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?

Do I Have That Book Challenge

I saw this tag on YouTube and I thought it was fun, so I’m gonna do it. I will link to the creator’s video.

This tag has 20 questions about what books I own. I feel it works better in video format. But Whatever, I still want to do it.


1. A book with deckled edges

YES. I may have more than one, but the one that comes to mind at the moment is Jesus Freaks by DC Talk.

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Couldn’t find a picture where you can see the deckled pages, but it’s got them. I promise.

2. A book with 3 or more people on the cover

YES! A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle. Has 3 people on it.

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3. A book based on another fictional story

Do I? Do I really? How about The Wrath and the Dawn? Arabian nights retelling. Percy Jackson? Magnus Chase? ACOTAR? Cruel Beauty? Could go on, but you guys get the point. I have A LOT of retellings.

 

4. A book with a title 10 letters long

I’m gonna say it has to be 1 word, just to make it more difficult. And I’m gonna go with Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

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5. A book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Starts and ends with a T. And just because I know some people are going to be picky about me including the article, here’s another: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

6. A mass market paperback

Yes. All of my Lord of the Rings and one of my copies of The Hobbit.

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7. A book by an author using a pen name

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. His real name was Charles Dodgson.

 

8. A book with a character’s name in the title

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. The main character is named Sorrow. Weird, I know. Marissa Meyer’s books also. Could probably go on, but we’ll stoop here.

 

9. A book with two maps in it

Probably have loads of these as well, but I’m too lazy to check so we’ll go with Elantris by Brandon Sanderson because I’m currently reading it. And it has not two, but three maps in it. Wait… does that mean it doesn’t fulfill the challenge? Like does it have to be 2, no more no less? If that’s the case, I will go with A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.

10. A book that was turned into a TV show

A Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin.

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11. A book written by someone who was originally famous for something else?

Relativity by Albert Einstein. Cause he was famous for science. So, I’m counting it.

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12. A book with a clock on the cover

This is going to take some thinking. Just One damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. That’s kind of a clock. If you don’t like that, I got Clockwork Angel that’s got Big Ben in the background. No one can argue with Big Ben.

13. A poetry book

I have several, but I’ll go with Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur because I’ve read and loved it.

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14. A book with an award stamp on it

Ok, I’m bitter about this question because I have loads of books that have won prizes. But the stickers/stamps annoy me, so I tend to buy editions that don’t have them. I’m going to have to delve deep for this one.

I have The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It’s not actually a sticker, nor is it a stamp. It’s just printed on the cover. But I’m going with it.

15. A book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I actually don’t. 😥 My initials are RP and I have no books written by an author with the same initials. I do have books written by a PR. But no RP. So I’m gonna give myself half a point for this, cause the right letters, just wrong order and go with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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16. A book of short stories

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.

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17. A book between 500 and 510 pages.

Pfft, easy. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Exactly 510 pages (just got it in a subscription box yesterday and I SQUEALED!).

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18. A book that was turned into a movie

I have like 20. But I’ll go with The Lord of the Rings because that’s my favourite adaptation.

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19. A graphic novel

Indeed I do. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel. 

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20. A book written by two or more authors

This was a long tag. I do indeed have several books that are co-authored. Including Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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This was fun. I got 19.5 out of 20 points. So… not bad. Let me know what you guys got!

 

Judging Book Covers #2

As before, I went to my goodreads read shelf and randomised it. And as before, I will split the rating between aesthetic and relevance to the story, with a maximum of 2.5 points in each category.


A Clash of Kings by G. R. R. Martin

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I like this cover. It’s simple, yet effective. I like the colours as well. I would say 2 points for aesthetic. The crown there gives a nice medieval feel to it. You know picking this up, it’ll be a medieval setting. So 2 points for relevance with a total of 4/5.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I love this cover. I have a thing about covers with crows or ravens on them. And it’s just so pretty! 2.5 for aesthetic. As for relevance, you can definitely tell this  will be fantasy from just looking at it. You can see a kind of city landscape and the bird’s wing also looks a little bit like the night sky, so it very much suggests night-time shenanigans in an urban setting, which is very much relevant, so 2.5 for relevance as well! 5/5

The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

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I like the font of this. The background is simple, so it looks good. 1.5 for aesthetic. You can see the snow, which is relevant, and the sort of metal door behind bunker sort of vibe, which is also relevant. I would say 1.5 for relevance as well, with a total of 3/5.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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Well… it is essentially a book about a blue dragon, so gotta give it full points for relevance although subtlety and symbolism clearly eluded whoever designed this. I like the blue of it and the font, but I’m not a huge fan of the dragon for some reason. 1.25 for aesthetic; 3.75 total.

Everless by Sara Holland

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I really like this cover. Minimalist, but captures the essence of the story excellently. There’s an hourglass, blood, a castle built with it… 2.5 for relevance. I love the font and the simple design, so 2.5 for aesthetic as well. We have another 5/5.

The Grinch Book Tag

This tag was created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and I think it’s great because it gives me the opportunity to rant about stuff, so I’m down.


1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

 

For this I’m gonna go with  Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard. I was okay with the first book. I enjoyed it. But then Glass Sword happened. And we all know how that went (if you don’t, then you can check out my rant about it).

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hate it. I hate it so much (I have a rant about that as well) and so many people love it. I know there are people who hate it too, but it was even nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards… what? What? I just can’t. I’m sorry, but how even? That book is a waste of paper. Trees were killed for nothing printing that.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

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The guy from The Wrath and the Dawn. What’s his name? I can’t remember. The childhood friend. He was just in the way. He didn’t really do much in the book and when he did, he messed things up. Just stop it guy. Tariq? I think that was his name.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

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Hmm… I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve really been spoiled for any books. At least not in any major way. Maybe Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince cause I knew about Dumbledore. But I can’t really think of anything else. I’ve been pretty good at avoiding spoilers.

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

Any of the characters in the Inheritance series. I just could not get them at all. Also the girls from The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I enjoyed the story. And I even liked the characters, I just didn’t feel very connected to them. Same goes for the eponymous Sabriel by Garth Nix. I enjoyed the book and the characters were good, but they just didn’t click with me.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

Scarlett and… whatever his name from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hated everything about that book, not least of all the romance.

All the relationships in Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Another waste of paper and one of the worst cases of insta-love and love polygons in the history of YA.

Chaol and Celaena from Throne of Glass. I just do not like that couple. I just don’t.

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

Oooh boy. I have so many. But I’m a book hoarder. To be fair, a lot of these I didn’t buy and they aren’t strictly speaking mine, so probably once I settle down somewhere for more than one year at a time and decide to move all my books from my parent’s house, I’ll leave some of those behind. But anyway, here are some books that I own and just don’t have any interest in reading (and I will focus on books that I own personally, whether I bought them for myself or received them, but I won’t mention the books that are technically my family’s books, but because I’m the only person in my family who consistently reads, they’re mine).

Inheritance by Christpher Paolini. I’m actually considering donating this, because it’s just taking up space and I’m never going to read it. Ever.

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curie. Again, 0 interest in this book. I won it in a giveaway that I don’t even know why I entered. Probably will end up giving that one away as well.

The Odyssey by Homer. I’ve had this for a couple of years and I just never feel like picking it up. I do want to read it eventually, so I’m going to keep it. But I just have no motivation to read it at the moment.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri. I’ve read about half of Inferno and I just… can’t. It’s in verse and I can’t focus on it. I want to read them though. Just not now.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read about maybe a third of this book and it was just not what I was expecting it to be so I stopped. I want to read it eventually, cause it was good, but I really don’t feel motivated to at the moment.

I’m going to stop at 5, but there are plenty more.

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

***SPOILERS FOR MISTBORN, SIX OF CROWS, HARRY POTTER, HUNGER GAMES, LORD OF SHADOWS***

I’m mad about a lot of deaths, okay? I’ll put headers for each book/series, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want spoilers, you can skip that paragraph.

MISTBORN

Kelsier. Why? Just why? I’m not over it, I get why he needed to die. But no. I’m so mad.

SIX OF CROWS

Matthias. That was so unnecessary and I am mad. I’m so mad. I can’t cope with it, I yelled at the book and i cried and I just don’t understand why.

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Hedwig and Dobby. It’s just not okay. Neither of them deserved to die and just why? A lot of people died in HP and most of them are tragic and heartbreaking but I can’t get over those two. They didn’t need to die.

HUNGER GAMES

My baby Finnick I am so mad. I can’t articulate how mad I am about that. I refuse. In my mind, he’s alive and happy with Annie they have tiny little children and a little fishing cabin.

Cinna. The best side character in YA literature. I can’t handle it. I am wounded.

LORD OF SHADOWS

I’m still mad about Livvy. I could not believe what I was reading. What is Ty going to do without her, I can’t even. My brain reuses to accept it. I feel like the next book will begin with Julian waking up from a nightmare and none of it is true.

Also, I can’t remember what book this was in, but I recently read it and it was this random rider on a horse and the rider did something stupid and the horse was like torn in half and it was so graphic. I suffered. I can’t for the life of me remember what book it was. But I know the MC was watching this scene unravel and I was so mad. Maybe it was Uprooted by Naomi Novik? I don’t know.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. That series just goes on and on. I don’t even know how many books there are to date, but way too many. At least 15 and with no intention of stopping anytime soon. That series is not that good. It doesn’t need that many books.

Also, I’m sorry but I’m starting to think Throne of Glass should come to an end. I feel like one more book and then that’s it. I kind of think that Tower of Dawn was a bit unnecessary. I mean, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t say for sure. But I think I would have been happier to just get a conclusion instead of that one. Because Empire of Storms declined in quality compared to the others and I want it to end while it’s still good.

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villians again!)

Mare Barrow from Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I hate her so much, I want her to die and rid the world of her insufferable self-righteousness and self-importance.

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. She’s stupid and hypocritical and I’m just so done with her.

Snow from Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Ugh, another stupid, whiny and self-righteous one. I hate her.

These are the ones I really hate. I actually don’t often hate characters. Like, they may annoy me, but then I usually don’t care enough to really hate them. I’m just annoyed, but to mention a few: Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy, Chaol from ToG, the girl (forgot her name) from The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

Ten Books With Characters Who are Assassins – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top 10 Characters Who ________”.

I haven’t participated in this meme for ages and it’s Wednesday. But whatever. I love books about assassins!


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I mean, this one was probably really obvious! I love this series, I love Sarah’s books. I’ve always had a vague fascination with assassins, but this series put fuel on that fire big time and I just cannot get enough! I don’t know what that says about me.

I think I only have a review of Empire of Storms, so unfortunately, if you’re new to the series, I don’t have a review for you, but it’s a good series.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This has become another one of my favourite series. Not only is it about assassins, it’s about a school of assassins! It’s so funny and so well written in my opinion and I loved everything about it. The second book came out earlier this month and I can’t wait to read it! I really need to find some time to read, cause I’ve been reading almost nothing lately.

I have a review of Nevernight, if you’d like to know more.

Graceling by Kristin Kashore

gracelingAnother really cool book about an assassin. It’s a cool series, really but only the first one is really about the assassin. I found this to be a rather unique book among YA novels. I know a lot of people find the book and the series in general, a bit slow, but I really loved it.

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This is an underrated series in my opinion. Nobody talks about it and it’s so cool and unique in a way. It’s a duology and it brings together two of the coolest things: assassins and pirates. Why would you not want to read this?

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

poison studyNow, with this one, the main character is not exactly an assassin. She’s a food taster. However, the love interest is the poison master and while it’s not explored that much, it’s implied that he’s therefore also the court assassin. So I’m counting it because it’s a cool series and also slightly underrated.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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This book was a bit slow to begin, but I did enjoy it and I think it has promise as a series. I’ve only read the first book so far, but I do plan to continue with the series. I don’t have a review of it yet, because I’m super behind, but hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The only reason this series is so far down the list is because it doesn’t really focus on assassins. It’s basically about a heist, so still criminals. And one of the main characters is an assassin. It’s just that the book doesn’t really focus on that. But it is an amazing series and if you’ve not read it, what are you doing with your life, go read it!

I have reviews for both books in the series, if you’re interested (SoC; CK)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

cruel beautyThis is a book that a lot of people have issues with. It’s a strange book, a bit confusing. I really enjoyed it though. I actually liked the mindfuck element to it and all the impossible and paradoxical things that happened. And while it’s not so much focused on assassins, the main character does set out on an assassination mission in the beginning of the book, so it counts.

I also have a review of this if you are interested.

Shadow Kin by M. J. Smith

shadow kinThis isn’t the best series ever, to be honest. It’s not bad, it’s just not that great either. But the main character is an assassin and she’s a really interesting assassin in my opinion. She has the unique ability of becoming shadow and I thought that was really cool and is probably the main reason I’m including this on here. This is an adult series and it focuses a bit too much on sex in my opinion, but if you overlook that, it’s not a bad book.

Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep

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OTP Book Tag

So, I was planning to do a review post today. But I just really didn’t feel like being thoughtful and critical and all that. So as I was watching some Booktube in procrastination, I came across this tag. I saw Sam from Thoughts on Tomes do it, and I believe the original creator is Kirstin @ Kirstin Reads. Even though people sometimes use OTPs from film and TV, I will only use book couples because otherwise, this will turn into a full blown dissertation on my ships.

Alright, here we go. Prepare for a lot of fangirling, ranting and so forth. This is going to be a long post. Grab some popcorn.


1. Pick an unpopular OTP that you ship

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Hmm… I’m not sure how unpopular this is because it’s the Harry Potter fandom. I don’t think there is any ship that is unpopular in the Harry Potter fandom, but Snape and Lily Potter. I love Snape and I wanted him to be happy. And I understand that it wasn’t going to be a good relationship and I absolutely think that Lily did the right thing getting away because it was toxic. Although, I personally feel like she made a  mistake giving up on him, not necessarily as a romantic interest, but as a friend. I strongly believe in not giving up on your friends. I will go to hell just to drag a friend out of there and I think that’s one of the most powerful kinds of love that is or should be the foundation of romantic relationships as well. And for all his faults, Snape had that loyalty, that unconditional love that cannot be explained by infatuation or attraction or fluffy romantic butterflies. That’s why some of my favourite OTPs are based on friendship.

I didn’t necessarily want them to be canon, but my heart still ships them together in a “What if” sort of way. And I also personally believe that, at least as far as we are shown, which might be biased because we only see Snape’s memories, but I don’t think James Potter was a good choice either. He was immature and an ass and we don’t see him growing out of that. So I really don’t care at all about that relationship.

Okay, that derailed. I feel very passionately about this. I have written longer essays than this on obscure, background Harry Potter stuff. But let’s move on now.

2. Pick an OTP that you didn’t ship at first but do now

I don’t really know what to say for this. I usually either ship a couple or I don’t. Well, sometimes I’m just indifferent. But I don’t think I’ve ever not shipped a couple and then shipped them. Actually, I have just not from books, so for this question I will pick a TV couple and that is Willow and Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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I did not like Tara at first at all. And I was a hardcore Willow/Oz shipper and I wanted them to get back together and I just did not like this ship at all. But then Tara really grew on me. And especially after re-watching the show. I still don’t really like her as a character in season 4. But I do like her in later seasons. My favourite Willow OTP is still her and Oz, but her and Tara are my second. I really, really hate everyone else that Willow is ever with. I can’t… just no.

3. Pick your most hated NOTP

BUFFY AND RILEY! Okay, I said I’m not doing TV shows, but I needed that out there. My most hated book NOTP… there are different ways I could look at this. I could tell you just an OTP that I hate because I hate the book and the characters. Or I could tell you an OTP that that I just don’t like them together. I’m going to do both, because I can’t decide.

An OTP that I just hate because I hate the book and the characters is Mare and prince whatever his name is. Cal, Cat, Cam. I don’t even remember. I absolutely hate Mare with a passion, if you’ve read my review of Glass Sword, you know how much I hate that book and Mare in particular. I don’t really have a problem with Cal. I just don’t care about him because he’s so one-dimensional and tropey and boring that I just don’t care.

And one OTP that I just don’t ship them together is Celaena Sardothien and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

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I never particularly liked Chaol. I don’t hate him, but he’s a little bit too boring and self-righteous for my taste. But I really did not like him with Celaena. I literally ship her with anyone else more than I ship her with Chaol. Anyone. I got a really sibling-y vibe from them for some reason and I don’t… that’s just wrong. I can’t ship that. It doesn’t work for me. And I really think that their relationship was completely ruined by them being together. I think there was potential for a good friendship there, but it was completely ruined and that kind of annoys me.

4. Pick an OTP that took waaaayyyy too long to get together

I don’t have any such OTP. I quite enjoy slow-burn romances. I hate, hate, hate insta love and I actually really like relationships where the two partners grow together, grow to know and love each other. So I don’t have an answer for this.

5. Pick your favourite non-canon OTP

I don’t know… maybe Ruby and Clancy from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I mean, not really. I like Clancy because he’s so clever and scheming. I don’t particularly care about Ruby though. I don’t know. I can’t think of any other answer though, so I’ll go with Ruby and Clancy.

6. Pick Your favourite BROTP

Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Forever. I just love them, they’re my babies. I love their friendship so much, I don’t even know how to explain my love for them, I just ugh! I love them. That scene in Clockwork Princess. If you’ve read the book, you know which one I’m talking about. When Will is on his way to… wherever he was going. It broke my heart. I cried so much just… I cried.

7. Pick an OTP you adored in the books but not as much in the movie or tv adaptation

Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

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I love Clace. I am a very hardcore Clace shipper, but I did not really feel the relationship in either of the adaptations. I did not like Jace at all in the film, even though I loved Lily Collins as Clary. And in the show… I’ve yet to see season 2 of it. But I had a lot of problems with the first season of the show and the relationship between Clary and Jace was one of them. I didn’t feel it at all.

8. Pick a popular OTP that no matter how hard you tried you just can’t ship it

Dorian and Sorscha or whatever her name is from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass. I can’t even find any nice fanart of them.

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I’m always picking the same series, but I just really didn’t like this relationship. I know a lot of people did and were really upset by what happened, but I just didn’t really care. I was even a bit relieved, because it just rubbed me the wrong way. It felt like that relationship was used as a crutch and I don’t like that kind of relationship. I like relationships where the two partners make each other better. And that just wasn’t it.

It wasn’t a good, healthy relationship. They had nothing in common. Her crush on him felt like a celebrity crush and I felt like he was only with her because he was broken and lost and needed a crutch. And I think that a lover is never a good crutch. At least, not a new lover. Like, getting into a new relationship as a crutch… I don’t like that. I don’t agree with it, I cannot get behind it no matter how much I try.

9. Pick your favourite LGBT+ OTP

Hmmm… I’m gonna go with Alucard and Rhy from the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab.

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I love this series. I love all the characters. I just, I love them. Nothing more to say.

10. Pick your al time favourite OTP/s

I mean, there are so many! I would say maybe Feyre and Rhys. My babies.

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Some other ships I absolutely love are Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

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Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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To name a few. I could go on and on naming OTPs and showing you pretty fanart, but this post is long enough as it is, so I will stop here.


Feel free to do this tag if you want to. Let me know some of your ships, let me know if you agree or disagree with some of the things I said.

Year in Review 2016

I’m a bit late with this, but better late than never, right? Besides, it’s a perfect opportunity for me to abuse gifs.

2016… not my best reading year. Massive reading slump for the first half or so of the year. Didn’t manage to finish my reading challenge. However, I did read some amazing books this year, so it wasn’t all bad. First, let’s get the stats out of the way. I read 74 books in 2016 (80-ish, if you include re-reads) out of my goal of 100. I’ll just leave a link to that nifty year in books thing GR offers if you want more details. Now, let’s get on to the reading.

Let’s see… I think the crown has to go to ACOMAF. I mean, I’ve read the book three times, THREE TIMES, in less than a year. That book just adsjhfk. And still, I have not managed to write a proper review of it. I wiiiiillll, I promise. third time’s the charm. As soon as I catch up with all my other reviews. It’s just that… how do I convey my love for this book in words?

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SIX OF CROWS! Six of Crows is right on its heels. Aaahhh, that series killed me! (I have reviews for both of them.)

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Crooked Kingdom

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Then, I read some painfully beautiful books such as The Book Thief, The Nightingale and The Giver.

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2016 was also the year I was introduced to V. E. Schwab and found myself a new favourite author. A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows have left me wanting more, more MORE of Schwab’s writing in general and that series in particular.

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And last, but most certainly not least, 2016 is the year I took my first steps (and then marathoned through the whole damn thing) into the rich and magical world of the Kingkiller Chronicle. Ahh, yes… The Name of the Wind, my newest obsession. Despite the sheer size of if, it only took me about a week to finish The Wise Man’s Fear, and now I am left waiting… waiting… waiting…

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Unfortunately, there have also been a few books that I hated. Not as many as those that I loved, but alas, still a few. The crown for the absolute most infuriating book I have read this year goes to Glass Sword. This book pushed all my buttons and invented a few more buttons just so it could push them.

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Eldest comes right after it. I just could not wait to finish this book. Goodness, I have read many books over the years, but few have managed to annoy me quite so much.

Another vast disappointment was The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I had expectations for this, but it was just… no.

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The Game by Terri Schott was probably my only DNF of the year. I just could not be bothered to finish it.

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Okay, just one more absolutely cringe-worthy book. I am not even sure why I read it… it was just so bad it was funny. I’m talking about Touch a Dark Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles. I don’t even… this book was just ridiculous.

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So, there you have it. The best and the worst of 2016. How was your 2016?

The Nintendo Book Tag

I was tagged by Ana @ Nerdy Book Worm to do this tag. Thank you Ana! I have actually never owned a Nintendo (I know, my childhood was sad). I actually never had any kind of gaming console. I just played on a PC. But I’m going to do this tag anyway.

1. NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read

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Wow, there are a lot of classics that I want to read. But I think I will go with Hamlet for this one. I have never read Hamlet from start to finish. And I don’t know why. And I want to read it.

2. SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the first (can be a second book in a series)

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I’m sure I could find a lot of answers for this, but I’m going to go with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, because I loved ACOTAR, but I absolutely ADORE ACOMAF.

3. Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world

I don’t think I have an answer for this one. There have been many books that have made me think about certain aspects of my life or of the world or that have influenced me in some way or another, but I don’t think I can say I went into reading a book with one worldview and finished it with a different one. I think all books I read have an impact on me somehow, but not a revolutionary one.

4. Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. I know this is a very controversial book. People generally either love it or hate it. I hated it. I had to read it for school, I was 12 or 13 at the time, and I just remember thinking throughout “Why on earth would any teacher make us read this stupid book?”

5. Wii: A new favorite book

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Six of Crows by Leigh Brdugo is my newest favourite book. I love it, I don’t have enough words to tell you how much I love it. I have an entire review telling you how much I love it and it still does not adequately describe how much I love it.

6. Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start

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There are so many series I want to start, it’s overwhelming. I’ll go with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, because I’ve wanted to read this book for over a year now and I still have’t read it and I don’t know why, but I want to.

7. Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba

Dolores Umbridge. Or Mare from Glass Sword. It’s a toss.

8. Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic

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A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin. I don’t think I really need to explain that.

9. Samas-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Another one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and just haven’t gotten to it yet.

10. Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect

I want the Harry Potter ones that make Hogwarts with their spines. And I also want the original, UK Bloomsbury editions of HP (I have some of them). And I also collect editions of The Lord of the Rings. 

11. Donkey Kong: A book with original characters

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If only I hadn’t used Six of Crows in another answer. But that’s okay, because A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (review here) also has an amazing cast of characters that I love.

12. Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game

I don’t really have an answer for this, because as I said, I’ve never owned a Nintendo.

I tag

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Joana @ A Bookish Blog

Marta @ The Book Mermaid

October Wrap Up

A very belated wrap up for October. Four seems to be the number of books that I’m able to read in a month of late. Which is kind of a shock for me. I mean, one book a week? That’s so little. Anyway, I read four books in October and here they are:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas**

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This was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases! I loved it. It obviously ended in the biggest cliffhanger ever. And now I have to wait another year for the next one. It’s like they design book series to torture me. And it’s a really special book for me because I got to see Sarah on tour and get it signed. You can read more about that experience here. I also have a review of it if you’re interested.

**I just realised that this was actually also in my September wrap-up, so I actually read it in September it would seem. Ooops. Oh well.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Another amazing book that I read this October. This series guys, is amazing! If you haven’t read it, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Seriously, go pick up Six of Crows! (by the way, I have a review of that here). Of course, also have a review of Crooked Kingdom which you can find here. Seriously. Go read it. It’s awesome. Also, it’s gorgeous. Look at it.

 

1984 by George Orwell

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I finally finished this book. I think I started it at the beginning of August and only finished it in October. But I did enjoy it though. It was really thought-provoking. But it was more of an essay than it was a novel. It did bring forth some fairly disturbing ideas about human nature and while I don’t agree entirely with those ideas, they’re interesting to read about and I really enjoyed it. I also have a review of this one if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

 

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

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This is the last book I read in October and I’m really happy about it because I managed to finish one of the series on my unfinished series list! Yay! I also have a review of this one. I think this is the first wrap up in which I have review links for all the books I read. Yay for that as well!

Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

This tag was created by Tinka @ The Crazy Reader. I thought it was really cool and I decided to do it. This tag was inspired by a traditional Chinese festival. Tinka explains it better in her post.


1. Family reunion: Name a book with family goals

250px-weasleysThe Weasleys are the first who jump to mind. Most of the books I read don’t really have families in them because that would just make for far too happy MC. But the Weasleys were a big, loud, obnoxious family who ultimately had each other’s backs and I could really feel the family spirit. So I will go with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because that’s when we first see them as a family.

2. Full moon: Name a book with a werewolf

TMIThe Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. There is more than one werewolf in it. You can take your pick. Now that I think of it, I think it’s the only series I love that has a werewolf in it.

 

3. Mooncake: Name a type of food in a book that you wish was real

harry-potter-1I hate answering with the same thing twice in the same tag, but anything in the HP series. I always get hungry reading them. I mean look at that picture! I want me some butterbeer and some candy that makes me roar like a lion and chocolate frogs, and every flavour beans and all of it. Also, a house elf to make the food for me please.

4. Rabbit: Name your favourite creature in a book

91qh6txtoal9d932ee70c2df735c120627b89c491b7Hmm, I really like the Pegasi in the Percy Jackson books. Or the great eagles from The Lord of the Rings. I like creatures that can fly and that are big enough to ride because I want to fly. Come to think of it, I also always thought the Nazgul were really cool in the LotR films.

 

5. Chang E.: A character that makes a significant change to the plot

cinnaI’m going with Cinna from The Hunger Games. He wasn’t a very prominent character. He wasn’t even in the books that much. But he basically jump-started the revolution. Without him, there would not be any girl on fire. He’s awesome and he deserves more recognition.

6. Lanterns: Name a book you like reading about

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7. Autumn: Name a good autumn read

Six of CrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’m not sure why, but I just feel like it’s a good book to read in autumn. I mean, it’s an awesome book to read at any time of the year, but it feels sort of autumny. Also, I have a review of it, if you want to check it out!

8. Festival: Name your favourite festival in a book

acotargathering-of-shadows_ukcoverCalanmai from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Because that’s when we first meet Rhys. Although a close second is the Essen Tasch from A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. That was really cool. Look how the covers match! That is a satisfying coincidence.

 

 

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M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Sam @ One Bookish Girl

Mara @ Once Upon A Bind