TTT: Favourite Friendships

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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 favourite friendships. I think this has to be one of my favourite topics – who doesn’t love literary friendships? I’m just going to get straight into it.

 

  • Locke and Jean from the Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch
  • Shardlake and Barak from the Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom
  • Cadvan and Saliman from the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon
  • Hadrian and Royce from the Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Darrow and Sevro from the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown
  • Lirael and the Disreputable Dog from the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix
  • Sonea and Cerys from the Black Magicians trilogy by Trudi Canavan
  • Merry and Pippin from LOTR by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Elizabeth and Jane Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sherlock and Watson from the Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

It actually took me a while to come up with all of these. I started writing the post and my mind just went blank :). Anyway that’s it for today. I love friendships in books so I loved this topic. What are some of your favourite literary friendships? I’d also love to know whether you’ve read any of the books mentioned. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

TTT: Favourite Book Blogs/Bookish Sites

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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 your favourite book blogs/bookish sites. There are so many fantastic blogs/sites out there and it’s great to share the love. Let’s get started.

 

Bookish Sites:
  • Fantasy Faction – this is a great site for any fantasy lover and a bit of shameless self promotion since I’m a contributor for the site.
  • Goodreads – an obvious one really but it’s a great site for any book lover.
  • Netgalley – this site is such a good resource for any book blogger.

 

Favourite book blogs: All of these blogs are fantastic and I highly recommend checking them out.

 

That’s it for today. All of the blogs/sites mentioned are fantastic. I’d love to know some of your favourite bookish blogs or sites. It’s always good to find new ones to follow. It’s great to share the bookish love. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Favourite Novellas/Short stories

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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 all about your favourite novellas/short stories. Now I don’t actually read a lot of these but I want to read more and I thought this might help motivate me to read more. Let’s get started.

 

That’s all I have for today. I definitely want to try reading more novellas, so I’d love to know if you have any recommendations for me. What’s your favourite novella or short story? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

TTT: Series I’ve Given Up On

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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 series I’ve given up on. The theme for this weeks topic is reading the first book in a series and not loving it enough to continue with it.

 

  1. Blackthorn and Grim series / Juliet Marillier / read the first book
  2. Shadowdance series / David Dalglish / read the first book
  3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy / Laini Taylor / read the first book and part of the second
  4. Shattered Realm series / Cinda Williams Chima / read the first book
  5. Shades of Magic trilogy / V. E. Schwab / read the first book
  6. The Queen of the Tearling trilogy / Erika Johansen / read the first two books
  7. Lumatere Chronicles / Melina Marchetta / read the first book
  8. The God Fragments series / Tom Lloyd / read the first book
  9. Rise of the Empress / Julie C. Dao / read the first book
  10. Luna series / Ian McDonald / read the first book

 

There are so many other series and books I want to read that I won’t be continuing with these series. Most of the books mentioned I enjoyed but I didn’t love them. What series have you given up on? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
 Pippa

 

 

 

TTT: Fantasy books released in early 2000’s

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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 throwback freebie so I’ve decided to share 10 great books that were released in the early 2000’s. Basically roughly between 10-20 years ago. I have read and loved all of these books, so this topic was a great excuse to talk about them/ recommend them to you guys :). Let’s get started.
  1. Son of the Shadow / Juliet Marillier / second book in the Sevenwaters series / first published 2000
  2. Furies of Calderon / Jim Butcher / first book in the Codex Alera series / first published 2004
  3. The Magician’s Guild / Trudi Canavan / first book in the Black Magicians trilogy/ first published 2001
  4. The Gift / Alison Croggon / first book in the Pellinor series / first published 2002
  5. The Amulet of Samarkand / Jonathan Stround / first book in the Bartimaeus trilogy / first published 2003
  6. Wolf Brother / Michelle Paver / first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series / first published 2004
  7. Fudoki / Kij Johnson / first published 2003
  8. Ruins of Gorlan / John Flanagan / first book in the Ranger Apprentice series / first published 2004
  9. Fool’s Errand / Robin Hobb / first book in the Tawny Man trilogy / first published 2001
  10. Old Man’s War / John Scalzi / first book in the Old Man’s War series / first published 2005
So coming up with the answers to this actually made me aware that I haven’t read a lot of fantasy books written after the 2000’s, if that makes sense. I definitely want to try out more fantasy books written in the 80’s and 90’s. Have you guys read any of these books? Spot any favourites? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Hidden Gems in the Fantasy Genre

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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 hidden gem books in the fantasy genre. No surprise that I choose to talk about fantasy this week :). I’m going to be sharing some books that I feel are a bit underrated and deserve more love. Quite a few of these have under 1,000 Goodreads rating, others I just don’t really see alot of in the bookish community. I have eight books to share with you guys today. Let’s get started.
  1. Fudoki / Kij Johnson / Standalone – fantastic mix of fantasy and historical fiction
  2. The Ninth Rain / Jen Williams / 3 books planned, 1 currently out – I thought this was an amazing start to this trilogy.
  3.  Echoes of the Fall series / Adrian Tchaikovsky / 2 books currently out – one of my new favourite settings, as well as great characters and plot
  4. The Songs of Shattered Sands series / Bradley Beaulieu / 6 books planned, 2 currently released – unique setting and fantastic plot, if a little slow to start
  5. The Tale of Shikanoko series / Lian Hearn / Depending on what editions you get this will either be in two books or four books – great fantasy set in a mythical Japanese world
  6. The Dandelion Dynasty trilogy / Ken Liu / 3 books planned, 2 currently out – the first two books were amazing, although the first book is quite dense
  7. Daughter of the Empire / Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts / Trilogy, originally published in the 80’s. I thought this was a fantastic introduction to this trilogy. This is a must read if you like fantasy with a lot of intrigue/politics
  8. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series / Michelle Paver / 6 book series (all released) – these books are definitely aimed at younger readers but they can still be enjoyed by a range of ages. I thought this series was great
That’s all I have for you guys today. I highly recommend checking out all of these books, as I really think they deserve more love. Do you guys have any hidden gem books? I’d love to know which books you think deserve more love. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

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