Favourite Book Covers

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. So last month I did a UK vs US cover post focusing on 2018 releases and it give me the idea to share some of my favourite covers of this years releases too. There are a lot of exciting releases this year and there are also a lot of fantastic book covers, but I’ve decided to share 8 of m favourites out of 2018 releases that I am waiting for. Two of the books mentioned I have already read and loved so I’ve put in my star rating for those ones. Let’s get started.

 

The Girl in the Tower / Winternight trilogy book 2 / Katherine Arden / 
The Bitter Twins / Winnowing Flame trilogy book 2 / Jen Williams / ★ / 08/03/18
The Hyena and the Hawk / Echoes of the Fall trilogy book 3 / Adrian Tchaikovsky / 05/04/18
Circe / Madeleine Miller / 19/04/18

 

 

The Poppy War / R. F. Kuang / 03/05/18
The Queens of Innis Lear / Tessa Gratton / 17/05/18
Wrath of Empire / Gods of Blood and Power series book 2 / Brian McClellan / 17/05/18
Age Of War / the Legends of the First Empire book 3 / Michael J. Sullivan / 03/07/18

 

I was going to try to pick a favourite right now, but I really like them all and I’m rubbish at picking favourites :). I love doings these posts so I hope you guys like them too. I don’t the names of the illustrators of these covers but these covers are all amazing. Which cover do like the most? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Books on my Spring TBR

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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 books on my Spring TBR. I have more than ten books on my TBR at the moment but these are the ones I want to read soon. Let’s get started.

 

In a perfect world I will read all of these but the likelihood is that I’ll be distracted by new book releases and/or other things. Hopefully I’ll get to most on them though, because some of them have been on my bookshelf for quite some time now. What books do you hope to read soon? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Book Haul

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some books that I’ve got over the last few months. I’m trying to read the books I already own before buying more books, but I couldn’t resist getting a few new books. I have very little self control when it comes to books :). Let’s get started.

 

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River of Stars / Guy Gavriel Kay
In his critically acclaimed novel ‘Under Heaven’, Guy Gavriel Kay told a vivid and powerful story inspired by China’s Tang dynasty. Now, the international bestselling and multiple award-winning author revisits that invented setting four centuries later – a world inspired this time by the glittering, decadent Song dynasty.

 

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An Echo of Things to Come / James Islington
In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs-finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians, and uncovers a dangerous political secret. Meanwhile, their compatriot Asha begins a secret investigation into the disappearance of the Shadows. And Caeden races against time to fulfill his treacherous bargain with the Lyth, but as more and more of his memories return, he begins to realise that the two sides in this ancient war may not be as clear-cut as they first seemed…

 

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Moonstone / Wilkie Collins
Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot called it ‘the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels’. It contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre, including a crime being investigated by talented amateurs who happen to be present when it is committed, and two police officers who exemplify respectively the ‘Scotland Yard bungler’ and the skilled, professional detective.

 

The Dragon Queen / William Andrews / Netgalley
From the bestselling author of Daughters of the Dragon comes the story of one of the most extraordinary queens in history. As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, US diplomat Nate Simon is sent to Seoul to gauge the political situation and advise the president. He also needs to find out why someone sent the president an ancient, intricately carved comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon. Though familiar with Korea’s language and culture, Nate knows little of its troubled history. Beautiful and mysterious embassy aide Anna Carlson believes it’s time he learns, starting with the extraordinary story of Korea’s last queen. Seoul, 1866. The beautiful orphan Ja-young is chosen to be the child bride of Gojong, Korea’s boy king. Highly intelligent but shy, Ja-young faces a choice: she can be a stone queen—silent and submissive—or she can be a dragon queen and oppose enemies and empires that try to rule Korea during the age of imperialism. Her choice leads her to forge a legend that will endure far beyond her lifetime. The more Nate discovers, the more he comes to realize that Queen Min’s story is still relevant today. Now the choice is up to him: be submissive and accepting…or change the world.

 

Soul of the World / David Mealing / Netgalley
It is a time of revolution. in the cities, food shortages stir citizens to riots against the crown. In the wilds, new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. and on the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war. Three lines of magic must be mastered in order to usher in a new age, and three heroes must emerge. Each must learn the secrets of their power in time to guide their people through ruin. But a greater evil may be trying to stop them

 

That’s all I have for you guys for today. Hopefully I can resist getting any more books for some time, so I can concentrate on the books I own. Have you guys got any new books recently? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Series I Want To Start This Year

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I have now been blogging for two years and to be honest I think I’m running out of content ideas :).  Anyway, today I thought I would share some series that I hope to start this year. There are 8 series I want to talk about but it’s pretty unlikely that I’ll get to all of these series this year. I wanted to mention my interest in them anyway though. Let’s get started.
That’s all I have for you guys today. I own 6 of these books already, whether in physical or digital form, so hopefully I can start those series this year. I don’t know whether I continue with all of these series but I hope to at least try them out. Do you have any series you want to start?If you have any content requests or anything you want to see from me, then please let me know in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

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

 

 

January Wrap Up and February TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s time for my first wrap up of the year. I read 7 books this month, one of which is my first 5 star read of the year. I started this year off with some fantastic books. I can’t believe that in a few weeks I will have been blogging for two years. It’s gone by pretty fast. Anyway let’s get started with my mini reviews.

 

Spiderlight / Adrian Tchaikovsky / ★★★
Although I kind of got the feeling that this started off in the middle of a story, I thought this was a great book. The story starts off very quickly and I almost felt that it was missing part of the story, but after the first chapter I had settled into the flow of the plot. This is a classic fantasy quest story, where the characters are given a task and we follow them as the complete said task. The characters were well written, the plot was engaging and the writing was easy to get into, although the dialogue can be a little clunky. Overall a good book that was a quick and entertaining read.

 

Dune: Messiah / Frank Herbert / ★★★
I definitely didn’t love this as much as the first book, Dune, but it was still a good book. I enjoyed being back in this world. As with Dune this book was a little dated but I found it easy to get into the flow of the story and the plot was engaging. This sequel just didn’t captivate me like the first book did. Overall I’m glad I read it and I thought it was a good book, but I didn’t love it as much as Dune.

 

Black Wolves / Kate Elliott / book 1 of Black Wolves series / ★★★
This one was a bit mixed for me. There were some things that I really enjoyed and other things that just didn’t work for me. Firstly, I think the setting was great and I really like the idea of the reeves. The politics and intrigue throughout the book was good. There are some really interesting characters in this book, although keeping track of all the characters was initially a bit confusing. The time jump at the beginning of the book threw me a little but after a few chapters I adjusted to it. Another issue I had was that I felt that it was too long. There were a few scenes that seemed unnecessary and it bogged down the narrative. It sometimes felt like there was too much going on and it needed some focus. The pacing was a little uneven at times too. It took me quite some time to get invested in this book; it wasn’t until over 200 pages in that I felt that I had finally started to get into it. Overall this was a good introduction to this series but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. At the moment I am planning to continue with this series.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson / book 1 in the Millennium trilogy / ★★★★
I’ve been to start this series for a while now and I finally decided to pick it up this month. I thought it was fantastic. It is definitely quite a dark and disturbing book but the plot is so compelling and the atmosphere of suspense is so well done. The characters are wonderfully complex and flawed, and although this author is new to me I found it easy to get into the flow of the writing. The mystery elements were also really well done and I was constantly wondering how it was going to unfold. As I’ve said, I thought this was a fantastic book and I will definitely be continuing on with this trilogy.

 

Pachinko / Min Jin Lee / ★★★★
Not only did I find this to be a fantastic book, but it was also very interesting. I don’t know a lot about the history of this area of the world so it was fascinating to me to read about it. Although I can sometimes find shifts in time a little jarring, I didn’t really have that issue with this book. It may be something to be aware of though, as most chapters will move forward at least a couple of years. The characters are all very well written, but the wide span of years means that you never really feel fully attached to any of them. Personally I didn’t mind this, because I thought the backdrop was so interesting and the characters are all still complex and flawed. I thought the writing was great and I found it so easy to become immersed in the story. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend checking this book out, especially if you enjoy historical fiction.

 

The Bitter Twins / Jen Williams / book 2 of the Winnowing Flame trilogy / ★★★★
This is one of my most anticipated book releases of this year and I am happy to say it does not disappoint. I thought this was a fantastic sequel and it was great to be back in this world. I probably should have reread the first book before reading this as I was a little foggy on the details, but after a couple of chapters I was fully immersed in the world again. As with the first book, the writing is great, the story is compelling and the characters are well written. I will have a full review closer to the release date so keep an eye out for that.

 

Under Heaven / Guy Gavriel Kay / ★★★★★
I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now and I am so happy that I finally picked this up. As you can see from the rating this is my first five star book of the year. I thought it was fantastic. The plot is compelling, the writing is great and the world building is so well done. From the very beginning I was immersed in the characters and the world. The politics and intrigue in this book are fantastic. I personally love fantasy with intrigue and it is one of the strengths of this book. You never really know where peoples loyalties lie and so you are constantly wondering what each character will do next. Basically I absolutely loved this book and I would highly recommend checking it out. I will definitely be reading more by this author. I am planning to write a full review of this one too.

 

I’ve not really thought about what I want to read next so I don’t have a set TBR for February. I’m just going to read what I feel like at the time. I am currently reading Sovereign by C. J. Sansom, which is the third book in the Cromwell series. My favourite book of the month was definitely Under Heaven. What was the best book you read in January? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Series I Want To Finish In 2018

Hi guys I hope you are all well. Today I wanted to share some series that I want to finish this year or at least make progress with. I’ve split this into two categories – the first are series that I am up to date with and am just waiting for the last book to be released, and the second are completed series I need to catch up on. I have eight series to share with you guys. I’m excited to get to all of these series so let’s get started.

 

Last book released in 2018:
  • Echoes of the Fall trilogy by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • The Nicci Chronicles (duology) by Terry Goodkind
  • Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden
  • The Queens of Renthia trilogy by Sarah Beth Durst

 

Finished series to read:
  • Greatcoats series (4 books – 3 read) by Sebastien de Castell
  • The Memoirs of Lady Trent series (5 books – 2 read) by Marie Brennan
  • The Fitz and the Fool trilogy (none read so far)  by Robin Hobb
  • Shardlake series (6 books – 2 read) by C. J. Sansom

 

Hopefully I’ll at least make some progress with these series and finish a few of them, although I can be quite easily distracted :). No surprises that most of them are fantasy series, right? Do you guys have any series you want to finish this year? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa