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.

Books I Own But Haven’t Read #3

Alright, let’s get on with the list of doom.

Part 1 | Part 2


Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

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This is actually one of the (many) books that I’m currently reading. I’m about halfway through and I don’t know why I stopped, I need to finish this.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Another one that I’m currently reading and loving. I really need to finish the books I’ve started instead of starting new ones.

All Fall Down, See How They Run, Take the Key and Lock Her Up and Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter

I won these 4  Ally Carter books in a giveaway and I don’t know… I started reading the first one and I find the MC to be quite annoying. We’ll see how i feel once I’ve finished it. Actually, the last one is not part of the series of the first 3 ones and I’m pretty sure that last on isn’t out yet. But anyway.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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I need to read this already. It’s so small and Auri is one of my favourite characters ever and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. I think it’s because if I do, then I’ll have read everything in this series that is published and I’ll have nothing until whenever book three is published.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

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I started reading this as well. But it wasn’t what I had expected, so I stopped. I’m gonna get to it eventually. It’s good. I didn’t dislike it, I was just expecting fantasy when I picked up Terry Pratchett and then it wasn’t fantasy, so I was disappointed.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe

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To be fair, I’ve read most of the stories in here. I just have a couple left, so I can’t say that I’ve read this book. But I’ll get there.

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

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I bought this book earlier this year and then I went home over the summer and took it with me and I didn’t read it, but I also didn’t bring it with me when I left. So it’s currently at my parents’ house and I’m really annoyed because I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik recently and I loved it and now I really want to read more of her books, but I don’t have this one and I kind of don’t want to buy it again.

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

How I choose Book Tag

I should really, really be catching up on my reviews. But I’m really, really not in the mood to write a review right now, so here I am with another book tag. I stole this (as I often do) from Thrice Read. If you don’t follow their blog, you really should, because it’s great! Anyway, let’s get to it.


Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Rebel of the SandsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I’m not sure why i bought it. I think it had something to do with it being set in a desert setting and being western-y and also very pretty. I did end up really enjoying this book though, so I have no regrets.

Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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This is the answer I usually give to this question, but Tangled by Emma Chase. I honestly have no idea why I read it at all. Because it’s not a genre that I generally enjoy and it didn’t even have a pretty cover. I remember finding it on Goodreads and I think I read a review that was really positive and I was really bored, so I was like… “Eh, might as well.” And I ended up really enjoying it.

Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

This is pretty hard to do, since a) I have 2 bookshelves in 2 different places; b) I have way too many books for just the two bookshelves and therefore, they’re double stacked like nothing else and c) I know where all my books are on the shelves. So instead, to make it more random, I’m gonna go to my Goodreads owned books shelf, set it on random and get the first book on there.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I won this book in a giveaway and I discovered it when entering that giveaway.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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The Bat by Jo Nesbo. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I bought it, but I haven’t read it yet.

Pick a book up that you discovered through booktube/bookstagram/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Oh man, there are so many for this one! Um… Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff and absolutely fucking YES! You can read my review of it, if you are interested.

Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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Temeraire by Naomi Novik. This is another one that i heard of through booktube. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s about dragons in Napoleon’s time so… as far as I’m concerned, that’s all you need to know really.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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The Hunger Games, believe it or not. I wasn’t much into YA at the time, so I only found out about it when the first film came out. I watched the film and I thought it was meh, but decided to read the books. It’s interesting, because I liked the first film a lot more after reading the books than before, which is unusual.

Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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This one’s hard. There are so many! Well, The Lord of the Rings definitely has to be on this list. I’ve read them 3 times, the first time I was maybe 12? I’m not sure. I picked them up because I loved the films.

The ACTOAR series by Sarah J. Mass should probably also be on here. I picked it up when the first book came out (well, a bit later that year) because I’d read ToG and I loved it and I wanted to see what else Sarah had in store. Also, Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories, so when I heard it was a retelling… I just had to.

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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. Someone had lent it to my mum a few years back and of course I wanted to read it because it was a book and it was C.S. Lewis. And I read it twice in two days.

I could continue this list, really but I’ll stop here for the sake of brevity.