April, the season of Autumn, Easter and most importantly, my birthday! I arbitrarily decided that April called for some Fantasy Reads, so here are my Top Five Fantasy Reads (in no particular order!) to put you in the mood for a very magical season~
Zealot: A Book About Cults
By Jo Thornely
4 out of 5 stars
In his early life and career, Jim Jones did a lot of good things and helped hundreds of people. But sometimes bad things people do override and overshadow any good things they do. This is one of those times. What an asshole.
I’ve been a fan of Jo Thornely’s writing from back in the days of her Batchy-ette recaps on News.com.au. I wasted many a lecture getting the latest goss on a show I never watched, drawn in only by the virtue of Thornely’s writing. It was heaps good. And, unsurprisingly, so was Zealot.
by Nadine Brandes
2.5 out of 5 Stars
The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.
Review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.
Rasputin is dead, the Tsar has left his throne and a revolution is sweeping through Russia. Seventeen-year-old Nastya, the former Grand Duchess Anastasia, has been given the task of smuggling a magical object into exile. With the Bolsheviks outlawing magic, the magical matryoshka doll her last hope of saving her family and curing her ailing brother, Alexi. When the inevitable occurs, Nastya must trust in her magic – and a handsome Bolshevik soldier – to find the spellmaster who can save them all.
New year new theme new content? Unlikely.
But yep, I’ve put more than two minutes into my blog theme and I’m liking the results. It’s about 20 minutes so until 2019, so I’m signing off but may it be good to you all!
Happy New Year and Happy Reading!
As 2018 draws to a close, I want to take a step back and reflect on all the books I’ve encountered this year. I always look forward to seeing my Year in Review for Goodreads, and I’m hoping to do a similar thing here. I’ll be doing this in two parts: 2018: A Year in Books, and Top 10 Books of 2018 (Link to come… maybe!). This one will be my favourite books of 2018, by the month I’ve read them.
And so we start!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
3.5 out of 5 Stars
“She knew she shouldn’t feel that way about a monster, but right then, she wanted nothing more than a monster of her very own.”
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
4 out of 5 stars
“Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that you don’t need anyone, you can take care of yourself.”
Unhelpful One (ish) Sentence Summary: Eleanor Oliphant’s life is fine, up until it isn’t anymore.