Hello!! It’s me back again! After a scorcher of a day I checked my comments and noticed I’d been tagged by the lovely Abi @theknightswhosaybook to do the Stuck at Home Book Tag (thank you so much!!) and I love a good tag, so here goes!
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Answer all the questions down below
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- Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Sword in the Stars by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta! It’s the sequel to Once & Future which I read earlier in the month and enjoyed, but I think I’m loving this one a lot more! It’s an Arthurian legend retelling following our main character, Ari, the latest (and female) reincarnation of King Arthur who meets a teenage Merlin, who’s ageing backwards, and has to defeat their oppressive government, in space! It’s a bit complicated to explain in a sentence but I really am enjoying it – I’ve loved Arthur retellings for years and I grew up watching the Merlin BBC show as it aired! Also, there are barely any cishets in this series and so many characters are characters of colour! It’s great!
What’s your favourite “can’t leave the house” activity?
Other than reading! I’ve been having a great time baking, I know it’s cliché! I’ve found out I can make a great focaccia (so far I’ve made garlic and rosemary, and olive and rosemary!) and a not so great looking (but great tasting) vegan chocolate cake!
A book you’ve been meaning to read forever?
I recently made a pile of the books that have been on my shelves the longest so I can make it a priority over the next few months to finally get to them! One of them is Graceling by Kristin Cashore which I actually managed to pick up as an ARC in a charity shop years and years ago! It’s a YA high fantasy (which I love!) set in a world where some people have graces, an exceptional skill. The main character, Katsa, has the grace of killing but no longer wants to continue doing it, and sees a way of perhaps doing so when the King’s father is kidnapped. I have never heard a bad review of this book and I’ve been dying to read it for years, and I’m excited to get to it in the upcoming months!
An intimidating book on your TBR?
I didn’t want to go cliché and say one of the Game of Thrones books, so I thought I’d go for another that’s been on my shelves for years – The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton! This book is not only huge (834 pages!), but also won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and is historical fiction (a genre I don’t read that much of). However, I think it has such an interesting premise that I don’t think I can describe better than Goodreads does: It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
Top three priority books on your TBR?
The first book is The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron! I got an eARC of this from Netgalley but unfortunately couldn’t get to it before the publish date (I was approved 2 days before!). It’s an adult f/f romance that I’m very excited to read now that the weather’s getting warmer, and I’ve been wanting to pick up a Chelsea M. Cameron book for a while now! Next is Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn! I’ve pre-ordered the paperback of this book but, unfortunately, it doesn’t get released until next year. Thankfully, it is on Kindle Unlimited right now, and my free trial lasts until the end of next month, so I need to read it quickly! It’s a YA fantasy set in Revolutionary Paris and has a f/f romance! What more could I want? Finally, I really want to read Hammers, Strings and Beautiful Things by Morgan Lee Miller. I loved All the Worlds Between Us by Morgan Lee Miller, which I read last year, and the sequel comes out next month, so what better time to read her second novel! Its another f/f romance novel that focuses on a songwriter who’s dealing with the loss of her grandfather while touring with the biggest female popstar in the world, but the two fall in love!
Recommend a short book?
Oooh! I just finished reading The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo and loved it! It’s a gorgeous Asian-inspired fantasy novella that features a non binary main character and a f/f side romance, and is only a little over 100 pages! Here’s the Goodreads synopsis: A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy. The world building in this novella is absolutely gorgeous and it really does not feel like you’ve only read 100 pages! I’m dying for the sequel!
Recommend a long book?
I’ve not read a “long” book in a while but a long-ish book (496 pages) that I love, and which doesn’t get talked about enough, is Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo! It follows four main characters: Tavia, a busker who illegally sells magic; Wesley, a gangster and Tavia’s boss; Karam, who spends her nights in the fighting ring; and Saxony, a resistance fighter in hiding. The four have to team together to save their city, Creije, after Tavia delivers a vial of dark magic and sets off the greatest conflict in decades. It’s an amazing, almost found family, novel that has amazing world building and a great f/f romance! I loved it and I need the sequel ASAP!!
Something you’d love to do while stuck at home?
Does be with my girlfriend count hahah? I’d love to just relax! I finished uni whilst in lockdown and now I’m searching for jobs during a very difficult time, in a field that’s almost impossible to get into without experience (don’t get me started on this, I will rant!). I’ve not really had any time to relax in amongst all this and it’d be nice to have a breather!
What do you plan on reading next?
My next read will be The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron and I’m really excited to get to it!
I hope you’re all taking care!