February ’17 TBR

So hands up who’s been so horrified by school/uni/work/the news/the world that they’re planning to make a small house out of their books and duvets, and hibernate for a few months? I certainly am. January was a crazy month, but February for me is going to be even busier. Deadline after deadline is looming over me right now and I’m trying not to look… Sadly because of this I’m keeping my TBR short, I don’t think I’ll have too much time to read.

So here is my February ’17 TBR:

29939390

My first job of the month is to finish Windwitch. I don’t know why I haven’t finished it yet as I’ve been really enjoying the story so far (life’ just got in the way I guess). I think however I’m having  a problem with the style of the prose… I’m loving the story but the I’m still trying to get used to the writing style.

 15871070_10211407189031393_8259293_n

My second task is to finish The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, that I put down to start reading Windwitch… Shame on me. This book I was also really enjoying but I weakly gave into the new release hype and cast this aside. This month I’m going to be strong and give this book some respect!

2195464

We had a guest speaker come and give us a lecture the day after Trump won the election. It was a really inspiring lecture and I left with a huge list of books to add to my TBR pile – cue simultaneous sighing and cheering. This is one of those books. Recommended for the insights on writing (and the possibility that it might get you inspired to run) I’ve downloaded the audiobook and raring to go.

*

So what are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

Other posts you might like:

10 Books I Want to Read in 2017

Bookish Bingo Update #5: January (Winter #2)

January ’17 TBR

Advertisements

Bookish Bingo Update #5: January (Winter #2)

Please visit Pretty Deadly Reviews for more information on Bookish Bingo!

bookish-bingo

Where did January go?! I can’t believe it’s time for another wrap up already! I hope you all had a wonderful January and the new year is everything you wished it would be.

Check out my last Bookish Bingo update here. As you can see I’ve made a little bit of progress on last month (mostly because I read very short books).

Behold my mighty MS Paint skills!

winter-bingo-january

This month I read 2 books (January’s colour is pale blue):

White Cover – The Wicked and the Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by  Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations), Matt Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles. This was a beautifully drawn, if not slightly confusing graphic novel. I’m sure most of you have seen it around on Booktube and on your favourite book blogger’s site. I have to say I quite enjoyed it – and that it managed to capture my interest really quickly. I’ll be picking up the second volume soon!

Survival – What the Trump? by Steven S. Stevens. I’m not even sure how to rate this book… My boyfriend got it for me because I was very stressed (I have him trained well) and on some levels this book was quite fun and other other levels it was ridiculous and repetitive. I am currently the only person to have rated it on goodreads though!  

As you can see I’ve been struggling to find the time to read this month, Uni has been crazy and so has work. I can see one maybe two videos that are lining up well – so I think I’m going to have to chose what I read in February carefully to get them! How are you getting on with this card? Let me know in comments.

~ Lizz

Other posts you might like:

10 Books I Want to Read in 2017

Top 5 Books of 2016

New Year’s Resolutions 2017

Top 5 Books of 2016

Earlier today I published a list the 10 books I’m most looking forward to reading this year and I thought I would write a little bit about my favourite books from last year as well.

I had a fairly unsuccessful reading year last year, I only read about 30 books (and at least 4 of those were comic books) so I’ve only managed to pick out a few really fantastic books for this list.

Here are my top 5 books of 2016:

Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

52036

This book was an utter delight and a complete surprise. I picked it up because a friend of mine who is a habitual two star-er on Goodreads gave this a five star review, and I had to know why. This book was deep, charming and the prose was enchanting. It’s a very short book as well so if you’re looking for a quick read that will make you think but also cheer you up give Siddhartha a read.  9/10

Truthwitch – Susan Dennard

21414439

Female friendships, pirate hijinks, witches – need I say more. It’s a little slow to start but the last third is absolutely fantastic so stick with it. (And the second book comes out this week if you live in America, or sadly if you live in Britain live me it comes out next week ) 8.5/10

The Word for World is Forest

24933757

It’s so rare that I read a book for Uni that I enjoy, I didn’t just enjoy this book however I flippin’ loved it.  This book will make you question what it is to be human, what it is to feel empathy, question everything you ever thought about war, and very possibly make you want to go live in the forest. 10/10

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

the-ocean-at-the-end-of-the-lane

Oh my days this book. It was beautiful. When I finished reading this I felt both heartbroken and like I was a better person. The world Gaiman creates is fascinating and the narrative voice is perfection. Full review coming soon!  8.5/10

Fight Club

514qxryz5sl-_sx324_bo1204203200_

Love the film? Well the book is even better! More gore, more ridiculousness, more anarchy! I was worried, having seen the film first, that the book was going to be really boring because I knew the big spoiler at the end, but I was completely wrong. Knowing the spoiler allowed me to concentrate more on the fantastically clever writing. 8/10

Honorable mentions:

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – A donkey wearing a hat, sword fights, peasants waving sticks! 7.5/10

The Martian – BOTANY in space. 7/10

His Majesty’s Dragon – The Napoleonic wars but with extra dragon – further proof that dragons make everything better.  7.8/10

What were your favourite books in 2016? Did you read any of these and did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments!

~ Lizz

Posts you may like:

The Best Lessons I have learnt from Steven Universe

10 Books I want to Read in 2017

2017 New Year’s Resolutions 

10 Books I Want to Read in 2017

2017 is here and I thought that I would share with you the top 10 books I want to get round to reading this year. A few of these you will have seen on TBRs all through last year because I’m a bad person… but lets forget that and look forward to 2017.

Here are the 10 books that I want to read in 2017:

1. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

the-name-of-the-wind

I’ve owned this book for months and still haven’t got round to reading. It’s the second highest rated book on Goodreads and everyone I know who’s read it has loved it. I need to get around to this soon!

2. A Dance with Dragons – G. R. R. Martin

dragons05

I promised myself that I was going to read all the A Song of Ice and Fire book, and did I? Well I read A Feast for Crows and died a little inside! But the excitement of the New Year I think will get me back on the horse and finishing this just in time for Winds of Winter.

3. Windwitch – Susan Dennard

29939390

Truthwitch (the first book in this series) was one of my favourite book I read last year, so I’m so excited to pick Windwitch up when it comes out next week (America I’m so jealous of your earlier release).

4. Gardens of Moon – Steven Erikson

553992

Early last year I saw this series recommended in a Buzzfeed article, and put in on my reading list. However, a month or two ago one of my good friends recommended to me that I give this series the time because it was by far his favourite. So it’s been swiftly moved up the list.

5. Guards, Guards – Terry Pratchett

61tpasrlrql-_sx317_bo1204203200_

I love Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and all my fellow Discworld fans have told me that Guards, Guards is their favourite. I’ve got a bet running with a friend that I can read all of Pratchett’s books this year, which I’m not sure I’ll win but if I read any of them, I want to read Guards, Guards.

6. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley

15871070_10211407189031393_8259293_n

This was written by my teacher at Uni and has fantastic reviews  so it’s made the cut. I don’t know much about it other than that it is set in London and involves watches, but that’s how I like to go into books (having seen major spoilers on blurbs before).

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Mass

77493_original

Everybody and their cat was raving about A Court of Mist and Fury this year and I’m dying to read it. However, I need to actually read the first book in the series before jumping into the second.

8. The Shining – Stephen King

shiningfinalonline1_378

We were asked to read a horror book set in a hotel for one of my classes last year, and most of us really didn’t enjoy it. My teacher suggested we try King’s The Shining instead. I’ve been meaning to pick up one of his book for a while now so I thought I’ start with this one.

9. Rebel Spring – Morgan Rhodes

51vggi3rz0l-_sx331_bo1204203200_

Another book that I had a lot of fun reading last year was Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I’d really love to catch up with the series before the final book comes out sometime in the next year.

10. A Wizard of EarthSea – Ursula le Guin

a3db6bf39b7deb6a517decb972fa70c5

The Word for World is Forest was one of my top books last year, so I’m planning to pick up as many le Guin books as possible and I’m going to start with the EarthSea quartet as a lovely friend got me it for Christmas.

~

What books are you planning to read this year? Let me know in the comments!

~Lizz

Posts you might like:

The best things I’ve learnt from Steven Universe

10 Fantastic Reading Challenges That Will Push You to Read Something New in 2017

10 Fantastic Reading Challenges To Push You to Read Something New in 2017

Wondering what to read in 2017? Thinking about exploring a new genre? Looking for the perfect 2017 reading challenge? Never fear, I have put together a list of 10 fantastic reading challenges that are taking place this year to inspire you!

For everyone… Take the seasonal challenge of the Bookish Bingo cards: 

bookish-bingo

Run by: Bekka @PrettyDeadlyReviews

Dates: December 1st 2016 – February 28th 2017 (Winter) But she runs one every season!

Description: Every 3 months (new season) a new bingo card is released. Each square on the card has it’s own challenge – the aim to cross of as many boxes in rows as possible. Check out my latest Bookish Bingo update here.

Original Post: http://www.prettydeadlyblog.com/bookish-bingo-winter-2016-2017/

For those looking for an eclectic challenge… Try this year’s Popsugar reading challenge:

dc049a522d84b84f_ps16_jp_living_2017readingchallenge_list_r2

Run by: POPSUGAR

Dates: January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2017

Description: Designed to make you mix up your reading list and pick up something you never would have thought to, the POPSUGAR reading challenge is back again this year. With enough tasks for you do one every week this is a great challenge to take on!

Original Post: https://www.popsugar.co.uk/love/Reading-Challenge-2017-42802963

For those looking to read more diversely… Try one of these challenges: 

womenwriterschallenge

Run by: Lisa @Books and Feminism

Dates: January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2017

Description: Only read books written by women for a whole year – are you up to it?

Original Post: https://booksandfeminism.com/2016/12/07/women-writers-2017-reading-challenge/

2017rc2bgay2bmore2bmainstream

Run by:  Gina @Book Dragon’s Lair

Dates: January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2017

Description: Read at least one book this year with an LGBTQIA character in it – simple!

Original Post: http://www.bookdragonslair.com/2016/11/lgbtqia-reading-challenge.html

2017-poc-reading-challenge-e1482985414574

Run by: Alysia @Sistahs & Satire

Dates: January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2017

Description: This challenge asks you to add diversity of race to your reading list this year!

Original Post: https://sistahsnsatire.com/2016/12/30/2017-poc-reading-challenge/

For those looking to stick it to the man… Try reading some banned books:  

screen2bshot2b2016-11-182bat2b8-52-572bpm

Run by: Gina @Book Dragon’s Lair

Dates: January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2017

Description: Fight censorship and encourage bookshops and libraries to continue buying banned book!

Original Post: http://www.bookdragonslair.com/2016/11/hosting-bannedchallenged-books-reading.html

For Crime fans… Spend the year adventuring with the world’s greatest consulting detective: 

shbutton_1a

Run by: Marian @Noonlight Reads

Dates: January 1st 2017 – April 2018

Description: With this challenge you’ll be reading the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories in the order that they take place in the great detective’s life. All in 16 months!

Original Post: http://noonlightreads.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/the-chronological-sherlock-holmes.html

For those from whom one world is not enough… Try exploring the galaxy or another world this year: 

20172baw2bsff2bchallenge2bbanner

Run by: Melissa @The Space in Between

Dates: January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2017

Description: This challenge is inviting you to read some of the great SFF books that you haven’t got round to reading yet.

Original Post: http://readingchallengeaddict.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_4.html?m=1

For those looking to learn something new… Try picking up some non-fiction books from your shelf:

non-fiction2badventure

Run by: Michelle @Gather Together & Read

Dates: Any five years of your choice

Description: This challenge has a bit more freedom than others and could fit really well around your other reading as you’re only required to read an average of 10 books a year. Pick at least 50 non-fiction books, pick a starting date (your end date will be five years later) and get reading!

Original Post: http://www.gathertogetherread.com/p/a-non-fiction-adventure.html

For those looking for more than prose… Get stuck into some verse:  

poetry2017medium-300x300

Run by: Serena @SavvyVerseandWit

Dates: January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2017

Description: The aim of this challenge is to read more poetry this year, and maybe if you’re feeling brave enough try reading a new type of poetry!

Original Post: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2016/12/poetry-reading-challenge-2017.html

Are you taking part in any reading challenges this year, let me know in the comments!

Happy reading everyone!

Check out my last post: New Year’s Resolutions 2017

~ Lizz

January ’17 TBR

2017 is here and about time.

Of course my first post of the year is a TBR, however I’ve got some other exciting things planned for this blog in 2017! Last month I managed to read four (and a half) books, so I’m optimistically squeezing five onto my list this month.

15870684_10211407189671409_1463700292_n

Here’s my TBR for January 2017:

1. On Writing – Stephen King

15840973_10211407188631383_709255321_n

‘“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.’ – Goodreads

One of the challenges that I have set myself this year is to read at least one non-fiction book every month. So I’m trying to kick January off on the right track with Stephen King’s autobiography/writing guide.

2. The Traveller Series – Tiffany Teoh

cover-design-travellerseries

‘The series started from a longing to want to travel after hearing all the good and bad tales from long term backpackers.Every single piece that made it and didn’t make it in this is book has a special place in my heart as they were the beginning of a journey of a memory that never happened, but a longing that was constant.We all naturally have it in us to wonder and wander, it’s just a matter of allowing it to take you to places.’ – Goodreads

I wrote a blog post in October about all the reasons why I want to read this book – read it here. Finally this January I think I’m going to have enough time to get round it reading this collection. Yay.

3. Soucery – Terry Pratchett

15820090_10211407189871414_1051940000_n

‘All this books and stuff, that isn’t what it should all be about. What we need is real wizardry.
There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we’d better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son… a wizard squared…a source of magic…a Sourcerer. Unseen University has finally got what it wished for: the most powerful wizard on the disc. Which, unfortunately, could mean that the death of all wizardry is at hand. And that the world is going to end, depending on whom you listen to. Unless of course one inept wizard can take the University’s most precious artefact, the very embodiment of magic itself, and deliver it halfway across the disc to safety…’ – Goodreads

Another one of my 2017 challenges is to try and read all of Terry Pratchett’s novel, most likely it won’t happen but I made a bet with a friend of mine. There’s a whole £5 at stake people! I have this one out of the library at the moment so I’ll start with it – I hope you all don’t get board of Terry Pratchett reviews…

4. Death Comes to Pemberley – P. D. James

15822426_10211407189991417_1096041960_n

‘It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P.D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.’ -Goodreads

Picked up randomly due to a librarian’s recommendation (got to get those Bookish Bingo squares, am I right guys?) I’m quite looking forward to reading this. She described it to me as perfect for the fan of literature and of crime – so I have to give it a go!

5. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – Natasha Pulley

15871070_10211407189031393_8259293_n

‘1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.’ – Goodreads

This book was written by one of my favourite teachers a Uni, so I bought myself it as a reward for making it through this last term. I haven’t had time to read it over Christmas so I’m hoping to have time to get round it this New Year!

~

Let me know what you’re planning to read this January or if you’ve read any of these already – I’d love to hear what you thought of them. Happy New Year everybody, I hope you find your new favourite book in 2017!

 

Bookish Bingo Update #4: December (Winter #1)

Please visit Pretty Deadly Reviews for more information on Bookish Bingo!

bookish-bingo

Hello everyone, hope you had a great December! Just like everyone else I’m ready for 2016 to be over and I’ve got loads of really fun posts planned for 2017! So here it is the first Winter Bookish Bingo update. [See my final Fall wrap up here] I’m pretty happy with my reading this month, I got through four books (which I know is nothing special but it’s better than usual!).

All hail my MS Paint skills!

winter-bingo-december

This month I read four books (December’s colour is dark blue):

Free Sqaure – Taking that now to make myself feel like I’m making slightly more progress…

 Blue Cover – The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman. I love this book (review coming soon) and the British edition, which I have,  has a blue cover so I’m slotting this one in her.

Sequel – Sourcery, by Terry Pratchett. (Review coming soon) The 5th book in the Discworld series – this was funny and smart and everything I want in a Pratchett novel.

Not YA – The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter. (Review coming soon) Oh my, this was not YA… This was weird and gory and full of sex and weird. I can’t think of a book that fits this category better.

Banned Book – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. (Review coming soon) I re-read this book as part of my degree this month. This book was a delight, I had so much fun reading back through this little book (it’s really small, I used to think these books were huge!)

 All in all I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made so far with this card – plenty of possible bingos are lining up. Let me know how you’re doing with this card!

 ~ Lizz

‘Totally Should Have’ Book Tag

*Warning this tag contains spoilers*

Thank you Icebreaker694 for tagging me in this!

NUMBER ONE: “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE GOTTEN A SEQUEL”

the-ocean-at-the-end-of-the-lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. The world that this novel is set in is so fascinating. I really want to know more about the Hemsworths and the world that they came from – I’d love to see a sequel exploring that.

NUMBER TWO: “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE GOTTEN A SPIN-OFF SERIES”

51lj8aw-86l-_sx329_bo1204203200_

Baz – from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I was not a big fan of this book at all, but Bax completely stole my heart. I would love to have a novel just following the shenanigans of Baz.

NUMBER THREE: “AN AUTHOR THAT TOTALLY SHOULD WRITE MORE BOOKS”

2bcdb202-8820-48bc-b0b0-c7d92155da3a

J. K. ROWLING GIVE ME MORE HARRY POTTER BOOKS (NONE OF THIS PLAY NONSENSE) – I NEED YOUNG MARAUDERS STORIES, STORIES FROM OTHER WIZARDING SCHOOLS, AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF.

NUMBER FOUR: “A CHARACTER THAT TOTALLY SHOULD’VE ENDED UP WITH SOMEONE ELSE”

zoo_city_2010_uk_edition_cover_-_fair_use_claimed

Zinzi not ending up with her boyfriend in Zoo City  and driving off to find his wife broke my heart. After everything she went through she wasn’t allowed a happy ending.

NUMBER FIVE: “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE ENDED DIFFERENTLY”

the-amber-spyglass

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman! Again I’m back on the happy endings thing. Why can’t authors let good characters live happily! Will and Lyra should have been able to live together, it hurts my heart too much knowing that they didn’t.

NUMBER SIX: “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD A MOVIE FRANCHISE”

51hj6gwracl-_sy344_bo1204203200_

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. I’m only on the second book in this series and I’m already appalled at the fact that these books don’t have any films based around them.

NUMBER SEVEN: “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD ONLY ONE POINT OF VIEW”

41hb6rmawdl-_sx320_bo1204203200_

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (I seem to be raging a lot about her today). This book also really wound me up – there were multiple chapters where from E and P’s point of view were almost identical, it was interesting the first time round but it got annoying very quickly. Even if it didn’t loose the multiple POVs this book should definitely lose that element.

NUMBER EIGHT: “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD A COVER CHANGE”

the-name-of-the-wind 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The British cover is ridiculous. It totally misrepresents what is inside. (You can’t see it in the picture above but there’s a crazy red glow coming out of his eyes).

NUMBER NINE: “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE KEPT THE ORIGINAL COVERS”

21414439

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. The American covers are awesome, but the British ones are not so good. However I’m not prepared to wait for the American ones to become available over here when Windwitch comes out so I’m going to have to get the British version.

NUMBER TEN: “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE STOPPED AT BOOK ONE”

I can think of so many films that would fit into this category but no books come to mind right now! Sorry guys!

I’m tagging The Hungry Monster, the lovely girls at Thrice Read, My Bookshelf Dialogues and Jacquie – as well as anyone else you wants to do this tag!

Hope you’re having a fab day,

~ Lizz

5 Books I Want To Read This Winter

My first term of my second year at Uni is about to come to a close and to help me make it through the long days of essay writing I’ve been daydreaming about the books I’m going to read in my time off. I thought I’d share them with you today, let me know what you’re planning to read this winter!

Here are the 5 books I want to read this winter:

1. The Gardens of Moon – Steven Erikson

553992

‘The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

But it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand.’ -Goodreads

When I told a good friend of mine that I wish I knew more about fantasy books and had read some more classic series. He recommended The Malazan Book of the Fallen series to me, The Gardens of Moon is the first book in this series. This book is pretty big, so I think I’m going to have to leave reading this until the holidays.

2. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

the name of the wind.jpg

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.’ -Goodreads

Patrick Rothfuss never fails to make me laugh, I love his blog and watching him on Acquisitions Inc shows so it’s about time I get round to reading his books. I’ve had The Name of the Wind for months now, I’ve been meaning to read it and finally this winter I’ve got some time to do so.

3. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee

go-set-a-watchman

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.’ -Goodreads

To Kill A Mockingbird has been near the top of my favourite books for years now, and my boyfriend bought me Go Set a Watchman over a year ago (oh dear). I plan to spend a bit of my free time over the Christmas holidays to catch up on those books I’ve had on my shelves for years.

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling [re-read]

harry-potter-and-the-philosphers-stone

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.’ -Goodreads

I very recently found out that my local library has copies of the audiobook version of the Harry Potter series. I spent most of my childhood going to sleep listening to the tapes of the series as I go to bed, and I’m so excited to listen to these again. [Also I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the end of November and now all I want to do is read Harry Potter and cry].

5.  Sourcery – Terry Pratchett

sourcery

When last seen, the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world. Now magically, he’s turned up again, and this time he’s brought the Luggage.

But that’s not all….

Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son — a wizard squared (that’s all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic — a sourcerer.’    -Goodreads

Oh dear (again), I started reading this book last January and had to take it back to the library – and well, I haven’t picked it up since… However, I had made a bet with a friend of mine that I can read every book written by Sir Terry in the next year (which I know I’m going to lose but I’m going to try anyway) so I’m planning to pick this book back sometime this winter.

~ Lizz

Bookish Bingo: Winter 2016/2017

All images from Pretty Deadly Reviews, for more information on Bookish Bingo please visit her site.

bookish-bingo

Bookish Bingo is a seasonal reading challenge run by the Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews. The aim is to get as many bingos (5 squares in a row) as possible between now and the end of February. I didn’t manage to get any bingos in Fall but I’m planning to read a bit more tactically over the next few months.

The info from Bekka:

  • Every new season has a new bingo card. This one is for books read in the months of December, January and February.
  • The object is to get as many BINGOs as possible (five across, up and down, or diagonal)
  • One square per book
  • You do not have to review these books, or even have a blog, this is simply for books read during the allotted months

Here is the Winter Bingo card:

winter-bingo-starter

Are you planning on taking part in Bookish Bingo this winter? Let me know and we can encourage each other to keep reading!

~Lizz