Six for Sunday: Reasons I Love Blogging

Six for Sunday: Reasons I Love Blogging

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Six for Sunday is a fab weekly post created by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. The prompt for today is reasons you love blogging, so let’s dive in!

Screenshot 2020-02-06 at 17.56.581. Reading more
I was quite a big reader before I became a blogger, but I would probably read a book or maybe two a week at most. Now with being a blogger I always have a book on the go and I always have review copies to get to. It’s definitely increased the amount of reading I do and I find it also challenges me to read more.

2. Seeing people read your recommendations
There’s nothing quite like hearing someone picked up a book you mentioned and really enjoyed it. It’s so nice to know that people trust your judgement enough to pick up a book. I totally love when I go out with my family and they buy books on my recommendation, it never gets old.

3. Learning new skills
I definitely think blogging has taught me a range of skills I didn’t have before. Not only has it improved my writing, I’ve learned skills about website design, making images, taking photos for Instagram, coding marketing and skills in managing my time. It’s really been a brilliant hobby so far.

4. Always having loads to read
This goes without saying but I love blogging because I always have loads of books to read or books I want to buy. Whether it’s someone else’s review or a book that’s been getting lots of buzz on social media I’m constantly picking up new releases and I’ve never gotten to a point where I have nothing to read. My TBR is totally out of control, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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5. Gaining confidence
I’m quite a shy person and going to events and networking with other bloggers and publishing people has helped me gain confidence in talking to people. I went to an event with recently with Cornerstone and while I’m still awkward, I’m definitely way better at going to events and chatting to people now.

6. Discovering new books
I’ve always predominantly been a fantasy/science fiction reader. I’m happy to dip into other things but generally that’s what I usually read. However through blogging I’ve tried so many books I probably would never have picked up and I’m now willing to give pretty much anything a shot. After so many years blogging I’m a big fan of crime, historical fiction and contemporary – something that definitely wouldn’t have been the case before.

So those are six reasons I love blogging! What are reasons you love being a blogger?

February TBR!

February TBR!

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I decided for 2020 I would start making TBRs, I did okay with my January one, reading five of the eight books I had planned to read that month. I’m going to stick with it so here’s the books I hope to get to in February – it’s a pretty ambitious TBR but fingers crossed I can get to most of them!

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T170242.0711. Belle Revolte – Linsey Miller
Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T170502.1462 Witness X – SE Moorhead
From one of the most original new voices in fiction comes a startling vision of a world where hero Kyra must fight the past to save our future. A genre-bending thriller for the Netflix generation, for fans of Altered Carbon, Dark and Mindhunter.

She’s the only one who can access the truth…

Fourteen years ago, the police caged a notorious serial killer who abducted and butchered two victims every February. He was safe behind bars. Wasn’t he?

But then another body is discovered, and soon enough, the race is on to catch the real killer. Neuropsychologist Kyra Sullivan fights to use a new technology that accesses the minds of the witnesses, working with the police to uncover the truth. Will Kyra discover the person behind the murders, and if so, at what cost? And how far will she go to ensure justice is served?

An addictive futuristic thriller, perfect for fans of Stranger Things.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T170148.6073. The Foundling – Stacey Halls
London, 1754.

Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why. Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

Copy of book cover (96)4. The Unspoken Name – A. K. Larkwood
What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T170033.9565. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – K. S. Villoso
A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice.

“I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.”

Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. Her upcoming marriage to the son of her father’s rival heralds peaceful days to come.

But his sudden departure before their reign begins fractures the kingdom beyond repair.

Years later, Talyien receives a message, urging her to attend a meeting across the sea. It’s meant to be an effort at reconciliation, but an assassination attempt leaves the queen stranded and desperate to survive in a dangerous land. With no idea who she can trust, she’s on her own as she struggles to fight her way home.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T165916.2436. In Plain Sight – Marion Todd
A child’s life is at stake. Which of the residents of St Andrews is hiding something – and why?

When a baby girl is snatched from the crowd of spectators at a fun run, the local police have a major investigation on their hands. DI Clare Mackay  and her team are in a race against the clock when they learn that the child has a potentially fatal medical condition.

As Clare investigates she realises this victim wasn’t selected at random. Someone knows who took the baby girl, and why. But will they reveal their secrets before it’s too late?

Copy of book cover - 2020-01-05T203117.9637. The Memory Wood – Sam Lloyd
Elijah has lived in the Memory Wood for as long as he can remember. It’s the only home he’s ever known.

Elissa has only just arrived. And she’ll do everything she can to escape.

When Elijah stumbles across thirteen-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his twelve years, Elijah has never had a proper friend. And he doesn’t want Elissa to leave.

Not only that, Elijah knows how this can end. After all, Elissa isn’t the first girl he’s found inside the Memory Wood.

As her abductor’s behaviour grows more erratic, Elissa realises that outwitting strange, lonely Elijah is her only hope of survival. Their cat-and-mouse game of deception and betrayal will determine both their fates, and whether either of them will ever leave the Memory Wood . . .

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T165806.2218. Havenfall – Sara Holland
A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T165438.8869. Highfire – Eoin Colfer
In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However…he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?

A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.

Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?

The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.

A triumphant return to the genre-bending fantasy that Eoin Colfer is so well known for, Highfire is an effortlessly clever and relentlessly funny tour-de-force of comedy and action.

Copy of book cover - 2020-02-02T165311.32710. A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

So those are the books I’m hoping to get to in February. If you’ve read any of them I’d love to know what you thought and I’d also love to know what’s on your February TBR!

Six For Sunday – Bookish Habits!

Six For Sunday – Bookish Habits!

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Today on Six for Sunday the prompt is bookish habits, so let’s dive in!

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I use an amazing spreadsheet made by Kaleena at Reader Voracious. It helps you track pretty much everything from the number of books you’ve read this year, how many ARCS you have outstanding, the followers and stats of your blog and everything in between. It’s brilliant for helping me plan my blog posts and I think I’d be pretty lost without it.

2. Collecting bookmarks
I’m a bit obsessed with bookmarks. If we go on holiday or go to an event I always like to pick one up in the places we’ve visited. To be honest I usually just end up using the same ones over and over again but I have a nice little collection and I love getting new ones.

3. Reading more than one book at once
I’ve got a terrible habit of reading more than one book at once and then it takes me even longer to finish them. I currently have two on the go at the moment – which is actually pretty good at the moment.

4. Reading in the car
This is a new habit I’ve picked up since I started driving to work rather than commuting on the train. I’ve started leaving a bit earlier so that I get to work in plenty time and then I can spend thirty minutes in the car just chilling out and reading some of book. It’s a great way to start the day and always puts me in a good mood.

5. Always having an overflowing TBR Cart
I bought one of those adorably cute TBR carts and it’s great for putting the books I haven’t read yet. Trouble is when I take one off and read and it leaves a space it pretty much means I’ll go out and buy another book – I don’t think I’ll ever have a cart that’s half empty.

6. Reading with my cat82920045_166658737938387_4138736297239904256_n
My favourite place in the world to read is on the couch with the cat. It’s become something of a routine at weekends for me to grab a blanket and she’ll sleep while I read. It’s really relaxing, the only trouble being that it’s a bit distracting when she starts to snore!

So those are six of my bookish habits, what are some of your bookish habits?

2019 Reading Survey!

2019 Reading Survey!

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This was a really fun survey I did in 2018 so I thought I would bring it back again for 2019. I originally got this from the lovely TV Addicted Bookworm!

Number of books read: 108
Number of rereads: 7
Pages Read: 33, 990
Genre you read most: Fantasy


Copy of book cover (40)1. Best book you read in 2019?

This is definitely the worst question, there are so many books that I really truly adored so I find it difficult to pick just one, but one of the read stand outs for me was Sanctuary by V. V. James. It was a brilliant story and I can’t wait to reread it.

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I must admit to being a little disappointed in From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking. I totally loved the first book in the duology and gave it five stars, but this ended up only being a 3 star read.

Copy of book cover (59)3. Most surprising book you read (in a good or bad way)?
This has to be Daisy Jones and the Six. It’s definitely not the kind of book I would normally pick up it was an amazing read and I’m so keen to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo now.

Copy of book cover (56)4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
It would probably have to be Night Film by Marisha Pessl. That book completely blew me away and I’ve recommended it to so many people. It has something for everyone and it was just such a clever story.

Copy of book cover (27)5. Best series you started in 2019?
An Illusion of Thieves is probably one of my favourites. I got completely swept up in the world and I’m dying to read more of the series. Book two comes out in a few weeks and it’s number one on my priority list.

Copy of book cover (12)6. Best Sequel?
For me the best sequel has to be Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence. I totally adored book one and didn’t see how he could possibly top it, but Limited Wish was a terrific read from start to end. I just have to get cracking on Dispel Illusion now!

Copy of book cover (90)7. Best Series Ender?
I once again didn’t manage to finish that many series in 2019 (one of my goals for 2020 is to get reading those final books), but I really loved The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. I thought it was great end to the series and definitely lived up to the hype.

book cover (98)8. Favourite new author you discovered in 2019?
I think it would have to be M.W. Craven. I read both The Puppet Show and Black Summer last year and I’m definitely going to be picking up more of his books in the future because they are definitely some of my new favourite crime reads.

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I am completely obsessed with the cover for Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I adored the story within too but I really thought the cover was stunning.

book cover (41)10. A book you can’t believe it took you so long to pick up?
This has to be The Poppy War. It’s been sitting on my shelf since it was first released and I never bothered picking it up. I decided on a whim to give it a go and devoured it in a few days and it was an instant five star read, only wish I’d picked it up sooner.

Copy of book cover (6)11. Which book made you cry in 2019?
As Far as the Stars by Virginia Macgregor. It was such a heartbreaking and beautifully told story.

book cover (45)12. Most action packed/unputdownable book you read in 2019?
I found Aurora Rising really action packed and difficult to put down. It was such a great adventure story and I’m dying to know what happens next.

Copy of book cover (80)13. Book you read in 2019 you’re likely to re-read in 2020?
I read Ninth House and loved it but it was quite a complex tale so I think I might have to reread it before the next instalment comes out so I can remember everything.

Copy of book cover (30)14. Best book from outside your comfort zone?
I really enjoyed Aphrodite Made Me Do It. It’s a poetry collection and not something I would typically pick up but I found it a really beautiful and inspiring read.

Copy of book cover (56)15. Shortest and longest book you read in 2018?
Shortest book was Quick by Mark Lawrence (a short story at 12 pages) and longest was Night Film by Marisha Pessl at 624 pages.

book cover116. Book that shocked you most?
The Silent Treatment by Alex Michaelides, it has a shock twist you will never in a million years see coming.

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Without a doubt The Furies by Katie Lowe. This has become one of my favourite books of all time and it was such a compelling story.

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I loved the world in Shadowscent: Darkest Bloom, it had such a unique and interesting magic system.

Copy of book cover (58)19. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
The Princess and the Fangirl. It was so nice to see the characters from Geekarella again, the romance was SO CUTE and I loved all the geeky/fandom references.

book cover (49)20. One book you didn’t get to in 2019 that is first priority in 2020?
I really need to get to Finale by Stephanie Garber, honestly can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.

21. One thing you hope to accomplish in 2020?
I want to work on using Instagram more, I would love to read more books and also get better at scheduling posts in advance.

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22. A 2020 release you’ve read already and recommend?
The God Game by Danny Tobey. A dark and sinister mystery about a group of kids who start playing a game that can kill you. It’s like an episode of Black Mirror and complete unputdownable.

 

2020 Reading Resolutions!

2020 Reading Resolutions!

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I did a post rounding up the resolutions I put in place for last year and thought it might be fun to do it again this year. I didn’t manage to complete all my resolutions last year but I’m hopeful 2020 will be better!

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1. Read 120 books

In 2018 I managed 142 books so I thought for 2019 I would up it to 150 – I ended up only reading 108, a new job and less commuting time meant I wasn’t getting as much reading time each day. I’m setting my Goodreads Challenge at 120 which I’m hoping is doable and maybe I’ll even manage to read a few more than that.

2. Read more backlist books
Being a book blogger it often feels like you are always focused on the new and upcoming releases and my current TBR is massive so I would really love to read more of my backlist titles and get to some of those titles I just haven’t gotten around to yet. I’d love to really focus on finishing some series that I’ve started and just haven’t finished yet.

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3. Catalogue and reduce my TBR

This was partly a resolution for last year but I would love to have a spreadsheet tracking all the books I currently own and work out how many I have that are unread and reduce that number by the end of the year. I know it will be in the hundreds so I would love to maybe bring in a few less books this year and really knock that number down. I’m midway though cataloguing at the moment, so completing the first part is definitely achievable!

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4. Improve my Netgalley Ratio

I think I’m always going to struggle with getting my Netgalley ratio higher – it’s currently sitting at 46% and I have three reviews to submit for books I’ve read. I would love to end 2020 with it at least about 60%, if not at that sought after 80%.

5. Revamp my blog and post more frequently
This isn’t so much a reading as blogging resolution but I would love to give my blog a spring clean, maybe create some new logos and work on making sure to post at least a few times every week as I often find if things get hectic my amount of posts drop and I’m determined that won’t happen this year. I would also love to get better at posting more frequently on Instagram too.

6. A pound a book
I saw a few people talking about this on Twitter but I’m thinking of having a money jar and putting £1 in every time I read a book and this would be money put aside to buy new titles, instead of me buying books whenever, I could only get a book when I had enough in the jar. I’d love to stick to this but I know it probably won’t happen. I might even let the money accumulate and then go on a shopping spree in December!

So those are my 2020 reading resolutions. If you’ve set any resolutions I’d love to know what they are and if you have tips for achieving any of these I’d love to know that too!

January TBR!

January TBR!

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Since I became a blogger I have never really done TBRs, I’m such a mood reader that generally I don’t think I will stick to them. I thought seeing as it was a new year and I really want to make a conscious effort to make my TBR smaller, I might attempt setting myself a TBR. Going for a mix of new releases and backlist books I still need to get to I’m trying to aim for 10 books a month so I thought if I selected 8 titles that would give me room for two mood reads – so let’s dive in!

1. The God Game – Danny Tobey
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COme inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It;’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!

With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win?

And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it?

As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us.

God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

2. Loki: Where Mischef Lies – Mackenzi Lee

Copy of book cover - 2020-01-05T203255.309Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him.

But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor.

When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he’s meant to be.

3. All the Rage – Cara Hunter

Copy of book cover - 2020-01-05T203203.131A teenage girl is found wandering the outskirts of Oxford, dazed and distressed. The story she tells is terrifying. Grabbed off the street, a plastic bag pulled over her face, then driven to an isolated location where she was subjected to what sounds like an assault. Yet she refuses to press charges.

DI Fawley investigates, but there’s little he can do without the girl’s co-operation. Is she hiding something, and if so, what? And why does Fawley keep getting the feeling he’s seen a case like this before?

And then another girl disappears, and Adam no longer has a choice: he has to face up to his past. Because unless he does, this victim may not be coming back . . .

4. Spellhacker – M. K. England

Copy of book cover (95)In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.

Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.

But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.

No pressure.

5. The Memory Wood – Sam Lloyd

Copy of book cover - 2020-01-05T203117.963Elijah has lived in the Memory Wood for as long as he can remember. It’s the only home he’s ever known.

Elissa has only just arrived. And she’ll do everything she can to escape.

When Elijah stumbles across thirteen-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his twelve years, Elijah has never had a proper friend. And he doesn’t want Elissa to leave.

Not only that, Elijah knows how this can end. After all, Elissa isn’t the first girl he’s found inside the Memory Wood.

As her abductor’s behaviour grows more erratic, Elissa realises that outwitting strange, lonely Elijah is her only hope of survival. Their cat-and-mouse game of deception and betrayal will determine both their fates, and whether either of them will ever leave the Memory Wood . . .

6. The Unspoken Name – A. K. Larkwood
Copy of book cover (96)What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

7. Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin
Copy of book cover (100)Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

8. All the Wandering Light – Heather Fawcett

Copy of book cover (99)After the terrifying events on Mount Raksha, the witches have returned, and River has betrayed Kamzin to regain his dark powers. The witches’ next step: march on the Three Cities and take over the Empire—led by River’s brother, Esha.

If Kamzin is to save Azmiri and prevent the fall of the Empire, she must find a star that fell in the Ash Mountains to the north. Fallen stars have immense power, and if Kamzin and Lusha can find the star, they can use its magic to protect the Empire. To get there, Kamzin has allied with Azar-at, the dangerous and deceptive fire demon, who can grant her great power—in exchange for pieces of her soul. But River wants the star too, and as their paths collide in dangerous and unexpected ways, Kamzin must wrestle with both her guilt and her conflicted feelings for the person who betrayed her.

Facing dark magic, a perilous journey, and a standoff against the witches, can Kamzin, Lusha, and Tem find the star and save their Empire?

So those are my January TBR choices! If you have any tips for sticking to a TBR I’d love to hear them, and if you’ve read any of these I’d love to know what you thought!

Most Anticipated 2020 Releases!

Most Anticipated 2020 Releases!

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The Girl and the Stars – Mark Lawrence

Copy of book cover (91)In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

Release Date: April 30th 2020

A Conjuring of Assassins – Cate Glass
Copy of book cover (97)A Conjuring of Assassins is Cate Class’s second adventure with the Chimera team, a ragtag crew who use their forbidden magic for the good of the kingdom.

Romy and her three partners in crime—a sword master, a silversmith, and her thieving brother—have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord’s agents, using their forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot.

Now, they’ve been tasked with locating a list of powerful men and women pledged to assassinate the tyrant Protector of Mercediare, Cantagna’s most dangerous enemy. Then, they must destroy the list before it falls into the Protector’s hands, where it could plunge the entire Costa Drago into a rampage of murderous vengeance.

But when Placidio and Romy infiltrate the ambassador’s household by impersonating a cloth merchant and an aspiring diviner, they discover that the ambassador’s oddities and the prisoner’s identity signal dangers far more explosive than exposing the Assassins List.

Release Date: February 4th 2020

Ruthless Gods – Emily A. Duncan
Copy of book cover (92)Darkness never works alone…

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become.

As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.

In her dramatic follow-up to Wicked Saints, the first book in her Something Dark and Holy trilogy, Emily A. Duncan paints a Gothic, icy world where shadows whisper, and no one is who they seem, with a shocking ending that will leave you breathless.

Release Date: April 7th 2020

Deep – Alma Katsu
Copy of book cover (93)Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

Brilliantly combining fact and fiction, the historical and the horrific, The Deep reveals a chilling truth in an unputdownable narrative full of unnerving moments and with a growing, inexorable sense of foreboding.

Release Date: March 10th 2020

Queen in Hiding – Sarah Kozloff
Copy of book cover (98)Debut author Sarah Kozloff offers a breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy of a ruler coming of age in A Queen in Hiding, and all four books will be published within a month of each other, so you can binge your favorite new fantasy series.

Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be.

But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom.

Release Date: January 21st 2020

Aurora Burning – Ami Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Copy of book cover (94)Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

Release Date: May 5th 2020

Spellhacker – M. K. England
Copy of book cover (95)In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.

Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.

But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.

No pressure.

Release Date: January 21st 2020

The Unspoken Name – A. K. Larkwood
Copy of book cover (96)What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

Release Date: February 11th 2020

So those are some 2020 releases I’m really excited about! What are your most anticipated releases for the new year? Let me know below!