Ten Fantasy Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List.” I’ve chosen to discuss the 10 most recent fantasy additions to my to be read list on Goodreads.

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Wicked Like a Wildfire

Why I added it:

Okay, I’ll admit it. I added it because of the gorgeous cover. I also think it had something to do with an ARC review I read, but can’t remember for sure.

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Whichwood

Why I added it:

I saw the beautiful cover on a tweet as I was scrolling through Twitter. I clicked to learn more and realized it was a companion novel to a book I’ve read, so I added it.

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House of Purple Cedar

Why I added it:

I added this one because I saw it on a list recommending diverse books and thought the description sounded like something I might enjoy.

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Akata Witch

Why I added it:

I added this book because of the same list as the book above. I was attracted to this one because it’s a fantasy novel set in Africa. I have not read many books set in Africa and enjoy reading about places that I haven’t been.

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Traitor’s Blade

Why I added it:

I read a review, though I can’t remember whose, in which the reviewer stated they loved this book. The reviewer and I seemed to have similar reading taste, so I added it to my TBR.

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The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3)

Why I added it:

I added this one because it’s the third book in a series that I’ve read the first two books of. . . . I really don’t think that requires further explanation.

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The Gauntlet

Why I added it:

I added this book because the author was giving pep-talk emails for Camp NaNoWriMo last April. I clicked on the description of her novel. It sounded like something I might be interested in, so I added it to my TBR.

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Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1)

Why I added it:

I added this one because I keep hearing such great things about Robin Hobb, but have never read any of her books.

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The Dream-quest of Vellitt Boe

Why I added it:

I honestly don’t even remember adding this novella. I think it had something to do with it being nominated for an award.

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Before She Ignites (The Fallen Isles #1)

Why I added it:

I follow the author on Twitter and have read one of her previous series.

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Are any of these books on your TBR list?

What books have you added to your TBR lately?

Anyone have a method other than Goodreads for keeping track of a TBR list? 

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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January and February 2017 Wrap-up

I’ve decided these monthly wrap-ups were getting repetative, and so, for the next couple months I’m going to try posting bi-monthly wrap-ups instead.

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Talons of Power (Wings of Fire #9)

Thoughts

I liked it, but this is my least favorite book in the series so far. My expectations were high after how much I enjoyed the spin-off novel, Darkstalker. My main issue is with Turtle as a protagonist. Every time I thought he was going to take some initiative it didn’t happen.

Rating

3 blue jays

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The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)

Thoughts

I enjoyed this, but not as much as the first book in the other series Riordan is writing at the moment. I’m curious to see how this series might interact with Rick’s other series in future books.

Rating

3.5 blue jays

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The Night Circus

Thoughts

I liked this, but didn’t love it. It is very atmospheric with an interesting magic system, but I felt the pacing was too slow.

Rating

3.5 blue jays

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You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay

Thoughts

I read this novella because I was reading a lot about point of view and wanted to read something written in second person (using “you” instead of “I” or “(s)he”). It’s one of the best novellas I’ve ever read. This story has great world building, characterization, and use of this notoriously difficult point of view.

Read it online here: http://uncannymagazine.com/article/youll-surely-drown-stay/

 

Rating

4.5 blue jays

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Author: Rick Riordan

Published: October 6, 2015

Genre: Young Adult Mythological/Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Magnus didn’t plan to die on his sixteenth birthday. He actually didn’t plan anything at all.

Magnus has spent the last year homeless on the streets of Boston after the mysterious death of his mother. Finding the source of his next meal is higher than his birthday on Magnus’s priority list, but when Magnus discovers he is the son of a Norse god his life is changed drastically minutes before his death where Magnus finds himself in a strange afterlife he hadn’t known existed.

Review: Magnus Chase has one of the strongest voices of any character I have read for some time. This being the author of Percy Jackson that comes as little surprise. While I normally hate it when authors break third wall, Rick Riordan does so in a way that somehow manages to add to the story.

There appears to be much concern about this book being too much like Riordan’s Percy Jackson books. There were some major parallelisms, Magnus is even the cousin of on of the main characters from the Percy Jackson book and it is clear there will be more overlap between characters of Riordan’s various series in future books.

That said, readers do not need to have read any of Riordan’s other books to read The Sword of Summer. The series stands on its own thus far in spite of the sometimes not so subtle callbacks to Riordan’s previous books.

The similarities between this book and other books by this author don’t really bother me. Whenever I read several books by one author I start seeing common themes and character arcs throughout their works and even see the same in my own writing. The similarities between Riordan’s books just happen to be more obvious than most.

Perhaps my favorite thing the Percy Jackson books and this series have in common are the hilarious chapter titles. I missed the chapter titles in The Heroes of Olympus.

Some of the side characters were very well developed while others felt like they didn’t get enough development. *slight spoiler* There was one side character in particular that died in this book, but didn’t get all that much development. I feel her death would have been more meaningful had the reader been given a chance to get to know her.

Rating: Really enjoyed reading this book, but it doesn’t standout in my memory as life changing. For that reason it gets a four out of five.

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October 2015 Wrap-Up

Reading

In October I didn’t have much time to read, so I only read four books. Two were middle grade, one was either middle grade or young adult depending on how you define the audiences, and one was adult. Of those three were fantasy and one was science fiction.

Short Synopsis: Book two in the Magistarium series. To learn more read my review of book one here.

Thoughts: For some reason the plot twist this series centers around is one I can’t seem to get enough of. This book was a lot of fun.

Rating:

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Short Synopsis: When her underground home is destroyed Eva Nine finds herself surrounded by creatures she hadn’t even known existed.

Thoughts: Read this book thinking it would make a nice comparison title for the writing project I’m working on this November. I was right. The artwork is also stunning.

Rating: 

4 blue jays

Short Synopsis: Fifth book in the Mistborn series, and second book in the Alloy Era of Mistborn. Read my review of the first book of the original trilogy, Mistborn: The Final Empire, here to learn more about Mistborn.

Thoughts: I liked Alloy of Law, but not nearly as much as the original trilogy. I think part of that had to do with the stakes being so much lower. In this book the stakes were raised, and I was much more invested in the story from the beginning onward.

Rating: 

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Short Synopsis: When Magnus Chase dies on his sixteenth birthday he discovers his life is far from over.

Thoughts: This book was a lot of fun, but I wasn’t completely blown away.

Rating: 

4 blue jays

Writing

I’m now finished with my rewrite of the first third of my high fantasy work in progress. Part one ended up being exactly 21,461 words long. My target for part one was 20,000 words, and I almost never go over my target length even though I often want to so this is great.

I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month for November and (as it is November while I am writing this post) am working on a middle grade sci-fi project about a twelve-year-old girl who thinks she is a robot.

Blogging

Yes, I am well aware that I am still terribly behind on my tags. I really do appreciate it when people tag me, it’s just hard to find the motivation to write up tag posts sometimes. I’m also terribly behind on my reviews as well. Hopefully I’ll get around to posting more in the next few months.

Book Pumpkins

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For Halloween I carved pumpkins based on the Mockingjay symbol from The Hunger Games by Suzane Collins, the wolf from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan, and the symbol for pewter from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.

The instructions for the Magnus Chase pumpkin can be found here.