“Love looks not with the eye, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

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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 Couples In Books

I don’t tend to read a lot of books with romance so I could have struggled with this week’s topic.  As it is, I didn’t struggle at all and I’ve tried to come up with a mix of fairly well known couples and some new and lesser known ones.  I’ve come up with nine couples so please tell me your favourites:

 

Phedre and Joscelin – Jacqueline Carey’s couple who meet up in Kushiel’s Dart.  A list like this couldn’t possibly be complete without these two.  They are fantastic to read about.

 

Claire and Jamie – Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series – I haven’t read all of these books but they were very enjoyable and this is a couple that make great reading.  Again, I don’t think this list would be complete without them.

 

Alastair and Aliza from Elle Katharine White’s Heartstone series – this is a Pride and Prejudice inspired series that takes a classic and injects it with fantasy elements – in particular dragons.  I love this couple and the recently released second book built really well on the strong foundations of the first.  Alastair and Aliza are working on their relationship and finding their own boundaries. I couldn’t resist this series and it’s making great reading so far.

 

Cassandra and Wrexham. This is a couple from another regency/Austen style series that got off to a great start with Snowspelled and has grown even stronger in the latest in series, Thornbound.  This really is a delightful series and I highly recommend it.  Plus check out these gorgeous covers.

 

Dru and Greyson – a couple that get together in Laurence MacNaughton’s Dru Jasper series – this is an excellent and fun urban fantasy series with magic and muscle cars – there’s a great collection of characters and constant threats from demons and others and the series has a crazy and hectic feel as the above named and their crazy friends save the world yet again.

 

Toby and Tybalt – Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series – I love this series and Toby and Tybalt practically sizzle.  I need to catch up – soon.  If you’re not reading this – it’s an urban fantasy series with the fae and all their courtly machinations.  It’s a fantastic series that I’m really enjoying and strongly recommend.

 

Princess Adele and Greyfriar.  People – what can I tell you?  Vampires!  And steampunk.  This is a dark urban fantasy and an alternate history where huge swathes of the world have been taken over by vampires.  I loved this series and the relationship between Adele and Greyfriar.

 

Mercy and Adam.  Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series is another urban fantasy that is packed with fantastic elements and adventure.  Mercy and Adam share a sizzling chemistry and have a great relationship.

 

The Princess Bride – finally, true love!  William Goldman’s fun fantasy romance.  I love this book and in fact love the film too.  Buttercup and Westley.  Just read this book please.

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‘Say hello to my new little friends..’

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This week over at The Broke and Bookish the topic for discussion is:

‘Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To’

I have a confession.  I’m useless when it comes to knowing if a book is a debut or not.  I enlisted some help from Goodreads and did a bit of looking around elsewhere – anyway, here are my 10, deepest apologies if these aren’t debuts – but they sound pretty good regardless:

  1. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman (because – Blackbeard)
  2. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  3. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  4. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
  5. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
  6. After the Woods by Kim Savage
  7. Bite by K S Merbeth
  8. Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
  9. Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen
  10. This slot remains open to suggestion…

I thought we should have a few covers (because I am that fickle!)

What next?

So, Autumn is upon us.  It matters little that we’re not ready or that the Summer wasn’t long enough because the nights are drawing in and so with that in mind this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books for Fall/Autumn 2015.  Stop over at the Broke and Bookish for more on this topic.

I find that I read quite a lot of dark and creepy books throughout the year to be honest – I just like that type of novel!  But, I do like to step it up a little as Halloween approaches.

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I haven’t read the Grisha series although i do have the books (one day when I invent a time turner for real) I love the look and sound of this book – can’t wait
  2. The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz – I simply loved the Flex so can’t wait for this one.
  3. The Beast of Barcroft by Bill Schweigart – dont’ know what to expect with this one but the title and premise is very intriguing.
  4. The Geomancer by Clay and Susan Griffiths – excellent Vampire series with two very strong main protagonists.
  5. Red Delicious by Kathleen Tierney – nasty, urban vampires and all sorts of other creatures.
  6. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – I love Holly Black and I’ve been waiting to read this one.
  7. Horns by Joe Hill – still not read Joe Hill but bought this book with Autumn in mind so hopefully….
  8. Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel – this is a lesser known book by this author but I loved the sound of this – it sounds very dark.
  9. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – had this one waiting for a while now – this seems like a good opportunity and having just read Deadlands by this author I’m quite keen to read more of his books.
  10. …………………..I’m leaving this blank so that everyone can recommend something to blow my socks off.  I want something dark and creepy, I fancy something with either ghosts or witches (or both!)

That is all for me this week. What do you have on your autumn list – do you change your style to reflect the time of year??

“Our lives are all different and yet the same.” (Anne Frank)

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This week at the Broke and Bookish the topic for discussion is:

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

  1. In Midnight’s Silence by Teresa Frohock a book where the main character is not only a mixed race (Daemon/Angel) but he is also gay and partner to one of the nephilim (part angel/part human).
  2. The Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan – in which we meet the character Reva who seeks revenge for her father’s death.  Reva has been brought up in the religion of the World Father, she’s a conflicted character – being a lesbian and strict worshipper of a faith in which same sex relationships are not tolerated.
  3. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie – in which the main character Yarvi was born with one of his hands badly deformed and in a world where your sword arm is valued above everything else this definitely places him at a disadvantage in this harsh world.
  4. The Copper Promise by Jen Williams – Sir Sebastian is a fallen knight who was cast out of his order because he’s gay – he is a fantastic character to read about and a strong favourite of mine.
  5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – unsurprisingly a book about Achilles and his lover Patroclus.
  6. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – in which the main character is a South African woman called Zinzi who has been ‘animalled’ – by way of punishment for a crime she has been convicted of.  This is an alternate South Africa where criminals are magically attached to an animal familiar.
  7. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey – in which the main character Phedre has romantic connections to both a male and female character during the story.  Terra d’Ange was created by Elua who is known for his motto “Love as thou wilt”.
  8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon in which the main character suffers from certain behavioural difficulties that are never particularly named but appear similar to Aspergers or Autism.
  9. Game of Thrones by GRRMartin –  Tyrion Lannister – also known as the ‘imp’ or ‘half man’ – Tyrion is a dwarf, born to the powerful house of Lannister – he doesn’t really need any introduction!  Definitely one of my favourite characters from the series.
  10. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin – Yeine is half Arameri and half Darre – born to a mother disgraced and cut off from her own royal beginnings for marrying beneath her status.  Yeine is looked down upon and despised by her Arameri relatives who consider her to be little short of a barbarian.