Happy Monday bookish people! Welcome to my first post of 2023, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.
as we all know last year was definitely a rollercoaster, and I was extremely busy so reading took a backseat for much of the year. I am hoping this year that I will be able to read much more so fingers crossed.
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg
A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune
Love in the time of serial killers
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
the unexpected everything by Morgan matson
that’s it for January’s TBR, I am excited for it so hopefully I will get to read a few of them at least. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Happy Friday bookish people! I hope you are all having a good day today. I am bringing you the Count to 10 with me book tag!
First Book in a series – Shadowscent The Darkest Bloom
I don’t really know why I chose this one it was just the first book that jumped into my head for this question, I believe this is the first book in a duology.
Two or more copies of the same book – Finale by Stephanie Garber
I have two copies of this book, I bought the hardback edition as soon as it came out because I couldn’t wait and then I had to get the paperback edition to match my copies of the first two books in the series so I ended up with two copies but I do love them both.
Three colours on the cover – The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
This cover has all sorts of pastel colours on it so I thought it would be a nice choice for the three colours on the cover.
Four or more perspectives – The Gilded Wolves
I had a really difficult time with this one I ended up having to choose a book I thought had four or more perspective but I couldn’t actually check so I think The Gilded Wolves does.
Five Star Read – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I had to choose this book, it was my biggest surprise five star read so it sticks in my head often.
Six or more short stories – How the King of Elfhame Learned to hate stories
I love this collection of short stories, it really adds to the Cruel Prince series for me, it gives a lot of extra context to the characters in the series.
Seven on the cover of the spine – the 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
I loved this book and I can’t believe I had a book to answer this question, I thought I would have an awful time looking for one but I found it on my shelves really easily.
Eight letters in the title – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
My favourite classic is the perfect book for this question.
Ends on a page ending with a 9 – Spirit Bound
This book ends on page 489 in my edition so I was happy I found this one. This is the fourth (or maybe fifth?) book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.
Ten books in a series – Rivers of London
I have to admit, again I am not 100% sure on my answer to this question. My copies of these books are on my top shelf and from there they all blend into one but there are a lot of books in this series, so it has to be somewhere in the region of ten.
That’s it for this book tag, I hope you all enjoyed it.
Happy Friday bookish people! It is the first of July, we are starting the summer with an okay month of reading. I didn’t read as much in June as I thought I would, other things just kept getting on top of me and I was struggling a little bit with how much there was that had to get done immediately. Anyway, June was still good. I managed to read a few books, I went to Belgium and back in a weekend, and I had my first meeting with a potential guide dog and if you want to read about this I will be posting on Friday’s throughout July about what it has been like going through the guide dog process. But we are here today to see what I read in June so let’s get into the wrap up.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I did not read. I wasn’t really feeling much fantasy this month.
Mad Woman by Louisa Treger – I did read this! I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the author and I have posted my review of this book already, probably my favourite read of June
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake – I did not read this
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – I am currently reading this book, a few pages before I go to bed each night
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – I did not read this
Nine Lives by Peter Swanson – I did not read this
Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud – Another book I am currently in the middle of reading
A Darker Shade of Magic graphic novel 1 – I did read this
Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead by Elle cosimano – I did not read this
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee – I did not read this
A Darker Shade of Magic graphic novel 2 – I did read this
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex – I did not read this
Book Lovers by Emily Henry – I did not read this
Beggars Abbey by V L Valentine – I did not read this
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I did not read this
Lore by Alexandra Bracken – I did not read this
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian – I did not read this
So from my TBR I read 3 books and I am in the middle of two, which I should finish before the end of June. Outside of my TBR I also read the third A Darker Shade of magic graphic novel so altogether I read 6 books which isn’t too bad.
That’s it for this month’s wrap up, I hope you all enjoyed it! What did you all read in June?
Happy Friday bookish people! Today I am very excited to be bringing you this book tag today, in the UK June is Pride month so I thought this would be a great book tag to do. I especially felt like doing this tag because my own sexuality has been on my mind a lot recently, after being in a serious relationship I have started to realise that I may actually be on the ace/asexual spectrum. I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic since I started to think more about it and it’s strange because the more I read the more I feel so sure that this is me. Anyway, I read that this may be part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum (please correct me if I am wrong about this) and so I thought this tag would be fitting.
I found this tag on Annas Book Knook blog on wordpress. I will try and answer with books that I own and that I have read but I will admit I don’t have that many books with LGBTQ+ Rep in them.
Female Strength: A book with a lesbian heroine
Right after I’ve said that I will only choose books I have read… I am choosing one I haven’t read but I have heard that it has a focus on a lesbian relationship – Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M Danforth
Cinnamon Roll: A book with an adorable gay character
For this I chose the character of Robin Blythe from A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske
Boys and Girls: A book with bi rep done right
I can’t really speak so much about this because I don’t identify as bi, but for this one I chose Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Basherdoust
The Body and the Soul: A book with a trans character
For this one, again I had to choose a book that I haven’t read because I don’t own any but I chose Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
We’re all queer: queer rep you’d love to see more of
After realising I might be ace, I’d love to see more books with ace rep in them
All about pronouns: A book with a non-binary character
I didn’t pick a book for this question because I didn’t already own any and I didn’t want to choose too many more books that I haven’t read so if you have any reccomendations let me know!
Aromantic Ace: A book that belongs to the aro/ace spectrum
I have heard that there are characters in Vicious by V E Schwab that are aro/aceand I enjoy that book a lot so that’s the one I chose.
One Big Family: A book that features lots of different LGBTQ+ reps
Again I didn’t choose one for this because I could not find one on my shelf or through a search of recommendations so again if you know of any good ones, let me know.
Sapphic Love: Your favourite F/F couple
For this one I chose Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
Boys Love: Your M/M OTP
For this one I chose one of my favourite books, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Sidekick: Your favourite LGBTQ+ side character
Stealing the show: An LGBTQ+ side character couple
I chose the sister (I can’t think of the names right now!) and her girlfriend in Pumpkin by Julie Murphy
Strong Beliefs: An LGBTQ+ book that deals with religion
Again, I could not find a book for this question.
Rainbows Everywhere: A book with an unapologetic cover
For this one I chose the cover of Especially Earnest by Molly Horan
Future Generations: Your most anticipated LGBTQ+ release
I am really excited for A Little Bit Country by Brian D Kennedy
That’s it for this book tag, I hope you all enjoyed it! How would you answer these?
Happy Thursday bookish people! Today I am bringing you my TBR for June. This month there is a month long readathon created by Maddie at BookBrowsingBlogs on Youtube, the readathon is called whateveryouwantathon and there are four different teams with dome different prompts. I am following the prompts of the Sunset Scholars.
My June TBR:
A book featuring dragons: I chose Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I don’t think I have any books with actual dragons in – except for Lord of the Rings – but from what I remember of the synopsis this book has a character called the dragon.
Red on the cover: I chose Mad Woman by Louisa Treger
Host Fave: I chose The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
Less Read genre: I chose Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Shiny Cover – I chose Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Previous TBR: Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
The/An/Of/A/And: Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud
Under 300 pages: I chose the first graphic novel for A Darker Shade of Magic
Continue a series: Finlay Donovan Knocks ’em Dead by Elle Cosimano
Academia: A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
2021 release: I chose The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
A different format: I chose the second A Darker Shade of Magic graphic novel
Book about Books: I chose Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Recently Hauled: I chose Beggars Abbey by V L Valentine
Favourite Genre (Fantasy!): I chose The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
One word title: I chose Lore by Alexandra Bracken
S’s on cover: I chose Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
There are also a few prompts that are things like cozy reading time and complete a personal reading goal which I didn’t put in the list because they can be completed with any of the books.
That’s it for my June TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it! What are you reading in June?
Happy Tuesday bookish people! I am happy to be bringing you my March TBR today. I have a good feeling about March, I am hoping to get a lot of reading done, there’s so many good books on my TBR that I desperately want to pick up. Also, it’s my birthday on the 25th of March! I’ll be 23 and I had actually forgotten how close it was, I hadn’t made a list and so I was trying to think of the books I wanted and put them on an Amazon wishlist here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3H1PW8BGD9KF7/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1
Anyway, onto the TBR!
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
I have heard so many good things about this book and even though I am not usually the biggest fan of romance novels, I am willing to give each one a try though so we shall see if I enjoy this one or not.
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey
Again, another contemporary romance book but I mean it has books on the front so at least I will enjoy the setting, also it has enemies to lovers from what I have read and I do enjoy that trope.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I loved The Starless Sea by the same author, it’s my favourite book and this seems to have the same magical realism so I am hopeful that I will really enjoy this book.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
A historical murder mystery set on a boat. Of course I want to read this book.
Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
I am so excited to continue this series, Emilia is one of my favourite female protagonists and Wrath is such a good morally grey character. I love it!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
This is a book that I have been putting off for ages, well ever since I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses but I am excited to read it because I have heard it is the best book in the series.
City of Brass by S A Chakraborty
I have already started this book a year ago but I put it down for some reason and I haven’t thought about picking it up again until now.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
This is another book that I have heard really good things about so I am excited to read this one.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
Witches in a historical setting, I am very excited about this book.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune
This books kind of reminds me of the Umbrella Academy but a bit more peaceful so that’s why I was drawn to this book to start with.
The Girl in the Tower by katherine Arden
this is the second book in the bear and the nightingale series and I absolutely loved the first book so I am really excited to continue this dark and wintery series.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
I have recently been enjoying books with an academic setting so hopefully I will enjoy this book.
Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder
This books sounds very interesting to me and a friend has read it and enjoyed it which makes me want to read it even more.
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
This looks like a very cute middle grade book. Plus I love the cover, it is very inviting.
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
This is the third book in the Invisible Library series, I really love Irene and Kai from this series and I can’t wait to see what adventures they are going to go on next.
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
This is one of my most anticipated books of this year so I am nervous to read it, it is also huge so it might take me a while but I am very excited, I am trying my hardest to not see any spoilers for it.
That’s it for my march TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it! What are you planning on reading this month?
Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you all had a lovely January. If you have seen any of my recent posts here on my Instagram posts (@the_blind_scribe) you will know that my January has been full of ups and downs, honestly mostly downs. After being unwell for most of it and then my partner and I breaking up and having to move back in with my parents I barely read anything in January.
So, onto my January Wrap-up!
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I did not read
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I did not read
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did read!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I did not read
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I did not read
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard Robinson – I have recently started to read this, I won’t finish it by the end of the month but I am really enjoying the atmosphere and the lead female character so far.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I have not read
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – I did not get around to reading
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have read the first 20 pages or so of this book and I am enjoying it but I wasn’t in the right mood for it this month because of everything happening.
Finale by Stephanie Garber – I did not read
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I did not read
The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I did read this!
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I did not read this
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I did not read this
Pages and Co Tilly and the Lost Fairytales – I did read this!
Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell – I did not read this
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – I did not read this
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – I did not read
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I did not read
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I did not read
The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – I did not read
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I did not read
I also read The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton which wasn’t on my TBR. So that means I read six books and I started two more so I am actually really happy with the amount that I ended up reading this month.
That’s it for this wrap up I hope you all enjoyed it!
Happy Tuesday bookish people! It’s the first month of the new year and it is time to share what I hope to be reading this month. I feel like I want to read a lot this month so far, I am hoping this will continue throughout the month and I’ll have a great month to start the year.
My January TBR:
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I am really excited to read this book, I bought it with some vouchers I got for Christmas and it should be arriving today.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I’m not sure what I will think of this book but I want to read more outside of my comfort zone this year
Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I am so close to finishing this series and I think this book will be another great one just like the rest of the series.
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I will say at the time of writing this that I have actually finished reading this book and completed the Brown Sisters trilogy!
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard-Robinson – A good Victorian mystery, that’s just what I want to read right now.
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – this is another book that I am not sure what to make of it yet but I hope I will enjoy it.
The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – a historical murder mystery, it sounds so different and intriguing and I am excited to get into it.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I am hoping that I will be able to get into this book easily.
Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I read one of the books in her Poirot series and enjoyed it so hopefully the rest of the series will be the same.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I loved his other book and a murder mystery set on a boat sounds intriguing.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – It is time I got around to reading this book.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I love any book to do with a circus or carnival so I have high hopes.
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have already started this one and just like the first book in the series, I am already immersed in the world.
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I don’t actually know much about this book.
Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I started reading her other book and ended up putting it down so I hope I will have better luck with this book.
Pages and Co 2 by Anna James – this is a lovely series of books that I am excited to continue.
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – another series that has a brilliant world that I want to get back to.
Finale by Stephanie Garber – finally I am hoping to finish up the caraval series!
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I’ve heard mixed things about this book but I am still interested in reading it.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – this is an intimidating book but I am excited to get around to it
Empire of the Vampire – another book I’m not sure about but I have heard great things.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I am excited to read more mysteries this month.
That’s it for my January TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Happy Sunday bookish people! And Merry Bookmas day 12! I thought it would be really fun to do another book tag today. I found the questions over at thesassygeek.wordpress.com.
Let’s get into the book tag!
You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch – Name A Villainous Character You Can’t Help But Love
For this one I had to choose Victor Vale from Vicious by V E Schwab because he’s a morally grey character and as a reader you’re never really sure if he’s a good guy or a bad guy and I really liked that. I also really liked his dialogue and his interaction with other characters – he is what made the book enjoyable for me.
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Which book do you want to see under the tree this year?
I have quite a few different books on my wishlist but one of the books I really want is The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi.
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves
There are so many characters I could choose for this but I eventually chose Zaf from Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert because at the beginning of the book Zaf has so much anxiety and he has ideas of what he wants to do but there are things holding him back and by the end his character has really grown and I loved that.
Santa Clause is Coming To Town – Which character is on the naughty list and which character is on the nice list?
I’d put Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas on the naughty list and Elizabeth Scrivener from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.
Frosty The Snowman – Melts your heart?
For this I thought of Cath and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because I felt there were lots of similarities between Cath and myself and it was nice to see the romance in this book even though usually I don’t like romance at all.
Feliz Navidad – Choose A book that takes place in a country other than your own
Again, there were so many books I could choose for this one. I settled on The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden because it is one of my favourite books that I have read.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Which holiday themed book do you use to spread Christmas joy?
I’ve struggled to think of an answer to this question because I haven’t read any holiday themed books yet.
Sleigh Ride – A fictional character to spend the holidays with?
I haven’t got a reason for this choice but my mind instantly went to Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Baby It’s Cold Outside – A book you didn’t like and that you would sacrifice to a fire to keep yourself warm?
First of all, I wouldn’t put any books into a fire but a book that I didn’t like is a good question. I would say We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo because I just did not like that book at all, I actually gave it to my best friend and they enjoyed it so I’m glad I gave it to her.
Do You Hear What I Hear – Which book do you think everyone should read?
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco!
That’s it for this Christmas Song book tag, I hope you all enjoyed reading my answers. What would you all have put for your answers, let me know in the comments!