5 star tbr predictions

5 Star TBR Predictions || Vol. 1

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I have been seeing a few people do their “5 Star TBR Predictions” lately and it looked really fun and I was interested in doing it. Talking to my good blogging friend Heather @The Sassy Book Geek convinced me to simply do it, so be sure to check out her post as well! ❤ 🙂

How I’m going to do this:
  • I must own the book I’m talking about.
  • I will be listing 5 books in total per post (yes, I plan on doing more in the future).
  • I will be giving my reasons for why I think the book will be a 5 star read in bullet points (like I’m doing right now).
Now lets get into the books that I think will be 5 star reads!

Victoria Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V. E. Schwab
  • it’s Victoria Schwab, one of my all time favourite authors,
  • I loved the first book and I have heard that the books only get better,
  • the world in this series is fascinating and I want to know more about it,
  • Kell and Lila, two characters that I simply adore. ❤

Gentlemen Bastards

Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch
  • the first book is one of my all time favourite fantasy books EVER,
  • thieves, pirates and all the morally grey characters,
  • one of the best bromances that I have ever read about,
  • Locke Lamora. ❤

Michael J Sullivan

Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
  • a thief and mercenary framed for the killing of the king,
  • sounds and looks BEYOND amazing and badass,
  • people who have similar opinions to mine loved it,
  • recommended to fans of The Lies of Locke Lamora.

Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
  • it’s Rick Riordan, one of my all time favourite authors,
  • I ADORE the world he has created in his series,
  • I always loved Apollo and wanted to know more about him,
  • appearances of characters that I already adore.

Uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • the premise sounds WONDERFUL,
  • dark and creepy woods (a setting that I love),
  • characters that I already find fascinating and want to know more about,
  • heard amazing things about it from people I trust.

What are some of your 5 star TBR predictions? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Literary Questions Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Emily Rose @Rose Read to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!


1. What’s the most beautiful cover on your shelf?

I have a lot of beautiful books on my shelf, so picking just one cover is impossible! (Or you know me, I can never just pick one book when it comes to questions like these.) Here are some of my most beautiful ones:


2. If you could bring any fictional character to life, who would it be?

The first character that came to my mind was Annabeth Chase (obviously from Percy Jackson), so I’m going with her. I love Annabeth and I have a feeling we would get along very well, plus we both love architecture so there is that as well. I would love to hang out with her and simply spend some time with her.

Percy Jackson


3. If you could interview an author, who would you choose?

I would either choose Victoria Schwab or Leigh Bardugo. They are two of my all time favourite authors and I would love to interview either/ both of them. I don’t think that this answer surprises any of you!


4. What’s a book you would not read again?

There are actually quiet a lot of books that I would never read again. I do love rereading from time to time, but only my favourite books. So there are many that I would not read again. Here are some books that I didn’t like and would never read again:


5. Can you name a confusing story?

Pretty DeadlyThe first story that came to my mind was Pretty Deadly Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Emma Ríos. This is a graphic novel that I picked up a few years ago, since the synopsis intrigued me:

Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her origin story is a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.

The art style of this graphic novel is stunning! The story I found to be confusing. Most of the time I had no idea what was happening or where the story was going. (I just found so many confusing little elements within this story.)


6. Favourite fictional couple?

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (One of my all time favourites.)

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7. Two favourite villains?

My first favourite is from The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Major Prentiss is seriously scary and creepy! He freaked me out sooo much when I was reading those book. He is definitely one of the best written villains ever! My second favourite is from The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Obviously, if you know me at all, it’s the Darkling. I just love him, he is one of my all time favourite characters!


8. A character you would kill, or remove from a book entirely?

That would be, without a doubt, Dolores Umbridge. She is my most hated character EVER! I hated her from her fist moment she appeared in the books to her last. She is seriously one of the worst literary characters ever. I can’t even describe how much I hate her! I would definitely kill her (or remove her from the book).

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9. If you could live in a fictional world, where would you choose?

Definitely Middle Earth! It just seems like a beautiful world to live in. (Assuming no war is happening at the time there.)

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10. What are the biggest and smallest books on your shelf?

The biggest books on my shelves are the first two illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books and Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. (All three of them are massive and around the same size.) The smallest book that is on my shelf is definitely The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I own a tiny edition of it. (It was seriously a pain to read from it, since the writing was tiny.)


I tag EVERYONE who feels like doing this tag!

Whats the biggest and smallest book that you own? Who are your two favourite villains? Which author would you love to interview? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: Norwegian Wood

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.


My first ever blog post was a review of a Haruki Murakami book (not thins one though), so I thought I would bring everything back around and talk about my favourite Murakami book that I have read so far. That, obviously, being Norwegian Wood. To be fair I have only read three books by Murakami so far, but I have enjoyed all of them a lot and I do plan on reading more by him in the future.

I read Norwegian Wood a few years ago and completely adored it. That was actually the second Murakami book that I read and one that a very good friend of mine recommended to me. Needless to say I very much enjoyed that book! There was just something about it that spoke to me. I liked all the characters and found them interesting, I just wanted to know more and more about them (which doesn’t happen too often). The story was interesting as well. I love the way Murakami manages to make his books atmospheric, they are always a delight to read.


Have you read Norwegian Wood? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Where in the world did this month go?! || November Wrap Up

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I honestly have no idea where this month went! The time passed by way too fast (faster than usually at least). I guess it’s understandable since November is usually one of my busiest months. University usually picks up around that time a lot and I have some exams and papers to write. This year wasn’t an exception to that. Still, I was in a good mood most of the month and I had a lot of fun in between my assignments. I ended up reading a lot more than I thought I would and I saw a lot of my friends (which is always amazing). All in all November was a rather successful month for me and I’m very happy with how everything was!


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This month I managed to finish 4 books. Not going to lie, I’m very happy about that! This year I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do, (not even close to my usual amount) so finishing this many books in a month is great for me! It appears that I’m getting back into reading once more, which makes me really happy! 😀 Especially since I have many exiting books on my TBR pile that I can’t wait to get to!


Anne RiceInterview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice

4 out of 5 stars

This was actually a reread for me. I decided to start it last month, right before Halloween, as I wanted a book to put me in a spooky kind of mood. While this book isn’t scary it’s rather atmospheric and fits this time of the year. I had a lot of fun getting back into the story and reading about all of these characters again.

I had forgotten how slow the first part of this book is. That wasn’t something that bothered me too much, I just thought I should mention it. I need to pick up the second book in this series soon, I just really want to read from Lestat’s point of view.


Crossroads of CanopyCrossroads of Canopy (Titan’s Forest #1) by Thoraiya Dyer

1 out of 5 star

I really didn’t like this book. My biggest problem with this story is the main character, Unar. She is one of the most dislikable protagonists that I have ever read about! She was so childish and got angry at the most idiotic things possible. She was also very prejudiced and rude.

Another problem that I encountered was that Unar kept constantly thinking about sex and who she wants to sleep with (I’m not kidding, it felt as if 90 % of the book was about that). I’m asexual and reading all of that made me beyond uncomfortable.

I have a full review for this book, which is linked down below, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Sorcery for BeginnersSorcery for Beginners (Codex Arcanum #1) by Matt Harry and illustrated by Juliane Crump

2.5 out of 5 stars

I have quiet a few mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I enjoyed certain aspects of it, on the other some things frustrated me.  For some reason I couldn’t get into the writing. The writing in general just didn’t impress me much, it was simply all right. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters either, which made me not that interested in the actual story. I just felt that this book wasn’t for me, I think I’m just too old for it.

I have a full review for this book, which is linked down below, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Because You Love To Hate MeBecause You Love To Hate Me

3 out of 5 stars

I expected a lot from this short story collections, especially since I love villains and morally grey characters. They tend to be some of my all time favourite. Some of the stories lived up to my expectations and I really enjoyed them, but some (and that is the majority of them) fell flat for me in one way or another.

I plan on writing a full review for this anthology, where I will review each story individually. So if you want to know more of my thoughts you can look forward to that! (I just need to gather my thoughts and put them down first.)


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How was your November? Did you end up reading some really good books? Do let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Fault In Our Stars

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Fault In Our StarsThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


I have been seeing quiet a few reviews lately of John Green’s new book. That just made me think about the only John Green book that I have read, The Fault In Our Stars. It’s literary been years since I have read this book. (I actually read it in 2013.) This is actually one of the first young adult books that I have ever read while being aware that there is something like a young adult genre. (I had no idea that that was a thing for a long time.)

I remember really loving this book, it was one of my all time favourites for a long time. (It’s not anymore, but I still appreciate it for what it was.) I think I just read this book at the right moment in my life, where I could really feel for the characters and connect with them. The characters were definitely my favourite part of this book, I loved all of them. And yes, this book did make me cry a lot. (It’s one of the few that managed to do that.) This is also one of those books that I’m unsure I would enjoy as much if I read it now.

I actually don’t plan on picking up any other John Green books. Honestly they just don’t interest me and there is the fact that I don’t read many contemporaries in the first place.


Have you read The Fault In Our Stars? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Sorcery for Beginners by Matt Harry || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sorcery for BeginnersTitle: Sorcery for Beginners

( Codex Arcanum #1 )

Author: Matt Harry

Illustrator: Juliane Crump

Published: 10. October 2017.

Edition: Inkshares

Kindle Edition, 300 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Middle Grade | Magic

Summary:

Five-hundred years ago, magic began to fade from the world. Combustion engines and computers took the place of enchanted plows and spell books. Sorcerers were hunted almost to extinction. Science became the primary system of belief, and the secrets of spell-casting were forgotten…until now.

Written by arcane arts preservationist and elite mage Euphemia Whitmore (along with her ordinary civilian aide Matt Harry), Sorcery for Beginners is the true how-to manual for returning magic to an uninspired world. It’s also the story of Owen Macready, a seemingly average 13-year-old who finds himself drawn into a centuries-long secret war when he uses this book to take on a school bully. But when Owen’s spell casting draws the attention of a ruthless millionaire and a secret society of anti-magic mercenaries, he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to keep magic alive in the world.

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◄ 2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have quiet a few mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I enjoyed certain aspects of it, on the other some things frustrated me. I had no idea how to rate this book for the longest time. (I’m still conflicted with my rating, but we shall go with it.)

For some reason I couldn’t get into the writing of this book. First of all my ARC had some technical difficulties, where I couldn’t read everything properly – so that was frustrating, though not the actual books fault. (I’m sure that won’t be a problem in the finished copy.) Aside from that the writing didn’t impress me much, it was simply all right. The illustrations in the book were great and I really enjoyed seeing all the hand-movements for different spells.

The magic in this book was very interesting. This book is written like a guide to it (which you can guess by the full title of this book), and that made understanding all the concepts and how the magic works very easy. The story was interesting, but didn’t capture me completely. That was because I didn’t connect with any of the characters and that makes it hard for me to enjoy the story. Most of the time I just didn’t care, but then something really interesting would happen. As I already said, very mixed feelings about this book.

This book also deals with a heavy topic – the mom left the family at the beginning of the book. And the cast of characters is very diverse, racially that is. I can’t say anything about the representation for them as I don’t qualify for that.

A little rant incoming.

It’s not filled with spoilers, as what bothered me happened at the very beginning of the book.

I thought that Owen was too trusting. Who in the world trusts a girl he only met yesterday with a magic book he just discovered? (He only interacted with her for like 5 minutes.) This seriously bothered me! Like isn’t it common sense not to do that? You don’t even know her, or anything about her! (Aside that she likes historical stuff.) And then the girl brings him with her to her friends to research the book, people he has NEVER even seen before. This part seriously frustrated me! Sorry, but being too trusting is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to characters.

Rant over.

I think this book was just aimed at a much younger audience than I am. I do tend to enjoy middle grade books from time to time, but this one just didn’t seem to be for me. Overall it was an interesting book, but not one that blew me away. I would still recommend it, especially if you are looking for a gift for a younger reader. Personally I won’t be continuing with this series.


Have you read Sorcery for Beginners? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Crossroads of Canopy

Title: Crossroads of Canopy

( Titan’s Forest #1 )

Author: Thoraiya Dyer

Published: 31. January 2017

Edition: Tor Books

Kindle Edition, 320 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Adult | Magic

Summary:

At the highest level of a giant forest, thirteen kingdoms fit seamlessly together to form the great city of Canopy. Thirteen goddesses and gods rule this realm and are continuously reincarnated into human bodies. Canopy’s position in the sun, however, is not without its dark side. The nation’s opulence comes from the labor of slaves, and below its fruitful boughs are two other realms: Understorey and Floor, whose deprived citizens yearn for Canopy’s splendor.

Unar, a determined but destitute young woman, escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery by being selected to serve in the Garden under the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. As a Gardener, she yearns to become Audblayin’s next Bodyguard while also growing sympathetic towards Canopy’s slaves.

When Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.

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◄ 1 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

The premise of this book sounded very interesting. The world sounded intriguing and the story seemed promising as well. Sadly this book just didn’t reach any of the expectations I had. I really didn’t like this book and it was a chore finishing it. (I’m really glad to be done with it now.)

The writing in this reminded me of fairy tales and it’s one of the only aspects that I enjoyed from this story. While the writing was beautiful, the way the story was told was very confusing – especially in the beginning. Some of the descriptions were beautiful, while others felt bloated. The pacing of the story was off as well, it just didn’t flow well and towards the middle I was really bored with this book.

My biggest problem with this story is the main character, Unar. She is one of the most dislikable protagonists that I have ever read about! She was so childish and got angry at the most idiotic things possible. She was also very prejudiced and rude. She only cared about herself and had no understanding for anyone around her. She constantly thought that she was better than anyone else and it was very frustrating to read.

Another problem that I encountered was that Unar kept constantly thinking about sex and who she wants to sleep with (I’m not kidding, it felt as if 90 % of the book was about that) and how it’s unfair that she had to take a chastity vow. I’m asexual and reading all of that made me beyond uncomfortable. The descriptions were very awkward and disgusting, like the author didn’t know how to properly write “sensual” scenes. I really could have done without them.

The story was kind of interesting, but having Unar constantly complain about sex and how no one sees how amazing she is (I’m not kidding) made me not enjoy the story either. Unar’s thoughts kept bringing me out of the story, especially since she made me angry with her way of thinking. Honestly I just wanted to be done with this book.

Overall, I really disliked this book – as you can tell by my review (rant). I wouldn’t recommend Crossroads of Canopy, it just wasn’t good and you could be reading much better books.


Have you read Crossroads of Canopy? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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