Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2017

Hi again! It’s Wednesday so that can mean only one thing: Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s topic is the books we didn’t get to in 2017. There are so many books I need to read so there is always books that I don’t get to in a year. But these are the ones are top of my 2018 TBR

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

These books are listed in no particular order.


The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

 

THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD

 

I adore Jen’s booktube videos and I was so excited for this book that I preordered it and then never read it — no reason but I have just picked it up and am loving it.


Now I Rise by Kiersten White

 

NOW I RISE

 

I love love loved the first book and can’t wait to get to this one! Feels like a wintery read and it’s summer right now so I might save this for the colder months.


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Star-Touched

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

ROSE & DAGGER

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me what books you didn’t get to in 2017.

Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

Top 5 2018 Wishlist

Hi again! This will be my last Top 5 Wednesday for 2017 — how crazy is that? I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.

Today’s topic is our bookish wishlist for 2018 and the types of books, genres, themes, tropes and topics we’d like to see more of.

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

These books are listed in no particular order.


Diverse Fairytale and Myth Retellings

I adore retellings. If a book mentioned it’s a retelling or as been marketed that way I will buy it. But more 2018 I would love to see some fairytales and myths that aren’t from The Grimms Brothers or Ancient Greece. Each cultures has their own set of myths and fairytales and I love the chance to explore them all.


Medieval Historical Fiction

I really couldn’t do this list without wishing more historical fiction releases. Medieval history — 5th to 15th centuries — is hands down my favourite period to read about so I would love more titles to pick up next year. Also if some of those could be based in the Eastern European countries or around the Ottoman Empire that would be amazing!


Antiquity Historical Fiction


More Own Voice Books


Silenced Historical Perspectives


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know what types of genres, topics and themes you’d like to see more of in the new year. 

Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

Top 5 Books of 2017

Hi again! I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas and the end of the year. In celebration of this, today’s topic is our top books of 2017

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

These books are listed in no particular order.


The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

The Trials of Morrigan Crow
 
This is such a fun and whimsical series. I have a full review here if you want to know all my thoughts. Nevermoor might just be the Harry Potter for this generation of young readers. I adore everything about this book. Nevermoor, Morrigan, Hawthorn, Jupiter, The Hotel Deucalion and even Fen. Nevermoor has all the magic and whimsy of our favourite worlds like Wonderland and Whoville. I really hope they adapt this into a movie or tv series because I would love to see Nevermoor come to life.

 


The Boy Made of Snow by Chloe Mayer

The Boy Made of Snow

 
I adore this book so much, which was a big surprise for me since I’m not a fan of WWII fiction.  I have a full review so I won’t ramble on too long. I love Mayer’s writing. It is beautiful. So much so that I found myself slowing my reading pace and rereading sections just to savour it. I could have the whole novel wallpapered in my room and I would be so happy.
 
The narrative is beautifully crafted. It takes the dangers of living during WWII, twists them with the whimsy of fairytales and lets you deep inside a broken family who are trying to hard to be ‘normal’. I’m in awe of the way Mayer was able to balance to historic elements with the fairy tale threads. And I loved that the fairy tales were used to explore the relationship between Mother and Son. Seeing what each character got out of the same story broke my heart. Safe to say I want everyone to read this! Pretty please!


The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

 

Rose’s prose is stunning it has a way of invoking strong images without overusing adjectives. For example, here the Arky, reflects on his life not only about love but about what it means to be an artist and to live creatively:

 

You would be amazed how rare it is for artists to feel moments of true satisfaction. When they’re inside their craft, inside colour or movement or sound, words or clay or pictures or dance, when they submit to the art, that is when they know two things – the void that is life and the pull that is death. The grand and the hollow. The best reflects that. To be such harbingers of truth is not without its cost. It’s no easy task to balance a sense of irrelevance with the longing for glory, the abyss with the applause. 

 

I highly, highly recommend this one, even if you’re not into performance art—I wasn’t. I don’t think it’s something you need to get something from this narrative.

 

Random side note: I am so excited to see two non fiction pieces on my top books of the year. I’ve been trying hard to read more especially after reading these two.

 


The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

 

 

So if you need help, just do as Amanda say and take that doughnut!

The Hate Race by Maxine Benabe Clarke

Hate Race

 

That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these and which books topped your 2017 reading. 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

Top 5 Characters on the Naughty List!

Hi again! Today’s topic is the character we think would be on Santa’s naughty list. These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

Also warning this list may contain spoilers for Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, the events of the Wars of the Roses, Dollface by Renee Rosen and A Certain Smile by Francosie Sagan. So if you have an interest in this book please read with caution!

These characters are listed in no particular order.


George Duke of Clarence

He is the middle surviving son of Richard Duke of York and he really does live up to the middle child syndrome. He’s spoilt, entitled and feels like he’s not getting his fair share of his brother, Edward IV’s kingdom. Twice Clarence raised arms against his brother in hope of being king and twice he begged from his brother’s mercy when it looked like he was on the losing side. Clarence was always present in the later dramas of the Wars of the Roses and in the end became quite paranoid that everyone was plotting for his land and titles. In the end it was his brother that sentenced him to death. He was drowned in a barrel of Malmsey Wine for treason. Ah yep this medieval prince would definitely be on the naughty list.


Uram

The Archangel serial killer who makes Jack the Ripper look benevolent is definitely a character who makes the naughty list. At times I couldn’t read the descriptions of the crime scenes because it was grim, dark and gory. Uram is from Nalini Singh’s Angels’ Blood.


Benjamin


Vera Abramowitz

Okay so Vera is a character I don’t like for the choices she makes. She seems torn between two handsome and very dangerous men but really has no desire to give either up even as gang wars break out across Chicago. Again she seems to have the perfect life with her husband and family but can’t help but have an affair with the enemy. I had high hopes for this book and wasn’t a fan of how the focus was on Vera and her love triangle. So for this reason she’s on my naughty list.

Dominique


 

That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you agree with my judgement on these characters and which characters you nominate for Santa’s naughty list.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

Top 5 Bookish Things I’m a Grinch About

Hi again! it’s been a while so I thought I’d so another Top 5 Wednesday. Today’s topic is the books we’re thankful for. In honour of NaNoWriMo wrapping up, we are discussing some authors we’d like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

They are listed in no particular order.


Insta Love

I love a slow burn relationship because it does feel more natural but also has room for angst and all the anxiety that comes with the warm and fuzzy feelings of a new relationship. Aside from fairytales I don’t see the need for this to be a feature of any book. Yes I will admit I complete trash for the whole mate, soulmate trope but I don’t like when they look at each other and bam their both head over heels in love. I do love the whole happy ending, if I’m looking for something fluffy, but guess I’m old fashion and like the whole courting thing.


“She’s Not Like The Other Girls”

For me I feel like this just feeds into the whole idea what women and girls should tear each other down and compete over jobs and man rather than support each other and embrace our differences. Whenever this saying pops up in a book I roll my eyes. I feel like how is insulting other girls a good things? I don’t get it. It’s not romantic and really needs to stop! Please and thank you.


Changing Formats


Movie Covers

I don’t feel like I need to say too much on this one since most readers aren’t too fond of the movie cover but I had to include it. Personally, I don’t like people on my covers so the movie covers always annoy me and the original book cover designs are normally stunning and relate to the book rather than some actor’s face.

Lack of Platonic Relationships Between Boys and Girls


 

That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if any of these thing annoy you or some of your bookish pet peeves.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

Top 5 Authors you’d Like to Write Like

Hi again! it’s been a while so I thought I’d so another Top 5 Wednesday. Today’s topic is the books we’re thankful for. In honour of NaNoWriMo wrapping up, we are discussing some authors we’d like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I am currently participating so hence why this post is late. Sorry!

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

All the authors are listed in no particular order. And they’re all amazing and highly recommend that you read their work!

 


Sharon Kay Penman

I am in awe of this women’s work! They way she is able to add in all the necessary historical details and settings without getting in the way of her story. Also all her books are massive but don’t feel dragged out or weighed down by the page numbers. Penman’s ability to weave in the history and bring characters to life is something I’d like to achieve in my own work. When reading her books she has me hoping that maybe something different will happen and leaves me devastated it plays out like the history and tragedy ensues.

 


Kirsty Logan

I fell in love with Kirsty Logan’s work from the opening line of The Gracekeepers. Her poses has a poetic beauty and there’s a fairytale whimsy to her worlds that I adore. The way she’s able to mix fairytales with her narrative while given them new life is amazing—especially since I see ‘fairytale inspired’ or ‘fairytale retelling’ and by the book. I am so excited for a new book with is coming out next year. I love the fact that she uses the fairytales and folklore of her Scottish homeland. For me, I would love to be able to write in a lyrical fashion and weave in the folk stories I love.

 


Lani Taylor

Lani Taylor is a new discover for me, I read her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series earlier this and damn this girl can write! The prose is lyrical and her description are poetic. The world she created in this series is stunning and unlike any that I’ve read before and she has this way of uncovering the world and the creatures slowly revealing more each book. She’s found a way to balance a beautiful writing style with engaging and inventive world building and that this why she’s on this list.

 


F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald is hands down one of my favourite writers—next year I am hoping to read the rest of his works. His writing is breathtaking and feels effortless. He has a way of creating these deeply profound but succinct character descriptions. The way he built his characters was incredible. They are all deeply flawed human beings who at times frustrate you. His stories aren’t plot driven and it’s his group of very unlike characters that pull you through the narrative. You may not like them but you sure what to know how their lives turned out and if they will pay for their horrid life choices. I hope that I can learn something from his work and be able to create complex and engaging characters.

 


Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series is amazing—even if he took the Shakespearian approach to my poor Richard. What makes his work so amazing is that he’s able to make these historical figures feel like fully formed people, like what you get in a fantasy or contemporary novel. All the history is there but it seems to unfold from these characters effortlessly so much so that at times I had to remind myself what genre I was reading. I am definitely going to pick up his other series. I’m interested to see what he’s done with The Huns and the Romans. I would love to be able to make historical characters feel like vivid and like they could jump of the page at any moment.

 


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these or some of the books you’re thankful for.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

Top 5 Books I’m Thankful For

Hi again! it’s Wednesday so here is a Top 5 Wednesday. Today’s topic is the books we’re thankful for.

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

The books are listed in no particular order.

 


Twilight by Stephenie Myer

 

Twilight

I’m sure this book will be a lot of people’s list and is no surprise. This book, despite it’s problems, really got me hooked on reading again in high school. I was a pretty big read in primary school but mostly flicked through non fiction and picked up a lot of books I never finished. So I am very thankful that it ignited that passion for reading in me because I can’t bear to imagine all the stories I would’ve miss out on if it weren’t for this series.

 


The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen

 

I first found out about this series through it’s BBC adaptation. Once I finished the tv series, I promptly found the books in the seres that were out and devoured them. I am thankful for this series because it got me into historical fiction, importantly The Plantagenets and The Wars of the Roses.

 


The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking

This book is amazing and one i’m thankful for due to two reasons. First reason, is that it was one of the first non fiction book I’ve read that had made me realise that non fiction is just as diverse in style as fiction can be. So since reading this I’ve been looking into more non fiction titles. Second reason, is that it’s helped me realised that it okay to open up and ask people for help.

 


The Picture of Dorian Gary by Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray

This was the first classic I read outside of school assigned reading. It did take me like a month to get thought but I feel in love with gothic literature. So thankful Oscar Wilde for showing me that classics are so scary and you’d don’t need to only read them in english classes.

 


The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Time traveler's wife

 

A friend at high school threw this book in my hand and said ‘read it!’ so of course I did and it became one of my favourite books of all time. This book was one of the first adult fiction books I read at time were I was reading exclusively young adult. So I’m thankful that it expanded my reading.

 


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these or some of the books you’re thankful for.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

T5W: Genre Benders

Hi again! It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these and it’s Wednesday so why not? Today’s topic is Genre Benders – in other words those books that seem to defy genre labels.

This was last weeks topics but I was struggling to think of anything for this week’s topic so I’m just going to go with it.

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

The books are listed in no particular order.


Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation

If you’ve been around my blog or Instagram for a while you may notice that I’ve become completely obsessed with Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. This book is one the list because I think it’s been marketed as a romance, which it definitely is, but that doesn’t take away from the urban fantasy, sci-fi elements that help to round out this world.

If you’re looking for a urban series that is filled with political intrigue and swoon worthy romances please, please pick this up!


Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

Bayou Born

 

This books is part detective mystery, part urban fantasy. I know it’s being marketed as an urban fantasy but the detective procedure is just as important to the plot. Which maybe a trope in urban fantasy but I still wanted to mention it!

Sound interesting I have uploaded a full review if you want to know more!


Cross Stitch/Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander

Time travel, romance all set in the Scottish Highlands in the 16th century. This was the first historical time travel novel and I, like everyone else, am completely in love with it. Diana has done a fantastic job of balancing the sci fi and historical elements.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Sone of Achilles

Adventure, coming of age, romance, fantasy, retelling and historical fiction are just a few of the genres I can think that fits this novel. Madeline weaves together all these elements seamlessly in her beautifully lyrical writing. This is one of my favourite books of all time because it’s one of the few that actually shows the romance between Achilles and Patroclus. Highly, highly recommend!


Cassandra by Kerry Greenwood

Cassandra

Kerry Greenwood bring the myth of the Trojan War to life complete with the fantastical Gods and well researched time setting. Myth and history intertwine to give voice to silenced Trojan Princess, Cassandra.

I have a full review of this one if you’re interested! This one might be hard to track down if you don’t like in Australia, but trust me it’s worth the effort if you do!


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these or some of your favourite genre defying books.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

T5W: Biggest Book Hangovers

What time is it? Well it’s Top 5 Wednesday time!

Hi again! and welcome to a belated Top 5 Wednesday. Today’s topic is our Biggest Book Hangover – in other words books we don’t want to end and having rouble leaving the world once the pages end.

Before we get onto books that made me hungover I would like to mention that Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey. Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics. They are listed in no particular order.

 

Now onto the books!

 

#5 The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

Sunne

This must come has no surprise to anyone who has visited my blog before since I mention it in pretty much every post.

#4 The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers

#3 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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This was one of the first Adult fiction novels I read. I love Clare and Henry so much and this story never fails to make we feel everything.

#2 The Crowded Shadow by Celine Kiernan

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Everything about this book is magical. I love Sol and Ashkr’s relationship and the Merron’s are amazing.

#1 Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

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This is my most recent book hangover. Everything about this book, world was beautiful and I’m not ready to leave it.

 

 

That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know which books make you hangover.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

T5W: Words That Make Me Buy Books

What time is it? Well it’s Top 5 Wednesday time!

Hi again! and welcome to a wordy Top 5 Wednesday. Today’s topic is Favourite Buzz Word. Buzz words are words that are used to describe books which will pretty much guarantee that I will buy them.

Before we get onto my words of weakness  I would like to mention that Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey. Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics. They are listed in no particular order.

 

Now onto the words!

 

#5 Music/Musicians

As a musician it is no surprise that I love books that contain music elements – whether it’s set within the Music Industry or a character loves or plays music. This really combines my two loves and pretty much guarantees that I will spend my money on this book!

 

#4 Psychological elements (ie. Mental Illness or Group Mentality)

I am fascinated with the mind and how people can differ from one another. I love reading books that explore these psychological elements that makes this character’s life vastly different to my own. Also books about how groups work and cults are ones I love. I will say that I have yet to read a psychological thriller – I think – but I will definitely explore this genre in the future.

 

#3 ‘Inspired by’/ Retellings

Like most people I love fairy tale retellings, along with myth retellings. These stories are so ingrained in society and how we function as people. I love seeing how authors can interrupt these classic tales and put their modern twist on them. All I can say is thank god this is a popular genre!

 

#2 Circus/Circus performers

I love the circus – although I’m a bit iffy about clowns. They seems like such exciting places and the whole idea of travelling around the world and having an adventure is amazing. Any book with a circus I will buy!

 

#1 Plantagenet (Kings)

If you’re new, Hi I’m Dearna and I read a lot of historical fiction; specifically historical fiction about the Plantagenet Monarchy who ruled England during the Middle or Mediaeval Ages. I’m a huge History buff and I will this time era so I will always buy books set in this era.

 

 

That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know what your buzz word weaknesses.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna