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Top 5 books I wanna read before the end of the year

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifWhat a wordy title. Happy Hump Day!

Today’s topic is what I said above, and I’m going to try to pick different books than I did in the recent topic ‘books I want to read before the end of summer‘. So think of these as ones I wanna read after those are done.

If you’d like to participate in Top 5 Wednesday, you can do so here.

5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

I am behind on this series. I’m not a huge fan of the main character, but I did enjoy the world expansion that occurred in book three, so I’m hoping this book will focus on that. I’ve heard that this one is polarizing, but I don’t know why. I somehow haven’t been spoiled, so if you spoil me I’m gonna come after you with the wrath of a thousand suns and give you such a scolding.

4. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

This one sounds so interesting to me, though I’ve had friends both love and hate it. I’ve liked what I read of Stephenson so far, so I’m hoping this one will be good as well. The synopsis makes it sound like a weird crossover between sci-fi and fantasy and I’m all here for it.

3. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle, #1)

I picked this entire series up off the clearance shelf of my old college bookstore. I had never heard of it, but at the time I was in a huge 90s fantasy kick, so I kinda just grabbed it without thinking too much on it (and it came out the year I was born, holy cow, this is a Fantasy Bingo tile now!!! I’M EVEN MORE PUMPED FOR IT.)

2. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson

The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)

Out of all the books on this list, this one has been on my TBR the longest – I got this as a Christmas gift back when I was a teenager, so I’ve had it for ten or so years now. My interest has never waivered, I just.. haven’t gotten to it. You know how it is.

1. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Considering that Leviathan Wakes, the first book in this series, was one of my favorite books two years ago and I still haven’t picked this one up, it makes me wonder what I’m doing. I think the eighth(?!) book in this series was just released, so I have a lot of catching up to do. If I get through this one this year though, I’ll be content.


And that’s it! These are… basically the remaining books on my 10 in 2018 list haven’t already been read, aren’t being currently read, and weren’t mentioned on my summer reads post. 😛 I gotta stick to my guns, man. If you plan on reading any of these, do let me know. Happy reading!

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Posted by on 06/27/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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2017 | A Year in Review

2017 Reading Review

Hello! Happy New Year’s Eve! Today’s post being put up a tad later in the day than normal, as I used this morning to finish my last book of the year! 😀 So here’s an overview of all the reading-related things that happened this year: My goodreads goal, my blog activity, my 2017 reading resolutions, etc etc etc. I hope you enjoy!


My Year in Books

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Total books DNF’d this year: 1


Blog Activity

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Obviously most active month was December due to Blogmas, and there was a week in May there where you can see I was posting multiple times a day. Readathons do that. :”D

Total posts published: 142
Reviews:
11
Tags:
15
Top 5 Wednesdays: 26
Most popular post of 2017: Top 5 Angsty Romances

Wrap Ups:

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov

December:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. RowlingAll My Friends Are Dead by Avery MonsenCaptive Prince by C.S. PacatSanta and Pete by Christopher Paul MooreFool's Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb – 5 stars
Santa and Pete
by Christopher Paul Moore – 3 stars
Captive Prince
by C. S. Pacat – 4 stars
All My Friends Are Dead
by Avery Monsen – 4 stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
(illustrated) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay – 4 stars

r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀 It runs from March 2017 to March 2018.

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Reading Goals

Results of 17 in 2017:

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

Results of 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 50/50 – Complete!

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Current TBR: 301 – Complete!

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ~40 books –  Complete!

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 10/17 – Incomplete

So, three out of four goals completed. Overall, not bad!


End of Year Survey

Like last year, I’m going to do the End of Year Survey. If you’d like to do this as well, consider yourself tagged.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 50
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Best series you started in 2017? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Sequel: The Blinding Knife  by Brent Weeks
Ender: Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Brent Weeks
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Most memorable character of 2017?
Kip from The Lightbringer series
Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2017?
“This is the truth. You will know it because it hurts”
Longest and Shortest books read in 2017?
Longest: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Shortest: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen
Book that shocked you the most
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
OTP of the Year
Alina and The Darkling (please ;~;)
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Lia and Pauline from The Remnant Chronicles
Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Favorite book of 2017 read based soley on a recommendation from another
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Newest fictional crush of 2017
The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy
Best 2017 debut
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
Book that put a smile on your face/most fun to read
Saga by Brian K Vaughan
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017
None, actually
Hidden Gem of the year
Descender by Jeff Lemire
Book that crushed your soul
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most Unique Book Read in 2017
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book that made you the most mad
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be a 2018 priority?
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
Most anticipated non-debut 2018 release?
The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Most anticipated 2018 debut?
Haven’t looked into it yet!
Most anticipated 2018 series ender/sequel release?
See two answers previous
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2018 reading/blogging life
Maintain the semi-consistent posting schedule I managed to start up
A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2017. You silly.


And that’s it! I will see you all in 2018! 😀 I hope your reading year went as well as mine did!

 
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Posted by on 12/31/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Favorite Books of 2017

Top Books 2017

Hello! This is one of my favorite posts to write every year – my favorite books! Any books that made this list were rated 5 stars by me and were also added to my ‘favorites’ list on goodreads (so think of them like 6 star books I guess). So, not all of my five-star books will be on this list. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love them, but it just means they weren’t my absolute top favorites. This list will obviously change in size from year to year because of this, because a favorite is a favorite.

So sit back, relax, and witness what white-russian-fueled-emily comes up with 😀


Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

This graphic novel is the one and only that made my favorites list this year. Other series I’m currently reading (Saga cough Saga) also got a 5 stars from me, but this is the one that made the favorites list.

This series has a bit of everything – adorableness, shock factor, sci-fi elements, beautiful art, mystery, thriller… I absolutely loved it. The art style especially had me smitten – each picture looks like a water color painting. It’s gorgeous! There are three or four trade volumes out right now I think. Something like that. I need to get the rest of them!

It follows a young boy robot, who wakes up out of a sleep years after planet-sized artificial intelligence beings have attacked and ravagd intelligent life in the universe, then vanished without a trace. As a result, AI has been outlawed, and robots are actively hunted down and dismantled. Tim-21, a companion robot to a human boy, crosses the galaxy, trying to find his human companion family amidst this chaos, and slowly learns what occurred during the attack years ago and why he might be more than he was programmed to be.

AHH IT’S SUPER GOOD.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)This was a surprising read for me. I picked this book up in January after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses (which… I ended up liking despite low expectations) and was blown away by how much better this book was than the first one. I mean sure, the first one was decent, but the love interest was definitely uh… problematic, which was my main issue. But this book man. It totally made up for it. I looooved this book.

And then I picked up the third book and was a bit underwhelmed. But this book! The second in the trilogy! This is definitely the strongest of the three.

This series follows a young woman after she shoots and kills a fae with a bow and arrow, and then is whisked away into fae land to pay retribution, Beauty and the Beast-style. Honestly I wasn’t expecting much going into it but this book in particular really blew me away. I loved it!

The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)These are books one and two in the Lightbringer series, which I have been devouring all year and loving every second of it. I’m currently in the middle of the third book, and plan to read the fourth this coming year. And the fifth and final book is set to release in 2018 as well, so hopefully I can latch onto that one, too!

This series follows a cast of characters in a world revolving around color. The magic system involves the users ‘drafting’ colors into physical material. Those who are found to be able to perform this task are called drafters, and can usually cast one or two colors. Sometimes three. Occasionally and rarely, more than that. And then there’s the Prism, the head of the Chromeria where the book takes place, who can draft them all.

And the more a user drafts, the quicker it brings them to death. Drafting slowly drives them insane.

The plot follows the Prism, who finds out he has a son from a woman he had seen when he was fighting the False Prism’s War, a war where the prism and his brother both fought for the seat as Prism.

This book has all sorts of stuff: Humor, action, adventure, a good cast of characters, a great magic system, good world building, intrigue… all sorts of things. I loooove this series. I love it!

Also look at those covers. I just adore them.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #1)This book. This book is probably my absolute top favorite book of the year. It’s just… It’s just so fantastic.

I wrote a full, spoiler-free review where I go more into my thoughts, if you’d like to read it.

This book just left me speechless. It follows a girl, Baru, as her home is destroyed around her by the looming Masquerade, a remote empire that slowly takes over and colonizes her country. And instead of getting red hot, Baru gets icy cold. She vows to blend in, to maneuver her way to the top, and to tear down the Mask from the inside.

This book is fantastic – you read it and you think you know what’s going on. You think you know who’s good and who’s bad, what’s happening, what people’s intentions are… and then it’s pulled out from underneath you and your jaw drops and just…

AUGH I LOVED THIS BOOK. <333

Book two is supposedly coming out in 2018, and I’ma jump on it.


And that’s it! These were my favorite books this year, and I hope to gain as many if not more favorites next year! 😀

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/30/2017 in Books, Favorites, Wrap-up

 

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Half Year Book Tag!

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Happy Saturday! Today I’m doing a tag! This is the Half Year Book tag and I was sorta-kinda tagged by Zezee (thanks friend :D). I wasn’t ‘tagged’ but I was mentioned in the post SO CLOSE ENOUGH I’M DOIN IT. This tag was created by BexnBookx

Also, this is more of a uh.. ‘last two months of the year’ tag for me. Shhhh


Favourite stand alone book hauled and read so far in 2017?

Sooo… I haven’t read any stand-alones this year that were also hauled this year. So I have to give this one a non-answer, hawhaw.

Favourite series that you started or continued to read in 2017?

The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThat would definitely by the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. I’ve read the first book, The Black Prism, along with the second. Both were five-star reads for me. I’m currently in the middle of the third and while I’m liking it just as much, it’s taken a bit of a back-burner to all the other books I’ve been reading lately.

 

Favourite bookish items purchased or received this year?

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookI can’t think of any book-related things I bought this year that weren’t actually books! The closest I can come up with is the Ready Set Novel workbook I purchased for Nanowrimo this year! I’m currently in the middle of it and my novel is more fleshed out now than it ever has been, haha. I’ve rewritten the same novel over and over for ages now and I really want it to actually get finished this year. PLEASE OH PLEASE.

Favourite debut author?

I feel like I’m going to be bad at a lot of these questions, hahaha. I didn’t read any 2017 debut authors this year.

Favourite under-hyped book that you read this year?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth DickinsonThe Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. This lovely piece of art has only 5000-something reviews on goodreads. IT DESERVES SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT, MAN.

 

 

Favourite book read this year that you were late to the party on?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThat would be the Harry Potter illustrated editions. I’ve been buying them since they came out (just bought the third) but haven’t actually read them until very recently. I waited too long, I think. They’re so lovely. 😀

 

Potential favourite that you haven’t got around to reading yet?

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1)I feel like I’ll really love The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It’s a recent purchase for me – in the last haul I did before I banned myself. It just speaks to me, man.

 

 

Favourite re-read in 2017?

…unless you count Harry Potter from above, I haven’t reread anything… :”D

Favourite cover on a book released this year?

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A BookEveryone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book by Jomny Sun. This looks like an adorably cute book and I really like this cover. Do I own it? No. Will I likely read it this year? …No. Book ban. Next year! 😀

 

 

(Optional) Favourite book box this year?

I don’t get any sub boxes. 😛 Do all the boxes I’m shoving my books into to move this month count?


That’s it! Since it’s so late in the year, I’m not gonna tag anyone I don’t think. 😛

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/07/2017 in Book Tag, Books

 

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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

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Wasn’t it just two days ago or something that everyone was gripin’ about it being 2016 and it still being 2016 and it still still being 2016? Now 2017 is half way over. D: Guys, I’m turning 27 this year – I dun wanna!

I’ve done this tag before, but this is one that’s definitely redo-able every year. 😀 And I was even tagged this year! Ann @AnnsReadingCorner tagged me and I saw it and went ‘What! No, it’s way too early for this tag’. And then I realized it was June. AHH DAMN YOU SPACE TIME CONTINUUM.

Anyways, if you’re interested, here is my 2015 post.


The best book you’ve read so far this year

I mentioned this in my last post, but by far it’s the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. This has quickly become one of my favorite series ever. It follows a handful of character in kingdom threatened by betrayal and war. The magic system in this book is really neat: The users, called ‘Drafters’, can take in visible light and ‘draft’ it into physical material. Most people can only draft one or two colors. A few can draft more. But only The Prism, the religious and political head of the country, can draft all of them. So those who can draft are assets to a kingdom – they populate the government and the army. They’re taught to hone their skills in a training school. And the more a drafter uses her abilities, the quicker that drafter is brought to death. Using the magic kills a person from the inside out.

This series is so good, man. I’m currently in the middle of the third book. There are four out total and I think there will be a fifth.

Your favorite sequel of the year

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)In lieu of just naming the above series again, I choose A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I read the entire trilogy this year, and this was my favorite out of the three by far. The first one was decent by Tamlin rubbed me the wrong way and the third one’s plot was just a bit too convenient. Like, the plot-points were all very uh… predictable, I guess. Not super great. But the second one, I loved. Oh, I know that this series has its issues as a whole, this book included, but this book was such a fresh breath of air after reading Acotar.

A new release you haven’t read but really want to

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland has caught my eye. It came out all of five days ago, so that’s why I haven’t gotten to it yet. :”D The name ‘Neal Stephenson’ pulled me in and then the goofy synopsis of this book kept me here. The following is from Goodreads:

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

So what: Sci-fi, magic, thriller, time-travel… I need it man. It’s gonna be mine.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Solutions and Other ProblemsIn theory this book is coming out September 7th, but take that with a grain of salt: it’s been pushed back a few times now.

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh is my most-anticipated release coming up. A follow-up/continuation/whatevs to Hyberbole and a Half, it follows similar themes and I’m sure it’s going to be as funny and meaningful as the first one. I’m super excited for it. 😀

 

Your biggest disappointment

WeaveworldThat would be Weaveworld by Clive Barker. I don’t know what it was about this book, but it just didn’t grab me. I got to slightly below half-way and had to call it a day. The worst part is that this is one of my mother’s favorite books and now I have to tell her I didn’t like it. I still haven’t given it back to her yet because it’s a conversation I don’t wanna have. xD

 

 

Biggest surprise of the year

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. And yeah, I know the question is asking for a book, but this character was my biggest surprise. This character resparked my obsession with fanfiction hawhaw, and it came waaay out of left field. Weird. 😀

 

 

 

Favorite new to you or debut author

Brent Weeks, whom I mentioned above. He’s great. :”D Totes mcgoats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your new fictional crush

Nuuuupe.

New favorite character

I choose Kip Guile from Weeks’ Lightbringer series. He’s just the greatest :”D AND I’LL STOP MENTIONING THIS SERIES SOON, I SWEAR.

A book that made you cry

None…. yet

A book that made you happy

…this is me trying really hard not to mention Weeks’ series again…

Your favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year

A Monster CallsMost definitely A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (well… its expanded release was Jan 6th, so it counts. It counts. If you haven’t read this yet.. please do. Get the illustrated version, it makes the book.

 

 

 

Favorite book post you’ve done so far

….hehehehe

That would be my On Borrow Books: A Harrowing Tale of Betrayal post. No contest, man. If you want to read it, prepare to have your jimmies rustled.

The most beautiful book you bought/received this year

That would easily be Saturn Run by John Sanford and Ctein… I’m just gonna link my instagram video of the thing. Man, I can’t get over it!

What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?

Everything on my 17 in 2017 list, man. I’m slacking. I’M SLACKING.


and that’s it! I’m currently sitting at 27/50 books read for the year, so sliiiiightly ahead of schedule. Now that I’m working full time and spending 3hrs/day commuting on top of that, we’ll see if I can keep up the pace, haha.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/29/2017 in Book Tag, Books, Uncategorized

 

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Top Books of 2016

Hello! This is one of my favorite posts of the year. 😀 Originally I had planned for a ‘Top 10’ but I’m thinking not enough books stood out in my mind for that. So I’m going to do a top… however many I want.

Each one of these I’ve rated five stars and can’t recommend them enough. There, now that I’ve said that up here, hopefully I won’t repeat it over and over for each book I mention. 😛 Hahaha. Also, I won’t be going much into the synopses as much as why I loved them, but I’ll have each linked to goodreads so you can check them out if you wish.

So right, these are the books I thought were the bees knees (in no particular order – I couldn’t pick a favorite!)


The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb.

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin HobbRoyal Assassin by Robin HobbAssassin's Quest by Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb was a new author for me this year and has quickly become one of my favorites. This series is her first and last year its first book celebrated its twentieth birthday! I think what makes me love this series so much is that it caught me so unaware. The synopsis on the back of the first one, forgive me for saying but it’s horribly generic. Like, I never would have picked it up if not for the Hobb-along Readalong that I had joined (which… has since fallen to the wayside for me, but that’s not the point).

This series taught me not to judge a book by its cover (or its synopsis). It has humor and adventure and action and even a tad bit of romance at times. The world it’s set in is rich and developed, the characters are complex and varied. I loved everything about this series.

I think the greatest strength of these books is the character development. The main character starts as a toddler and by the end, he’s a grown man. Each book allows the reader to see how he develops and why his personality ends how it does. It’s unusual to follow one character for so long and I really enjoyed it.


Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom

I picked this book up early this year after buzzing through In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park, which like this memoir, is a North Korean woman’s story of her life in North Korea and all the horrors she had to go through to leave it.

I’ll start by saying that this story is heavy. It’s deep, it’s dark and it’s draining. There were times that I found myself emotionally unable to function for a while after reading sections of this book. So I warn you now, don’t go into this expecting a fluffy read. This woman went through a lot, much of it unfathomable to me and I’m sure it will also be to you.

But it’s definitely worth the read. It’s such an eye-opening experience, reading Lucia Jang’s perspective. People are always talking about wanting to read books that will change them or alter how they see the world. Well, this will do it.


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted

Are you really shocked that this is on here? I’ve been a Novik fangirl for nearly a decade now. Her Temeraire series is gold and when I saw this had come out, I jumped on it. I was not disappointed. This book artfully mixes whimsy and fairy tale and darkness and grit together to tell a tale of a dark wood, a young maiden and a man who calls himself a dragon.

This book screamed nostalgia for me and honestly I couldn’t tell you why. I just felt like I was going home, reading this. It felt ‘just right’. I want to reread it again sometime soon and I want the rest of the planet to read it with me.


Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

This was my delve into epic space operas and science fiction that didn’t also scream ‘YA’. This book is a chunker. Heavy as a brick and just as big, this book introduces our solar system as an inhabitable if not deadly entity. This book had me from the prologue and didn’t let me go until after I had finished it.

What I loved most about this book was the way all the different genres were interwoven to create a gripping saga that I still want more of. Sci-fi and horror and thriller and at times, comedy. It was all in here. The imagery in this book was gritty and grimy and gave me the chills. The story and the characters crafted this could-be world that I could see myself in had I been born a hundred years from now. This book was by far my favorite sci-fi read of the year.

It’s good. It’s great. If you’re looking for a gateway into sci-fi, here it is for you.


And that’s it! The books I call my favorites. If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought! If you haven’t, read them and then tell me what you thought! :”D

Happy reading!

 
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Post-Christmas Book Haul AKA The Year My Family Wised Up to My Antics | #13

Writing the words ‘Post-Christmas’ in the title crushed my soul a little bit. So much anticipation and it’s over already. D: Well, 364 more days ’til Christmas, I guess.

So explaining the title a little bit. If you’ve followed my blog at all, you’ll have seen that I put myself on buying bans and then break them all the time. I have this issue with buying books too quickly and not reading them at the same pace. All my bans usually occur around Christmas or my birthday because I have this little nugget of ‘I’ll get books as gifts’ knowledge in my brain that kinda lulls my addiction for a bit.

Welp, this year my family caught on to what I was doing, haha. I received two books for Christmas this year, where I would usually get five or six. They’ve limited me, hawhaw. So go them I suppose. I suppose.

This isn’t saying I only got two books this month. No no, I got some for myself too because I’m a hopeless case. And some unaware extended family got me book gift cards. Woot. I’m going to try to hold onto them until at least I get my goodreads goal met for this year (I need 4 more books by New Year’s! Wish me luck).

I’ll point out the books I got for Christmas, but otherwise, the rest were bought by me for me. 😛 Woop.


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House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern were gifts, but otherwise, this was all me. :”D

I’m very excited for all these books – The Night Circus and Frankenstein I’ve already read but otherwise they’re all new to me. Bookoutlet was a big part of the numbers you see. They had that black friday sale and well… as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a hopeless case, so… :”D


If you’ve read any of the above or plan to read them, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/26/2016 in Book Haul, Books

 

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