TTT: Backlist Must-Reads

Backlist Books on my TBR

These are older books that I have no excuse for not reading yet. I know a backlist book can be anything more than a year old but I’m talking about much older books today.


Have you read any of these?

What’s the oldest book on your TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

 

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Get carried away with the Witchlands! Series Discussion & Giveaway

Today I’m partnering with Tor Teen to bring you a giveaway! I’ll be talking all about the incredible world of the Witchlands and the woman behind its creation, Susan Dennard

BOOKS IN THE SERIES (so far…)

ABOUT THE WITCHLANDS

A favorite of booksellers, reviewers, and readers alike, Susan Dennard has become widely known for her young adult epic fantasy saga set in the imaginative world of her New York Times bestselling series published by Tor Teen, The Witchlands, told through Truthwitch, Windwitch, the special illustrated novella Sightwitch, and the forthcomingBloodwitch (February 2019). The Witchlands is set on a distant continent, in which some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others. The series follows best friends Safi (a Truthwitch) and Iseult (a Threadwitch), as well as the cunning ship captain Prince Merik (a Windwitch), and the mysterious and powerful Aeduan (a Bloodwitch) as they must navigate warring empires, political machinations, and mercenaries who seek to use their magic for selfish gain.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Dennard is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series. She has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, slaying darkspawn on her Xbox, or earning bruises at the dojo. For more info go to thewitchlands.com OR susandennard.com

MY EXPERIENCE READING THE WITCHLANDS

  • TruthwitchThe focus was definitely on friendship and I loved that. I don’t see strong, supportive female friendships often enough in YA. Safiya was so sassy and impulsive while Iseult was the calm to her best friends storm. And the banter between the two and the other characters was hilarious perfection. Dennard really knows how to flesh out a world and its people in a way that really pulls the reader in. And despite having a large cast, each of Dennard’s characters has distinct voices, personalities, flaws, and motives. It isn’t easy to do multiple points of view well but in this Dennard excels. If you enjoy epic fantasy and MPOV storylines when the characters lives weave and tangle together in unexpected ways, you will love Truthwitch.  The actions scenes leave you on the edge of your seat, the romance is HOT and the characters get under your skin in the best way. The witchlands has quickly become my new favorite fantasy series.
  • Windwitch: I can’t say much because of spoilers but I can say that this series just gets better and better. The world expands, the characters become more complex and the stakes are raised. So many pieces came together but despite my best guessing, Dennard still surprised me at every turn. And I can tell that there is still so much more to see and learn about this world and its characters.
  • Magic System: One of the best things about the witchlands is the magic system. It’s so complex and origional. I also like that there is a lot of mystery surrounding the kinds of witchery, not even our characters know all there is to know. If I were a part of the witchlands I would probably be a waterwitch, specifically a tidewitch, and then I could swim with the Sea Foxes!

GIVEAWAY

To enter: make sure your following my blog aOR leave a comment down below sharing your thoughts on the witchlands, what witchery you would have or some of your other favorite fantasy series.

One winner will receive:

  • A copy of Truthwitch and Windwitch
  • A custom witchlands tote bag
  • A “Void WItch” zip-up hoodie!

*Open to US addresses only. Prize material provided by Tor Teen

TTT: Tomes On My TBR

The Longest Books On My TBR

I have a confession, I LOVE big books. They are so satisfying to finish, they are often part of a series and you can really get lost in the world. So here is a list of tomes I can’t wait to read.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – 1006 PAGES!

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – 848 PAGES!

Queen of Air and Darkness by Casandra Clare – 720 PAGES!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – 702 PAGES!

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend – 640 PAGES!

Front Lines by Michael Grant – 576 PAGES!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer – 556 PAGES!

The Poppy War by R F Kuang – 544 PAGES!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – 544 PAGES!

The City of Brass by S A Chakraborty – 533 PAGES!

 

And in case anyone was interested (I like numbers) the total page count of all these books is … 6670 PAGES!  

If you want to chat in the comments I would love to know, what’s your favorite tome or one you’re eager to read? Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

 

August Reading Wrap-Up

 

September Reading Wrap-Up

Total Number of Books: 4
Total Number of Pages: 1,086
Average Pages Read per Day: 35
Average Pages per Book: 271

College is clearly affecting the quantity I’m reading and unfortunately, the quality isn’t very good either. I have been in a 3-star rut for what feels like forever!

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – 3 Stars
The more I read this the more I realized I had never read a synopsis, this as a book I picked up because of repeated recommendations. Perhaps, if I had read a summary I wouldn’t have gone in with such blind high hopes. The writing was beautiful but the story just wasn’t for me.

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson – 3 Stars
Another book that took me by surprise. While I loved the parts of the book set in the present starring Adri, I didn’t care much for the characters from the past. I really liked the questions it asked about the quality of life vs living forever and the way relationships stretch and strain over time and distance. Overall I liked it and I’m curious, for those who have read it would you read a sequel? I would love to read about Adri in space – I think there’s a lot more growth we could explore.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill – 4 Stars
This is THE CUTEST book I have read in a long time. Longer than a picture book but not a novel, this is an adorable story ago dragons. Now I want one of my own, I think I would have an Earl Grey Dragon for sure. And it isn’t just the illustrations that are lovely, the story is as well.

Black Wings Beating by Alex London (ARC) – 3 Stars
I’ve done a full review for this ARC from Raincoast Books. It was dark and unique like I had hoped but the world and magic system didn’t have the depth I was hoping for. Also, I didn’t find any of the characters very compelling. 


Recently Added To Goodreads:

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center


Coming Up Next For Review

Sunny by Jason Reynolds (Spoiler Free)

Sunny (Track #3) by Jason Reynolds

 

Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date
: April 10th, 2018
Genre: Sports, Contemporary, Middle-Grade
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Source: ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada

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THOUGHTS:

This is a middle-grade story with a  lot of heart and a lot of running.

It’s a great book for kids figuring out who you are and standing up for it. About everyone being a little different in some way and loving them for it, not in spite of it. Jason Reynolds has such a unique voice and it’s present in all of his work. The writing style he chose reflected the character and enhanced my ability to see the world through Sunny’s eyes. I did want more from the supporting characters but then I realized that this is a companion series. Ghost and Patina, for example, have their own books which you can bet I will be picking up.

Thank you for reading my review of Sunny by Jason Reynolds, and also to Simon & Schuster Canada for this review opportunity. I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.