TTT: Favourite Quotes

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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 books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This weeks topic is favourite quotes. I love sharing my favourite quotes and I’ve already done 3 posts about some – you can them out here, here and here. For this post I’ve come up with 8 new quotes to share with you guys. Let’s get started.


  • “Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.” The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  • “History is the long shadow cast by the past upon the future. Shadows, by nature, lack details.” The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
  • “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it.” The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
  • “Stand aside, and try not to catch fire if I shed sparks of genius.” The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
  • “Learn everything. Fill your mind with knowledge—it’s the only kind of power no one can take away from you.” Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • “Sometimes when she told stories about the past her eyes would get teary from all the memories she had, but they weren’t tears. She wasn’t crying. They were just the memories, leaking out.” A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • “Remember, the past need not become our future as well.” Elantris by Brandon Sanderson


What are some of your favourite quotes? I think I need to start writing down some of my favourite quotes from the books I read as I’m reading them, instead of trying to remember them later on. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.





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.





T5W: Books You Read Because of Blogging

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 you’ve read because of blogging. I’ve been blogging for just over a year and a half now which is kind of crazy. Anyway these are books that I’ve read because they were recommended to me or because I saw them floating around the bookish community.
That is all I have for today. There are definitely plenty of books that I see floating around the bookish community that I’m intrigued by, although I am always a bit wary of hype. What book have you read because of blogging? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.





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:



Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo / out 28th August – I have quite mixed feelings about this author. I had very mixed feelings about the Grisha trilogy but thought the Six of Crows duology was good. I am interested to see what I think about this one. Wonder Woman is awesome so of course I’m ready for a book about her. I’m sad to say though I haven’t seen the film yet… now I’m going to have to wait till it’s released on DVD. Anyway I’m looking forward to picking this book up when it’s out.


Are you guys looking forward to this release? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.





Best Books of 2017 So Far

Hi guys how are you all? Today I thought I would share some of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year. I’ve read 39 books so far and I’ve picked 8 of my favourites to share. No surprises that alot of these are going to be fantasy books :).



Do Not Say We Have Nothing / Madeleine Thien / ★.5 / full review


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Ninth Rain / Jen Williams / ★ / full review



Sins of Empire / Brian McClellan / ★ / full review



The Bear and the Serpent / Adrian Tchaikovsky / 



Red Sister / Mark Lawrence / ★ / full reivew



The Moon in the Palace / Weina dai Randal / ★ 



Knight’s Shadow / Sebastien de Castell / ★ 



Daughter of the Forest / Juliet Marillier / ★ 


Honourable mentions: Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan, Sons of the Shadow by Juliet Marillier and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.


I have definitely read some fantastic books so far this year and I’m hoping to read more in the next half :). There are just so many books to read. What are some of your favourite books you’ve read this year? I hope you are all having wonderful day and I will see you next time.





Recommendations: Science Fiction

Hi guys I have some science fiction recommendations. It’s only in the last year or so that I’ve become more interested in reading sci-fi and I’ve been really enjoying reading the genre more, so it stands to reason I have more to recommend to you guys :). I’m excited to try out even more sci-fi books in the future. Let’s get started.


Ready Player One / Ernest Cline / ★ 
To be honest it’s been a couple of years since I’ve read this but it was great book and unlike anything else I’ve read. Looking back now its probably a 3.5 star read but I rated it 4 stars after I finished it. I did find it took me a little while to get into it but after a couple of chapters it was fine. I did find that the writing is a little too descriptive at times though. The characters are well written and their development throughout the book is good. The 80’s references dotted throughout the book are great, although I think alot of them went over my head. It didn’t detract from my enjoyment.  Overall it is a little too long and too detailed at times, but it is a pretty enjoyable book and I would recommend it, especially if you are a science fiction fan.


The Abyss Beyond Dreams / Peter F. Hamilton / ★ 
This was a great book. Now I haven’t read any of the other books set in this world – I think there is a series attach to this book, but I didn’t find it detracted too much from the story. There were times I was a little confused as it is a pretty dense read, so perhaps it’s best to have read the other books to get a better understanding. It’s definitely not necessary though. The characters are well written, the writing is good and the plot is mostly engaging. It is a bit slow towards the middle but it does pick up.  The main thing I love about this book is the concept – it is just so interesting. I think at times it didn’t quite work in practice. Having said all that I did end up enjoying this and I will definitely be checking out the sequel when it comes out in paperback.



The Southern Reach trilogy / Jeff Vandermeer / ★ 
Made up of AnnihilationAuthority and Acceptance. This is a fantastic and creepy trilogy. For me, one of the best things about these books is the atmosphere. Everything seems so vague and mysterious, so through the three books there is quite a creepy atmosphere.  The characters are intriguing, the writing is good and it is unlike anything I’ve read before. The second book was a weakest in opinion as it did drag a little at times but it was still good. This will definitely not be to everyone’s tastes, probably due to it’s writing style. I really enjoyed it though and I really want to try out Vandermeer’s latest book, Borne.


Fuzzy Nation / John Scalzi / 
This was my first book by this author and I’ve slowly been making my way through his other books ever since. It is such an entertaining and enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the characters, the concept was great and the humour was done quite well. This was one of those books I really enjoyed and I would highly recommend it.


I’m definitely getting more into science fiction recently but I still don’t read alot of it. I hope to try out more this year and I hope you guys like my recommendations. I really enjoyed each of these book so I thought I’d share them with you. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.






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:


Goodreads synopsis: Michael Johnston brings you the first in a new epic fantasy series inspired by ancient Egyptian history and King Lear.

The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever. On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas. Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.


This just sounds so interesting and I love mythology, so of course I am sold. You guys should know by now that I am always up for trying out new fantasy books. This is set to be released June 13th by Tor Books. I cannot wait to get myself a copy. Have you guys heard of this book? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.