10 Books at the top of my TBR list!

10 Books at the top of my TBR Pile!

I’m in a massive reading slump right now and it’s not because I can’t decide what to read, or have nothing to read. I have loads of both! It’s an energy thing. I just have so many things going on right now that I feel like I don’t have the time or energy to devote to reading. Hopefully once I get back into the swing of things around here that will change! I also thought if I remind myself of all the awesomeness just waiting for me at the top of my TBR (to be read) pile that it might kick start my reading too.

 

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Starless by Jacqueline Carey

Starless by Jacqueline Carey

Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.

 

Carey is one of my favourite authors so as soon as I heard that she had a new book out I was excited. Then I read the synopsis and got even more intrigued! A new fantasy world by an author I love where exiled gods live among people? Hell yes!

 

 

The Shadow by Marianne Curley

The Shadow by Marianne Curley

The battle is over. The war is won. The prophecy complete. But life can’t just pick up where it left off for Ethan. Struggling to cope with the death of his soulmate, at odds with his friends in the Guard, he finds himself adrift, jumping at shadows and sensing someone who can’t possibly be there.

 

I’ve cut the summary short as the rest of it gives major spoilers for the original trilogy of books; the Guardians of Time Trilogy. I absolutely loved the original series, however, it has been years since I read them and my memories of the final book are hazy to say the least. That doesn’t mean I’m not super excited to have a brand new adventure to read! I never expected this story to continue so I literally have no idea where this book is going to go and that just makes me even more desperate to get my hands on it.

 

Tempests and Slaugher by Tamora Pierce

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

In Tempests and Slaughter, fans of Tamora Pierce will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalin came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a young man with unimaginable gifts and a talent for making vicious enemies.

 

I’ve lost count of how many years (possibly even a decade by now) that fans, including myself, have been waiting for this book to be released. Pierce’s Tortall universe is one of my favourite book universes of all time and Numair is one of the main characters of her second quartet (The Immortals quartet) from it. She promised to go back and write about Numair’s past and the events that ultimately shaped the The Immortals quartet, and finally we have a published book. I have mixed feelings about this because as much as I love Numair I’d much rather she be writing about something new, about future events rather than going back and writing about the past. Still, I know it will be a fantastic read and I’m just glad to have any new book by Pierce, so it makes this list.

 

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Various Authors

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Various Authors

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this unique anthology features Star Wars stories by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from Star Wars’ literary history. Over 40 authors have lent their unique vision to 40 “scenes,” each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars film, but with a twist: every scene is told from the point of view of a seemingly minor character. Whether it’s the X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star or the stormtroopers who never did find the droids they were looking for, Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View places the classic movie in a whole new perspective celebrates the influence and legacy of the unparalleled cultural phenomenon, Star Wars.

 

There are so many awesome things about this book that as soon as I heard about it I knew that I didn’t just need to read it but I needed a copy to keep. I just love the whole concept of the book, and having read a few snippets of it I really cannot wait to read the whole thing. It’s a set of fantastic authors at the top of their game showing their love for Star Wars through a truly unique way.

 

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

From the east came the Bone Giants. From the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim.

It was an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. Now the kingdom’s only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic – one that will call the wondrous beasts of the world to fight by the side of humankind.

 

I’ll be honest this initially came to my attention because it is the new series by the incredibly talented Kevin Hearne, who’s Iron Druid series is fantastic. If you’ve not read it yet, go read it NOW! Add in that it’s an epic fantasy series with a war of scales and a discovery of a new magic? I’m definitely checking it out.

 

Scourged by Gail Z Martin

Scourged by Gail Z Martin

The city-state of Ravenwood is wealthy, powerful, and corrupt. Merchant Princes and Guild Masters wager fortunes to outmaneuver League rivals for the king’s favor and advantageous trading terms. Lord Mayor Ellor Machison wields assassins, blood witches, and forbidden magic to assure that his powerful patrons get what they want, no matter the cost. Corran, Rigan, and Kell Valmonde are Guild Undertakers, left to run their family’s business when guards murdered their father and monsters killed their mother. Their grave magic enables them to help souls pass to the After and banish vengeful spirits. Rigan’s magic is unusually strong and enables him to hear the confessions of the dead, the secrets that would otherwise be taken to the grave. When the toll exacted by monsters and brutal guards hits close to home and ghosts expose the hidden sins of powerful men, Corran, Rigan and Kell become targets in a deadly game and face a choice: obey the Guild, or fight back and risk everything.

 

Martin has written many books since her Chronicles of the Necromancer days, another firm favourite of mine, and I want to read them all. However, this one sounds most like her Ascended Kingdoms series with a group of friends who have been thrown into trouble. I loved her take on necromancy and spirit magic in that series, so the idea of grave magic also really appeals to me.

 

World of Warcraft: Before the Storm by Christie Golden

World of Warcraft: Before the Storm by Christie Golden

The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.

For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains, and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth’s devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.

As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But the Dark Lady ever has her own machinations.

For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be put to rest. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite’s power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war-a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.

 

I’ve read every World of Warcraft novel to date, and usually try to do so before the new expansion hits. Sadly this time I didn’t get a chance so I need to get my hands on this one ASAP. I’ve already had a part of it spoiled for me but I know from reading previous novels just how much goodies and extra information they pack in these books. If you’re a lore nerd they’re a must!

 

Moon Chosen by PC Cast

Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World by PC Cast

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

 

I’m a big fan of PC Cast & Kristin Cast’s House of Night series so I took note when they both started on new series. I’ve been really interested in PC Cast’s new book as I’m interested to find out more about the special animal ally and the bond Mari shares with it. There’s a lot of information in the synopsis and at the same time it doesn’t tell us much at all! This is one book that has peeked my curiosity for a while now and I really want to see if it’s as good as I’ve heard.

 

 

Warlock Homes: A Study in Brimstone by GS Denning

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by GS Denning

Warlock Holmes is an idiot. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are his arcane power, the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety … and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.

 

Sherlock Holmes as a warlock? Brilliant! There are now three books in the series and each book has gotten fantastic reviews. As a fan of the originals, of Sherlock adaptations, Victorian horror and urban fantasy this book is right up my street.

 

Witchsign by Den Patrick

Witchsign by Den Patrick

It has been seventy-five years since the dragons’ rule of fire and magic was ended. Out of the ashes, the Solmindre Empire was born.

Since then, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane from existence. However, children are still born bearing the taint of the arcane, known to all as witchsign. Vigilants are sent out across the continent of Vinterkveld to find and capture all those bearing the mark.

No one knows when the Vigilants of the Synod will appear and enforce the Empire’s laws.

But today they’re coming.

And gods help those who bear the sign of the witch.

 

I’m not at all familiar with Patrick’s work, however, as soon as I heard about this book I was drawn to it. The whole premise just sounds fantastic and I have so many questions. Who has the sign of the witch? Who are the characters we are going to meet? Are the dragons going to come back? This is the sort of book that has so many possibilities and I want to find out what they are pronto.

 


 

Over to You

My TBR list tends to be never ending, although it is typical for me to have a list like this of books that are new releases by authors I love with a few new authors thrown in too. I have loads of new authors on my TBR list by I try to refrain from trying too many at once because if I get hooked on them that’s just even more books to add to my list!

Do you try to manage your TBR?

Do you have a never-ending huge one like I do, or do you have a small regulated one?

Have you read any of the books on my list?

Did any of these books just get added to your TBR?

Let me know in the comments! Also if you’re on GoodReads.com don’t forget to pop me a friends request 🙂

Check out the 10 books that made it to the top of my huge TBR (to be read) pile featuring lots of fantasy and a Sherlock Holmes adaptation.

Geeky Girl Tag

The Geeky Girl Tag
I love surveys, memes, challenges – anything that asks me to answer things that I haven’t thought up myself. I’ll often repost those ‘ask me…’ graphics on twitter and instagram to see what people come up with. So when I saw this geeky girl tag answered by Kitten at The Howling Wolfheart I had to jump in!
The tag is originally by Cassie at ZombieGoddess Beauty and she has also done a Gamer Tag too!

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?

Once upon a time I would have said it was my PC, however, after a year of having my tablet it wins this award. I love how much I can do on my tablet, how I can read books, comics, play games, leave myself notes, social media and so on. Only thing I don’t use it for is blogging, I much prefer an actual keyboard for typing.

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

I am in Ravenclaw! You can read more about my life in the HP universe in this post from 5 Fandom Friday’s Potter month last year 🙂

3. Who is your favourite Doctor?

10! I do love all the other new Doctors (sorry, I’ve not watched any older stuff yet!) in their own way but the first one that springs to mind will always be David Tennant’s Doctor 🙂

4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

I would probably go with someone old, wise and immortal who has travelled and seen so much. I think the Doctor or Captain Jack would be awesome, and likewise, Yoda too.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?

PC 🙂 Consoles hurt my fingers 🙁

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?

Healing; as a spoonie the idea of being able to ease someone’s pain sounds like the best superpower of all to me.

7. What is your favourite fantasy world?

One, just one? Oh man… I’m sorry, I can’t pick just one. It would be a toss up between Azeroth (World of Warcraft), Tortall (Tamora Pierce’s novels) and Terre D’Ange (Jacqueline Carey’s novels)!

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

Twi’lek! I love Twi’leks so much, they’re beautiful, graceful and I could be purple!

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Pft… you need to ask? 😛 😉

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.

I’m going to go with TV Shows:
  • Supernatural
  • Eureka
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Scorpion
  • Bones
11. List your top 5 favourite video games.
  •  World of Warcraft
  • Dragon Age (whole series)
  • Fable III
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Guild Wars 2

 

Tagging

 I don’t have anyone in particular in mind, I’m late to the party so many people have already done it! So please tag yourself and let me know in the comments if you take part 🙂

The Questions

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
3. Who is your favorite Doctor?
4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
5. What is your gaming system of choice?
6. If you had a super power, what would it be?
7. What is your favorite fantasy world?
8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Fandoms I'm thankful for

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy is easily the fandom I am most thankful for because it saved my life. Many times over. That isn’t me being dramatic. My teenage years were difficult, I was bullied a lot, and started suffering from depression without even realising. It was a dark time, and the many lessons of Buffy not only got me through it but helped me be stronger. Later during an emotionally abusive relationship I picked up the self help book What would Buffy do? and despite the cheesy name it is a very good read. This is still my go to show when I feel absolutely miserable and like the world is ending because I’m thankful that Buffy taught me that even when the world is ending, you can still fight and win.

 

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For -  Star Wars

Star Wars

My number 1 fandom, and this is the one that started it all. I don’t think I would be into as many fandoms, or into the sci fi and fantasy genre if I hadn’t fallen in love with Star Wars. It has given me so much joy (and tears) over the years and continues to do so. It also taught me just how far our imagination can go, so I’m thankful for Star Wars teaching me that our imagination is endless.

 

 

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For - Kushiel's Legacy

Kushiel Legacy

These novels by Jacqueline Carey helped me to recognise a side of myself as genuine and right, not wrong and something to be afraid or ashamed of. There is so much strength in the protagonist, Phedre, and it is beautiful and incomparable. I’m thankful for having my eyes open to new possibilities and being taught to love as thou wilt.

 

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For - Doctor Who

 

Doctor Who

It was hard to pick the 5th fandom for this list, and in the end I chose Doctor Who because it has opened so many doors for me. It has broadened my horizons, and led me to find the wonderful talents of so many actors and authors. Without it I’d have never gotten to know the work of the amazing John Barrowman, and the lovely Elizabeth Saden who sadly passed away in 2011. I’m thankful for Doctor Who introducing me to many wonderful individuals and characters.

 

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For - World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

Gods, how do I explain how much this game has done for me in my life? It has been a bumping road, with many breaks and issues and yet it has given me so much in return. It has helped me learn that even if I’m sick, I can still do something productive and not feel entirely useless. It was the first video game that I could actually play, and led to me becoming a gamer and a youtuber. It has given me so many friends and some crazy guild meets, and of course, my amazing and loving fiancé of 9 years. I’m thankful for World of Warcraft bringing light, friendship, healing and love into my life.

 

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5 Characters I Want to Dress Up as for Halloween [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Characters I want to dress up as for Halloween

marajade

Star Wars – Mara Jade

My favourite all time character, so of course she has to be first on this list! Her outfit is very simple to make and I’ve dyed my hair the correct colour in the past so that’s also easy!

 

leia

Star Wars – Leia

Sadly, Mara is no longer actual Star wars canon (yet) so my actual canon choice which most people would recognise is Leia. Particularly this outfit as I have wanted to dress up in this iconic outfit since I was a teenager!

 

belle

Disney – Belle

Despite loving Disney, I don’t feel a big attachment to many of the female protagonists so this was easy to narrow down. Belle is a fantastic character, and a book lover to boot!

 

phedre

Kushiel Legacy – Phedre

This is definitely one for the daring list, but I love the idea of the marques (full back tattoo) while I couldn’t have a permanent one (I’m too ticklish!) I’d love to have one for Halloween or a costume ball.

 

kaelea-copy

 

World of Warcraft – My Main

If I had the time, the skill and the ability to recreate some of the gorgeous characters and appearances from World of Warcraft I have a feeling I’d never stop. Choosing an NPC is insanely difficult, but I’d love to dress up as my main character, my human priest.

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5 Geeky Tattoos I Want [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Geeky tattoos

When I first started this prompt I thought I’d have to change to prompt slightly, and then I began to realise that there were no examples of tattoos out there that summed up what I would ever get. So I ended up doing the prompt properly 😀 As a Libra I love art, but I’m also very picky. On top of that I’m very ticklish and one of my conditions means my skin does odd things. So these are more of a theoretical list of geeky tattoos that I would get.

  marquePhedre’s Marque

Kushiel Legacy by Jacqueline Carey

[Image credited to NACrnko]

If you’ve been reading my blog you’ve seen me mention this series a bazillion times now. The marque is a beautiful back tattoo that is completed in stages and while it represents freedom and other things in the fandom, to me personally it represents something deeply personal. A lot of people have found themselves changed and moved by the series and there is a whole page of the author’s website dedicated to fan tattoos based on Phedre’s marque. I would need to have something specifically designed, something to incorporate the different elements of my personality and spirituality if I ever decided to take the plunge. I doubt I could handle a large version, but a smaller one somewhere less ticklish might happen one day.

 

yubyub“Yub, Yub, Commander”

Star Wars Quote

I’m a massive Star Wars geek, so for me a Star Wars tattoo would have to be suitably geeky and something other fans would recognise. For me this would be the quote ‘Yub, yub, Commander’ from the Star Wars EU (now Legends) X-Wing series. It’s an ongoing joke through the series involving the idea of an ewok pilot;

His name is Kettch, and he’s an Ewok.
No.
Oh, yes. Determined to fight. You should hear him say, ‘Yub, yub.’ He makes it a battle cry.
Wes, assuming he could be educated up to Alliance fighter-pilot standards, an Ewok couldn’t even reach an X-wing’s controls.
He wears arm and leg extensions, prosthetics built for him by a sympathetic medical droid. And he’s anxious to go, Commander.
Please tell me you’re kidding.
Of course I’m kidding. Pilot-candidate number one is a Human female from Tatooine, Falynn Sandskimmer.
I’m going to get you, Janson.
Yub, yub, Commander.
―Wes Janson and Wedge Antilles

You can read more about Kettch, his exploits and the pranks involving him here. If you’ve not had a chance to read these novels; do! They may not be canon any more but they are hilarious.

buffy“The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.”

Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I’ve talked about how much Buffy means to me and how much it got me through in my teen years and early 20s. There were so many lessons from that show that have stuck with me, but this one in particular rang true. My life is hard, I’m not gloating or looking for sympathy, it’s a simple fact. This quote is a reminder to me that it will be hard, it is hard for everyone, and I am not alone. There is light in the darkness.

 

 

hippogryph.v6511moonkin_hatchling_a.v6052Hippograph Hatchling & Moonkin Hatchling

World of Warcraft

I love World of Warcraft and the lore of the universe, so naturally I’d have to have a tattoo from the game. I’m a pet battle addict and these are my two favourite pets (appearance wise, don’t ask me for my favourite battle pet!).

 

shootthewiz

“When in doubt, shoot the wizard.”

Advice from Numair to Kel in Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce

This is my literary geeky submission to this list. I love this quote from Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce, and like the Star Wars one it is something that only fans of the books would recognise.

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