Bookish Gift Guide

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can tell from the title, today I’m going to be sharing some bookish gift ideas. Christmas is coming and since this is a book blog it seemed appropriate to post a bookish gift guide. I think I did one of these the first year of my blog but I didn’t post one last year. I thought I’d get one out before we get to December starts so there is time before Christmas is here to source anything.  I am a massive fan of Christmas so I’m starting to get excited now. Anyway let’s get started.
  • Born to Ice / Paul Nicklen / this is an expensive one at £80 but I wanted to include it anyway because his photos are incredible and I’d love to have this book myself.
  • The Writer’s Map / Huw Lewis-Jones / if you love bookish maps then this is well worth a look. It contains essays on creating these worlds/maps as well as pictures of various maps.
  • The Penguin Classics Book / Henry Eliot / this one is basically a book about books and it looks like a great gift for any book lover.
  • Book sleeves / this is a great option for anyone who always has a book on them. The sleeve will protect your books while in your bag. Book Beau has great options and you can find loads on etsy.
  • Bookish posters / these are such a good gift option, especially if you get one related to a favourite book – for example, I love this poster which you can get on Red Bubble.
  • Maps from the etsy store, Land of Scrolls / these look so good and there are loads of options to choose from. My favourites include the Old Kingdoms map and the Middle Earth map.
  • Bookish clothes / there are a lot of different ones available. This sweatshirt is pretty accurate and this Pride and Prejudice t-shirt is another good option – both from etsy. There are a lot of options so you will definitely find something for you.
  • Folio Society edition / these are beautiful editions and make an amazing gift for any book lover.
  • An illustrated edition / again this makes a great gift if you find one of their favourite books. I got an illustrated edition of Watership Down a few Christmases ago and I love it.
  • Other ideas: bookmarks, subscription to a bookish box, a signed edition of a favourite book, a box set, bookish mugs, bookish totes or a bookish gift card.
That’s it for today. I hope it’s been helpful – I know I’m always looking for gift inspiration. These are just some ideas for you guys. Christmas is my favourite holiday so I’m pretty excited it’s that time of year once again. Do you guys love this time of year too? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Pippa

It’s Monday… What are you reading?

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the beginning of another week and I thought I’d update you on what I’ve been reading lately. So far this month I’ve read three books and enjoyed all of them. You guys should know the drill with these posts by now; I’m just going to be talking about the books I’m reading right now and possibly the books I will pick up next.

 

Right now I’m reading two books. The first is Blood of the Gods by David Mealing, which is the second book in the Ascension Cycle. I loved book 1 (Soul of the World) so I have high hopes for this sequel. As I’m writing this I’m a couple a hundred pages in and loving it. It’s roughly 730 pages long so I still have a way to go but I anticipate loving it when I’m finished. The second book is The White Mirror by Elsa Hart, which is the Li Du series. This is a crime/mystery historical fiction series set in 18th century China. I really enjoyed the first book (Jade Dragon Mountain) so I’m sure I’ll like this sequel. I’ve only just started it though so I can’t really comment yet.
Clearly I’m in a second book in a series mood right now :). I also love the covers of both these books. In terms of what I may read next, I have quite a few options. I’ve been meaning to read Circe by Madeleine Miller ever since it was released but haven’t gotten around to it. The other two books high up on my TBR pile are Lamentation by C. J. Sansom, which is the sixth book in the Shardlake series, and Valour by John Gwynne, which is the second book in the Faithful and the Fallen series. As always though I may get distracted by other books :).

 

That’s it for today. Hopefully I’ll finish off a couple more books before the end of the month. What are you guys currently reading? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

 

Pippa

 

 

 

TTT: Favourite Author

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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 week I’m going a bit off topic. We’re supposed to be sharing our favourite reads of 2018 so far, but I’ve already done a post about that, so I’m going to be sharing my current favourite authors instead. I am also going to share one of my favourite book or series by each author, as well as a book by each author that is on my TBR. Let’s get started.

 

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. I’d love to hear who your favourite authors are right now. Have you read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

TBR: Female Authors

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. So I was wondering what to post about and after realising that the majority of books I’ve read so far this year are written by men, I thought I’d share some books I want to read by women. Of the 29 authors I’ve read so far this year, only 9 of them are women, so I’ve got ten women authors on my TBR to share with you guys. The first five are new to me and the other five are authors I’ve already read one or more of their books, if that makes sense. Let’s get started.

 

 

That’s it for today. There are more female authors I could share but I thought 10 would be a good number to share. Have you guys read any books by these authors? Let me know if you have any recommendations for me. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

If you liked this… try this…

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can see from the title I going to be sharing some recommendations in the form of a if you liked this… try this post. I’ve never done one of these before but I thought I’d try it out today. No surprise that all the books I’m going to be talking about are fantasy books, so let’s get started.

 

If you liked Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay then I think you may like the Initiate Brother duology by Sean Russell
Both of these books have East Asian influences as well as political intrigue, a fantastic cast of characters and a compelling plot. If you enjoy slower paced fantasy that are character driven then you need to check out both of these books.

 

If you liked LOTR by J. R. R. Tolkien then I think you may like the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon
Although the Pellinor series is very much its own series, you can clearly see the influences from Tolkien. I have to admit I did find LOTR quite dense but I still really enjoyed it. The Pellinor series is one of my all time favourites and want to recommend it to as many people as possible.

 

If you liked Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier then I think you may like The Bear and the Nightingale by Katharine Arden.
Both of these books have a distinct fairy tale feel to them as well as a great female protagonist. I loved both of these books. Each of them contains a compelling story, fantastic writing and a great cast of characters.

 

If you liked the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan then I think you may like the Greatcoats series by Sebastien de Castell.
Both of these fantasy series are full of humour and are just so entertaining to read. I love both of these series and would highly recommend them if you are looking for a fun, fast read. Both of these series are so good.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. I quite like doing a recommendation post in this format. Have you read any of these books? Or would you recommend any other books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

5 sequels I haven’t read yet

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As you can see from the title I’m going to be sharing some sequels I haven’t read yet, but really want to get to soon. Some of these I’m waiting for the paperback editions and others I just haven’t read yet. Let’s get started.

 

  • Hyena and the Hawk / book 3 in the Echoes of the Fallen series / Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • A Veil of Spears / book 3 in the Shattered Sand series / Bradley Beaulieu
  • Grey Sister / book 2 in the Book of the Ancestors series / Mark Lawrence
  • Wrath of Empire / book 2 in the Gods of Blood and Powder series / Brian McClellan
  • Assassin’s Fate / book 3 in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy / Robin Hobb

 

 

That’s all I have for today. Hopefully I can get to these sequels soon, because I need to know what happens next in these series. What sequels are on your TBR? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

April Wrap Up and May TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for another monthly wrap up post. I read 5 books and I’m about half way through another book right now. April was my birthday month so I got more books to add to my TBR and I got to see Hamilton in London, so I had a pretty good month. Let’s get started.

 

The Poppy War / book 1 of a trilogy / R. F. Kuang / ★★
This was one of my anticipated releases of this year but it didn’t quite work for me. I have a full review coming soon so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Basically I wasn’t invested in the characters or the plot, although I enjoyed the military aspect and the world.

 

Blood of Assassins / book 2 of the Wounded Kingdom series / R. J. Barker / ★★★
I have a full review of this up so I’m not going to go into too much detail here. Overall I thought this was a good continuation of this series, although I did find the main character to be quite frustrating. I enjoyed the plot and it’s well written. If you enjoy fantasy with assassins then this series is worth checking out.

 

The Wolves of Winter / Tyrell Johnson / ★★★.5
* I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This is set in Canada after a nuclear war and the fast spread of disease and follows a small group of people trying to survive. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this as I knew very little about it but I ended up really quite enjoying it. It is a little predictable and I found the main character a tad frustrating at times but overall I enjoyed this book. I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into it but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. The author does a wonderful job at creating a suspenseful atmosphere that builds throughout the book. I think the frequent use of profanity may be a little off putting for some, so that may be something to be aware of. This book is also not for the faint hearted as it deals with violence and sexual assault. The characters are well written and the world building is good. It is a little ambiguous but I think that lends itself to the mystery of the book.

 

Fool’s Quest / book 2 in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy / Robin Hobb / ★★★★
I don’t have much to say about this book; it’s by Hobb so of course it was fantastic. I am both excited and nervous to finally be completing this series. If you enjoy fantasy books then you need to check out Robin Hobb.

 

Revelation / book 4 in the Shardlake series / C. J. Sansom / ★★★★★
I’ve enjoyed every book in this series so it was no surprise to me that I enjoyed this instalment. I think this is probably my favourite book of the series so far. As with the previous books the writing is great and I loved the story of this instalment. It was great to be back with these characters too. I am excited to continue on with this series. If you enjoy historical fiction books then I highly recommend checking this series out.

 

 

That’s all I read last month. I’m not setting myself any TBR for May, although I do want to finish The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. What was your favourite read from April? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa