January Favourites

 

Can you believe it? It’s nearly February! So creating this list has surprised me, turns out 2018 is looking like the year I get back into American tv. I’ve always been a binge watcher of great shows but towards the end of last year I cut them out in favour of completing my Goodreads Reading Challenge. However, my lower reading goal has released me from my self-imposed everything-but-reading-ban and I am happier for it! So without further ado…

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Bookends | 26.01.18

Of Sand and Malice Made & Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P Beaulieu

 

I cannot believe it’s the last Friday of January. The sun has even shined this week! I know February and March are usually the darker, wetter months of the year, but February is *the* birthday month in my family so I’m excited that it is around the corner. I hope January has treated you all well and that your start to 2018 has been awesome. My reading week has been far better than last, no 1 star ratings and a new favourite book/series/author! Let’s get to it.

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Twelve Kings | Bradley P Beaulieu | a review

 

Twelve Kings by Bradley P BeaulieuTwelve Kings by Bradley P Beaulieu is the first book in a six book epic fantasy series set in the great city of Sharakai, deep in the heart of an oppressive desert landscape. This is the kind of fantasy I’ve been searching for. A world of sand dunes, fighting pits & kings; tribes, waking gods & monsters. Sex, lies, betrayals: determination, ruthlessness, skill all together makes Twelve Kings one of my favourite reads.

It is wonderful. and I’ll tell you why.

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January Book Haul

January Book Haul | Karina Reads | Bradley Beaulieu, NK Jemisin, Josiah Bancroft, Kate Quinn

 

I’ve been quite restrained this month, although this doesn’t include my Kindle /Audible purchases… Out of sight, out of mind, right? Onto the books…

Of Sand and Malice Made | Bradley P Beaulieu | #0.5 The Song of the Shattered Sands

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Bookends | 19.01.18

Twelve Kings by Bradley P Beaulieu

We made it! Another week (nearly) over. Don’t know about you but for once this January is not dragging! Plus, it’s staying lighter for longer in the evenings. Happy days. Now onto happy reading…

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The Bear and the Nightingale | Katherine Arden | a review

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine ArdenEver since I devoured Catherynne M Valente’s Deathless, I’ve been on the look out for good literary adult fairytale-esque stories steeped with folklore and simmering with magic. I think The Bear and the Nightingale delivers. Set deep in the Russian countryside, we follow Vasilisa (immediately a nod to Russian folklore) from her birth to the
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Most Anticipated Backlist Reads | Fantasy

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One of the great things about reading fantasy fiction is that there is a  *huge* backlist of brilliant books to work through while you’re waiting for all the new books/sequels. I have attempted to give a flavour of these books without looking into them too deeply as I don’t want to be spoiled or spoil you. So without further ado, here are my most anticipated backlist reads. Continue reading

Bookends | 12.01.18

The Bear and the Nightingale

 

It’s Friday! One last push then reeelax. Don’t know about you but I’ve found this week more of a slog than last. It’s amazing how much a Christmas break can mess up my routine. Ah well, at least the books have been kind this week.

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Mythos | Stephen Fry | a review

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry

I’m always a bit skeptical when new Greek mythology books are released as they are all too often factual exploratory analyses of the myths, breaking down the meaning or impact rather than actually telling me (or retelling!) the actual stories. And so it was with no small sense of trepidation that I began Mythos. I am so glad I did as it proved to be exactly what I’ve been searching for.

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Five Sequels I Can’t Wait To Read | Fantasy

So I don’t tend to stick too well to ‘tbr’ lists so I’d like to share some of the sequels I’m super excited about getting to in 2018. Fantasy fiction is my favourite genre and all of these series’ are classed as adult fantasy. I read at least the first book in the series of the following books in 2017 and loved it. I definitely have an exciting year ahead finishing these series up!

Fool's Quest, Robin Hobb, Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness, Knight's Shadow, Sebastien de Castell, Deadhouse Gates, Steven Erikson, Seer of Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier

Fool’s Quest | Robbin Hobb | Fitz & the Fool book 2

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