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Top Ten Tuesday: Top New Series I Want To Start

TopTenTuesday

I’ve decided to take part in Top Ten Tuesdays, which is pretty self explanatory. It’s a top ten list, every Tuesday with a bookish theme.  I might not take part every single Tuesday because well… I might not have anything to say about that weeks theme, but we’ll see how it does eh?

Today’s theme is new series I want to start. Since it seems everything is part of a series these days I don’t think this will be too difficult! My list may not all be completely new, the guidelines are the last year or two but mine may exceed that a little bit.

  1. Divergent Series by  Veronica Roth – I know I’m probably the only person on the planet who hasn’t read this yet, but I just have so many books in my TBR pile/list!
  2. Percy Jackson Series by  Rick Riordan – I was never really interested in this series that much until I watched a few of the movies.
  3. The Way Of Kings Series by Brandon Sanderson – I love Sanderson but not read this series yet, I must get around to it!
  4. Harry Potter Series by  J.K. Rowling – Please form an orderly queue to yell “why haven’t you read this yet” and a separate queue to tell me the reasons why I should be reading it already. I know!
  5. Modern Faerie Tales Series by Holly Black – I’ve owned this for over year now and still not got around to reading it!
  6. Night Angel Series by Brent Weeks – This has also been in my list for a while now! Damn, I have to get faster at reading!
  7. The Kingkiller Chronicle Series by Patrick Rothfuss – I’m being badgered to read this by one of my friends. I really should get to it because we have such similar tastes I just know I’ll love it.
  8. The Bane Chronicles Series by Cassandra Clare – Magnus Bane is one of my favourite characters, so I cannot wait to read this (even though I’m still finishing Mortal Instruments!)
  9. Splintered Series by A.G. Howard – I’m still so intrigued by this!
  10. Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore – Another that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!

What series do you really want to start?

Tag: Questions About Books

Back to blogging properly I think. I’m sure I’ve done a bookish type tag before but for the life of me I cannot find it.

  1. What is your favourite book?
    I’m still in love with The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. It just one of those stories that stays with you.
  2. Who is your favourite author?
    Brandon Sanderson, Roald Dahl and Robert Rankin.
  3. What genre do you prefer?
    Fantasy, it’s probably obvious. But I read a bit of most genres apart from Chick-Lit, I just don’t really “get” chick-lit, it has to be something really special in that genre for me to read it (and like it).
  4. What is your favourite book series?
    Oops, I already answered this in question 1! However I also love the Crowfield series by Pat Walsh and the Spells series by Aprilynne Pike.
  5. What books did you hate reading in school?
    Anything Shakespeare. Don’t get me wrong, I see the value in learning older texts but I just think Shakespeare is overrated. Also To Kill A MockingBird by Harper Lee.
  6. What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
    Usbornes First Thousand Words (English Obviously), I loved that book and I still have it.
  7. Bookstores or libraries?
    I love both!!! I used to use the library loads when I was younger (as in at age 7 I would take out 8 books a week!), I use it less now – not because I don’t appreciate it but because I can buy (and keep) books for myself. I’m slowly creating my own library.
  8. How many books do you own?
    400+ in physical books. 217 Kindle Books.
  9. Do you read before bed?
    Yes most of the time.
  10. What is your most comfortable reading position?
    Lying in bed. I love my comfort.
  11. What is the most recent book you read?
    Finished: Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson. Currently Reading: Myths That Every Child Should Know: A Selection Of The Classic Myths Of All Times For Young People by Hamilton Wright Mabie.
  12. What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?
    I suck at remember exact quotes unless I write them down. So um… pass!
  13. Science Fiction or Fantasy?
    Fantasy. Though I do love Science Fiction also.
  14. What books do you regret reading?
    The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth. Bad writing, bad story, just bleh. I thought it would be interesting as it was a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, albeit by a different author.
  15. How large is your bookshelf?
    I have a tall 5 shelf bookshelf…. it’s full. I have books in boxes, in my bedside cabinet and in piles everywhere.
  16. On average, how many books do you read per year?
    Probably 30-40.
  17. What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?
    Any Roald Dahl book, he’s just so much fun – even when your an adult.
  18. Do you like to read outside?
    I really want to like reading outside but I just can’t seem to get into it. I think there’s just too much going on around me that my PTSD won’t allow me to sink into a book properly.
  19. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
    Hope is stronger than you think.
  20. Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

Not going to tag anyone specific, if you want to do it please do and leave me a link to your post in the comments below so I can check it out!

Book Review: First Born by Brandon Sanderson

Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson is only available in eBook format and is a short story/novella of only 47 pages. Many of you will know that Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors so I couldn’t resist a short eBook for £0.62!

First Born by Brandon Sanderson
Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

This novella follows Dennison Crestmar. As the son of a High Duke of the interstellar Empire which means not only is he of noble birth but is expected to do great things and be a prodigy when it comes to war – just like his much older brother. Unfortunately Dennison has no talent whatsoever for battles he fails all his test battles, makes a mockery of simulation battles and the sad thing is – he really is trying.
And yet the empire won’t let him quit, won’t give up on him even when he begs and pleads with them. And then he meets his older brother who has been at war for the very first time and he learns a few things.

The writing is great as you would expect, and as much as possible is provided given the shortness of the book. There isn’t a whole lot of character development but what can you expect in 47 pages? You know what you need to know however to set the scene in your head and keep the story interesting.

Because of the central character’s position and the setting of the story (war) there is a fair bit of battle strategy, this was fine for me but I can imagine if your new to that sort of thing or even your interest in it is zero you may not enjoy this book so much.  It’s nothing overly complicated to understand but as Dennison is working on his skills a lot throughout it just may not be your cup of tea.

Sci-Fi and Sanderson is a new combination to me and he does write it well, but I’m torn between the fact that it lacks the pull, the “just one more page” pull of his actual full length novels and making allowances for the fact that this is only 47 pages (maybe that’s why I keep mentioning how short it is?).

Measuring this against other short stories I’ve read – it’s right up there, it’s a great, quick read with lots of action. Would I recommend it? Yes I think I would.

Rating: stars_4

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Author Website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 47
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Short Stories, War
Purchased From: Amazon UK (Kindle)

Book Review: Mistborn – The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

As the final installment of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy; The Hero of Ages has a lot to live up to as I absolutely loved the first two books.

*WARNING – The next paragraph contains spoilers for the previous book!*

With Ruin now released from the Well of Ascension and gaining strength by the day, all seems lost as Vin and Elend (now Mistborn too) scramble to first put in a contingency plan to buy the people of the Empire more time and search out a way to stop Ruin.
With Rebels still within the Empire, a siege and Koloss in the throws of bloodlust running around – this is no easy task.

Many loose-ends are tied up in this book – we now learn what the Lord Ruler’s 1000 year reign was all about, the origins of Koloss, Kandra and Steel Inquisitors and the overall importance of allomatic powers. Some I had figured out already, and really Sanderson gives you all the clues you need to figure things out but keeps the answers just mysteriously out of reach. The balance is just right, making you have a moment of “Why didn’t I see that before” when the answer is finally written out before you. This spurs you on to read more and more. To quote Kelsier from The Final Empire: “There is always another secret.”

The characters are ever logical and complex. Even “evil” is not just plain evil. Morality is shown in both realms of universal and relative, with many different perspectives. Ultimately, it shows that sometimes moral sacrifices must be made for the greater good.

The action does lull a little during the siege of Fadrex, as for a long time they’re pretty much at a stale-mate in talks with neither Yomen or Elend willing to attack but the chapter’s do travel to Spook and Sazed for a good dose of action. Not to mention as usual with Mistborn, everything happens for a reason and we soon find out why there is such a delay in the talks at Fadrex,

The ending is bittersweet and completely unexpected.  I can honestly say that I will miss reading these books, the characters are so much apart of my emotional journey through the book.

If you’ve read the first two Mistborn books, then you’ll love this as well. If you haven’t, well you definitely need to read those first – either way; highly recommended reading.

Rating: stars_5

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Author Website: http://brandonsanderson.com/
Publisher: Gollancz
Publication Date: February 11th 2010
Pages: 724
Genre(s): High Fantasy, Fantasy, Adventure
Purchased From: Amazon UK

A Bookish Q&A

Stolen from Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student.

Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

What are you reading now?
Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. Freaking loving it.

What are you planning to read next?
I’m not 100% sure yet, maybe finally actually read Harry Potter? Although I also have Alice on Mars by Robert Rankin that I want to read, plus Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. It all depends what I’m in the mood for when I finish the book I’m currently reading but those are the ones I plan on reading in the near future.

What five books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got around to?

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I know I know!)
  2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. Every Day is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette
  5. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
None, I don’t really read magazines much to be honest. I’d rather a comic book than a magazine.

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo or The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth

What book seemed really popular, but you didn’t like?
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. Perhaps didn’t like is a bit strong, I liked the story but his writing style makes it a difficult read.
I’m also currently reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, I do not understand why this book is popular at all.

Three favourite poems
Wow, I haven’t read any poetry in ages so I’m going to have think about this one!

  1. The Lesson by Roger McGough
  2. The Cucumber by Ernest Henry
  3. The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

Where do you usually get your books?
Where-ever is cheapest – discount book stores, high street stores, amazon, eBay, independent book sellers or charity shops. 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
I was a strange child, I used to read in the hallway right next to the front door. I used to sit there and surround myself with books from the library. I also used to read in bed at night.
I usually picked books with either animals in them or some sort of fantasy element.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?
The Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. (May have also had a slight crush on Tamani).

Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
*Hangs head in shame*. Yes. I was supposed to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, for my GCSE’s (end of High School exams) and well… I read the first 17 pages! I bluffed my way through the exam and passed with a C! (which is good btw!).

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Brought a book… no. Picked one up to read the synopsis on the back because of the cover yes (and then brought the book).

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
That depends on how old we’re talking about here. Small child, it was definitely The First Thousand Words by Heather Amery, Betty Root and Stephen Cartwright – it’s a Usbourne book, now they do First Thousand English Words… or German, French, etc. But at the time, it was just First Thousand Worlds. (I feel old).
Later it was Beatrix Potter Books, and then Roald Dahl; particularly The BFG and The Twits.

What book changed your life?
I don’t think I’ve had a book that has really changed my life to be honest. There have been characters that I identify with,  storylines that have touched me but nothing has gone as far as changing my life.

Who are your top five favourite authors?

  1. Robert Rankin
  2. Brandon Sanderson
  3. Roald Dahl
  4. Penn Jillette
  5. Pat Walsh

What book has no one heard about but should read?
The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh. I’m still waiting for Walsh to write a third book to this series!

What books are you an ‘evangelist’ for?
Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series definitely. Just freaking love this series.

 What is your favourite classic book?
Gotta be Dracula by Bram Stoker.