Quarterly Reading Recommendation

I can’t believe it’s already been another three months since my last recommendation post! This is going to be my third instalment for 2020 where I will be listing my top 10 favourite books I read during those months and then at the end of the year I will be compiling my list and picking out my top ten overall of 2020! If you want to check out my second quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for July – August – September are:

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

The One by John Marrs

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

August Wrap Up

Overall I had a pretty solid reading month, I ended up completing 14 books! I pretty much loved all of the books I read, there were a couple that were just ok but I’m really happy with what I ended up picking up!

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren⭐️4/5 stars

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai⭐️4/5 stars

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss⭐️5/5 stars

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

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff⭐️4/5 stars

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty⭐️4/5 stars

The Missing of Clairedelune by Christelle Dabos⭐️4/5 stars

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor⭐️4/5 stars

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum⭐️5/5 stars

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron⭐️2/5 stars

Queen of the Conquered by K. Ancrum – ⭐️3/5 stars

Anna K by Jenny Lee⭐️3/5 stars

Home by Nnedi Okorafor ⭐️3/5 stars

Burn by Patrick Ness⭐️3/5 stars

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The Kingdom of Copper Review

*SPOILERS INCLUDED*

The Kingdom of Copper takes place about 5 years after the events of The City of Brass. Ali is trying to make the most of his banishment while his mother is manoeuvring for him to come back home. Nahri is trying to make her life bearable after marrying Muntadhir in the form of establishing a hospital in the city.

I like the fact that the main plot isn’t focused solely around Nahri like I felt the first book was. It really went more in depth with a few more of the side characters.

Though Nahri’s situation is pretty precarious I still wish she would of stood up for herself a little more in the book. When we see her go toe to toe with the King was when I felt she really shone in the book. I love that we get to see her commitment and passion go into this hospital project and seeing how hard she fought to have the Shafit included really displayed how at the core she is still just that thief from Cairo standing up for her beliefs.

Ali’s character development in this book was interesting to read. From his banishment and how he has had to adapt to the harsher way of life in the desert and then thrust back into the court life at Daevabad was entertaining. Now that he has fallen out of favour with his father every thing that he does definitely has higher stakes and there is the very real threat of him being assassinated hung over his head from every angle. The magical aspect of his plot line was very intriguing as well. From his family connection to the Narid and then disclosing to his mother what was happening to him and then trying to figure out what kind of powers he inherited when they took over his body.

Dara realty took a back seat in this instalment of the series. I found when we came to his perspective I wasn’t all that interested in what was happening. I thought the twist about Nahri’s mother being alive was very interesting and added another layer to the storyline, but it was too shrouded in mystery. Dara not being in complete control of his situation and not knowing what Manizheh was planning I found to be frustrating at times.

With all that being said I thoroughly enjoyed where the direction of the plot was going. It was a little slower paced at time and I felt like the ending was a little rushed but I overall enjoyed the build up of anticipation of the book. There were a lot of twists and turns along the way and it was very unpredictable. There are various plans and threads being woven throughout the course of the story and it was gratifying to see how it ended.

⭐️4/5 stars I can’t wait to read The Empire of Gold!!

Tome Topple Round 12

Thoughts on Tomes on Booktube announced another round of the Tome Topple! I participated in round 11 and really enjoyed myself so I figure why not try and get through a few more of the tomes on my TBR!! To see the announcement and any information about this readathon click HERE! I am going to pick a tome to correspond to each prompt but I’m not going to pressure myself to complete all of these books.

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 The tome that has been on your TBR the longest

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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The tome you’ve most recently acquired

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

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A standalone tome

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke

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Read 1 tome

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff

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A tome written by a Black author

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

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Tome from a genre you don’t usually read

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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The tome on your TBR with the most pages

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

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A tome you started during another round of Tome Topple

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

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August TBR

This month I decided I would go back to doing an actual TBR instead of my usual mood reading. I have quite a few library books loaned out that I haven’t had a chance to get to yet, so I though for August I could prioritise them! As somewhat of a completionist I do kind of want to attempt to complete the NEWTS this month quietly as well. And then if I have time after I finish all of those I will definitely be picking books out of my physical TBR which I will also list below.

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The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

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The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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Girl Gone Viral by Christina Lauren

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

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Anna K by Jenny Lee

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Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Loveless by Alice Oseman

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley

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