Reading update – 17th-30th June 2019!

Hi guys! Thought that I would give you a little update on what I’ve read over the last couple of weeks. I was going to do these weekly, but in all honesty, I just wasn’t up to blogging last weekend.

So here are the books that I’ve read over the last 2 weeks! Please keep in mind that I both physically read and I listen to audiobooks so not all of these have been read physically.

17th-23rd

Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce – 4 stars – this is a middlegrade/ya series set in a different world where there is Wild Magic (which is the first book) and the main character can talk to animals. This is book 2 in the series and I really enjoyed it!

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan – 3.5 stars – this is the first book in Rick Riordan’s Egyptian series and I wasn’t completely sold. It took a long time to get going for me and I prefer the Norse series. I’m not against continuing this series but I will probably get them from my library.

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan – dnf at 40%ish – I was so upset about this one! I picked it up because of the giant dragon on the cover but as I started reading, I got a sense of deja vu like I’d read it before. I went through my kindle history and found that I’d read a sample and added it to my do not buy collection which didn’t bode well. I didn’t get along with the writing style in this one and I found the world confusing and poorly confused. I read over 300 pages of this and I couldn’t tell you the name of one character because they weren’t memorable to me. After checking reviews, I found that I wasn’t on my own with this and lots of other people said it wasn’t Ryan’s best work and that his other series is better. It hasn’t put me off reading from this author (I own Blood Song and have an e-arc of his newest book) but I was so disappointed. I really need to learn not to just buy books because there’s a dragon on the cover.

Brightly Burning – Alexa Donne – dnf – I won this one in a giveaway last year but my reading tastes have changed drastically since then. I gave this one 70 pages and I liked the writing style but the story didn’t interest me and when I put the book down, I had no draw to pick it back up again. I also didn’t like that it was steering towards the story ending up with a love triangle which I hate. This book just isn’t for me anymore and it can go to a home where it will be appreciated more.

24th-30th

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton – 4 stars – This came in a Fairyloot box last year and I just put it to one side with most of my other Fairyloot books (hands up if you do this too!). This was one for my read or get rid of this month and I’m so glad that I gave it a go. Our MC has been trained as a Huntress to help get rid of the Gwyrach (evil half demon women who can kill with their touch) but through trying to protect her sister and escape from an arranged marriage, our MC discovers that she herself is a Gwyrach and everything is not as it seems. This was such a fun read full of twists and turns and I’m so glad that I picked it up! I have the second book on pre-order now!

Emperor Mage and The Realm of the Gods by Tamora Pierce – 4 stars each – these are books 3 and 4 in the Immortals series which starts with Wild Magic. I really enjoyed this series and can’t wait to read more from this author.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – 3 stars – I picked up Red Queen last year and enjoyed it but then got distracted and never moved on to the sequel. I heard some reviews that said this book was awful and some people even skipped it altogether and went straight to King’s Cage! I finally picked this up and it was ok, some parts I felt were un-needed but I also now want to see how what has happened in this book gets built on in book 3. Personally, at this point, I don’t think that book 3 would make sense without reading book 2 first.

Odin’s Ravens by KL Armstrong and MA Marr – dnf – this is the second book in a middle-grade series following the descendants of the Norse Gods as they try to stop Ragnarok. I enjoyed the first one when I read it last year, but I struggled when I picked this sequel up because I couldn’t remember who anyone was! Admittedly, this is my own fault because I left it so long between reading them, but I’m usually good at remembering characters and what has happened in books because it usually takes me a while to get around to reading a sequel. Sadly, I struggled with this and couldn’t connect to any of the characters, and as this was one of my read or get rid books and I stopped reading it at 50ish pages, this is a dnf and it can go to my nephews who should get more enjoyment out of this series than I will.

Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu – 4 stars – this is a set of 3 novellas that are recommended if you have read Twelve Kings and wish to continue with the series. I read this on my kindle and really enjoyed them – I can’t wait to see what they add to the second book as it’s on my July TBR!

Next week’s installment may be a long one because Medieval-a-thon has started and I’m already through two books at the point of writing this because I love readathons and get very competitive with myself to read as much as I can :’)

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My Medieval-a-thon TBR!

Hi guys! Today I’m bring you my TBR for the Medieval-a-thon! This is a fantasy themed readathon designed by my friend Holly over at Holly Hearts Books!

Personally, I love this readathon already (not that I’m biased) but I think the promots are easy and I have a lot of books that can fit each prompt so I can’t wait til July so that I can get reading!

The whole point of the readathon is to read to raise yourself through the nobility – the more you read, the higher you go!

I of course am aiming to become a queen so I need to read at least 6 books throughout the month.

If you don’t want to just read any 6 books and you want prompts to help you pick your books and provide a challenge, Holly has you covered! There are armour and weapon challenges too allowing for up to 10 books!

Crown – One Dark Throne

Helmet – Blood of Tyrants

Breastplate – Master of Sorrows

Leggings – Malice

Boots – Empire in Black and Gold

Cloak – Carpe Jugulum

Sword – Skullsworn

Daggers – Blood upon the sand

Bow – Elfstones of Shannara

Axe – Stranger of Tempest

As I’ll be starting a new job in July, I don’t know how much I’m going to want to read. So while the above books are my official TBR, I also have the below stack that are slightly easier reads so I can swap some out if I need to!

A lot of the books that I picked out can count for multiple prompts too so I can switch them around a little if I end up reading something different – which is very likely to happen since I’m a big mood reader!

Are you joining in with us?

Holly’s details:

Insta – https://www.instagram.com/hollyheartsbooks/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/hollyknece

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCINrUhoaJQRCZn2UZ47pqhQ

Fantasy series you should read

So, as I’ve mentioned, I love a good fantasy read so I thought that I would recommend you a few of my favourites. I don’t have pictures of all of these but I’ve added photos of the ones I have (I would take more but it’s raining and the lighting is awful).

First up is Magician by Raymond E Feist. Those of you who follow me on insta will have already seen me rave about this series. Dave (my partner) picked this out of a lineup for me to read thinking he was being a doofus because it’s about 600 pages long and it’s a mass market paperback. As soon as I started reading it, I just couldn’t put it down and spent the weekend walking round with my nose in the book. I immediately moved onto book 2 because I already owned it and ordered book 3 on Amazon so that I could binge it.

This is an older fantasy (Magician was published in 1982) but the writing style made it so easy for me to fall into. It’s a classic fantasy world with humans, magicians, dwarves, elves, goblins and a few other beasties including invaders from a different world!

Next up is Nevernight! I loved this series from the moment I started reading it! Assassins, blood, a quest for vengeance, an assassin school that has high stakes? Yes please! I quite often see people assuming this is YA because the MC is 16 at the start but this is most definitely an adult book – it’s published by an adult only imprint and it starts with a rather graphic sex scene. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea then maybe give this series a miss because there is some smut in these books though I tend to just skip over those bits.

The last one that I have a photo of is Savage. As you can tell, this is a book with dragons and it’s published from a small press. I originally bought this because of the lovely cover and the fact that I’ve challenged myself to read more indie books this year to support indie authors and presses. If you like dragons, elves, big battles, mysterious powers, undead/genetically engineered monsters and lots of other bits, you’ll love this series.

I only read the first one last week, but I immediately ordered books 2 and 3 and read them straight away. Those of you who follow me elsewhere or know me personally will know that it’s rare for me to move straight onto a sequel after finishing book 1 in a series, I usually get distracted. So whenever I binge a series like this one, it usually becomes a favourite.

A few other favourites include The Lord of the Rings, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom, Terry Brook’s Magic Kingdom for sale series and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series!

Catwoman: Soulstealer Review

Hello bookworms! This is my first book review so go easy on me!

I have a challenge where I pick out a few books that have been on my TBR the longest each month and I either have to have read them within the month, or get rid. The idea being that if the thought of not having the book there anymore doesn’t make me want to pick it up, then I’m never going to.

This was one of my read or get rid books.

I pre-ordered this last year, purely because of the author… I don’t even watch the DC movies so had no prior connection to any of the characters.

I listened to the audiobook for this one and I really enjoyed it! There was barely any romance (for those of you like me who don’t like romance in their fantasy) and the bits that were there felt like they were necessary for the story.

All of the relationships were well developed as were the characters and I felt for each of them at different points in the story.

I’ve already read Wonder Woman: Warbringer but now I’m tempted to pick up the Batman book too!

Even if you haven’t read/watched anything else from the DC universe, I’d recommend giving this a go if you are a fan of SJM.

June TBR

This is coming to you a bit late, but these are the books that I picked out to read in June.

The right hand stack are books that have been on my TBR for a long time and I’m not sure if I’m still interested in them. So these are my read or get rid stack and any that I haven’t read by the end of he month are going to the charity shop.

These books are: Catwoman: Soulstealer, Heart of Thorns, Savage, Odin’s Ravens and Brightly Burning.

The left hand stack are just books that I own that I wanted to read at the point I put this TBR together.

These books are: Theft of Swords, Kingdom of Copper, Crucible of Gold, The Red Pyramid and Rise of a Merchant Prince.

At the point of writing this, I have already read Savage and Crucible of Gold so hopefully I can get through most of the others this month too!

An Introduction

Hello! (waves)

My name is Kat and I’m obsessed with books. I’m 30 years old and while I currently read mostly adult books, I also enjoy middle grade and some YA.

Most of the books that I read are Fantasy with some Sci-Fi and a few very rare contemporaries. Those who follow me over on instagram (@katsreadingcorner) will know that I love dragons! Give me a good dragon book and I will be a very happy bunny! I also enjoy necromancy books and think that there just aren’t enough of these (my favourite is the Sabriel series) and I also love dinosaur books.

I do try to do a set TBR each month, but I keep these small because I’m a big mood reader and if I’m in the mood for let’s say dragon books, that’s all I can read. I will also warn you now that I am a quick reader and I also listen to audiobooks on my work commute so I do manage to get through a lot of books each month.

I’m currently trying to clear out my owned TBR but if there are any new releases that you think I’ll love, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll check them out.