May TBR list – the Winner!

My TBR list is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!


 

 

This week, Truthwitch and Flame in the Mist actually got exactly the same number of votes, so I took to Goodreads and picked the one with the highest average rating.  That means that this month the winner is….

I’ve heard good things about this one, so I’m really intrigued to give it a go!

May 2017 TBR List: Voting time!

My TBR list (#MyTBRL) is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!

I’m determined to take part in My TBR list throughout 2017, because last year it led to finally reading a book of my shelf that turned out to be one of my favourite reads of 2016 (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)!

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair one is an Alpha – physically perfect in every way – and the other an Omega burdened with deformity, small or large.

With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side by side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights.

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

 

 

 

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.


My goodreads friends have given this an average of 4.33 out of 5 which is a pretty great average, but I’ve just never gotten around to giving it a try for some reason.

Which book should I read for the May TBR vote?

  • Truthwitch (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Flame in the Mist (50%, 2 Votes)
  • The Fire Sermon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Thank you for voting! Next week I’ll check in to let you know which book won!

TBR List January – the Winner!

My TBR list is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!


The winner, with 63% of the votes, is…

I’ve been seriously eying up Bardugo’s Six of Crows for a while, and while I know I could theoretically jump straight in with that, I’d really like to start with her original trilogy first, but I’ve been putting this off because of the love triangle I know is coming.  I’m quite excited to finally have a reason to bump it up on my TBR list and stop making excuses 😉 I’m also in a serious fantasy mood at the moment so hopefully I’ll get stuck into this very quickly.

January 2017 TBR List: Voting time!

My TBR list (#MyTBRL) is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!

I’m determined to take part in My TBR list throughout 2017, because last year it led to finally reading a book of my shelf that turned out to be one of my favourite reads of 2016 (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)!

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.

Well this just sounds awesome, right? I loved the Smallville TV show, and I loved Lois Lane so I’m super intrigued by a book all about her – although I’m also worried she can’t possibly live up to the feisty Lois of TV….

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

People seem to either love or hate this series, but I keep coming back to it.  I’m worried about how romance heavy it’s likely to be, but I also feel like maybe I should read this before giving Six of Crows a go.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

My goodreads friends have given this an average of 4.33 out of 5 which is a pretty great average, but I’ve just never gotten around to giving it a try for some reason.

Which book should I read for the May TBR vote?

  • Truthwitch (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Flame in the Mist (50%, 2 Votes)
  • The Fire Sermon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Thank you for voting! Next week I’ll check in to let you know which book won!

June TBR – The one with all the manga!

TBRMemeMy TBR list is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!

I missed last month because I am useless, but I couldn’t miss another month! This month I’ve picked three manga series I’ve heard great things about.

Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.


I know this series is insanely popular, and I’ve been debating watching the anime on Netflix, so I figured why not give the manga a try?!

A family with an ancient curse…

And the girl who will change their lives forever…

Tohru Honda was an orphan with no place to go until the mysterious Sohma family offered her a place to call home. Now her ordinary high school life is turned upside down as she’s introduced to the Sohma’s world of magical curses and family secrets.

This is one that other bloggers in particular have raved about, but I know next to nothing about it.  Still, I figure it’s definitely worth a chance, especially since there are plenty of other shojo manga I really want to read.


Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

This is a manga classic, and yet I’ve never read it! When my friends read it as teenagers, I ended up hearing so much about it there were no surprises left for me, so I never bothered reading it.  Now, there’s been enough time for me to forget all about it, so I figure it might finally be time to pick this up.

Which manga series should I start?

  • Tokyo Ghoul (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fruits Basket (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Death Note (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 0

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Thank you for voting! Next week I’ll check in to let you know which book won!