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Bookish Memory Check #1

I saw this tag recently on A Dance With Books and thought it was a great tag and something I would really like to try, the tag is from Where Stories Lie. The whole purpose of the tag is to see how much you remember a book and this is something I think I struggle with so I thought it’d be fun to try and see how I do.

The Rules:

1) Go to your Goodreads ‘read’ shelf
2) Sort by random
3) Test your memory on the top 5 books

Book 1: The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

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What I remember: This book is about the creation of the world of Narnia where a young boy stays with his uncle and ends up somehow in this deserted land and witnesses it all coming to life and sees Aslan for the first time.

After reading the blurb: It seems like I remember a lot of this book since what I thought was very similar to the blurb.

Book 2: Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

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What I remember: This is a collection of short stories set in the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong and I remember really liking them but can’t remember much about the individual stories.

After reading the blurb: There are four short stories in this collection that centre around three members of the pack in the Otherworld books. I remembered about these being short stories but I forgot who they were about.

Book 3: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

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What I remember: I recently just reread this book so of course I remember it even more now. It’s about Eleanor West’s Home for wayward children where children go after they come back from travels to magical lands and need time to process what’s happened. They also hope for their door to open again and the main character of this book wants to get back to her world. There’s more to the story but I don’t want to spoil the plot.

After reading the blurb: I remember all that was in this blurb but since I reread this a few days ago I’m not that surprised that I remembered this well.

Book 4: State of Sorrow (Sorrow #1) by Melinda Salisbury

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What I remember: This is a YA fantasy book where there are two lands that are almost at war with each other and Sorrow (the mc) is the daughter of one of the leaders and her land has been in a permanent state of mourning since her mother died years before the book begins. The plot centres on the politics of these two lands and how to stop them from fighting with each other.

After reading the blurb: The blurb mentions Sorrow’s brother as the one who their land is mourning instead of her mother but I think it’s both in the book. It also mentions a childhood romance that I had forgotten about but other than that I think I remembered this fairly well.

Book 5: Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J.R. Ward

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What I remember: Lover Revealed is Butch’s story in the BDB world. It’s about his and Marissa’s love story and how they get together despite him not feeling worthy of her since she has a higher standing within the society of this world.

After reading the blurb: I remembered most of what this book is about too.

Do you think you have a good bookish memory? Have you read any of these books?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book Characters That Made Me Laugh

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books That Made You Laugh. I changed the topic slightly to characters that made me laugh so here is a list of book characters that I thought were really funny.

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Izzy (The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven)
Sophie (Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins)
Jace (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)
Will (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare)

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Lassiter (Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward)
Al (Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn)
Tori (The Guild Codex: Spellbound by Annette Marie)
Mister Kindly (Nevernight by Jay Kristoff)

What book characters made you laugh?

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December Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In December:

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The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #1) by J.R. Ward – 3 STARS

I’ve been disappointed in the recent BDB books and I felt the same with this book. I’ve originally given it a 3 star but the more I think about it the more it feels like a 2 star read to me. I was a bit bored by the overall story and didn’t really care for the main couple or think they had much chemistry.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood – 5 STARS

I loved this book, it’s one of my favourites of the year. I loved the writing and the cosy winter feels it had. I really liked Freya and loved reading about her finding her place in the world.

Protecting Her Mate (The Nightstar Shifters #2) by Ariel Marie – 3 STARS

I thought this was an okay read but I think I liked the first book in this series slightly more than this one. I thought the couple had more chemistry in the first book, which is most likely true because Marley and Zara were best friends but in this book Robin and Heather meet for the first time and since it’s a short book the relationship doesn’t feel as developed as the first book. I also prefer the overall story of the first book too but like I said, this was still an okay read for me.

Blog Posts I Did In December:

Winter 2020 Book Releases I’m Most Excited For

My Winter TBR 2020

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood Book Review

Wintry Book Titles

Tis the Season Book Tag

Cosy Christmas Book Tag

November 2020 Wrap Up

What books did you read in December?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Wintry Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie. For this topic I choose to go with wintry book titles. The book titles I’ve listed mainly feature the words Winter, Frost and Ice.

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Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5) by J.R. Ward
A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5) by Sarah J Maas
Frostbitten (Otherworld #10) by Kelley Armstrong
Ice Massacre (Mermaid of Eriana Kwai #1) by Tiana Warner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
Iced (Fever #6) by Karen Marie Moning
Home for the Holidays (Night Nightress #6.5) by Jeaniene Frost

What book titles do you think sound wintry?

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November Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In November:

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The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18) by J.R. Ward – 3 STARS

I feel that the BDB books have become more formulaic in recent years and that can be both a good and bad thing. It’s good because I still enjoy this world and writing but it’s bad because I feel like the characters are sometimes lesser versions of previous characters for example I feel that Jo (who is the main female character in this book) reminded me so much of Therese from the previous book, they were very interchangeable characters. As for the male lead Syn, I liked his darkness in previous books but when it came to this book (his book) he wasn’t as dark and brooding as he seemed. He reminded me a bit of Murhder where their reputations are really built up then in their own book they are nothing like what we’ve previously thought they were.

Delivering Evil for Experts (The Guild Codex: Demonized #4) by Annette Marie – 5 STARS

I loved this book, it’s the final one in The Guild Codex: Demonized series and I loved it. I loved how much this book centred on the relationship between Zylas and Robin. I’ve loved their interactions throughout this whole series but I definitely feel like this book took their relationship to a whole new level. Obviously the romance had ramped up but it wasn’t just that, I feel like the emotional connection between each other really deepened in this book and the ending was so good, I loved it.

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee – 4 STARS

Jade City is such a well written story and I loved how it was so easy to imagine it in my head, this book feels like a movie or tv show because the scenes definitely suit it. It’s such a complex story that centres around clan warfare and the familial bond of one of those clans. It was very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. There were also some twists I didn’t expect and I’m excited for the next one in the series.

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Reaper’s Pack by Rhea Watson – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this book and I liked how the characters were fleshed out and I felt like they all had their own personalities. I also liked the back story of the main character and I liked the premise of her being a grim reaper. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t find it particularly memorable which is why I gave it 3 stars.

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 STARS

I’ve been hearing non stop buzz about this book recently so I decided to just pick it up because it sounded like something I’d love. And I did really like this book, I enjoyed the characters and the overall story arc but I did think it dragged on a bit. I mean, I was liking what I was reading but this book is one of those books where you feel like you’ve read a lot of it and then you realise you only read a small percentage, I also found the big twists predictable but it was still an enjoyable read.

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith – 3 STARS

I loved the premise of this book. It’s about a librarian who’s tasked with keeping unwritten books and unwritten characters in order in a library in hell. The concept of this book is so interesting, I loved how it centred around books and I loved the writing of it, it’s so quotable. Even though I loved the premise and the writing, I did feel the characters were a bit lacking. I don’t know why, I just didn’t connect of feel for any of them which left me a bit unattached to them and the story but overall I do think it’s an interesting adventure story.

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I Hear the Sunspot: Limit 1 by Yuki Fumino – 2 STARS

I enjoyed the other volumes in this series but I was a bit disappointed in this one. I feel like not much is really happening in the story and even though I enjoyed the other books I feel like I might not end up continuing with the series.

Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews – 4 STARS

I really liked Emerald Blaze and the series overall. I love Ilona Andrews’ writing and how they write a story. Every book I’ve read by them has such a perfect balance between a great plot, fleshed out characters and a captivating romance and this book was no different. I loved reading about Catalina and Alessandro and their interactions between each other, especially after the ending of the last book.

Sailing With Her Wolf (The Nightstar Shifters #1) by Ariel Marie – 3 STARS

Sailing With Her Wolf is a short FF paranormal romance that I only recently heard about and decided to pick up. I liked the characters and their romance and I liked how Marley was a shifter, I wanted to read more about her and her pack. There wasn’t much to the story besides the romance but I still enjoyed it and I’m excited to read more books by this author.

Blog Posts I Did In November:

Books I Want To Read Before The End Of 2020

My Favourite Book Titles Of 2020

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum Book Review

Characters I’d Name A Pet After

My October Wrap Up 2020

What books did you read in November?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I’d Name a Pet After

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Characters I’d Name a Pet After. The character names I picked for this list and all interesting characters and I feel they all have names that I think would suit a pet.

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Bones (Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost)
Zylas (The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie)
Magnus (Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare)

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Callypso (The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa)
Xhex (Black Dagger Brotherhood – Lover Mine by J.R. Ward)
Manon (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas)

What characters would you name a pet after?