Top Ten Tuesday December 26: Top Three Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018

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December 26: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018 (These could be new releases, or books you resolve to read, ten debuts we are looking forward to, etc.)

  1. Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga Book 4) by Pierce Brown.I am so anticipating this book. I’m a huge fan of the saga. I already have the hardcover and ebook pre-ordered. And after I read it I am getting the audiobook to read it again. All before the NYC signing at the end of January.292170272.

In The World of All Souls, Harkness shares the rich sources of inspiration behind her bewitching novels. She draws together synopses, character bios, maps, recipes, and even the science behind creatures, magic, and alchemy–all with her signature historian’s touch.

Bursting with fascinating facts and original artwork, this is an essential handbook is a must-have for longtime fans and eager newcomers alike. The book will be released on 8 May 2018.

3) There is another book set in the All Souls world coming out in 2018 that is still untitled. It’s about Marcus and takes place a year or so after the event in The Book of Life. Here’s more about it in an announcement on Deborah’s Facebook.

This is a more recent post about what she has in store for 2018.

She also spoke about The Serpent’s Mirror being on hold, and only having written one sentence for a book about Gallowglass. But that was in another post I cannot find.

So yea, the Marcus book and the book tour. Yay!

I’m sure I’ll get more books in 2018 but these are two fandoms that I am already involved in and so they’re my top 3 most anticipated. If I hear other authors I like are coming out with new books I’ll get those too.

Movie review of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

This is going to be loooong! And filled with spoilers under the cut.

I’ll start by saying I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. When I walked out at the end I didn’t have that feeling like I did with the prequels (or the OT I had on VHS as a kid) that I want to watch it again immediately. It was more like “I have to think on this to analyze what I really liked and what I really can’t stand.”

So here are the ups and downs.

May the spoilers be with you:

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Top Ten Tuesday December 19: Top Ten Books with Winter Settings.

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December 19: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings (If you celebrate a different Winter holiday, adapt this topic to fit it!)

The books I want for Christmas will be released in 2018, so that is next week’s list. Here are six books that will set the winter mood. Read them by a fire while drinking a hot beverage. Oh, and have tissues near by.

1) Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

2) Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

3) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

4) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

5) The Blue Tattoo by Steven Laffoley

6) Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Top Ten Tuesday December 12: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

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1) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, 4 out of 5 witchy women.

2) The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, 5 out of 5 suns that are also stars.

3) Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, 4.5 out of 5 gingerbread cakes.

4) Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, Marc Thompson (Narrator), 4 out of 5 Glowing Red Eyes.

5) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, 4.5 out of 5 White Sails.

6) Nemesis by Brendan Reichs, 4 out of 5 Resets.

7) The Tournament by Matthew Reilly, 4 out of 5 chess pieces.

8) The Blue Tattoo by Steven Laffoley, 3.5 out of 5 Ships.

9) Gilded Gage by Vic James, 4 out of 5 Years of Servitude.

10) I am currently reading Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View and am loving it so far so I am going to say this is certainly favorite of 2017.

December 5: Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

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Places I want to visit again:
1) Oxford (All Souls Trilogy) and London, England (Shades of London, All Souls, Tunnel Vision). I loved these places. I can never tire of London and I am rereading the All Souls Trilogy so I want to go on a tour of Oxford with Deborah Harkness. I wish I was there when they were filming the TV show.

All Souls College in Oxford, Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library.

2&3) Paris and Grasse, France (The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni)
Shopping spree!!!!!!!!!

4) Volterra, Italy (Twilight: New Moon)
I wore a green shirt and jeans like Bella did in the movie. It was such a quaint and beautiful town. I’d love to go back and spend more time there than just a few hours. They also had a beautiful alabaster shop. More shopping!

They had a Twilight section in the alabaster shop. I have always regretted not getting these alabaster white queen chess pieces.


New places:
5) Naboo, which was really Lake Como, Italy.
I hear they have tours of the villa where they shot Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. I want to stand on the terrace where Anakin and Padmé were married.

6) NOLA (A Density of Souls, Out of the Easy)
Not during Marti Gras and not during hurricane season. But I would like to see the famous sites.

7) Hawaii (Everything, Everything)
Warm weather, heavenly beaches (and I am not a beach person), and volcanos. I want to go!

8) Salem, Mass. (The Crucible)
It’s my favorite play and the witch trials are a sad part of American history.

9) Scotland (Harry Potter, The Winter Sea)
I want to take a train there from London.


10) Siracusa, Italy.
I have yet to read Siracusa by Delia Ephron but I won’t say no to Italy.