Stella Reads: An Uncertain Grace

AN UNCERTAIN GRACE

Author: Krissy Kneen

Publisher: Text Publishing

First Published: 31 August 2017

Rating: 5 stars

“I shellfish down into myself, now as I did them when I met her, curling up into the calcium carbonate whorls of me.”

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Stella Reads: The Fish Girl

THE FISH GIRL

Author: Mirandi Riwoe

Publisher: Seizure

First Published: 24 August 2017

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

 

“In vain, her eyes search beyond the other houses and palm trees for a glimpse of the sea. She will run away. She will flee to the water’s edge and the Ocean Queen will tell her what to do”

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Around the Year in 52 Book Reading Challenge 2017

Hello!

Today I thought I’d give an update my Around the Year in 52 Books reading challenge.

I first did this challenge last year, and read 42 out the 52 books I planned to read. Even though I didn’t finish the challenge it was so much fun that I thought I’d give it another go.

Around the Year in 52 Books as the title suggests, the goal is to read 1 book for every week of the year. The Goodreads group has set a different challenge for each week – for example, a book with blue on the cover.

Listed below are the books I’ve either read or am planning to read. The images that are black & white, along with the bolded prompts are the books I still have to get to.

 

1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshanni Chokshi

2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view)
The Sultan, The Vampyr and The Soothsayer by Lucille Turner

3. A book you meant to read in 2016
The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”
Why God is a Woman by Nin Andrews

 

5. A historical fiction
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
The Gunslinger by Stephen King

7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

8. A book written by a person of colour
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

 

9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
The Gods of Olympus: A History by Barbara Graziosi

10. A dual-timeline novel
Tony & Susan by Austin Wright

11. A category from another challenge (Booktubeathon – Hyped Book)
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

12. A book based on a myth
Cassandra by Kerry Greenwood

 

13. A book recommended by one of your favourite authors (Kirsty Logan)
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

14. A book with a strong female character
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Lani Taylor

15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)
The Constant Queen by Joanna Courtney

16. A mystery
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

 

17. A book with illustrations
Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman

18. A really long book (600+ pages)
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

19. A New York Times best seller
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

 

21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read
Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

22. A book by an author you haven’t read before
Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims by Toby Clements

23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

24. A book written by at least two authors
Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

 

25. A book about a famous historical figure
A Knight’s Tale: a Novel by Edward John Crockett

26. An adventure book
The Odyssey by Homer

27. A book by one of your favourite authors
Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

28. A non-fiction
Bad News by Anjan Sundaram

 

29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre)
The Battle for Troy: An Adaptation Homer’s Iliad by Alan Whiticker

30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor

31. A book from a sub-genre of your favourite genre
Moon Chosen by PC Cast

32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

 

33. A magical realism novel
One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun

34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall

35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
The Stolen Queen by Lisa Hilton

36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

 

37. A book you choose randomly
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

39. An epistolary fiction
Dracula by Bram Stocker

40. A book published in 2017
Daughter of a the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

41. A book with an unreliable narrator
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neil

 

42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next”
Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani Taylor (recommended from The Wrath and the Dawn)

45. A book with a one-word title
Riders by Veronica Rossi

 

46. A time travel novel
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

47. A Book with a title, setting or subject having to do with a museum
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

48. A banned book
In Cold Blood by Turman Capote

49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf
The Hate Race by Maxine Benabe Clarke

 

50. A Penguin Modern Classic – any edition
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan

51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

52. A book set in a fictional location
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

 

So I think I’m doing pretty well, if I do say so myself! Comment down below and let me know if you’ve set any reading challenges for the year and how you’re going with them! 

Until next time, happy reading
Dearna

#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up

Hello!

These are the books I got through during #TheReadingQuest, which took place between Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 September.

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#TheReadingQuest Sign Up

I enjoyed the BookTubeATon so much that I’ve decided to take part in #TheReadingQuest! See my TBR on Instagram @wordsoftheroses!

Let me know if you’re joining it and what character you’ve chosen!

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The Reading Quest Sign Up PostThe Reading Quest IntroductionHello Adventurers,

Welcome to #TheReadingQuest! I invite you to join me on a reading adventure based entirely on a video-game quest. In this challenge, you’ll be embarking on a journey to conquer your TBR pile through a series of stages. You’ll read new stories, gain experience, and level up a character of your choosing.

The quest will take place between Sunday 13th August to Sunday 10th September, 2017All adventurers are encouraged to register their interest in the sign up form below, which will be open from now until Sunday 13th August.

I want to give a huge thank you to CW of Read, Think, Ponder. She is the amazing artist behind all of the character illustration you’ll see within this post. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, and her stunning blog! Please go give her all your love, because I cannot think of…

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2016 Reading Goals

Hi all! I’m here today to share with you my, slightly ambitious, reading goals for 2016.

I have decided to part take in the Goodreads Reading Challenge but setting my goal at 50 books. I decided to set my goal low so not to make me anxious about my reading next year. Also it’s the first year I will be doing this challenge and I thought this would be a good starting point.

On top on this, I have decided to do not one but two reading challenge! The second challenge I will doing is another Goodreads challenge called, Around the Year in 52 Books. As the title suggests, the goal is to read 1 book for every week of the year. The Goodreads group has set a different challenge for each week – for example, a book with blue on the cover.

Listed below are the books I have hoping to get to next year! It will be fun to check in at the end of the year to see how well I stuck to my plan.

 

 

1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t: Skin by Ilka Tempke

2. A book set in a different continent: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renne Ahdieh

4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

6. The highest rated on your TBR: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
7. A book about books: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

8. A classic book with less than 200 pages: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

9. A book that was mentioned in another book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

12. A childhood classic: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

13. Reader’s Choice: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How): Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago): The Song of Achilles by Madeline Millwe

16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels: The Women in White by Wilkie Collins

17. A book with a beautiful cover: The Forbidden by F.R. Tallis

18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel

19. A non-fiction book: History of the Mafia by Neigel Cawthrone

20. A book with a first name in the title: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page:Insurrection by Robyn Young

22. The first book in a new to you series: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Ashes

23. The next book in a series you are reading: Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman

24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.): The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist

26. A book everyone is talking about : The Dumb House by John Burnside

27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): After Alice by Gregory Maguire

28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name: The Green Mile by Stephen King

30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own: The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson

31. A work of young adult fiction: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanses

32. A historical fiction book: The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman

33. The 16th book on your TBR : The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

34. A book about mental illness: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

35. An award winning book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver

36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read: Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

38. A book about an anti hero: Killing Sarai by J.A Redmerski

39. A poetry collection: No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

40. A novella from your favourite genre: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde

41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

42. A top 100 fantasy novel: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night: The Shining by Stephen King

44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public: The Blood Countess by Tara Moss – purely for the cover

45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

46. A crime story: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Shop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

48. A dystopia: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

49. A book with a great opening line :The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

50. A book originally written in a language other than English: The Blue Fox – Sjon

51. A short story from a well-known author: Afterlife by Stephen King

52. A book published in 2016: The final book in Conn Iggulden’s The Wars of the Roses series – title not yet released

 

So there is my ambitious reading goals for 2016. Comment down below if you’ve read any of these or what your reading goals are.

Until next time, happy reading

Dearna