Books I’m Excited For In 2018

2017 has been a great year for books. I haven’t read as much as last year, and I think that’s partly due to not setting myself a reading goal, which was kinda nice and relaxing. Plus, the amount of books you read doesn’t matter, it’s about what makes you happy. And what makes me happy the most is getting way too excited about the books that aren’t even out yet.

So, without further ado, here are the books I’m most excited for in 2018!

Circe by Madeline Miller

I’ve been trying to get my hands on an early copy of this for a few months now – but it seems that our fates are not aligned and I will have to wait patiently…a word not in my vocabulary. The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s debut novel, is one of, if not my ultimate favourite books of all time. I absolutely adore it with all my heart, and I believe it’ll happen again with Circe.

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Bright We Burn by Kirsten White

So, this has become one of my favourite series of all time. Unbelievable, because I remember reading And I Darken, which I bought on a whim, passing the Penguin stand at YALC back in 2016, and enjoying it but also being super frustrated by it. It hadn’t much hype, and maybe that was part of why I bought it, but what some of the characters did for the people they loved, tearing themselves apart for nothing in return, grinded my gears. But actually, looking back, and then reading Now I Rise as an e-arc made me fall head over heels for this historical story which is a RETELLING OF VLAD THE IMPALER BUT AS A TEENAGE GIRL. This story is fantastic, and I cannot wait for the finale. Blurb for And I Darken (so you’re not spoiled) is here!

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak

I read Uprooted on a long car drive from Bavaria, Germany back to England in one sitting. I was told by people that it’s generic, that it was boring, that it was formulaic. I can’t argue that it wasn’t a typical fairytale like fantasy, but boring it was not. It was fun, interesting, and I’ve come to realise that I love fantasies set in places that aren’t generic woods. I like my fairytale to have it’s setting and worldbuilding rooted in real countries and old stories with culture. Uprooted was set in an Eastern European/Polish feeling place, and I assume Spinning Silver will be a new place but with the same writing I hold dear.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Look, all future V.E. Schwab novels should be on this list, but the next one up that actually has a set date is Vengeful, the sequel to Vicious, that tells the story of two best friends from college who gain powers; one becomes the hero and one becomes the villain. SOUNDS AMAZING DOESN’T IT? And finally, we are getting a sequel and I’m so excited to return to this world after giving my heart over to The Shades of Magic series. The blurb for Vicious is here!

Record of a Space Born Few by Becky Chambers

I seem to have a pattern here. All the books I’m excited for are either sequels, or novels by authors I already love. It seems there’s no difference here, but there’s a good reason for it.

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All of Becky Chambers novels are standalones. It means that her last two books, while set in the same universe, you do not have to read one to understand the other. You can go into Record of a Space Born Few without listening to me harp on about how I’m excited for ‘this installment’ without spoiling anything for you. Becky Chambers’ books delves into the understanding of humanity as another species with their human-like customs, as well as unpacking what we know as humans through fictional non-humans. It’s incredible and such an interesting way to question ourselves.

What books are you excited for this year? Let me know in the comments!

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The Book Theme Meme | The Song of Achilles

The Book Theme Meme was created by Lila over at The Bookeeper’s Secrets, and aims to pair a book with a song or piece of music. How do they relate to each other in your opinion? It can be in any way, shape or form. It might not relate at all, but when you hear a particular song, you think of a particular book or series.

This week is one of my absolute favourites in a genre I rarely delve into, Historical Fiction. I’ve mentioned before why I’m not a huge fan, but mostly the genre just doesn’t grip me as much as I’d like it too. I’ve read some in the past that have been fantastic, but the majority, I just can’t seem to pick up.

But then this beauty came along, and ooh boy.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a retelling of The Iliad by Homer, only our narrator is Patroclus, a boy who is exiled and taken under the wing of another king and another kingdom, where he meets Achilles, a boy destined for greatness. The story follows their journey from childhood to adulthood as they gruel the years in the Trojan War.

Unfortunately, the book was a library book, and so I can’t take pretty pictures with it. And so here’s some fanart by the talented Becca at arianwen44:

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And I’m pairing it with one of my favourite songs on the album Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco which is, ironically, a meaningful title in the context of The Song of Achilles.

Golden Days is an absolutely beautiful song. It wasn’t the first song I heard on the album, but it was the first song that I heard in which made me buy the album instantly. And it was around about the time I was reading The Song Of Achilles.

The story and the lyrics just meld together perfectly. Brendon Urie singing of promising a loved one that he’ll make the days they spend together perfect, golden even. He’ll never forget those days, even now, when things aren’t so great. Patroclus often wishes to return back to the time when he and Achilles were kids, roaming free and doing what they wanted. But, what’s important to Patroclus is that he and Achilles are together.

SO. FRICKIN’. BEAUTIFUL.

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BOOK TAG: Kiss Me, I’m Irish

I don’t know if an Irish person made this tag. I’m not Irish, I’m not even a little bit Irish. Do you think that would make a difference to this blog post? Well, the title would mean something, but ‘Kiss Me, I’m Northern’ isn’t as catchy, is it?

I was tagged by the wonderful @jadedeverafter, and you should all check out her blog because BOOKS and LOVELINESS.

Green: A book with a green cover;

Heir of Fire by  Sarah J Maas The third installment in the Throne of Glass series. I enjoyed this one much more than the others. But I’m being super slow about reading Queen of Shadows. It’s massive. It’s intimidating.

Blarney: A book that deceived you into either liking it or was overhyped and you ended up disliking it;

Soundless by Richelle Mead This is the second book I’ve read of Mead’s and honestly, it wasn’t spectacular. Which is a shame, because the plot sounded so interesting. It was hyped over on booktube because of who it was written by, but I talk about why I was disappointed a bit more in my review over on Goodreads.

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Tomasz in More Than This by Patrick Ness I mean, don’t all people have accents? I’m gunna ignore that thought, because this book was excellent, and Tomasz was a little cutie pie, and a hero!

I wrote a review on this book here, and I loved it! It was trippy, with twists and turns like you won’t believe!

Leprechaun: A book you enjoyed when you where a little person;

41sesygmm3lWhat I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell Ok, so this book is so special to me. I have no idea how I found out about it, how I got it. But I still own it, and I think I was on the cusp of teenager-dom when I read it. And it was the first book I’d read with a twist. It blew me the fuck away.

I know for a fact that this book isn’t popular on social media, so here’s the summary on Goodreads: Murder and intrigue surround a girl in this mystery set in American in the aftermath of WWII

When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

Pot of Gold: A book that cost you a lot or is of great value to you;gg

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald I had a copy of this book for A Level, where I scribbled and highlighted all over it. It cost me a penny on Amazon and was just this thin, green paperback that I didn’t really care about.

And then, for my birthday, my brother got me this bad boy. A beautiful hardback gold edition, and I bet this started my love affair with hardbacks!

Four-leaf clover or Shamrock: More than one book. Pick your current or old favourite series;

grishaThe Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo I mean, how could I not pick Queen Bardugo? Everything she writes is gold to me. The Grisha Trilogy I ate up so quickly, a beautiful fantasy setting with Russian influences and magic. Perfect series is perfect.

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.

Magic: A book that you found magical or a book where you enjoyed a magic element that was found in the storyline;

landlinebigLandline by Rainbow Rowell The magic is fairly subtle (and debateable) in this book. But a woman finds and old landline at her mother’s house that calls her husband in the past. It’s beautiful and you’ll cry. It’s more magical realism than actual magic. But it’s an element, a lovely element.

If you like contemporary novels with a hint of magic, instead of a fantastical epic with fairies and warlocks, then this is definitely the book for you. Also, if you’re a big fan of romance then read ALL Rainbow Rowell up!

 

Kiss: Your current favourite book pairing or your all time favourite book pairing;

11250317Achilles and Patroclus in Song of Achilles Madeline Miller Sometimes I don’t really get into pairings. It’s an ‘aww that’s cute’ moment, and then I move on.

AND THEN, I get pairings that make me spontaneously cry in the middle of my shift at work.

Achilles and Patroclus were this. A doomed love, but with so much romance and squishyness before. You should ALL read this book!

 

Luck: A book on your shelf that you will luckily get to…someday;

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor Why I haven’t read this book yet, I don’t know. I read the first two books SO long ago and I really enjoyed them (though a little confused by them). I’ve had it on my shelf for ages. It’s gathering dust. I’m a bit concerned.

Jig: A book that you don’t currently own but if you could get a hold of it, it would make you dance with joy;

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Of course, I was going to put this book. I love The Raven Cycle, and while I liked The Dream Thieves more than Blue Lily, Lily Blue, I know that The Raven Kings will be fantastic. I know I’m going to cry, and I’m not looking forward to it but also I am, know what I mean?

I tag afrolicthroughfiction and astrangersguidetonovels and anyone who wants to do this tag!

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