Books Series I Need to Finish Part Two

This is part two of the book series I need to finish that I really want to get to! I posted part one on my blog yesterday so if you have not read that one, yet you should go check it out! I’m going to get right on with today’s post so enjoy!

Monsters of Verity by V. E. Schwab

This was a lockdown read for me last year. It’s a duology which features This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet. I loved the first book. I thought the entire world building and the characters were perfect. The fine line between good and bad as well as the monsters within the world were written amazingly. I can not wait to get to the second book this year!

This book follows a young man and woman and their decision to be good or bad. Both of them heirs to a war-torn city; Kate who wants to be just as ruthless as her father and August a monster who wants to be as good as his human father. When August is offered a chance to protect Kate with his weapon of music, he jumps at the chance but when they are both nearly assassinated, they must decide where their loyalties lie.

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu

Monstress is a graphic novel series with breath-taking artwork and a dark, in-depth story. I have read the first two and I am really looking forward to diving into the story more although I always put off buying graphic novels. The characters are ones that you hate to love apart from the little cinnamon roll Kippa.

This is set in Asia with a teen girl who is struggling with the repercussions of war and is somehow connected to a monstrous being. But this connection causes consequences with both humans and monsters alike who are hunting them through the world.

Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Another lockdown book series that I started last year and loved. This series is a trilogy featuring Nevernight, Godsgrave and Darkdawn. I know this is a lot of people’s favourite book series and I can see why. The first book ended up on my favourite books of 2020 list and I already own the second book, so I am really excited to get to the rest of them.

This is about Mia Corvere who is a daughter of an executed traitor who joins a school of assassins in order to get revenge on those that killed her family. She is entered into a competition in order to defeat the rest of the students in challenges to become a Blade of the Lady of Blessed Murder. Alongside her shadow cat Mr Kindly, she must figure out the answers to the tasks and find out who is murdering her fellow students.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I read the first book in this series a few years ago and I thought it was okay, but I was not as obsessed as everyone else. However, I do want to give the series another try eventually to read all four because I know this is another one of BookTubes favourites. Some of the aspects I enjoyed like the friendship between the boys as well as the setting but for some reason I could not get into it fully.

This is about Blue who when she kisses the love of her life he will die. Every year her and her mother go to the graveyard to see the soon-to-be dead, but Blue has never seen one until a young boy approaches her. Gansey is a student at the privet school near her house who seems to have everything. But the two are drawn to each other and Gansey is on a quest with his raven boys. As their lives become intertwined the two realise more sinister things are going on.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

This series is a graphic novel series which I read the first book years ago and really enjoyed. I never got around to the rest of the series even though I did love it, but this is mainly because graphic novels are expensive, and I don’t often get to them.

This is about two soldiers from two sides of the war who fall in love. It results in the two having a child and fleeing from the opposing sides who are after them both. Alana and Marko are running from everyone across the galaxy to protect the one thing they love more than each other.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

I began reading this series as a child and is one of the series that got me into reading. I read most of the series when I was younger, but I ended up falling behind as I grew up and I now have around five unread. Currently I am doing a readathon of the series which I am loving, and I am hoping to finish them all before the end of this year.

This follows a skeleton detective in a world of magic and his sidekick Valkyrie Cain. They both use elemental magic in order to figure out who is trying to end the world. Both must work together in order to defeat a threat from Skulduggerys past who wants to rebuild the world in his image.

Systems Divine by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

I read the first book in the series when it came out in 2019 and love it. This series has got two books out so far; Sky Without Stars and Between Burning Worlds and the third book Suns Will Rise is coming out in August this year. I had the sequel pre-ordered and it has been sat on my shelf ever since. I will definitely be getting to the second book before August so I am ready for the third book which I will hopefully read as soon as it released.

This is a Les Misérables retelling which follows three perspectives five hundred years after hope was promised to the planet. It is now ruled by the high class and the poor are left to starve. But the rebels are coming back in the shadows. A thief who will do anything to escape her life agrees to spy on the grandson of the most powerful man. An officer who is being taught to command the governments army. A girl who protects the underground library is brought to the surface after twelve years due to a murder.

The Blood of Stars by Elizabeth Lim

This is another duology featuring the books Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk. Once again, I read the first book in this series during lockdown and loved it. I immediately ordered the second book but for some reason it did not turn up for months and I had gone back to my university address before it arrived. Over Christmas I managed to pick it up, so I am going to read it very, very soon.

Spin the Dawn is a Mulan retelling about a young girl who loves to tailor clothes. However, in their world girls are supposed to marry and have children; not make clothes. Maia decides to take her fathers place when a royal messenger delivers a message about a competition to become the royal tailor. Posed as a boy she risks everything in order to save her family from ruin. But when the challenges get increasingly harder, she realises that achieving her dreams is harder than it seems.

The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

I picked up the first book in this series after watching the Netflix TV show last year. I am obsessed with the TV show; I have watched it three times since it has been released and I really enjoyed the book too. The only reason I have not read the second book yet is that my aunt has my copy of the second book and has not finished with it yet. It is translated from Polish, which is really interesting to see, and I can not wait to get to the rest of this series.

Geralt is a Witcher; a being whose magic has been enhanced. This makes him an excellent assassin, but he targets specific monsters that plague the land. This is a collection of short stories that are set before the official series and this and Sword of Destiny are the books that the first season is based on.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I have tried to finish this series twice now and I can not get passed the third book. Although I love the first two books and the prequel Assassins Blade for some reason, I can not get into the third. However, I do really want to finish this series and I am planning on trying to read one book a month this year to try and get through it.

I’m sure most people know what this series is about but in case you do not; it follows Celaena Sardothien who is offered her freedom from the horrific salt mines on the condition that she fights for the Crown Prince as his champion. She must compete in a condition to find a new royal assassin against other assassins of the world. But when champions start turning up dead, she realizes something a lot darker is occurring in the palace.

You by Caroline Kepnes

This is another book I picked up after watching the Netflix show like a lot of people. I am obsessed with the TV show and even though I do prefer the TV series I still want to finish the book series. This is written in a really creepy way where it feels like the narrator is watching you instead of the main character.

When Guinevere Beck walks into Joe Goldberg’s bookshop, she does not realise her life is about to change. After he googles her name, he begins to find out everything about her through her social media account. He begins to take control of her through stalking her in order to become her boyfriend. But things get darker when Joe begins to take everything that gets in their way and destroys in.

This is the end of my list of series I need to finish. One of my goals this year is to try and finish some of these series which I know that I will achieve because I am so excited for most of these series! I hope you enjoyed this post, please comment down bellow a series that you need to finish this year! Please follow and I will see in the next post!

Book Series I Need to Finish Part One

One of my resolutions for this year is to finish more of the series that I have started over the years (if you would like to see what other resolutions I have this year I did a post about it!). During today’s post I’m going to speak about the book series that I really need to finish. The list is in alphabetical as I have none that I want to get to more than others. This post is going to be quite long  but it is going to be split into two posts as it is more of a list, but I hope you enjoy!

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

This series is more commonly known as Game of Thrones and I am always intimidated to pick up the next book. I read the first book in this series during 2018 and the second book at the beginning of 2019. I really want to at least get to the third book this year if not a few of them.

For those of you that do not know (although I presume everyone will) A Song of Ice and Fire is a high fantasy series that follows several families as they compete for the Iron Throne; the ruler of the seven kingdoms. After the hand of the king is killed Ned Stark is sent to the Red Keep to help rule the seven kingdoms but there is something not right in the kingdom and the stakes are very high.

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

This series includes a Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life. I read the first book in 2020 and it did make my top books of the year. I adored the first book and I will definitely be getting to the second book in 2020 without a doubt and hopefully finishing the entire series this year. I adore this story and this world, so I am excited to continue with the series.

This series follows Diana Bishop; a witch who has denied her powers ever since her parents were young. When she uncovers a book that has been missing for centuries where she sets off a chain of events including her involvement with Matthew Clairmont. As it becomes clear the Diana is in danger it is up to her to figure out if she truly wants to turn her back on magic or embrace who she is.

Arc of a Scythe by Neil Schusterman

This book trilogy includes Scythe, Thunderhead and The Toll. I read the first two books in this trilogy back to back in 2018 and I adored them. The second book left me on such a cliffhanger and I could not wait for the third book. However, I have been putting off finishing this series for so long because of how much I love them (I know I sound ridiculous) even though I do own the third book and I am so excited to eventually get to it.

This series follows a world without death; there is no disease, no hunger or war. The only way you can die is by a Scythe in order to keep the population controlled. When Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice a scythe, they must compete against each other to become the next scythe; or die as a consequence.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

I read this book during my original vampire stage back when Twilight was huge. Before this I had read the Vampire Academy series and absorbed all six of them and then immediately read these books. Even though I really enjoyed this book for some reason I did not end up reading the rest of the series and I have no idea why! I plan on reading this book this month and then hopefully moving onto the rest of the series.

This book follows on from the Vampire Academy series however, the focus is on Sydney; an alchemist whose job is to keep the peace between vampires and humans. Sydney’s decisions during the Vampire Academy lead to her being charged with the protection of Jill Dragomir at a human boarding school.

Crave Series by Tracey Wolff

This is another book series that I started in 2020 which I reviewed for NetGalley and my review will be up on this account soon. This is the book that kicked off my recent vampire addiction; I adored it. I have recently brought myself the sequel Crush and I know the next book is coming out soon so I really want to catch up with the series before the new book.

Crave follows Grace after her parents are killed and she is sent to her uncles boarding school but things are not as they seem. The school is home to people Grace never thought to exist; vampires, werewolves and witches. But when a particular vampire named Jaxon Vega begins to show an interest in her Grace’s life is turned around.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Another series I began in 2020 after watching the movie again I decided I wanted to get to the source material and see if the book was as good. As much as I enjoyed the first book I’ve heard the rest of the series is not as good so I am unsure about whether I want to continue with this series or not. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

This follows China’s elite families and their dramas within the families. After one of the richest family’s children brings back his American girlfriend to the wedding event of the year she is thrown into a world that she never knew existed. This book has scandals, heartbreak and all the things you expect of the world’s richest families.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Last year must have been the year that I started most of my series because I also read this one during the summer last year. I was hooked by this series immediately and I can not wait to get back to this world hopefully this month. This has the possibility to become one of my favourite series because I just love the setting and the characters; just everything about this book.

This is set in the jazz age New York where Evie O’Neil is struggling to hide her unacceptable supernatural power from the world. But when a murder is revealed Evie realizes she could help. But she isn’t the only one with a power. Memphis, Theta and Jericho are hiding there own secrets but with a dark secret unfurling they might be forced to reveal it.

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read the first book in this series in 2017 and the second book in 2018 before I forgot to keep up with the series after that. I loved the first two books in this series, and I don’t know why I did not keep up with the releases because I love the characters and the stories within this series. I do plan on binge reading the entire series soon so that I can finally get to the final two installments.

This follows Elias and Laia within the Martial Empire where if you don’t follow the rules you die. When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason she makes the choice to join the rebels who will free her brother if she spies for them within the academy. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier but all he wants is to be free. But when their fates come together they need to realise who they truly are.

Gumiho by Kat Cho

This is a duology featuring the books Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits. I read the first book last year during the lockdown due to Books with Chloe’s recommendation and I loved it. It features Korean mythology focusing specifically on the nine tailed fox but has other elements mixed in. Hopefully I will be reading this book within the first few months of this year.

Wicked Fox follows Gu Miyoung; a gumiho who must devour the energy of men. Set in modern day Seoul she takes evil mens lives without anyone noticing. But when she comes across Jihoon, a boy getting attacked by a goblin she saves the boy but loses her soul in the process. When there friendship becomes something more she must decide between her life or his.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

This series is initially made up of three books; The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass but it has since been extended. Once again I have only read the first book in this series but I really want to catch up before too many books come out. I really enjoyed the first book when I read it around three years ago but I might have to reread it before I carry on with the series.

It follows Lyra after Gobblers steal her best friend Roger. In a world where humans are born with a daemon; an animal bonded to their spirit. She begins to travel North where witch clans and bears that wear armor live in a hunt for her uncle Asriel and the children that have been stolen.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is a book series that I read when I first properly began to read. I loved it when I read it but I’m not sure of what I’d think of it if I read it now. I read three out of the four books and I have no idea why I didn’t read the fourth book at the time but now I am not sure if I ever will but maybe one day.

Nora Grey has never been interested in boys until Patch comes along. But even though Patch attempts to push Nora away it only makes her want him more. When Nora’s life is threatened more than once she doesn’t know who is to trust. Especially when she finds out Patch isn’t human.

Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I read the first book in this series back in May 2018 and I did not love it. I thought the concept was amazing and the mix media is one of my favourite formats but for some reason I couldn’t get into the book. However, I think my reading taste has changed in the last two years and now I really want to read the entire series to see what I think of it now. There is three books in this series the second one being Gemina and the third being Obsidio and I know a lot of people love this series so I really want to be able to get behind the hype.

The first book in this series follows two rival corporations who are at war over a planet which is forced to flee. But when a plague breaks out the two realise that from opposing ships they have to communicate to try and figure out what is going on with the ship and stop everyone from being taken over before it is too late.

Legacy Of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi

I’m not sure how long this book series is going to be but so far there is two books out; Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance. I read the first book as soon as it came out in 2018 and I loved it! I was so ready for the second book but when it came out, I just did not get round to buying it!

The first book follows a world without magic and Zélie has one chance to bring back magic. In order to do this she must strike against the monarchy and outrun the prince who wants to rid the world of magic once and for all. But as Zélie struggles to get her powers under control she threatens to destroy herself.

Lunar Chronicles by Marrisa Meyer

The final one for today’s post is another series that I am not sure if I am going to carry on with or not. There is four books in this series and a couple of novellas. I did not love the first one and I was never interested in picking up the rest of the series but I have seen people saying how it does get better each book so let me know if you think I should pick this one up or not! I do love a retelling so I thought I would love this series but I am not sure.

The first book is a Cinderella retelling but with androids. A plague is destroying the population and only one girl Cinder, a mechanic, can fix it. But Cinder is an android, a second class citizen who is hated by her step-mother and blamed for her sisters illness. When she meets Kai, who also happens to be the prince she must figure out her own secrets in order to protect the world.

So this is the first half of book series I need to finish! Let me know what series I should finish first and whether I should not finish some of them! I can not wait to share the rest of my list with you tomorrow. Please comment and follow down below!

Weekly Reading Blog

Friday 1st January

Today started off a bit slow on reading. I woke up not feeling too good, so I spent most of the day watching The Greatest Showman and Muppets Christmas Carol (the best Christmas film) on the sofa, but I did mange to get some reading in. I have to finish Nick by Michael Farris Smith by the fifth of January for a Net Galley review, so I decide to try and make a start on that. I read around sixty-eight pages and so far, I am really enjoying this book. I love The Great Gatsby, and this is a retelling about Nick before he came to meet Gatsby. It shows him in the war and how he did fall in love once but it also helps you realize why Nick is the way he is. Smith does a really good job of recreating Fitzgerald’s writing style and enrapturing Nick’s mindset. It will be interesting to see where this book goes but hopefully, I will get a little more read tomorrow as I have nothing planned for the daytime.

Saturday 2nd January

On Saturday it ended up snowing where I live so I went out to take some bookstagram photos in the snow which turned out really cute! I then spent most of the day writing blog posts and trying to keep up with all the ones that I had to do. After this I decided I needed to get some of Nick read so I could finish it by Tuesday, so I ended up running a bath made myself a coffee and got my Hello Pandas to try and get a good chunk of the book read. I managed to get up to page 107 which was some really good progress for the day!

Sunday 3rd January

I managed to read quite a lot of Nick today throughout the day but I also watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows p1 with my family to split the day up a bit. On Saturday I go back to my term address so I took quite a lot of my bookstagram photos so that I have some prepared before I go back to my house. I did manage to get to about 100 pages of Nick and I honestly think this is one of the best retellings I have ever read. I can’t believe how brilliant his writing style is and how it compares to that of Fitzgerald. Sometimes I forget I’m not reading his work its that close.

Monday 4th January

Today I finished Nick by Michael Farris Smith just in time to write my view for tomorrow. I ended up giving it four stars because it was an amazing book yet for some reason I could not bring myself to give it five stars, but I still loved the experience of reading it all the same. When this goes up hopefully my review will be up so you can see more of my thoughts on it and you’ll be able to find that here: https://aworldofwordsandcoffee.com/2021/01/05/new-year-new-blog-day-five-nick-by-michael-farris-smith-review/. I read about 150 pages of Nick today in order to finish it, so I did not manage to pick anything else up. Hopefully I can start a new book tomorrow. I do want to eventually start reading a few books at once again because I find when I have got a choice, I end up reading more.

Tuesday 5th January

I could not decide on what to start so I ended up picking Death Bringer by Derek Landy which is part of my Skulduggery Pleasant readathon that I have been doing since the beginning of December. I am loving rereading these books and I cannot wait to share all my thoughts with you when I’ve finished! I read to page 98 of Death Bringer and so far, I am loving it! This is book six in the series and it has been getting a lot darker in the most recent books. So far, this one has a lot of focus on the necromancers which makes a lot of sense as it is called Death Bringer. Hopefully I love this one as much as I have loved the others in the series.

Wednesday 6th January

I ended up not doing any reading today. I have an assignment due in Monday that needed finishing and I also go back to my term address Saturday to start working again so my mum and I have been trying to finish Game of Thrones before I go back. We are on the last series and three episodes in I am so far enjoying it which I know is not a popular opinion with this last season. Let me know in the comments if you want to know more about what I have been watching recently in a blog post because I love TV shows and movies and would love to discuss it more!

Thursday 7th January

Today was another bad reading day for me with my assignment and having to pack before going home. I did manage to read one of the short stories in Armageddon Outta Here by Derek Landy which I really enjoyed. I find the short stories just as enjoyable as the full-size novels which is rare because I often don’t enjoy short stories that much. Derek Landy’s writing is extremely witty but dark at the same time. I really enjoy that within books with the comparison between humour and wickedness.

This week was not the best in terms of reading due to my assignment being due however I did end up reading one book and starting another. I finished Nick which I gave four out of five stars and I started Death Bringer by Derek Landy. This meant I read four hundred and forty-eight pages this week which I am really happy with considering how busy I have been. Next week I really want to finish Death Bringer and then start a few books on my January TBR. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and please follow down below!

Books I Need to Get to in 2021 Part 2

This is part two to the blog post I put up yesterday telling you about the other ten books I plan on reading in 2021. I don’t really have much else to say so enjoy!

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This is a debut novel by Chloe Gong that came out in 2020 and I could not be more excited for it. I love retellings, it is a favourite trope of mine especially if they are done well. This book has been receiving so much hype towards the end of the year which makes me so excited to get to this book.

It’s a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in the roaring twenties where a gang leaders’ daughter has been betrayed by the rival gangs’ heir. But when a monster begins killing throughout the city the two heirs must put their issues aside to discover what is destroying their city before it destroys them.

Circe by Madeline Miller

This book was popular a few years back especially on BookTok, so I bought it for my mum for her birthday and then she loved it. She gave it to me, but this is another one that I have never got around too. It is also another book based on Greek mythology which is one of my targets for this year.

Circe is about the daughter of a titan who turns her back on the gods and enters the world of mortals. When Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, she tames wild beasts and meets several of the most famous creatures within Greek mythology. She eventually has to choose between the Gods and the mortals that she has grown to love.

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

This is another book that has become popular more recently. This book has the most gorgeous cover, but I do not know that much about it. I know it surrounds Bolivian politics and is about magic in tapestries. I really want to read this book because of all the amazing reviews I have heard about it.

This follows a girl who is a stand in for a royal but when the prince proposes marriage to the royal, she takes her place. She goes to take revenge for her people who were pushed away by an ancient relic. When the girl takes her place, she finds out the relic is no longer with them and tries to find it in order to regain her people’s lives.

 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I tried to read this book about two years ago but never fully got into it. After reading This Savage Song earlier this year I now really want to read more of V. E. Schwab’s writing because I loved that book. I know that this is her most popular series and everyone loves it so hopefully I can finally get around to reading it.

This is about a world where four London’s exist; red, white, grey and black. Kell travels between the London’s as an ambassador smuggling pieces of the different worlds that others will never get to see. After he meets Delilah who robs him before saving him, he takes her to another world for an adventure.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book is BookTubes baby. Everyone and their mum read this a few years ago but for some reason I never got myself a copy. I have however read Daisy Jones and the Six which was one of my favourite books a few years ago. I am also obsessed with old Hollywood and the lives of actresses so this one sounds amazing.

This is about Evelyn Hugo, a glamourous actress who is finally ready to tell all about her scandalous life. When she chooses a journalist that no one has heard about the whole community is confused. Evelyn tells about her making her way to LA before deciding to leave show business as well as all about her husbands. They soon realise their lives are intersected together.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire

I have slowly been making my way through Cassandra Claire’s books and this is the next trilogy on my list now. I’ve really been enjoying revisiting these books especially now I am on the books I have not read before. This is the first book in the Dark Artifices trilogy which is set after the events of The Mortal Instruments series.

This picks up five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire and Emma Carstairs is set on revenge. Alongside her parabati Julian Blackthorn she has got to figure out a demonic plot that is taking over Los Angeles. After a face from the past is returned by the faeries as a peace offering to try and figure out who is killing their kind the everything gets a little more complicated.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Another one of BookTubes babies that I haven’t yet got around to. If anyone is interested in me doing a series reading old popular BookTube books, then let me know in the comments! This was A Clockwork Readers favourite book and I know it is supposed to be amazing. It also has a competition trope as well as an enemy to lovers.

This follows a circus that appears overnight. It is only open to the public at night and it is spectacular. But this is a fierce competition between two of the magicians. However, only one can be the winner but when the two become closer than they should have. Despite this they must continue with the game or the fates will destroy everything.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I cannot believe I have not got to this one yet. This one has been living on my shelf since BookswithChloe recommended it years ago. It was huge on BookTube years ago and is one of the most popular duologies out there. The whole plot of the book sounds amazing and I know I am going to love it when I eventually get to it.

This follows Lazlo Strange who is obsessed with the lost city of Weep. When a group decide to go on an expedition to try and find the city, they choose Lazlo to find it. There is so many unanswered questions but also a mystery to figure out. Who is the woman that keeps appearing in Lazlo’s dreams and why does she seem so real?

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

Another series that has been raved about this year, but I just really want to try and get to the first book. I tried to start reading the e-book this year, but I could not focus on the story due to it being on my phone. I have since picked up the physical book but have not got to it, so I am excited to finally get to this one this year.

This is another one that I am not quite sure what it is about. I know this is about a war-torn county and a girl is studying to try and get into a school. After she aces all her exams much to the surprise of everyone around her. But being at the school is harder than she realises, and she might lose herself in the process.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Finally, we have Godsgrave which is the second book in the Nevernight trilogy. I read the first book earlier in 2020 and I loved it. It made my top ten books of 2020 and I can see this becoming one of my favourite trilogies. Jay Kristoff’s writing is so unique especially with the use of footnotes which I know a lot of people don’t like but I personally loved this little extra.

This series follows Mia Corvere and her shadow cat Mr Kindly as she trains to become an assassin as revenge. She travels to join a school of assassins where she has to beat the rest of the students in several tasks to become a Blade of the Lady Blessed Murder. But when people start to be murdered within the keep Mia must figure out who is behind them before it is too late.

They are all the books that I want to get to in 2021. I am not sure how many I will end up getting to but hopefully I will get through over half of the books on this list. Next year I am going to look back on this list and write a post about if I got to these books or not, but I hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment if you have read any of these books and please follow if you enjoyed!

Books I Need To Get To In 2021 Part One

Today’s blog post is going to be all about the twenty-one books I need to get to in 2021. This is books that have come out either in 2020 or even before that, that I just have not had the chance to get to yet. These are books that I either just have not got around to or books that I have seen highly recommended and want to read. This list is not in any order it’s just books that I’ve taken note of that I need to read. This post is going to be split in two due to the length this post ended up being too long for one post so here is the first eleven books!

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

One of my favourite books of all time is All the Bright places by Jennifer Niven; I adore this book and I reread it at least once a year. I have also read Jennifer Niven’s other book Holding Up The Universe which I did not love as much but I still enjoyed. Jennifer Niven’s book often contains hard-hitting content that can be triggering for some people, but I find them really interesting and really heart-warming.

Breathless follows a girl named Claude who is focused on her career and falling in love but everything falls apart when her dad announces he is separating from her mum. Claude is whisked away to a small island where she soon meets a local boy. He loves photography and as Claude can see herself falling for him something goes wrong.

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This series has been everywhere this last year specifically on BookTube with BookTubers such as BookswithChloe. It is the first book in the Brown Sisters series and I know all the books are supposed to be amazing but my aim for this year is to at least get to this first book.

Get A Life Chloe Brown follows Chloe who has a chronic illness. When she has a near death experience, she decides that she is not going to let her illness dictate her life anymore and she creates a list of things to do. One of these things includes becoming a bad girl but she needs the help of the town bad boy to do so. However, she discovers things are not quite as they seem as she grows to know him.

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

I read the Flatshare by Beth O’Leary in 2020 and I adored it. I know she has a few books out but this is her newest book and the plot sounds so cute! It really reminds me of the plot of The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet mainly because of the switching lives plot. I would like to get to the rest of Beth O’Leary’s books, but I think this is a really good place to start.

The Switch follows a 79-year-old woman who is sick of being older and a girl who is bored of life in her twenties. When the young girl ruins her presentation at work, she takes a two month sabbatical and escapes to her grandmothers house. Her grandmother is newly single and wants to get out of her small town. When the young girl proposes they switch, and she stays in the small town whilst her grandmother moves in to her London flat to look for love.

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

This book was on so many of my TBR’s last year so I really need to get to this book this year. I have been in a huge vampire mood recently and have been devouring vampire books ridiculously quickly so it will be interesting to jump back into one of the original teenage vampire books and see how it compares to the amazing books I have read recently.

Just in case you did not know Midnight Sun is the new book in the Twilight series that tells Edwards perspective of the first book of the series. It allows us to see a different version of what occurs in the first book but also allows us to see into what other characters are thinking thanks to Edwards power.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

This book has been receiving so much hype on every single platform these past few months. The hype around it does make me cautious about reading this book but I am planning on picking it up for the New Year Readathon in January so hopefully it will live up to the hype. It contains a lot of tropes that I love in books especially the enemies to lover’s trope so I do not know why I would not love it.

From Blood and Ash follows a princess who is not allowed to be spoken too or touched. When she is assigned a guard and they clash in their views troubles instantly begins. But soon hate turns to love forcing the princess to question everything that she has known.

Lovely War by Julie Berry

This is another book that I have been seeing everywhere at the minute. I have recently got back into my love of Greek myths and I know this contains a perspective from Aphrodite which sounds like a really interesting format to read. This is another book that has received a lot of hype but I am worried that it wont live up to they hype but I am definitely going to try and get to this book this year.

This follows Aphrodite telling a story of love to her husband Hephaestus and her lover Aries during the second world war. It follows two couples as they struggle to make their way through the war in different ways. The book looks for an answer to the question: why are love and war eternally drawn to one another?

Loveless by Alice Oesman

This is another book that was on a lot of TBRs in 2020 and I was supposed to buddy-read it with my best friend, but I ended up not getting round to it. This is another one that is on my January TBR so I will hopefully be getting to it this month.

This follows Georgia an asexual girl who when she moves to university, she is ready to find love. When she gets involved in a Shakespeare play, she may get what she was hoping for. I really want to read more diverse and LGBTQIA+ books during 2021 and I have heard that this one has really great representation throughout.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is another book I bought towards the end of 2020 and this book has a lot of hype surrounding it too. As I said about Loveless I want to read more books with representation and I know this one is supposed to have great trans representation in it as well as Latinx representation.

This follows a trans boy as he attempts to prove himself to his Latinx family. He attempts to resurrect his cousin who has been murdered with the help from his other cousin. However, he ends up resurrecting the high school bad boy who has some unfinished business. As they begin to work together the two realise, they might be getting too close for comfort. 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Over the past year or so Elizabeth Acevedo has become one of my favourite authors. With the Fire On High is one of my favourite books of all time and Clap When You Land is on my favourite books of 2020 list. However, I haven’t managed to get to her debut novel yet even though I know I am going to love it.

This book is written in the same style as Clap When You Land which is all written in verse. It follows a young girl as she comes to grips with her mother’s religion as well as her growing up. She’s invited to a slam poetry class where she can read her poems out loud without her mother finding out about her secret life and the words she writes.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

This is the third and final book in The Arc Of A Scythe trilogy which I absolutely adore but I still haven’t managed to get to it yet. I haven’t heard much about this last book despite the first book Scythe being hugely popular a few years ago. I don’t know why I haven’t got to this book yet even though I loved the first two and the second one ended on a huge cliff-hanger.

The Arc of a Scythe series follows a world where no one can die; there is no illness, no old age, no accidents. You can just be brought back to life. The only way you can die is if a Schythe kills you. A Scythe can choose who he kills and when depending on their own reasoning. At the beginning of the first book a Scythe chooses a boy and a girl to have as an apprentice but there can only be one of them that can survive.

The Entire Ember In The Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

I read the first book in this series years ago and I loved it. It’s probably one of my favourite first books in a series ever. I then read the second book and loved it just as much. For some reason I bought the third book and just never got around to it and now the fourth book has just come out. Since reading the first book I have forgotten a lot of what happened in the first two books so now I really want to binge the entire series.

This follows Laia who is a slave and Elias who is a soldier. After Laia’s brother is arrested she is forced to join the revolution and disguise herself in order to spy at the Empires military academy. Here she meets Elias a soldier who wants nothing to do with the Empire and the uprising.

So this is the first half of my list of books I need to get to in 2021 and I can not wait to tell you my other ten! Let me know in the comments what books you need to get to this year or which book you are most excited to get to this year. Thank you for reading and please follow down below!

Nick by Michael Farris Smith Review

“Your world is a place unto its own… it is a place of its own truth and its own consequences and it is invisible to all.”

Nick by Michael Farris Smith is a masterpiece in its own right. I love The Great Gatsby; it’s my favourite classics and one of my favourite books. I am always wary of retelling of classics in case they do not portray the character right or get the true essence of the story. However, I have always wondered what Nick Carraway did before arriving in West Egg as it is not said much in the books which is what led me to this one. This book made me love Nick’s unreliable character even more and this story made me love the Great Gatsby more if that was at all possible. It moved me and kept me wanting more the entire way through this novel.

This follows Nick throughout his life starting within the war and his fight in the trenches whilst also showing the horror of war and PTSD. Whilst on a short leave he travels to Paris and meets Ella, an interesting French woman who shows Nick how to love. Whilst flashing back and forward between his time in the trenches and his time with Ella it shows how Nick copes being alone. It goes into his loneliness at home as a child, caring for his mother during her dark periods and his time with Ella. He spends time traveling the world in order to not return to his overbearing family ending up in New Orleans. Here he meets two ex-married people who are having trouble with their own lives after the war.

“And he raised his arms and reached out for the dawn as if to warm his hands on the rising sun”.

Smith brought me straight back to The Great Gatsby with his use of vivid descriptions of the war as well as the places Nick travelled too during his time. His unreliable narration and long, expressive sentences are similar to that of Fitzgerald himself. Through vivid, haunting nightmares of Ella and the bloody, torturous war it felt like I was living this life alongside Nick; feeling his pain and longing. It perfectly displayed how characters do have lives before we join them on their story and how it shapes them into the characters we see.

This book details the love, loss, friendship and heartbreak that outlines a person’s life. I could not put it down and I am looking forward to reading more by Michael Farris Smith in the future.

Thank you to Little Brown and Company and Net Galley for letting me read an advanced copy of this book!

2020 Stats and New Years Reading Resolutions

In 2020 I had a really good reading year with the quality of my books. I loved a lot of the books I read this year and I was only disappointed with a couple of them! In today’s post I am going to look at my reading stats, see how much I read and how far I was off my target for the year. I am also going to set some goals for 2021 and I am really excited to share these with you!

2020 Stats

In 2020 my goal was to reach a target of 75 books. I did not manage this goal despite reading a lot all the way through the year. Altogether I read 62 out of the 75 books; this left me at 83% of my goal and 12 books behind target. Even though I did not read as much as I was hoping with my university work as well as the strange year we have had, I am really happy with getting to this many books.

I read a total of 24,240 pages across 62 books which makes my average length of book around 390 pages. I have read a few longer books this year so I expected this to be a little higher, but I have also read a few plays which may have bought this down a little. The shortest book I read this year was a play which was Sylvia Plath: A Dramatic Portrait by Barry Kyle and this was 92 pages long. The longest book I read was The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon which was 848 pages long.

I read a lot of popular books this year but the most popular book I read was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins which I read as part of my Hunger Games re-read in the summer. The least popular book I read was again Sylvia Plath: A Dramatic Portrait which was only shelved by 19 people! My first book of the year was Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell which I gave a middle 3*. The book I read with the highest rating on Goodreads was Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oesman which I adore. The series is so pure and deserves all the hype.

My average rating of books was a 4.1* and this is so high. In 2021 I want to try and reduce my ratings and keep 5* for books that I really, really love although this year I have loved so many books! I hope I have as good of reading this coming year which I am sure I will because I have some amazing books that I am planning to read!

Resolutions

For the new year I want to branch out a bit and read books that I don’t tend to get too that much but really enjoy. So I have thought of a few categories of books that I want to read more of within the new year and I have created six resolutions that I want to try and achieve this year. This past year I have really branched out of what I usually read, and I have really enjoyed the majority of what I have read.

Firstly, my book aim for this year is to read 75 books. I know I did not hit this target in 2020 but I got very close and I finish University in May which is going to give me a lot more opportunity to read a lot.

Resolution One – Read More Diverse/Rep Books

This is a goal I want to have every year. I really want to read more books that have more diverse characters and representation that you do not see in many books such as asexual characters and more Latina character especially. I think that I need to expand my reading to include books that include diverse characters as well as books that are set in different cultures so I can keep learning as much as I can. Some books I have read this year such as The Black Flamingo, On The Come Up and Wicked Fox which I loved all of them have a lot of representation in them and I cannot wait to read more this year. Some of the books that I would like to get to in 2021 are Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Cemetary Boys by Aiden Thomas and A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown.

Resolution Two – Read More Verse Books

In this past year I have discovered my love of verse books especially The Black Flamingo and Clap When You Land. I just find them so interesting and such powerful stories. It’s such an interesting format to read and I really want to expand the formats of books that I read this year rather than just sticking to the usual format of books. I don’t know of many verse books so if you have any reccomendations please leave them down below! Some of the books I have seen are Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam.

Resolution Three – Read More Greek Mythology Based Books

From when I was younger, I have always loved Greek Mythology and books surrounding it such as the Percy Jackson series. I am listening to a Greek mythology podcast at the minute (Lets Talk About Myths Baby on Spotify) which is just reminding me about how much I love mythology. I have a few books in mind for this resolution such as Circe and Son of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Persephone by Katlin Bevis and Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry.

Resolution Four – Read More Japanese Books/Manga

I love Japanese culture and want to read more Japanese translated books especially manga. Recently I have really got into anime and I have read a few manga’s in the past, but I really want to read more because it is one of my favourite formats to read. I really need some more recommendations though so if anyone has any that they love please leave them in the comments. A few I have my eye on are Horimiya, Tokyo Ghoul and Death Note.

Resolution Five – Read More Horror Books

This past year I have really explored my love of horror films and now I would like to explore my love of horror through reading. I have never really read any horror books apart from a few Stephen King books such as The Shinning, IT and Carrie. I would like to explore some more of Stephen King’s works but also some other horror writers. Some of the books I have my eye on is OUT by Natsuo Kirino, Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

Resolution Six – Finish More Series

Finally, my biggest reading goal this year is to finish some of the many series I have started. There is so many where I just read the first book in the series and then forget to read the rest of them. I have got a blog post coming out soon which is book series that I need to finish which will discuss all of the series I have started but not yet finished. Some of the series that I definitely want to complete in 2021 are Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and an Ember in the Ashes.

These are all my stats and resolutions for 2021. I can not wait to reflect on these resolutions at the end of this year and see if I completed them or not. Let me know in the comments if you have any reading resolutions this year and what they are. Thank you for reading and please follow down below if you enjoyed it!

Best Books of 2020

Today’s New Year, New Blog post is going to be all about my favourite books of 2020. I read a lot of amazing books this year and I found it really difficult to just pick ten of them but I have managed to get it down however, I’m still not sure about the order so this list is not the final list. However, at this moment in time this is where I would place them at this moment in time.

10. Uzumaki by Junji Ito

So, coming in at number ten is a new to me author Junji Ito with Uzumaki. Junji Ito is a horror manga writer who creates weird and scary manga based on peoples fear but amplified. Uzumaki follows a town that becomes obsessed with spirals. It starts off with just a couple of people being consumed but eventually the entire town is overwhelmed by spirals.

I enjoyed this book so much; the art style was beautiful it really brought together the weirdness of the storyline. The story kept me wanting more and I read this in one big sitting I was that obsessed. The characters were really interesting to read about, and I cannot wait to get to some of Junji Ito’s other books in 2021.

9. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. With the Fire on High was my favourite book in 2019 and now this one has become another favourite. Although this one was very different to With the Fire on High, I still loved Acevedo’s way with words. This book was written in verse which is a form of writing I had not experienced till this year but now I am obsessed with them. Clap When You Land follows two sisters that do not know the other exists. One lives in New York whilst the other lives in the Dominican Republic. After their dad dies in a plane crash, they discover each other exists and it sends their world upside down.

I loved the two sisters in this book; how they both had been brought up completely differently and their story of discovering how they are more similar then they realise. This book also tackles so many important topics that I think everyone needs to read more about. These characters and this story have stuck with me all year even though I read it all the way back in June.

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray

This is another book I read back in June and another one that I cannot wait to continue the series. The Diviners is set in the jazz age which is one of the reasons it is on this list; I love anything that is set in the 20’s era. The multiple perspectives really added to this book as you are following many stories that all come together eventually.

It was really interesting to see how they people with special abilities reacted and how they used their powers. I loved Memphis and Theta’s dynamic although they did not get nearly enough time together. The one thing I loved more than anything in this book is the atmosphere. The 1920’s jazz scenes, the dark and spooky elements at night especially the old mans whistling. That was the creepiest thing I’ve ever experienced.

7. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I could talk for hours about this book. I had been so nervous and intimidated by this book that I did not pick it up for ages until lockdown gave me the full opportunity to fully invest my time into it. This book has so many points of view and it is a high fantasy standalone. I loved each and every character in this book especially Tané and Ead. This follows a kingdom filled with dragons where a dark force is returning. It focuses on a dragon-rider, a queen, a prioress, a professor and a nobleman.

I really want to write a full review of this book eventually. It was full of politics, war but also showing how everyone’s views are different and how people can come together in times of need.  The thing I loved most about this book was watching relationships (not just romantic ones) form between characters and watching them develop. Of course, I also loved the dragons. The dragons were the best bit.

6. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This is where my list gets a bit difficult to place. I loved this book. It’s all about the assassins and I love a good assassin book. It follows Mia a girl who’s gifted with shadows. She joins a keep of assassins where she must battle it out to become the best. I know the unusual writing style will not be for everyone, but I really enjoy the elements it added to it.

Mia Corvere is one of my new favourite characters of all time along with the no-cat Mr Kindly. She is vicious and on a road for vengeance and you’ve got to respect her for that. This book is bloodthirsty, character driven and just all around an amazing book. I can not wait to get into Godsgrave this year.

5. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This book had me obsessed. I devoured it within a couple of days and then I sat and binged watched the TV series. It lives in my brain rent free. Harkness has created a beautiful atmospheric book with vampires and witches and various other creatures, and I love it. It follows Diana Bishop who was raised by her aunts after her parents were killed and is now a professor in Oxford. When she meets Matthew who she soon learns is a vampire she is pulled into the world of creatures she has tried to ignore for so long.

I think the thing I love most about this book is the setting. I love Oxford; my great nan used to live here and ever since I read this book, I’ve wanted to go back so bad. Marcus was my favourite character; he was witty and kept the story going altogether. The one thing I disliked about this book was the insta-love and how Matthew was a ‘little’ (a lot) overprotective at times otherwise I can not fault this book in my eyes.

4. The Beautiful/The Dammed by Renée Ahdieh

This series is beautiful. The romance, the setting, the story. I went into it with not many expectations, but I ended up adoring it. This is another vampire novel set in New Orleans in 1872 which follows Celine after she goes to New Orleans to join a convent. It’s there she meets La Cour des Lions and their leader Sébastien Saint Germain. After murders begin occurring it becomes clear that a serial killer is on the loose and is targeting the group.

This book is so atmospheric. The setting of New Orleans is so beautiful and dark it really brings the story together. The characters are so unique it really adds life to the story; Bastien is so dark and mysterious. Also, I loved how as a reader this book kept you guessing; you never knew what was coming next or when. It was all about the plot twists. I read both books back to back and I can not wait for the next book which will hopefully come out next year. 

3. Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

This book was the definition of my perfect book. It was Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge! I am a huge musical theater girl and Moulin Rouge is one of my ultimate favourites. The visual aspects of this book are beautiful, the description. This book is another book which is based around a competition; it focuses on finding the new headline act for a circus group in a city where magic is not as accepted. It follows three characters throughout all with different additions to the story.

Kallia who is a showgirl down to her soul, all she wants to do is perform and prove herself to the world. Jack, her old mentor who is attempting to get his star performer back despite lying to her all her life. Demarco, a judge of the competition who no longer can keep hiding who he is. This book is dark, mysterious and full of twists but also just a lot of magic. It’s one of those books you can read, and it makes you invested but also just happy whilst reading.

2. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

These last two I have been swapping and changing until I posted this blog post, but I think this is my final decision. This book is the second book in the Gilded Wolves series and this book started a few months after the tragedy in the last book. I do not want to say too much about it, but this book had me hooked from start to finish. I could not put it down. Unlike the last book which was set in Paris this one was set in Russia. I love snow. Everything about this. So, this really added to the enjoyment story for me.

I love the characters in this series. They are all so different and add so much to the dynamics of the story. They work so well together in the story especially the romances. Watching the couples grow and adapt but also how they cope with situations is so enjoyable to read about. My favourite characters must be Laila and Severin especially when they interact with one another. I can not wait for the final book in this series to be released at some point next year.

1. House of Earth and Bloody by Sarah J. Maas

This book was a masterpiece. The plot kept me hooked the entire time and I could not put it down. So many things happened in this book that I almost wanted it to be longer because it is so entertaining. The characters, the love interests and even the world building was done brilliantly. In this world especially the mix of medieval weapons such as swords yet the use of modern technology. The side characters especially are such a lovely thing to read about especially Lehabah and Syrinx; I would love both creatures for Christmas.

This book is full of fae, werewolves’ angels and demons, as well as a modern-day city setting. Bryce and Hunt are such problematic characters, but I am so here for it. The way Hunt is described as an ‘alpha hole’ but ends up watching TV and cooking with Bryce. Also, the enemies to lovers. This reminded me why this is my favourite romance trope. It literally had me so invested. Danika did deserve more time in the book, but I loved what to see of her character. Also, Ruhn. Ruhn just needed a big hug and I was so ready to give him one. I do not want to say too much about the plot because I can not say much without ruining the first third of the book, but I just think everyone should pick this book up. Even if you’re not a Sarah J. Maas fan there is something in this book for everyone.

So, this is my top ten books of the year. I had a really good reading year this year and I couldn’t fit them all in this list. Some special mentions are The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, which is a thriller novel, The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta which is a drag queen origin story written in verse and Crave by Tracey Wolff which is a vampire story set at a boarding school. I hope next year is just as successful for reading but I will definitely be rereading some of these some time soon.