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Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2018

For my last post on this blog, I’m going to mention the books that haven’t come out yet that I’m excited about. I don’t buy new books anymore, but I think it’s likely that I’ll make an exception for at least a few of these (#6 is definitely a priority.) Without further ado, here is my list.

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  1. Furyborn by Claire Legrand // Release date: May 22, 2018
  2. Seafire by Natalie C. Parker // Release date: August 28, 2018
  3. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft, edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood // Release date: August 28, 2018
  4. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer // Release date: September 4, 2018
  5. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas // Release date: October 23, 2018
  6. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare // Release date: December 4, 2018

If you’re anticipating any 2018 releases, I’d love to know! Goodbye, and never forget the magic of media. ☺

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With my Favorite Color on the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books with my favorite color on the cover. My favorite color, especially on book covers, is blue; therefore all of the books I’ll mention have blue covers.

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  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (one of my favorite books)
  2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (haven’t read it yet)
  3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (haven’t read it yet)
  4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (haven’t read it yet)
  5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (haven’t read it yet)
  6. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (a decent book)
  7. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (possibly my favorite Throne of Glass book)
  8. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (a strange and enchanting book)
  9. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (a solid finale to a good series)
  10. Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (haven’t read it yet)

That’s it for my list of books with blue covers! It was fairly easy to compile because blue is a popular color to use on book covers. What is your favorite color, and what book(s) has that color on the cover?

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Ten Books I Want to Read in 2018

I recently talked about the three books I wanted to read this semester, but I’ve since gotten rid of two of those books and the list is different now. So today, I’m going to do an updated version of that list, albeit for the entirety of 2018 instead of only this semester.

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  1. Furyborn by Claire Legrand // Two women, separated by a millennia, possess the powers prophesied to belong only to the Sun Queen, a queen of light and salvation, and the Blood Queen, a queen of destruction.
  2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // Six criminals face the aftermath of attempting to pull off an impossible heist.
  3. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare // A family of demon hunters tries to prevent a war between Nephilim and half-demon creatures.
  4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard // A witch with the ability to tell truth from lie is on the run from enemies who wish to use her power for their personal gain.
  5. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray // Diviners (people with special powers) must protect New York City from a mysterious sleeping sickness that may be linked to their own powers.
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // A Beauty and the Beast retelling about a woman who is taken for murdering a wolf that turned out to be a faerie.
  7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir // A slave and a soldier try to survive in a Roman Empire-inspired fantasy world.
  8. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody // A young woman must travel to the City of Sin to find her missing parent.
  9. The Falconer by Elizabeth May // A hunter of the fae seeks to save the world and avenge her mother’s murder.
  10. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor // A young librarian sets out on an adventure to find the lost city of Weep.

That’s my updated list of books I want to read in 2018! I’ve owned many of them (items 2-7) for years and want to read them before I stop being excited about them. Starting in May, I will only (or mostly) be reading books from this list; all other books need to wait until I finally get through these ones, which are the ones I am most likely to enjoy. We’ll see if this list goes better than the last one!

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Auto-Buy Fantasy Authors

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. This week’s topic is Auto-Buy SFF Authors. (I don’t read Sci-Fi, so I will only be mentioning Fantasy authors.)

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  1. Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo writes excellent morally gray characters, from the villain in her first series (who is my favorite villain of all time), to her main characters in the Six of Crows duology. There are only two books by her that I haven’t read, though I do own them and plan to read them soon.
  2. Cassandra Clare – Cassandra Clare writes the Shadowhunter Chronicles, which is a world that I love. Her characters aren’t the best I’ve ever read about, but I can’t get enough of the world. (And the characters do get better with each series she writes about, which is great.) She will likely be one of my auto-buy authors for years until the Shadowhunters Chronicles are finished.
  3. Sarah J. Maas – This one is interesting because I buy all of Sarah J. Mass’s books, but I don’t love them. There are several books by her that I’ve enjoyed, though they are more annoying than enjoyable. Still, I keep buying and reading all of them.
  4. V.E. Schwab – I’ve only read this author’s Adult books (she publishes Young Adult books under the name Victoria Schwab), and I haven’t loved any of them. However, her stories are easy to read and I like her as a person, so I keep buying and reading her books.
  5. Amanda Foody – This is another case of liking the author as a person. I haven’t read either of her two books yet, though her new book, Ace of Shades, just came out and I plan to read it in either April or May. Once I read that, I will figure out for sure if Foody is going to keep being one of my auto-buy authors.

Are there any Sci-Fi or Fantasy authors who are on your auto-buy list? If so, who are they?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Liked that were in Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers compile a list compiling ten items that fit a certain topic. This week’s topic is characters I like that were in non-favorite/disliked books.

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    1. Eris Dodd-Radson (The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee) – Eris was the only reason I didn’t hate The Thousandth Floor. I found her to be the most likable character and I was rooting for her the whole time. However, I did have a lot of problems with the book itself. I rated it three stars on Goodreads, but only because I enjoyed reading about Eris. Realistically, the book deserves less stars.
    2. Maven Calore (Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard) – Similar to Eris, Maven was the only character I liked from the book he was in. He seemed to be a complex but enjoyable character, and he was the reason I almost continued the series. I eventually decided not to keep reading the series because I suspected it would make me stop caring about Maven.
    3. Hastra (A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab) – Hastra is a very small character in the Shades of Magic series, but I liked him because he was the only character who was 100% good in a world that corrupted people. He made reading a not-so-great book more bearable.
    4. Samirah al-Abbas (The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan) – Unlike the rest of the characters mentioned above, I don’t care about Sam that much, but she was the smartest character in The Sword of Summer, and I liked her for it.
    5. Bitterblue (Graceling by Kristin Cashore) – Bitterblue was a child and daughter of an evil king. She was so smart for someone her age and the most adorable character in GracelingGraceling itself was not a bad book; I thought it was just okay.

6. Adam Parrish (The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater) – This is kind of cheating because I loved The Raven Cycle when I first read it, and I haven’t read it again. However, I didn’t like the last book in the series and know I wouldn’t like the series if I ever read it again. I still think Adam Parrish is a fantastic character, though. He’s one of my favorites.
7. Raffe* (Angelfall by Susan Ee) – I used to love Raffe when I first read Angelfall. I don’t know why. He doesn’t actually fit in this list anymore.
8. Adrian Ivashkov* (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead) – The same thing can be said about Adrian from Vampire Academy. I liked him because I thought he was funny. After reading Bloodlines, in which he is a main character, I don’t like him anymore.
9. Sebastian (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare) – I like some of the books from The Mortal Instruments (particularly City of Heavenly Fire) but not as much as I liked Sebastian. He was my favorite villain of all time for years; now he’s my second favorite.
10. Uriah Pedrad* (Divergent by Veronica Roth) – This is a little less accurate because I liked Uriah based on content that I found outside of the series. In the series, he was an average character. He is another character I don’t care about anymore.

This list was a lot harder to make than I expected. I had to include some characters that I used to like but don’t like anymore (marked with an asterisk). However, it was really fun to think about characters that I constantly forget because I didn’t like the book.

Who is a character you like from a book (or movie or TV show) that you don’t like?