TTT: Winter TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of book, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This weeks topic is your Winter TBR. Basically the books you want to read this winter. I could just say all the books currently sitting unread on my bookshelf, but then that will definitely be more then 10. Anyway, lets get started.

 

 
That’s it for today. We’ll see if I actually stick to this TBR because I haven’t been that great at sticking to my TBR this year. I just read what I want at the time. Have you guys read any of these books? I’d love to know what books you think I should prioritise. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

Pippa

Beautiful Books of 2018

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. The year is coming to an end so I thought I’d share some of my favourite book covers from the past 12 months. There are so many fantastic book covers and I love sharing my favourites with you guys. Let’s get straight into it.

The Beast Player / Nahoko Uehashi / ★★★★★






The Hyena and the Hawk / book 3 of the Echoes of the Fall trilogy / Adrian Tchaikovsky / ★★★★

On my kindle:
A Veil of Spears / book 3 of the Shattered Sands series / Bradley Bealieu / ★★★★
The Wolf / book 1 of Under the Northern Sky series / Leo Carew / ★★★★
The Book of M / Peng Shepherd / ★★★
The Silence of the Girls / Pat Barker / ★★★.5

There are so many incredibly talented artists out there creating these beautiful book covers. I have to admit to being very much influenced by covers – if it’s a pretty cover I’m definitely more likely to pick it up, but hey who doesn’t love a good cover? Anyway that’s it for today. Have you guys read any of these books? I’d love to know your thoughts. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

Pippa

Skyward / Brandon Sanderson

Title / Skyward
Author / Brandon Sanderson
Publication Date / October 2018
Series or standalone / Skyward trilogy
Page no. / 528
Overall Rating / ★★★.5

*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

 

Goodreads synopsis: Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul

 

This is the first book in a new YA science fiction trilogy. Before reading this I had read 11 books by Brandon Sanderson, so it is safe to say that I am a fan of his writing, although I wasn’t a fan of the start of his other YA series, The Reckoners. I thought this was a solid introduction to this world and characters. What I enjoyed most about this book was the setting. Humanity is trapped on a planet called Detritus. While most people live underground in caverns, some cities remain above ground. Attacks from the Krell, a mysterious alien race, are almost constant and humanity must train up young people as pilots to maintain the fight against them. Their training in the flight school takes up large part of this story. From the beginning I was immersed in this world and thought it was one of the main strengths of this book. I haven’t read a lot of science fiction this year so it was great to be back in a space setting.
 
Sanderson has once again created a vivid and complex world with an interesting history to it. I never felt bogged down by the information and there wasn’t any info-dumping. Information about the world is slowly released throughout the 528 pages at a pace that keeps you hooked. One final thing that did frustrate me a little was the constant talk of bravery and cowardice. In this world pilots that eject after being shot down are called cowards and, rather stupidly in my opinion, are not allowed to fly unless reserves are needed. Firstly that is not cowardice and secondly, surely you need all the pilots you’ve got? The idea of the defect is also kind of absurd to me. While these elements did detract from my overall reading experience, I did still really enjoy this book.

 

 While I thought the characters were well written overall, I did have a few issues with them. First of all, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main character, Spensa. She is immature, very quick to anger and kind of aggressive. I found her to be quite a frustrating character, although she did get a little better toward the end of the book. The other characters are well written, if a little underdeveloped. All of the characters are quite formulaic in terms of the YA genre. Despite the issues I had I did become invested in them and Sanderson did a great job at developing the relationships between the characters. This is uses a first person narrative which works well with the story, although I think I would have liked some other perspective to get a wider look into this world.

 

Skyward contains a fast-paced and entertaining story that is easy to get into. The plot is a little shallow to begin with, to allow you to get used to the world and the characters but it does pick up later on in the book. Some of the flight school and battle sequences did get a little repetitive at times. Having said that, I did really enjoy this book while reading it. 

 

Overall I thought this was a great introduction to this new YA trilogy, although I am coming to the conclusion that I prefer Sanderson’s adult books. Right now I’m undecided on whether or not I’ll continue with this trilogy – I’ll probably decide closer to the release of the sequel. Have you guys read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time. 

 

 

Pippa

 

 

 

T5W: Books with fantastic female protagonists to gift to any fantasy lovers

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is books to give as gifts. For this one, I’ve decided to share 5 books to gift to any fantasy lover who loves fantastic female protagonists. Basically I’m taking this opportunity to talk about some of my favourite fantasy books. You guys know I love the genre and I like to take any opportunity to talk about my favourites. All the books I’m going to mention are fantastic and I would highly recommend checking them out. Sorry for the long title – I couldn’t work out how to shorten it. Let’s get started.

All of these books are fantastic and I love the female protagonists so of course I’m taking the opportunity to share them. Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

 

Pippa

Top 10 Underrated Books of 2018

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can see from the title I’m going to share 10 underrated books I read this year. All of these books have under 5,000 ratings on Goodreads and that is how I picked the books. I’m not going to go into any details about these books, otherwise this will be a very long post; just know that I really enjoyed all of these books and would recommend them. In no particular order, let’s get started.

That’s it for today. I really enjoyed these books and would definitely recommend checking them out. My absolute favourite out of this list would definitely be The Beast Player. What was your favourite underrated read from 2018? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

Pippa

Tombland / C. J. Sansom

Title / Tombland
Author / C. J. Sansom
Publication Date / October 2018
Series or standalone / Shardlake series
Page no. / 865
Overall Rating / ★★★★.5


The seventh book in the Shardlake series, this sequel is set two years after the death of King Henry VIII and focuses on the Kett Rebellion of 1549. Matthew Shardlake is called upon by the Lady Elizabeth to investigate the murder of the wife of a distant relative in Norwich.

 

I have loved all of the previous books so I had high hopes for this instalment and it did not disappoint. Once again Sansom weaves all the threads of the story together so well. I love that we go through the investigation with Shardlake and we can make judgements along the way with him. As with all the previous books in this series, the progression of the mystery is so well done. It was a little slow to start for me but after a couple of chapters I was completely invested. One thing that may frustrate some readers is that once the rebellion started, it felt as if the book lost a little of it’s purpose. It didn’t know whether it was a account of the Kett rebellion or a murder mystery. The focus shifts from the murder to focus on the rebellion and I have to admit that I was initially a little disappointed because I was so invested in the mystery. Having said that, I did find it really interesting to read about this rebellion as I know very little about it and I did really enjoy the plot of this book, although it is perhaps a little drawn out. Like the previous books in this series, I found this instalment so compelling and once I started reading I didn’t want to put it down. 

 

The character development continues to be a highlight of this series. Shardlake is a fantastic protagonist and it was  I particularly loved the growth of Nicholas in this latest instalment. Sansom has also done a great job at developing the relationships between the characters. There were so many interesting new characters introduced in this book and all of them were well written. Moving on to the setting. Once again Sansom has done a great job at transporting the reader back to the 16th Century. Although I know very little about this rebellion, you can still see the research Sansom has done for this book. I cannot comment on the authenticity of the historical story line, but it is vividly written and so interesting to read. As with all the previous books, the writing is fantastic. 
 

 

Overall I loved this book and I would highly recommend checking this series out. All the books in this series, including this latest one, are so enjoyable to read. I think Sansom plans to bring Shardlake into the reign of Elizabeth I, so there may be more books in the future. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for new books in this series. Have you read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

Pippa

T5W: Book Wishlist

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is your book wishlist. Basically the books that you would love to get, either as a gift from someone or a treat from yourself. My wishlist and TBR are always growing so I definitely have five I can share with you guys. Let’s get started.

That’s it for today. These are five books that are definitely high up on my wish list. What do you have on your wishlist? I’d also love to know if you’ve read any of the books I mentioned. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

Pippa