Bookish Horoscopes: Book Recommendations based on your starsign

Aquarius 
January 20-February 18
You’re feeling ambitious, don’t do anything differently, your hard work is about to pay off. Don’t listen to what others have to say, discipline and dedication will help you bring about new possibilities. May I suggest, Eon by Alison Goodman?  It is a story about the strength and will of one person changing the world.

Pisces 
February 19 – March 20
Past experiences have been holding you back. Let the remembering of those experiences guide you, make amends, take chances and you will form a strong bond with someone new. Might I suggest, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen? Sometimes what we need most is what we fear most.

Aries
March 21 – April 19
You are feeling adventurous and independent. It is a good time to take on any challenges you’ve been facing. Might I suggest, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater? Puck is taking on the greatest challenge of her life and may serve as inspiration.

Taurus
April 20 – May 20
Things are about to be  turned on their head, so this month could be a stressful time. Use your confidence, skills and logic and you will come out on top. May I suggest, Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell? Tales of three people whose lives fall apart but together they put a whole kingdom back together.

Gemini
May 21 – June 20
Now is a good time to prioritize, get things in order and you are bound for success.
Might I suggest, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo? When faced with the impossible, break it down into steps and make plans, even back up plans. This can make it achievable.

Cancer
June 21 – July 22
Remember to help a friend in need, you never know when you might need them to return the favor. Might I suggest, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard? It is a story about the strength and importance of friendship.

Leo
July 23 – August 22
You have been feeling a lot of feels lately. You will be tempted to throw out the rule book, and with a little caution in mind this drive could be to your advantage.
Might I suggest, Eat Prey Love by Elizabeth Gilbert? Sometimes a big change is exactly what you need.

Virgo
August 23 – September 22
You feel inspired and you want to be heard! Find others with similar thoughts and concerns who will hear you out. May I suggest, Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen? Surrounding yourself with the right people can help you bring ideas to fruition.

Libra
September 23 – October 22
This month is going to be hectic, a lot of ideas are forming and it’s a good time for problem solving and social interactions. May I suggest, One for the Money by Janet Evanovich? Everyone needs a good laugh when things get crazy.

Scorpio
October 23 – November 21
Whatever you feel lately, positive or negative, will only be enhanced. Love yourself for your unique qualities and forget comparison. May I suggest, The Young Elites by Marie Lu? A good example of what can happen when your emotions rule you.

Sagitarius
November 22 – December 21
Change is in your future; embrace it and don’t look back! New insights are near, what was once a mystery may soon become clear. May I suggest, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. There is a lot of mystery and revealing of secrets in this story.

Capricorn
December 22 – January 19
Right now is a good time to conserve; energy, time, money, you name it. It may be an uncertain time, look to friends for help. May I suggest, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce? Daine is also learning to trust her new friends in an uncertain time.

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Confessions of a Book Hoarder : My Collection

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Confessions of a Book Hoarder is a new post idea I had this month. I really wanted a place where I could talk about books from the point of view of a reader rather than a reviewer. After all, that swhat I was long before this blog began. In these posts will be my rantings and musings from an obsessed book hoarder and avid reader, there will be no reviews. lists or memes. Just me and my books.

This week I wanted to talk about my collection. So here are a few statistics, because I enjoy numbers:

I own 186 books
Only 47 of those are hardback
This is how I acquired them:
4% Were gifts
5% Were purchased from online discount book retailers
15% Were bought at my local secondhand store for $0.50 each
24% Were bought secondhand online
52% Were bought brand new in-store or online
I have read 104 of my collection
And 82 are unread

First of I want to start by saying that I have a lot of unread books, but I don’t feel any guilt or shame. Sometimes I wonder if I am more of a reader or a collector? And why should I feel any guilt or shame about unread books? There are people (And I’m not judging AT ALL) who collect many things that they never actually use. Stamps, coins, action figures, key chains, even rocks! So whats so different about books? I enjoy collecting them and looking at them as much as I enjoy reading them.

That being said I am trying to buy less this year, one a month is my goal, because I do want to eventually read them all. And the ban is also to avoid buying the wrong books. If I bought all the books on my wish list I would end up with at least a few duds, and then I would hate that I wasted money on those books. To avoid this I am trying to use my library more this year. I could also end up losing interest in the book by the time I got around to reading it. And lastly the biggest reason of all is I am completely out of shelf space till I move later this year.

I myself, don’t mind used books. As you can see they make up more than a quarter of my collection and I have been buying more and more of them lately. Occasionally I am drawn to a beautiful cover and that is when I choose to purchase a book new. Or it’s a favourite author I love to support. I also don’t mind if I own one book in a series in hardback and the rest in paperback or the other way around. I admit I will wait for a paperback copy to come out if I own the first two in paperback. Or if I own all the others in hardback I will purchase it right away. However, if I come across it cheap then I don’t care what format it is I just want to read it! Same goes for cover editions. My collection therefore looks a little wacky, mixture of short and tall, in a glorious array of color. And I love every one of them! I know some collectors are more particular and I totally understand! If I didn’t have such a little bank account and more will power when it comes to the $5.00 I spend at the coffee shop twice a week I would probably have everything in hardback too. It’s just my need to own ALL the books and in my situation that means having a motley crew of new and used, hard and paper, even ex-library.

I’m really interested to know about your collection now. How many have you read vs unread? Paperback vs hardback? Where did they come from? How do you feel about matching series? And mostly, do you feel any guilty towards your unread pile? And is it as big as mine??

Thanks for tuning in! And I will be back soon with another edition of: Confessions of a Book Hoarder.

Monthly Recommendations – Fantasy

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Monthly Recommendations is a group on Goodreads created by Kayla and Trina.
Every month there is a new theme for the recommendations.
This months theme is…

Fantasy

I have decided to recommend some older Fantasy to all of you, so click on the titles if you want more information, and it will take you over to Goodreads. I highly recommend all these titles for your TBRs.

This is for the dragon lovers. Okay it has been quite some time since I read this one, I’m due for a re-read but I LOVE books about dragons and I remember really enjoying this one.

Through Wolfs Eyes by Jane Lindskold66317
This is for fans of Game of Thrones and long series. I have only read the first two in this series, but there are six I believe. This story is about a girl who is found, after being raised by wolves and is actually a long-lost princess. This is a very different kind of fairytale.
This is for readers who love elemental magic. If you end up liking this one she has a LOT of other books. I read this as a stand alone and thoroughly enjoyed it.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Leguin
This one is for lovers of Lord of The Rings. There are four books in this series and they are SO good. They are on my re-read list this year.
For the horse lovers! This is a story from the point of view of Jan, the prince of unicorns. How he becomes a great leader and defends his herd from gryphons and wyverns. Middlegrade.

Beguilement – The Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold
For fans of unusual magic and Tamora Pierce. This is a story about Fawn, necromancers, evil that sucks life from the world and an unlikely romance. A terrible description that doesn’t do it justice, so take my word and just give it a try.

Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell
A fantastic trilogy told from three points of view; Jiaan, Kavi and Soraya. If you like a story where each characters journey comes together in the end, then read this one.

A Necklace of Fallen Stars by Beth Hilgartener fall

This recommendation is for those of you looking for a stand alone. This was a lovely tale of a princess, a minstrel and the tales the tell as the try to escape a sorcerer and an arranged marriage.

This is more for a paranormal readers. An epic tale about a girl named Aeriel, a vampyre, his mother who is an evil witch, and an age-old riddle that must be solved to save the world.

Everworld by Katherine Applegate
A middle grade series for lovers of mythology. This is a twelve part series that blends multiple mythologies. Four characters fall into this world, so it is a MVP story, and go through hell, and back to find their way home. I LOVED these books when I was in my early teens.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin
At times this book was so strange and a little confusing, and yet I still recommend it. I cannot describe how much it grew on me and how much I loved it by the end. I truly fresh and unique story that I have never read the likes of since. I recently read the second book and it had the exact same effect on me.

That is it for my recommendations, I hope you enjoyed them and found something to add to your TBR. I don’t see any of these titles nearly enough, I think that is because we all focus on the newly released fantasy books but these older ones deserve attention too!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any older fantasy recommendations?

 

 

January Owlcrate Unboxing

New year, new Owlcrate!

Today I will be sharing with you this months Owlcrate!

Here is a photo of the unboxing, if you would like to see the items in more detail, find my unboxing video below. This months theme was Magic.

1.) The Owlcrate ‘postcard’ as always. I really love these, I appreciate the thought and creativity that goes into each one. This months reminded me of a tarot card.

2.) A FUNKO POP! Sorry I am very excited because this is my very first one. Owlcrate sent out five different characters and I recieved Snape! Which is so lovely after Alan Rickman passing away earlier this month.

3.) A Patronus Lip Balm in White Chocolate Mint by Geek Fire Labs

4.) A Raven Boys inspired bookmark made my Evie Bookish. I love Evie’s Redbubble and Society6 shop. She has beautiful designs and you can have them printed on mugs, pillow cases, totes, and much more.

5.) A TOG inspired quote print!!! And from Evie Bookish.This. Is. So. Gorgeous! I cannot wait to hang it up, I just need to find a frame worthy.

6.) A card describing the book A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley… I am not sure if this is free or at a discount? It sounds good at least. It is a collection of five stories but this is not a new release.

7.) The book! This month it is Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley and it comes with a paper dress-up doll (???) and a letter from the author.

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been close. After all, nothing can unite four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict, spartan upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

This richly conceived, haunting fantasy draws on the early writings of this most famous literary family to explore the deathless bonds between sisters and brothers, between writers and their creations.

After thoughts: While I love the funko pop and products from Evie Bookish I am not overly excited about the book. The note from the author is nice but the dress up doll? It’s cute but for me this will just eventually get recycled. I like to receive products I can use and enjoy beyond unboxing day. I will have to read the book and see if my opinion changes.

 

Top Ten Tuesdays: Recently Added to my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and to participate, click the link above.

 

Recently Added to my TBR

This week I am listing the ten books I most recently added to my TBR on Goodreads. These books may have been recommended to me by a friend, wooed me with their beautiful covers or captivated me with their blurbs.

Books Recommend:

  • Vengence Road by Erin Bowman: I actually won this book recently, by participating in a Six of Crows read-a-long. I have heard good things about it from a lot of people and I have never read a western of any kind before.
  • Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen: I recently heard about this book on Booktube and it sounds right up my alley.
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: Jennifer, a friend of mine has great taste in books. We have read a lot of the same books and rated them similarly so when I saw she enjoyed this one I had to add it.
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: A few people I follow on twitter are reading ARCs of this one right now and just RAVING about it. Interest peaked.
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton: I was reluctant to add this one and I’m not sure why, but some trusted sources said it was great.

Wooed by the Cover:

  • To Hold The Bridge by Garth Nix: This was partly because of the cover but also before I love the author. Once I am finished the Abhorsen series I want to read this one.
  • Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill: This one doesn’t come out for quite some time so it’s possible the cover will change. I would still read it though because the blurb has me really excited as well, but it was the cover that first caught my eye.

Captivated by the Blurb:

  • Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie: This could also fall into the wooed by a cover category; however I originally added it because of the blurb. A girl who can feel what others feel? Sounds like a very heavy burden and I am intrigued to see how this one plays out.
  • Below by Jason Chabot: This one is about two separate worlds, Above and Below and two lost people who traverse worlds to find their way home. I had a really good feeling about this one just from the blurb.
  • Riders by Veronica Rossi: This one is about the four horsemen of the apocalypse? This one I feel like I will love it or hate it, can’t wait to find out which.

 

Okay, so that’s the ten! I’m curious to know, what catches your interest first? A good cover, recommendation/review or the blurb?