The Wrath & The Dawn – Renée Ahdieh
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
This was an unexpectedly phenomenal book and I’m so glad I’ve now read it. I’d heard the book being thrown around here and there but wasn’t aware how well received it actually was! Ahdieh is a very skilled writer; the writing was an absolute dream to follow and it really helped in creating such a rich, cultural atmosphere. Admittedly, some of the language was too difficult to understand which was something I was going to criticise until I realised there was a glossary in a back (rookie mistake, am I right?!).
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2016 looks as though it’s going to hold some incredible book releases. Below I have listed the books I’m most looking forward to for the year and the dates listed beside them are accurate as of 11th January. Some of the books are ones that I am yet to even start the series but that tends to be because this list is to inform you of what’s coming up, regardless of what I’ve read myself! Comment and let me know what books you’re anticipating for 2016 and hopefully we’ll all discover something new to look forward to!
The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) – Brandon Sanderson // 28th
Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer // 2nd
Salt To The Sea – Ruta Sepetys // 2nd
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – Victoria Aveyard // 9th
Calamity (Reckoners #3) – Brandon Sanderson // 16th
A Gathering of Shadows (ADSOM #2) – V.E Schwab // 23rd
The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland #5) – Catherynne M.Valentie // 1st
Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell // 3rd
The Steep and Thorny Way – Cat Winters // 8th
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) – Sarah J.Maas // 3rd
The Rose and The Dagger (TWATD #2) – Renee Ahdieh // 3rd
The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) – Rick Riordan // 3rd
The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) – Rick Yancey // 24th
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) – V.E Schwab // 7th
On the Other Side – Carrie Hope Fletcher // 14th
The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2) – Isaac Marion // 9th
A Torch Against the Night (TEITA #2) – Sabaa Tahir // 30th
Furthermore – Taherah Mafi // 30th
Untitled (Throne of Glass #5) – Sarah J.Maas // 6th
Crooked Kingdom (Six Crows #2) – Leigh Bardugo // 22nd
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)- Laini Taylor // 27th
The Lost Metal (Mistborn #7) – Brandon Sanderson // 20th
The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) – Samantha Shannon // 3rd
Matryoshka (Deathless #2) – Catherynne M. Valente
Heartless – Marissa Meyer // 8th
The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) – Erika Johansen // 29th
The Winds of Winter – George R.R. Martin (???)
Yesternight – Cat Winters (???)
Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak (???)
Happy Reading Bookworms!
I love to set myself goals for the new year, if there’s a time to mix things up it’s with a whole new year, right? Last year, I completed the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the third year in a row, surpassing my goal of reading 70 books by reading 76, yay! However, this year, I’m going to lower that goal, I’m concerned that the volume of reading is limiting what I can remember from the books I’ve read and it’s awfully embarrassing when someone asks what you thought of a book but can only remember minor details even though you only read it a couple of months ago! My goal this year is to read 26 books (1 book every two weeks) and I’ve decided to stop logging graphic novels in that count (I’m not undermining the talent in graphic novels but I’d like to exclusively focus on prose and drama but that’s not to say I won’t pick up a graphic novel once in a while!).
And just to spice it up a bit, I’m going to *attempt* to do the 2016 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. Seeing as there seems to be more categories than books I hope to read this year, I plan on doubling up where I see fit but won’t do any more than that.
Other than that, I just hope to enjoy reading more this year, after completing my GCSEs in the summer of last year, I fell into a devastatingly long reading slump and am still slowly climbing out of that hence why I’ve decided to target my efforts into a fresh, new book blog to inspire and help me appreciate the pieces of art I read this year!
I would absolutely love to hear about your reading resolutions for 2016 so be sure to leave them down in the comments below. Are you setting yourself a higher or lower goal on Goodreads this year? Considering the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge?
Happy Reading Bookworms!
The best way to start a new year? Reflecting on the wicked year of reading I’ve had for the past 12 months seems a good way to go. I decided to only talk about three books because these were the ones that immediately came to mind so I figured it would be better than racking my brain for others that didn’t quite make the same impression. So without further ado, here they are:
(3) The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald
This novel was listed as recommended reading material for my English Literature course at college so I thought it was about time I give this classic a go. And oh my goodness, what an amazing book! A short but fast paced novel, the writing was simple yet classy and the plot was well-driven in that respect. Very detailed characters with interesting intertwining plots; a must read for anybody looking to get into modern classical literature. I plan on reading this again this year and doing a full review for you all so look for that when it pops up!
(2) Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson
Watson did an absolutely brilliant job at discussing a very real issue on a more unconventional basis. I did not expect that big reveal at the end but wow, did it pack a punch. This was a particularly difficult book to put down because, after every chapter, you wanted to discover more and more about what happened to Christine as much as she did. For a thriller, it is rather mild and probably a decent introductory book to the genre.
(1) The Martian – Andy Weir
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone! Don’t fear the sciency parts (they can actually be quite interesting!) because this novel is full of so much humour, hope and inspiration. Mark Watney is such an incredibly funny character who really sees the light in his situation despite the difficulties he faces. His charm and charisma makes you root for him just that little bit more! Side note: one thing I really appreciate about this book is that there is no love story running through the middle; it would have been very easy to create a love interest for Mark of whom he could not stop thinking about but, by excluding that, we get to witness the non-romantic love he received from the rest of the world and I think that’s a seriously important message that love can impact you in whichever form it takes.
Happy Reading Bookworms!
Hey book worms and welcome to the new and improved, enchanting pages blog! For those of you who don’t know, a matter of months ago I had a tumblr blog by the same name but decided to delete it for I was not getting the same fulfillment from when I first started and I also wanted to create a hub of content that was exclusively my own hence the flashy new blog.
I thought that the New Year would be the perfect excuse to kick-start this blog so appreciate that I’m still only a beginner and the posts should (hopefully) get better with time. I’ve written reviews in the past which can be read on my goodreads here but I think I’m ready to take them in a different direction so hopefully you’ll all enjoy them. For that reason, I don’t plan on posting any of my old reviews on here therefore the new ones will come from the books I read from 2016 and beyond meaning there may not be a book review for a good couple of weeks until I finish and perfect a review for you all (but don’t worry, recommendations, hauls and most anticipated book posts will be uploaded in the meantime!)
It feels as though that is everything I wanted to say so I’ll just sign off here with a hope that you had a very good new year and I look forward to everything planned for the blog in 2016!