Top Ten Tuesday January 29: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

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January 29: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read To-Listen List

I can’t think of any physical books I’ve added since NYCC but I have added many to my Audible library. These are just 10 of the recent ones thanks to deals and coupons.

1) The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden.
2) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
3) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
4) The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris
5) The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley.
6) Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
7) Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
8) Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
9) Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
10) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

 

ABC Book Challenge ✰ N

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with N ✰
1) Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel

2) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3) The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

4) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

✰ Books on my TBR starting with N ✰
1) Neverminds by Rich Bernatovech, Illustrators Jamie Fay and Danielle Alexis St. Pierre

2) A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

3) Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

4) Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett

Top Ten Tuesday January 22: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

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January 22: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

1) The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life
I meant to read it during Christmas break. Well, now I’ll wait until September 18. Or maybe the series coming to the US in January will light a fire under me. We’ll see.

The rest of these are, mostly, from conventions.

2) After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley by Rob Reid
3) Year Zero by Rob Reid
4) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.
5) The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
6) Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice.
7) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
8) Alone by Scott Sigler.
9) Out of the Easy Ruta Sepetys.
10) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst.

Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins

The battle-scarred warrior princess Bluebell, heir to her father’s throne, is rumoured to be unkillable. So when she learns of a sword wrought specifically to slay her by the fearsome raven king, Hakon, she sets out on a journey to find it before it finds her. The sword is rumoured to be in the possession of one of her four younger sisters. But which one? Scattered as they are across the kingdoms, she sets out on a journey to find them.

Her four sisters all have their own paths to tread, the gifted magician Ash is on a journey to find a dragon that could determine her destiny. The beautiful, unhappy Rose has left her undermagician Aunt and is speeding to the aid of her daughter, Rowan, who has been lost to her. Ivy, sold into marriage for the sake of an alliance, is now set to become the ruling Duchess of Seacaster with the imminent death of her much older and sick husband, and the power-hungry Willow is raising her infant child as a potential trimartyr king and training to be a warrior for the fanatical religious order Maava.

From wild rocky coastline to granite-topped tors, from bustling harbours to echoing ghost towns, from halls of kings to ancient primal woodlands, this story follows five sisters upon whose actions kingdoms will rise and fall.

Synopsis from here.

This is an ARC that I won from a Giveaway that Del Rey was having on Instagram. Thank you again, Del Rey!

I am a little confused though because the book is being released in the U.S. on February 2, 2019 but was released elsewhere in 2016, and some of the reviews on Goodreads are from 2 years ago. So, is this still an ARC?

Whatever it is, I enjoyed this second book in the trilogy. There is some fun action and it’s to the point. The description doesn’t drag on and on. I would say it was more character driven. The characters, especially the sisters are well written and are diverse in their personalities. I certainly have my favorites sisters that I root for and ones that I want to smack across the head. I’ll elaborate more below so beware of spoilers.

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Top Ten Tuesday January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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January 15: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

1) Alexandre Dumas. I know he had help with The Count of Monte Cristo, but I don’t care. I loved listening to it on Audible.
2) Stephen King. I know he has been around forever but I finally listened to The Shining and Doctor Sleep.
3) Kendare Blake wrote Three Dark Crowns. I want to get the next books from the library.
4) C.A. Higgins wrote the Lightless trilogy. I liked it so much I read them straight through.
5) Ania Ahlborn wrote Within These Walls.
6) Kim Wilkins wrote Daughters of the Storm. I have an ARC of the sequel.
7) Chantal Fernando wrote Wolf’s Mate. It was alright. Don’t think I’ll read any of her other books since it is not my type of genre.

These next two are Audible originals. Members get 2 free Audible Original downloads per month.
8) Dennis Kelly wrote Girls & Boys and it is narrated by Carey Mulligan. I cried.
9) Charles Olivier wrote Christmas Eve, 1914. I bawled my eyes out.

Top Ten Tuesday January 8: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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January 8: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

1) The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. Out today!

2) Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray. Out April 16

3) The Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston. Out March 5

4) Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn. Out July 23.

5) Dark Age by Pierce Brown. Out July 9th.

 

ABC Book Challenge ✰ M

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with M ✰

1) The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

2) Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

3) The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

4) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

5) Morning Star by Pierce Brown

 

✰ Books on my TBR starting with M ✰

1) The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida

2) The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

3) The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

4) Matilda Empress by Lise Arin

5) Moby Dick by Herman Melville

6) Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

7) My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix