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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 Japan and Japanese culture (as far as I’m aware). 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♥

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Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump || 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 is centred around the best books to bring you out of a reading slump. For that I have decided to pick fast paced and captivating books that I just couldn’t put down. (So be prepared for me to mention that a lot during this post.) And that could potentially get you out of a reading slump!

I say potential because when I’m in a reading slump no book can get me out – I just need to take some time away from reading and do other things. But anyway, I will recommend some books I think could help with reading slumps. (Even if it doesn’t really apply to me.)


  • Where Things Come Back is contemporary story that has a very engrossing mystery. I read this book in one sitting, I just needed to know what was going to happen and I wanted to know the solution to the mystery as well. This book did not disappoint me, it was really amazing!
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a rather short book, but very captivating non the less. This is another book that I read in one sitting. I just couldn’t get enough of the world and Neil Gaiman’s writing. This is a magical realism book, so it was very fun seeing magical elements being incorporated into the real world.
  • Six of Crows is one of my all time favourite books and one I read fairly recently. The story was amazing, with many twists and turns where you just wanted to continue reading and never putting the book down! Plus the characters are amazing and I loved every single one of them! (The main six ones I mean.)
  • Vicious is one of my all time favourite books. I was captivated by the story and the characters from page one and I couldn’t put this book down. (Which seems to be the theme this week.) This is a book I would definitely recommend everyone to read!
  • Ready Player One is my go-to recommendation when it comes to fast paced and engrossing books. I was simply fascinated by everything that was happening and I couldn’t stop reading it. I read it in one day, it was just that good.

Those were my picks for the best books to get you out of a reading slump!

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What did you think of them? Do let me know!

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

-Anna♥

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Favorite Non-Written Novels || 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 our favourite non-written novels, which includes graphic novels and manga – I LOVE both! (Well, there are also comics, audiobooks and more but I don’t personally read them soooo I have no favourite when it comes to them.) So I have decided to make my own list this week, or rather a double list (plus it’s been ages since I did a Top Five Wednesday post). I will be listing five of my favourite graphic novels and five of my favourite romance manga. As it was Valentines Day yesterday, I though picking my favourite romance manga would be fitting. (Plus I have read a ton of manga and picking five favourite manga in general would be impossible.)


GRAPHIC NOVELS

Even though I love them, I haven’t read that many graphic novels…I know, I know. I really want to read more buuuuut they are sooo expensive and I don’t have the money. Especially since most of the ones I’m interested in are apart of a series. (My library doesn’t have them either.) Sad times. Hopefully I’ll be able to read more in the future!

  • Saga is actually the first graphic novel that I ever read. And I loved it! (Obviously.) So far I have read the fist 4 volumes and I have enjoyed all of them. I just find the whole story, world and characters fascinating! I can’t wait to read more from this story.
  • Deadly Class is one I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. I honestly have no idea why I thought I wouldn’t like it. I’m sooo happy that I decided to give it a chance and read it! So far I have only read the first volume, but I already love it and I can’t wait to get my hands on the other volumes as well!
  • Chew is one of the uniquest stories that I have ever come across. (In any form of media that is.) So far I have read 6 volumes and they were all fantastic! I just find the whole concept of having special abilities centred around food interesting, plus the main character is amazing. (Which is always wonderful.)
  • Nimona is a graphic novel that I got recommended a ton, before I actually picked it up. I was hesitant because it didn’t seem like something I would enjoy – for some reason I thought it would be a cute story (probably because I only knew the art style), Buuut I was sooo wrong! This story surprised me in the best way possible!
  • Through the Woods may be my all time favourite graphic novel. I just love everything about it (and I may have reread it five times already).  I love the art style, how the short stories are creepy and they feel like fairy tales, which I love as well. Basically I love everything about this graphic novel!

MANGA:

As I mentioned in the beginning, I have read waaaay too much manga to be able to pick only five favourites. I have actually read OVER 250 of them (thank you MyAnimeList for helping me keep track) – I was surprised by that high number as well. So you can imagine how hard it would be to pick 5 favourites out of that many. That’s why I decided to pick my five favourite romance manga that have been completed! (And even that was hard.)

  • Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is one of the first manga that I read. (Or that I remember reading, who know anymore.) I have been following it as the chapters were coming out, so there is no way I wouldn’t mention it here. I just love the characters and the relationships in this manga. I should definitely reread parts of it soon, it’s been ages since I read it. (And I mean parts, because this manga is rather long.)
  • Yankee-kun to Megane-chan is definitely not the most romantic manga out there, by far. I love the story, the characters and the humour in this manga sooo much! This one is rather long and you need to read quiet a bit before you get to the romantic parts, buuut it’s so worth it. The characters and story are just wonderful!
  • Lovely★Complex has one of my all time favourite romances! It’s about a very tall girl and a short boy, which you don’t see very often. Aside from that the two main characters, Risa and Otani, are wonderful on their own as well! (Plus also very cute!) I definitely need to reread this manga some time in the future, it’s been a long time since I read it and I need a cute romance in my life.
  • Sora Log is a rather short manga (especially compared to the ones I just mentioned), but it’s still very good and one of my favourites. I love the main female character from this manga, she is just wonderful! Plus it also has an amazing romance and I just love it. It’s definitely one I would recommend to everyone.
  • Seven Days is just wonderful. I love the story, the characters and the relationship as well. Same as the one before, it’s rather short but still amazing. I have reread this manga quiet a few times as well and I love it more each time (which I didn’t think would be possible). I really wish there was a sequel to this story, I just need more from these two characters!

These were my favourite graphic novels and romance manga!

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? What are your favourite graphic novels and manga? Do let me know!

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Books I Want to Re-Read | 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.


I just realised that it has been months since I have actually done a Top Five Wednesday post! And I’m not even kidding about that, the last one I did was in August. Wow! I was sure I had done one more recently…but apparently not. So it’s basically about time that I do them again! And I’m really exited for this weeks theme, after all I do enjoy rereading books from time to time. 🙂

Also, I’m really sorry that I have been inactive this past week! I haven’t posted anything and I have been slacking with reading posts and commenting on them. Buuut I had an important exam and had to study for it a lot! And after studying nearly all day I wasn’t really in the mood to write anything for my blog. I’m really sorry about that! But I’m back now! I have passed the exam and now I can relax for a bit, which is wonderful.


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1. Emma by Jane Austen

Emma was the first Jane Austen book that I ever read and the one that made me fall in love with her writing. (And it made me want to read all the books that she has ever written – which I have nearly done.) It’s been ages since I have actually read this book and I’m really in the mood to reread it. For some reason I enjoy reading Jane Austen books in the colder months. Hopefully I’ll get around to it some time soon.


The Night Circus

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Most of you probably know that I simply ADORE this book and that it’s one of my all time favourites. Sooo me wanting to reread it should come as no surprise! It’s been too long since I read this book, but I’m also a bit apprehensive about reading it again – I’m kind of afraid that I’m not going to love it as much. I know that’s stupid, as I adored everything about this book, but it’s just a thought that keeps me from actually reading this book again.


Victoria Schwab

3. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Another one of my all time favourite books. Same as with The Night Circus, it’s been ages since I read this book and I really want to read it again. Unlike with the previous book, I’m not afraid of enjoying this book less than when I read it for the first time. I just know that I LOVE Victoria Schwab’s writing. So this reread is going to be a lot of fun! And I definitely want to write a review for this book as well, once I reread it.


Ready Player One

4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

When I was just looking at my shelf a moment ago (to decide the books for this tag) I realised that I read this book more than a year ago. Wow, it seriously feels as if I read it recently (why? I have no idea). Sooo, when I’m already feeling as if I read it recently I should probably reread it (to justify the feeling, or something). Plus I love this book, so reading it again won’t be a chore.


Gentlemen Bastards

5. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my all time favourite fantasy books! (And fantasy is my favourite genre, so that’s saying a lot.) I haven’t continued with this series yet, I just wanted to save it as I knew that I was going to love it (yes, I do that sometimes – but I’m trying to break that habit). I really want/need to reread this book before I actually continue reading the series. I just want to refresh my memory of all the details from this book. So hopefully that will happen some time soon!


So, those are the five books that I want to reread!

Have you read any of them? Did you enjoy them? What are some of the books you want to reread? Do let me know!

Thank you for reading my post! I hope you have a wonderful day.

-Anna♥