TTT: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

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It is that time of the week for another Top Ten Tuesday. It is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This weeks topic is your top ten series I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t. I hope to get to at least some of these series at some point but there are so many books to read :)… Let’s get started.
As I’ve said hopefully I will start these series at some point. I’m hoping to get to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soon but I don’t know when I’ll get to the others yet. Have you guys any read of these series? What series have you meant to start but haven’t? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

May Wrap Up and June TBR

Hi guys, it’s time for another wrap up. I actually had a pretty good reading month. I read a total of 11 books – 6 of which were 4 star reads, so I am quite happy with that. I was definitely in more of a reading mood this month and there was some fantastic fantasy books. Let’s get started.

 

The Cossacks and Hadji Murat / Leo Tolstoy / ★★★
To be completely honest I wasn’t blown away by either of these stories. Having said that Tolstoy’s writing is fantastic and the characters are all complex. I just didn’t love it quite as much as the other books I’ve read from Tolstoy. You can’t deny that Tolstoy is a great writer though.

 

All for Nothing / Walter Kempowski / ★★★
While I did end up liking this, I didn’t love it. The narrative style is a little jarring and so it took me some time to get into it. The characters are well written but I had very little connection with any of them. It is an interesting read as you get a look into the life of a German family during the last years of the war, but although it was interesting I didn’t find it particularly engaging at times. I found it dragged at certain points. Overall I thought this was a good book but I didn’t love it. If you love historical fiction set in this time period, I would definitely recommend checking this out.

 

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Vanguard / Jack Campbell / ★★★
Book 1 of the Genesis Fleet series. It took me a little while to get into this book, but I ended up enjoying it. I thought it was an entertaining read and the plot was mostly engaging. The characters were a little flat at times and I wanted a bit more character development. Having said that, I did still like them. I haven’t read the other series set in the same world, so I don’t know how they relate but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything significant, if that makes sense. Basically you can read this without reading the other series. I think it was lacking a little bit in explanations at times (in terms of the world, technology etc), but generally it’s an interesting world. The action was done well and I enjoyed the battle scenes. Overall I thought this was an enjoyable science fiction book and I am interested to see how things progress.

 

The Goddess Chronicle / Natsuo Kirino / ★★★.5
Although I did think this was a good book, I think the premise worked better in theory than in practice. I loved the idea of this book but something just didn’t quite work for me. The characters were well written, the writing is good and as I’ve already mentioned the premise is great. From what I understand this is a retelling of two deities from Japanese mythology – Izanami and Izanagi. Perhaps if I had prior knowledge I would have enjoyed this more. Having said that, I did still think this book was great and was an interesting look into Japanese mythology.

 

Words of Radiance: Part 1 / Brandon Sanderson / ★★★.5
This is part 1 of the second book in the Stormlight Archives series. I think I would actually rate it somewhere between 3.5 stars and 4 stars. I thought this was a great continuation of this series. It was a little slow to begin with and it took some time to get into it. For me, Kaladin’s perspective was the best and I sometimes struggled a bit with Shallan. Having said that I thought the character development was well done. So far I definitely haven’t loved this series as much as other people but it is still really good. I would recommend this series to any fantasy lover and I’m looking forward to see how things progress in part 2.

 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd / Agatha Christie / ★★★★
This is the third book by Christie that I’ve read and like the two others I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoy Poirot as a character and the mysteries are always fun to read. I definitely had some suspicion about the killer in the book and I was right in the end, but it didn’t take anything away from the enjoyment to seeing it all unfold. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

 

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Heart’s Blood / Juliet Marillier / ★★★★
I didn’t know much going into this so it surprised me to realise this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I think Marillier’s writing is great and it is so easy to get immersed in the worlds of her books. Having said that I found this one a little slow to start but not necessarily in a bad way. The characters are all well written and they are some really intriguing ones. Overall I thought this was great and I look forward to reading more from this author.

 

The Moon in the Palace / Weina Dai Randel / ★★★★
This is a fantastic historical fiction set in Ancient China – it is loosely set around the only female in Chinese history to rule as an Emperor, Empress Wu. I don’t know alot about Chinese history but I find it fascinating so when I saw this was set in Ancient China I was sold. I thought the writing was great and so easy to get into. I will definitely be checking out the second and final book in this duology, The Empress of Bright Moon. I highly recommend this, especially if you love historical fiction. Full review to come soon.

 

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Knight’s Shadow / Sebastien de Castell / ★★★★
This is the second book in the Greatcoats series and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first book. I find these books so easy to read and they are just so entertaining. If you are looking for a fun, light fantasy read then you should definitely check these books out. I don’t know how long this series is but I am so excited to continue on with these books.

 

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The Legion of Flame / Anthony Ryan / ★★★★
This is the second book in the Draconis Memoria series and it is one of my most anticipated releases of this year. For anyone interested, it is being released in the UK on 6th July in hardback. I thought this was a fantastic continuation of this series. It was great to be back with these characters. Full review to come closer to the release date.

 

Sons of the Shadow / Juliet Marillier / ★★★★
I thought this was a fantastic continuation of this series. I don’t think it was better than the first book but I think it was just as good. Once again the characters were great and the writing is fantastic. I am very excited to continue on with this trilogy. Full review coming soon.

 

I don’t really know what I’m going to be reading in June. I’m actually going away at the start of June for two weeks in Greece, so I don’t know if I’ll be reading much or what to put on my tbr. My classic pick will probably be Sylvia’s Lover by Elizabeth Gaskell or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Other than that I’m just going to read what I want. I am currently reading Hunting the Eagle by Ben Kane and Saint’s Blood by Sebastien de Castell so hopefully I’ll have them finished by the end of the month too, or at least before I go away. What was your favourite book you read in May? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

It’s Monday: What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

 

So I am currently reading three books, which is a bit weird for me. Normally I like to concentrate on one books, or two at most but not this week apparently. The one I am concentrating most on right now is Vanguard by Jack Campbell. I’m currently about 50% through on my kindle and so far I am enjoying it, although it took a little time to get fully into it. Hopefully I’ll finish that in the next few days as it’s quite a quick read. The other book I’m reading is Words of Radiance: Part 1 by Brandon Sanderson. I’m currently only about 100 pages and it’s about 650 pages long. Finally the book that I hope to start today is The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino. I read Out by her last year (I think) and while it is pretty dark I did enjoy it so I was interested in trying out more from her.
Once I’ve finished Vanguard, I’ll just concentrate more on the other two books. I know I enjoy Sanderson’s books but I’m interested to see what I think of The Goddess Chronicle. Have you guys read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

All Of My Unread Books

Hi guys, to be honest I wasn’t sure what to post today so I thought I’d share all of my unread books. These are all the books I own that I haven’t read yet – I currently have exactly 30 of them. I definitely want to get this down and hopefully read a lot of these before buying any more books :).

 

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  • Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
  • The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood
  • Accusations / Bandi
  • Greenmantle / John Buchan

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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy / John le Carre
  • Call for the Dead / John le Carre
  • Little Dorrit / Charles Dickens
  • Crime and Punishment /  ‎Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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  • The Man in the Iron Mask / Alexandre Dumas
  • Birdcage Walk / Helen Dunmore
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles / Thomas Hardy

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  • Dragon Haven / Robin Hobb
  • A Pale View of Hills / Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Hunting of Eagles / Ben Kane
  • All for Nothing / Walter Kempowski

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  • The Good People / Hannah Kent
  • The Wake / Paul Kingsnorth
  • The Poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver

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  • The Jungle Book / Rudyard Kipling
  • The Goddess Chronicles / Natsuo Kirino
  • Son of the Shadows / Juliet Marillier
  • The Sound of Waves / Yukio Mishima

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  • The Refugees / Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell
  • A Tale for the Time Being / Ruth Ozeki

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  • Words of Radiance: Part 1 / Brandon Sanderson
  • The Makioka Sisters / Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
  • Germinal / Emile Zola
  • I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak

 

There are so many more books I want to read, but these are the ones that I currently own and have not read yet. I do also have some on my kindle but I thought I’d stick with the physical books today. I don’t think 30 books is too bad, but I would like to get it down a bit. Have you guys read any of these? I’d love to know any thoughts you have on them. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Series I Want To Finish in 2017

Hi guys, I am you are all well. Today I thought I would share some series I want to finish this year or probably more realistically for some make some progress in reading these series. I’ve marked the books I haven’t yet read with an asterisks for you guys.
  • Raven Shadow’s trilogy / Blood SongTower Lord and Queen of Fire* / Anthony Ryan
  • Rain Wild Chronicles / Dragon KeeperDragon HavenCity of Dragons* and Blood of Dragons* / Robin Hobb
  • Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers / The Abyss Beyond Dreams and A Night Without Stars* / Peter F. Hamilton
  • Eagles of Rome trilogy / Eagles At WarHunting the Eagle* and Eagle in the Storm* / Ben Kane
  • Poldark series / Ross Poldark, Demelza, Jeremy Poldark, Warleggan, The Black Moon, The Four Swans, The Angry Tide, The Stranger from the Sea, The Miller’s Dance, The Loving Cup, The Twisted Sword* and Bella Poldark* / Winston Graham
  • Shardlake series / Dissolution, Dark Fire*, Sovereign*, Revelation*, Heartstone* and Lamentation* / C. J. Sansom
I think I’ll also quickly mention some series I want to continue/finish that are currently unfinished, so basically not all the books are out yet. I will complete these series when all the books are out though. These series include the Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon, Echoes of the Fall series by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gods of Blood and Powder series by Brian McClellan, the Winnowing Flame trilogy by Jen Williams, the Book of Ancestor series by Mark Lawrance, the Draconis Memoria series by Anthony Ryan, the Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch and the Legends of the First Empire series by Michael J. Sullivan… I could go on but I think I’ll leave it at that :).
There are so many series out there, it is a little overwhelming really. These are series that I am definitely interested in finishing and I’m excited to see how they all progress. Let me know if you’ve read any of these series and what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

Big Books on my TBR

Hi guys, how are you? I can’t quite believe we are now in May – this year seems to be going pretty quickly. Anyway it’s time for another blog post and today I thought I would share all of the big books on my tbr. I don’t tend to be intimidated by the size of a book, unless it’s around or over a thousand pages, and I have quite a few big books on my TBR. The ones I am sharing today are all over 500 pages long. So let’s get started.

 

  • Little Dorrit / Charles Dicken
  • Words of Radiance Part 1 / Brandon Sanderson
  • Dragon Haven / Robin Hobb
  • The Poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood
  • Sons of Shadow / Juliet Maurillier
  • Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
  • The Makioka Sisters / Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

 

These are all the big books that I currently own but haven’t got around to reading yet. There are many more that I don’t own yet but I figured I’d start by sharing the ones I own :). Have you guys read any of these? Also I’d be interested to know if you guys are intimidated to the size of books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

April Wrap Up and May TBR

Hi guys, it’s time for another monthly wrap up. I had an alright reading month, although I would have preferred to have done more… but I got distracted by Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is awesome by the way. So I’ve been on the PlayStation a bit more this month. I did still manage to read 5 books so I’m pretty happy with that. Anyway let’s get onto the wrap up.

 

Guns of Dawn / Adrian Tchaikovsky / ★★  
I’m sad to say that I was a little disappointed with this one. If you’ve been following this blog for a while you may be aware of my love for 3 other books by this author but this one just didn’t work for me. I don’t really know why. I found it really quite slow, the pacing was abit off and the characters were only alright, in my opinion. The characters were quite cliched and a bit one dimensional. It definitely had potential, but something about it just didn’t quite work for me. I had to really push myself to finish this. Maybe it wasn’t the right time to read it, as I think this is still a good book – it just didn’t work for me. This one really confused me as I thought I was going to really enjoy it.

 

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Crooked Kingdom / Leigh Bardugo / ★★★ 
While I did enjoy this conclusion overall, I didn’t love it. This is a good duology, but part of me was a little disappointed with it as I had heard so many good things. Having said that I did still enjoy it. I liked the ambiguous moral compass of the characters and the plot is generally engaging. There are also quite a few interesting characters within these two books – Inej is definitely a favourite of mine. The world was an interesting, the action is well done and overall I thought the plot progression was good. So I enjoyed this duology, but I think I was hoping for something more.

 

Tower Lord / Anthony Ryan / ★★★ 
This is the second book in the Raven Shadows trilogy. I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one, especially initially, but I found it did get better. I think the main issue I had was the switch of perspectives. In the first book we follow Vaelin as a solo narrative, but in this book we have four points of view throughout. This threw me a little bit, as I expected it to only follow Vaelin. I found that I didn’t fully connect with some of the characters, specifically Reva. I felt that her development was perhaps a little quick, especially in terms of her fighting ability. You know those super smart characters that seem to pick up fighting, whether its swords or archery, in a day or something – she’s a bit like that. Generally the character arcs were pretty well done. Although it took me a little while to get into it, the plot was generally engaging and the writing is easy to get into. I think Ryan is a great fantasy writer. Overall it was good, but I definitely preferred the first book. I am excited to see how things conclude in the next book.

 

Certainty / Madeleine Thien / ★★★.5
You guys may be aware that I read and loved Do Not Say We Have Nothing (also by Thien) at the start of the year, so I was interested to read her debut novel. It definitely hasn’t match my love for her latest book, but it was still a very good book. I think my main issue with this were the changes in perspective. For me it meant a bit of a lack of connection with the characters and it was a little hard to follow at times. It is also told mostly in flashback and I am not the biggest fan of that writing style. The characters are still interesting and I think Thien’s writing is fantastic. Overall this was a good book and I’m excited to try out her other book.

 

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With Blood Upon the Sand / Bradley Beaulieu / ★★★★ 
I have to admit I was both excited and sceptical when I first started this book, as I struggled a bit with the first book, but I thought this was a great continuation. I think because the world is already established it was easier to get into the flow of things. The plot progression was great and I was hooked from early on. The character development was done very well. There are quite a few interesting characters and it was great to be back with them. Another massive strength of this book is the world – it is so intricate and unique. It is definitely one of my favourites at the moment.

 

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The Woman in White / Wilkie Collins / ★★★★ 
I have this on my tbr for a while now and I am so glad I’ve finally read it. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this, but I ended up loving it. It did take me a little while to get into, but as this was a new author to me I kind of expected that. However I was pretty intrigued about the progression of the plot early on – I wasn’t sure how things were going to unfold. This has a fantastic twisting plot, with characters to both root for and despise. It is quite dense and long, so if you are not a fan of Victorian writing and mutilate perspective narrative then this may not be the book for you. Otherwise I would recommend this to everyone. I really enjoyed this book.

 

Since I mostly ignored my TBR for last month, I think I’m not really going to set myself one for this month and just see what happens. Having said that, I obviously want to get to a classic. I’m currently torn between Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell and Germinal by Emile Zola, but there are a few others I can choose from too. Other than that I am just going to pick up what I feel like at the time. What was your favourite book you read in April? I hope you are all having a fantastic day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa