Extraordinary Book Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books with extraordinary book titles. I have chosen 10 books from this year with interesting book titles that played a factor in making me want to pick them up! These could be books I’ve never heard of before, super hyped books or random books that immediately intrigued me because of its name.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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Birthday by Meredith Russo

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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September Wrap Up

The month started a little flat for me and I wasn’t all that motivated in picking up any of the books from my TBR so I once again got swept into a romance/smutty series that was just an easy, fun, entertaining read for me. However, the last few weeks of the month I actually really got stuck into my TBR and managed to finish a couple of series off! I was overall very happy with the amount I was able to get through!

Whiskey Chaser by Lucy Score & Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo⭐️5/5 stars

Sidecar Crush by Lucy Score & Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary⭐️4.5/5 stars

Moonshine Kiss by Lucy Score & Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

Bourbon Bliss by Lucy Score & Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

Gin Fling by Lucy Score & Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

Highball Rush by Lucy Score & Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman⭐️5/5 stars

Stardust by Neil Gaiman⭐️4/5 stars

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan⭐️4/5 stars

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo⭐️4/5 stars

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden⭐️4/5 stars

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson⭐️4/5 stars

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden⭐️4/5 stars

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan⭐️4.5/5 stars

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan⭐️4/5 stars

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden⭐️4/5 stars

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The Bear and the Nightingale Review

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I’ve done it! I’ve been picking up and putting down this book for over half a year now and I have finally completed it!

The Bear and the Nightingale follows the tale of a girl called Vasilisa who lives in the Russian wilderness. She was a peculiar girl who was wild and untamed and liked to while away her hours in the forest talking to sprites and horses. Her family doesn’t understand her and the village folk whispered that she was a witch.

I actually ended up really enjoying the read. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I picked it up but I knew there were great reviews for it and I was intrigued. It really reminded me of the old Hans Christening Anderson fairy tales and it almost felt nostalgic in a way, like I’ve heard the story before but had forgotten it.

I absolutely loved Vasilisa’s character. I loved how stubborn and set she is in her ways, and how she rejects the traditional path of being a woman. She doesn’t want to be some man’s mare and get ridden out to pasture in some great house bequeathing children. She is wild and free and loved her family dearly. She will stop at absolutely nothing to ensure that they will survive the winter!

I thought the pacing was a little too slow for my personal tastes. The start especially when Pyotr goes to Russia I felt wasn’t really necessary for me to know. I was more interested in learning more about the Morovoi and what kind of magic Vasilisa inherited from her grandmother. I suppose there was a lot of context learnt that would probably spring up in the next two book but it kind of bored me a little to be honest.

I kind of liked how macabre it was. Katherine Arden didn’t shy away from actually killing people off and showing the consequences of a harsh winter/dry summer. There was a lot of death in this book and it made the stakes a lot higher knowing that there was the possibility that these characters would be susceptible to dying.

I just have so many questions coming away after finishing this book. Who was Vasilisa’s grandmother before she came to Russia?  Why does the Winter King help Vasilisa? What will happen to Father Konstantin, will he be held accountable? I’m sure all of my questions will hopefully be answered in the rest of the series and I am excited to continue on and see where the books will go next!

⭐️4/5 stars Whimsical, compelling and frosty!

Books I’ve Been Avoiding

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt aligns perfectly with my TBR for September. I am using this month to catch up on all of the books I physically own that have been sitting on my shelves for quite a while now. I guess I am about to out myself on why I have been procrastinating on these books, but I will be trying to push myself to get through at least 50% by the end of the month!

So this is 10 books on my TBR I have been avoiding and why:

The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This one is just purely the size of the book and the fact that the whole mystery/thriller genre is still relatively new to me. I am really highly anticipating this book but I know it’s going to be a bit of a commitment to finish so I have been putting it off!

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The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

I have heard so much about this series over the last year and it’s been nothing but good reviews, though a lot of people have said it’s a little slower paced. I much prefer fast paced, high action fantasies so that has really deterred me from picking this series up!

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The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

I think every single person who has read this book has loved it from what I gather. Again I’ve heard that it’s a bit of a slower paced book and that it’s quite sad as well, which really makes me pause. I can handle sad stories but I really need to be in the right mind frame to be able to cope and I just haven’t been there yet…

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The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks

Again the only reason I haven’t picked these books up yet is because of the size. Now I really don’t mind long books especially in fantasy series, I mean I marathoned The Stormlight Archives late last year and they are all over 1000 pages each, so usually length doesn’t cow me away from books. However it’s more so the premise/concept that isn’t really pulling me in and that along with the size has put me off a little!

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

This book at one stage this year was super hyped and I impulse bought it when I saw it at a bookstore and now it’s just been sitting on my shelves ever since. When I bought it I didn’t really know much about it and then after reading the blurb and seeing some not very good reviews it made me put it on the back-burner. I still do want to read it and see whether or not the hype was justified, I just haven’t felt the need to yet.

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✨N.E.W.T.S Magical Readathon TBR✨

The N.E.W.T.S Magical Readathon is hosted by Book Roast on YouTube & I’ll link her video with all the information regarding the readathon HERE.

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The career I have chosen is to be a Hogwarts Professor and teach Charms, honestly because I would love to live at Hogwarts full time and I think Charms is such a fun, crucial subject in a young witch/wizards magical education! So to pass my NEWTS I need an O in Charms and E in Defense Against the Dark Arts and at least 2 A’s in secondary subjects of my choice which equals to 7 books in all that I need to complete for the NEWTS. If I have time throughout the month I am still going to try and complete as many of the other prompts that I can!

So the prompts and my TBR for the NEWTs are:

charms copyA: Read a book that has a gorgeous cover

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E: Read a comic / manga / graphic novel (or book under 150 pages)

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O: Spongify (softening charm) – read a paperback book

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DADA copyA: Book that’s black under the dust jacket

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E: Gilderoy’s Memory Charm – first book that I remembered just now from my TBR!

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history of magic copyA: Read a Fantasy

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transfiguration copyA: Read a book with LGBTQA+ Representation

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