March ’16: To Be Read

It’s time for the very first TBR on TwoGirlsOneBlogUK which is very exciting. (For the record this is just what I will be reading this month – although Elly may be posting her own reviews of what she’s been reading this month). This month I aiming to read the following four books:

1. BOOK CLUB PICK – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard [Tor Books]

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[Image from Goodreads]

*Doot doot* The first ever TwoGirlsOneBlog Book Club pick is Truthwitch by Susan Dennard! This is a book about two female best friends who kick ass and save the world and that is 100% what we are about here.

“In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.”

So Elly and I will both be reading Truthwitch this month and then we’ll be putting  a joint review up in some form (maybe a video maybe a text post, we’re not really sure at this point we’re still trying to find our feet) near the end of the month. So if you want to read along with us and get involved in our conversation we would love that!

2. A feast for Crows – G. R. R. Martin [Harper Voyager]

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This month I will be continuing very slowly on my quest to finish the A Song of Ice and Fire series before the new TV series starts of the 25th, my plan is to finish A Feast for Crows by the end of this month.

“With A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth volume of the landmark series that has redefined imaginative fiction and stands as a modern masterpiece in the making.

After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it’s not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes…and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.” – Goodreads

I’m slightly apprehensive about getting my teeth into this book – the last one finished on such an exciting note, really  raising the stakes and the tension but so many people have come up to me while I’ve been reading this book and told me I’m in for a slow and painful ride. So I honestly don’t know what to expect with this next novel.

3. Turning Point – Hayao Miyazki [Studio Ghibli Library]

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One of the part of my degree that I am currently finding most interesting is my scriptwriting model. I am therefore challenging myself  to watch more films, read more about them and immerse myself in the world of film more (last week  Elly and I stayed up to 5am to watch the oscars for some unknown reason!). They had this book in the library and I thought it would be an interesting place to start.

“In the mid-1990s, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki moved from success to success as his work found an audience outside of Japan. His animated films of the era, including Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, were internationally lauded, and Miyazaki won an Academy Award in 2003 for his popular and critical hit Spirited Away.

Follow Miyazaki as his vision matures, as cinema-lovers worldwide embrace his creations, and as critics such as Roger Ebert take up the cause of animation and Miyazaki’s films. In a legendary career, these crucial years represent the turning point.”

Turning Point  is a collection of interviews and notes with Miyazaki about four of his films. My plan for reading novel is to read the chapter on a film, and then watch the movie the day I finish the chapter.

4. Temeraire – Naomi Novik [Harper Voyager]

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 My other half has been raving about this series for months, and I’ve decided it’s probably about time I start reading it. We’re both suckers for anything with dragons in it, so I’m sure this is going to be completely my thing.

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.” Goodreads

History with dragons, what more could a girl want?!

What are you reading this month?

Lizz

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