Books on my Summer reading list

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Last week’s theme was ‘anticipated reads for the rest of the year’.  Today’s post allows me to highlight some more highly anticipated reads that are scheduled in for my Summer reading.  So, another easy week where I literally just lifted the next ten upcoming reads from my schedule and posted them here.  I will also, of course, be starting my Self Published Fantasy Blog Off books as of the start of July but I haven’t listed them here for two reasons – firstly, I haven’t yet drawn up my schedule and secondly, I will be posting my first six books as soon as the competition gets underway.  So, here are some of my summer reads:

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

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Priest of Lies by Peter Mclean

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The Toll by Cherie Priest

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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

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This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar; Max Gladstone

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Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham

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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson

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Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze

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Missing Person by Sarah Lotz

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Anticipated releases for the second half of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019

Nice and easy one this week – just look at a long list of books that I’m awaiting (not so patiently) and choose the first ten!

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2 by R.F. Kuang 

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Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff

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A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1 by Joe Abercrombie

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The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards #1) by Juliet Marillier 

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The Hanged Man (The Tarot Sequence #2) by K.D. Edwards 

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The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1) by R.J. Barker 

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The Night Country (The Hazel Wood #2) by Melissa Albert 

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The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons #2) by Jenn Lyons 

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The Girl with No Face (The Daoshi Chronicles #2) by M.H. Boroson

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Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood

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Bookish opinions: good, bad and ugly

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

I wasn’t really sure where to go with this one so I’ve probably gone off on a strange tangent but here are some of my probably unpopular bookish opinions:

  1. I don’t finish a book if I’m not enjoying it.  I used to be absolutely completist and read dogmatically through a book whether I was enjoying it or not.  I think I’ve come to realise that life is too short and there are a lot of good books.  Therefore if I’m going to find all the good books then I’ll have to stop reading the ones I’m not enjoying.  This probably makes my blog and reviews look as though they’re always glowing with praise – but that’s primarily because I only continue reading the books I’m enjoying.  Otherwise reading becomes a chore and I tend to go into a slump.
  2. I’m an absolute convert to e-books.  I know – break out the pitchforks!  I just find them so convenient. I love physical books, the tactileness of reading them, just turning the pages, well, everything.  But, I can’t deny I’ve totally gone over to the dark side.  I read on kindle.  My kindle has a backlight which I just love.  I can carry around hundreds of books – which might feel unnecessary but, hey, you never know.  It’s really easy to just highlight chapter headings, names, places or even make notes and I really like some of the other features like knowing how many minutes are left in a chapter – so I can easily prioritise between sleep and reading.
  3. Similar to the above, I’m starting to get on board with audio books.  They don’t all work for me I have to admit and I know there seems to be a whole body of opinion out there that this isn’t really reading, and technically, maybe it isn’t actual reading – but I’m still mentally digesting the book so I say it counts.  I did worry that audio wouldn’t work for me and that I’d switch off and miss huge swathes of infortmation but if anything it’s exactly the opposite.  And, if you’re listening to a book with difficult place and character names you have the added bonus of correct pronunciation – and if you heard me making a totally ass out of some of the names I’ve read you’d truly understand what a gift this is.  Yep, I’m very pleasantly surprised with just how well audio is working out for me.
  4. I don’t mind books that pay attention to detail.  In fact I welcome some of the detail – obviously I don’t need every leaf on a tree or stone in a house detailing, and I don’t want a room describing in full every time a character enters but I like the extra attention that helps to bring the world alive even though I recognise that others may feel this sometimes slows the plot down.
  5. Ratings.  At the moment I don’t rate the books on my blog – basically I don’t always think I make the right choice for my ratings and so I prefer to go off the tone of the review.  So, if I’m gushing like a love sick puppy then it’s probably a full 5* whereas if I’m just giving a very straightforward review that tends to have the words ‘enjoyed’ and ‘liked’ as oppose to ‘smitten’, ‘in love’ etc, then that would be a book that was okay, a decent read, but probably 3/3.5 stars.  (However, I am considering changing this in the near future.  I have to rate my review books after all.
  6. I like adaptations.  I know this can be a mixed bag and that some books adapted to screen can be a disaster but overall I just really like to see some of my favourite books converted into movies or series and I’m happy to take the risk – after all, if I don’t like the adaptation it doesn’t spoil the book for me.
  7. I can’t listen to music and read.  It’s just not possible for me at all – too much conflict of interest – one of them always wins out and usually I realise that I’ve read the same page twenty times and not absorbed a single word because I’m too busy singing – badly singing at that.
  8. I don’t like every type of book!  This is a fairly common misconception – people see you read a lot and so very kindly pass on their books to you – but more often than not they’re not your type of book.  Just picture it – somebody brings in a box of books and says ‘you love reading don’t you, so I’ve brought you in some books I was getting rid of’ – firstly, my anticipation has now skyrocketed, BOOKS – what sort of books will they be, excitement am I.  Then I open the box and can’t discover a single thing to stay excited about – BUT – because I’m very polite I have to maintain this expression (that is killing my cheeks btw) that everything is just hunky dory.  Not to mention this person is then going to relentlessly pursue me for the next six months asking how I liked them all.  Doomed. I’m not being ungrateful, seriously I’m not but more often than not I’d sooner not be the local second hand book depository because it rarely works out – I mean, what are the chances of somebody giving me a whole set of amazing fantasy books??
  9. Certain popular book tropes just don’t work for me – to name a few off the top of my head – instalove (lust by another name), love triangles, mysteriously never present parents, etc.
  10. I’ve told you mine now tell me yours….

A decade of good reading

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

Now, this is really hard.  I find it difficult to narrow it down to a best of 10 list at the end of the year given that I read usually about 100 or more books.  I do a ‘best of’ list at the start of the new year so I’ve gone back through those lists and tried to choose a varied selection from the past 10 years.

2010 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

2011 – Witch Light by Susan Fletcher

2012 – The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

2013 – Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

2014 – City of Stairs by Robert Bennett

2015 – Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

2016 – Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

2017 – Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

2018 – The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

2019 –A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay

I hope there’s something here that appeals.  2019 isn’t yet half way through but I’ve gone for A Brightness Long Ago because it was very good and it was my first book by Guy Gavriel Kay.

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#wyrdandwonder – Magical Artefacts

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(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

tttTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week I’ve picked a topic from the Wyrd and Wonder list instead and the theme is:

Top Ten magical artefacts

So, I’ve had a good think about this and, of course, some of these will be really obvious but I had to go there and some are hopefully not so obvious:

The One Ring.  The Lord of the Rings by JRRTolkien – I had too.  It’s the first one that sprang to mind.  A ring forged by Sauron, the Dark Lord, with an evil purpose in mind – world dominion.  The Lord of the Ring is the story of the quest, taken on by 9 companions known as the Fellowship, to destroy the ring by returning it to the fire’s of Mordor.  One ring to rule them all.

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Image from Wikipedia

There are lots of things to choose from in JKRowling’s Harry Potter series from wands, to magical cloaks to the Philosopher’s Stone – I’ve chosen something a bit more mischievous – the Marauder’s Map.  The Map is a magical piece of parchment that when activated, by using the words ‘I solemnly swear that I am up to no good’, reveals a complete map of Hogwarts, including secret passages.  It also reveals the location of people within the castle.MaraudersMap.png

Excalibur – King Arthur’s legendary sword – pulled from a stone? or given to the bearer by the Lady in the lake.  Lots of different stories are available TH White’s Once and Future King, for example, or adaptations – Disney’s Sword in the Stone:

 

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Original theatrical release poster

The Ruby Slippers – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum’s  – strangely enough I don’t think the shoes in the novel were red – but it was a long time ago that I read the book.  The Ruby slippers originally belonged to the Wicked Witch of the East – who died when Dorothy’s house dropped out of the sky and landed on her!  The Wicked Witch of the West desperately wants the slippers for their powerful magic and pursues Dorothy to try and claim them.

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Seven league boots – apparently these are magical items from folklore but I first became aware of them in Diana Wynne Jones wonderful Howl’s Moving Castle.  As you may imagine, the person who wears these boots can travel seven leagues every time they take one footstep – very useful for quests!  And I love this quote:

“It’s amazing the way one can take a step ten and a half miles long and still always land in a cowpat.” 

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“Drink Me/Eat Me” – magical food and potions from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  After following the White Rabbit down a magical rabbit hole Alice drinks from a bottle she finds on a table which causes her to shrink – fortunately a cake with the words ‘eat me’ written in currants reverses the magic – although not with the results she hoped for.

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The Magic Mirror from Grimm’s fairytale – Snow White in which the evil queen asks her magic mirror every morning ‘“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”   One day, the mirror, which always answers truthfully, tells her that Snow White is the fairest in the land.  Enraged, the Queen sends her hunter to kill Snow White – and I’m sure you know how the story goes from there.

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A magic eye – Greek mythology tells of three sisters – witches, who shared one eye and one tooth. Perseus – known for beheading Medusa – stole the witch’s eye to force them to give him information in his search for Medusa and how to defeat her.

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Image taken from Villains: Fandom

Shardplate – magically enhanced armour from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives.  Shardplate gives the wearer enhanced speed and strength and protects the wearer more than traditional armour.  Shardplate can no longer be forged and therefore the remaining suits of armour are highly prized.

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Sting – I started with Tolkien and I thought I’d finish with an artefact from his books.  Sting.  A sword that originally appeared in The Hobbit and was found by Bilbo Baggins who later gives it to Frodo in the Fellowship of the Ring.  Sting is a magical sword that can detect when orcs or goblins are near by.

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Frodo and Sting, LotR, taken from Wikipedia

Obviously, I’ve missed some iconic artefacts off here – I’ve tried to go for a mix of obvious and not so obvious – give me your own examples of magical artefacts please.

 

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