Recommendations: High Fantasy

I know I write my monthly recommendations posts each month but I haven’t really written an actual recommendation post of a genre I’ve chosen in what feels like ages so without further ado; here are 4 high fantasy recommendations!

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A Song of Ice and Fire

My first three recommendations are all pretty obvious HF recommendations but I think they definitely count.

A Song Of Ice and Fire is quite possibly the most popular and well-known high fantasy series on the market. This series has taken the world by storm, it has an incredibly successful tv show adaptation and a very long graphic novel series. ASOIAF has fans from all over the world; all eagerly awaiting the next book in the eight book series – The Winds of Winter.

I’ve only read books one and two, along with the first part of book 3, and if I’m honest I don’t know if I’m going to continue the series past book 4. However, don’t let that discourage you from picking up the series! I know the books are daunting, I mean book one is 800 pages, and it’s one of the shorter books of the series!

The books are massive and the world is terribly complex, but it is still a really good series! I may not be continuing the series (I just don’t have the time, nor the memory space) but there are some die hard fans out there who love this series, so listen to them; grab the audiobook or turn on the tv show and give this series a go!

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The Kingkiller Chronicle

It took me roughly ten months and a reading slump to read The Name of The Wind. Since then, I must confess I haven’t actually continued the series. he reason for that is simple though – time and the lack of a third instalment.

So far this trilogy has two book out and a novella. Someday I shall continue this trilogy but as far as I’m concerned that could be in a few years to come, as book the novella, which is set after the second book came out in 2014 with book two having been released in 2011.

You may look at the amount of time it took me to finish this and expect that I didn’t like it. But, the truth is, I loved it. It had an amazing beginning and an awesome ending. I tired myself out too quickly and naturally, got stuck in the middle. Give me some credit, this book is nearly 700 pages long!

This is a unique, and mesmerszing high fantasy novel. It has its issues but overall I think it’s a pretty good novel. Also, I do believe this trilogy is becoming a tv series so that might help to persuade you guys to pick this one up!

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Mistborn

I read this trilogy last year and absolutely loved it. I read The Final Empire, the first novel in the series and fell in love with Brandon Sanderson’s world building and his writing. TFE is one of my top 5 favourite novels and Brandon Sanderson is one of my top 3 favourite authors. Either way I definitely recommend his works.

Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere universe is also in talks for a film series. I don’t know how it would translate into film but I do think it would look really cool to see the amazing world and the phenomenal magic system on screen.

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Strange The Dreamer

I read this back in April and have some pretty mixed feelings about it. I read Laini Taylor’s Daughter Of Smoke And Bone trilogy and now this, yet I still can’t tell if I actually like her writing style.

What I do know is that I love how she builds her worlds and how complex and frankly, awesome her characters are. I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about Strange The Dreamer, until I started it. Part one of Strange is in the persepctive of Lazlo Strange, a librarian. Honestly, the first part of this novel was like if the Atlantis films and The Name of The Wind had a child. I enjoyed this book for the most part but sort of stopped enjoying it towards the tail end of the book. I know that I will be reading the next book in this series so I have pretty high hopes but I think it will have to determine my future with Laini Taylor’s novels.

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Do you have any high fantasy recommendations? Have you read any of these HF books?

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Monthly Recommendations: Auto-Read Authors

July: Auto-Read Authors 

July’s topic is Auto Read Authors. These are authors who you automatically read any book they publish because you love their writing so much! If you see their name attached to a book you don’t even care what it’s about, you already know you want to read it.

Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) The Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

O’Malley // Rowling/Galbraith // Rodda // Albertalli // Riordan

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) The Rig (The Rig, #1) Gone Girl

Kaufman&Spooner // Stiefvater // Meyer // Ducie // Flynn

It’s just occurred to me that I’ve put ten books above and I don’t have the brainpower or the time to talk about ten separate books. You’ve got your general popular YA authors like J K. Rowling, Becky Albertalli, Rick Riordan, Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer and the co-authors of the Starbound trilogy.

Brian Lee O’Malley – I’ve read the Scott Pilgrim series and Seconds by this author. And, I’m pretty excited to get to his graphic novel Lost At Sea.

You can read my review of Scott Pilgrim Volume 1 here!

Emily Rodda – I love Emily Rodda and her books with everything I am. Her Door trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time and I am slowly making it through her Deltora series and did I mention that I’m in love with her? ALSO,  she’s Australian, so double points for her!

Joe Ducie – Okay, so I’ve only read two books by this guy but I loved both of them and I know as soon as book 3 comes out I will be running to the store to buy it!

Gillian Flynn – I’ve only read Gone Girl and The Grownup by Gillian Flynn but I really enjoyed them both, Gone Girl I enjoyed the most though! Gone Girl is one of the best books I’ve ever read so of course Gillian Flynn is an auto-read for me! I know I haven’t read all of her books but GG left such an impact on me that I know I will love all of her other works.

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Who are your auto-read authors? Do we share any of the same auto-read authors?

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Monthly Recommendations: RETELLINGS

June 2017: Retellings

In June we are focusing on Retellings. You could also go with re-imaginings, as this topic is not exclusive to books that are a direct remake of the original. Feel free to throw in any book that follows along to a classic story, fairy tale or mythology that you love.

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My retelings recommendations are all pretty meh and will probably be on every other list but oh well. I really enjoy all of these books so I hope you add them to your TBRs!

First & Then

First & Then

In terms of retellings this is a really smart and funny one. Mills created a really inventive and modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Even if you don’t want to read the original this is a fun way to still get the gist of the story.

Heartless

Heartless

I only rated this three stars when I read this last year but I did still really enjoy it. I think that Marissa Meyer is a really smart writer, she creates really inventive stories based off of well-known stories. Heartless is her latest novel, about the Queen of Hearts before she goes nuts.

My review of Heartless

The Lunar Chronicles

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If you read my May wrap up then you know that I wasn’t actually a big fan of Cinder upon my 3rd re-read, and if you’ve been around my blog even longer then you know that I’m not a big fan of book 2 either. However, please do not let me discourage you from reading this series. It still remains one of my favourites and books 3 and 4 are some of my favourite books to read.

+ BONUS, RETELLINGS ON MY TBR

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Have you read these novels? What are your favourite retellings?

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Monthly Recommendations: Contemporary

May 2017: Contemporary

This group is run on Goodreads (link) by Kayla Rayne and Trina from Between Chapters!

I tried to find a wider range of books to recommend in this genre for you guys. I hope you enjoy them!

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseIf You Find Me

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I know a bunch of people don’t really enjoy this series but personally I really like it!

It kept me up all night, I had to know who the killer was! It’s actually written by J. K. Rowling if that’s any incentive for you to pick it up.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

If you haven’t already, you need to add this to your tbr. In fact, why not go and add everything on Becky Albertalli’s Goodreads page! Her debut novel, SVTHA was so amazing that I read it twice in two days. Becky Albertalli also released her second novel last month which I haven’t read yet but boy, am I excited!

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

I actually wrote a review on this last year if you want to check that out.

AADDTSOFU (woah, that is a long-ass acronym) is actually a really good book, I didn’t particularly enjoy it but even saying that I did read it in one sitting which nearly never happens. It’s a good lgbt novel that pretty much everyone enjoys so don’t let me not enjoying it discourage you from picking it up!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Wow, it has been many moons since I read this!

I’m just going to leave Wendy Darling’s opening line for her review because I think it perfectly sums up this book.

If You Find Me is a stunning debut that explores the consequences of child neglect.


Have you guys read any of the books I recommended? Have you made a monthly rec post?


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Monthly recommendations: BIG BOOKS

April 2017: Big Books

I find that big books are often the ones I enjoy the most, and yet I found it difficult to talk about a great list of books here. I guess I just need to read some more big books!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)My Lady JaneThe Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

Paperback: 823 pages

This is my favourite novel in The Lunar Chronicles, while the last book is over 8oo pages and the third book is just over 500 pages. The first two books in this series are pretty meh but as the group really gets to know each other in the third book and the plot starts to really pick up. This is an enjoyable and re-readable sci-fi series.

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton &  Jodi Meadows

Hardcover: 491 pages

I loved this book. It may be long but I managed to read it over a weekend. It’s hilarious and puts a fantastic twist on history. There’s no insta love and the main character, Jane is a massive book-nerd. She is completely relatable, she always has a book with her and prefers reading over interaction with humans.

Also, I must reiterate how amazing the humour in this book is, every page will have you laughing.

My review.

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Paperback: 647 pages

This was probably my favourite book of 2016. I really enjoyed it and fell in love with the world and Brandon Sanderson’s writing on the first page. This trilog is something new – the magic system is brilliant and the characters are all entirely different, yet they seem to form #squad goals. I love this series and the fact that not too many people have actually read it hurts me.

My review.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover: 766 pages

Whenever someone asks me which book is my favourite I can never give them an answer – all of them is the only answer I could ever supply. But in my ever-changing top 3 HP this is definitely up there. I love this book, it’s long, it’s magical and it’s dark. It’s everything a Potterhead could ever need.

 

Monthly Recommendations: OWN VOICES

March 2017: Own Voices

I haven’t done one of these in a few months so I thought it might be nice to start this up again on my blog schedule. I think own voices books are really important, any type of diverse book is important, but when it’s written by someone who actually follows the same religion of the character/s or is from the same country or of the same sexuality it means a whole lot more. 

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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I read this novel some time last year and I loved it. The author and main character are both asexual, this means a lot to me, personally, because I am asexual, also. I really appreciated that the main character’s sexuality did not have anything to do with the storyline, it was just part of their character. The plot and the characters in this book are amazing, its original and fun. This short book is an interesting and fantastical mystery and I cannot wait to read what comes next in the trilogy.

Asexual – a person who has no sexual desires.

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

The main character and author of Our Own Private Universe is bisexual. I really enjoyed this book because it is very open and clear about the sexuality of the main character and how not everyone’s family or friends are going to be okay with knowing an lgbt+ person.

Bisexual – sexually attracted to both men and women.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

I love this book for so many reasons.

1) The main character is a lesbian and her friends and family are completely okay with it.

2) The main character is a set designer – how often do you get to hear about the film industry from that pov?

3) It’s just… nice. The plot is a fun mystery and the romance is sweet.

This story is not a must read but if you need a fun pick-me-up well, you should pick this up.

Lesbian – a woman attracted to another woman

George by Alex Gino

Now, this, this is an important novel. George explains what it means to be transgender. This novel gives the pov of a young child in the wrong body, George feels wrong as a boy and just wants to be free as Melissa.

This is a great novel, not only does it help to explain to little kids what being transgender means but it is still easily able to be read by teenagers and adults alike.

Transgender – denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

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Monthly Recs: Family Focus

November’s theme is Family Focus.I have also done monthly recommendations for August, September and October.

01 The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Boys are such a group of closeknit friends that they are pretty much a family. They all look out for each other and protect each other. Seriously guys, this group is #goals.

Along with the the Raven Boys, the women at 300 Fox Way are an amazing and inclusive family. With most YA novels, the families aren’t part of the plot or disappear after page three and you don’t see them again, but with these guys, the group does go to the 300 Fox Way ladies for advice and the ladies do get involved in the chaos.

02 Harry Potter – J.K.Rowling

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Does one ever make a post without mentioning Harry Potter?

I think the most prominent family in any book series I have ever read would have to be Ron’s. The Weasleys always there for Harry. They helped him through to the train at Platform 9 3/4, they showed up to support him at the Triwizard Tournament and the fought with him in the Battle of Hogwarts. They never even hesitate to bring Harry into their life or to help him buy his schoolbooks. They’re always there for him, whether it’s Percy giving Harry school advice or Mrs Wesley sending him a Weasley jumper for Christmas.

Along with the Weasleys I think one of the most prominent family figures in Harry’s life would have to be Hagrid. I know, I know, you were expecting me to say Sirius. While he was definitely a big part of Harry’s life for a year or two, it was Hagrid who was always there for him. Hagrid made him cake for his birthday, Hagrid put together a photo album for Harry of his parents, Hagrid invited him down for tea and rock cakes that were ore rock than cake.

I may be biased because Hagrid is my favourite Harry Potter character but he was always there for Harry, he loved him so much and he never let the boy forget it.

03 Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertali

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The main character, Simon has a supportive family, who aren’t absent at all throughout the novel. He also has two sisters. Simon’s family feels very real and present throughout the novel, we learn their dynamic and their usual routine, this makes the book feel more homely and comfortable.

 

Books I Haven’t read:

The Kane Chronicles – Rick Riordan

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I’ve not yet read this trilogy yet but from what I know, it follows Egyptian mythology. The trilogy follows two siblings saving the world and being badass.