A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
This book is a bit hard to explain… It is part memoir, part history, part philosophy. And it is all about the beauty of the unknown and getting lost. Continue reading “(22)A Field Guide to Getting Lost // Bookish Blurb”
Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
This is the sequel to Dragonflight. In this book the characters deal with the consequences of their actions in the first book. Not to spoil too much but in the first book some characters are brought 400 (ish?) years forward in time to the present. And then in this book it’s all about the conflict between the people who have been there the whole time and the people who were suddenly brought there and aren’t used to how life has changed. Continue reading “(20) Dragonquest // Bookish Blurb”
Hello and welcome to a very late top books of 2018 list. I don’t know if these are actually the Top of the Top books that I read but if I didn’t just post it you’d be waiting till summer for this list.
Here is my Top books from 2017 if that interests you. And these are all the books I read in 2018. Let me know what your favorite books of 2018 were.
These are in no particular order (but apparently I really enjoyed fantasy this year).
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (just the first book in the series)
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (mostly the first book again although you kind of have to read the whole series)
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (the whole series – this was a highlight of my reading)
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Catherine, Called Birdy
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Rereads (so they better have been good):
The Man in the Ceiling by Jules Feiffer
Wind Rider by Susan Williams
Harry Potter (I reread the first three books in 2018)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (I actually reread the first five in the series)
Life after life by Kate Atkinson
In this book we follow the life of Ursula Todd as she lives through WWII. However she doesn’t just get one life. She dies and is born again and then her life repeats (but slightly differently).
Through this repeating life, the author is able to tell many stories without introducing many different settings and characters. The characters around Ursula remain mostly the same although in some timelines certain people die and in others they don’t. Continue reading “(69) Life After Life // Bookish Blurb”
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M Valente
This is book… three(?) in the Fairyland series and I have to say I just wasn’t feeling it. Again, September gets whisked off to Fairyland and lands in a different part than before (this time the moon). Also this time she gets to take a car with her. Continue reading “(65) The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two // Bookish Blurb”
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
This is a historical fiction novel following multiple generations of Koreans who move to Japan during and after WWII. This book was recommended to me my by my mom (who read it for her book club) and since she had a copy I thought I would give it a go. Continue reading “(61) Pachinko // Bookish Blurb”
The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
This is book two in the Lady Trent series. Book one being A Natural History of Dragons.
In this book we follow Isabella on her second expedition to learn about dragons. This time she goes with a famale companion and a man she traveled with before but now they go to the joungle instead of the mountains like last time. Continue reading “(59) The Tropic of Serpents // Bookish Blurb”
How to Train you Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Somewhere recently I was reminded of the fact that this movie we all know (if you’ve never watched it you should) started out as a book. So I went and read the book.
First off, this book is NOTHING like the movie, so just forget anything you know aboug the movie and let me tell you about this book. Continue reading “(56) How to Train Your Dragon // Bookish Blurb”
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
First off I want to say I LOVED THIS BOOK! Although perhaps it’s really not that remarkable of a book, it is exactly the type of book I love and it feel very much like the type of book I tried to write in middle school (although to compare this book to my writing in middle school is quite an insult).
In this book Lady Trent tells us the story of her early years. Its starts off when she is seven and ends when I want to say she’s 20ish.
How do I explain this? So basically this is set in a world where there are dragons (and other related dragon like creatures) but they aren’t very well studied (since studying them is often very difficult give that they are super dangerous creatures and don’t tend to survive in captivity). This is also what I would think of as an ‘old fashioned’ society. Think Victorian England when women had to wear dresses and ‘came out’ and looked for husbands etc. Basically, Isabella (who later becomes Lady Trent) is a woman who is fascinated by dragons and natural history which is very unladilike etc. Continue reading “(53) A Natural History of Dragons // 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”