recent reads 2019 1

Heyyy so I know I said I’d be posting more frequently, but it turns out that I talk a lot of shit, so here we are. I’ve done a few recent reads in the past as a way of me doing shorter reviews of books, and I think that this is something that I’m going to do a lot more of over the next year as I find longer, more in-depth reviews to be more intimidating having not long recovered from the worst reading slump of my whole life.

This is basically a January wrap up, but since it’s February and I’ve barely managed to finish another book, we’re making it a recent reads post instead! As always, the covers of the books will take you to their respective Goodreads pages.


29748925Laini Taylor’s writing is so unique and wonderful and somehow I manage to forget just how much I love it until I read one of her books again. Strange the Dreamer is hard to summarise because it takes you on such a journey and the main character, Lazlo, develops so much over the course of the book. Lazlo has easily made his way onto my list of favourite protagonists, primarily because he’s an absolute sweetheart and I’m convinced that it’s literally impossible not to love him. I adored all of the characters in this book, and all the complicated ways they interact with each other. Strange the Dreamer, much like Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, deals with gods and monsters, and I love this about her work. My one criticism is that I wasn’t really invested in the romance that develops in this book, as it does manifest incredibly quickly. Much of this book and its sequel depend on your investment in the relationship between these two characters, so the books suffered for me a little because of this. I didn’t dislike the romance, and as I’ve said I loved all the characters individually, it’s just that I personally prefer a slow burn.

RATING: ★★★★



38525180Obviously I can’t really mention much about this book without completely spoiling the first one, but suffice to say that this is one of the best sequels I’ve read. Strange the Dreamer could have worked completely fine as a standalone book, which puts the pressure on Muse of Nightmares to be just as good, if not better. Which, really, it was. This developed the world and the characters brilliantly, and it wove in the story of two new characters — Kora and Nova — perfectly. It  never felt rushed or underdeveloped, and I was more than happy to spend more time in this world. This is a sadder, more serious book when compared to the wonder of the first, but it ends in a way that I hope brings us more stories from this world, even if it’s not in novel format.

RATING: ★★★★



22073005How late am I for this hype train? Late enough that it took my friend watching and gushing over the Netflix adaptation for me to actually read it. By now, I think, we all know the premise: the book is told entirely in second person narration from the perspective of a stalker as he begins a relationship with the woman he’s stalking. This book was dark, and it definitely left me feeling uncomfortable more than once. Every character in this book was just a different kind of awful person, which made it really interesting to read, as it’s not often that you read a book where every single character is deeply and obviously flawed. I read it over the course of a day, and it’s definitely hard to put down. I do, however, think I went in with my expectations a little too high as I’d only ever heard positive things about it, but it’s by no means a bad book, and one that I’d definitely recommend. Even after reading this, I’m still going to check out the adaptation, as from what I’ve heard it’s even better than the book!




43305952One of the things I’ve noticed after not reading for so long is that my standards are much, much higher than they used to be. I’m still too stubborn to actually give up on a book I’m not enjoying (which is probably a habit I should break) but I’m a little less forgiving when a book isn’t meeting my expectations. The premise of this book was so cool. I received it in a Fairy Loot box, but with the promise of weredragons, I was likely going to be drawn to this book anyway. However, I wasn’t expecting this book to be an urban fantasy, which threw me off immediately, as dragons usually go hand-in-hand with high fantasy. The book being urban fantasy isn’t a problem by any means, however the more exciting elements of the story, i.e. the dragons and the heist, fell to the wayside in favour of high school drama that would have felt more at home in a YA contemporary. The book just felt underdeveloped to me, the worldbuilding wasn’t great, and I wasn’t invested in the characters as much as I should have been. It’s not a  bad book by any means, it was just underwhelming given the premise.




21956219If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you’ll know that I’ve been promising myself that I’m going to read this book since TIME IMMEMORIAL. And it FINALLY happened! I did it! I read a Robin Hobb book! And it was okay!

The thing about this book and this series is that all I ever seem to read about it is that you have to “get through it” to get to Hobb’s better works featuring these characters. Which, you know, isn’t exactly a glowing recommendation. But it did hold up. I do love Fitz, and there were elements of this book that I really loved and would like to see more of. I did find myself getting a little lost at times, and I’m not entirely sure I fully understand the magic system. There were a lot of characters in this book, and it did get a little confusing at times. But then, I did read the majority of this book on a train back from Nottingham with a slight hangover, so that might not be the book’s fault.


So those are the five books I’ve read so far this year! I said in my 2019 reading goals post that I was going to set myself a monthly TBR, but so far I haven’t done this. I’m a little behind in terms of my Goodreads goal, but I’m making a marked improvement on my reading compared to last year.

If you’ve read any of these books, let me know in the comments! I’d also love to hear if you’ve read and can recommend any more of Robin Hobb’s work 🙂







#TheReadingQuest TBR

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Hello! Hi! It’s me again! Work is stressful! I stopped reading! I watched a lot of Ru Paul’s Drag Race! How have you been?

I’m back today with my TBR for #TheReadingQuest! This amazing readathon is hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight, and the lovely artwork was created by CW @ Read Think Ponder. This readathon is based on video games, in that you choose a character class and do challenges based along their path, gaining points as you do so. The readathon runs from Sunday 13th August to Sunday 10th September. You can find out more information at the sign up post!

The Reading Quest Character Card Creator MAGE

As you can see, I’ll be doing the Mage path. I picked this both because mage is pretty much my go-to character choice in any fantasy RPG, but also because I have a lot of books that match the prompts!




A BOOK WITH A ONE WORD TITLE: Temeraire by Naomi Novik

  • Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is probably one of my favourite books (though I know that’s not a sentiment everyone shares). Temeraire is the first book in a nine-part fantasy/alternate history series, and is a reimagining of the Napoleonic wars but with dragons. I was completely sold on this, and I already know that I love the author’s writing, so I’m super excited to get to this.

A BOOK THAT CONTAINS MAGIC: Stalking Darkness by Lynn Fllewelling

  • This is actually the second book in a series, I read the first book, Luck in the Shadows, a couple of days ago and really, really liked it. So much so that I had to work the next two books in the series into this readathon somehow. This series, in a nutshell, is about two bisexual thieves, set mostly in a country run by a warrior queen. And if you aren’t immediately sold by that, I don’t know what to tell you.

A BOOK BASED ON MYTHOLOGY: The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

  • I picked this up mostly on a whim, uh, years ago now. This is a retelling of Norse mythology, told in first person from Loki’s perspective. Loki is such a fascinating character in almost every iteration of him in popular culture, so I’m glad this readathon is giving me the opportunity to finally get around to reading this.

A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT WORLD: Traitor’s Moon by Lynn Fllewelling

  • This is book three in the Nightrunner series, and as such I don’t really know too much about it. Suffice to say I’m very attached to Seregil and Alec and their developing relationship. I was so desperate to pick up book two after finishing the first book, I figured it was probably best to factor in book three!

THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

  • I will read a Robin Hobb book this year even if it kills me.


I’m not sure how many of the below I’ll actually get to, since I ended up picking a lot of dense fantasy novels for this challenge (though, admittedly, they aren’t as long as they could be). However, a few books immediately came to mind when I saw the side quests, so I figured I’d include them anyway!


EXPANSION: Rogues by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (eds.)

  • I was chipping away at this quite a bit at the beginning of the year, and I figured that I might dip in and out of it during this readathon. I’ve read a few stories from it, but now that I’m all caught up with the Kingkiller Chronicles, I’m really looking forward to reading Patrick Rothfuss’ story in this collection.

ANIMAL COMPANION: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  • Can you believe I haven’t read Six of Crows yet? Me neither! I really want to see what all the hype is about. I have read the Grisha trilogy, and loved the universe even if I wasn’t completely sold on the series. Six of Crows seems to get a lot more love, so I’m hoping I get time to read this.

GRIND: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

  • Okay, so this is barely over 500 pages, but I really wanted to include it! I was going to pick this for one of the main quest prompts, but I’m too attached to the Nightrunner series. Regardless, if I don’t read this during the readathon, I’m sure I’ll read it not long thereafter because I’ve been putting it off way too long!

So that’s my overambitious TBR! Hopefully I can get to at least half of these books?? I’m super excited to read all of them, and seeing everyone else’s TBRs is making me so excited!

Good luck if you’re also participating in the readathon! 🙂

Also, I promise I’m mostly back now. Maybe? Kind of? We’ll see.sig3







recent reads 2

Hey, so. It’s been a while.

You might remember from my last post that I recently started a new job. I’ve been there almost two months now, which is kinda crazy, and things are going well! However, it’s taken some getting used to – there’s a lot for me to learn, and I’ve only ever worked retail. Plus, it’s hard being the new person! I was in my last job for five years, so it’s been a long time since I’ve been the new face. Like I said though, it’s going really well and I’m enjoying it. But I’m super tired and I’ve had so much going on that blogging just kind of fell to the wayside.

Unfortunately, the same can be said for my reading. I get the bus into work and I initially intended to read on the bus, but then I got kind of obsessed with a few podcasts? So reading is just…not happening. Or, well, it wasn’t until I decided to reread American Gods, because I’ve been super hyped about the TV show, but when it came to actually watching it I found that I wanted to reread it first. It’s been so long since I reread anything that I’d forgotten just how good it can be to read an old favourite. Since then, I’ve been reading pretty much every day after work, and it feels so good to finally be back on the horse.

Anyway, my recent reads posts clearly aren’t as frequent, or recent, as I’d initially intended. I’ve read 20 books so far this year, which puts me super far behind on my goal of reading 60 books this year, but that’s… fine. I guess. Honestly, I’m okay with this because I managed to cut down my TBR a bit by having a huge book clear out when I redecorated my room recently. I mostly got rid of books that I’d read and didn’t want to reread, but it’s just made my collection so much more manageable, and so much less daunting. I mean. I still have like 120 books that I own and haven’t read, but now I can see all of those books, and also I’m mostly over hoarding books that I know I’ve no interest in reading.

Now that I’ve done a sufficient amount of waffling, let’s have a look at what I’ve actually been reading shall we?

Covers = Goodreads.

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BOOK REVIEW | The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


Read: October 2016

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard. Goodreads.

It’s always intimidating to read a book that’s so widely well-loved and admired. This is likely why The Name of the Wind sat in my room unread for so many years. I bought it in about 2014 after seeing so many positive reviews. I hadn’t read much—if any—fantasy since marathoning the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series in 2012. Which was probably because I was feeling more than a little burnt out on fantasy novels after completing that particular task. I’d hoped that The Name of the Wind would inspire/motivate me to pick up fantasy books again.

Which it did, if a few years later than I’d originally intended. I loved this book, really all I’m doing here is contributing to its already considerable hype, but still.

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Here’s my (slightly belated) wrap up of all the books I read in the last three months of the year! You can read my January-March wrap up here, my April-June wrap up here, and my July-September wrap up here.

As always, let’s talk about the books I’m currently reading before getting into what I have read. I had the very lofty ambition that I would completely clear my currently reading shelf. It’s really no surprise that I wasn’t successful in doing this. So, once again, I am still reading House of Leaves. It’s such a commitment, so I’ve just been prioritising other books. I’m also about halfway through I Am Malala, which I’d hoped to read for the #DAReadathon, but will probably finish up in January regardless. I also got approved for two ARCs, those being Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo. While these are both sitting on my currently reading shelf on Goodreads, I’m only actively reading Heartless at the moment.

Now, here are the books I have read!


Books I’d Like to Read in 2017


For a long time, I’d assumed that things like monthly TBRs don’t really work for me because I’m mostly a mood reader. That, coupled with the fact that for the last four years I’d had mountains of assigned reading, I never really liked tying myself to reading certain books within a certain time frame.

As it turns out, I was dead wrong, and setting tentative TBRs has actually helped me a lot in getting around to reading books that have been sitting around my room for ages. I made a post like this last year and you might notice that a couple of the books that I mentioned last year, are also on this list. That’s mostly because I was lazy, and didn’t push myself to read them, so they’re top priority this year. I’m thinking about setting a “theme” for myself each month—for instance, I’ve decided that I’ll read only fantasy books in February. This way I know I have to read certain books.

Very quickly, the books I’m carrying over are The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I talked about them a little in last year’s post, so I won’t go into them here. On the plus side, I did read two of the books on last year’s list so that’s not bad, right? 2 out of 5? Right.

Anyway, here are the books that I’m making a priority in 2017. As always, the covers will take you to the Goodreads page.

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Hello! I’ve been somewhat absent. Again. I’m trying very hard not to make this a habit, though I’ve really no excuse for my lack of posts. Obviously Christmas happened, and I work in retail, so I’ll let you imagine exactly how fun that was. I’d hoped to get this post up on Monday, but then New Year’s Eve happened and I was, perhaps, a touch hungover on New Year’s Day. Mostly, however, I was very full of cold, so my plans for a productive New Year’s unraveled very quickly. I promise I’ll be better at this (it is, actually, one of my goals for this year).

Anyway, it’s time to talk about my favourite books that I read in 2016! Much like my 2015 favourites, there’s not one single reason all of these books are on the list. Frankly, some of them are poles apart in terms of content and tone. This list basically consists of all the books I gave five stars this year, and some I gave four stars to (I’m remarkably stingy about five star ratings, for some reason). These books aren’t in any particular order, and there’s roughly ten books overall. This is very likely going to be a lengthy post, so I’ll get right into it!

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve barely started your Christmas shopping, and are frantically searching through gift guides hoping for inspiration. Today, I thought I’d share with you my go-tos when it comes to buying Christmas gifts for bookish friends. Though, honestly, they’re usually the easiest friends to buy for!

I know that this was a Top Ten Tuesday topic, but you’ll notice that it isn’t in the same format as my usual Top Ten Tuesday posts. There are way more than ten books in here, and I’ve split each of my recommendations into different categories. So while it isn’t in the same vein as TTTs usually are, I figured I’d give it a mention!

Without further ado, here are my recommendations!




So I’m lucky enough to be going on another holiday next week! I’m heading to Antalya, Turkey, with my parents. They asked if I’d like to go with them, and really, I’m not about to say no to a free holiday, so here I am. If you saw my previous holiday TBR, you’ll know that I aim to read a lot of books while I’m away, owing to doing basically nothing else but read for an entire week. This TBR is no less ambitious, so let’s get right into it!

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SERIES REVIEW | Captive Prince — C.S. Pacat

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READ: February 2016

GENRES: Romance, Fantasy.


I put off reading these books for the longest time. I first heard about them a few years ago, and for whatever reason I was never tempted enough to pick them up. With the release of the third and final book a couple of months ago, it started popping up on my Tumblr dash again, so I impulse bought the first book. To be honest, when I started reading Captive Prince I really wasn’t sure that I was going to like it. I didn’t read the synopsis when I bought it, so I’d forgotten that the books were going to deal quite so closely with slavery. Despite that, I ended up staying awake until 3AM reading Captive Prince, and when I finished it up the next day, I began hunting down copies of the second and third book. It’s a really enjoyable, really interesting series. They are kind of “guilty pleasure” books, but I enjoyed them so much that I’m past whatever “guilt” I felt .

Here’s the synopsis:

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else.

Before I really get into it, I need to warn you for discussions of slavery, sex slavery, sexual abuse, rape, threat of rape, threat of violence, actual violence, and paedophilia. These issues feature or are discussed in the books at varying levels of intensity, but I’d rather overstate them than understate them. So if any of those things makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s worth seriously thinking about whether you want to read the books.

With that mentioned, let’s get on into my review.

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