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Wyrd and Wonder: May TBR

“I wake with his name in my mouth.”

First line in Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Hi, guys. Welcome to my TBR post for May where I’m participating in Wyrd and Wonder for the first time. Wyrd and Wonder is a month-long blogging event where we celebrate all things fantasy. There are a lot of ways to participate if you’re interested. You can find more information right here or follow on Twitter @wyrdandwonder. I highly recommend following the Twitter account even if you’re not participating yourself. It’s all hosted by Lisa from Dear Geek Place, Imryl from One More and Jorie from Jorie Loves A Story.

So for the month of May, I’m only going to be reading fantasy (yay!), and I’ve picked 5 books to read. That’s like my standard number for a month so I see it as very doable. Among the books, I have one of my most anticipated releases of the year, a few sequels and I’m also starting two new series. Let’s look at them!

Chosen Ones (The Chosen Ones #1) by Veronica Roth

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.

Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) by Brandon Sanderson

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older–a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can’t help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K. D. Edwards

Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment’s missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home.

With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam’s relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune’s Court.

In looking for Addam, can Rune find the truth behind his family’s death and the torments of his past?

The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen

A future chieftain.

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince.

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard.

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2) by Tara Sim

Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.

Those are the books I plan to read in May. I’m also going to be posting a lot about fantasy. I have quite a few posts I’m very excited to share with you. Also can’t wait to see what everyone else will be doing. May is going to be great! Happy reading.

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O.W.L.s Magical Readathon 2020 – TBR

“Here is the boy, drowning.”

First line in More Than This by Patrick Ness

Hi, guys. Today I’m giving you something as rare as a monthly TBR from me. I decided that I wanted to participate in the yearly O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, which is so brilliantly hosted by G from the YouTube channel Book Roast. I’m been following her for a while and saw how much effort she put into the N.E.W.T.s Readathon last fall. I figured I had to try it out so here we are.

Her announcement video is right here:

If you want to learn more about all the details, you should check out the website. The readathon takes place between April 1st and April 30th.

The career I’ve chosen to go for is

Trader of Magical Tomes

Key traits: Eager to learn – Attentive – Calm – Thorough

It’s basically the magical equivalent of a bookshop owner. Of course, that’s what I’m going to be.

The classes (and prompts) required are:

ClassPrompt
Ancient Runes (Heart rune)A book with a heart on the cover or in the title
Charms (Lumos Maxima)A book with a white cover
Transfiguration (Animagus)A book or series that include shapeshifting
History of Magic (Witch hunts)A book featuring witches or wizards

My Picks

Read a book with a heart on the cover or in the title: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne.

Synopsis

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

Read a book with a white cover: Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze

Synopsis

Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray has enough problems. He’s friendless, penniless and on the run from the tyrannical Mages’ Guild – and with the search for his imprisoned grandfather looking hopeless, his situation can’t get much worse.

So when a fugitive drops into his lap – literally – and gets them both arrested, it’s the last straw – until Gray realises that runaway slave Brix could be the key to his grandfather’s release. All he has to do is break out of prison, break into an ancient underground temple and avoid killing himself with his own magic in the process.

In theory, it’s simple enough. But as secrets unfold and loyalties shift, Gray discovers something with the power to change the nature of life and death itself.

Now Gray must find a way to protect the people he loves, but it could cost him everything, even his soul . .

A book that includes shapeshifting: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Synopsis

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

A book featuring witches or wizards: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Synopsis

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

Those are the books I plan to be the ones which will get me my necessary O.W.L.s. However, things are complicated by the fact that currently, all libraries in Denmark are closed (along with everything else). That means it’s a little difficult for me to get the books but I’m trying to work around it by using ebooks. Just letting you know that yes, this is my tbr but it is subject to change in case things don’t work out according to plan.

I’m so excited to participate in my first Magical Readathon! Please let me know if you’re participating too and what career you’ve chosen. Feel free to link you tbr in the comments if you have one. Happy reading!

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2019 Reading Stats

“Aragorn sped up on the hill.”

First line in The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

Hi, guys. Today I want to share some numbers with you all. All related to books of course so don’t worry, I’m not asking you to do any math. Without further introduction, let’s get into it.

In 2019 I read a total of 63 books and those contained 28,756 pages. This is slightly fewer books and pages than what I managed in 2018 (65 books and 30,181 pages). It’s close enough though, and those 65 books are still a record of mine. I don’t expect to beat it in 2020 as I plan to read some very big books.

My average rating was 3.6 out of 5 stars. See below how many books got 5 stars.

  • 5 stars: 13 books
  • 4 stars: 22 books
  • 3 stars: 16 books
  • 2 stars: 8 books
  • 1 star: 2 books
  • No rating: 2 books

Three of the 5-star books were rereads as were one of the 4-star books. That means that I only read 10 new 5-star books. That’s not a lot. I had a drought in 5 stars which lasted a couple of months over the Summer so I knew the number wouldn’t be very high. That is really something I want to rectify in 2020. However, I still choose to see it as positive thing that my most popular rating was 4 stars. Those are still good books.

I have been very good at reading a mix of YA and adult as you can see below. It’s almost 50/50.

A little disclaimer: I read 1 new adult book and 1 middle grade. It didn’t make sense making different categories for those so the new adult book is counted as adult and the middle grade is counted as YA. I’m expecting these numbers to change very little in 2020 but adult might end up leading slightly.

Then we have genres…

You think my favorite genre is fantasy? Don’t know what gave you that idea (lol). I could pretend that this diagram would look different next year but it’s not. I do read within a wide variety of fantasy sub-genres though.

Lastly, we have some funny and quick stats:

  • The highest rated book on Goodreads I read in 2019 was The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – 4.65 stars.
  • The book most people also read was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – 4,454,728 readers.
  • The book fewest people read was Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan – 1,201 readers.
  • The shortest book I read Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner – 207 pages.
  • The longest book was A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – 1,016 pages.

That was it for 2019. Do you know any stats like these for yourself? Tell me about some surprising ones in the comments.

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WWW Wednesday – October 16th

“The town was in flames.”

First line in Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

Hi, fellow readers. This is my first ever post for WWW Wednesday, which I see so many other bloggers do every week. I’m hoping to do one each week as well but we’ll see if life will work with me on that. WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and all you have to do is answer 3 questions:

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

Fairly easy, so let’s get onto it.

What are you currently reading?

A lot. Well, for me 3 books at once is maybe just one too many. Firstly, I’m still reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I had to return it to the library but I’ve got it again so now I can continue. I have about 250 pages left of the 1001 (so close). I love it dearly so I actually don’t want to finish it too quickly.

Secondly, I’m reading Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (Book 3 in The Witcher). I’m on page 184 out of the 315 but it’s not going well. I’m actually considering DNF’ing it, and I don’t DNF books so that’s kind of a big deal. It has been my commute-book and I’ve decided to just take a break from it and then hopefully manage to finish it before I have to return it.

The last book I’m reading is then my current commute-book and that is The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill. I really want to love this, but we’re not off to the best start. There’s something about the writing style that doesn’t really mesh with me although I can’t put my finger on what it is yet. I don’t hate the book but I’m just not loving it either.

What did you recently finish?

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (Book 2 in The Wheel of Time). Two down, 12 to go. I gave this one 4 stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Good question. There might be a possibility of me getting my hands on Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell this weekend. Not completely certain yet so I’m not getting my hopes up. If it happens though, I’m dropping everything else until I’ve finished that one lol. If it doesn’t happen, I think I’ll be reading The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden next but I have to finish something first.

How is your reading going? Let me know what you’re reading right now.

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TBR – Sequel September

“In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every lamp blazes.”

First line in The Diviners by Libba Bray

Welcome to my first (and possibly only) ever TBR-post and that because I’m participating in the reading challenge Sequel September next month. Kathy from Books and Munches is the creator of the wonderfully convenient challenge for those of us who just can’t finish a series when we’ve started it. If you also find this idea brilliant and want to participate, go check out her blog.

Rules

◊ Post a blog post / comment / Tweet / whatever saying you’ll be joining me in my battle against the TBR-sequels and pingback to this year’s post.

◊ Share your list of all the TBR-sequels that you own and then decide which ones to give priority to.
[Can’t decide which ones to read first? Maybe you can create a poll and let others help you decide!]

◊ If you’re sharing your updates on social media, use #SequelSeptember so we can follow up on each other!

A couple of months ago I posted a list of the series I need to finish. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that I haven’t finished a single one of them yet. My TBR for September will therefore feature books from almost all of those series. I’ve picked 3 books that I’ll for sure be reading (unless the library decides to hate me):

  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson – Book 2 in Mistborn: The Alloy Era (alternatively, book 5 in Mistborn)
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – Book 2 in Winternight Trilogy
  • Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner – Book 5 in The Queen’s Thief

If I have more time to read after those, I have 3 other books to choose from.

  • The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson – Book 3 in Mistborn: The Alloy Era (alternatively, Book 6 in Mistborn)
  • The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – Book 4 in The Heroes of Olympus
  • The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin – Book 3 in The Broken Earth

I’m very dependent upon the mercy of my library but at the moment, all 6 books are available so I’m hoping to be able to stick to this TBR. Let me know if you’re also participating in this reading challenge and what you think of my TBR.

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Fantasy Series I Need to Finish

It was late winter in norterhn Rus’, the air sullen with wet that was neither rain nor snow.

First line in The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathering Arden

Hi fellow readers. A couple of weeks ago I did a post about the fantasy series that I would really like to read. You can find that here. Today, I wanted to talk about the series that I’ve already started but for some unknown reason haven’t been able to finish. I’m the kind of reader who loves starting a new series. I love learning about the world, the characters, the magic. This is typically the kind of information you get in a series’ first book. That means that I often pick up a new series instead of continuing on with one I’ve already started. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that.

I’m very aware of my problem and really try to finish series but I still have 7 fantasy series I want to talk about here. It includes series that aren’t finished but I haven’t caught up with them either. To indicate to you how I’m going to prioritize reading the books, I’m going to give them a rating between 1 and 5. 5 being the series I want to read the most. 

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I read the first 3 books last year but then never picked up The Alloy Era. I really enjoyed the series and absolutely agree on all the hype surrounding Sanderson. I just think I needed a bit of a break and wanted to try out some other adult fantasy as that was very new to me (and still is). However, Sanderson seems to publish books left and right and it’s impossible for me to keep up anyway. Calm down, man.

Priority rating: 5

The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

I’ve read 3 out the 6 books in this series and I love it so much. I find it so unique for its genre as it almost reads like classic fantasy. The writing is very beautiful but not the easiest to read which is one of the reasons why it’s taking me so long to read them. I need to read something lighter in between. Another reason is that I don’t want to this series to end. I’m savoring them and trying to make them last as long as possible.

Priority rating: 4

The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin

I belong to the minority of people who is not head-over-heels in love with these books. I’ve read 2 out of 3 so I should really just suck it up and get to it. The writing is just really difficult for me to get into. My mind wanders when I read it and I end up being very confused. I like the concept of the story though and kind of want to see how it ends and how it all fit together.

Priority rating: 3

The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

Yeah, I’ve only read the first out of 7 (I think) but I really want to have read them before the TV show starts. I think it’s coming by the end of the year or beginning of 2020. I wasn’t super excited about the first one so that’s probably not going to happen. I didn’t really care about any of the characters and really disliked the main one, Geralt. Hopefully, the series will catch my interest some more when I get through all the short stories. I’m definitely going to push through.

Priority rating: 5

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

I need to read The Wise Man’s Fear. No rush of course because the third book is never coming, right. I liked The Name of the Wind because the writing is just the style that I like to read. Kvothe: annoying as heck, but I’ll endure it for the writing. Maybe also for the plot if that ever comes into existence.

Priority rating: 2

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I’ve read 3 out of 5, but I don’t particularly enjoy them too much. I just need to know what happens to Percy because I loved his series when I was younger. I know there are easier ways to figure that out (summaries) but I’m doing this! I also heard a lot of good things about the follow-up series about Magnus Chase so I kind of want to get to that.

Priority rating: 1

Winternight Trilogy by Kathrine Arden

I’ve only read the first one. It was the kind of book that grew on me the further along I got. I got used to the writing style and just enjoyed how Arden managed to create such an atmospheric story. You can literally feel the cold while reading and it’s amazing.

Priority rating: 3

Those were all the series I’m currently reading. I’ll try to make the rule for myself that I can’t start another until I’ve finished one. We’ll see how that goes. Let me know if you’ve actually finished any of these so you can tell me if I have something to look forward to.

Happy reading and have a great summer.

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Fantasy Series I Want to Read

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

First line in The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

Welcome, readers, to another post in which I’ll list the fantasy series currently on my TBR. These are all the series I haven’t started yet but mean to at some undisclosed date in the future. I’ve excluded series that are continuations of other series I’ve read such as Mistborn: The Alloy Era. Those count as series I haven’t finished, which I’ll probably make separate post about.

I’ll give each series a rating between 1 and 5 to indicate how I intend to prioritize this TBR. The key-word here is “intend”. Here we go!

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Does anyone hate this series? I haven’t come across anyone who doesn’t have this on their list of favorites so I’m sure I’ll love it. I’ve read Mistborn Era 1 by Sanderson and really enjoyed his writing style. It’s easy to understand and engaging at the same time. According to what I’ve been told, Stormlight is even better than Mistborn so I just need to find the time to read this.

Priority-rating: 3

Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

Now this is mainly on my TBR because the booktuber, PeruseProject, can’t stop talking about it. I don’t know that much about what the series is actually about, but I’ve heard that it has some cool characters and some magic. That’s really all I need.

Priority-rating: 2

Farseer by Robin Hobb

I just really want to read some Robin Hobb. I’ve heard some mixed things especially about the writing style which I’m guessing isn’t for everyone. I want to give it try though so that I can see for myself what all the fuss is about.

Priority-rating: 3

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

I’m genuinely terrified of this. It’s such a beloved series by fantasy readers that I don’t know what I’ll do if I hate it. My previous experiences with classic fantasy haven’t been great so I’d actually decided that I didn’t want to read Wheel of Time. But then I heard so much good about it so here we are. It’s such a long series though…

Priority-rating: 5

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

This is a series in which the premise intrigues me so much that no matter how many negative reviews I see, I still want to read it. From what I’ve heard, the romance should be really interesting, so I just really want to know what it’s about. It’s YA and that means that I am prepared for the possibility that I’m not going to like it too much. It still deserves an attempt in my opinion.

Priority-rating: 4

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I want to read some more historical fantasy, and this one sounds pretty cool. Magic and time travel to early 20th-century New York. I’m here for that. Other than that, I don’t know too much about it so I’m excited to see how it turns out.

Priority-rating: 1

So that means that the next series I’ll be starting is The Wheel of Time which I’m very much looking forward to. I really want to know if you have read any of these and what you thought about them. Maybe you can convince me to prioritize differently.

Look forward to posts similar to this one where I’ll talk about some more series. Until then, happy reading.

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