Books · Tag

Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

Hello everyone!

Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers. 

What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy novel you read)

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass in the US)
Most people grew up with HP – I didn’t never read nor watched it, never will.
I was a late bloomer when it comes to reading but I made my mum buy me the His Dark Materials box set when we were in The Works when I was a young teen and it made me fall in love with reading and SFF.

 If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

Ooo. Author is an easy one for me: Brandon Sanderson!
I’d want to be a chosen one, so that trope. (also need cool magical powers.)

What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

I haven’t read a *ton* of fantasy this year. But I did reread The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson. I think this series is so underhyped. It’s seriously one of the best YA Fantasy series.

What is your favourite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?

My favourite is High Fantasy, of course! I absolutely love being transported to new worlds. I haven’t really read much paranormal stuff… if that counts as a fantasy subgenre?

Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

So that I don’t answer Brandon Sanderson for everything… I’ll go with Sarah J Maas.

How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)

Booktube, Bookstagram, Goodreads & of course, book blogs!

What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore!
I’ve been dying for more Graceling books and my wish has been granted. I’m so glad the author decided to return to this world.

What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

Women who write fantasy write for the YA or kid audiences…. WHY do people think women can’t write adult fiction?!

If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
I haven’t actually come across any new ones lately…
If anyone has any recs please let me know!


Tagging:
Kirsty @ Kirsty Reads Blog
Rachel @A Cascade of Books
Amy @ Amy Jane Alice
Allie @ WanderingNerdette

+ anyone else who wants to do this tag!

Books · Discussion

2021 Reading/Bookish Goals

Hello everyone!
New Year = New reading goals!
I don’t really like setting resolutions, I feel like it’s too much pressure and setting up for failure. So instead I just make a few casual goals with no real pressure involved.

Goal 1/Goodreads Challenge: 52 books

In 2020 I read 53 books, while contending with uni and a reading slump! So I think 52 is definitely doable. Hopefully, I’ll read even more after uni is finished for good. I’m going into my final semester (yikes!) so my reading will slow down for this first half of the year and hopefully pick back up after finals!

Goal 2: As always, I want to read more diversely

That includes race/disability/sexuality. I made an effort last year to read more Black authors, but I pretty much neglected other kinds POC books. I want get some others in this year too. I also need to up my game with LGBT reads and something I neglect entirely is disability rep.

Goal 3: Stop forcing myself to read when I simply don’t feel like it

Last summer I forced myself to read even though I was in a slump and I think it made it even worse! It’s definitely okay not to want to read, yes even as a book blogger/instagrammer/influencer/whatever. You should only read if you actually want to. I think there’s a lot of pressure to always be reading and pumping out book content, but if you’re not enjoying it, don’t force it!

Goal 4: Get my physical tbr down

Anyone else feel like they spend more time researching and buying books than actually reading? I used to be the kind of person who would buy one or two books and read them, then buy more. Since joining the online book community I have been buying and hoarding books far too much. I have yet to count my physical tbr, but I know I have a lot of unread books sat on my shelves. My aim is to stop buying so many books and read the ones I got. I’m pretty much on a book buying ban for the foreseeable future. (Apart from uni books, I need to buy those!)

Goal 5: Read a book with over 1000 pages

Last year I completely neglected big books, I’ve randomly developed a fear of huge books? I used to demolish big books and I loved them! I want to read a big ass book and hopefully, break the fear cycle.


What are your reading goals for 2021?

Books · Wrap-up

December + 2020 Wrap Up

Happy New Year Everyone!

I thought I’d combine my wrap ups into one post for ease.
I didn’t get to everything on my TBR but I did pretty well!
In December I read a total of 5 books

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black – 4/5 Stars
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – 4/5 Stars
Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert – 2/5 Stars
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson – 3/5 Stars
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 3/5 Stars

(I’m behind with reviews, I’ll try to have them up asap)


2020 Wrap Up

2020 Reading Challenge

My goal for 2020 was to read 40 books, I ended up reading 53!
Books per month:
January – 5 books
February – 3 books
March – 4 books
April – 4 books
May – 3 books
June – 4 books
July – 5 books
August – 2 books
September – 3 books
October – 9 books
November – 6 books
December – 5 books

Best month was October / Worst month was August

Even though summertime is free for me being a student, it’s always the time I go into a slump. How typical. That’s why August was my worst reading month, I was in a really bad slump for most of the year, honestly.

One of my goals was to read one book a month by a Black author, I ended up exceeded this and reading a total of 18 books. Which I’m very happy with!


How was your reading in 2020?
Did you achieve your goals?

Anticipated Books · Blogmas · Books

Most Anticipated 2021 Book Releases | Blogmas Day 12

Happy Christmas Eve!
Welcome to day 12 of blogmas and the final day for me!

Today I’m going to share some books I’m excited to be released in 2021!

In order of release:

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Winterkeep (Graceling Realm, #4) by Kristin Cashore

Release date:19/01/2021

I can’t believe we’re getting another Graceling book!!
It was the first series I read after discovering Booktube and Bookstagram and I adored it! I’m so very happy to be returning to that world.


Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen

Release date: 11/02/2021

Another series I read ages ago gets a sequel!!
I couldn’t be more excited to learn more about this world and characters. I loved the originally trilogy, despite that ending.


A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

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Release date:23/02/2021

I’m pretty sure this is about fae… anything with fae and I am SOLD! It’s also LGBT and I believe WLW.
That cover too! Simply stunning.


Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Release date: 16/03/2021

I was kindly gifted an ARC of this and it sounds so good, I cannot wait to pick it up!


Way of the Argosi by Sebastien de Castell

Way of the Argosi – Sebastien de Castell

Release date: 22/04/2021

Super excited to learn more about one of my favourite characters of all time! This is a prequel to the Spellslinger series, which I highly recommend if you haven’t read it already!


Sisters of the Snake by Sasha & Sarena Nanua

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Release date: 15/06/2021

I don’t know much about this one but I saw it on twitter and immediately added it to my tbr. Look at that cover!!


A Dance with the Fae Rogue by Elise Kova

A Dance with the Fae Rogue (Married to Magic) – Elise Kova

Release date: 03/11/2021

After reading A Deal with the Elf King in November, I am so exciting to read this companion novel. It’s a fantasy romance with fae, need I say more?!


Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays!

That is blogmas concluded for another year!
Here are all my blogmas post from 2020:

Day 1: November Wrap Up
Day 2: December TBR
Day 3: Book Review: The Switch
Day 4: 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag
Day 5: Alternatives to Audible
Day 6: 21 Books I Want to Read in 2021
Day 7: Book Review: Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert
Day 8: Disappointing Reads 2020
Day 9: Christmas Song Book Tag
Day 10: Book Review: King of Elfhame by Holly Black
Day 11: Fantasy/Sci-fi Romance Recs

Blogmas · Books · Tag

Christmas Song Book Tag! | Blogmas Day 9

Hey guys!
Today for blogmas day 9 I’m doing another tag!
For blogmas day 4 I did the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

This tag was originally created by TheArtsyReaderGirl

1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favourite bookish couple.
I have so many!
A recent one is Luella and Eldas from A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).
The Switch by Beth O’Leary

3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).
I read Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman this year, it’s a very short but lovely read!

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
I don’t *think* I’m getting any books for Christmas. *SHOCK HORROR*
I didn’t ask for any as I already have too many unread books. Sigh.

5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
I don’t cry very often at books, the ending of The Switch did have be a lil emosh.

6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favourite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
I don’t really read seasonal books or anything. I tend to read more fantasy during the winter in general.

7. “We Three Kings”: Your favourite trilogy.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson & The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with.
Cassian from ACOTAR

9. “Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

10. “White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore
I am SO exciting to get back into this world!


I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Blogmas · Books · TBR

21 Books I Want to Read in 2021 | Blogmas Day 6

Happy Saturday and welcome to day 6 of blogmas!
It’s that time of year where every starts thinking about next year’s reading goals and plans…
So, here I am listing some books I want to read next year! These are all older books (no 2021 releases) or books that have been on my tbr forever!

Let’s start with the Adult books:

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

YA Books:

Oh my Gods by Alexandra Sheppard

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis


What books do you want to get to in 2021?

Books · Wrap-up

October Wrap Up 2020 | Books&Films

Hey guys!
Happy November!
I cannot believe I’m saying that. October flew by. I, for once, have had a successful month!
I ended up reading 4 books, 4 audiobooks & 1 graphic novel!

Books read:
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

This was my first read of the month, which was for uni. Very interesting read, I highly recommend anyone who is interested in inequality and the African American experience to this this a read. It’s very short but very informative. It was written in the 60s, but honestly feels like it could’ve been written today, the similarities between the societies is strikingly apparent.

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)

Odd and the Frost Giants: Amazon.co.uk: Gaiman, Neil, Gaiman, Neil: Books

As I was dealing with heavy topics for uni, I decided to get my personal reads light and easy. So, I listen to a few short audiobooks, this being the first. I loved it! It was exactly what I needed. Neil Gaiman’s magical writing never fails to make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Chivalry by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)

Chivalry

Again, Neil Gaiman. This one was exceptionally short, literally half hour or so. It’s still a nice read, the story was enjoyable and the acting cast were really great in their roles.
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (audiobook)

Milk and Honey (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Rupi Kaur, Rupi Kaur, Simon  & Schuster UK: Audible Audiobooks

This was a huge flop for me. I have a review up if you wish to hear my ranty thoughts on this.
Rating: 1 Stars
Review here.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between The World And Me: Amazon.co.uk: Ta-Nehisi Coates: 9781925240702:  Books

Another uni read.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler | Waterstones

And another uni read. This one was fiction for a change but dealt with heavy topics also. I really liked this one, I finally see the fuss around Octavia Butler’s work. I am glad I finally got to read something by her.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti Audiobook | Nnedi Okorafor | Audible.co.uk

On Halloween, I decided to do a mini readathon on my own, just to cram some final reads into October. I started and finished this audiobook in one sitting. Although it was interesting and very unique, it not what I expected. I’m still unsure of my feelings completely, I will put a review up on my final thoughts soon.
Rating: 2.5 Stars

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

To Be Taught, If Fortunate: A Novella: Amazon.co.uk: Chambers, Becky:  9781473697164: Books

I started this a while ago, thinking it would be a quick read. I was wrong. I’m quite disappointed in this book, I have to say. I need to collect my thoughts on this one too. I will have a review up soon.

*Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

Mooncakes: Amazon.co.uk: Walker, Suzanne, Xu, Wendy: Books
*Netgalley ARC

Luckily, I ended my readathon and month on a high. This graphic novel was the cutest thing ever!
I loved every moment, it was very cutesy and a little spooky – perfect Halloween read. Again, I will be reviewing this one in full soon! (I clearly have a lot of reviews to catch up on)


In addition to getting reading done, I’ve also watch a lot more films lately, mostly for uni but I still wanted to include them in the wrap up!


In order of watch date:
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – This was good but not as good as I expected.
I am Not Your Negro (2017) – This was for uni, very informative. I recommend everyone watch this documentary.
Psycho (1960) (x2) – Uni. Surprisingly enjoyed this. I had never seen it before but knew a few things about it, obviously, it’s iconic.
Love and Monsters (2020) – This was cute, decent watch. Not a new fave or anything, but I’ll watch anything with Dylan O’brien. (What a babe)
Rear Window (1954) – Uni
Get Out (2017) – Uni
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) – Uni

I’m currently studying Hitchcock, which is why I watched Psycho twice and Rear Window. I’m also studying a module on African Americans which is why I watched I am Not Your Negro, Get Out and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. I was pleasantly surprised, I enjoyed all my set films!



How was your reading in October?

Books · WWW Wednesday

Rereading a Fave & Contemp Kick | Wednesday 19/08/2020

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
I haven’t done one of these in a while, since I’ve been in a huge slump and not reading much.  But I’m reading again, finally and thought I’d bring WWW Wednesday back!

This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Recently Finished:

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson · OverDrive ...

I reread the whole of The Remnant Chronicles, it was such a great reread. Definitely helped my slump, even if I did take forever to read it.


Currently Reading:

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Pride - Audiobook by Ibi Zoboi

My current audiobook!
It’s a modern, Black Pride & Prejudice retelling!
I’m not too far into this year but I’m interested to see this take on P&P.

*In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk

Cover Reveal In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk - www ...

The first on my NetGalley backlog.
I have just started this, so don’t really have an opinion yet. I have found it amusing and I like the tone of the story so far. Hopefully, this will be a great read!


Reading Next:

I have tons of NetGalley ARCs to catch up on so I will be trying to get through those & my physical arcs. I have so many I’m super late on! Life got so chaotic and I’ve been in a slump practically all year 😦

Potential Netgalley reads:

The Raven and The Dove by Katilyn Davis
The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

Other books I want to get to:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson


How’s your reading going? What are you currently reading?
Books · Discussion

The Most BORING Books I’ve Read

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Hey guys!
I’m back with a chatty post about books I found boring.
There are some classics, some popular YA & fantasy.. so unpopular opinions ahead.
Hold onto your mug because some tea is being spilt today!

Let’s start off with the Classics:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

After reading (loving) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, I decided to move on to Emily Bronte, fully expecting to enjoy it. I had heard it was one of the best classics from multiple people, it is widely loved and praised. However, I cannot say a good word about this book. It was PAINFUL to read. I honestly have no idea how I finished it.
Every character is the worst, everything is confusing and it’s just insufferable. HOW anyone romanticises this book is beyond me, it is not romantic. Please seek help if you think this is a healthy relationship depiction.


The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Oh. My. God.
This was a required read at uni. I was so bored. The writing is horrendous, the characters are horrendous and there is absolutely no plot to this book. It is a complete and utter waste of time.


Ivan Hoe by Walter Scott

Another required read…
I think this may be the #1 most boring book I’ve ever had to read. It was so painful to read. Way too much description. Everything was too much. I hated it.


Unpopular Opinions Time!!

Popular Books:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising (Shadow and Bone Trilogy, 3): Amazon.co.uk ...

I’m going to say it: Leigh Bardugo is so overrated. The Grishaverse is so very mediocre overall but this book takes the cake! I liked Shadow and Bone, I did. It wasn’t brilliant but it wasn’t bad, it was enjoyable enough. The second book was meh. THIS, this was awful. It was boring, slow and had the worst series conclusion I think I’ve ever read.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

The Foxhole Court: Volume 1 (All for the Game): Amazon.co.uk ...

The amount of praise I see for this book and series is unreal. This is so trash and awful, I honestly cannot understand the hype whatsoever. I completely missed what everyone else saw. This book is so uninteresting; the characters so mundane. I remember nothing about the actual plot, I just remember the feelings I had. It’s that unmemorable.



The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss | Waterstones

Here’s one that fantasy fans will kill me for…
I found this book so unbelievably boring. It took for forever to read it and I didn’t like anything about it. Another case of me not being able to see what everyone else is seeing… I didn’t think the writing style was anything special, yet everyone claims it to be so beautiful and amazing??

Kvothe annoyed me for 95% of the book, he is honestly the least interesting person in the story AND is a giant asshole! At this point, I have wiped the plot from my memory, it was completely forgettable.


Do you agree with any of the books I mentioned?

What is the most boring book you’ve read?

Books · Tag

The Book Snob Book Tag

 

Hey guys!

I’m not sure who made this tag or whose blog I saw it on.
The questions have been in my drafts forever! Oopsy.

 


Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Not always, some genres I prefer as movies so I’ll watch the movie rather than the book. Sometimes I watch book adaptations without knowing they were a book first and then I read the book after I find out. Doesn’t bother me much!

Format Snob: You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which do you choose: physical, ebooks, or audiobooks? 

I READ IN EVERY FORMAT. *Cries*
I’d probably go with physical… I would seriously miss audiobooks though.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a nonreader? 

Yes, of course??? My partner doesn’t have to have the exact hobbies and interests I do. I’ve only dated one reader in the past… It doesn’t really bother me but I will try to get them to read books I like lol. I can’t imagine being shallow enough to not date non-readers.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Historical Fiction.
Snoozefest.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy!
It is limitless, I never get sick of it.

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Hmm… Classics maybe?
I know a lot of people look down on readers who don’t read classics. Which is dumb, just because you don’t read classic doesn’t mean you’re ‘unculture’ or ‘poorly’ read. Read what you enjoy!

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I’ve had men assume I don’t read ‘proper’ books aka I only read romance or chick-lit. Which really annoying me because a) romance & chick-lit are valid genres and are proper books?? and b) why just because I’m a women does that mean that’s all I read. Men. *sigh*


Feel free to say I tagged you if you want to do this tag!

Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂