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”

DNFing Books | a discussion

DNFing books, karina readsDespite all my hopes of reading more books this year and setting a ridiculously high goodreads challenge as encouragement, I am not having the best start to the year reading-wise. I have ‘DNF’d’ four, that’s right four, books already this year and the time I wasted pushing through to at least half way of those four, was time I could have spent reading other, more fabulous books.

The fact that I am even Continue reading “DNFing Books | a discussion”

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 😀 )

Phedre’s Trilogy | Jacqueline Carey | series review

Kushiel's Dart, karina reads, jacqueline carey‘love as though wilt’

I read and adored Jacqueline Carey’s magnificent Phedre’s Trilogy last year so I thought I’d combine my reviews for the trilogy here in case you fancy some exquisite writing and epic romance in a Renaissance-esque fantasy setting. Featuring royalty, pirates, kidnapping and betrayal, happy reading!

Kushiel’s Dart

While the start Continue reading “Phedre’s Trilogy | Jacqueline Carey | series review”

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”

2019 Reading Resolutions

2019 Reading Resolutions | karina reads, booksNow I need to open with a disclaimer – this is not, as such, a list of resolutions. It would be more accurate to describe this as ‘a list of books/series I would like to get to this year’, but I won’t cry if I don’t manage them all nor will I be revolutionising/changing the way I do my reading. But that doesn’t make for a catchy title, does it?

I am a lover of lists. I even recently found a list of lists I need to make in one of my notebooks, but my problem is that I don’t keep them in one place, nor do I regularly go back to check if I’ve completed the tasks. I use them more for a kind of brain dump for what’s bothering me/floating in my head at the time. Which is all very well and good, but doesn’t help me in relation to remembering which books I want to read/what new releases are upcoming. I find it tricky to remember which series I’m waiting for a new book in, which ones I just need to buy the sequels for, and which new releases I have my eye on. So my plan is to type up a central list of books/series I would like to read so that I can come back to it over the year and remember.

Are you ready for my ultimate list? Are you sure? It’s pretty long… Here we go: Continue reading “2019 Reading Resolutions”

A Time of Blood | John Gwynne | a review

A Time of Blood Johny Gwynne, Karina ReadsA Time of Blood is book two of John Gwynne’s Of Blood and Bone series and I received an advanced copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to Pan Macmillan and Tor UK for this. 

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It’s not often that I finish a book I love and struggle to articulate why everyone else will love it too. It’s been over twelve hours since I finished this masterpiece and my prevailing thought remains ‘it’s fantastic, read it, it’s fantastic, read it’… So I will do my best to explain why you should. I’d also like to note that while there are references to events and characters in Gwynne’s The Faithful and the Fallen series, this series can be read without having read them. You can find my review of the first book in this series, A Time of Dread, here.

A Time of Blood is the perfect sequel, it delivers more Continue reading “A Time of Blood | John Gwynne | a review”