Russian Inspired Reads

Over the last couple of years I’ve tried tried to broaden my reading horizons and pick up books with different settings and cultures from my own and I’ve come across one particular setting that I have really enjoyed which is Russian inspired reads. Most of these are fantasy books and there is just something about the atmosphere and tone of these stories that immediately had me engaged!

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The Crown’s Game & The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

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The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

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The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Uprooted & Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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5 Series I wanted to start Update

I did a post back in January about 5 Series that I wanted to start in 2020 and since we are already in June I thought I would do an update of what I’ve started/finished/not even touched yet!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco – I have read the first book in this series back in May and really enjoyed it! I’m getting these books from the library and since it’s currently closed I’m unable to access the rest of the series but I will definitely be continuing on when it does reopen!

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Wayward Children’s series by Seanan McGuire – Again I’ve only read the first book in this series Every Heart a Doorway and unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to the hype. I’m still interested enough to want to continue on though, it’s just not a priority at the moment!

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The Red Queen’s War series by Mark Lawrence – Unfortunately I haven’t started this series yet. It’s only a trilogy though and I get through Mark Lawrence’s books pretty quickly so I have no doubt I’ll be marathoning this series in the near future!

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Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima  – It’s getting to that ridiculous stage now that I haven’t started this series yet. I now own all of the books in the beautiful hardback editions and yet I still haven’t picked any of them up… SMH

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Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown – I am now redeeming myself because I completed this series back in February and absolutely LOVED it! Now one of my all time favourite fantasy/sci-fi series, highly recommend to everyone!!!

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❄️ Winter Vibes ❄️

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Summer/Winter vibes and since we are coming into winter here in Australia I thought it would be nice to list some of the books I have read over the last year that give me wintry/cold/blustery/frigid vibes!! 

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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One Day in December by Josie Silver

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The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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Opening Lines

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is opening lines, and I decided to go with the first line from 10 books on my physical TBR! These are all very high on my reading list and seeing some of these opening lines definitely makes me excited to get into a few of them!! 

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

“It’s often said of old buildings that they have a soul.” 

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

 “There was no warning.”

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“The disrupter blast hit the Betraskan right in her chest.”

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

“Lucie Herondale was ten years old when she first met the boy in the forest.”

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.”

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Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

“Tavia Syn made a living on magic and it was rarely the legal kind.”

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These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.”

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Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

“Veronyka kicked as hard as she could at Tristan’s face.”

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

“A boy went missing the night of the storm.”

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Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

“Compared to the freezing weather outside, the stable was warm and steamy and alive with the sleepy murmuring of horses.”

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5 Quotes from Last 5 Books

These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

“I did what was necessary to gain my freedom. Wouldn’t you?”

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Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

“You can’t skip to the end of the story just because you’re tired of being in the middle. You’d never survive.”

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Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

“Moments of beauty sustain us through hours of ugliness.”

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

“You can always control how hard you fight.”

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