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The Book Interview Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Laura @ The Book Corps for this tag. I still actually have another one Laura tagged me in a while ago that I haven’t got to so I thought I’d smash this one out and use it as motivation to get others done 😅

So without further ado….

Name

Ashleigh

Age

24, one quarter life crisis coming up, jokes it’s already here

Favourite Genre(s)

Epic Fantasy, the kind with magic it’s *chefs kiss*. I do also really enjoy romance though but if it’s gay, regardless of genre, I’m there!

Favourite Authors

Anna Stephens, C.S. Pacat, V.E. Schwab, Victoria Lee, T.J. Klune, S.A. Chakraborty, Roan Parrish, Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn, Trudi Canavan, Taylor Jenkins Reid (well Seven Husbands at least, I haven’t read her others), Lynn Flewelling, Jodi McAlister, Lara Elena Donnelly to name a few.

Forever Favourites*

*a small selection

What was your first book of 2018?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

How did you like it?

I really enjoyed it, though admittedly not as much as Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

What was your last book of 2018?

Runebreaker by Alex R.Kahler

How did you like it?

I bloody loved it! The Runebinder Chronicles is one of my favourite series. Very gay, very awesome.

What do you look for in a book/what makes it really stand out?

Ownvoices rep, lush worldbuilding, beefy books, gaaaayyyyyy.

Do you collect any particular sets/editions of books?

I tend not to because it can be an expensive endeavour and Australia doesn’t get a whole lot of special editions however, I’m collecting the different editions of The Fever King by Victoria Lee and the Goldsboro editions of Godblind, Darksoul and fingers crossed Bloodchild when it’s out!

Do you prefer ebooks, audiobooks or physical books (hardback or paperback)?

I prefer physical books in paperback format, I find they’re easier to read than hardcovers in terms of holding them. I buy a lot of the romance I read in ebook form. I’m not particular, that said, I struggle with audiobooks because I find my attention just wanders to much.

Do you keep books you didn’t like, or get rid of them?

I use to keep them because I had this thing about not getting rid of any but recently I’ve cleared out my bookshelf and honestly it was really cathartic to and I’ll keep doing it in future. I either donate them or sell them.

What literary character best defines you/do you best related to?

Ohhhh that’s a hard one. Noam Alvaro as a disaster bi would have to be up there!

I tag…….you! If you fancy doing this tag link back to me so I can check out your answers too!

 

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bookish things

So many books, so little time: trimming that TBR pile

As a lot of us readers are no doubt familiar with there are so many books and yet so little time. In facts there’s some 130 million books in existence today and that’s only counting books from recent history. Bookworms can be an ambitious bunch but at some point we all have to face the reality that we will always have a tbr pile, no matter how many books we read there will be more waiting.

In light of this I’ve spent sometime combing through my Goodreads want-to-read shelf and thought I’d share some of the books I decided to pull from my shelves. These are books that I feel apathetic about or ones I added years ago but my changing reading habits mean that I’m no longer interested in. It’s also about learning not to feel guilty about not wanting to reading certain books as well!

If you love these books don’t feel bad or that you need to defend them! This isn’t a negative post but rather clearing space on the shelf so to speak. But do feel free to share your thoughts, good or bad, about the books. Who knows maybe this post has a new favourite you are about to discover!

So here are just a selection of the books I removed from my Goodreads shelf.

Remind Me How This Ends ~ Gabrielle Tozer

29564838I added this book back in 2016. When I first started getting involved in the online book community, in YA in particular, I noticed that contemporary was a predominant genre. And whilst I have read some great ones it isn’t really my thing and so I’m unlikely to ever get to this book.

Goodreads

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles ~ anthology

26837046On one hand I love the idea of anthologies, on the other I don’t think I have ever read one cover to cover? I might read one from a particular author but that’s generally it. There’s a lot of amazing authors in this one, including several I’ve read and loved, but it’s just not piquing my interest anymore.

Goodreads

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour ~ Morgan Matson

7664334I really enjoyed The Unexpected Everything as a light-hearted summer read, and Save the Date is on my shelf. Matson’s books (that I’ve read) are fun reads but I do find them very white and heterosexual and that’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself but when I read romances these days I prefer them to be more diverse in the cast of characters and a little more reflective of who I am.

Goodreads

Our Own Private Universe ~ Robin Talley

22082082I think I originally added this book for it’s queer rep and its lovely cover but a couple of reviewers who I trust talked about some of the bi-erasure that goes on and honestly I’m just not here for it.

Goodreads

 

Dreamology ~ Lucy Keating

25817310I was pretty excited for this when I first added it and I loved the cover, however when I read the blurb now I’m just not interested in it. It’s one of those ones that I don’t think I’d ever get around to reading now.

Goodreads

 

One of Us is Lying ~ Karen M. McManus

32887579I’ve heard good things about this book but I just don’t read a whole lot of mystery and if I do I’m quite picky. I read the first couple of chapters in a sampler but it didn’t hook me.

Goodreads

 

Caraval ~ Stephanie Garber

32930224I added this one at the time because there was a lot of hype around it but to be honest it just doesn’t capture my interest, not for any particular reason there’s just nothing that’s driving me to pick it up.

Goodreads

 

Do you clear out books from your GR shelves at all? What prompts you to remove a book?

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday…The Fever King

39897058The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Publication Date: March 1st 2019

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: Feverwake #1

Blurb: In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

Okay so I feel like I have to have a disclaimer first….I have an arc of this on my kindle. However in my defence I am starting it this week and honestly I think I’m so excited for this book there’s part of me delaying picking it up so I’m sure it still counts as Waiting on Wednesday if only because I am waiting to get my own arse into gear.

But seriously this sounds so incredible and I was so happy to have received an arc so I look forward to sharing my thoughts soon. But in the mean time can we admire that cover? Because 😍😍

The three main characters in The Fever King are all #ownvoices Jewish plus every single character is queer, Victoria said it first:

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Is The Fever King on your TBR pile? BECAUSE IT SHOULD BE

Full content warnings are provided here.

Find The Fever King
Goodreads ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Wordery ~ Indiebound ~ Amazon AU

Find Victoria Lee
Website ~ Twitter ~Instagram ~Facebook ~ Goodreads Author Page

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Witch-ify Your TBR

It’s officially October and the fact that it is somehow already October aside, it’s also official spooky season. In Australian Holloween in the Americanised/commercial sense isn’t on the same level as the US but I do love a good witch story and I thought it would be fun to put together a list of recommendation if you are looking for something a little bit magical or mysterious.

These books mainly concern witches and magic since I do love them (and I am not a huge fan of horror.) But there’s also a mystery in there.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McClemore

This gorgeous book weaves the tale of the Nomeolvides women in the most enchanting prose. McClemore is a wordsmith. This is one to pick up if you are looking for a book to sweep you away.

Find my review here

“Love grew such strange things.”

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

With morally-grey characters and magical duels and a badass woman ready to bring it all down, An Unkindness of Magicians is one to read if your looking for a VE Schwab-esque read set in New York

Find my review here

“Did you always mean to break it?” Grace asked. “Shadows?”
“I mean to bury it,” Sydney said. “And to salt the earth behind me.”

Reign the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Bisexual necromancers, need I say more?

Find my review here

“Tonight, I’m going to live. One last time.”

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

If your looking for something creepy and atmospheric and girls taking their revenge on the town that wronged them this is the book for you.

Find my review here

“I can feel it in the air, in the spray of the sea, in the hollow spaces between raindrops. The sisters are coming.”

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Prefer your Halloween reads without magic and with a whole lot of mystery and plenty of gay? Follow up with White Rabbit and your night is set

Find Last Seen Leaving on Goodreads and my review of White Rabbit here

“There was a corpse in my neighbour’s front yard.”

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

It’s dark, it’s a little creepy, there’s magic and love.

Find my review here

“Where I will wander, I am certain I will decide.”

A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier

For an easy and entertaining read with curses and magic and witch pitted against witch.

Find my review here

“Bodies break, skin tears, but your mind is your greatest weapon and your strongest shield.”

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Sumptuous and bewitching, this is one to read if you want to taste the magic on the air before you.

Find my review here

 “But it didn’t matter, because this showed everything I was.

That I was wicked.
That I was wild.
That I would not be curbed.”

Circe by Madeline Miller

The original witch is finally given her due and is front and centre in this breathtaking epic.

Find my review here

“When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.”

Have you read any of these, if so what did you think? Or if you have any recommendation let me know in the comments!

bookish things · Tag Tuesday

Dreamy Book Covers Tag

Welcome to my first instalment in Tag Tuesday. I’ve done a few bookish tags before but I’m keen to have a more regular series because they’re always fun to do and mix up the blog a little from just reviews. Even if you aren’t tagged I encourage you do check out both the tags and their creators because there’s always some fun to be had!

Up on the blog today is the ‘Dreamy Book Covers Tag’. This tag was created by the lovely Tiana @ The Book Raven. Tiana also created the stunning graphic for this tag.

“No Ideas But in Things” A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

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I love this cover and I feel like it gets the vibe down pat. It’s got that art deco/1930s vibes of the world it’s set in. The adoring hands of the audience turning into the flames of revolution, the font.

Though both covers (this is the cover of the hardback) fit perfectly I had to go with this one in this case. It’s so on point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dark and Lovely” A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up

Beneath the Citadel

I am reading Beneath the Citadel at the moment and the cover is so creepy and perfect.

Skulls always somewhat unnerve me but I love how it looks here and the way the stair case spiralling down below it almost look like a tongue. Destiny Soria always has amazing covers for her books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sugary Sweet” A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

Fence 4

I love this cover mainly because Bobby is on it and I LOVE BOBBY MY SMOL BOY *sobs*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Simple Aesthetic” A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design

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The cover of An Unkindness of Magicians is quite simple, certainly in terms of its colour scheme and I love it so much.

This book looks particularly stunning in its physical format because the title is raised. Its simple but spot on. The tree branches play a role in the book and the minimalist aesthetic is 👌

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Cover Envy” A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet

Mahimata

I don’t have this on my shelf yet because it’s not out until 2019 (whhhhhhyyyyyy) but I cannot wait until it is because I am in love. I actually missed the official cover reveal and happened upon it on twitter.

It just matches so perfectly with the cover of book one. These books deserve way more hype than they get and I can’t wait for Mahimata to join Markswoman on my bookshelves.

 

 

 

 

 

“Traveling Abroad” A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own

The Uncrossing Cover

I had to do a bit of searching for this one because I mainly read fantasy so I don’t have many books with other countries on them but this one has America in the background!

I love this cover. And it’s also an amazing book if you’re looking for a beautiful romance with magical shenanigans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Color Wheel” A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors 

the bone witch

Gold and purple are two of my favourite colours so this cover is everything. The Bone Witch is particularly pretty in person because the gold is done in foil, so it stands out and is shiny!

This is sitting on my shelf and I can’t wait to get to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Switching Gears” A cover change you absolutely adore 

Wrath and the Dawn

I own The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger in the original harcovers but I am so in love with the change they made for the paperbacks.

Shazi looks so beautiful and badass here and I love the font. I am always admiring these covers when I pass them in my local Dymocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Oldie but Goodie” A favorite cover of your favorite classic

north-and-south

I don’t read a lot of classics the only ones I have are North and South and The Brothers Grimm fairytales.

I really enjoyed North and South though. I picked up a copy while I was in Germany for some train/plane reading and loved it. From memory I watched the 2004 tv series first. Both the leads in that are 😍

This isn’t the copy I own but I am in love with this cover!

 

 

 

 

“And the Winner is…” Which book cover meantioned above is your favorite?

This is so hard and I can’t narrow it down so I’m picking my top two. Amberlough because I would die for Aristide, Cyril and Cordelia and the covers and book itself are fucking amazing. Along with North and South because even though I only found that cover today I’m loving it.

I’m tagging:

Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books
Laura @ The Book Corps
Em @ Runaway With Dream Thieves
Tennika @ That Bibliophile Franklin
Jamieson @ Jamishelves
Laura @ Laurabookish
Shan @ Little Irish Book Cat

And feel free to tag yourself!