Big Book Recommendations

The topic of this post was kindly provided by Trina and her Monthly Recommendations group on Goodreads.

This is pretty self-explanatory, so onto the recommendations!

1. The Illuminae Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – big book, quick read

2. The Inda Series by Sherwood Smith – so, so good!

3. Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain – kind of a cheat here since most versions of the first book are just under 500 pages, but the hardcover is 504!  And the series grows as it goes on with the newest one being something like 800 pages.

4. The Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce – can’t have a list without her on it!

5. The Farsala Triology by Hilari Bell – haven’t read in a while but loved it at the time

6. The Naming by Alison Croggan – again, haven’t read in a while and sits just under 500 pages, but I thought it was very good when I read it years ago.


Books I want to re-read (2)

An updated list of books I want to re-read!  There are a lot of them as I’m in the mood for re-reads at the moment!

First, I want to continue on with my re-read of the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner: 

-The Queen of Attolia (#2)

-The King of Attolia (#3)

-A Conspiracy of Kings (#4)

Next, I was reminded of the Farsala Trilogy by Hilari Bell recently, and remember loving it and I want to revisit it:

-Fall of a Kingdom (#1)

-Rise of a Hero (#2)

-Foraging the Sword (#3)

Hilari’s Knight and Rogue series is great for younger readers!

Additionally, I (mostly) loved the Books of Pellinor series by Alison Croggon, who has a new book out.  I didn’t like the last book as much as the others but I want to re-read and see if that has changed:

-The Naming

-The Riddle

-The Crow

-The Singing

A carry-over from the last post, I still want to re-read Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Finally, I have wanted to re-read this book since I read the second one in this series early this year, to see which I love more, plus I’m told the audiobook is fantastic!

-Illuminae (Kaufman and Kristoff)

That’s a lot of books on my plate!  Anything you want to re-read?

Longest read book

listGoing based on Goodreads, these are some of the longest books I have read.  I say some, because there are a few box sets or bind-up that I excluded from the list and I don’t always pick the right copy of the book I read, so the list might not be in order or totally accurate.  Funny enough I didn’t realize there was going to be such an interesting pattern when I first thought of doing this post.  It’s interesting to see and it makes me want to investigate it more.

1. Mirror Sight (Green Rider #5) by Kristen Britain

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J K Rowling

3. Shelters of Stone (Earth’s Children #5) by Jean M Auel

4. Plains of Passage (Earth’s Children #4) by Jean M Auel

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J K Rowling

6. Brisignr (the Inheritance Cycle #3) by Christopher Paolini

7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J K Rowling

8. Eldest (the Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini

9. Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith

10. Treason’s Shore (Inda #4) by Sherwood Smith

Obviously many of these are part of long series.  Here are a few more that top 580 pages that are outside of the above mentioned series:

Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Kaufman and Kristoff

Eona (Eon #2) by Alison Goodman

Mastiff (Beka Cooper #3) by Tamora Pierce

Rise of a Hero (Farsala Triology #2) by Hilari Bell

The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima



Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From

topTop 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam at thoughtsontombs.  If you want to know more about Top 5 Wednesday, you can check out the Goodreads page.

1. Tamora Pierce – This first one shouldn’t be a surprise if you have read more than like 2 of my posts.  TAMORA PIERCE is an amazing writer and I have been waiting literal years for her newest book to come out, this one tentatively called The Gift of Power following Numair’s journey to Tortall.  Even though it does have a tentative release season, it has been pushed back a half dozen times already and there isn’t a date-date yet.  

2. Sherwood Smith – This one is, again, not really a big surprise as Sherwood Smith is my other favourite author.  Sure, she has about one new book per year released, but the one I’m waiting on, A Sword Named Truth (first in a series), has been in publication limbo for (again) literal years.  No fault of the author as she has told me the publishing house has had the book for (again) literal years but it hasn’t been released.  

3. Kristin Cashore – I really want to see what else Kristin Cashore would write but so far nothing major has come from her since the last of the Graceling trilogy was released years ago, in 2012.  Though I just peeked at her blog and have seen that she is in the middle of the 6th revision of book #4!  

4. Megan Whalen Turner – Her The Queen’s Thief series was excellent and up for a re-read from me.  Since the publication of the last book in 2010 she doesn’t seem to have published another book, but there have been hints of a 5th book in the series.  Even if a 5th one never came to light, I would be interested in knowing what else she would write.  

5. Alison Croggon – She has had a few things released since her Books of Pellinor series wrapped up, but I want something more!  Something that promises to be as big as her Pellinor books!  Which, as a side note, is one of the first books I remember actually ordering in to the closest book store in my area (a whooping 40 minute drive away!!) and buying with my own money thanks to a recommendation by the lovely Tamora Pierce.  Before that point, I only ever bought books at those old Scholastic book fairs held at your school once a year. 

Honourable mentions: Hilari Bell and Jean M Auel. 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Character Names

topSo I have known about this weekly blog post prompt for a while now and only rarely look up what the month’s topics are and often decide not to write a post for the month/week’s topic.  However the month of June has some fantastic topics and so I will be partaking in Top 5 Wednesday a few times this month!  I hope you are excited. post.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam at thoughtsontombs. Sam is actually the one that first got me thinking about the topic of female friendships several months ago and thus spawned two different blog posts of mine which were fairly popular.  If you want to know more about Top 5 Wednesday, you can check out the Goodreads page.

Typically I’m not one for loving or hating character names, though Jaxon or a variation on it is becoming all too popular for my taste, but the names on this list just have a certain something to them that I love.  I know a large part of it is because I can pronounce them as I do have trouble with names and foreign or unknown words in general.  The fact that 80% of this list is male likely says more about me then anyone needs to know.  So without further ado, my top 5 character names:

1. Torcall Jupp (M) is side character in Bloodhound, Book #2 in the Beka Cooper triology by Tamora Pierce – has a great ring to it

2. Taybur Sibigat (M) is a side character with a lot of sass in Tricker’s Queen, Book #2 in a duology by Tamora Pierce – another one with a great ring

3. Vidanric (Renselaeus; M) is the main character of A Stranger to Command, a standalone prequel to Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith – I love the strong male first name

4. Keladry of Mindelan (F) is the main character in the Protector of the Small Quartet also by Tamora Pierce – again a nice ring to it, but also I love this character

5. Leander (Hastings; M) is a side character in The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima – this book is the first time I encountered this name and I love it

Honourable mentions:

Merrick (M) also from the Protector of the Small

Fisk (M) from The Last Knight by Hilari Bell

Trisana Chandler (F) in The Emalan books by Tamora Pierce

Belden of Dunlath in Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce (seriously guys, TP has about 30 books worth of character names, and many of them are brilliant)

And bonus favourite kingdom name: tied between Tortall and Farsala