So far so good

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 (so far)

Probably a bit early for me to be making ‘best of’ lists but I’ve put together a list of 10 books that I’ve loved so far this year:

  1. New to me author: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
  2. Entertaining Alt History YA: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
  3. Continuation of a great series: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
  4. Fairytale retelling: Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  5. Stunning Space Opera :Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  6. Unexpected Hero: Heart of Stone  by Ben Galley
  7. Kick ass coming of age with nuns: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  8. New to me author: Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
  9. Unique and compelling: Prey of the Gods by Nicky Drayden
  10. Great finish to series: The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

One or ten more new book series couldn’t hurt..

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start

Most of the series i’ve listed below are for series that I’ve intended to start and have in actual fact bought the first, and in some cases the second, book already but just not managed to make the time yet.  Here they are – I will get to them one day, even now I’m trying to peg back my review books to a more reasonable monthly amount so that I can fit my own books in!:

  1. Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson – a book I bought ages ago when I got all caught up with the praising discussions of other bloggers – and here it is still unread.  I think maybe the fact that there are 10 books puts me off which is silly really -it’s not like I have to read them all at once after all.
  2. Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan – a series I’ve wanted to read for a while.  In fairness I’ve only just bought a copy of the first but even though it’s not had a long wait I’m keen to get to it.  I’ve read lots of positive reviews and I understand this has a great magical system.
  3. Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft – I bought the first book last year and even though I’ve read it this series has such glowing reviews I bought the second as soon as it was released.  I intend to get to them very soon.  VERY SOON – yes the caps lock was necessary.
  4. Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine – Another series that I’m longing to get to and have in actual bought copies of the first and second books.
  5. The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie – this is going to sound unbelievable but I’ve managed to buy the full set of this series (twice) and the first book three times – and yet I’ve still not read it!  Something is going seriously wrong somewhere.  There is a story behind it of course – obviously I don’t just keep re-buying the same books but I won’t bore you with my foolish consistency.
  6. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik – strangely this is one of only two series on this list that I don’t yet own copies of – perhaps I should resist temptation until I’ve read at least one of the series that I already own books for – it could be a new rule – no more new books until I’ve read one – but, then again, maybe not.
  7. Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J Sullivan – I’ve owned a hard back copy of this book for some time too – it makes me feel guilty every time I see it sitting on the shelf, patiently waiting.
  8. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – this is a series that I want to read and also don’t want to read! I recall one of my friends saying they were disappointed with the last book and it put me off a little – I know I shouldn’t let it get to me but there it is.  I own the first in the series.
  9. The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) by Lev Grossman – this is the second series that I don’t yet own but really would like to read. Again,  I do think I should probably read some of my owned books first though.
  10. Not a series but two books by the same author that I’ve been wanting to get to for a while – Under My Skin and White Lies by Zoe Markham.  They both sound great – well, I wouldn’t have bought them otherwise, obviously.

That’s it for me this week (although I’m sure if I look on my kindle I’ll find maybe a couple more series that I could have included *sighs)

‘No, I am your father..’

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

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Dads in literature

  1. Long Suffering: Mr Bennett, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
  2. Strangest super power: Paul Tsabo from Ferrett Steinmetz’s Mancer series
  3. Unlikely hero: Roen Tan from Wesley Chu’s Tao series
  4. Raging Softie: Arthur Weasley from JK Rowlings Harry Potter series
  5. Most surprising story arc ever: Eddard Stark of GRRMartin’s Game of Thrones
  6. Vengeful: Prospero from Jacqueline Carey’s Miranda and Caliban
  7. Monstrous: Michael – Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child
  8. Worst Dad Ever: Olidan Ancrath, father of Jorg Ancrath, Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  9. Crazy: Jack Torrance – Stephen King’s The Shining
  10. Your choice??

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Mount TBR

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List 

I decided to drop the ‘x genre’ and just go for twelve books that I’ve added on the basis of blogger recommendations.

So here are my last 10 book purchases:

  1. Blood Oath (Sawbones Book 2) by Melissa Lenhardt – okay, I haven’t read the first yet but now I have both waiting to be read and I can’t wait!
  2. Just One Damned Thing After Another: Time Travel Meets History In This Explosive Bestselling Series (The Chronicles of St Mary’s Series Book 1) by Jodi Taylor
  3. The Exiled Heir by Jonathan French – I enjoyed his Grey Bastards so much that I thought I’d check his other work
  4. Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan (this is the last of the series – which means I can now read the last two back to back.  Happy days.
  5. The Waking Fire: Book One of Draconis Memoria (The Draconis Memoria 1) by Anthony Ryan
  6. A Red-Rose Chain (Toby Daye Book 9)
    Seanan McGuire
  7. Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories Series Book 1)
    Mary Robinette Kowal
  8. Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
  9. Strange Star by Emma Carroll
  10. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

All good things to those that wait.

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

A few books that I’m looking forward to being released before the end of 2017.  I just highlighted a number of my upcoming reads for the beach read post so I’ve gone for some different releases that I’m also very eager to check out:

  1. The Five Daughters of the Moon by – Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fueled by evil magic.
  2. The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford – All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation was to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion’s outhouse they find way more than they bargained for: a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid, along with the bizarre skeleton of a horned child
  3. Darien (Empire of Salt #1) by D F Iggulden – TWELVE FAMILIES. ONE THRONE. WELCOME TO THE EMPIRE OF SALT.
  4. Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1) by Ed McDonald – Set on the ragged edge of a postapocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man’s desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny…
  5. The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J Walker – Every dog has its day…  And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be.
  6. Devil’s Call by J Danielle Dorn – On a dark night in the winter of 1859, three men entered the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unfortunately for them, his wife, Li Lian, hails from a long line of women gifted in the dark arts–the witches of the McPherson clan.
  7. Swarm and Steel by Michael R Fletcher – To escape the hell she created, a woman must team up with a novice warrior and return to her homeland in this gritty epic fantasy where delusions are literally made real.
  8. Godblind by Anna Stephens – The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.
  9. The Last Tudor by Philipa Gregory – The latest novel from Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.
    Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days, dying on the scaffold for her faith. But few people know about her two sisters, cousins to Elizabeth I who also faced imprisonment and death sentences for treason. 
  10. City of Brass by S A Chakraborty – Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.
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