ABC Book Challenge ✰ Y & Z

Last post for this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with Y ✰
I wouldn’t call it memorable, but it’s the only Y book I have read:
1) Year Zero by Rob Reid

✰ Books on my TBR starting with Y ✰
1)Yes Please by Amy Poehler

✰ Memorable books starting with Z ✰
1)Zombies Vs. Unicorns Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
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✰ Books on my TBR starting with Z ✰
I have no Z books on my TBR.

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ABC Book Challenge ✰ X

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

✰ Memorable books starting with X ✰

The only books I consider memorable that have an X in their title is the X-Wing Series from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I am not calling it Legends.

1) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 1: Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole
2) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 2: Wedge’s Gamble by Michael A. Stackpole
3) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 3: The Krytos Trap by Michael A. Stackpole
4) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 4: The Bacta War by Michael A. Stackpole
5) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 5: Wraith Squadrom by Aaron Allston
6) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 6: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
7) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 7: Solo Command by Aaron Allston
8) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 8: Isard’s Revenge by Michael A. Stackpole
9) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 9: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston

✰ Books on my TBR starting with X ✰

10) Star Wars X-Wing series Book 10: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston

ABC Book Challenge ✰ W

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

✰ Memorable books starting with W ✰

1) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
2) Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
3) Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
4) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
5) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
6) Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn
7) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

✰ Books on my TBR starting with W ✰

1) The Waking Land by Callie Bates
2) We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
3) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
4) The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker
5) The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones
6) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
7) The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (Goodreads Author), Claire Baldwin (Contributor), Colleen Madden (Illustrator), Lisa Halttunen (Contributor), Jill Hough (Contributor)

ABC Book Challenge ✰ U and V

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

✰ Memorable books starting with U ✰

Unfortunately, this list is empty.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with U ✰
1) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
2) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
3) Useless Magic by Florence Welch

✰ Memorable books starting with V ✰

Unfortunately, this list is empty. The one book I read staring with a V was not too memorable.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with V ✰
1) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
2) Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, narrated by Kathleen Gati

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the best-selling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers – and for someone to blame.

Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The grand prince is in a rage, choosing allies who will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders.

Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

The Winter of the Witch was a wonderful conclusion to the Winternight Trilogy. Katherine said in the Author’s Note that from the earliest drafts of The Bear and the Nightingale that she knew where she wanted it to end but the path had varied.

I feel I know what she means because I read the ARC for the second book, The Girl in the Tower, and the very end was changed when I listened to the audiobook. I think the change was wise.

I also loved learning from the Author’s Note what was historically accurate and what was imagined for a story with magic. I loved the balance of powers at the end. It was so perfect and so carefully orchestrated.

Vasya’s development and growth was so well done. It’s a true coming of age story for a witch finding her place in the world and learning to accept some outcomes.

4.5 out of 5 Mushrooms.

There are some details that I want to address and for that I am issuing a SPOILER WARNING!

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ABC Book Challenge ✰ T

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

✰ Memorable books starting with T ✰

 

1) Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
2) The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
3) Thrawn (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn
4) Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
5) Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
6) Tunnel Vision by Keith Lowe
7) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
8) Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning

✰ Books on my TBR starting with T ✰
1) Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
2) Tarkin by James Luceno
3) Tarnished City by Vic James
4) To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
5) Tomorrow War by J.L. Bourne
6) Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
7) Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

ABC Book Challenge ✰ S

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

This is a long list!

✰ Memorable books starting with S ✰

1) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
2) The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni
3) The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
4) Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
5) The Shining by Stephen King
6) Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins
7) The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
8) She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
9) Supernova by C.A. Higgins

✰ Books on my TBR starting with S ✰
This is only a small fraction on my TBR.

1) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
2) Satellite by Nick Lake
3) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
4) The Shores of Tripoli by James L. Haley
5) A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
6) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
7) Someday by David Levithan
8) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
9) Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets by Audible Originals, Stephen Fry (Presenter), John Woolf, Nick Baker