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 😀 )

6 Reasons to Reread

Karina ReadsOn these cold days and dark nights I’m tempted to curl up with some of my favourite novels, candles and blankets and indulge my desire to reread, yet weirdly, I’m filled with guilt at the mere thought. That’s not right, is it? Over the past few months I’ve done quite a bit of rereading, because a new book in a series has been released or because I have fond memories of reading it the first time round and I want to experience that joy again. Surely that’s acceptable, isn’t it? In the back of my mind I’m aware that there are so many books in the world that I want to read but I will never get the chance to, you know, the age old ‘too many books, too little time’. My to-be-read lists and shelves get bigger with every second I browse Goodreads/Instagram/Waterstones, every time I read a book by a new-to-me author and decide I need their backlist and with every juicy new release by well-loved and debut authors alike. But this should not prevent me from enjoying a good old reread. It can be rare to find an author/series/stand alone book that resonates so deep you want to read it again and again, so why stop myself? Easy. I shouldn’t and I won’t. Here are 6 reasons you should embrace the reread. Continue reading “6 Reasons to Reread”

Portents | Kelley Armstrong | a review

Karina Reads, Portents by Kelley Armstrong

I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series and flew through the whole series very quickly earlier this year. I was simultaneously happy that the whole series was published so I could satisfactorily binge-read the whole thing, and also sad that there were no more books to come. So imagine my surprise when browsing the web to discover this collection of Cainsville tales was published at the end of July! I was so happy I practically levitated with excitement while waiting for it to be delivered. Now I very rarely get on with short story collections so I was a bit apprehensive that this book would mar my otherwise wonderful experience of this series, but luckily I adored it.

Armstrong’s writing never lets me down, I was quickly Continue reading “Portents | Kelley Armstrong | a review”

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….

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

Bookends | #018

The Book of Life, All Souls trilogy, Deborah Harkness, Karina ReadsOkay guys, how is it August already?! On the one hand, I feel like we’re having the worlds longest summer but on the other, where has the year gone? Ah well, thank goodness it’s Friday.

Currently reading:

In anticipation for the TV adaption, I am reading the third and final book Continue reading “Bookends | #018”

Pages to Screen | Top 5 Dream TV/Film Adaptations

karina reads, traitor's blade, darkfever, twelve kings, ship of magic, lies of locke lamora I’m currently reading the third and final novel in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, The Book of Life, in anticipation for this year’s upcoming tv adaptation. I absolutely adored A Discovery of Witches (book 1) so I’m super keen to see how the show portrays the characters and events. That got me thinking about other fantasy series I would love to see on the big (or little!) screen.

The Lies of Locke Lamora | Scott Lynch
This would make such a good Continue reading “Pages to Screen | Top 5 Dream TV/Film Adaptations”

Book Covers | a few of my favourite things

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and are raring and ready to go. I thought I’d look at some of my favourite book covers to brighten the day.

To anyone who follows me on any social media, the first covers will not be a surprise… Continue reading “Book Covers | a few of my favourite things”

Bookends | #017

nonfiction, karinareads, misogynation, a history of women in a 100 objects, notes on a nervous planet

Another week, another Bookends! Happy reading.

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This year I’m really enjoying picking up nonfiction. I studied history at university so after reading it non-stop for three years, I went the opposite way and only read fiction for a long time after I graduated. It’s slowly been seeping back into my normal reading life and Continue reading “Bookends | #017”