6 Sequels I Can’t Wait For

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. To be honest with you guys, I was running low on post ideas and all I could come up with was coming up with some sequels I can’t wait for. Posting 3 times a week is tricky when you’re running low on ideas :). Anyway these are five books that currently don’t have a release date (I think) but I am hoping they will be released sooner rather then later. Let’s get started.

 

  1. The Secret Commonwealth / book 2 of the Book of Dust series / Philip Pullman
  2. Untitled / book 3 of the Dandelion Dynasty trilogy / Ken Liu
  3. Nightblood / book 2 of the Warbreaker series / Brandon Sanderson
  4. The Thorn of Emberlain / book 4 of the Gentleman Bastard series / Scott Lynch
  5. Doors of Stone / book 3 of the Kingkiller Chronicle / Patrick Rothfuss
  6. The Mirror and the Light / book 3 of the Cromwell trilogy / Hilary Mantel

 

Are you waiting for any of these books too? I think the book I am most excited for would be the third and final book in the Dandelion Dynasty trilogy. Hopefully we’ll get an idea of a release date for these books soon. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

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!

 

So I am currently reading two books. The first book is Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds, which a sci-fi crime story. I got a digital copy from Netgalley. I didn’t realise when I requested it that it is actually the second book in the series, but so far I’m still enjoying it.  I have also just started Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart, which is a murder mystery set in China in the 1700’s. I’m only a couple of chapters in so far but I am hoping to love it. Once I’ve finished them, I am thinking of picking up The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a while now and I think it’s about time I gave it a go. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it so I’m looking forward to seeing what I think of it.
What are you guys currently reading? Hopefully I can finish all of these books before the end of the month and then I can move onto the other books on my TBR. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Cover Wars Wednesday

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would try something a little different and take part in the weekly bookish meme, cover wars Wednesday (created by Book is Glee). Basically I am going to be comparing the different covers of one book and I thought what better book to use then my first five star read of this year, Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay. I loved this book so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share it with you guys.
I’m not a fan of the cover on the left, but I really like the two others. The paperback I own has the cover in the middle, which is probably my favourite. There’s something about people on the cover that never works for me. I think the other two work better in terms of the book itself too, if that makes sense. They give a better feel of what the book is.
The German edition is definitely my favourite – it looks amazing. I think I like it even more than the English edition. The Italian and French editions are similar to the middle English edition. I’m not a big fan of the Spanish edition but it’s not too bad. It’s so interesting to see all the different cover designs, whether it’s just different editions or different countries. I think all of these covers are great in their own way.

 

Anyway my favourites are definitely the middle English one and the German edition. Which one do you like best? I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Seriously it was so good. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

How I Review Books

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would talk about my reviewing process. On Tuesday 15th February I will have been posting on this blog for two years, which means two years of new reviews every Friday. I thought it might be interesting to you guys to see how I review books.
I don’t really have a set way to choose what books I review. Generally it is books that I have loved and want to share with you guys, or something that didn’t quite work for me and I want you guys to know why. Or it’s a book that I’ve received an ARC and want to post a review close to the release date. Sometimes there are books that I just have more thoughts to share with you guys. Basically I just review the books I feel like reviewing. Sometimes I know going into a book that I am going to review it, other times it’s only till I’ve finished it that I decided to want to review it. I can then make notes while I’m reading of anything I want to mention in a review or a quote that I particularly like. To be completely honest I don’t always make notes while I’m reading, because I’m just enjoying the book and forget to make notes. Sometimes I will make the notes soon after finishing the book. I will make notes on things like my thoughts on the writing, world building, characters and so on.
For a lot of my reviews I like to write them in advanced of posting them. I like to take plenty of time to draft my review and then start to go over it again. I don’t work that well under pressure so I will never write a review the day before posting it. That is just not how I work. If I’m feeling a little uninspired I quite like to go on goodreads and read some reviews of the book – I find that this can sometimes help me to organise my own thoughts for a review. Obviously don’t copy things for other peoples reviews but I think it can be a good source of inspiration. I don’t always do this; just when I’m having a little trouble organising my thoughts. Once I’ve written the review I will spend some time going over it and improving any sections I can. Sometimes it is good for me to just type down whatever I’m thinking and then go over it to make sure that I wasn’t just rambling on. Once I’m finished I will add in the links to my affiliate pages (e.g. Waterstones) and add in the photos of the books. If I have read the book on my kindle then I will add in the cover photos, which I source from goodreads. Otherwise I will take a photo using my lovely marble background. I have a list of all the reviews I’ve done, whether its’s a full review or mini reviews, so I won’t write a duplicate review.
I can’t quite believe that I’ve been doing this for almost 2 years now. I hope you guys aren’t getting bored of me :). The way I review hasn’t really changed since I started blogging, but I like to think that my reviews have improved. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Hidden Gems in Fantasy

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 hidden gems in your favourite genre, so of course I’m going to be talking about the fantasy genre. These are five books that have under 1,000 ratings on goodreads and are books that I loved. I highly recommend checking out all of these books. Let’s get started.

 

  1. The Ninth Rain / book 1 of the Winnowing Flame trilogy / Jen Williams
  2. The Tiger and the Wolf / book 1 of the Echoes of the Fall trilogy / Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. To The Sky Kingdom / Tang Qi / translated by Poppy Toland
  4. Fudoki / Kij Johnson
  5. Emperor of the Eight Islands / books 1 & 2 of the Tale of Shikanoko series / Lian Hearn

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. I’d love to know what your favourite genre is and some of your favourite books from that genre. I’m always up for an exchange of bookish recommendations :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Bullet Journal Set Up 2018

Hi guys I hope you are all well. I know we are now well into the new year but a new year meant a new bullet journal set up and I wanted to share that with you guys today. I had my first bullet journal last year and found it really useful so decided to continue with it this year. I hope that’s alright with you guys.
Once again I’ve started this bullet journal with my goals for the year. These include some personal, blogging and bookish goals. Then I have a year in review spread over four pages. I didn’t use this last time but I think it’s quite useful to see the year in 6 month sections with space to note down any events. After that I have a spread of a stats tracker for the year as well as a blog post tracker. I know it’s not all about numbers here on my blog but I quite like having a view of the activity of my blog and how it’s doing. Next I have a page to keep track of my goodreads challenge for this year and a space to note down my favourite books of the year. On the opposite page I have a page dedicated to my reading statistics for the year ahead. I didn’t do this last year but I thought I’d try it out. I’ve split it into three sections; gender, star rating and nationality. I was thinking of also adding a space for the page numbers of books but I decided to just keep it at those three. After that I have an Instagram tracker which is pretty self explanatory; I use it to keep track of the days I post.
The next pages are all taken up with my monthly blog schedule, as well as a page to note down anything each month, such as TBRs, monthly favourites etc. All my blog posts are written down in blue and everything else such as any blog tours I’m involved with or my contribution to the Fantasy Faction site are noted down in black. An orange dot means that a post is finished and scheduled. I tend to note down in pencil first while I’m still planning out a month and then once the schedule is finalised I’ll write down in pen.
The first spread after my monthly spread is focused on my TBR. These are all the books I own but haven’t read yet at the start of the year. I’m hoping by the end of the year I will have most of these books read. Next I have a spread to keep track of the series I’m currently reading. All of the series listed are series I want to finish at some point. At this point I have over 20 series I am currently in the middle of so I thought this spread would be useful to track my progress with each series.
After that I have my most anticipated books noted down, as well as a page with some of my anticipated film releases for the year ahead. Speaking of films the next spread I have is films I’ve seen in 2018 page. I did this last year and wanted to continue with it this year. I love watching films and I liked keeping track of what I’ve seen. Next I have a page to note down any new favourites throughout the year – pretty self explanatory :). After that I have my mental health tracker. Again this is one I had last year and I think it’s a good idea for me to note down how my mental health is doing each month. Next I have a fitness tracker, which is colour coded by activity. I’m not a very active person but I’m hoping this year to get into the flow of exercising regularly. Hopefully this will help motivate me as well as allow me to keep track of things. As you can see January wasn’t a great month for exercise but I’m hoping to do better next month.
After that I have a page to note down any milestones that may happen in 2018, such as 500 followers on my blog, as well as space to note down any events that happen in my life, such as travelling somewhere for the first time.  Next I’m currently taking an online course about dog psychology so I have a page to keep track of my progress with that. The next spread is all about book requests of 2018. This is split into three months where I can note down the books I’ve requested, whether it was accepted and whether I’m reviewing it. After that I have two pages to plan for future recommendations post. The penultimate page I have is a list of 18 new authors I want to try out this year. Lastly I have a page to write down my favourite books of the year, separated into a two columns for my 5 star and 4 star books. I also have a space to note down any disappointing reads.
That’s all I have for you guys for now. I’ve found the bullet journal to be really useful, especially when it comes to keeping organised with my blog. Have you tried a bullet journal? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Pippa

Anticipated Films 2018

Hi guys I hope you are all well. Today I’m going to be talking about films rather than books, because there are quite a few film releases that I am looking forward to, so I thought I’d share some. So far there are 11 films that I am interested to see that are coming out this year. I might have missed some but these are the ones that I am aware of. I have linked to the trailer of each film (if available) for you guys to check out if you want to. Let’s get started.

 

 

I actually don’t go to the cinema that often so I probably won’t get to see these films until they are out on DVD but I’m interested in checking them out at some point. I have high hopes for quite a few of them. The ones I’m most interested in are Avengers, Annihilation and Tomb Raider. What films are you looking forward to? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa