First Line Fridays #6

“You’re a new one.”

The ‘new one’ – a boy of fifteen – paused inside the courtyard, mentally translating the words. 

“Yes, I am,” Vidanric Reselaeus said carefully in the language he’d been studying so hard since winter. 

The Remalnan boy and the Marloven men regarded on another. […]

To the Marloven the newcomer was obviously a foreigner.  […] You heard about people wearing lace, but this was the first time he’d actually seen it. 

Published: August 2008

Publisher: YA Angst

Pages: 480

Genera: YA Fantasy

Series: Prequel that should be read after Crown Duel

I’m due for a re-read of this one. 


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!

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

My year in books (2016)

Just a little analysis of my year in books. 

Book that took the longest to read: Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane

Shortest book: Harry Potter the Prequel by JK Rowling 

Longest book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

Book that took the shortest to read:  One of the Selection books by Kiera Cass 

Average rating: 3.64 (Goodreads says 3.6 as well but they don’t do half stars)

Average length: 358

Lowest rating and rated: 1.5 stars Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Book you can’t believe you read (whatever the reason): Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane

Book you can’t remember you read: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer 

Book you wish you hadn’t read: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer 

Book you read even though you knew you wouldn’t like it: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Book you managed to sell to someone else and get them to buy: Inda by Sherwood Smith

Least read book (according to Goodreads): Finding our Balance by Lauren Hopkins

Shortest time between two books: minutes (Selection Series by Kiera Cass, the Study Series and the Glass Series by Maria V Synder)

Longest time between two books (picking up a new one): Uncertain, but on the order of weeks to months

Most surprising book (good or bad): The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Number of re-read books: 16?

Number of pages read: 18282

Average pages per day: 50

This isn’t really a tag, but you can do it too if you feel like it and comment to let me know you did so that I can read it too!

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!