Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Settings I Want to Visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit.

Pack your bags! It’s time to go 😀

THE SHIRE

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

THE NIGHT COURT

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

THE COURTYARD

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

MARS

The Martian by Andy Weir

GERTRUDE HUNT

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

DIAGON ALLEY

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

WEEP

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

WARCROSS

Warcross by Marie Lu

300 FOX WAY

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

FANTASTICA

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende


What books are on your Winter TBR? Any recommendations for me?
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ARC Review: THE GIRL IN THE TOWER by Katherine Arden


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THE GIRL IN THE TOWER
Katherine Arden

SeriesThe Winternight Trilogy #2
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages: 352
Release date:  December 5th 2017

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.


“One cannot be alive and be immortal.”


The Girl in the Tower is just as magical and intriguing as its predecessor. The chilling and tense atmosphere draws on Russian folklore to deliver a story that sets readers on edge. Favorite characters come back to face new and more dangerous obstacles, filling the story with action, heartbreak, hope, and love.

Katherine Arden once again enchants with her beautiful writing. The steady pace and multiple POVs give the book the perfect fairytale feeling, as does her fresh take on old folk tales. There is some frustrations towards some characters’ choices, but they continue to be very well-developed and complex. The stakes are higher in this novel, and Arden makes us feel every bit of it.

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To Be Read – December 2017

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Time is going by so fast! It’s February already 😯 But another month, another TBR pile and new book releases.

This will be my last month of break before going back to university. I’ll also be incapacitated again for a little while, since I’m getting rid of my remaining wisdom teeth. I’ll still have a lot of reading time, though! And there are a lot of books I want to get to, as well as some I need to review.

MUST READS


Pacing myself with only one eARC this month:

THE HAZEL WOOD BY MELLISA ALBERT ✨

I have no idea what to expect with this one! Some early reviews are already out and they all say very good things about this book. A little bit from the summary:  “Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set.

GOALS


Since I am finally free of university forever *coughs*until next time*coughs*, I feel confident enough to have at least two goals I want to accomplish this month:

✨ READ 1 2017 BOOK RELEASE

Due to my lack of time to basically do anything fun whatsoever, I’ve fallen a bit behind on new reading new releases this year. So I’m going to try to read at least one novel published in 2017 before the year ends.

✨ READ 1 RECENT BOOK PURCHASE

I may have gone overboard buying books this past month, because that’s just who I am as a person, I guess? So my second and final goal is to read at least one new book that has found its way to my TBR pile. Will I succeed? We just don’t know.


What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!


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Anticipated Reads – December 2017

 

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New month, new book releases!

27883214The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden


Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces.

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 5th.

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine


Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text… Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor.

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 12th.

27883214The Hookup by Kristen Ashley


When the new girl in town, Eliza “Izzy” Forrester decides to hit the local drinking hole, she’s not ready to meet the town’s good, solid guy. She’s definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble’s bed and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm’s length. But Johnny makes it clear he wants more and Izzy already knows she wants as much of hot-in-bed, sweet-out-of-it Johnny Gamble.

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 19th.

 


WHAT RELEASES ARE YOU MOST ANTICIPATING THIS MONTH? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!


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Wrap-Up: November 2017

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November was an absolute mess! Amazing! How am I alive! We just don’t know!

Really, though. This means I had very little time for reading and blogging and doing fun things. This was actually my worst reading month of the entire year??? Wow. But it can be explained: November was my last month of university obligations, for the most part, so I had to focus a lot on studying and passing all of my classes so I could graduate 😀 Finally 😀


BOOKS I READ


Books marked with a 📚 are the ones that were on my November TBR pile.

Artemis by Andy Weir (ARC) – 3‘s • 📚
Killman Creek (Gwen Proctor #2) by Rachel Caine (ARC) – 4‘s
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch – 2‘s • 📚
Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay #1) by Sloane Kennedy – 4‘s
↠ Twisted Truth (Rough Justice #1) by Melinda Leigh – 4‘s
Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence – 3‘s

Total: 6 books


ON THE BLOG


REVIEWS

Artemis (ARC) by Andy Weird • Killman Creek (ARC) by Rachel Caine • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch • Twisted Truth by Melinda Leigh • Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

 TOP TEN TUESDAY

Characters That Would Make Great Teachers • Books I Want My Kids To Read • Winter TBR

 WWW WEDNESDAY

WWW 24 • WWW 25 • WWW 26


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WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (26)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Fantasy ARC! I’m already so in love with book. The writing continues to be as beautiful as in The Bear and the Nightingale. The magical atmosphere is as strong as ever, and I can wait to see what happens!

2. Locked in Silence by Sloane Kennedy

M/M Romance! I’m really liking this one! It’s very fast paced and it has such sweet main characters. There is bit of drama and angst, but the small town setting and smooth narrative are wonderful.


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence: Fantasy novel with incredible world-building, but the story drags a lot during the middle section. Review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421American Queen by Sierra Simone


Pick from my TBR Jar! This is an Erotica novel with… a threesome? Oh my.

It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire. My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
Tell me in the comments!


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Top 10 Tuesday: Winter TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Winter TBR.

I will finally!!! Have time to read!!!! Again!!!!

This means I’m going to try and catch up on a few of the releases I missed, try to finish a t least one series, start a few others, and maybe read a couple of ARCs. Let’s see if I can tackle my Winter TBR:

31145148The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden


Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces.

22840421One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews


Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds.

30233110Half Lost by Sally Green


The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Byrn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired.

18189606The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set.

27883214The Waste Lands by Stephen King


Several months have passed since The Drawing of the Three, and in The Waste Lands, Roland’s two new tet-mates have become trained gunslingers. Eddie Dean has given up heroin, and Odetta’s two selves have joined, becoming the stronger and more balanced personality of Susannah Dean. But Roland altered ka by saving the life of Jake Chambers, a boy who—in Roland’s world—has already died. Now Roland and Jake exist in different worlds, but they are joined by the same madness: the paradox of double memories.

23299512Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs


Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe… Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

24485589The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan


For centuries, the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood–and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed–to fuel and protect its empire. But now, a fearsome power has arisen–a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation.

23592235The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson


A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.

30095464Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn


The dying Empire’s most cunning and ruthless warlord—Grand Admiral Thrawn—has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic’s destruction. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council—only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.

25733660Imagines by N.R. Walker


Jack Brighton and Lawson Gale have been together for six months and are very much in love. Lawson’s work ensuring the survival of the Tillman Copper is as demanding as ever, and Jack’s work with the regeneration of the bushfire-ravaged national park is just as hectic. When Jack suggests they take a short trip, Lawson agrees. But then he is offered a two-week research position in tropical Queensland to help determine why the Ulysses butterfly is on the decline. Figuring they could combine work and pleasure, Jack and Lawson go on their first vacation together.


What books are on your Winter TBR? Any recommendations for me?
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