Among Others by Jo Walton
I guess you would call this book fantastical realism or something like that?
It’s hard to explain this book which explains why it was not what I expected. Basically, this book follows the life of Morwenna (Mo) in Wales (and England). She ran away from her mom and ended up with her dad who sends her to a boarding school. But also there are fairies (that you can only see if you believe in them) who (sometimes) talk to her and she is able to use magic (maybe?) and her mom did something bad that ended up killing her twin sister and leaving her crippled. Continue reading “(67) Among Others // Bookish Blurb”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
I wasn’t loving the book I was reading (you’ll see what book next) so I went back and continued rereading Harry Potter again.
If you did not know, this is book three in the series and thus follows Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts. This year is all centered around Sirius Black, a criminal on the loose who is out to kill Harry Potter…or is he? Continue reading “(64) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban // Bookish Blurb”
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M Valente
This is the sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
In this book September returns to Fairyland and learns that her shadow has caused all sorts of trouble. Continue reading “(55) The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There // Bookish Blurb”
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
This book is by the same author as Uprooted which I read last year and really enjoyed (I think it was even in my top 10 list from last year).
In a similar vein from Uprooted, this book is losely inspired by various folk tales. Pleople said that this was inspired by Rumplestiltskin but don’t let that turn you away. Really the only similarities is that things are turned into gold and names hold power.
In this book we follow three women: a Jewish moneylender’s daughter who takes up her father’s trade when he fails at it, a peasant girl who ends up working for her, and a lord’s daughter who gets married to the tsar. Did I mention we’re in Russia? Continue reading “(51) Spinning Silver // Bookish Blurb”
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
This book concludes the All Souls Trilogy. See Book 1 and Book 2.
Matthew and Diana are back from the past and must carry on with ‘real’ life. This involves many people trying to kill them and their family. Continue reading “(46) The Book of Life // Bookish Blurb”
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
This is the sequel to A Discovery of Witches and in this book we follow Diana and Matthew as they travelback to 1590 in order to escape the people trying to kill them in the present. Continue reading “(44) Shadow of Night // Bookish Blurb”
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This book is my new obsession. We follow the story of Diana Bishop who is a witch. She doesn’t want to be a witch, she doesn’t want to use her magic, so she does her best to live a very normal ‘human’ life. Unfortunately she magic can’t be ignored and when she accidentally finds a magical book that everyone has been looking for, she is suddenly wanted by everyone in the magical community. Continue reading “(41) A Discovery of Witches // Bookish Blurb”
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
This is a fantasy adult novel about Patricia, a witch, who (among other things) can talk to birds, and Laurence, a highly intelligent tech nerd (I like that description). We follow them as they meet and go through a terrible turbulent childhood (let’s just say children are cruel) and as they drift apart. Then we skip forward in time until they meet again as adults and then the world starts to fall apart. Continue reading “(32) All the Birds in the Sky // Bookish Blurb”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling
My parents recently gave me all the Harry Potter books so I decided to reread them. It’s been quite a while since I read them so I started (where most people start) at the beginning.
This book is mostly about Harry Potter learning that’s he’s a wizard and getting acquainted with Hogwarts. There is also a plot all about the sorcerer’s stone but that is almost secondary in this book. I always liked this book because of how much the Dursleys (the people Harry are raised with) are present in it. I know we are supposed to hate them but part of me is very fascinated by them. Continue reading “(18) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone // Bookish Blurb”
Gilded Cage by Vic James
This is a YA fantasy novel set in a dystopian future where there are a few people who are able to use magic. Those who are unable to use magic must spend ten years of their life as a slave. This could be in a factory or it could be in a manor where the “Equals” live their lives of luxury.
This book follows the Hadley family as they embark on their “years”. Even from the beginning everything starts to fall apart. Continue reading “(64) Gilded Cage // Bookish Blurb”