It’s Monday… what are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!
Although I’m already reading two books, I’m actually planning on starting another one as well. I tend to only read two books at a time but this is one of the rare occasions I read more than two books at the same time. So the two books I’m currently reading are The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Big Four by Agatha Christie. Right now I’m about 130 pages into The Power and I’m a little conflicted about it. It’s an interesting concept but I’m not finding it the most engaging story so far. We’ll see how I feel once I’ve finished it. The other book is the fourth Poirot book I’ve read and I’m enjoying being back with this character. I’m reading it on my kindle and I’m currently about 9% through. The book I want to start is A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. This book has been on my radar from quite a long time and I randomly felt like picking it up now, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll report back to you guys once I’ve finished it.
I have so many books on my TBR and it is always growing. I’m hoping that I’ll finish these three books by the end of the month. Have you guys read any of these books? What you are currently reading? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Places I Want To Visit

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I am going to do a non bookish post, as you can probably tell from the title. I wanted to share some of the places that I would love to visit. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit through my life but there are quite a few places I really want to visit but haven’t yet. To be honest I’m an anxious traveller (or just person really) but I still love visiting new places. Let’s get started.

 

Places I’ve never been to:
  • China
  • Japan
  • San Francisco and Washington, USA
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Croatia

 

Places to revisit:
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Prague, Czech Republic

 

Hopefully I’ll slowly become more confidant with travelling as I do it more. Where do you guys want to go? Or where is your favourite place you’ve been? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Words That Make Me Want To Pick Up A Book

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some key words that will immediately make me interested in a book. We all have certain things that make us what to read books and I have quite a few things that attract me towards books. Sorry for the long title but I couldn’t figure out a way of shortening it :). Now these don’t necessarily mean I will definitely pick up the book but these words will make me intrigued to check it out. Let’s get started.

 

General:
  • Hidden identities
  • Mythology
  • Strong group of friends
  • The author

 

Fantasy:
  • East Asia inspired
  • Animal companion
  • Strong female lead (especially if she’s good with a bow)
  • Great world building
  • Assassins

 

Historical fiction:
  • WW1 and WW2
  • Ancient China

 

Other things that may sway me to pick up a book include beautiful covers and/or a recommendation from someone I trust. I’m sure there are more but I can’t think of them right now :). What words or phrases make you want to pick up a book? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

5 Books To Read Before The End Of The Year

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I have to admit that I’ve been running a little low on post ideas at the moment… so I thought I would share 5 books I want to read by the end of the year. I was going to do 10 but based on how much I’ve been reading I thought 5 would be more realistic for me to accomplish. These are basically some books that have been sitting on my shelves unread for quite some time now or books that I just really want to read soon. Let’s get started.

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Fool’s Assassin / Robin Hobb
Goodreads synopsis: Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more… On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing. Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger?

 

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The Good People / Hannah Kent
Goodreads synopsis: Based on true events in nineteenth century Ireland, Hannah Kent’s startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue child from a superstitious community. Nora, bereft after the death of her husband, finds herself alone and caring for her grandson Micheál, who can neither speak nor walk. A handmaid, Mary, arrives to help Nóra just as rumours begin to spread that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. Determined to banish evil, Nora and Mary enlist the help of Nance, an elderly wanderer who understands the magic of the old ways. Set in a lost world bound by its own laws, THE GOOD PEOPLE is Hannah Kent’s startling new novel about absolute belief and devoted love. Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this follow-up to Burial Rites shows an author at the height of her powers.

 

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The Power / Naomi Alderman
Goodreads synopsis: Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonising pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.

 

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The Makioka Sisters / Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
Goodreads synopsis: Tanizaki’s masterpiece is the story of four sisters, and the declining fortunes of a traditional Japanese family. It is a loving and nostalgic recreation of the sumptuous, intricate upper-class life of Osaka immediately before World War II. With surgical precision, Tanizaki lays bare the sinews of pride, and brings a vanished era to vibrant life.

 

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The Girl in the Tower / Katharine Arden / ARC copy
Goodreads synopsis: Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorising the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realises his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

 

Thinking about it I probably won’t be able to get to all of these but hopefully I’ll read a few of them. What books do you want to get to by the end of the year? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday…

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on:
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night / Jen Campbell / Nov 2
Artemis / Andy Weir / November 14

 

I’m sure there are other exciting book releases this month but these are the two that I am interested in. I’ve actually already read Artemis but I wanted to mention it anyway. I’ll be picking up a physical copy at some point. I’m also interested in picking up The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night. I don’t know too much about it but I kind of want to keep it that way. These are two books I’m interested in so I thought I would share them with you guys today. What book are you anticipating? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Pippa

 

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Book Haul

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some books that I’ve recently picked up, one of which was sent to me by the publisher. This way you can see what books I’m adding to my tbr pile :). Personally I quite like seeing what books people have been getting, especially if we have similar tastes. It’s a good way to find new books :). Let’s get started.

 

The Girl in the Tower / Katharine Arden
Goodreads synopsis: Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

 

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The Stone in the Skull / Elizabeth Bear / digital copy from Netgalley
Goodreads synopsis: The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms. The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort. They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire

 

A Natural History of Dragons / Marie Brennan
Goodreads synopsis: Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age. All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day. Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

 

Age of Assassins / R. J. Barker
Goodreads synopsis: Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder. In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.

 

Mistress of the Empire / Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
Goodreads synopsis: Besieged by spies and rival houses, stalked by a secret and merciless brotherhood of assassins, the brilliant Lady Mara of the Acoma faces the most deadly challenge she has ever known.  The fearsome Black Robes see Mara as the ultimate threat to their ancient power.  In search of allies who will join her against them, Mara must travel beyond civilization’s borders and even into the hives of the alien cho-ja.  As those near and dear to her fall victim to many enemies, Mara cries out for vengeance.  Drawing on all of her courage and guile she prepares to fight her greatest battle of all–for her life, her home, and the Empire itself.

 

The Book of Dust / Philip Pullman
Goodreads synopsis: Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .

 

 

I’m looking forward to reading each of these books. Have you read any of these? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Favourite Creepy Settings

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 favourite creepy settings. I only have four books to share today, because I clearly don’t read that many creepy books :). The four that I’ve chosen though have done creepy settings/atmospheres very well.Let’s get started.
Although I’m not one for horror, I do enjoy a good creepy setting. Maybe not to read at night though :). Do you guys have any favourite creepy settings? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa