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Books Featuring Vampires || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


You may not know this about me, but vampires are my favourite paranormal creature ever! I have always been fascinated with them, ever since I was very young. I guess the whole immortality, blood drinking and their general darkness intrigued me. (Yes, I was a weird child.) So when I saw that this weeks Top Five Wednesday topic would be on books featuring [insert paranormal creature] I knew that I had to make a list featuring vampires.

Interview with the Vampire GIF

(I definitely had to include a GIF from Interview with the Vampire, as that is one of my favourite vampire movies of all time.)


Vampirates

5. Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper

The first book on my list is a favourite from my childhood. I loved this book when I was younger and read it over and over again. (This one and the second book in the series that is.) It has both vampires and pirates in it, which were the two things that I was obsessed with at the time. These books are just so much fun! I never actually finished this series, as the other four books were never translated in the language I read them in.

Let The Right One In

4. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

This is one of the darkest books that I have ever read. Some of the disturbing scenes are still in my mind, even after the many years it has been since I read it. I loved the dark atmosphere in this book and the characters were very fascinating. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone as it is very dark (you should probably check the trigger warnings for it before reading it).

Dracula

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula is one of my favourite classics and also one of the original vampire novels. So obviously I had to put it in my list. I tend to love epistolary novels, so this book was already off to a good start. (I actually didn’t know it was epistolary until I started reading it.) I just love the whole atmosphere of this book, plus it’s told in a very interesting way which I enjoyed a lot as well.

Stephen King

2. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

If you have been following my blog for a while you might know of my love for Stephen King books. ‘Salem’s Lot is the first book by King that I ever read and the one that made me fall in love with his stories. I just found the whole idea of this book fascinating and I honestly couldn’t sleep that well after reading it. I always thought the vampires from this book would come after me. They are sooo scary!!

Anne Rice

1. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Actually the first three book of The Vampire Chronicles, they are all really good. I just love how the vampires in this book are portrayed. They are definitely my favourite type of vampires, as they are the cultured and smart ones, not the savage mindless ones. These books are also very atmospheric which I love. My favourite character from these books is definitely Lestat, just thought I would mention that as well.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What are some of your favourite vampire books? 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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Books I’ve Read Because of Blogging || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


This week topic was rather hard for me to do. Why? Because EVERYTHING that I read is because of blogging (or sometimes booktube). So I would literary be listing all the books that I read and love!! This week I decided to list books that I wouldn’t have NEVER read, if it wasn’t for blogging. (Okay, “never” might be a bit too extreme, but we shall go with it.)

What I usually do before buying a book:

  • See if a blogger or booktuber I trust has recommended that particular book. I especially look at people who I know have a similar taste in books as I do, after all that way I’m more likely to enjoy a book.
  • Researching reviews on Goodreads and seeing the pros and cons for the book, to see if it’s something that would bother me (like love-triangles, insta-love etc). I just prefer knowing about the book before spending money on it.

When I pick up a book without doing all the research:

  • I have already read something by the author. That way I already know that I enjoy their work, then if the synopsis or blurb sound interesting I will pick it up. For my favourite authors I don’t even look at the synopsis, as I will read literary anything by them.
  • Requesting review copies. Don’t get me wrong, I do read the synopsis of the book but that is all. I don’t look at any existing reviews, simply because I want to go in without any expectations and give my honest feedback.

Anyway, not that I have rambled for a bit lets get into the books!


Shadowhunters

5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I read The Infernal Devices ages ago and loved them, they are definitely one of my favourite trilogies. However, I had no interest in reading The Mortal Instruments. They just didn’t interest me, the only reason I thought of giving them a chance was because of Magnus Bane, who was one of my favourite characters from TID. Some blogging friends recommended me to try this series and while it’s not one of my favourites I’m still glad that I decided to read it and I’m looking forward to continuing it in the future. (As I have only read the first two books so far.)

Ryan Graudin

4. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

When I first read the synopsis for Wolf by Wolf I thought it sounded okay, but not like something that I would want to read. I thought it was about werewolfs and I’m really not a fan of those. (I literary don’t want to watch any movies about them, or read books, or anything really.) So I decided that I didn’t want to read it. Then a few blogging friends kept reviewing this book and raving about it. Which is also when I found out that it has nothing to do with werewolfs. I ended up reading and loving it because of that!

The Forbidden Wish

3. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

I would have never have discovered The Forbidden Wish if it wasn’t for my blogging friends. I literary NEVER heard about it until I saw some reviews popping up. This book simply sounded like something that I would love, plus I was always obsessed with the movie Aladdin when I was a child, so there is that as well. When I heard about this book I immediately added it to my TBR and bought it a few weeks later. The Forbidden Wish was such a magical and amazing book and I’m very happy that I discovered it!!

2. Graphic novels in general

This is more of a booktube thing than a blogging thing. Before entering the online bookish community I knew about comics and manga, but not about graphic novels. Nobody in my life talked about them and I had no idea that they existed. Through booktube I discovered many amazing graphic novels and I’m very grateful for that. Some of my favourites are Nimona, Saga, Chew and Through the Woods. And there are so many more that I want to read.

Andy Weir

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

Science fiction isn’t a genre that I reach for often. (Though I want to change that.) It simply isn’t one of my preferred genres. I first heard about The Martian when the movie was announced. It didn’t sound like a book for me. I actually never planned on reading it. But then some blogging friends kept mentioning how amazing it was and how much they loved it. In the end I decided to read it. The Martian is one of my favourite books now and one that I read in a day.


Do you research books before buying/reading them? Or do you prefer not knowing anything about them?

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

-Anna♥

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Books to Read without the Synopsis || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


This week the theme for Top Five Wednesday was books to read without the synopsis and I was very intrigued by this theme (as I do like to read books that way from time to time), so I decided to create my own list. These are books that I read without reading the synopsis first and also books that I recommend you read without the synopsis. Nothing much to add to that, I think it’s very self-explenatory. Now lets get into the books that I decided to pick for this topic!


5. Any book by Agatha Christie

I never read a synopsis for an Agatha Christie book. First of all I don’t want to risk getting spoiled for whatever is going to happen. Second of all Agatha Christie is the queen of crime so I’m sure that I will enjoy whatever I pick up by her. (Or rather that has been the case so far.)

Nimona

4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The only thing that I knew about Nimona before reading it was the fact that it’s a graphic novel. (And that the art is cute, thanks to the cover.) I had no idea what it was about or where it would go and I was very pleasantly surprised by it when I read it. This one I definitely recommend reading without checking the synopsis, it’s just a lot more fun that way!

Where Things Come Back

3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I knew literary nothing about Where Things Come Back before reading it. Going into it blind was the best idea that I could have had. This book kept surprising me with each revelation and I loved every moment of it. The synopsis gives quiet a few things away, so I think it’s definitely better going into this book blind.

Aristotle and Dante

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

As you may know, Aristotle and Dante is one of my all time favourite books. Before reading it I actually had no idea what it was about. I was very intrigued by the title and the cover (plus all the awards it won), so I decided to read it. And it was the BEST idea ever, I simply fell in love with this book!!

Neil Gaiman

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The only thing that I knew about this book before reading it was the fact that it’s by Neil Gaiman. This book has only 180 pages, so the synopsis can spoil things for it easily. Honestly I think you don’t even need to read the synopsis. The name and cover are intriguing enough on their own, plus it’s by Neil Gaiman so there is that as well.


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

-Anna♥

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Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


This week the topic is books that aren’t set in/inspired by the western world – meaning:  books that are set outside of North America and Western Europe or, if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places.

I really liked this weeks topic, so I knew that I had to participate! On my list are a few books that I haven’t read yet (they are all on the 5th place), but they are books that I have heard great things about. The other ones I have all read and I highly recommend all of them! Now, without much more rambling from my part, lets get into the list!


5. Books on my TBR

And I Darken by Kiersten White is set in Romania, during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera is inspired by Mongolia and Mongolian culture (as far as I’m aware, I might be wrong on this one). Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente is inspired by Russian myths and legends. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is an retelling of A 1001 Nights set in the Middle East.


A Mortal Song

4. A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe is set in modern day Japan, but with elements of Japanese mythology woven into the story. Kami and magic exists in this world. I will be posting a full review of this book some time soon, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


The Forbidden Wish

3. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish is an Aladdin retelling. The world and the story are inspired by the Middle East.

My full review of this book.


Roshani Chokshi

2. The Star Touched-Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen is a Hades and Persephone retelling mixed with Indian folklore. A Crown of Wishes (which is a companion book to this one) is set in the same world, but I haven’t read that one yet.

My full review of this book.


1. Books by Leigh Bardugo

Both The Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo are set in a fantasy world that is inspired by Russia and it’s culture. (I didn’t put the cover for Crooked Kingdom as it looks prettier with only four images.)

My full review for Six of Crows.

My full review for Crooked Kingdom.


Have you done this weeks Top Five Wednesday? Were any of these books on your list as well? 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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It’s my BIRTHDAY! & Favourite Fantasy Cover Art || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


Yes, you have read correctly IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!

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I’m officially 22 now. I just though I would mention it, as I’m already writing a post today. (Plus I wanted to use that gif, so there’s that as well!) So what am I going to do on my birthday? Mostly spend my time in classes, though I’m going to a museum later in the day – it’s still part of a class, so I’m not sure if it counts as a fun visit or not. No exiting plans really, but I shall enjoy this day as much as I can! 😀


Anyway, onto the actual post of today! I decided to do another Top Five Wednesday post. Today’s topic is our favourite fantasy and science fiction cover arts. There are a ton fantasy covers out there that I love, so picking only five was really hard! I actually don’t have that many favourite science fiction covers, the only two that come to mind are The Martian and The long way to a small angry planet, the other ones that I’m aware of aren’t that impressive. That’s why I decided to go with my favourite fantasy covers!

Anyway, lets get into my list!


Uprooted

5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I just love the whole design of this cover. The colours are simply beautiful and fit together so nicely. The art is gorgeous as well. I just adore this cover! I really want to get this book in this particular edition, so hopefully I will be finding it soon. (As I really want/need to read this book!)

4. The covers for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I adore black covers of books. I don’t know what it is, they just tend to look the best to me. These covers for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are rather simple but also very beautiful. I love how each illustration on the cover represents the specific book. Plus I love how most of the illustration is gold with a little ring of colour.

Sebastien de Castell

3. Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

This is a book that I recently discovered and I immediately fell in love with the cover! (The summary sounds amazing as well.) I love that it looks like a playing card. The colours are amazing, I love the red and how the characters are illustrated with black and white and a little red detail. This cover looks even prettier in person, as I had the pleasure of seeing it in the bookstore a few days ago!

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Yes, I’m including three covers for this book. I simply love all of them. As I have mentioned earlier, I love black books. And all three of these designs are simply gorgeous! I don’t think there is much more I can say about that. Which out of these three is your favourite cover for The Night CircusI think mine is the third one, simply because I love the silhouettes of Marco and Celia.

1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

I just love the whole design of these three books. I love the font, the illustrations and the colours. Everything about these covers is gorgeous and they are definitely my favourites (obviously, as I put them in the first place). Also the Six of Crows duology has amazing covers, but I think I prefer these more sooo I decided to pick them!


What are some of your favourite fantasy covers?

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

-Anna♥

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Authors I Want to Read More From || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


This week the topic is the authors we want to read more from. And let’s be real, there are definitely more than five authors that I want to read more books from.

In this post I will be mentioning authors that have books out that I haven’t read yet but really want to. Not authors whose upcoming releases I’m looking forward to or authors I wish would write more books. (That could be a whole other topic.) And I won’t be mentioning Victoria Schwab, I do want to read all her books but I always mention her so I don’t want to be too repetitive.

Let’s get into my list!


5. Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is an author that I first read in high school. During that time period I was very interested in Japanese literature and wanted to read a book set in Japan. And seeing that Haruki Murakami’s name kept popping up I decided to read his books. I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoy his writing style and way of story telling, I can’t wait to read more of his books.

4. Neil Gaiman

All of Neil Gaiman’s books that I have read so far I have greatly enjoyed. His writing style is simply magical and he creates fantastic worlds that I can’t stop reading about. My two favourites so far would have to be The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’m very exited to continue reading his works and hopefully I’ll be picking up something by him rather soon.

3. Cassandra Clare

I have already read The Infernal Devices (and LOVED them) and the first two books of The Mortal Instruments and I really NEED to continue reading that series. Honestly I want to read all the books set in the Shadowhunters universe, they all very much intrigue me. I just like the character that she creates and I find the whole Shadowhunter world to be fascinating, so I obviously want to read more about it.

2. Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is one of my all time favourite authors. So far I have read The Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls by him and I simply ADORED all of those books. I really want to read all of his books. Hopefully I will be able to get to them some time soon. I do already own More Than This, so I could read it soon.

1. Rick Riordan

I have already read many books by Rick Riordan. I have read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles. But I just can’t get enough of his stories and I NEED to read more! I’m very interested in getting my hands on all of these books, but I think I will wait until more books from the series have been published – as I love binge reading his books, I feel as if I get the most out of them that way.


Who are some authors that you want to read more from?

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

-Anna♥

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Five Fantasy Books On My TBR! || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


As you may know, fantasy is my favourite genre to read. And it’s also the one I read the most from. So you can only imagine how many fantasy books there are on my TBR. I especially have many first books in series that I want to start. (As most fantasy that I’m interested in are longer series.) In today’s top five Wednesday I’ll be mentioning the series I really want to continue reading (and one standalone). Hopefully I’ll be able to get to all of them soon, we shall see. Anyway, let’s not get into the books!


Uprooted

5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

We shall start with the only standalone on today’s list. I have heard many amazing things about Uprooted and it seems like a book that I would greatly enjoy! This is also the only book on the list where I don’t own the physical copy of it, so this might take some time until I get to it (as I’m also on a book buying ban). I’m also really interested in Novik’s Temeraire series, as I’m obsessed with dragons – which is also a well known fact.. Though I still plan on picking up Uprooted first, as I want to finish (or catch up to) a few series before starting new ones.

A Song of Ice and Fire

4. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R. R. Martin

I don’t think I need to introduce this series, everyone has probably by now heard of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. The next book that I have to read is the third one in the series, as I own the separate editions – I need to read the first part Steel and Snow. These books take me AGES to read and by that I mean a few months. I have no idea why, as I do enjoy this series a lot. I really need to pick this book up soon, it’s one I’m very exited to read!

Gentlemen Bastards

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my all time favourite books, I absolutely adored it! So why is it on this list, if I have already read it? It’s been a long time since I first read it and I want to continue reading this series as well, but to do that I feel like I need to reread this first book (which doesn’t really bother me, as I do love it). I just know I’ll get much more out of the story, if I reread this first book. I also want to write a review for it, sooo rereading this book will help me with that as well!

Eldest

2. Eldest by Christopher Paolini

I read Eragon, the first book in this series, some time ago and ever since then I have wanted to pick up the sequel! At first I didn’t have the time to read it (university had gotten quiet busy at that point) and then I got into a reading slump. Because of that I haven’t picked this book up yet. I have gotten out of that slump recently so I’m very much hoping that I’ll be reading it soon – after all I loved Eragon.

Victoria Schwab

1. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I have completely adored A Darker Shade of Magic, it was such a fantastic book! If you want to hear more of my thoughts on that book, you can check out my review. So why haven’t I picked this book up yet, if I loved the first one so much? Well, there was that reading slump that I mentioned, but other than that I just wasn’t ready to read it yet. (My mind is a weird place.) I plan on reading it this month and I’m beyond exited about that!


Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR as well? Do let me know!

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

-Anna♥