warmth, lucidity and wit to demonstrate that miracles really are occurring all around us in our everyday lives. 

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C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite thinkers and writers of the 20th century. He has such a gift for explaining complex things very simply, very eloquently and very clearly. I’ve read several of his non-fiction books (and Narnia, of course) and I can honestly say they’re a joy to read. I would recommend his books to anyone who likes to be challenged to think. Whether or not you end up agreeing with him, he will make you think.

It’s very hard to review a non-fiction for me. Especially this type of non-fiction. Doesn’t have characters, or a plot, really. I don’t really know what to say about it besides that it’s good and you should read it.



Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Dystopia, YA, sci-fi

First published: 2008-2010

Author: Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


I recently audiobooked these and the rating is for the audiobooks. I didn’t really enjoy the narration, which took away from my enjoyment of the story. Of course, I’ve read THG at least twice before and I love it, it’s one of my favourite series and definitely my favourite YA dystopia.

But the Audible narrator just really annoyed me. She made most, if not all the female characters sound like simpering morons and all the male characters sound like… I don’t even know how to describe it. She just sounded stupid and it annoyed me so much.

Also, she could not sing to save her life and she invented this stupid tune for The Hanging Tree song and it was just horribly off key.



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Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: fantasy, children’s,

First published: 1997-2007

Author: J.K. Rowling


I’ve also been listening to these on audio this year and I’ve been really enjoying them. I’ve been listening to the Stephen Fry narration and it’s really good. He does an amazing job of bringing the characters and magical world of Harry Potter to life.

Autumn 2017 Wrap Up

Since I haven’t really been reading much, I’ll stick to doing seasonal wrap-ups. I’ve read 9 books since September and I haven’t got reviews for most of them because I am sooooo behind with my reviews.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phenix & Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Order of the Phoenix93124I’ve been making my way through the series as audiobooks this time and I’m quite enjoying them. Most books don’t work really well on audio for me, but these ones are really good. They’re narrated by Stephen Fry and he’s doing a very good job of bringing this beloved world to life. His kids must have had some great bedtime story experiences.

5/5 stars of course.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

godsgraveAnother delightful book by Jay Kristoff. I can’t get enough of this series and I can’t get enough of Kristoff. I really need to read the next of his books while I wait for the next installment of this series to come out. I actually do have a review of this one, and I believe this is the only book in this list I have currently reviewed (I know, I’m very behind). You can check that review out here if you are interested. Also, look how beautiful that cover is!

5/5 stars

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

127455I kept putting this book off for ages, thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy it that much (I don’t even know why), but it quickly became one of my favourites ever. It’s so much fun to read and I love the characters so much. I’m currently reading the second book in the series and I can’t wait to finish it and finish the whole series (if it comes out anytime in my life time, that is). There are so many things that I’m super curious about and I can’t wait to learn about them.

5/5 stars

Miracles by C.S. Lewis

682778C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite authors ever. His non-fiction books are so poignant and lucid and well written, it’s just a joy to read them. Miracles is no exception, I honestly and wholeheartedly recommend C.S. Lewis to anyone who likes being challenged to think and be critical.

5/5 stars

 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

27827627Another brilliant book. I seem to have only read amazing, 5 star books these past few months. Which is a good thing, because I didn’t get to read that many. So at least they were good. This book was so beautiful, it even made me cry at some point. It was just so lovely and magical and just all around good. I was a bit skeptical about it to be honest, but I loved it and I can’t wait to read more Naomi Novik.

5/5 stars

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

29847078This is probably my favourite Rick Riordan book that I’ve read so far. Norse mythology is even better than Greek mythology for many reasons, but one of them (and the one that was most distinctly felt in this book) is that it’s just so much weirder. And that gives so much more opportunity for the humour that, let’s be honest, is a huge part of why Rick Riordan’s books are so popular. This series is also a lot darker than Percy Jackson, which I really enjoyed as well.

55 stars

Duplicity by Sibel Hodge

30848589This book was awful. That 5 star streak was lovely, but it couldn’t last. I audiobooked this and I got it for free, so I’m not too bummed about it. But it was just so bad. It was one, giant ridiculous, predictable cliche. I either hated all the characters or just didn’t care about them, because they were bland, one dimensional. The plot was predictable and had some gaping chasms in it and the narration was mediocre at best and what’s sad is that it’s because it was an audiobook that it even got 1.5 stars. It just made it bearable.

1.5/5 stars

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

hunger gamesI audiobooked this one as well. I’ve been on an audio kick. Unfortunately, I’m not really loving the narration. I love The Hunger Games, so I can move past it and just enjoy the story, but the narrator is so annoying. She makes Katniss (and almost everyone else) sound like a simpering moron. I don’t know why, but I just hate her narration. So because of that, I’m only giving it 4 stars, even though the story deserves 5 and I have rated it 5 stars on my previous reads.

4/5 stars

MASSIVE Book Haul – 25+ Books

I’ve been buying books like crazy over the past few of months. So a book haul is long overdue. This is going to be pretty long, so let’s get right to it. If I have a review of a book, it’ll be linked.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Sabriel by Garth Nix | Temeraire by Naomi Novik | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare | City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare | Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling | The Bat by Jo Nesbo | Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (20th anniversary Ravenclaw edition) by J. K. Rowling | The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Wrath and the Dawn by Rene Ahdieh | Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman| Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey | Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings by Johann van Goethe | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Mass | Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valante | The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Pride and Prejudice Book Tag

I was tagged by Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls to do this. Thank you Angelica! I love P&P. This should be fun.

How it works

  • Link back to Laura and Emma’s original posts so we can see all of your answers! (Just copy and paste these instructions)
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag a maximum of 10 people

While Mr. Bennet silently reads in the study, and Mrs. Bennet’s tales of woe can be heard from miles away, you spend a lovely afternoon in the garden with your dramatic and doting sisters. What is a favourite novel of yours that features a strong sibling relationship?

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Here I’m gonna go with Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series. I just love their relationship.

You and Mary have decided to walk to the bookshop in Meryton to search for the newest releases. Which book or books are you likely to purchase?

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I still haven’t got this, for some reason.

Netherfield Park has been let at last, and the owner, a Mr. Charles Bingley, hosts a magnificent ball at his new estate. What fictional ball gown would you wear?

Hmmm… maybe Feyre’s Starfall dress? (image credit)

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Or Tessa’s Dress.

It is the Christmas Ball and Maria has asked you to join her at the piano. What music or song would you choose as an accompaniment to your current book?

Well, I just started reading The School for Good and Evil, but I’ve only read one chapter so far, so I don’t really know what song would fit it.

You’re helping Jane to take care of her younger cousins whilst staying with the Gardiners. Which fictional children would you include in your own family?

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It’s a sombre evening at Hunsford Parsonage, and after dinner, Mr. Collins stands by the fireplace and quotes from the Good Book, while the party tries not to yawn too obviously. What is a memorable quote from a novel that has always stuck with you?

There are many. In fact, I have a whole series of posts dedicated to quotes, because I am a quotes aficionado (you can check that out here). But I’ll go with the first line of what is probably my favourite non-fiction.

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
-C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

You’ve been invited to dine at Rosings Park by none other than the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but the evening ends in disaster as the pompous Lady insults you and your family. Who’s your favourite fictional villain?

Hmm… this is hard. I tend to love a lot of villains. Sebastain Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments maybe? Oh… Light from Death Note. Or Johan Liebert from Monster. Also, I’ve recently read Illuminae and I really loved AIDAN.

As Lydia has gone down to Brighton with the Forsters, and Elizabeth is off on her jaunt to Derbyshire with the Gardiners, you also want to go away for a quick break. Which fictional location would be your perfect holiday destination?

Um… not many of the books I read, that’s for sure. People tend to die a lot in those places. I’m gonna go with Le Cirque des Reves from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I feel like from all the places, my life would be least threatened there and it would be so freaking awesome.

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You’re running to the fine horse chestnut tree on the green to relive some of your favourite childhood reading memories. What is one that you remember most fondly?

My grandfather used to have this giant collection of stories and fairytales. It was yellow and very old and every time I would go there, he would read to me from it for hours and hours. I know that’s not really me reading, but it’s a very fond memory. And I’ve read the book by myself as well. I’m pretty sure I now have the book at home (I stole it from him muahahah)

You’re on a tour at Pemberley and you come across Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy emerging from the pond, scandalously clad in only his wet underdrawers and shirt. You can’t help but swoon at the sight. Aside from Mr. Darcy, who is your favourite romantic interest?

Rhysand from ACOTAR, Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows, Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices and more recently, Elend Venture from the Mistborn series. There are others, of course, but these are my top ones.

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I tag all P&P lovers to do this!

February -April 2017 Wrap Up

It’s been an age since I’ve done a wrap up. I think probably the last one was in January. That’s because I didn’t read much in February. Or March. Even April has been only okay. *sigh* Life just kept getting in the way. Anyway, here are the books I’ve read since January. I have reviews for most of them, so I’ll link those if you are interested.


 Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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5/5 stars

I think this is the only book that I read in February. At least it was a good book. I loved everything about it and I cannot wait for the second one to come out. This book was just badass. I have a spoilerfree review of it, if you would like to know more.

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

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5/5 stars

The conclusion to her Shades of Magic series. It was SO. FREAKING. GOOD! I love this series so much and Victoria has been announced as a guest at YALC this summer and I just can’t wait to meet her! It was such a good conclusion to such an awesome series. It made me feel feelings, okay? I also have a review of this, if you would like to know more of my thoughts.

 

The Waste Land by T. S. Elliot

3/5 stars

This is not so much a book. It’s just a long poem. I don’t read a lot of poetry, and when I do, I often don’t enjoy it. This was the case with this. I felt that there was too much background reading that was necessary to understand this poem and I didn’t get it. I feel like everyone should be able to take something out of a good poem, regardless of whether they’ve read as extensively as the poet has.

 

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

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This was a re-read for me. I was deeply into a reading slump and I wanted something light and easy to read, but also kind of clever and engaging. I read this book last year and was surprised by how much I loved it. I really enjoyed it the second time around as well, and it actually helped pull me out of my reading slump, at least a little. I have a full review of it if you’re interested.

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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This is the second book in The Raven Cycle series. I liked it a lot more than I liked the first one. I’s not that I didn’t like the first one, it’s just that this one cleared up a lot of the things that had me confused in the first book.  It was a little bit slow in terms of the plot progression, but there was plenty of character development, so I didn’t really mind. I also have a review of this one.

 

Replica by Lauren Oliver

284482874.5/5 stars

The first Lauren Oliver book I’ve read. I enjoyed it quite a lot, I read it in one day. I thought the way it was written was very engaging and I really liked the themes it explored. It’s almost entirely character driven, so it may not be for everyone. The plot really wasn’t that good. It wasn’t bad, it was just meh. But I got the impression that the plot was more of a backdrop for exploring the themes the author wanted to explore, so it didn’t bother me. Check out my full review if you want to know more.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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UGH. THIS DAMN BOOK FRUSTRATED ME SO MUCH! I was so disappointed by absolutely everything about this book (except for the cover). I had to skim the final 150 pages. It was just boring and badly written and ugh! I have both a spoiler free review of it and a spoilerific rant, so check those out if you want to know all the reasons for which I hated this book.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

65472585/5 stars

My newest obsession. This is the first book that I read this year that kept me up until 3 am. I just could not put it down. I loved it so much, I need to read the rest of them ASAP! I don’t know why I haven’t read Brandon Sanderson until now, but I have now joined the fanclub. Give me all the Brandon Sanderson. I have a spoiler free review of it and a spoilerific rave as well.

 

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

stealing snow1/5 stars

I hated the guts out of this book. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but you can be sure I will have one hell of a rant about it! It’s coming. I requested this book from NetGalley in September 2016. I started reading it in September 2016. I finished it in March 2017. You can imagine how much I hated it. I almost never DNF books. I push through even when they suck. But I very nearly gave up on this one. It was horrible. I hate it. I HATE it. Stay tuned for my review.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

25688174/5 stars

This is a pretty old book. It feels like the ancestor of YA. It was really interesting, it follows a necromancer, which was really cool. I really liked the world and the magic and the atmosphere of the book. Unfortunately, I had a problem with the writing style. I couldn’t connect to it, and that made me not really connect to the characters. Still, I will be continuing with the series, as it seems cool. I haven’t got a review of this one yet, but it should come soon.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K Rowling

5/5 stars

I’ve been re-reading the HP series. I audiobooked this one this time around and found I really enjoyed it. I listened to the Stephen fry audiobook, and it’s good. I’m currently listening to Order of the Phoenix. I wouldn’t recommend audiobooking it if this is your first time reading the books. But as a re-read, the audiobook is great.

 

A Noob’s Guide To Fantasy

I’ve heard so many people saying that they don’t like fantasy, they only like realistic books. And to those people I say… give it a chance. You’ll probably end up loving it. I know it can be an intimidating genre. There’s usually so many books in those fantasy series and there’s so much you need to understand and it can get pretty intense. So I don’t blame you for being a little bit scared.

You can’t just jump into fantasy. You need to ease yourself into it. And that’s what I’m here for. Sit back, relax and let me take you on a short guide to getting into fantasy. The trick is not diving straight into high fantasy. Start a bit closer to home.

In the interest of not making this post too long, I will not be talking about what each book is about, instead I’ll just link the Goodreads page so you can check them out for yourself.

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

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Okay, you probably saw this coming. But seriously, it’s one of the best series to get you into fantasy. It’s funny and well written and just so epic, but it still takes place in the ‘real world’ and it does a very good job of introducing all the magical elements. Besides… it’s like a massive cultural thing. If you haven’t read it, you need to read it. Just give it a couple books. It gets better and better and better. Just read Harry Potter.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

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Another one you probably saw coming. It’s so funny and witty and easy to read. The books are pretty short and they’re just so, laugh-out-loud funny. They’re brilliant. So easy to get through, so much fun. You’ll probably love them. If you’ve seen the film and think it’s shit, forget what you saw and read the books, because the film really was shit.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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This is a beautiful book. I would almost call it magical realism. It’s very much a realistic book. It does have magical elements that are incredibly significant, but it’s very realistic. For those people who think “Eh, I don’t like fantasy, I like realistic stories that I can relate to.” If you think fantasy is fanciful or whatever, read A Monster Calls. It’s short, you can read it in a couple hours, just read it.

I also have a review of it, if you are interested.

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The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

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I adore this series. It’s so underrated. It’s so much fun. I love the characters, I love the story and the magic is so well woven together with the mundane, it’s great. It’s great for getting into fantasy and it’s great if you’re already a fantasy reader. It’s just a great series all around. So witty and well written, it’s awesome.  It’s a long series, but the books are quite short and fast paced and easy to read and you’ll have a blast with them.

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is sort of the graduation of this guide. She’s a very good bridge between sort of regular, low fantasy and high fantasy. All her books, really, although I do strongly recommend reading her books in publication order for the best experience. Technically, you can read each series as a standalone series, even though it takes place within the same world, but you get a lot more out of them if you read them in publication order, because Cassie has a way of weaving stories together and the easter eggs are so satisfying.

You might find City of Bones, the first book, a bit boring, but it’s not difficult to read or get into and Cassandra really does get better with every book and every series. So I recommend, if you’re not a really big fan of City of Bones, try the next one. I would say, the end of book two is where the series starts getting really good. If you can get through the first two books, you’ll probably end up hooked on Cassie Clare.

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These are 5 books/series that I think are great for getting you into fantasy. I hope if you were unsure about fantasy, that this post has provided some guidance. Fantasy is such a wonderful and diverse genre, there’s really something for everyone within it, so don’t dismiss it. Just give it a chance. Also, if you’ve already taken your first steps into the world of fantasy and would like to move to intense fantasy, but maybe you’re a bit intimidated, check out my guide about getting into high fantasy.