Slump Busting TBR | bookends #021

slump busting tbr, Karina ReadsI am currently experiencing the affliction dreaded by bookworms everywhere: a slump.

I know I am not alone and many of us are finding that the current climate is negatively affecting our reading habits. My motivation to pick up any of the books I bought pre-lockdown has all but disappeared. I can’t concentrate from one book to the next and keep putting down books I was really excited about two months ago. But my desire to read is still strong so instead of feeling frustrated about, let’s face it, a very privileged problem, I have devised a cunning plan. Kind of. I’ve picked Continue reading “Slump Busting TBR | bookends #021”

March 2020 TBR | bookends #020

March 2020 tbr | Karina ReadsIt’s finally March! Spring is on the way and will hopefully bring with it lots of beautiful bright flowers & a little more sunshine. And maybe some more greenery… Anyway, I have the last week of the month as holiday so I’m hoping I will have lots of time to read in between redecorating our bedroom. I’ve pulled together some of the books I’d like to get to in the next few weeks. Continue reading “March 2020 TBR | bookends #020”

Female Fantasy Authors | a few of my favourite things

I see so many booklovers writing that they would like to read more fantasy novels by female authors but they struggle to find the books. I am here to help! Over the past couple of years my female to male authors ratio has been essentially 99:1 so I thought I’d share as many as I can to help those looking for inspiration. I haven’t loved all of these, but reviewing/ranking these women is not the intention of this post. The first section I have loosely divided into sub-genres and are all books by female authors that I have read/started reading and want to continue. Then I have listed some ‘Honourable Mentions’ which are books by female authors I have on my radar either on my Goodreads tbr shelf or on my physical bookshelves. Continue reading “Female Fantasy Authors | a few of my favourite things”

New Year Book Tag

Let’s kick 2019 off with a fun tag. I saw this over on Drew’s blog and thought I’d give it a go. The original was posted on the booktube channel Bookables. If you fancy doing it too, consider yourself tagged!

How many books are you planning to read in 2019?

Well…last year I set my Goodreads target at 12 because I didn’t want to pressure myself & ended up reading 160 books… So this year I’ve gone for 150 but I already feel like I’m falling behind! I’m going to try and forget about it and just read like I normally would and see what happens. I’d like to hit 200 one year but that feels a way off yet.

Name five books you didn’t get to read last year but want to make a priority in 2019?

1. Bloody Rose – Nicholas Eames
2. Fire & Blood – GRR Martin
3. In the Region of the Summer Stars – Stephen Lawhead
4. Child of a Mad God – RA Salvatore
5. Tombland – CJ Sansom

Name a genre you want to read more of?

Not really a genre, but I’d like to read more non-fiction this year. Fiction-wise I’m happy sticking to fantasy and its various sub-genres

Three non-book related goals for 2019

1. settle into my new job
2. plan our wedding
3. travel more in the UK

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

A Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan

One word that you’re hoping 2019 will be?

Productive
(not a very exciting word, granted, but I have lots I want to get done this year so here’s hoping I manage it 😀 )

2018 Reading Wrap Up

Happy 2019 everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive period and are excited to begin a new year.

Reading through my 2017 reading wrap up, I feel a bit disappointed to write that I’ve had another year where the majority of the books I’ve read have been a bit average. That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed the majority of my reads, just that not many really stick out now we’re at the end of the year. Continue reading “2018 Reading Wrap Up”

Favourite Reads | 2018

favourite reads of 2018 karina reads, book blogDespite having read quite widely this year, I haven’t read many stand-out books. I’ve read lots of good ones, funny ones, entertaining ones, but few ‘oh my I will reread this for the rest of my life’ books. Apart from those listed below… they have really left their mark on me. Instead of writing full reviews I have chosen some quotes to whet your appetite. If I have previously reviewed them on here or on Goodreads, I will link it so you can investigate further if you so wish. So without further ado, here be some greatness: Continue reading “Favourite Reads | 2018”

Favourite Audiobooks | 2018

Audiobooks, Karina ReadsSo as 2018 draws to a close I’ve been reflecting on my reading habits. One big difference in my reading this year has been the introduction of audiobooks. At first I didn’t think I’d get along with them but I’m pleased to say that with the right audiobook, it’s easily as addictive as reading physical books. In fact, I regularly find myself extending my walk, doing more housework or sitting in my car for an extra ten minutes to carry on listening. Crazy!

Here are my favourite listens of 2018:

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Most Anticipated Releases of 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for new releases, especially from a few of my favourite authors, and I am super excited to delve back into some of my favourite worlds in preparation. This is list is just the tip of the iceberg and I am hoping I will discover many more new releases next year to enjoy.

Beneath the Twisted Trees | Bradley P Beaulieu
The Song of the Shattered Sands #4, UK exp. pub 18th April 2019

To my shame I Continue reading “Most Anticipated Releases of 2019”

Myth Retellings | From Russian Folklore to Norse Mythology and the Classics

karinareads myth retellingsI love reading a good mythological retelling, from Russian folklore, to Norse mythology and the classics, I adore it all. I thought I’d put together some of my favourites in case anyone needs some recommendations. Continue reading “Myth Retellings | From Russian Folklore to Norse Mythology and the Classics”

Bookends | #019

bookends, karina reads, book blogHappy Friday guys and gals. After an unexpected three day weekend thanks to a humongous stone chipping then cracking my car windscreen… I have had a top reading week. In 4 days I read 6 books, which leads me handily onto what I’m….

Currently reading:  

I am half way through Continue reading “Bookends | #019”