Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Want to Pick Up More Fantasy

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m so glad this meme is back from hiatus. This week’s topic is “Ten book recommendations for ______________: (Skies the limit here…examples: for Hufflepuffs, for fans of Game of Thrones, for people who don’t normally read YA, for animal lovers, for video game lovers, etc.” I feel like this week is a good opportunity to share some of my favorite fantasy series, so here is a list for those who would like to read more fantasy novels. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Perfect for those looking for a fantasy with multiple MCs, anti-heroes, and a fast-paced heist storyline.

2. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – Technically the second book in Star-Touched Queen series, but can be read as a standalone. Perfect for those looking for the whole package: great characters, vivid world-building, and spellbinding story.

3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh – Perfect for those looking for an unapologetically fierce heroine and a romance that will make you weak in the knees.

4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Perfect for those who like magical fantasy and stellar world-building.

5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – Perfect for those who like their fantasy with a dash of fairy tale by the Queen of fantasy. If you haven’t read this author, do it now.

6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Perfect for those looking for great world-building, dazzling magical battles, and an unconventional villain.

7. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin – Perfect for those looking for a multi-faceted universe where humans and gods clash.

8. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – Perfect for those looking for a fantasy to charm them from start to finish while addressing real-world issues in a historical setting.

9. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – Perfect for those looking for a middle grade fantasy to fall in love with where every sentence feels like magic.

10. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – Perfect for those looking for a dragon fantasy and phenomenal writing.

What is your favorite fantasy novel? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: Sorcerer to the Crown

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“She was tall and handsome, with silver-streaked black hair and a nose tending towards the beaky. She dressed in a picturesque style, with a great deal of purple and velvet. If spells could be cast by pure drama of gesture, she would have been a veritable sorceress.

I absolutely adored Zen Cho’s historical fantasy Sorcerer to the Crown. The writing was superb, the characters lovable, and the world-building multilayered. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.
      But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…”

July ’17 Reading Challenges Recap

Once again I am posting an update of my reading challenges apart from my wrap-up post. This past month I made a lot of headway in a couple of the challenges I am taking part in and am feeling extra confident when it comes to completing them.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I added two more debut books (Ashley Poston’s Geekerella & Sarah Tolcser’s Song of the Current) to my current count regarding this challenge. Let’s be real, this challenge’s goal is basically in the bag.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 11 books

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. Hey now, I actually read a few books this past month toward this challenge which makes me feel loads better about reaching my goal. In July I read the following fantasy novels: Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown, Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns, and Sarah Tolcser’s Song of the Current.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 12 books

3. Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo is hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews and runs June through August. The goal of this challenge is to get as many BINGOs as you can using the Bingo card below. I did better than expected with regard to reading books for this challenge. My Bingo card is looking so much better compared to last month and hey, I got a couple of bingos this month! I’m aiming for three more bingos by the end of August.

Books Read Toward This Challenge in July:

  • Matilda by Roald Dahl (over 5 years old)
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (thriller)
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Latinx MC)
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston (book about fandom)
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (LGBT+)
  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West (summer release)
  • Three Dark Crown by Kendare Blake (royalty)
  • Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser (book with a map)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (author from another continent)

My August TBR for this challenge includes:

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

How did you do with your reading challenges in July? Any challenges that you’re struggling with? Leave me a link to any reading challenges wrap-up post you do for July.

The Friday 56: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Her mirrored Ray-Burns glinted in the sun, and she tossed her lavender-tipped black hair over her shoulder. The two of them lowered their heads together and laughed as they walked to the bus.

What in the bloody f-ing EFF was this. Did he have a girlfriend already? Three days into a new school?”

If Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love is not on your TBR, it needs to be added now! Desi Lee is probably one of the most lovable contemporary protagonists I’ve read recently and the story itself is both adorable and hilarious. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

The Friday 56: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“I doubt most of the nobles will be pleased,” I said. “I was too minor to be worth their time before this whole mess. I imagine they’ll resent having to be nice to me now.”

N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is unlike any fantasy that I’ve read. The world-building is both complex and awe-inspiring. If you haven’t checked out this author, I strongly recommend you do. You can read my mini-review of this one here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.
      With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This meme is currently on hiatus until August 15th, but I’m taking the opportunity to tackle a few past topics while our hosts are taking a well-deserved break. This week I’ve chosen is “Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign.” Am I a cover snob? Maybe a little bit. I like pretty covers. I can’t help it and sometimes I end up picking up the pretty books more than the mediocre looking ones. Here are some books whose covers I’m not very fond of and would love to change. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Beauty by Robin McKinley – I know there are several editions of this novel, but this is the actual edition I own and I’m not a fan of the cover. Don’t let said cover fool you though, this is one of the best retellings of Beauty and the Beast I’ve ever read (probably the best).

2. Chime by Franny Billingsley – One of the most underrated books I’ve ever read, Chime‘s cover is a major turn off and I wish it had a better cover because I’m convinced more people would pick it up as a result.

3. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – This is actually a cover redesign and I am so bitter they didn’t make it match the first book. Why?!

4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Come on now, an action-packed series like The Young Elites deserves better covers than these boring ones.

5. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong – I’m not overly fond of models on book covers and so this entire series needs to be redesigned.

6. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – The Sevenwaters series is one of my favorites, but I got to say, I’m not a big fan of the art on the covers. Her Blackthorn & Grim novels have such beautiful covers, I’d redesign the Sevenwaters series to match them if I could.

7. Fire Fall by Bethany Frenette – A very underrated series and I’m really bitter about its final book not being available in paperback, plus there’s the fact that this third book doesn’t come close to matching the other two.

8. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden – I’ve heard nothing but great things about this novel, but if I hadn’t heard anything from fellow bloggers, I’d just skip on over that cover. I do plan to pick this one up this year.

9. Warcross by Marie Lu – I’m not sure if it’s the maze or the colors, but if I wasn’t already familiar with the author, I probably wouldn’t consider picking this one up. Seriously, Marie Lu deserves better covers for her books.

10. Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore – I’ve been waiting for a new book from this author for years and the cover is puzzling to say the least.

Which book cover would you redesign if you had a chance? Do you judge a book by its cover? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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