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TOP TEN TUESDAY – AUTHORS I’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS BY

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is actually FAVORITE BOOKSTORES or BOOKSTORES I’D LOVE TO VISIT, but uh, I have exactly one bookstore available to me. Barnes and Noble. That’d be a boring list, so I went through the past Top Ten Tuesday topics that I never did and found one I thought would be interesting enough to do. I’m going with AUTHORS I’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS BY. Let’s see what I can come up with.

  • Patricia Briggs – 18 books
  • Jim Butcher – 17 books
  • Sarah J. Maas – 14 books
  • Brandon Sanderson – 14 books
  • Sarah MacLean – 13 books
  • Diana Gabaldon – 9 Books
  • James S. A. Corey – 9 books
  • Kevin Hearne – 8 books
  • T. Kingfisher – 8 books
  • VE Schwab – 8 books

The top two authors are up that high simply because they have both written two huge, huge, huge paranormal series. The Mercy Thompson series, and The Dresden Files, respectively. Both excellent reads, if you’re looking for something to really sink your teeth into. (This is also how Kevin Hearne popped onto the list — he wrote The Iron Druid Chronicles, and that’s a lengthy series as well!) The rest, well, I love their work.

What author have you read the most work by?

Just a reminder, I’m on vacation this week — I won’t be blog hopping! I’ll catch up when I’m back next week. 🧡

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS I LOVED SO MUCH I HAD TO GET MULTIPLE COPIES

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone for a bit — I’m having a hard time with stress lately and well, some things have to give. I’m still around, and I’m still reading, you just might see me blog-hopping a tiny bit less. I hope you had a fantastic weekend, my friends!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is a BOOKS I LOVED SO MUCH I HAD TO GET MULTIPLE COPIES. There’s a lot of these — so I knew this week’s topic would be an easy one!

Song of Achilles, The Raven Cycle, Station Eleven, and A Court of Thorns and Roses I read on an e-reader for the first time. I loved them so much that I ended up buying physical copies of them!

The Shadow of the Gods, and The Drowned Woods I received e-ARCs for, but ended up buying physical copies for my bookshelf!

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy and A Taste of Gold and Iron I received e-ARCs for, but also bought the actual e-book for! I plan to buy physical copies of these, too, but I just don’t have the extra money right now!

Outlander, I have in e-book, mass-market paperback, AND a personalized signed hardcover. I used to have the whole series in tradeback, too, but my mom kept those when they moved to a different state!

I have the entire Mistborn series in mass-market paperback, but I also have it in e-book, too!

If I had to guess what book I own the most copies of, I’m going to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s my favorite book of the series, and I own an e-book version, at least three paperbacks, and four hardbacks (My original hardback, the one I bought to replace it after the binding broke, the Juniper books version, and the illustrated copy.). I do not and never will condone JK Rowling, but I cannot pretend that HP never existed.

What book do you own the most copies of?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS SET IN A PLACE I’D LOVE TO VISIT

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is BOOKS SET IN A PLACE I’D LOVE TO VISIT. So my problem with today’s topic is that most of the books I read aren’t set in peaceful times. Quite the opposite, sooo, there’s not that many that I’d actually want to visit. I picked through my books and these are the ones I’ve found with settings I actually want to go to.

VELARIS — Okay, who wouldn’t want to visit Velaris? It sounds like paradise on earth — an artist’s quarter, outdoor markets, restaurants with outdoor seating, an enormous library, a river running through the actual city…it all sounds perfect.

THE SHIRE — I maintain that if I had to pick a fictional fantasy place to live, it would 100% be The Shire as a hobbit. PROVIDED it is during peaceful times. It looks so pretty there.

CRESCENT CITY — Who wouldn’t want to visit Crescent City? Even with all the shenanigans that have happened there, it still sounds like it would be an awesome place to visit. So many different types of people, such different ways of living, it sounds awesome.

WILLOW CREEK RENAISSANCE FAIRE — I’ve been to a Ren Faire twice in my life and had a BLAST both times. I hope to go to our local one this year, but if I don’t get to, maybe I’ll just reread Well Met. EITHER WAY, I’d love to visit the Willow Creek Ren Faire. Maybe get a glimpse of Simon as a pirate…

CABESWATER — This is another one of those it sounds so pretty kind of places. Cabeswater sounds so fascinating in The Raven Cycle, but I definitely would just want to visit. For a tiny bit. Before things got creepy or scary or weird.

HOGWARTS / HOGSMEADE — C’mon, who, to this day, does not want to visit Hogwarts? I know Rowling is awful, and I am never giving her my money again, but Hogwarts will always have a small special part of my heart.

Where would you want to visit?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS WITH GREAT ENDINGS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a freebie, and my brain is dead, so Pages Unbound helped me on Twitter. My topic this week is BOOKS WITH GREAT ENDINGS. I won’t spoil anything in my post — and PLEASE DO NOT in the comments, either. Vague statements are fine. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s enjoyment of these books!

Special shoutout to my favorite endings of this group – Mistborn era 1 (THAT SANDERLANCHE, people, THE SANDERLANCHE.), House of Sky and Breath, and Abhorsen. WHAT ENDINGS THESE BOOKS HAVE. How much is it killing me not to be to discuss them. Omg.

5 BOOKS FEATURING THE FAE

One of my favorite things about fantasy books is the inclusion of the Fae. Especially if they are the classic, try-to-trick-you Fae. The cruel Fae, the fae who you have to be increasingly careful around. I also am extremely into fantasy romance books that feature the Fae. I am nothing if not predictable. HOWEVER, when it comes to this list, I do want to say this: I did not love all of these books. I am including them on this list, because I was requested to do a recommendation list on Fae books. Just because I didn’t enjoy them does not mean that you won’t! Give them a try before you count them out, alright?

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

the book cover for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

WHY DID I LOVE A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES?

Now I know, this series is extremely divisive. You either love it, or you can’t stand it. It’s been everywhere in the past couple years, and in my opinion, it’s entirely worth the hype. HOWEVER, I totally get it if it’s not for you. I adore this series, I adore the world, I adore the characters, and when I finished reading it the first time, I actually picked the first book right back up and read it through again. If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.

The first book in the series feels really YA, in the writing sense, but the series is definitely not YA and should never have been classified as such. There are several explicit sex scenes sprinkled throughout. Also — if you don’t like the first book, keep going — the second book feels entirely different in the best way. Feysand forever.

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? There are currently four books published, but there are at least two more coming, I believe. The first three – A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin – are a complete story.
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • CW: Violence, death, sexual content, torture, blood

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS BY MARGARET ROGERSON

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

the book cover for An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

WHY DID I LOVE AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS?

This book is the sweetest version of insta-love I have ever read in my entire life. The relationship between Isobel, and Rook is just the sweetest. It all starts when Isobel, a master painter, is commissioned by the Autumn Prince, Rook, to do a portrait for him. Everything builds from there. Love and peril, questions about faeries, everything. The world in this book is exquisitely done. It’s also really short, so if you’re looking for a primer on faerie fantasy-romance, try this one on for size!

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? This is a standalone.
  • CW: Violence, body horror, death of parent, gore, sexual content, kidnapping

THE LORD OF STARIEL BY AJ LANCASTER

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

The Lord of Stariel is dead. Long live the Lord of Stariel. Whoever that is.

Everyone knows who the magical estate will choose for its next ruler. Or do they? Will it be the lord’s eldest son, who he despised? His favourite nephew, with the strongest magical land-sense? His scandalous daughter, who ran away from home years ago to study illusion?

Hetta knows it won’t be her, and she’s glad of it. Returning home for her father’s funeral, all Hetta has to do is survive the family drama and avoid entanglements with irritatingly attractive local men until the Choosing. Then she can leave.

But whoever Stariel chooses will have bigger problems than eccentric relatives to deal with. Winged, beautifully deadly problems. For the first time in centuries, the fae are returning to the Mortal Realm, and only the Lord of Stariel can keep the estate safe.

In theory.

WHY DID I LOVE THE LORD OF STARIEL?

I enjoyed this book, but wanted so, so much more from it. It’s clearly the start of a series — there’s not a lot of room here in this short book — but the romance between Hattie and the fae prince was really cute. Not there’s a lot of it in this book (it grows in the others), but it’s still enjoyable. Hattie herself is the reason why I really liked this book — she is a phenomenal main character. I love a good lead character that doesn’t make you want to shake her. She makes reasonable decisions, nothing that makes you second guess her intelligence or anything — which is surprisingly rare these days!

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Four
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? The Lord of Stariel
  • CW: Sexism, homophobia, violence, death of parent

OF BEAST AND BURDEN BY KELSEY KICKLIGHTER

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

The book cover for Of Beast and Burden by Kelsey Kicklighter

A fae girl with a human heart. A Seelie Queen with a penchant for stealing mortals. And an Unseelie King who will have to give up his throne.

On the coast of Georgia rests a small southern town where faeries still take changelings. Faye lost her mother to the Folk, but has she spent her whole life longing for a glimpse—however brief—behind the veil.

When Faye finds her way in, she also finds the truth of why the dark and alluring world of the Folk has always called to her: She’s half-faerie, and heiress to the Dark Court’s throne.

When the rival court steals her best friend, she’ll have to claim her crown to get her back. But that means learning how to use her glamour so she can face three deadly trials—and not falling for the dark and brooding king she’s meant to be replacing, or the nymph-turned-knight teaching her to fight.

WHY DID I LOVE OF BEAST AND BURDEN?

Now this one, I’ve reviewed on the blog, so you can see my full thoughts there. HOWEVER, a short quick version of it is this: This book had so much potential that just fell flat for me. The world that was set up sounds fascinating, but it is not explored to the extent that it should have been. The characters are not one dimensional, they feel real, but they don’t really do much. This is the start of a series, so I hope that the next books improve!

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? This is a standalone!
  • CW: Incest

THE CRUEL PRINCE BY HOLLY BLACK

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

the book cover for The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. 

WHY DID I LOVE THE CRUEL PRINCE?

I’m going to be real with you — I did not enjoy this series. BUT a lot of people do, so I felt like I should include it on this list. Jude, the main character, was infuriating for me. She’s cool and calculating, and some of the time, almost cruel. Her love interest, Cardan, is fae. He spends the majority of the first book basically attempting to murder Jude as a ‘joke’, or straight up bullying her. I didn’t buy their romance, so the series didn’t work entirely for me.

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Three
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? The Cruel Prince
  • CW: Bullying, Murder, Death of parent

I hope my list helped you find at least one book or series featuring the Fae that you love! If not, I sincerely apologize. ALSO — if you have a recommendation for a Fae book that did not make this list, PLEASE share it with me in the comments. Odds are, I haven’t heard of it and I want to read it!

BOOK REVIEW: HOUSE OF SKY AND BREATH BY SARAH J. MAAS

the book cover for House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
  • STAR RATING:  5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 805 pages
  • WHAT SERIES? The Crescent City Series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? House of Earth and Blood
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Currently unknown, but I’m betting 4.
  • DATE PUBLISHED: February 15th 2022
  • PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Publishing
    CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexual content, violence, death, slavery, torture, war

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, or the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

SYNOPSIS

Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode―and the people who will do anything to save it. 

My hold at the library came in for this book on Sunday, and I couldn’t help but literally leap at the chance to read this. I had been EXTREMELY ANXIOUS picking House of Sky and Breath up, because I’d seen everyone else’s reactions to the ending of this book. I was so, so sure that something awful happened to one of the main characters, that Maas had broken her usual MO and done something horrible. While bad stuff does happen, the ending isn’t at ALL what I thought was going to happen.

Holy sh*t, guys.

That’s all I’m going to say, but if you’ve read this and are looking for someone else to scream at, PLEASE COME FIND ME ON TWITTER.

ANYWAY, I fell into House of Sky and Breath much easier than I did the first book in the series, House of Earth and Blood. I had a harder time with that one, because it wasn’t like anything by Maas I had ever read before, and the world-building was somewhat of a shock. Not so with House of Sky and Breath! It was like crawling home at night — I knew where we were, what was happening, I knew the characters, etc. I loved watching Hunt and Bryce circle each other, and I love that they finally just gave in. They are adorable (and extremely, steaming hot) together!!!

The plot itself was interesting, too. A rebel boy goes missing, and literally everyone under the sun is looking for him. I felt horrible for the kid, because no one cared about him, personally, only what he could do for the rebel cause. Bryce was the only one in the whole book who wanted him to be safe for who he was, not what he was. Sewn into that plot are more mysteries about Danika, which I’m torn on. Half of me thinks its super interesting to have books wrapped all up in a dead character, the other half of me thinks its sort of a cop out? Like because Danika is dead Maas can say all sorts of things about her, because we’ve never really seen her on page. I’ll reserve my judgement until the end of the series, I think, because it worked pretty well on page in this book.

The reveal about the Asteri was…whoo boy. Something, huh? I can’t wait to see where that plotline goes.

Overall, I’d say House of Sky and Breath is another five star read from Maas for me. I love how she weaves incredible storylines together, and I love how much romance she pours into all her books.

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WWW WEDNESDAY — JUNE 29

Today is my husband and I’s third anniversary! How are we celebrating, you ask? By going to work. 😩 Not much we can do today, in the middle of the week, when we both work full time, AND we have a toddler. So we’ll probably order in dinner or something, and call it done! I hope you have a lovely day, though!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m buddy reading The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy with Becky — we’re close to 50% of the way through! I’m also – shocker – reading House of Sky and Breath at the same time. Who am I, reading two books at once? Usually I can’t do that. I finished up Paradise Lost & Found last week. It was just alright. Next, I’ll FINALLY be picking up Nettle & Bone, as my hold is up at the library!

What are you currently reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKISH WISHES

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOKISH WISHES. Now, you know I pretty much read exclusively on my Kindle these days, so really this list is just me wanting books on my kindle. Not all that exciting, but there are some on this list I just haven’t pushed the BUY button for yet. The only one I’ve read before is The Amber Spyglass — I love the His Dark Materials series so much. I have the first two on my Kindle, I just haven’t gotten around to buying the last one yet!

I’m going to link my Kindle Wishlist here, but I don’t expect anything, okay?

What books are on your wishlist? Do we share any?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – COMFORT READS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is COMFORT READS.

There are certain books I turn to when the world seems bleak, and when everything seems absolutely awful. These books either remind me that everything will turn out alright, or they distract me and let me escape from the grim news of the day. That’s not to say these books don’t have sad storylines, or have reminders that all is not well. It’s more these books are like climbing into your own bed at night — familiar and comfortable. I’ve read all of these books more than once, and well, I’ll keep coming back for more.

Do we share any of the same comfort books?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – QUOTES ABOUT LOVE

Morning. [grumbles] Can someone, anyone, tell my son that he can sleep right through three am without waking up wailing? Poor baby is waking up really whiney and won’t go back to sleep without a big bottle. He’s a year old! He shouldn’t need to eat at night anymore. 😦 ANYWAY, onto my sleep-deprived post…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a QUOTE FREEBIE. Sooooo, because I have a million of these saved — I’m doing quotes about love.

the book cover for The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

“When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” — THE FIERY CROSS by DIANA GABALDON

The book cover for Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” — SONG OF ACHILLES by MADELINE MILLER

the book cover for Shadow of Night by Deborah harkness

“In every moment, for the rest of my life, I will be choosing you.” — SHADOW OF NIGHT by DEBORAH HARKNESS

The book cover for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.” — THE NIGHT CIRCUS by ERIN MORGENSTERN

The book cover for Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

“The moment you first called me a prick, my fate was sealed. O, fathers of my bloodline! O, ye kings of olde! Take this crown from me, bury me in my ancestral soil. If only you had known the mighty work of thine loins would be undone by a gay heir who likes it when American boys with chin dimples are mean to him.” — RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by CASEY MCQUISTON

the book cover for A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

“You look like a Turner painting and I want to learn your textures with my fingertips. You are the most fascinating thing in this beautiful house. I’d like to introduce my fists to whoever taught you to stop talking about the things that interest you.” — A MARVELLOUS LIGHT by FREYA MARSKE

the book cover for To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

“And kissed her for a hundred and sixty-nine years.” — TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by CONNIE WILLIS

The book cover for His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams…And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…” — HIS DARK MATERIALS by PHILIP PULLMAN

The book cover for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“I was his and he was mine, and we were the beginning and middle and end. We were a song that had been sung from the very first ember of light in the world.” — COURT OF MIST AND FURY by SARAH J. MAAS

the book cover for Brazen and the Beast by Sarah macLean

“It had been three days since she’d left him alone in his home, having destroyed it with the specter of her presence. He couldn’t do anything in the house—not eat or bathe or light a fucking candle—without thinking of her. Without reliving her, smelling like almond cakes and looking like sin. ……..So, he hadn’t gone home in three days.” — BRAZEN AND THE BEAST by SARAH MACLEAN

What are you favorite quotes about love? Share them below, I seriously want to read them.