And here we are, at the end of April xP It’s been a bit of a busy month for me offline with the end of classes (exams just wouldn’t end! ;_;) and the Easter long weekend (busy, though I also spent half of it rather sick =( ) so there’s not to much to update re: what’s been going on here at the blog but here we go…
Not my gif (as always). Was all LMAO when this happened on Game of Thrones
- Read a ton of great books this month, including Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites (review), Laura Esquival’s Like Water for Chocolate (review) and Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham’s The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- I’m slowly down a bit with the ARCs given the few that are left on my to-read pile but a couple that I read some time ago have finally gone live here on my blog including The Opposite of Loneliness (review), The River Burns (review) and To All the Boys I Loved Before (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
- New layout! Finally got around to purchasing a theme from Creative Whim 🙂 I’m still sort of playing around with the features and options and what I can do with the theme (looking forward to this part). Needless to say, I’m quite impressed.
- I have a few exciting things lined up for the month of May! I signed up for Armchair BEA taking place from the 26th to the 31st; it’ll be the first year that I’ll be participating in this. I am also participating in two book blog tours: one for April Smith’s A Star for Mrs. Blake and one for Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim so be on the lookout for both next month! 🙂
- In the meantime, I will be taking a bit of a step back this month on some of the weekly memes I’ve been participating in. I’m continuing on reorganising myself and the way I’ve been scheduling posts ahead. Plus, this coming semester is looking a little loaded; I’m not sure how my classes will be and I’m also working on a few writing projects that I’m trying desperately to finish so there’s that. Book reviews however will continue as always.
And that’s about it from me for the month of April, lol. I’m trying to take advantage of my break from classes by reorganising my things and tidying stuff up (both online and offline) as well as working on my WIP draft (fingers crossed!). Anyway, wishing everyone a lovely May! 🙂
By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he connects to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden’s gift isolates him from people—and from becoming part of a community. Until the day he receives a personal invitation from the wizard Od. She needs a gardener for her school in the great city of Kelior, where every potential wizard must be trained to serve the Kingdom of Numis. For decades the rulers of Numis have controlled the school, believing they can contain the power within it—and punish any wizard who dares defy the law. But unknown to the reigning monarchy is the power possessed by the school’s new gardener—a power that even Brenden isn’t fully aware of, and which is the true reason Od recruited him…
Okay, I wanted to hold off on reading this book because I wanted to savour the remaining Patricia McKillip books I haven’t read yet (right now it was this book and the Riddlemaster trilogy on my to-read shelf). But her books have a tendency of calling out to me, begging me to read them next. Plus the premise of the novel seemed rather fitting for the spring season as the main character has a gift for nurturing gardens and handling natural elements. So I gave in =P
It’s been a while since I’ve done a compilation of movie trailers that have caught my attention. I was cleaning out my bookmarks the other day (oh my goodness, it was a mess) and found that I had accumulated a number of links to trailers that I never got around to posting. So here we are 🙂
A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT (2014)
Okay, it was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s presence in this movie that caught my attention, but the movie itself looks interesting. Photographers out there around the world capturing what’s going on has always interested me and it looks like this movie will be taking a look at the emotional and personal toll that it takes on the individual.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books If You Like X tv show/movie/comic etc. (basically any sort of other entertainment)
Hehehe, okay, I’m actually going to split this list up a bit to keep things a wee bit eclectic (something for everyone, I hope? -ish?) 😉 So to start with, Books I Recommend If You Like DOWNTON ABBEY 😉
In no particular order:
- Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited — The classic. I wish I had written a review on it years ago when I first read it (it was a busy summer, as I recall), but it has the whole upper class element going on plus drama plus the whole historical period. I’m doing a poor job at explaining why I’m recommending it but it’s a great novel.
- Lucinda Riley’s The Midnight Rose (review) — I actually mentioned it in my review that fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy this novel. It’s pretty expansive as it looks at the British Empire and a love affair spanning different cultures (he’s English, she’s Indian) and of course family drama within an upper class family. There’s also a hint of suspense if you’re into that as well.
- Sarah Jio’s The Last Camellia (review) — As I mentioned at the start of the review, eve of World War Two + an English estate + a mystery + an international ring of flower thieves? Colour me intrigued 😀 The drama and the mystery were both solid, didn’t disappoint, I highyl reocmmend it 🙂
- Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day (review) — It took a second read to truly see and understand the brilliance of this novel. It’s a quiet novel but very reflective of the period, of the events leading up to World War Two, the decline of the aristocracy…and the narrative is just gorgeous.
- Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger — For those who enjoy period drama, stories set in the early 20th century with a twist of suspense and thrills, there’s this novel. It’s quite an eerie tale, focusing on a family on the verge of collapse after the war given the strains within its members as well as the costs to maintain the family home…been meaning to re-read this title, actually, maybe post a proper review 😉
And now, Books I Recommend If You Like GAME OF THRONES 😉
- Maurice Druon’s The Accursed Kings series (review of book #1) — GRRM himself recommend this novel as the “original Game of Thrones“. I’ve been meaning to check out the rest of the series (they’ve been re-released steadily since last year; they’re up to four right now, I believe) but it’s a pretty solid historical drama with plenty of intrigue and drama.
- Greg Keyes’ Kingdom of Thorns and Bone — This quartet sort of flew under the radar some 15 years ago. The focus was on GRRM, Robert Jordan, Erik Erikson, etc. and while this quartet was mentioned by some communities, I feel as though it should have been bigger. It’s a complex story with characters ranging from different parts of society affected and eerie things happening in the world. The darkness is on the scale of ASoIaF, only not as brutal.
- Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings (review) — I would recommend Brandon Sanderson in general but this book, which I recently re-read as part of a read-along, encompasses Sanderson’s ability to tell a complex fantasy epic but populated with a unique magic system, compelling characters and an intriguing world I’ve never seen before. The books are massive, but they’re also very much worth the read 🙂
- Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy (100 Things) — I can’t believe I didn’t know until recently that GRRM was inspired by this trilogy to write ASoIaF. I LOVE this trilogy, it’s possibly my second favourite fantasy series ever. It’s epic, the characters are fantastic, the world-building is amazing…If you’re a reader of fantasy fiction and you haven’t checked this series out, you need to. Right now.
- Kevin J. Anderson’s Saga of the Seven Suns (100 Things) — I can’t remember if I mentioned it in any of the reviews but I likened this series to ASoIaF but in the space opera/science fiction genre. It’s got a massive cast of characters (rivaling ASoIaF, I think, in POV chapters), the scope is epic, the stakes are through the roof…and the series is complete, which is always a bonus 😉
And that’s my list of books for this week! What recommendations did you give? I’d love to read them! 🙂
Until We End
By: Frankie Brown
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
It’s been nine months since the virus hit, killing almost everyone it touched. Seventeen-year-old Cora and her little brother, Coby, haven’t left home since. Not after the power cut out; not even after sirens faded in the distance and the world outside their backyard fence fell silent. But when a blistering drought forces Cora to go in search of water, she discovers that the post-apocalyptic world isn’t as deserted as she thought when she meets Brooks, a drop-dead sexy army deserter.
Fighting their way back home, Cora finds her house ransacked and Coby missing – kidnapped by the military for dangerous medical experiments in the name of finding a cure. Brooks knows exactly where Cora can find her brother, except he says it’s a suicide mission. Cora doesn’t care. But Brooks can’t let her go…
I heard about this novel on Twitter; it was plugged by another author–I can’t remember who now, oops!–and she wholeheartedly recommended it. I was curious so I checked out the premise and added it on my wishlist. It was recently on sale on Kobo Books so I decided to pick it up then.