Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’d Like to Start

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks is a freebie. In lieu of having anything in mind, I’m going to do a recent topic that I missed. Not that I need any more fuel to the series train, but lets talk about ten book series I’d like to start reading.

  1. The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
  2. Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
  3. Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French
  4. The Bloodsworn Saga by John Gwynne
  5. The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
  6. A Chorus of Dragons by Jenn Lyons
  7. You Caroline Kepnes
  8. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
  9. The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft
  10. Discworld by Terry Pratchett

Some of these have been on my list for years like the Tana French books, and others are on there in the hopes that I’ll someday achieve an amazing bookish feat like reading Discworld. One thing they all have in common, I am determined to read them at some point.

Have you read any of these? Any you would recommend, on this list or otherwise? Do share!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

October 2022: Month in Review

Happy November everyone! It’s been a long and busy month that happened to fly by. That said I did get a little bit of reading in, if not much else.

This month I read:

The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik
Once Upon a Time in Pemberley by Summer Hanford
An Introduction at Ramsgate by Kerri Jones
Pick Me, Handsome by C. Morgan
The Luxury of Silence by Susan Adriani

I’ve been on a bit of a Pride & Prejudice variation kick recently, hence the three of them that I read this month. The Golden Enclaves was the best book of the month though.

I’m currently reading:

The Well of Ascension I started at the end of September, and just picked it back up as my plane book this past weekend. The Fires of Heaven has been slow going as I’ve only been listening to it during my evening walks, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.

This month I hauled:

1. The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
2. The City of Dusk by Tara Sim
3. Babel by R.F. Kuang

Non-Bookishness:

I recently started to re-watch what I’ve seen of Bones so that I can finally finish the show. I also watched Rings of Power which I QUITE enjoyed. Next up for shows, the new season of Barbaren that came out at the end of October and Season two of The Wheel of Time is coming out this month. I’ve got a lot to look forward to!

How was your month? Did you read, buy, or watch anything good this month?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Nature on the Cover

Happy Tuesday y’all! I don’t really have the mental capacity to cook up a post for this weeks topic so I decided to pick a past topic. Seeing as I’m working on this on a flight home from Montana, books with nature on the cover seemed a fitting topic.

  1. Fen, Bog, & Swamp by Annie Proulx
  2. Wild Green Wonders by Patrick Barkham
  3. Ever Green by John W. Reid
  4. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
  5. Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
  6. The Girl in the Tree by Şebnem İşigüzel
  7. The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
  8. Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
  9. Kings of the Yukon by Adam Weymouth
  10. Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

Have you read any of these? They’re all from my TBR, so let me know if any should be a priority. I am really looking forward to everyone’s posts this week even if I didn’t follow the prompt.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Bookstores/Bookstores I’d Love to Visit

Happy Tuesday everyone! This weeks TTT is favorite bookstores or bookstores I’d love to visit. I am very excited for this weeks topic as I love visiting bookstores all over the world, so I’m going to do half and half this week. I’m also super excited to learn about some new bookstores to add to my list from this weeks posts!

Five of my favorite bookstores:
1. The Book Barn in Niantic, CT: This is my local-ish used bookstore and they have several locations down the main drag in Niantic. I love browsing their shelves every chance I get.
2. Boekhandel Dominicanen in Maastricht, Netherlands: This is a bookstore located in a church that is about 800 years old in Maastricht. It’s easily the most beautiful bookstore that I’ve ever been in.
3. Elizabeth’s Bookshop in Melbourne, Australia: I had a great time browsing the shelves here and this is the home of the original ‘blind date with a book’ which I love.
4. Strand Book Store in New York, NY: I don’t think that any book lover can go to NYC without drooling over the shelves upon shelves of books in The Strand.
5. Daunt Books in London, UK: I’m very sure there are plenty of bookstores I’ve yet to find in London that are also wonderful, but there is something about Daunt Books. I just love this place.

Five bookstores I want to visit:
1. El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina: This is a bookstore in a beautiful old theater in Argentina and I would love love love to visit someday.
2. Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France: This is probably one of the most famous bookstores in the world if I had to guess and I cannot wait to get there.
3. Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR: This is the world’s largest independent bookstore, who wouldn’t want to visit?
4. Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA: Every picture I’ve seen of this bookstore is beautiful. The inside is all hardwood and exposed beams and of course there are books everywhere.
5. Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal: This is another bookstore that looks gorgeous, and honestly, I don’t even care about needing to queue to visit!

That’s all for now, though I could go on! Have you been to any of these stores? Are there any that you recommend?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

September 2022: Month in Review

Hi All! Another month has passed and what a month it’s been. I started it out on vacation, did some reading, and spent a lot of time working and trying to get back onto my normal schedule which has been a bit of a joke, but who doesn’t love a laugh. I didn’t read a lot of books, but overall, the quality of what I did read (even if half were re-reads) was very good, so I’m happy.

This month I read:

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare 3ish stars
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson 5 stars
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – re-read 5 stars
The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik – re-read 5 stars

I’m currently reading:

This month I hauled:

These books are all from my vacation shopping. I was with my best friend who is not a reader like I am, but she was nice enough to tolerate my need to go book shopping. Of course we visited Armchair Books in Edinburgh as well as the Topping & Co. in Edinburgh.

Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan, Translated by Ken Liu
Madness by Roald Dahl
War by Roald Dahl
And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I started buying a copy of this book in every country or majorly important to me bookstore that I visit seeing as it’s basically my favorite of all time!)
Wolfsong by T.J. Klune

In addition to the above, I also picked up the rest of the Shadowhunter books and two others that I grabbed on a spur of the moment Barnes & Noble trip.

How was your September? Any reads to recommend?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Typographic Book Covers

Hello again and Happy Tuesday! This weeks TTT post is typographic book covers, or book covers that are mostly words. In the end, I expected this to be much more difficult than it actually was, but I ended up with far more than ten options after just a few minutes of browsing my TBR. Here is what I went with:

What did you come up with for this weeks TTT? Do tell!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall 2022 TBR

Happy Tuesday everyone! It is time for another Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is books on my fall 2022 TBR. I certainly have a few books that I am anticipating, however, I am the ultimate mood reader, so we shall see how many of these I actually pick up this fall. Here they are:

1. The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik: This is my most anticipated book right now. I read the first two in the trilogy over the summer and immediately pre-ordered book three. I CANNOT wait to get my grubby little hands on this one.
2. The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West: I recently happened across this book and while the cover is what initially caught my eye, the story sounds so amazing and I am looking forward to picking up a copy and digging into this book.
3. The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan: This is book five of The Wheel of Time and my goal is really to just keep reading and enjoying the series throughout the rest of the year, especially with season two of the show coming soon!
4. For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten: This is a fairy tale fantasy retelling that seems like it will be perfect for binging on a cool day with a cup of coffee and a fuzzy blanket. I’ve got big plans for this one, basically.
5. The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher: I grabbed an e-copy of this one a few months back and I keep hearing such great things about T. Kingfisher. What better time to prioritize a horror novel than the fall?

6. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson: This book seems perfect for a spooky fall read and I am here for it!
7. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone: I started reading this one a while back, but for some reason I never finished it. I don’t really know why as the premise is really interesting, but I want to pick this up again and read it in full.
8. Radiance by Grave Draven: I have heard so many good things about this book and it does seem to be very up my alley. I think this fall is going to be the perfect time to read it!
9. A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan: I put this on my TBR immediately after seeing a single review for it, simply for the twisted creepiness of it (based on that review). Another perfect Halloween time read I think.
10. Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell: I’ve had a copy of this for more than a few years now and the premise of the book is SO intriguing, especially that it differs from other time-travel stories in one major way (that I know of at this point) and I really want to read this and find out what is really going on.

These are my top ten books on my fall 2022 TBR. Have you read any of these? What’s on your list?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Shattered Realms #4
Publisher: HarperTeen, Paperback, 656 pages

Alyssa ana’Raisa is struggling to find her way back home without letting the empress that has taken her know just what she is up to. Her home is at risk, her people need her, and she is determined not to let them down. Meanwhile, political intrigue abounds, both in the northern and the southern kingdoms. The question isn’t if the Gray Wolf line will succeed, but how.

Deathcaster is one hell of a conclusion to this series. There is a lot that happens throughout this book, but overall I think the execution was really well done. In a lot of ways, this series really built up a lot of political intrigue, both within the kingdoms themselves, but also between them. This book brings all of those points together as the details are uncovered in full. There was a lot that needed to happen in Deathcaster, after all there were characters all over the place and we knew they had to find their way back to each other some how. That said, I was impressed at how well the book was paced. I was just a little weary at first, but overall it did not feel rushed and I didn’t feel like there were gaping holes left.

I have to say that I feel like Lyss gets more of the time when it comes to character development than others in this series. And that’s probably fair seeing as in some ways she has the most to overcome of any of the characters in this series. Additionally, I think that in this particular book that extra time is important. She is essentially being made to make a decision that either destroys her freedom, or has the potential to destroy her home if she’s not successful in her planning. We get a lot of the struggle that her character is facing and it just feels so real. However, there are other characters that I would have enjoyed seeing more of as well.

Okay… Dragons. Let’s talk about them because I didn’t actually know when I picked up this series that there would be dragons. The way that the dragons communicate was intriguing in itself, but the way that their personalities were developed was THE BEST. It was so much fun. From watching Cas’s development, because he does develop as his own character from book one, all the way to the babies in book four… You cannot possibly not love them. I am obsessed with those dragons. I would die for those dragons. Is it a little much? Yes. Is it true? Also yes.

Does the ending of the book, or at least the overarching plot, feel a little convenient? Yes, maybe a little, but I enjoyed reading this series so much that honestly I am willing to overlook that. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Shattered Realms books and I am absolutely interested in reading Chima’s other works as well. 5/5 Stars.

Shattered Realms Series:
1. Flamecaster
2. Shadowcaster
3. Stormcaster
4. Deathcaster

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Geographical Terms in the Title

Hi All! It is time for Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is books with a geographical term in the title. Below are all titles from my TBR. Lots of mountain and sea options, other terms took a little more work to dig up, but here’s what I found.

1. The Sea by John Banville
2. Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
5. Isolde, Queen of the Western Isles by Rosalind Miles
6. Valley of the Kings by John Romer
7. Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard
8. Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson
9. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
10. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

What terms did you manage to find in your book titles?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Checking in: We’re back to the real world

Howdy there! I have returned from vacation and I have to say, it was wonderful! I went to Scotland with my best friend and we had a blast. The stand outs were definitely Dunnottar Castle and the Isle of Skye, though admittedly we wish we had more time to spend on Skye. Of course we had to take a boat ride down Loch Ness… how do you skip that? And in all honesty, the highlands were just beautiful everywhere we went. It didn’t hurt that the heather was in bloom so all of the hills and mountains had this purply/blue coloring to them. We had some other adventures as well like quadding in the Cairngorms and we went hunting for street art in Aberdeen (and we’re pretending this day went EXACTLY as planned… you’ll never get me to confess otherwise!). I’ll share some photos below. 🙂

Reading wise: Very happily I did start reading Mistborn on vacation and I’m so mad I waited. I am LOVING this book. I have about 150 pages left, so I’m hoping to finish it this weekend. I’m not sure what I’ll read next, I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for, but for right now I’m just going to enjoy the book I’ve got going.

Without further adieu, here are some Scotland photos!

Nothing like a boat ride on Loch Ness. The closest we got to finding Nessie is….
This bit of artwork along the Caledonian Canal.
The universe was nice enough to give us a beautiful evening sky on our last night in Edinburgh.

Until next time, Happy Reading!