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

 

 

Unread Books

Hi guys I hope you are all well. So I thought I would start off this year by sharing all the unread books currently sitting on my shelf in the hope I can look back at the end of the year to see I’ve read them all :). It’s also a good way for you guys to see what is on my TBR at the moment. Just a quick apology for the lighting in some of the photos – obviously it’s winter and the natural lighting isn’t that great so I sorry about that. With that done, let’s get started.

 

So that is 45 books on my TBR at the start of the year. It seems I have a lot of books to read :). Hopefully I’ll read all of these, or at least most of these, this year but I think a book buying ban may be in the future to help me with that. I’m excited to get to all of these books though – a few have been on my shelves for quite some time now. Do you know how many unread books you have? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

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 didn’t get to in 2017. There are so many books that I didn’t get to in 2017 so I’ve picked three hat have been sitting on my bookshelf for a while and a couple of new releases that I didn’t get to. Let’s get started.
  1. The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood
  2. The Wake / Paul Kingsnorth
  3. I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak
  4. Strange the Dreamer / Laini Taylor
  5. An Echo of Things to Come / James Islington
These five will definitely be priorities to read this year, but there’s a good chance that I’ll be distracted by other books. There are just so many books that I want to read. What books do you want to read this year? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

December Wrap Up and January TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s time for the last wrap up of 2017. This month I read a lot of great books which is a pretty good way to end this reading year.

 

Monstress Vol 1: Awakening  Marjorie M. Liu (writer) & Sana Takeda (artist) / ★★★
While I did end up enjoying this graphic novel, I did also have some issues with it. Firstly, let’s talk about the positives. I loved the art style and the premise is an interesting one. I thought the main character was intriguing and I’m definitely interested to see more of her. My favourite characters were probably Kippa and Master Ren, though. I think the depth of the characters is a little lacking as we don’t know a lot about any of them but perhaps that will come in later volumes. Some of the artwork of Maiko with the monster on her arm really reminded me of Ashitaka from the Studio Ghibli film, Princess Mononoke, when he’s cursed. Anyway let’s talk about some of the issues I had. I thought that the world building was quite lacking. Perhaps it’s to keep the mysterious aspect of it all but I wanted more explanations of things, like the world and the mask. I also felt that the plot was kind of confusing at times so it was a little tricky to keep up with it. Another thing to be aware of is the level of violence and gore in this graphic novel. If you are not a fan of blood and gore then I would probably miss this one out. Overall I thought this was good but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. I will probably be checking out the second volume at some point.

 

The Night Without Stars / Peter F. Hamilton / ★★★★
This is the second and final book in the Chronicle of the Fallers duology. I was initially a bit worried that it has been a while since I read the first book but I actually found it quite easy to get back into the flow of the story. As with the first book, the plot is compelling and the world is an interesting one.  I think the plot did drag a little at times but these sections never lasted for long. We see some familiar characters as well as meeting some new ones. I found that all of the characters are well written, although some were a little lacking in depth. Overall I thought this was a fantastic continuation of this series and I would highly recommend checking it out.

 

The Makioka Sisters / Jun’ichirō Tanizaki / ★★★★
I’ve had this on my shelf for quite some time now so I’m glad that I finally picked it up. This book was originally written in Japanese and my edition was translated by  Edward G. Seidensticker. I thought this was a fantastic book. It was definitely quite slow at times but the insight into Japanese culture at the time and an insight into the dynamics of the Makioka family. The writing was easy to get into and you become quickly invested in the story. The characters are definitely a strength of this book. I really enjoyed seeing them progress through the 500 page book. Overall I thought this was a great read and I would recommend checking it out.

 

A Natural History of Dragons / Marie Brennan / ★★★★
This is the first book in the Lady Trent series. I have to admit that I’ve been debating on whether to read this series for quite a while now and I finally decided to try it out this month. From the beginning I found the story to be compelling, despite being quite different to a lot of fantasy I’ve read. The characters were well written and the writing is good. Basically I really enjoyed this book and a full review will be posted in January.

 

The Tropic of Serpents / Marie Brennan / ★★★★
This is the second book in the Lady Trent series. I thought this was a fantastic continuation from the first book and it was great to be back in this world. Once again it was an easy and enjoyable read; I may have even enjoyed this one slightly more than the first book. It was great to be back with these characters and I enjoyed meeting the new ones too. I will be continuing on with this series, although I haven’t got my hands on the next book yet.

 

Tales from Watership Down / Richard Adams / ★★★★
Watership Down is one of my all time favourite books so of course I enjoyed this short story collection. I love the writing, the stories are compelling and it was great to be back with familiar characters. Basically I really enjoyed this book and it kind of makes me want to reread Watership Down.

 

Death’s Mistress / Terry Goodkind / ★★★★
I picked this one up on a bit of a whim in a bookshop and I am glad that I did as I really enjoyed this book. Now this follows a character that is first introduced in another series by this author which I have not read but I didn’t have any issues getting into the flow of the story. The writing is easy to get into, the plot is compelling and the characters are well written. The second book is set to be released in January and I will definitely be checking it out. I will have a full review of this up at some point.

 

The Girl in the Tower / Katherine Arden / ★★★★★
Since this is not being released for a few weeks and I’m doing a full review closer to the release date, I’m not going to say much about this book yet. All I’m going to say is that I thought it was fantastic and I definitely recommend checking this series.

 

I had a pretty great reading month in December and I just about managed to complete my Goodreads reading goal of 100 books. In terms of my January TBR I’m going to keep it simple and just read what I want to at the time, although I do plan to read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. That’s it for my 2017 wrap ups – hopefully I’ll have another great reading year in 2018. What was your favourite book in December? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa