Top 5 Tuesday: Top New to Me Authors in 2017


Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in, check out the rest of her Top 5 Tuesday December Topics!

I read so many new and amazing books this year, and by so many authors I had never read before, or even heard of! These are some of my absolute favorites, who’ve written some of my new absolute favorite books. The prompt said I could pick 10, yet somehow I only managed 9. There are about 2 weeks left in the year, maybe I’ve yet to discover the tenth…..

Anyway- my top authors! (Not in any particular order):

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Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (The Winternight Trilogy #1) /★★★★★

Summary: Vasilisa is a creature of winter and nature. When her father brings home a stepmother who forbids her family from honoring household spirits, and a priest arrives who teaches her happy village to fear, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on gifts she has long concealed to protect her family.

You are. And because you are, you can walk where you will, into peace, oblivion, or pits of fire, but you will always choose.

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November Wrap Up & Meeting Maggie Stiefvater


November was a pretty strong month of reading for me, numbers-wise, and it started and ended strong, ratings-wise, but I have to say I was really battling a slump in the middle there. A lot of 2 and 3 star ratings will do that to you. Can you tell by all the genres I bounced between? But! This was a good month regardless! I met Maggie Stiefvater, John Boyne responded to one of my tweets on Twitter, and had a really great Thanksgiving, and work has been less stressful than it has the last few months. AND I got a LIBRARY CARD. Way to go me, after a thousand years.

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Book Review: The Absolutist by John Boyne


The Absolutist by John Boyne / ★★★★★

Summary: Tristan Sadler personally delivers a package of letters to the sister of the deceased Will Bancroft, a man he fought alongside during World War I. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. As Tristan recounts the past, the true nature of his relationship with Will and the burden he has kept hidden surrounding Will’s death is reluctantly revealed.

And if I don’t see him, I will convince myself that he has been picked off in the last few hours and I will throw myself over anyway, an easy potshot for the snipers, for what is the purpose of continuing if he does not?

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Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touched Queen #1) / ★★★☆☆

Summary: Maya is cursed with a future marriage destined for death and destruction. When her father’s attempt to marry her off turns into something more dastardly, she runs away with with the  trustworthy Amar and soon finds herself the Queen of Akaran- an empty place full of locked doors and a voice that calls to her.

Although I had never envisioned marriage, I had thought of love. Not the furtive love I heard muffled in the corners or rooms of some of the harem wives. What I wanted was a connection, a shared heartbeat that kept rhythm across oceans and worlds. Not some alliance cobbled out of war. I didn’t want the prince from the folktales or some milk-skinned, honey-eyed youth who said his greetings and proclaimed his love in the same breath. I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’d like to Write Like


Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, and you can check out the Goodreads group to see more topics!

This was a surprisingly difficult post to write! I think it’s because writing about writing can seem rather daunting- I want to write as well as the person I’m talking about! I did not manage to achieve that, but I think I did manage to find some authors who I really admire for certain aspects of their writing and who have inspired me. I love to write fiction myself, and reading great authors has the biggest affect on how I write my own stories.

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Book Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer


Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Renegades #1) / ★★☆☆☆

Summary: The Renegades protect their society from danger and the villains who once ruled the city- the Anarchists. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a Anarchist who has the power to end them both.

She lifted the stun gun, but…who was she supposed to aim at? Was she a Renegade today, or an Anarchist? Who was she supposed to be protecting? Who was she supposed to stop?

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Book Review: Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis


Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (The Space Trilogy #1) / ★★★☆☆

Summary: Ranson is kidnapped from Earth and brought the Malacandra, where he is to be used as a human sacrifice. He escapes and instead befriends the creatures of the planet- until the men who kidnapped him turn violently against them.

“And I say also this. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.”

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