July 2019 Wrap Up

After having a really good reading June, July hit me with a huge reading slump and the worst kind as well. The kind where I really, really craved reading, but nothing I read held my interest for very long. Which especially sucked because I’d really wanted to participate in The Book Junkie Trials and Medieval-a-thon. Which didn’t happen. I read 3 books in July and almost finished a 4th.


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I re-read this for the 3rd time. I just can’t get enough of this story. It’s one of my all time favourites and one of those that I can read again and again and again. 5/5 stars

The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman

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I listened to this on audio and I liked it. I think the audio narration definitely added to the story. But I didn’t love it. it was a 3/5 star read for me and not only because I was in a slump.

The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrain Tchaikovsky

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I picked this one up on an impulse. I read Children of Time by the same author and did not like it, but this sounded interesting and nothing at all like the other one. And I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I really loved the world  and the shapeshifting magic system. So cool. I didn’t mesh with the writing style as much as I would have liked, which is why I only gave it 3.75/5 stars, but I’m definitely interested in the rest of the series.

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?

A Guide to Short Fantasy Books for a Level 3 N00b

So you’ve graduated both my Noob’s guide to fantasy and Noob’s guide to high fantasy? You’re ready for more you say? You’re ready for the next level. But you take a look at all those chunky fantasy books and those 7 book long series and you feel overwhelmed? It’s okay. It’s fine. Don’t worry about it. I’m here to save you with some nice, short fantasy books. So have a seat. Relax. I got you.


Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones

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This is such a beloved story. Studio Ghibli made it even more so. You’ve probably seen the anime. If you haven’t I do recommend it. But we’re here to talk about books. Whether or not you’ve seen the anime, I think you’ll enjoy this book. It’s a sweet, fun, charming story. And it’s short. Barely over 300 pages. If you’re a bit intimidated by fantasy, this just what the doctor ordered.

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

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This one’s for all you historical fiction lovers out there. This is a series that takes place during the Napoleonic wars. With the notable difference of dragons. This first book is amazing, it’s so sweet and funny and full of action. Again, pretty short. Under 400 pages, so it’s fast paced, easy to read and not too heavy on the fantasy. I feel like this is a perfect entry book for historical fiction lovers into fantasy and for fantasy lovers into historical fiction. And if you’re new to both, then even better. This book will broaden your horizons.

Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

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Speaking of dragons and of broadening horizons, this one is for you contemporary lovers. Imagine a fun, not too angsty, but still angsty, charmingly written contemporary. Take all the beloved elements of that: cute romance, some great friendships, some school drama, some family drama. Then add some dragons to it and you’ll get an idea of what this book is like. I admit, I am not the biggest fan of contemporaries. So I was expecting not to love this when I picked it up. But I ended up loving it. It’s just so much fun to read. It’s very fast paced and also barely over 300 pages, so it’s super quick to read.

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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If you want something short (less than 300 pages!) and satirical. Full of whimsy, imagination and lots of action (and giant turtles of unknown sex). Then this is the book for you.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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If you’ve been reading this post and thinking to yourself “Pfft, I may be new to fantasy, but I’m not that new to it. I’m ready for more. I’m ready for something a bit heftier, a bit more complex.” Or maybe you’ve been thinking “But Romana, I’ve already read all of those! What do I do now?!” I got you. Don’t worry. Try Uprooted. It’s a bit longer, about 450 pages. But it’s a standalone. The magic is a bit more complex. There’s more fantasy elements. But it’s such a beautiful story with a rich, fairy-tale atmosphere that’ll suck you right in.

Marvel Avengers Book Tag

I got a tag for y’all today. I saw this on some other blog and sounded cool, so here we go.


IRON MAN: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD

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The Martian by Andy Weir. This book made me laugh multiple times, It’s really funny. I have a review of it, go check that out.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: A BOOK THAT SENDS A POSITIVE MESSAGE

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Temeraire  by Naomi Novik. It sends the message that dragons are awesome and clever. And that’s a positive message. And it makes me happy.

THOR: A BOOK WITH A CHARACTER’S STRENGTH YOU ADMIRE

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I admire Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. All the Naomi Novik books today. Because she’s badass and is super chill and self confident even when the dumbass she loves runs away cause he’s a dumbass. And Agnieszka is just like “Yeah, well I’m amazing anyway and I’m just gonna do my thing until you decide to get your shit together and realise I’m amazing and even if you never do I’m still amazing tra la la”. And I admire her for that. I wish I was like that too.

BLACK WIDOW: A BOOK WITH A KICK-ASS FEMALE PROTAGONIST

ESSUN FROM THE BROKEN EARTH. EsSuN. Essun. Essun. essuNNNNNN. I’ve talked about this series to death and I’ve reviewed it and raved about it. so go check those posts out.

HULK: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU INCREDIBLY ANGRY

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I feel like I haven’t trashed on this book in a while, so just in case you didn’t know, I hated it. It made me maaaddd. If you want to know why, you can read my rant about it.

HAWKEYE: AN UNDERRATED BOOK YOU THINK MORE PEOPLE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO

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I’ve only said it 50 hundred million times.

*BONUS* LOKI: A BOOK WITH A TWIST OR SURPRISE THAT TRICKED YOU

Mistborn  by Brandon Sanderson. Particularly the last book. But throughout the series, I just didn’t see stuff coming. I’ve also reviewed this series.

October 2018 Wrap-Up

Now that October is over, it’s basically Christmas and then the year’s done. It went by too quickly and not quickly enough at the same time. I read 4 books in October and 3 of them were sci-fi. I was on a sci-fi kick last month. Although I didn’t read as many books, I loved all of them.


Temeraire by Naomi Novik

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I finally got around to reading this book. I’ve had it for almost two years now on my shelf and something kept me from reading it. I read two of Naomi’s other books and loved both of them, so I finally decided it was time. And I don’t know why I was so apprehensive? This book was absolutely precious! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. 5/5 stars

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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This book kick-started my sci-fi craving. It was so good and different from what I normally read and also from what I’ve read before. I picked it up quite randomly. I had heard of it, but it wasn’t really high on my list. But then I was in Waterstones and picked it up at random and saw the format and I was sold. It’s written as a series of interviews and it reminded me of Illuminae. I’m really glad I picked it up though, because it was so good! 4.5/5 stars

Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

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I love Jay Kristoff, so of course I picked up his newest release. Didn’t even have to know what it was about. And since I was in such a sci-fi mood, I read it right after Sleeping Giants. I have to say I didn’t love it ass much as some of his other books. I really liked it, but it was just not as good as his other books. I set on a 3.75 rating throughout the book and then the last like 3 chapters happened and I had to give it 4.5/5 stars because… wow. I shouldn’t have expected Jay to pull any punches, but still.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

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Last book I read in October was a quick one. I was still in a sci-fi mood, but after two pretty dark and messed up books, I wanted something more lighthearted. And this strange little book both is and isn’t lighthearted. Like, it has a happy ending, but it gets pretty creepy in the middle. In any case, I found it charming and lovely and I’m excited to read more of Madeline’s books.

Characters I’d Cosplay – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Check out the Goodreads group for more information.

This is such a badass topic! Once again, these are in no particular order.


Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Specifically, I’m thinking of the anime version of him, when he kinda grows the feathers and wings, but is still more or less human shaped.

That would be an awesome cosplay. Not one I’m talented or wealthy enough to actually get, but that’s what imagination is for.

Anyone from Naomi Novik’s Fairy Tales

I don’t even know who to pick. One of the Staryk in Spinning Silver?

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I couldn’t find any nice art, but one of the tree people from Uprooted? Or if you want something more gruesome, one of the corrupted people?

Ugh, these stories are just full of things that would make for stunning cosplay if someone had the talent to make the costumes properly.

Fae/fair folk

This isn’t so much a specific character or even from a specific book, but fairies. So many different varieties to choose from and they’d all make for such cool cosplays.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Either Tessa in a splendid Victorian ball gown, cause I love that aesthetic. Or maybe Cecily Herondale, cause I want some runes. I actually absolutely adore Tessa’s look on the cover of Clockwork Princess.

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Malchai from Monsters of Verity by V. E. Schwab

Finally, one that’s more creepy and more in keeping with Halloween, the Malchai from the Monsters of Verity series. They’re basically vampires… let’s be honest. But somehow I imagine them to be creepier than regular vampires.

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A Huge Book Haul

I haven’t actually made a haul post since April. That’s 6 months of acquiring books. So… I don’t even know how many books there are going to be. A lot.


Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton | These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch | Angry White Pyjamas by Robert Twigger | Catwoman Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas | Origin by Dan Brown

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett | The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett | Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie | Elantris by Brandon Sanderson | A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab | Vengeful by V. E. Schwab | The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson | Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik | Down River by John Hart

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel | Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | Lifelike by Jay Kristoff | Wild Embrace by Nikita Gill | The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

That’s it, unless I’m forgetting something. Which is entirely likely. Actually not as many as I was expecting. I was on a book buying ban for a couple of months though, so that’s probably why the total only comes up to 20. And some of these, I didn’t even buy myself!

Top 5 Book Covers – Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is top 5 book covers.


The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

I love these covers, they look so… stony, which goes so well with the content of the book. And they look so pretty, but at the same time kind of neglected. Like stonework in old houses. I love the aesthetic of this series.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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It’s so wintry and fairy-taley, I love it. It goes perfectly with the story and you know looking at this book that it’s going to be one of those epic, fireplace fairy-tales. Ugh, love it so much!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Another beautiful fairy-tale cover. Not much else to be said really.

Illuminae Series by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Specifically the hardcovers of this series are just so cool. If you’re ever going to splurge on hardcover editions, this series is worth it! (not my image, got it from here)

The Monsters of Verity Series by V. E. Schwab

Don’t you just love the aesthetic of these? Black and white, with just a splash of colour. And if you look at the spines side by side, the black splash continues from one to the other. It’s so cool.

August 2018 Wrap-Up

I read 6 books in August. I’ve been surprisingly consistent with the number of books I’ve been reading considering how hard this year has been.


Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

32295486This was sadly somewhat disappointing. It could have been cool, with the combination of Celtic and Norse mythology. Unfortunately, it focused way too much on the romance between the main characters, which was totally insta-lovey and really had no chemistry going. 2/5 stars.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

38606192This was awesome. I can’t even explain to you how much I enjoyed this book. It’s a fairy-tale and it’s inspired by Rumpelstiltskin. But it’s got Jewish and Russian tones to it. I loved the romance as well, it’s got the trope of the two love interests hating each other and then growing to grudgingly love and respect one another, I just eat that up.  and it’s just so beautiful and cool and ugh, I loved it. 5/5 stars

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

27827627I had such a book hangover after Spinning Silver, that I had to go and revisit this story because only a Naomi Novik fairy-tale could satisfy. I audiobooked it this time around and the audiobook was fantastic. I do have a full review of this if you are interested. 5/5 stars.

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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I’m a big fan of Norse mythology and I’m a fan of Neil Gaiman. A match made in heaven, really. I listened to the audiobook for this one, which is narrated by Neil Gaiman, so it was delightful. The man does have a great voice. 5/5 stars

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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I have mixed feelings about this book. While I did enjoy the dark setting and the fairy folklore and that aspect of it very much, I wasn’t a massive fan of the strong emphasis put on the romance. I just didn’t really care about any of the couples and in fact… I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. I didn’t dislike them, really. I just didn’t care much about them. The story itself was cool though and I do love folklore. 3/5 stars.

Audiobook Collection

Over the past few months, I’ve been getting into audiobooks and I’ve gathered a little collection of audiobooks. I’ve never included any of them in my book hauls, so I thought I’d make a separate post to share my collection with you. Some of these, I also own physical copies of.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Ships and Strings and Wedding Rings by Jodi Taylor | The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor | Roman Holiday by Jodi Taylor | Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor

When a Child is Born by Jodi Taylor | Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence | Golden Son by Pierce Brown | The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll | The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin | The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Life of Pi by Yann Martel | The Power by Naomi Alderman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Uprooted by Naomi Novik | A Breach of Security by Susan Hill