If you like:epic adult fantasy, high fantasy, stories that have those middle ages/medieval/renaissance vibes about them, magic, adventures, world-building, classic fantasy tropes (that are tropes for a reason: because we love them)
Similar Reads:The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien / The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss / Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) by Robin Hobb
I was unsure of whether anyone cared for a quick review of the next two books in The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan, and I was surprised to see that there was actually some interest. So, let’s do a quick review!
If you like: adult fantasy, short stories, folktale/grim-esque tales, books turned into movies or shows, fantastical creatures and monsters, stories that have those middle ages/medieval/renaissance vibes about them, a little bit magic, adventures, a bit of blurring the lines between good and evil, books in translation
Similar Reads: The jury is out on this one for now!
Another first book of a series to review! It would seem this is the year that I’ve unintentionally thrown myself into all the fantasy series (what have I done?). But it’s all okay. Let’s get to it!
If you like: epic adult fantasy, high fantasy, stories that have those middle ages/medieval/renaissance vibes about them, magic, adventures, world-building, classic fantasy tropes (that are tropes for a reason: because we love them)
Similar Reads: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien / The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss / Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) by Robin Hobb
First book of the year, first review of the year, and the first five-star read of the year. I’d say I’m staring 2020 off on a good note as far as my reading life is concerned. So, let’s get into it.
At the start of 2019, I created a list. Not just any list but a list of my “top favorites of all time.”
I look back on my initial thoughts when putting together The List and appreciate that I gave myself permission to acknowledge that a “Top Favorite Books of All Time” list is difficult to create and makes sense to be subject to change with the more that’s read (and reread) and with the more time that passes. I continue to give myself the permission to change.
So today, at the end of the year, I’m revisting The List. Some of the new additions might only remain on the list for a year or two before being bumped while others may stay. Already a few favorites from last year’s list have been bumped to honorable mentions; they don’t pull at my heart as strongly as they once did. So only time will tell how The List will change as the years go by, but I went with my gut as this current year comes to a close!
If you like: Young Adult books, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, anything by Ally Condie (especially the Matched series), books that’ll keep you turning the pages
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a brief review, but I picked up an advance reader copy of The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe (through a Giveaway), and then passed it off again to my students, because it was that good. Check out the quick review below!
If you like: Myths or fables, stories about stories, a bit of magic, atmospheric language, one narrator who narrates from multiple perspectives, a bit of mystery, historical fiction, real life places connected to the past
The best sign of a five-star read is if it keeps me up long past my bedtime. And I think I might have a new favorite author, and her name is Diane Setterfield. Oh my goodness, this book.
It’s hard to create a list of favorite books of all time when I’ve read so many good books. Throughout the process of creating The List, I added a few books at a time, then second-guessed myself and took them away, ultimately to only put them back on the list again. All the books listed, more fiction than nonfiction, speak to my soul in some way and many are books I’ve connected with through personal experiences and memories and people I’ve known and loved. For each of these books, I can provide you with a snapshot image of a moment in time when the book was opened between my hands; I can describe what I was doing, where I was, and the thoughts tumbling around in my head … but I’ll save those stories for a different time.
It’s that time of year when readers everywhere reflect on their reading goals from the past year, decide what worked and what didn’t work, and rethink the way they’ll choose to approach their reading lives in the next 12 months.
If you like: Realistic fiction, learning to empathize with those with differences and struggles, historical events incorporated into the plot line, overcoming adversity, a bit of romance, books at about 300 pages
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a full review of anything I’ve been reading, but after picking up an advance reader copy of The Girl He Used to Know (through a Goodreads Giveaway, and with thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the free copy), and zooming right through it on a cold, overcast Saturday morning, I figured it was time.
Another quick review for today: Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson!
I wanted to enjoy this one, and at moments I did, but for the vast majority of the book it felt like only a few moments really kept the plot going and the rest was just filler. This book was definitely written with high-schoolers in mind. It follows two stories (their connections you learn much later on) – Elyse and Gabe. The perspectives switch back and forth each chapter as the plot continues forward. We follow them as they move through the day-to-day of high school. Gabe and his girlfriend break up, and we learn a bit about his girlfriends obsessive behaviors as the storyline plays out. For the vast majority of the book, I was confused as to why Elyse’s story was really there (it felt pointless until the end and then I had an ‘ah-ha’ moment). There was a lot of drama throughout the book and had moments that had me reminiscing on”Cruel Intentions” and shows like “The OC” that I remember watching in college. So that all being said, I read through the whole thing and did finish it; it was a fairly quick read. I didn’t feel like my time was wasted in reading it – it was a decent enough story with a small twist towards the end that helps bring the storyline into focus. I’d recommend it most for those who want a teen-version of a thriller, but without all the hard thinking that usually goes into thrillers (trying to figure out the puzzle pieces).