TTT: Books set in a school

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It is that time of the week for another Top Ten Tuesday. It is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This weeks topic is a back to school freebie, so I thought I would share my top 10 books set in school. I personally really enjoy this type of setting so it seemed like a good topic to talk about. The books I’m sharing today are some of my favourites and I would recommend checking them all out :). Most of these are fantasy book – one is a mix of dystopian and science fiction. Although I have loved all of these settings, it actually took me quite some time to come up with this list. I have eight books to share so let’s get started.
  1. Wylerly College from Sabriel by Garth Nix.
  2. The University from the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  3. Hailsham from Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. The Magicians Guild from The Black Magicians trilogy by Trudi Canvan
  5. The Academy from the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher 
  6. The Convent of Sweet Mercy from Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  7. The Order from Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
  8. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (not sure what the school is called)
That’s it for this weeks top ten Tuesday post :). It took me a while to come up with this topic but I got there in the end. I hope to read more books set in schools in the future, as I really enjoy them. Do you have any favourite fictional schools? I hope you are all having a wonderful and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Places I’ve Visited

Hi guys, I thought I would do something a little different post today. I’m fortunate to have travelled a fair bit in my life so far and I wanted to share some of my favourite places I’ve been. Now I’m by no means a travelling expert – these are just some places I like that I’ve been lucky enough to visit. I would love to travel more but it also makes me very anxious. I’ve never travelled on my own before (always with family or on a school trip) so maybe that is something to work towards in the future. All photos are my own. Let’s get started.
  1. Prague, Czech Republic  – I’ve been here twice now and I have loved it both times. It is such a lovely place and it’s a great place to just wander around.
  2. Hong Kong – I’ve only been here once and not for very long but I absolutely loved it. It was such a great place and the food was amazing. The flight there is pretty bad but it’s worth it once you get there.
  3. Italy – I’ve been to a few places in Italy and I’ve loved all of them but one of my favourites is Siena – I also love Rome and Venice. I can’t seem to find my photos of Siena so I’ll show some other places I’ve been instead.
  4. New York, America – the only place I’ve been to in America. I’ve been there twice now and I have loved it both times.
I hope to travel more in the future – I would love to go back to Hong Kong, see more of America, see more of Italy, visit Japan, visit China, visit Germany etc. Looking back at some of these photos I’m kind of annoyed that I didn’t take me photos. Anyway I hope in the future I will have the confidence to travel on my own but at the moment I think my anxiety would get the better of me. What is your favourite place you’ve visited? And what’s on your travel wishlist? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

10 Ongoing Series I’m Loving Right Now

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I want to talk about some of my favourite ongoing series. These are basically the series that I want the next book in the life :). I’m quite impatient when it comes to books so I would love all of these sequels to just arrive magically at my door, so I can find out what happens next in each series. No surprises that the majority of these are fantasy series and I do have some honourable mentioned. Let’s get started.
  1. The Winnowing trilogy by Jen Williams – 3 books planned – only 1 out so far – The Ninth Rain and The Bitter Twin (unreleased)
  2. Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence – 3 books planned – only 1 out so far – Red Sister and Grey Sister (unreleased)
  3. The Queens of Renthia trilogy by Sarah Beth Durst – 3 books planned – 2nd book just released – The Queen of BloodThe Reluctant Queen and The Queen of Sorrow (unreleased)
  4. Echoes of the Fall series by Adrian Tchaikovsky – unsure about the length of this series – currently 2 books out – The Tiger and the Wolf and The Bear and the Serpent
  5. Gods of Blood and Powder series by Brian McClellan – possibly 3 books – only 1 out so far – Sins of Empire 
  6. Gentleman Bastard sequences by Scott Lynch – 7 books planned – 3 out so far – Lies of Locke LamoraRed Seas Under Red SkiesThe Republic of Thieves, The Thorn of Emberlain (unreleased), The Ministry of Necessity (unreleased), The Mage and the Master Spy (unreleased) and Inherit the Night (unreleased)
  7. The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon – 6 books planned – 3 out so far – The Bone SeasonThe Mime Order and The Song Rising
  8. Draconis Memoria series by Anthony Ryan – possibly 3 books – 2 out so far – The Waking Fire and The Legion of Flame
  9. The Song of the Shattered Sand series by Bradley P. Bealieu – 6 books planned – 2 out so far – Twelve KingsBlood Upon the Sand and A Veil of Spears (unreleased)
  10. Dandelion Dynasty trilogy by Ken Liu – 3 books planned – 2 out so far – The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms 

 

Honourable mentions: The Bear and the Nightingale series by Katharine Arden, the Cromwell trilogy by Hilary Mantel, The Legends of the First Empire series by Michael J. Sullivan, the Licanius trilogy by James Islington and the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss.

 

What ongoing series are you guys loving at the moment? Are there any sequels you’re impatiently waiting for? Clearly I have quite a few :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Top 5 Most Read Authors

Hi guys, so I thought I would do something a little bit different and talk about my most read authors. This is pretty self explanatory – I am going to talk about the authors I’ve read the most books from. I’ve maybe missed some but I think these are right. Having said that, I’ve just remembered Meg Cabot. I read quite a lot of her stuff when I was younger. That’s the only other possible candiate I may have missed. Anyway I think these are my most read authors. Let’s get started.

 

  1. Garth Nix / 21 books – I think I have read the majority of his books by now, but there are some middle grade books co-written by him that I haven’t read. So I’ve read the Old Kingdoms trilogy, as well as Clariel and Goldenhand. I’ve also read the Keys to the Kingdom series, The Seventh Tower series, Shade’s Children, The Creature in the Case and To Hold the Bridge.

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  2. Robin Hobb / 13 books – I’ve been slowly making my way through her books since I read Assassin’s Apprentice back in 2015. This does not include her work under her real name, Megan Lindholm. I have read the Farseer trilogy, the Liveship Trader’s trilogy, the Tawny Man trilogy and two books in the Rain Wild Chronicles. I have also read The Wilful Princess & the Piebald Prince and Shaman’s Crossing.

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  3. Trudi Canavan / 12 books – I think I have read all of her released books but I may be wrong. I’ve read the Black Magicians trilogy, the Traitor Spy trilogy, the Age of Five trilogy and The Magician’s Apprentice. I have also read the first two books in the Millennium’s Rule trilogy and the third and final book comes out this September.

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  4. Brandon Sanderson / 11 books – To be honest I’ve kind of lost some of my love for Sanderson. I just don’t find myself wanting to read his books so much now – there are definitely a few sequels I’m interested in though. Anyway I’ve read the Elantris, Warbreaker, The Rithmatist, Steelheart, the Mistborn trilogy and The Alloy of Law. I have also read The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance: Part 1. 

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  5. John Scalzi / 10 books – I find his books to be easy, fun and entertaining reads. The books I’ve read by this author include the Old Man’s War series, Fuzzy Nation, Lock in, Redshirts and The Collapsing Empire (read on my kindle).

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It will be interesting to see how this changes over the future years of reading. Although it will be a bit of work to get ahead of Garth Nix at this point :). Do you know who your most read author is? I’d love to know :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Favourite Book Covers

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought it was about time that I shared some more beautiful books. I’ve done a few posts like this before but I haven’t done one in a while… so I’ve chosen some amazing books covers to share with you all from the books I’ve read or got so far this year. I have eight book to show you guys, all of which have amazing covers :). Let’s get started.

 

 

The Ice / Laline Paull / unread

 

 

The Ninth Rain / Jen Williams / ★ 

 

Dark Fire C. J. Sansom / ★ 

 

 

The Queen of Blood / Sarah Beth Durst / ★ 

 

 

Servant of the Empire / Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts / unread

 

 

All for Nothing / Walter Kempowski / 

 

 

The Shadow Of What Was Lost / James Islington / ★.5

 

 

The Goddess Chronicles / Natuso Kirino / 

 

I am sure I will doing another of these posts by the end of the year – there are so many great book covers out there. I really enjoy putting these post together. Which one is your favourite? I love all of them but mine is probably The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst. It’s pretty hard to choose thought! I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Daughter of the Empire / Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Title / Daughter of the Empire
Author / Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
Publication Date / 1987 (first published)
Page no. / 528
Overall Star Rating / ★ 

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Goodreads synopsis: Enter the mysterious and exotic world of Kelewan…
Mara, the youngest child of the ancient and noble Acoma family, is about to take her pledge of servitude to the goddess Lashima when the ceremony is disrupted by news of her father and brother’s death in battle. Despite her grief, as the only surviving member of her house, Mara must now take up the mantles of Ruling Lady. But she soon discovers betrayal at the heart of her family’s loss, and the Acoma’s enemies have brought her house to the brink of utter destruction. Mara, an inexperienced political player, must draw on all her wit, intelligence and cunning to navigate the ruthless Game of the Council, regain the honour of House Acoma and secure the future of her family. But with assassins waiting around every corner, it might take everything Mara has simply to survive. Daughter of the Empire is the first in Feist and Wurts’ wonderful epic trilogy – one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time. The trilogy continues with the second book, Servant of the Empire

 

I picked this up after searching for some Asian inspired (specifically East Asian) fantasy and this series came up. I didn’t know much about it and had never heard to talked about in the bookish community but I thought I’ d try it out. I am so glad I did as I ended up really enjoying this one. First off the world, this is set in a Japanese style world called Kelawen. The world is one of the main strengths of this book, in my opinion but in many ways it is also a weakness. It is such an interesting world and it has so much potential that wasn’t fully realised. I found it to be quite insular because it focuses very much on the immediate world around Mara, but I would have preferred a broader insight into the world as a whole. It could have used a little more depth (by that I mean I wanted more information) at times – for example a new species is introduced early on and are very important for about a chapter but then we don’t hear from them at all. As I’ve already mentioned, I wanted to know more of the world as a whole, not just the world Mara experiences. Perhaps we will get this in the later books… I hope we do. I think this world is also linked to some of Feist’s of works so maybe there is more information in those… I don’t know for sure on that though. This book would be a good one to read if you like fantasy with little magic in, as it has very little magic in.

 

I think the characters are all fantastically written. Mara is a great female protagonist, although I think she did suffer a little with the perfect main character trope thing. What I mean is that she seems immediately able to deal with the politics and know what to do – yes she does have some doubt but she slips quick easily into the world it seems. I wanted her to seem more vulnerable and unsure of herself, then again she has grow up in this world and presumably knows what to expect. There were only a few moments of doubt and she’s only supposed to be 17 but I think she felt older to me. Having said all that, I really liked her as the female protagonist. There are many other interesting characters around her too and they are all well written. The only one I felt a bit unsure of was Bunto as I thought his character was inconsistent at times – also he’s just not very nice most of the time. Although there are quite a few characters, it was pretty easy to keep track of them all. In terms of the plot, I think it progresses very well. I’ve seen this described as political fantasy and I would definitely agree with that – it is heavy with politics and intrigue. This means this is quite a slow fantasy books, because it focuses more on the characters and their standing in society, instead of having many action scenes. Personally I really enjoyed this but if you are looking for an action packed fantasy book than this one isn’t for you. There are definitely a few plot holes in this book but I’m not going to go into too much detail with them because… spoilers. There were just a few things that I questioned a little bit but I found that I could look past these and so it didn’t affect my overall reading experience/enjoyment of the book. At times things also seemed to happen a little too neatly, if that makes sense.  The thing to note is that if you are not interested in behaviour and manners (from an Asian inspired culture), than this is again probably not for you. There is a lot of writing about the way someone should be referred to, or the hierarchy, or filial piety, or even how low to bow to certain people etc. This all makes up an important part of the culture within the book and so is heavily mentioned – personally I liked this but I don’t think everyone will.

 

Overall I thought this was a fantastic introduction to this new series. If you enjoy politics and intrigue, and Asian inspired fantasy, then you should definitely check this book out. It was seriously really good – OK so it wasn’t perfect but I still really enjoyed it. I will definitely be picking up the next book as soon as possible.  Maybe I need to read the other Feist books to get a better understanding of the world… if any of you know please let me know :). Have you guys read this book? What did you think? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

Book Travelling Thursday

Hi guys, so today I thought I would try something new and participate in my first Book Travelling Thursday post I’ve been meaning to try out a new bookish meme and I really liked the idea of this one. It was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. This weeks theme is to choose a book that you still want to read this year. I’ve gone with A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro. I am a big fan of this author and I’ve slowly been making my way through his books. It’s about time that I read his debut book. Onto the different book covers. Scroll over each book cover to see what country it’s from.

 

 

 

It’s kind of hard to pick a favourite, as I quite like a few of them. The UK edition is definitely one of them, but I also really like the Turkish edition and the French one. My least favourite is probably the Japanese edition. Anyway I’m excited to get to the book itself. It’s a pretty short book so I am sure I will be able to get to it by the end of the year. Have you guys read this book? Which edition is your favourite? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next.

 

Pippa