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”

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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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February Favourites

Bruges, Belgium

& so February has come and gone… how quickly is this year going by?! I hope you haven’t been hit too badly by ‘the beast from the east’ – anyone else eyerolling over that name? Yeah. Despite being a short month, I have a lot to share so without further ado…

Bruges, Belgium

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Guns of the Dawn | Adrian Tchaikovsky | a review

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian TchaikovskyFirst of all, I loved this book. It’s definitely one that I’ll reread many times and I am still thinking about it a week after finishing it.

This is going to be long, I’m not sorry. I’ll start with what I loved. (Which is pretty much everything!) This is my first Tchaikovsky and is not my usual fantasy pick. I like my fantasy feudal. Technology (including any sort of gun/grenade/canon) is normally a huge turn off for me when I’m looking to escape reality. Guns of the Dawn, obviously, contains guns. Lots and lots of guns – it is primarily a story about humanity and warfare. I am so glad I took a risk and read it as it is about so much more than that too. I would like to preface all this with saying that this is definitely fantasy lite. Yes there are warlocks who can conjure fire and the countries are imaginary, but the magic does not have a huge role in the story at all.

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Bookends | 23.02.18

The Mage Winds omnibus by Mercedes LackeyJust as I thought it’d be safe to turn the heating off, a horrible cold blast has hit the UK and apparently we’re due to suffer -4 temperatures over the next week or so. I’m swiftly going off winter…

I’ve had a very fun reading week and I flew through 5 of them.

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Bookends | 16.02.18

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovskyhey, hey, hey it’s Friday again and the blue skies are back! It always amazes me how much happier I feel on bright sunny days. Although we all know rainy days are the best reading days 🙂

I have 6 books to talk to you about this week, a historical romance, the first three books in a paranormal/urban fantasy series, a stand alone fantasy audiobook and the first in a different fantasy series. Busy busy busy!

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