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.


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



Book Courtship Tag

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought/read because of the cover

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you bought/read because of the summary

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing

I don’t like flowery writing or purple prose, so if a book tells it to me straight, I like the writing.  But I also like writing that makes connections between books, has great characters, foreshadowing, etc.  Examples include the list of favourite authors: Tamora Pierce work, later Sherwood Smith works, Kristen Britain and Maria V Snyder (who is heavy handed on foreshadowing, but it’s cool).  

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series

Most first books in series I read that i have rated over 3 stars honestly make me want to read more.  Look at my favourites shelf on GoodReads to get a few key books.

Phase 5 – Late night phone calls: A book that kept you up all night long

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book that you can not stop thinking about

The books I think about most often and consistently are found on my favourites shelf on Goodreads (link above).  

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book in which you love the way it feels

I love the raised parts on the hardcover edition of Lady Knight (Protector of the Small #4 by Tamora Pierce).  Other books I can’t think of right now have nice and smooth covers.  I just love holding books to be honest. 

Phase 8 – Meeting the Parents: A book in which you would recommend to your friends and family

Great themes for everybody!

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future

Broken record here, but look at my favourites!

Phase 10 – Share the love!!! Who would you like to tag?

Stefanie at Your Daughter’s Bookshelf!

Highly anticipated 2017 reads

There will be more then these coming out this year that I’ll want to read and this list is basically all sequels or finales , but so far here is my list:

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder (out now, I believe) – I’ve needed this for months

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (might have actually been released in 2016? I’ve heard conflicting reports on this) – a companion not a sequel, however still highly anticipated

Firebrand by Kristen Britain (March 9th) – its been like 2 years since the last one and I really need to know where the story goes

Third Illuminae book by Kaufman and Kristoff (supposed to be out in October) – Well I need to know how it ends, of course!  Plus there was a kind of cliffhanger at the end that makes me need more, now!


Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – another companion, but still of interest! 

Top Five Wednesday: Favourite Underrated Books

topAnother Top 5 Wednesday post!  Pretty self explanatory, which books you love that don’t get talked about as much.  Four of these books are almost never talked about.  The last is talked about sometimes but not much anymore.  Find T5W over on Goodreads.

1. Anything Tamora Pierce – friendship, great themes, great writing, diversity, badass ladies, sassy animals etc, etc

2. The Inda Series by Sherwood Smith – all of the above and more!

3. Green Rider by Kristen Britain – friendship, great writing, badass ladies, sassy animals and  more!

4. The Wake Triolgy by  Lisa McMann – such a unique concept!

5. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder – badass ladies, great friendship, diversity, like Throne of glass but better!

Honourable Mentions: The Long Way to a Small by Becky Chambers, So you Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane


red-sale-labelThere is a Sale on another of my favourite books ever!  Stop over at Amazon to pick up your copy for $1.99. 

Meet Green Rider:

Published: November 1998

Publisher: DAW books

Pages: 504

Star Rating: 5

Genera: Shelved in Adult Fantasy, but Young Adults can read too!

Series: First book of at least 6 books, #6 being released in March 2017 

Note: Though it’s shelved as Adult Fantasy, there really is nothing in this book to make it so.  The MC is 16 and there are no themes of sex or swearing.  

Summary from Goodreads:

On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount’s neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a “life and death” message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission “for love of country.” As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, “Beware the shadow man…”

Karigan’s promise changes her life forever. Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, she herself becomes a legendary Green Rider. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours- Tag

tagI WAS TAGGED BY A PERSON!! This is only the second ever time I have been tagged in a thing, and this time I managed to get to it a lot sooner then the last tag I was tagged in.  I saw this tag as it started and wanted to do it, and then got actually tagged.  And promptly didn’t actually do the tag because I thought I would have the same answer to every question.  Then I said, screw that, if it’s all the same I might get people to read books by this amazing author!  Also, can I use the word tag in this post any more then I already have just now? Tag, tag, tag!


The rules to this tag:

>Credit the badass Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag, either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog

>Answer the questions

>Tag as many people as you want

Special shout out to Heather at The Sassy Book Geek. For tagging me! Some great content over on her blog, please check her out! A favourite post of mine that she wrote discussed the never-ending debate of ebooks versus physical books.

1) What’s your favourite genre?

Fantasy!  The high and the low stuff, particularly those that have a medievalesque feel to them.  However, Scifi is starting to creep in and is duelling for favourite genera this year! 

2) Who’s your favourite author from the genre?

My tied favourite authors are Tamora Pierce for young adult/middle grade books (still good for adult readers!) and Sherwood Smith for adult readers (she has some young adult books as well).  

Attempting to creep in to my favourite authors is Maria V Snyder

3) What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Escapism.  I read to leave my reality for a while and to have fun with what I read.  Fantasy does that for me!  Also I love reading about the types of things that show up in fantasy: sassy horses, dragons, wizards and magic, griffins….

4) What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

First Test (and the rest of the Protector of the Small Quartet) by Tamora Pierce.  These were read way before Harry Potter and were my true childhood. 

5) If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

The Protector of the Small series for sure, for those younger readers looking to make in roads in the genera.  It’s more low fantasy so it very easy to get into the world and it’s so so good with great themes throughout. 

Some other good ones are Graceling by Kristen Cashore, Green Rider by Kristen Britain, Crown Dual by Sherwood Smith and Poison Study by Maria V Snyder. 

6) Why do you read?

Again, Escapism.  Life is heavy, hard stuff.  Reading is my relaxation. 

Tagging peoples:

Teacher of YA

Christy at Christy Luis reviews

Nil at The book Window

Kim at By hook or by Book

Hopefully none of you have done this yet and you would like to!