The Readathon To Rule Them All TBR

Hello,

The Readathon To Rule Them All is an awesome two week, all fantasy reading challenge. The challenge runs from Sunday 29 April to Saturday 12 May. There are 8 challenges all up but the main aim of the readthon is to read as much SFF as you can cram into 14 days.

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5 Star Book Predictions

Hello!

How are you? Tell me all the things you’re reading!

Today I thought I do something a little different and share with you 5 books I have yet to read but think will be 5 star reads. I’ve been wanting to do this since I saw Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings video. I think it’s a really interesting exercise in seeing just how well you know your own reading tastes.

So the way this works is that I will share with you 5 books I think will be new favourites and why I think so. Then, once I’ve read them all, I will come back and share my thoughts and rating and see if I was right.

Onto the books!

 

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

The Wild Girl

I recently went to the Historical Novel Society of Australasia’s conference and got to hear Kate Forsyth talk — spoiler she was amazing! This book tells the story of Dortchen Wild the wife of Wilhelm Grimm and how she share fairytales with her husband. This sounds like it is going to be a perfect mix of fairytale and history and I can’t wait.

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I’ve had this book to me recommended so many times by people who I trust so I think I should just get to it. It was everything I love in a book, awesome historical setting, magic, young adult protagonist, with a bit of crime.

 

The Reckoning by Sharon Penman

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For me, this might be a safe bet seeing how I have yet to give any Sharon Penman book less than 5 stars. But I thought I’d include it because it is the last in the series and that always worries me a little. This is the third in her Welsh Prince’s trilogy and follows Llewlyn, Prince of Wales who finds himself on a collision course with the feudal realm of Edward I.

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is hands down one of my favourite movies, Westley was my first movie crush. I am hoping the book will also become a favourite. I have high hopes because William Goldman also wrote the screenplay. This story has everything; humour, fencing, fighting, true love, giants, revenge and pirates. What else do you need?

 

The Last Days of Leda Grey by Essie Fox

Leda Grey

This is a book I brought because of the cover and I kept hearing about it. It’s not a period of history that I normally read but was one I saw drawn to after seeing it Historia Magazine. I haven’t hear anything else about this books but I’m excited. It follows silent actress, Leda Grey and her volatile love affair that left her recluse for over half a century.

 

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what books you think will be 5 star reads.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

#TheReadingQuest TBR

Hi there,

I did post my TBR on Instagram before the challenge started but I thought I’d post it here too.

#TheReadingQuest is an awesome four week reading challenge based on video games. The challenge runs from Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 August. The challenge runs like a bingo board with each title representing a stage (reading prompt) you must complete. The difference is that you’re starting point on the grid depends on the character class you chose.

For more info about the challenge head to Read at Midnight’s blog.

There are four character classes – each represent a character type for a video game:

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For this challenge I’ve chosen the The MAGE!

The books I’ve chosen to read are:

  • Book with a one word title: Arcadia by Iain Pear
  • Book that contains magic: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Book based on Mythology: The Firebrand by Marion Zimmerman Bradley
  • Book set in a different world: Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • First book in a series: Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr

All the artwork has been created by the wonderful CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’re taken part in the challenge and let me know what you’re planning on reading.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

 

April 2016 TBR

Hi all! And welcome to a new month and another TBR post. I’m sorry for my lack of posts – still trying to find a balance now I’m back at uni. Because of my mounting assessments, I ‘ve decided to keep my TBR low since I don’t need any added pressure.

Most of these books are for my Around the World in 52 Books Reading Challenge.

Now onto the books!

 

 

That’s all for me for today. Comment down below and let me know what books you’re planning to read this month.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

March 2016 TBR

Hi all! And welcome to a new month and another TBR post. Again I have decided to keep my TBR low so I don’t feel pressured. Also this month Uni has decided to give me all the assignments and I can guarantee that I will have a ton of required reading.

Most of these books are for my Around the World in 52 Books Reading Challenge.

Now onto the books!

 

 

 

 

That’s all for me for today. Comment down below and let me know what books you’re planning to read this month.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

 

 

February 2016 TBR

Hi all! And welcome to a new month which means a TBR post. Again I have decided to keep my TBR low so I don’t feel pressured. Also I start back up at Uni this month and I can guarantee that I will have a ton of required reading.

Most of these books are for my Around the World in 52 Books Reading Challenge.

Now onto the books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for me for today. Comment down below and let me know what books you’re planning to read this month.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

January 2016 TBR

Hi all and happy 2016! I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the year. I’m here today with my YA heavy TBR for January. I have decided to keep my TBR low as this way I will still have room to pick up books that I’m in the mood to read.

Now onto the books!

 

 

 

The Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for me for today. Comment down below and let me know what your planning to read this month.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

December TRB

Hi all! I’m back again with my December TRB. I haven’t picked too many books this month as I hoping to ease back into my writing and being the holiday season I might not have that much reading time. Also I might be getting books for Christmas or at the Boxing Day sales and will want to read them right away.

I haven chosen 5 books this month and I might drag over 2 from my November TRB – The Lies of Locke Lamora and Skin – as I really want to read them before the year is out

Now onto the books!

 

#1 His Dark Materials Trilogy ~ Philip Pullman

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This month I’m taking part in the His Dark Materials Read-along hosted by Jen Campbell and Holly from Library at the Edge of the World. I am exciting because I haven’t read this series – I have only read half of the first book around the time the horrid movie adaptation came out. I love the concept of this world and I can’t wait to dive into it!

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#2 Room ~ Emma Donoghue

ROOMI found this one on BookTube, I can’t remember who recommended it, but I just loved the concept of this one. It’s told from the perspective of a five-year-old named Jack. Jack and his Ma live in a locked room. Room is home to Jack, but for his Ma it’s the prison she’s been held in for 7 years. It sounds dark and creepy and the fact it’s told from a child’s point of view makes it more interesting. And I think it was short listed for the Man Booker so I’m exciting to get to this.

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#3 Epitaph for Three Women ~ Jean Plaidy

THREE WOMENI picked this one up from the library as a) historical fiction and b) about Joan of Arc. I’m fascinated by Joan of Arc and want to read more about her life. I haven’t heard about the other women mentioned in this story – Katherine de Valois and Eleanor of Gloucester. But it’s set just before the Wars of the Roses with the death of Henry V which is a favourite time period of mine. I think i should enjoy this one.

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That’s all for my tiny TRB, comment down below and let me know what you’re planning to read this month.

Until next time, happy reading

Dearna

November TBR

Hi all! Here is a list of books I’m planning to get through this month and some reasons why I’m excited for them. November, being the first month of my uni holidays, I am planning to get to a lot read – hopefully. So lets get to the books

 

The Lies of Locke Lamora ~ Scott Lynch 127455

This is the first book is Scott Lynch’s fantasy series, Gentleman Bastard. I don’t know too much about that book only that it is a twist of Robin Hood – basically they steal from the rich and keep from themselves – and set in a renaissance period which just sound amazing. I will admit my need to read this book was fuelled by the wonderful Choncey at C. A. DuBois over on BookTube. She has really sold me on this book and I can’t wait to get to this one.

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Devil’s Consort ~ Anne O’Brien10746806

I read another of Anne O’Brien’s novel last month and really enjoyed it. Anne O’Brien is a historical fiction author who focuses on Plantagenet England, which is my favourite time period. Devil’s Consort focuses on Eleanor of Aquitaine and how she become the Queen of England and one of histories most powerful women. This isn’t an area I’ve read a huge amount about so I’m excited to learn more about here.

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The Last Kingdom ~ Bernard Cornwell68527

I am loving the BBC adaptation of Cornwell’s Saxon series – it is so good! And because I’m impatient and want to know what happens next I have turned to the books. I am currently reading this one and it is a little different from the TV series – which doesn’t bother me – and I am loving Cornwell’s writing style. So I’m hoping to finish this one off and get started on the rest of the series soon.

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Bloodline ~ Conn Iggulden25552343

This book was my most anticipated release for this year. Bloodline is the third instalment of Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series. I am completely invested is this series and can’t wait to delve into this one. This book focuses on Edward of York and the bloody battle of Towton. I’m excited to get back into this series.

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Skin ~ Ilka Tampke 24721903

Skin is Ilka Tampke’s debut novel as is set in Iron-Age Britain of the cusp of Roman Invasion. The story follows a girl named, Ailia, who doesn’t have skin. For the Iron-Age Britons skin is their totem, their connection to their ancestors and their land.

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to take Tampke’s historical fiction class and listening to her talk about the process of how she wrote the book and explaining her inspiration has got me excited to finally read this book.

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Peter Pan ~ J.M Barrie 34268

Peter Pan is one of my favourite childhood fairytales and I thought it was about time I actually read the original tale.

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Dangerous Women Anthology ~ Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois 17279560

I’m hoping to read a few of the short stories in this anthology. I will admit that I hired this purely for Sharon Kay Penman’s short story – Penman is one of my favourite authors. But this anthology includes an amazing selection of authors, including: Brandon Sanderson, Cecelia Holland, Megan Lindholm, Joe Abercrombie and Diana Gabaldon. Who knows I might just find my next favourite author.

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That’s all for this month. Keep an eye out for my November Wrap-up to see what I read and my thoughts. Until then happy reading!