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”
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”
The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas
I got this book because Sherry thomas wrote the Lady Sherlock series which I quite enjoyed and I thought I would try a differeny series that she wrote.
This is the prequel to her Beautiful Enemy series and in this book we follow our two main characters; Ying-ying, a girl in China who learns to fight, and Leighton, a boy in England whose life is torn apart by his evil uncle. Continue reading “(45) The Hidden Blade // Bookish Blurb”
Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
This book follows the lives of two friends in Italy. We follow their first days in school, the death and violence all around them, up until one of them gets married. This is the first part in a series which I’m assuming continues to tell their story. Continue reading “(39) My Brilliant Friend // Bookish Blurb”
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
This is the second book in the Lady Sherlock series and sequel to A Study in Scarlet Women. At first I wasn’t going to continue reading the series but then I did.
Again this is a retelling of Sherlock Holmes except Sherlock is Charlotte in a world where women are supposed to sit there and be pretty. Continue reading “(36) A Conspiracy in Belgravia // Bookish Blurb”
Teasing Master Takagi-san by Soichiro Yamamoto
I’m going to include this as a book I read even though it didn’t really involve much reading. One of my friends sent this to me (along with Wild Embers) – thank you friend (who doesn’t read this blog) so I read it.
Basically this is a manga following the story of this girl who always teases this boy and he is always trying to tease her back and failing. It’s cute and also kind of ridiculous. I’m not really sure what else to say about it. I guess I should say something about the drawings (that’s not the right word… illustrations?). Idk, it’s just your typical manga school style (wow I’m so bad at this). It’s been a long long time since I read a manga but I enjoyed the ridiculously of this one although I might not want to read a whole bunch of these in a row.
#33 of 2018
Like I said, I’m counting this as a book I read even though some people might disagree.
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
This is the fourth and final book in the original Thursday Next series. See my review of the first book here. This book takes place two years after the last one and Thursday has decided to leave the book world and return to the ‘real’ world and try and get her husband back while (as always) stopping the world from destruction. Continue reading “(21) Something Rotten // Bookish Blurb”
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
This is the third book in the Thursday Next series (see my thoughts on book one here) and in this book Thursday is taking refuge in a book (quite literally) to escape from all the people trying to kill or use her (see book two).
Like the other books, a lot of different things happen in this book. The most interesting (in my mind) was her continued struggles with her memory and her husband. I don’t know what more to say without spoilers but that was probably my favorite aspect of this book. Continue reading “(20) The Well of Lost Plots // Bookish Blurb”
Lost in a Good Book by Lasper Fforde
This is the second book in the Thursday Next series (the first being The Eyre Affair). I loved the first one so much I was excited to pick up this one. I think my expectations were a bit too high but I still enjoyed this book overall. Again there was a general confusion most of the way through the book since nothing is ever explained. Unlike the first book where I felt like I understood most of the stuff (since I have read Jane Eyre), this book made me realize just how many ‘classics’ I haven’t read. That didn’t necessarily detract from the book but it did make me feel like I was missing out on stuff.
The premise of this book is that Thursday’s husband is erased from history and in order to get him back, Thursday has to get the guy out of the book that they trapped him in in the first book. This involves Thursday having to learn how to get into books without her uncle’s invention and with the help of other book characters. Continue reading “(19) Lost in a Good Book // Bookish Blurb”