Monthly TBRs

June TBR!

Happy Tuesday bookish people! It is the first of June and that means it is time to show you what I am planning on reading for this month.

So… May went okay it didn’t go terribly or brilliantly – I managed to read eight books, if you are interested in my May Wrap Up you can find it here: https://theblindscribe.com/2021/06/01/may-wrap-up/

Once again for June I have a mountain of books on my TBR – for a couple of reasons. First, my TBR game just loves giving me doubles and so many extra books – I always begin with twelve but end up with more. Secondly – and I am VERY excited about this… in June I am taking part in Whatever-You-Want-A-Thon. A readathon that has been created by Book Browsing Blog on Youtube. I am part of the team Dreams and Drama Queens. That team name is very fitting for me.. anyway, there’s all sorts of prompts and points you can get for different books – if you’re interested in it go and check out her channel on Youtube where she explains it all.

As well as my TBR books I also have some books to read this month for book tours and for publishers so we will see how well I do.

So onto my TBR for June!

  • Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell – I am looking forward to reading this one, it is the third book in the spellslinger series and I have enjoyed both Spellslinger and Shadowblack.
  • Deadly Curious by Cindy Astley – a murder mystery set in Victorian London, it sounds like a very interesting premise.
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m not looking forward to reading this one as much. This is the second book in the Raven Boys series, I thought the first book was okay but not brilliant and I do want to continue with the series so hopefully this will make me push through.
  • Fable by Adrienne Young – I’m so excited to read this one. The cover is beautiful, it gives me pirate themes… I’m excited.
  • The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant – I got this book for Easter from my parents and it is going to be the first book I read this month, I’ve been dying to read it since I got it but I hadn’t been able to get it onto a TBR until now.
  • I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan – this book sounds so interesting, a girl witnesses her best friend be abducted and later hosts a cold case podcast type show where she is anonymous, there’s all sorts of secrets surrounding everything and it sounds like it could be a new favourite.
  • Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova – I can’t actually remember what this book is about but it has been on my Tbr for a while so it’s time I got around to reading it.
  • Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett – I have had this one on quite a few TBRs and not gotten around to it so hopefully I will this month.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I loved The Starless Sea, also by this author, and anything circus I’m drawn to so hopefully I will enjoy this one.
  • One Dark throne by Kendare Blake – I’m not excited to read this one, it’s another series that I thought the first book was okay and I want to continue the series but I’m not very excited about it.
  • Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard – The cover is beautiful, the plot sounds interesting… it is a very big book though.
  • Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – I need to read this book, it sounds great and I’ve seen a lot of people recommend it.
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – this will be a reread for me, I’m buddy reading it with some other whatever a thon people which I am very much looking forward to.
  • The Lost Apothecary by Sarah penner – this book sounds very different to anything I’ve seen before so I’m looking forward to reading it.
  • and finally Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus – I’ve read the cousins by the same authot and enjoyed it so I’m hopeful for this one too.

That’s it for my June TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it!

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Cake Flavoured Book Tag

Good morning bookish people! It’s Friday again. This week has been a rough one for me, my Mum has had to have a big operation so it’s been rather stressful. So I thought for today’s post I’d do a short. light-hearted book tag about cake. I mean who doesn’t like cake?! I found this tag on ZeeZeewithbooks. Let me know- what’s your favourite type of cake? And what books would you answer these questions with?

Enjoy!

Starting off very nicely with chocolate cake: a dark book that you absolutely love?
For this one I’m going to go with The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden. It was my first five star read of 2021 and I LOVED it, the atmosphere is really dark though and I’ve heard that the series gets darker…

Vanilla cake: A light read?
Hmm… most of the books I read are pretty dark fantasies but one that is coming to mind is Blooming Grand by Carmella McKenzie about a girl, a boy, a garden shop and a little it of magic. It’s light hearted and just a lovely story.

Red Velvet Cake: A book that gave you mixed emotions?
Ooh, so many! I think I’m going to go with The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen. It was good and I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it, in particular the ending. Confession time.. I have never had red velvet cake…

Cheesecake: (I love cheesecake!) A book you would recommend to anyone?
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern hands down! It’s my favourite book, I suggested my friend read it – she did and loved it, it’s just a wonderful, magical, whimsical book.

Coffee Cake: A book you started but never finished?
I am ashamed to say it but this has to be The City of Brass by S A Chakraborty, I rarely don’t finish books but I put this one down to do something and just could not find the motivation to pick it back up. I will eventually but right now.. not so much. It’s a big book.

Carrot Cake: A book with great writing?
Again, so many! For this one I think I’ll go with the Spellslinger series by Sebastien De Castell. I love this series, it hooked me from the first page and the writing, I think, is brilliant.

Tiramasu: A book that left you wanting more:
This tag is full of tough decisions! I’ll choose Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson for this one. Simply because it’s a stand alone book that ends on a sort of cliffhanger and when I finished reading it I would have given pretty much anything to find out what happened after that ending.

Cupcakes: A series with 4+ books?
I literally can’t choose one for this, pretty much all of my books are in series’ longer than four books… nope, I can’t do it. I won’t choose between them!

And finally Fruit Cake: A book that wasn’t what you anticipated?
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, not in a bad way, I enjoyed the book and I’m going to continue with the series but I expected James Bond mixed with librarians but it wasn’t like that at all.

That’s it for this book tag, I hope everyone enjoyed it!

Fan Casting Books

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell – Fan Casting

It’s Friday! I hope everyone is having a good day – and a good week, I haven’t posted my usual Wednesday blog post this week because I wasn’t very well after having the first vaccine. Thankfully I’m better now and I’m here with something I haven’t done before. As you will have seen from the title today I will be telling you who I would choose to play some of the main cast of characters in Spellslinger (the first book in the series) by Sebastien De Castell if it was ever turned into a film or TV series.

It was very difficult to choose these, I tried to stick to the physical descriptions of the characters if there is one in the book but also personalities.

So, first there is the protagonist of the series: Kellen.

For Kellen I went with Asa Butterfield (Merlin, Sex Education) because I think he would be able to portray Kellen’s slightly clumsy, always accidentally being in the middle of trouble, sarcastic personality quite well. Kellen is described as having straw blonde hair and blue eyes, which Asa sometimes has. Well, he always has blue eyes but his hair is naturally dark but is sometimes blonde. Asa could do both the serious and the lighter sides of the story justice as the character of Kellen.

Next is Ferius Parfax:

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Gregory Pace/REX/Shutterstock (10188748ae) Julianne Moore Variety’s Power of Women, Arrivals, New York, USA – 05 Apr 2019

Julianne Moore! When I first got the books, I got the complete series all in one go because I just knew I would love it, and I saw on one of the covers the illustration of Ferius Parfax I instantly was picturing Julianne Moore playing the character. I’m still not sure why but I think she would play her attitude very well.

My favourite character – Reichis:

Of course for Reichis it would be all about the voice rather than physical appearance, I mean I assume they wouldn’t be able to find a real talking squirrel cat who likes to eat eyeballs… anyway, there’s a lot of great voices out there and I could not decide on one, my friend suggested Danny John-Jules (Death In Paradise). Her reasoning was that he’s got a great voice and he’s sarcastic (this is actually what she said) which is basically Reichis so this is who I’ll choose. In case you’re wondering my friend’s second choice was Danny DeVito.

Kellen’s Sister – Shalla:

For Kellen’s younger sister Shalla I would probably choose Chloe Grace Moretz, I have seen her in quite a few films and she plays a variety of characters very well. Shalla is a high achiever but she is very close to Kellen and I think that Chloe and Asa would work well together in this way.

Father of Kellen and Shalla – Ke’heops:

This was another very difficult choice because there are a lot of great actors who would work for this role. I ended up choosing Joe Manganiello. I haven’t seen this actor in anything personally but I did recognize the name and when I looked on google his physical appearance looked a lot like the illustration of Ke’heops on the most recent book in the series, Crownbreaker. Is it just me that thinks he looks similar to the illustration? It’s probably just me.

Finally, Nephania:

I would choose Felicity Jones to play Nephania. After Julianne Moore as Ferius, Felicity Jones as Nephania was the easiest casting choice for me to make because she has the brown hair physical appearance of Nephania and she also has that slightly innocent quality that the character has but she can also be fierce when she needs to be. That is one of the things I like about the character of Nephania.

Okay, there we go, that is all of the characters that I will be fan casting today. There are many other characters in the book but no others that I felt were described clearly enough for me to choose someone to play them.

Only a short post today, I hope you found it fun and I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what other books you think I should do a fan casting for!