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March Wrap Up | ’17

Helloooo it’s the end of March and it’s the first post in a while that didn’t have a camel in it.

This month, I read a decent bit. I don’t feel like I did though – I feel like I’ve been swamped with coursework but apparently I had more free-time that I actually utilized to read than I thought, so woo.

This month, I finished one novel, two comic books and one audiobook.


The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)This one was a buddy read done with Ace and another friend. The second book in the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, it far out-shined the first. No middle-book syndrome with this one. This book I think I liked so much because we got a more solid view of the setting. In the first book, all that was known was that it was set in a land that had ruins from a bunch of ancients, but otherwise didn’t go into detail. This book did, though not directly. It was obvious though if you picked up on the descriptions of the scenery AND IT WAS COOL. I LOVED IT.

Plotwise, I dig this book. I’m still not smitten with the main character though, which is a bit of a disappointment. She’s good, I like her, but to me she still feels a bit flat. Hopefully book three will give her a bit more character development.

4/5 stars

Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah's Scribbles, #1)Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah's Scribbles, #2)These two comics I flew threw. I am obsessed with Sarah Andersen’s sense of humor and when I heard the second edition would be released, I pre-ordered it and bought the first book along with it. They were both fantastic and I loved them. :”D Can’t really write a review otherwise, honestly. If you haven’t heard of these books, google ‘Sarah Scribbles’ and widen your view on life.

4/5 stars each

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)This is the audiobook I mentioned and it’s still my current obsession. Book two was just as good, if not better than book one. I’ve been yapping about the first book, The Black Prism for a month or so, and that’s because I just can’t get over it man. Every so often you find a series and you think “Yep this is it. This is my new favorite series”. Well. Guess what.

The Blinding Knife continues where the first book left off, following the Prism and his son Kip and a few other characters, all of whom in my opinion are rather memorable. The humor in this book is still there, especially when reading from Kip’s POV, and the lore of the magic in this world deepens considerably. I really like the image that Weeks is painting here. I’ve since bought physical copies of books three and four and plan on continuing the series in physical copy…. though I might default back to the audiobook. The narrator is just that good, man.

Also, I’m in love with these covers. They’re just so lovely.

5/5 stars

And that’s it for readings from this month. As said above, I got more than I had expected to read, but at the same time, it’s a bit below my norm. On the plus side, I very much enjoyed everything I picked up. 😀


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Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Currently Reading
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete! (kinda)
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 19/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again with incoming haul and books I unhauled.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ten or so this month, I think.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 2/17


And that’s it for March. I don’t expect to get too much reading done in April… this coding project (which will likely get it’s own post. It’s a doozy, man) is killing me and is taking up the majority of my time at this point. I’m soooo excited for it to be over, man. SO EXCITED.

On the plus-side, my nephew-to-be has asked me about the robot I’m working on, so this is my chance to get into interested in coding and robotics. 😀 I see a demo in my future.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/31/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Top 5 Future Classics

Top 5 Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s topic is an interesting one. It’s making me think about a book more than coming to the conclusion of ‘Was it any good’. So if you agree or disagree with any of these, do let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to do so.


In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to FreedomThis book I picked up on a whim last year or so. I knew the topic going in was heavy but I didn’t expect it to affect me as much as it did. I feel it will end up as a classic because in addition to being a very poignant and intense piece, it also offers what could be a historical perspective on North Korea ten, twenty, fifty years down the line. Accounts of every day life there are so few and far between, so this book could one of the few first-hand testimonies that could ever exist.

It’s the memoir of a young girl who escaped from North Korea into China and eventually found refuge in South Korea. She lives there now (and I follow her on facebook now, haha). It’s definitely difficult to read sometimes – some of the things that I read I had to remind myself actually happened, that it wasn’t a novel, but real. It was emotionally draining, but I’m glad I read it.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusThis book I feel will be a classic purely because of the enchanting tone it has. It sucks the reader in and keeps them there and has them wishing they were part of the night circus. That’s what it did for me, anyways. It left me longing to be in the setting long after the book was finished.

 

 

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

The Book ThiefThis book will become a classic because it’s partly become one already. When I was a junior in college, it was the book I read for one of my literature classes. I ended up reading it a lot faster than the curriculum wanted, leaving me waiting for the rest of the class to finish it for about a month. I really liked this book. Currently, my copy is lent out (…and has been for about two years now. Sarah, give me my book back). The theme of the book is the main reason it will/has become a classic. Books containing unusual perspectives about world war 2 tend to do that.

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianAaaand this one I feel will get Douglas Adams level fame. It’ll be a classic sci-fi comedy up there with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and it definitely deserves it. It was my favorite book back in 2015 and still one of my favorites today. Definitely definitely definitely recommend.

 

 

 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped PajamasThis book is about ten years old or so at this point. I read it back when I was a teenager. It broke my heart and every time I think about it, it reminds me of the sorrow I felt at reading it. This book perfectly shows the horrors of war when it comes to innocent people. It’s sad, it’s bleak, and it’s tough to read. You need to read this one. It’s another world war 2 novel and it’s told from the perspective of a little boy who knows nothing except he lives on the outside of a fence and that there’s another little boy in striped clothing who lives inside it. I know they made a movie a few years back but I haven’t watched it. It was intense enough just reading it, I don’t know if I could handle seeing and hearing it, too.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 03/29/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 Angsty Romances

Top 5 Wednesday

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Happy Hump Day! This week’s topic is angsty romances. I honestly don’t read a lot of straight romance novels. I can think of two off the top of my head and I wouldn’t consider them ‘angsty’, so all my choices for this topic will likely be good books that aren’t categorized as ‘romance’ but have romantic sub-plots in them, I suppose. Well, here goes nothin’.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to do so.

I’d also like to warn against any potential spoilers for these books. Sometimes just naming a couple is a spoiler, so I recommend looking at the picture of the book I have next to the post before reading the post in case you want to avoid learning anything about that book.


5. Marko and Alana from Saga

Saga, Vol. 1The series centers around these two and their fight to stay happily together. The whole plot revolves around it. It’s definitely angsty, haah.

 

 

 

 

4. Gavin and Karris from The Lightbringer series

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)This is a romance that is a long time coming. It’s not by any means the center of the plot but it’s in there in a way that you almost long for things to just work out. I’ve reached a point in the series where I’m very happy where things are… but I know something’s gonna happen. I just know it. D:

 

 

 

3. Alina and The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)This is one of those ships that I shouldn’t like but I do. Like, I did the whole ‘look up a bunch of fanfiction on it’ after I finished the series. It’s so unhealthy but I’m weirdly obsessed with the Darkling. The interactions between these two are just so odddd.

 

 

 

2. Kyo and Tohru from Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1  (Fruits Basket #1)This one is just plain adorable. I think it only qualifies as angsty because of how long it takes to come to fruition. But hey, it’s super cute and full of drama along the way, so woo.

 

 

 

1. Kaoru and Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01As much as Kaoru gets on my nerves, I think she’s a decent match for Kenshin. Kenshin’s past is full of awful things, which is a lot of the fuel for the angst in this series. And honestly the romance isn’t really apparent for the first… well, most of the series. But it’s like one of those things you know is there but the author doesn’t explicitly point out. I just love it. :”D

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/22/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag v2

Hello, I decided I wanted to make a post today so I found something to post about. I first did this tag about a year and a half ago so I’m going to do any updated version. Check out the original if you want to see ‘new blog Emily’ writing about stuff. Otherwise, stay here for old blog Emily.


A popular book or series that you didn’t like

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)I’ve mentioned I disliked this quite a few times now, so it shouldn’t be surprising. The Addicted series by Becca and Krista Ritchie. Not a fan. I wrote a full review on the first book if you’re interested but long story short: I felt like I was reading about two addictions interacting, not two people with addictions.

 

 

A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)I’m going with the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. I supposed ‘hated’ is a strong word for this one, but it definitely has its anti-fans. I read this series back when I was a teenager and adored it. Since, I’ve seen people try to read it and stop after the first book. But hey, it either jives with you or it doesn’t. At least they tried it.

 

 

 

A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)(By the way, Past Emily has a bunch of weird capitalization shit going on that Present Emily is weirded out by. I just thought you should now how much I’m editing these questions to make them normal looking…)

I think this might be one of my only actually unpopular opinions. I’m going with Inuyasha and Kagome from Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi. It’s not that I don’t like them or anything… it’s just I totally ship Kagome in a non-canonical pairing. Hawhawhaw. SessxKag 4eva.

 

A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

Thriller, true crime, westerns, romance, contemporary, middle grade… there are a lot that… just don’t do much for me. Not saying I never read them but I tend to stay away.

A popular or beloved character that you do not like

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Celaena Sardothien from Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series. I’m only through Heir of Fire at the moment so no spoilers please. But seriously, this girl grinds my gears.

 

 

 

 

A popular author that you can’t seem to get into

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)My answer for this last time was Sarah J Maas, but lo and behold, one of her books is now on my favorites list. Hey, I’ll eat my words. So this time around I’m going to go with George R. R. Martin. And this is a weird choice because I’ve read four of his books and am currently reading the fifth one. I love the story but at the same time I can’t get into the books. I like the books but they’re so difficult and it’s almost a chore to read them. Why am I reading them? So I can be one of those people who watch the show and say ‘Buh the book was better’… even though I’m finding out I like the tv show much better, hahaha. Sue me.

 

A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

Mean girls. Honestly, what’s the point. This is probably the biggest reason I don’t go into contemporary too often. I’ve heard it’s getting better, but I’ve read one too many stories about a quirky but otherwise bland protagonist dealing with a pretty girl that’s mean to her just because. Like, that’s the whole character. “Hi I’m so and so and my dominant personality trait is being awful”. It sends a bad message to young girls reading these kind of books saying that you’re either pretty or nice but you can’t be both. Seriously. Or that if you’re average or below that you’re automatically the nicest person ever. No, we need real personalities represented. Pretty people can be nice, average people can be assholes, and there are so many mixes in between that stereotyping them as one or the other is completely ridiculous.

A popular series that you have no interest in reading

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)I hesitate to say ‘never’ anymore, since last time my answer was Throne of Glass but I’ve since read the thing. Same goes for my Top 5 Wednesday post of ‘Books I’ll Never Read‘. I’ve read two of them now, haha.

Sooo, with a big ‘Most likely will not read it’ being emphasized here I’m going to say the Anna and the French Kiss companion series by Stephanie Perkins. Mainly this is due to the fact that I used to have one of these books and have since gotten rid of it from disinterest. The reason for that is that I heard the main relationship in the first book stems from cheating, which I want no part in reading about. Not interested.

Plus, my sister’s name is Anna. I don’t wanna read about her kissin’ nobody.

The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)As mentioned above, George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Martin is a great story teller, but sometimes muddling through his writing is like pulling teeth.

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it. :”D I have a feeling my opinions are not so unpopular, but at least they’re unpopular to me! 😀 Wait…

 
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Posted by on 03/21/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top 5 Books That Betrayed Me, THOSE FIENDS.

Top 5 Wednesday

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IT’S CAMEL DAY AGAIN and I’m on spring break and still procrastinating doing a coding project. I’m such a stellar student, yo. By the way, I accepted a salary position as a software developer that I’ll start the Monday after graduation (woo, health insurance!) buuuut because of that, my motivation to pass my classes with anything more than a ‘C’ has gone seriously downhill. It’s really bad yo. It’s like senioritis on steroids.

So here I am instead talking about dastardly books 😀 If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to do so!


5. Weaveworld by Clive Barker

WeaveworldThis one is the most recent book that smashed my hopes and dreams. I borrowed this book from my mother – it’s one of her favorite books and the plot sounded really neat. It’s about a hidden world that exists in a carpet. It’s full of magic and neat creatures and all sorts of stuff. So, unsurprisingly, I went into it with pretty high hopes. Well, I ended up DNFing this book. It was so slow, so boring. The characters didn’t matter to me. The magical carpet was there, but I only knew it was there because I was told about it, told that it was so great. Sure there were scenes in the carpet, but even then, I was told about them. This is where the ‘show don’t tell’ comes to light. I didn’t feel submersed.

I still haven’t told my mother I couldn’t finish it. Apparently she had a largely different reading experience than I did. I don’t wanna disappoint her, aaauuuugh.

4. Rest by Mark Powers

Rest, Volume 1This was a two-star graphic novel for me and the reason for that is a simple one: I loved this all the way up until a single panel. That single panel betrayed me, it ruined me, it caused me to cry out in agony at the awfulness of it. Otherwise man, this book was great. The plot was neat, the characters were neat, the art was neat. The whole thing was neat. But then the whole ‘I need a way to wrap up the plot but don’t actually have one so I will use this trope’ popped up and MY BRAIN LIQUEFIED AND OOZED OUT MY EARS LIKE TOOTHPASTE. I still haven’t forgiven it.

 

3. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)I had such high hopes about this one going in. It follows a young girl and her family after a comet hits the moon, knocking it closer to the Earth and causing all sorts of natural disasters. It’s the textbook definition of a post-apocalyptic book without all the ‘now the world is ended let’s make cults’ tropes that always happen. So I was excited. But what did it turn out to be about? This thirteen year old being super selfish and her mom injuring herself twice the same way. It was awful. The issues were petty considering their surroundings. You think they would have been concerned with more important things.

 

2. Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)This is the second book in Lu’s Legend trilogy. I’m pointing out the second book specifically because it made me never want to read the third book. Up until this book, I liked this series. It was sitting at about a 3.5 star level for me – so good, I liked it. I was digging it. But then the events at the end of the second book happened and the realization that the author was using the ‘I only have plot for two books but I want to write three, so I’m going to invent a plot twist at the end of book two to get a third book in there’ trope made me soooo mad. It was such a dumb twist man. I have no interest in reading the third book. Like, at all.

 

1. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

RumbleThis book. This book, man. If you remember, this book was everywhere a year or two ago. It focuses around a young man who’s an atheist that hears this mysterious rumble that supposedly has divine origins. Cool right? A whole religious-exploration paranormally kinda book. Neat! And it was in verse which was new to me, so I hopped into it.

This book was awful. IT WAS AWFUL. I ended up hate-reading it and then writing a rant afterwards. I don’t even know how I finished it honestly. I went back and read my rant and just thought to myself “Why did I even waste my time”. Here’s the rant, if you’re interested. It describes in detail every single thing I hated about this book. It was such a stab in the heart, in the back, in the brain. It’s such a fiend.

 
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Posted by on 03/15/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

Hello, it’s Thursday. This is me procrastinating a coding project I have due today, woo. I found this tag at Reading Every Night‘s blog and figured I’d swipe it because I have a free hour and need to feel like I’m doing something so I don’t feel guilty for not coding. (So… thanks for posting it for my eyeballs to see it? :D)

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator; Kirsty at Kirsty and the Cat Read.
  • Match a book to each of the songs/characters below.
  • Tag as many people as you like.

And we’re off


“Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading

For this one, I’m going with from out of nowhere comes a heroI know a lot of people don’t care too much for this trope, but I dig it. The whole ‘found this person hiding in a tiny city but they’re the one we need’. Let me add in a caveat: I like this trope as long as it’s done correctly. Like, no ‘we found you and suddenly you have all these powers and are super skilled’. No. I’m talking that person still needs training and studying and is unsure of themselves. I like reading about the character growth as the person becomes who they’re supposed to be.

Examples of this are The Black Prism by Brent Weeks, Uprooted by Naomi Novik and The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)UprootedThe Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Belle – A book you brought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too.

The FoldThe Fold by Peter Clines. One of my few never-heard-of-it-but-I-loved-the-cover buys. It has since become one of my favorite books.

 

 

 

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I’ve mentioned this book a lot before, but this book seriously taught me a lesson to not judge a book by its synopsis. I picked it up back when I participating in the Hobb-along-readalong, which has since fallen by the wayside for me, but otherwise I likely wouldn’t have touched it. The synopsis sounds very generic and when I went into it, that’s what kind of novel I was expecting. I was totally blindsided by how good it was and have since been burning through Hobb’s other books. Like I said, taught me a lesson.

Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie. I didn’t care much at all for this book, gave it two stars I think. Most people either agree with me or super don’t agree. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. My main biff with this book was that the main characters were their addictions and nothing more. Like, I vaguely knew that they were human, but I didn’t pick up on any personality characteristics other than ‘I like alcohol’ and ‘I like sex’. Bore fest, man.

 

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)Butler from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. Butler well, is just that: A butler. He serves 12-year-old criminal genius who kidnaps a fairy and holds her for ransom. Now Artemis, the main character, is pretty great too. But my favorite is definitely Butler.

 

 

Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable

For this one, I’m going to name a bunch of different manga. They all helped me get through high school back between 2004 and 2008, especially before my senior year when I didn’t have too many friends. Social awkwardness is a real thing and it’s difficult to get around it. I eventually made some friends, but early on it was me and my manga.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki, Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi, Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow, Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya, and a lot lot more. I read so much manga in high school. My entire book collection used to be composed of it. I still have a few hundred volumes of it but it used to be so much more.

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1  (Fruits Basket #1)Trigun: Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action!! Vol. 1 (Trigun, #1)Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

“Something There” – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson. I buddy-read this with Ace and another friend and for the first half of it or so, it was kinda generic. It got more exciting towards the end though and ended up getting a four star rating from me. I’m reading the second one now and am enjoying it much more than the first one.

 

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)I’m going to go with Kip from The Black Prism. He’s just so funny, I’m certain his company over a meal would be very entertaining. He seems to be a genuinely kind character too, if not a bit impulsive.

 

 

And that’s it!


I tag Ace, Zezee, Analee, NoraOrang-utan Librarian and Alex!

Do it, peer pressure.

 
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Posted by on 03/09/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Top 5 Fantasy and Scifi Books

Top 5 Wednesday

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Hello! The camel says it’s Wednesday, so here we are again. :”D This week’s topic is a rather broad one – favorite fantasy and science fiction. There are a lot of books I’m sure will be on a lot of people’s lists and honestly, they would likely be on my own as well (ie. Harry Potter, Uprooted, A Court of Mist and Fury, The MartianLeviathan Wakes etc etc). So I’m going to post some of my favorite scifi and fantasy novels that I haven’t talked about much lately or aren’t currently super hyped. Past hype dun count. :”D

If you’d like to participate in T5W, here is the link to do so!


5. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)This series was super popular a few years ago but has since fallen to the wayside a bit. If you’ve read it, you know my pain. If you haven’t read it, I highly highly suggest you do so. It follows a young boy in a colony of only men. This boy, along with the rest of the colony, can hear each others’ thoughts. Constantly. The people’s thoughts, the dogs’ thoughts, the bugs’ thoughts, the cows’ thoughts. Everything collides in a barrage of noise. It’s all the boy has ever known, and then one day, he stumbles across a patch of silence.

This series is really good, it’s really intense and it kinda killed me a bit.

4. The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)I’ve mentioned this one a lot recently. Like, a lot a lot. It’s the latest addition to my favorites list and now that I’m about half way through the second book, my certainty that this series belongs on this list is even stronger. This series follows The Prism, a man who can fracture light into its individual colors and ‘draft’ those colors into solid matter called luxin. It’s set in a fantasy world full of neat magic, cool world building and some pretty great characters. I wrote a spoiler-free blabber on it (which now has a good ten ping backs likely) if you’d like a fuller idea of what it’s about.

 

3. The Fold by Peter Clines

The FoldWhen I bought this, it was a total cover-buy. I was on a boardwalk and this was sitting in the front window of a bookstore I walked by. I pointed, squeaked, ran inside and bought the thing. The picture here doesn’t do the cover justice, man. The cover, first of all, is shiny, it’s textured. The fold going down the front of it actually feels like a fold. It’s soooo cool. 😀

Anyways, bought the book on impulse and totally ended up loving it. It follows a man that’s brought in to assess a scientific experiment that ultimately feels a lot like Stargate if you’ve ever seen that. It twists off in a different direction though, and I very much enjoyed the ride. This book was really cool. And it has a companion novel 14 which is on my 17 in 2017 list. This is the one book on this T5w list that I have only seen a couple times elsewhere and even then the opinions have been mixed. People seem to either love it or hate it. Well, I looooove it. :”D

2. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)I’ve noticed this series getting a bit of attention lately, and I say GOOD. This series is fantastic and has recently finished (which… I now need to finish. I’m thinking I’m just going to reread the whole thing since it’s been years since I originally read it). It’s set during the Napoleonic Wars and follows a British Navy Captain who conquers and takes a French ship. On board, he finds a dragon egg.

Napoleonic warfare with dragons. Do I need say more. This series is amazing. The characters are well-developed, the war scenes are tactical and planned, the interactions between Lawrence (the navy captain) and Temeraire (the dragon) are adorably hysterical. I love it. I love it.

1. Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)This series is usually my go-to when people ask for recommendations. It’s about renegade angels and false gods in a city suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss. It’s fantasy, it’s steampunk, it’s a lot of stuff. It’s dark, it has anti-heroes, it has weirdly lovable characters, especially in the second book. It’s just fantastic. I love it, people. Read this one.

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading.

 
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