Recent Additions to my TBR

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some recent additions to my TBR and by that I mean to my Goodreads shelf, not my physical bookshelf. I don’t necessarily own any of these books yet but I want to read them at some point. Let’s get started.
I’m sure there are more books I want to add to my TBR but I think I’ll leave it at that for now :). Have you added any books to your TBR recently? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Books on my Winter TBR

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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 books on my Winter TBR. It turns out I didn’t read a lot of the books on my Autumn TBR post so we’ll see if I stick to this TBR :). There are quite a few books that I want to get to soon but I managed to narrow it down to 10.
Hopefully I’ll get to at least some of these books, because there are also quite a few winter book releases that I hope to read too. Basically as always there are a lot of books to read :). What books do you want to read this winter? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

It’s Monday… what are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!
Although I’m already reading two books, I’m actually planning on starting another one as well. I tend to only read two books at a time but this is one of the rare occasions I read more than two books at the same time. So the two books I’m currently reading are The Power by Naomi Alderman and The Big Four by Agatha Christie. Right now I’m about 130 pages into The Power and I’m a little conflicted about it. It’s an interesting concept but I’m not finding it the most engaging story so far. We’ll see how I feel once I’ve finished it. The other book is the fourth Poirot book I’ve read and I’m enjoying being back with this character. I’m reading it on my kindle and I’m currently about 9% through. The book I want to start is A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. This book has been on my radar from quite a long time and I randomly felt like picking it up now, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll report back to you guys once I’ve finished it.
I have so many books on my TBR and it is always growing. I’m hoping that I’ll finish these three books by the end of the month. Have you guys read any of these books? What you are currently reading? 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 recently picked up, one of which was sent to me by the publisher. This way you can see what books I’m adding to my tbr pile :). Personally I quite like seeing what books people have been getting, especially if we have similar tastes. It’s a good way to find new books :). Let’s get started.

 

The Girl in the Tower / Katharine Arden
Goodreads synopsis: Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

 

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The Stone in the Skull / Elizabeth Bear / digital copy from Netgalley
Goodreads synopsis: The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms. The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort. They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire

 

A Natural History of Dragons / Marie Brennan
Goodreads synopsis: Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age. All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day. Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

 

Age of Assassins / R. J. Barker
Goodreads synopsis: Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder. In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.

 

Mistress of the Empire / Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
Goodreads synopsis: Besieged by spies and rival houses, stalked by a secret and merciless brotherhood of assassins, the brilliant Lady Mara of the Acoma faces the most deadly challenge she has ever known.  The fearsome Black Robes see Mara as the ultimate threat to their ancient power.  In search of allies who will join her against them, Mara must travel beyond civilization’s borders and even into the hives of the alien cho-ja.  As those near and dear to her fall victim to many enemies, Mara cries out for vengeance.  Drawing on all of her courage and guile she prepares to fight her greatest battle of all–for her life, her home, and the Empire itself.

 

The Book of Dust / Philip Pullman
Goodreads synopsis: Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .

 

 

I’m looking forward to reading each of these books. Have you read any of these? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday…

Hi guys, so today I’m sharing another waiting on Wednesday post, but this time I’ve got more than one book to talk about. There are quite a few exciting releases coming out in October so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share them with you guys. I know I normally only talk about one book in these posts but I’m doing things a bit differently for this one. Anyway let’s talk about the six books that I am waiting for.
Shadowblack / Sebastien de Castell / October 5th
A Shiver of Snow and Sky / Lisa Lueddecke / October 5th
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns / Julie C. Dao / October 10th
The Stone in the Skull / Elizabeth Bear / October 17th
The Bloodprint / Ausma Zehanat Khan / October 19th
La Belle Sauvage / Philip Pullman / October 19th

 

I’m very much looking forward to checking out these books when they come out. Although I do have a bit of a habit of getting excited about books and then not getting to them for months, so we’ll see what happens :). Have you guys got any anticipated releases coming in October? In non bookish news I am also super excited for the release of the new Assassin’s Creed game which comes out this month too. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

September Wrap Up and October TBR

Hi guys it’s time to wrap up another month of reading. I thought I hadn’t read much this month but it turns out I still managed to read 5 books so I’m pretty happy with that. At one point I thought it was only going to be two books. Anyway I’ve read some great books this month – none of the books are rated under 3 stars. I’ve just not had a huge amount of motivation to read so I’m super happy with the 5 books I’ve read. Let’s get started with my mini reviews.

 

Queen of Fire / Raven Shadow trilogy – book 3 / Anthony Ryan / 
This was a good conclusion to this trilogy, but I have to admit that the second and third book were a little disappointing when compared with the first book. This one was definitely an improvement from the second book though. Although overall I thought this was a compelling read, there were definitely times it dragged. I think the trilogy as a whole could probably have been shortened a bit. It was great to be back with these characters though. Overall I enjoyed this trilogy but for me the first book was the strongest. I can’t say for sure why the other books weren’t quite as compelling. I would still recommend checking these books out.

 

 

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Spellslinger / Spellslinger series – book 1 / Sebastien de Castell / ★.5
I thought this was a great introduction to this series. I definitely didn’t love it quite as much as the first book in his other series but it was still really good. The world of this book is an interesting and it’s well thought out too, as is the magic system. It’s also quite funny at times. The characters are fleshed out, the plot is compelling and the writing is easy to get into. I will definitely be checking out the second book in this series.

 

Blood of Dragons / Robin Hobb / 
It’s a Robin Hobb book so of course this was great. I thought this was such a good conclusion to this series and I think that each character thread was really well done. I was completely invested in the characters and we get to learn even more about the world too. Basically these are fantastic books and I highly recommend checking them out. I would say that this is probably the weakest of the Realm of the Elderling series so far but it is still great.

 

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Artemis / Andy Weir / 
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
While I enjoyed Weir’s other book, I definitely didn’t love it quite as much as everyone else seemed to so I was interested to see he was releasing a new book. I thought this was such a great read.  This book is set to be released November 14th and I will have more to say closer to that release date.

 

Tess of the D’Ubervilles / Thomas Hardy / 
This was my classic pick of the month and it was pretty heartbreaking. As with the two other Hardy books I’ve read this was very well written and does a great job of transporting you into the landscape. It is also quite interesting as it really showcases the place women had in society at that time and the rigid morals applied to them. In that sense it is quite a frustrating read because we can’t understand why Tess does certain things but it was a very different time back then. It is a pretty depressing story, which will definitely not be to everyone’s tastes. This isn’t really a book you enjoy as it is a tragic tale but I think it is worth a read nonetheless.

 

I am also almost finished with The Loving Cup by Winston Graham, which is the 10th book in the Poldark series. In terms of my October TBR I’ve set myself a few books that I hope to get to. My classic pick for October is 1984 by George Orwell but I would also quite like to get to The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. The other books I would like to get to are Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts, The Power by Naomi Alderman, the Good People by Hannah Kent, Sovereign by C. J. Sansom and maybe The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. I probably won’t get to all of those but I’m hoping it will happen anyway :). What was your favourite book this month? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

Unread books: Update

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. About 4 months ago I posted about all of my unread books so I thought it was about time to do a bit of an update. If I’m being completely honest with you guys I’m feeling a bit uninspired and this was the best I could come up with. These are all the unread physical books on my bookshelf. Before I start I just want to apologise for the lighting in some of these photos – I use natural lighting so I can’t always get the same lighting in each picture. It really bugs me but there’s not much I can do about it at the moment. I’ll definitely be looking into some good photo editors so hopefully that will improve my photos. Anyway let’s get onto all of my unread books.

 

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That means I currently have 29 unread books on my bookshelves. There are quite a few books still on my TBR from the last post, so I think they’ll be top of my TBR from now on. Hopefully I can get a good chunk of these read by the end of the year. What books do you want to read by the end of the year? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa