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! Merry Bookmas day 26! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day and that you will have a great Boxing day too. Of course I couldn’t help myself but to bring you another book tag, today’s being the Winter Book Tag.
Falling Snow: The colours of Winter are muted, choose a book that has whites, light blues and greys
Crackling Fire: colder weather makes for the perfect time to sit by a crackling fire, which book is best to curl up next to the fire with?
Ice Storm: winter storms can be brutal, what book do you love that takes the characters through a brutal season?
Winter Wishes: spending more time indoors allows more time to dream and wish, which character is living a life that you dream about?
Hot Cocoa: there is nothing like a hot cup of cocoa during winter, what book do you think should be the next big thing?
Lip Balm and Lotion: soothing dry skin is part of winter for many, what book is full of soothing and comforting words?
Peppermint Mocha: what is your winter go to food or drink?
Tea! I am always drinking tea!
That’s it for this book tag! I hope you all enjoyed seeing my answers, what would you give as your answers to this tag?
Happy Tuesday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 14! Today I will be sharing with you ten books that I wish I had gotten around to reading in 2021. There are way more than ten of these but that would be come a really really long blog post. So I have limited it to just ten.
And they are:
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angelles
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
The Diviners by Libba Bray
SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED… Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…
A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos
Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.
Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
Furyborn by Claire LeGrand
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery.
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
That’s it, that’s ten of the books that I wish I had gotten around to reading this year but never did. Hopefully next year!
Happy Monday bookish people! It is getting to the end of November and it is time to share my November wrap-up with you all. This month has gone by so quickly because I’ve had so much to do. This month has been for getting everything ready for Christmas and at last it is all done, prepared, ready. I’ve also been making all my posts for December because as I announced last week I will be trying to post every day in December, it has been fun but a lot of work. I haven’t finished them yet but I’ve done most and I am attempting to finish them today. On top of that I’ve been unwell for at least half of November and that has left very little time to read.
So, let’s talk about what I did and didn’t read and what I thought of the books!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I did not read this book this month, I wasn’t in the mood for a long fantasy book but I have moved this book to my December TBR
Vampire Brat by Angie Sage – one of the books in the Araminta Spook series and I did read this book. I liked it but it isn’t my favourite of the series.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I did not read this book but I have moved this one to my December TBR
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I did not read this book
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan – I did not read this book, it’s another fantasy that I just wasn’t in the mood for this month
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I didn’t read this book
The Howling Hag Mystery by Nicki Thornton – I did read this book, it was interesting but not all that enjoyable for me
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – I did not read this book
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – I did not read this book
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I didn’t read this book either
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did read this book! and it surprised me, I have posted a book review for this book if you are interested in my full thoughts
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – I did not read this book
Shadowscent The Darkest Bloom by P M Freestone – I did not read
Rose by Holly Webb – I wanted to get around to this book but in the end there wasn’t enough time
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – I am currently reading this book and I will finish it before the end of the month and I am enjoying it a lot.
Pages and Co by Anna James – I did read this book and I enjoyed it so much I want to get the rest of the series.
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg – this is another book I wanted to get to but in the end I didn’t
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey – I did not read this book
Ghostsitters by Angie Sage – another book from the Araminta Spook series and I did read this
Fable by Adrienne Young – I did not read this book
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I did not read this
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I did not read this
By the Book by Amanda Sellett – I did not read this book
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did not read this book either
So I ended up reading five books off my TBR and I am in the middle of a sixth book from my TBR, outside of my TBR I read You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen M McManus for a book tour so that makes my overall total for the month 7 books which I’m pretty pleased with.
Happy Tuesday bookish people! I was meant to be putting this post up yesterday but I ran out of time because my partner and I were visiting his parents. So I’m putting it up today instead!
This month I have used the prompts for Believathon round 4: Escape from the Jungle – hosted by Gavin from How To Train Your Gavin on YouTube, but I am twisting the rules just a little bit…
The premise of the Readathon is to read middle grade books that fit the prompts – there are thirty prompts in total. I don’t own that many middle grade books so I am just going to use any books I have to fit the prompts and get some of the middle grade I own in there as well.
Onto my TBR for November!
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – This is from my October TBR but I still want to read it so I have moved it to this month
Rivers of London by ben Aaronovitch – another book taken from my October TBR
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – and another brought from October
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – it is about time I read this book, I have had the whole series for ages now
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – have read one or two of her books before and really enjoyed them so I am looking forward to this one.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – this is a series I have seen a lot of good things about
The Howling Hag Mystery by Nicki Thornton – this is the first middle grade book on my TBR so I’m excited to get this one on there
Rose by Holly Webb – this is a book that was a favourite of mine when I was a child and I am looking forward to trying it again now
Fable by Adrienne Young – I love books that feature water so I have high hopes for this one
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – I’m not sure how I will find this one but hopefully I enjoy it
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I’m so excited to finally get around to reading this one and to be back with Feyre and Rhysand
Pages and Co by Anna James – another middle grade that sounds like it will be really good
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg – this was on my October TBR but now I am really in the mood to read it
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – I’m scared to read this one
Ghostsitters by Angie sage
Vampire Brat by Angie Sage
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey – a book about a book shop, I’m definitely excited about it
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I am excited but scared to read this book
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – I love the cover of this book
By the Book by Amanda Sellet – I really want to read this book immediately
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan – I love books with fae in them
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
That’s it for my October TBR I hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments if you have read any of these and what you thought of them!
Happy Friday bookish people! I’m back with my next installment of my favourite book quotes top 100. We are getting so close to finishing this list. I’m probably more excited than anyone reading this and I know what the top ones are because I chose them. We are past the halfway point and getting into some of my absolute favourite quotes, but some of them are coming from books I haven’t read yet.
Lets get into the quotes!
Up first is a quote from a book I’m very excited to get around to reading..
And I Darken by Kiersten White
50. “her spine was steel, her heart was armour, her eyes were fire” – this is such a lovely quote, it just feels very powerful, which is how I’m imagining the whole book will feel.
Up next is a quote from a book that I gave three stars…
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
49. “I want revenge and then I want my crown” – this quote is actually said by one of my favourite characters in this book.
At 48 is a quote from a little mermaid retelling…
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
48. “In my heart I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me”
At 47 is a quote from a book I’ve already mentioned in this list…
And I Darken by Kiersten White
47. “she wanted a garden of evergreens, a garden of stones, a garden of swords” – this quote is just beautiful, the calmness of the garden and evergreen language compared to the stones and swords.
Up next is a quote from a book about witches…
Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
46. “I am fearful and something to be feared” – I can’t wait to get to read this book.
At 45 is a quote from a book that is on my July TBR..
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
45. “you will burn for you are an ember in the ashes” – fun fact I have a cushion cover with this quote on, it does not currently have a cushion in it but soon!
The next quote is from a book that has one of the most beautiful covers on my shelf…
Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
44. “until the fire in the sun grows cold and the light of the moon is no more, until time blots out the stars” – MAIA AND EDAN!! that’s all I’m going to say about this.
At 43 is a quote from a very unique book…
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
43. “with pockets women could conquer the world” – yes, yes we could.
Up next is from another book on my TBR for this month…
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
42. “death incarnate, night triumphant”
And the final one for today’s list is from a very popular series…
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
41. “she had often wished for adventure, for old spells and wicked kings” – me too.
That’s it for this week’s list and I’ll be back next Friday with the next ten, I hope you all enjoyed it!
Happy Friday bookish people! Have you seen any of your favourites on this list yet? We’ve still got a long way until we are in my top 10. Anyone else excited for that or is it just me? and really I shouldn’t be excited because I compiled the list and I know what’s in my top 10 already… nevermind, I’m still excited!
Today is numbers 80 – 71. There’s some interesting ones in this section although we are getting to the point now where there isn’t much I can say about each of the quotes so for this one I’m just going to list them. Enjoy!
At 80 we have a quote from a book that is on my TBR this month…
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
80. “I’d walk into the burning heart of Hell itself to find you” this quote is so dramatic I love it.
up next is a quote from a series that it has recently been announced will be turned into a TV show…
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
79.”I could set this world on fire and call it rain”
As will be common throughout these book quotes lists the next one is from a book I haven’t read yet..
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova
78.”Crooked smiles for crooked hearts”
Number 77 is from a sequel…
King of Fools by Amanda Foody
77.”love always carved the deepest wounds”
Number 76, I have so many quotes from this book all throughout my top 100…
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
76.”let’s make this fight worthy of a song”
The next quote is from a series of books I’m not sure if I like them or not..
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
75.”dream me the world, something new for every night”
At 74 is a quote from the same book…
74.”what a strange constellation they all were”
Getting close to the end of this section now.. at 73 is a quote from a series I recently started…
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
73.”remember that you are a wolf and you cannot be caged”
next is a quote from another book I haven’t read yet…
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
72.”a lion fears only the fox”
and finally for this set of quotes at 71 is….
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
71.”a dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at all” – can you tell I like quotes and books with themes of dreaming?
So that’s it for this weeks quotes, I’ll be back next Friday with 70 – 61 which include books like Serpent and Dove, Crescent City and The Wrath and the Dawn.
It took a little while to decide on this next set of ten, there are so many great choices but I settled on them eventually, and by that I mean I rewrote my list of 100 quotes about twelve times… anyway, moving on quickly to number 90!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
90. “Not all scars can be seen” – this quote really resonates with me for a lot of reasons that I wont go into here, but I have physical and mental scars that have effects on my life so it feels like a very important quote to include on this list.
At 89 is a quote from a book I read recently and I think it sums up how a lot of people, particularly some that I know, are feeling at the moment..
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
89. “You honestly expect me to breathe in a world without air” – I don’t think there is anything else I need to say about this quote.
The next quote is from a very popular fantasy series…
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
88. “She was the heir of ash and fire and she would bow to no-one” – I will admit I have not read this series yet although I do plan to soon but I have seen this quote on a few pieces of art and it intrigues me.
At 87 is a quote from one of my favourite female characters…
The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black
87. “If I cannot be better than them then I will become so much worse” – this is said by Jude, I think this quote really shows a lot about her character and where the story might be going.
The next quote is from another book I haven’t read yet (this is going to be a very common theme…)
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
86. “Let love guide your heart and everything else will fall into place” – this is just a lovely quote, whether that is love for a friend, a family member or a partner, I do believe love is an important part of life.
The next quote is from a unique sounding fantasy book…
All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
85. “The mistakes I made in the past do not make me weak” – I can imagine a strong female lead saying this and it says so much in very few words.
At 84 is a quote from another popular series…
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
84. “I’d rather die than live with no mercy, no honour, no soul” – I think this is a great quote because it shows so much about the character and what they stand for.
At 83 is a quote that I’ve really needed the past week…
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
83. “Sometimes we fail because we’re not meant to succeed” – everyone who knows me will know that I believe in fate and that things happen for a reason, this quote reminds me of this and as I said I’ve needed that this past week.
The next quote is from the final book in a series…
A Sky Beyond The Strom by Sabaa Tahir
82. “Broken things that are the sharpest. The deadliest” – this quote gives a great sense of atmosphere for this book.
And for the final quote of this installment is…
Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody
81. “What is buried is not always dead” – I have no idea why but this quote always gives me goosebumps.
So that’s it for this installment, come back next week for the next ten! I hope you all enjoyed it!