#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!

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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.

SIDE QUESTS

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!

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Graphic Novels on my TBR

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This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is all about the visuals, a kind of freebie topic focused on graphic novels/comics/picture books. Today, I’ll be talking about the ten graphic novels that are at the top of my wishlist. I’ve only really gotten into comics and graphic novels over the last couple of years, so a lot of the books that I mention here are probably already pretty well-established. I’ve heard amazing things about all of them, and I’m desperate to read each and every one of them!

As always, the covers will take you to the Goodreads pages.

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Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To

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Hello! Welcome to my first Top Ten Tuesday post of the year. This week’s theme is 2016 releases you meant to read, but didn’t get around to. Today I’ll be sharing with you some of the 2016 releases that I bought and haven’t read, and some that I meant to buy, but didn’t.

Hopefully I’ll get to most of these in 2017, but for now, let’s get started! As always, the book cover of each will take you to the Goodreads pages.


1. THE RAVEN KING BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

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I really like the Raven Cycle and I was so excited for this book to come out, but then I just…never bought it? My favourite thing about this series is definitely the characters, but I was so excited to see how the whole thing would conclude. I’m definitely hoping to buy/read this at some point this year!


2. THE LAST STAR BY RICK YANCEY

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Again, this is a series that I really, really like. But I didn’t buy the last book, and now I barely remember what happened in the second book, so I’ll probably have to reread the whole series. Why do I do this to myself.


3. STARS ABOVE BY MARISSA MEYER

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This is a collection of short stories set in the Lunar Chronicles universe. However, it’s set after the events of Winter, and since I haven’t read that yet, I couldn’t read this!


4. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM BY J.K. ROWLING

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While this wasn’t a priority, I’d hoped to read this not long after I watched the film. I ended up seeing the film quite spontaneously, and then didn’t get the screenplay until Christmas. Still, I’d really like to read this, because I enjoyed the film much more than I thought I would, so it’d be interesting to compare the two!


5. THE ESSEX SERPENT BY SARAH PERRY

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I mean, I mostly bought this because of the cover. And because I had a full Waterstones stamp card, which meant that I got £10 off, which meant that I was completely justified to make an impulse cover-buy. It does still sound incredibly interesting, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.


6. EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS

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Now, this one I’m not sure I’ll ever read. While I didn’t enjoy Queen of ShadowsI did intend to give Empire of Storms a chance. However, after reading a considerable amount of reviews, I’m not so sure anymore. I’m about 80% sure I’ve completely dropped this series — 80% because every time I tell someone I won’t read it, I doubt myself. So we’ll see.


7. THE BUTCHER’S HOOK BY JANET ELLIS

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This was actually another impulse buy when the hardcover was really cheap on Amazon. I’d heard Jen Campbell on YouTube talk about it a lot, so I figured that it must be good. Really, all I needed to know was that it’s historical fiction about a cunning, apparently macabre girl, and I’m pretty much sold.


8. AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE

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You guessed it, this was another impulse buy. I just thought the concept of this book was so intriguing, I couldn’t resist picking it up. I love reading about unlikeable characters, so I’ll be sure to make time for this book soon!


9. THE CITY OF MIRRORS BY JUSTIN CRONIN

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This book was my most anticipated release of 2016 by a long, long way. The only reason I didn’t read it is because the previous book in this series came out in 2012, so I really need to reread all of them. This is one of my favourite series, so it’ll be interesting to see what I make of it when I do make time to read all three books.


10. LABYRINTH LOST BY ZORAIDA CORDOVA

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This book was everywhere last year, and I (impulsively) bought it during a Kindle daily deal. This was one of the books on my TBR for the #DAReadathon, and I’m actually currently reading it at the moment! Look at me! Not avoiding books on my TBR! Progress!


Those are all the 2016 releases that I fully intended to read. I’m not entirely sure which of these I’ll get around to in 2017, but I’ll definitely be prioritising the books I actually own. Which, realistically, means that there’s probably going to be a couple more series that I’ll need to reread in the future…

If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Books I’d Like to Read in 2017

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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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Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

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The Dumbledore’s Army readathon is being hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. This readathon aims to encourage people to read more diverse books. The readathon will take place between 1st-15th January, and you can join in by using the hashtag #DAReadathon on Twitter and Instagram. You can find out more information over at the original sign up post.

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I’ve decided to give another readathon a go! I participated in Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews’ Halloween readathon, which was my first ever readathon, and loved the whole experience. So when I saw this readathon I knew I had to give it a shot.I have absolutely no idea how many of these books I’m going to get to. Reading 7 books in 2 weeks is quite the undertaking no matter how you look at it, but it’s also my birthday on January 9th, so we’ll see how that goes!

One of my reading goals for next year is to read more diversely so I’m really looking forward to getting involved in this readathon and making my way through at least some of these books.

All the banners were made by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. The covers will take you to Goodreads.

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Ten Books I’ve Added to my TBR Lately

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I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is ten books that you’ve added to your TBR recently. Today, I’m going to share with you ten recent additions to my wishlistrather than ten books I’ve actually bought. Until Saturday, when I bought three books, I’d been doing quite well at slowing down my book buying! I consider my wishlist my eventual TBR, so here they are in no particular order! As always, the covers will take you to the Goodreads pages.


1. EVERFAIR BY NISI SHAWL

26114130Everfair is an alternate history novel set in the Congo, exploring what it would have been like if the native populations had discovered steam technologies prior to the arrival of the Belgians, who colonised the area. This is neo-Victorian fiction, which I have read some of, but I do enjoy Victorian literature more generally. The premise of this sounds absolutely fascinating. After reading Homegoing I’ve been very keen to read more historical fiction from a non-white perspective, and I’ve really been wanting to read more books set in African countries. I’m sure curiosity will get the better of me and I’ll end up buying this soon.

 


2. INVISIBLE PLANETS BY KEN LIU (ED.)

30626608 Invisible Planets is a collection of translated Chinese science fiction short stories both edited and translated by Ken Liu. I actually eyed this up in Waterstones recently, and I have no idea what stopped me from buying it. Not only does it have a beautiful cover, it sounds really interesting, too. I’m admittedly not very well read when it comes to science fiction, but I though it would be really interesting seeing how the future is imagined in a different culture.

 

 

 


3. DIFFICULT WOMEN BY ROXANE GAY

30644520I read Roxane Gay’s essay collection Bad Feminist earlier this year and completely loved it. I was a huge fan of the style and tone of her writing, and I already own her novel An Untamed StateDifficult Women is a short story collection that I believe discusses a variety of women of different backgrounds and experiences. It isn’t released until January, so I’m hoping to have read her novel by then, and I’m sure I’ll love her fiction just as much as I enjoyed her essays.

 


 

4. THE GOOD IMMIGRANT BY NIKESH SHUKLA (ED.)

28668534The Good Immigrant is an anthology edited by Nikesh Shukla, focusing on what it’s like to be part of a minority ethnic group in Britain today. I was pretty much sold on this from the start, but after reading Riz Ahmed’s essay titled Typecast as a Terrorist, which features in the collection, it jumped straight to the top of my wishlist. As this focuses on Britain, I’m very excited to eventually read it, and hopefully I’ll discover some new writers in the process. (By the way, I’d highly recommend you read Riz Ahmed’s essay regardless!)


 

5. ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA BY GARY YOUNGE

31819463This is a non-fiction book focused on one day in America when ten young people, aged between nine and nineteen, are killed by guns. None of these deaths made the national news. It is, essentially, about the consequences of the lack of gun control in America. Younge focuses on children as, on average, seven children and teens are killed by guns in America every day. I did a little research on gun violence for my dissertation, and I’m interested in taking that research a little further. While I’m sure that this will be a depressing read, I don’t doubt that it will be an important one.

 


6. THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD BY COLSON WHITEHEAD

30555488This book has been getting a lot of interest lately, and I’m very intrigued by the premise. The Underground Railroad is a slavery narrative wherein the historical Underground Railroad is an actual railroad. I’ve read some reviews saying that the content is brutal, and others saying the same, but that the writing was quite detached. If anything, this has made me more interested to read it. Especially since, as I said before, my background in historical fiction is very lacking.

 

 


7. THE KILLING MOON BY N.K. JEMISIN 

11774272After reading The Name of the Wind last month, I’ve really been in the mood to read more fantasy novels. I’ve heard so many amazing things about N.K. Jemisin, particularly about her novel The Fifth Season, and I’m desperate to read some of her work. However, I think the book of hers I’ll start with is The Killing Moon (though, if you think I’m better off starting with The Fifth Season, let me know!). This is, I think, loosely based on Ancient Egyptian mythology. It’s about a group of priests in service of the dream goddess, and their job is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind. Again, this is another one with a really cool concept that I’m sure I’ll pick up soon.


 

8. THE GOLDFINCH BY DONNA TARTT

18692995My reasoning behind this one is pretty simple: I loved Donna Tartt’s writing when I read The Secret History and I’d really like to read more of her books. I’m not sure whether I want to read this or The Little Friend next. The Goldfinch is huge and generally well-loved, but people seem less fond of The Little Friend. If you’ve read either, or both of them, let me know which one you think I should read first!

 

 

 


9. THE WOODS, VOL. 1. BY JAMES TYNION IV & MICHAEL DIALYNAS

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10. VASSA IN THE NIGHT BY SARAH PORTER

28220892I feel like I’ve been seeing this book everywhere lately, so I know I’m eventually going to cave and end up buying it! So many reviews are saying that it’s really weird, so that’s honestly just making me more curious, and more likely to buy it. All I know about it, really, is that it’s set in New York, where the night is slowly getting longer. I also know that it’s inspired by a fairy tale, so I’ll have to make sure I read up on that if I ever end up buying it!

 

 


 

So there you are! There’s a glimpse into my frankly exhaustive wishlist. This probably covers less than 10% of the books that I have sorted into various wishlists on Amazon. I know I’ll never get around to buying or reading them all, but a girl can dream!! Though really, I do think I’ll eventually get around to buying these ones as I’m really interested in all of them.

If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! That way, it might make it easier for me to decide which ones I’d like to buy first 😉

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Halloween Read-A-Thon TBR

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So the lovely Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews is hosting a Halloween Read-A-Thon this year! Despite the fact that I’ve never participated in a read-a-thon before, I just couldn’t pass this one up. As you probably know, horror is one of my favourite genres, but I’ve never actually dedicated a significant amount of time to reading just horror or thriller books before. Even though my MA dissertation was about horror books, I’m still really in the mood to read some more! The read-a-thon takes place from the 10th October to the 31st October. If you’d like to know more about it, here’s the announcement post. Lauren also created a few challenges to go along with the read-a-thon, so I’ve used those to shape my TBR!

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HOLIDAY TBR #2

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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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Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR Way Too Long

Look! Baby’s first Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but I didn’t really have the time to commit to doing it every week. Realistically, I still don’t until September, but I thought the themes for the next few weeks were too good to pass up.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is about the books that have been sitting on your shelf for a really, really long time.

Now, I’ve no shame in admitting that my TBR is huge. It’s dauntingly huge. I used to list all the books I wanted to read on my Goodreads page, but that got overwhelming, so I decided just to list the books that I actually own.

“But Amy,” I hear you say, “Doesn’t your Goodreads TBR look like this:”

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Yes. It does.

Anyway. Here are all the books that have been sitting around my bedroom for longer than I care to admit, accompanied by my flimsy excuses for not having read them yet.

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HOLIDAY TBR

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This Sunday, the lovely Julianne and I are going away to Kos, Greece for a week for a well-deserved holiday! Today I thought I’d share all the books I’m thinking of reading while we’re over there.

I’ll be reading these books on my Kindle, because my reading speed when I’m doing pretty much nothing but laze around on a sunlounger all day, is a force to be reckoned with. This might seem like a fairly ambitious TBR for a week, but last time I went away for a week I managed to read 5 books, and when I last went away for two weeks I read 12 books. So I’m making sure that I’m well prepared!

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