These past few weeks have been totally overwhelming with all the reading that I need to do for university! Every week I’m reading a different novel, so it’s been a bit difficult to keep up with posting on my blog. However, I thought that it would be a good idea if I updated you all on what I’m reading at the moment and what I think of these books! Only one and a half (I’ll explain) are for university purposes, but they’re all quite interesting and fun in their own ways.
Hey, everyone! Today I am doing the Ruler of Books Tag, which was created by one of my favourite BookTubers, Ariel Bissett! Check out her video of this tag here (and also the rest of her videos because she is amazing).This book tag is all about the various “laws” that I would enforce if I were to have my own bookish kingdom (which is basically every reader’s dream, am I right?). I was not tagged by anyone to do this tag, but rest assured, I will be tagging some fellow bloggers myself! Now, time for the tag!
Title: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publication Date: 17 July 2006
Genre: High Fantasy
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A new year means new opportunities, new resolutions, and, of course, new reading challenges! Every year I set reading goals for myself according to what kind of changes I want to make in my reading. If you would like to check out my 2016 Reading Challenge, you can find it here. It’s fair to say that it was a complete fail. The only challenge that I completed out of the 5 that I set was “Read 3 Books With Over 500 Pages”. I really enjoyed that challenge and loved all three of the novels. But, other than that, I wasn’t able to complete any challenges. I only read 14 books towards my goal of 45, which is exactly 10 books less than what I read in 2015. But now 2016 has come and gone and it is now time for a new challenge! Here is my 2017 Reading Challenge!
There is no doubt that 2016 was a difficult reading year for me. I wasn’t able to achieve my reading goal of 45 books and only completed one of the three “mini challenges” that I set for myself. But, to be honest, I’m actually really okay with it. I was in my final year of my undergraduate, started a new job, and travelled a lot. Making time for personal reading was difficult enough, so I’m pretty surprised that I was able to read 14 books! If you’d like to see how I did in my 2016 Reading Challenge then you can find it here. But now, let’s take a look at those books and find out which ones were my favourite and least favourite, and which one I highly recommend!
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: 7 June 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural
16-year-old Jacob has discovered the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned building, he realises that the children were more than just peculiar – they may have been dangerous. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.
Most of us, at one point or another, have HAD to read a classic. Whether that be in school or university, you have probably been faced with having to read a daunting and unfamiliar classic against your will. Growing up, I was definitely not a fan of classics. When I was in high school I found that the books and plays we studied took all the fun out of reading and made me want to read less in general. My classmates often expressed how boring they thought these books were and some of the teachers I had didn’t show much enthusiasm either. Some of the classics I read were Animal Farm by George Orwell, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, all of which I did not enjoy at all. But recently I’ve been thinking about classics and what has created the idea that they’re boring. Is it because they’re sometimes really old and often challenging to understand? Is it because the plots seem uninteresting? Or do we just assume that if people we know didn’t enjoy them then we won’t either?
This week’s topic is Top Five Books I DNF’d! For those of you who don’t know, “DNF” stands for “Did Not Finish”. On my GoodReads account I have a shelf called “DNF”, where I put all the books I never finished just in case I ever want to give them another shot. But when I went to check out that shelf to help me create this week’s list for T5W, I saw that I only have five books on it anyway! So this week was a pretty easy list to put together! I didn’t finish these books for a variety of different reasons. However, I’m not the type of person who doesn’t finish a book, unless I have a VERY good reason to! Let’s get into the books!
Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: 2 August 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
This week’s topic is Top 5 Books That Feature Time Travel! I was really excited when I saw this topic at first, but after really thinking about what my top 5 in the category would be, I could only think of two books off the top of my head! I can’t recall ever reading any books that feature time travel but there are many that I’m interested in reading. So, for this week’s Top Five Wednesday I will be talking about the top five books that feature time travel that I really want to read soon!