Tag: Books: Recommendations

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 12 February, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 25 Comments

Before I begin this week’s TTT, I should note that this site is formerly known as rulethewaves.net. Same layout and content (and blogger behind it all!), just different domain name ^_~

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 Favorite Romances Top Fifteen Romantic Stories of Various Themes

I decided to mix this week’s topic up a bit because I didn’t want it sounding too close to to a similar list I did previously. So I the following is a list of 15 romantic novels from different genres and types (happy, fluffy, complicated, sad)–hopefully something for everyone? =)

By the way, I realised while putting this together that it was so hard! Even with the categories! LOL. Anyways, in no particular order:

Classic Romances

The beloved favourites, the stories that stood the test of time

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (commentary) — Naturalmente =D

Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South (review) — Often compared to Pride and Prejudice but it stands on its own as wonderful mix of romance, social commentary and character arcs…I love the development between Margaret and Mr. Thornton (the BBC adaptation is amazing and portrays it perhaps even better). Plus, you know, John Thornton =D

Funny/Cute Romances

For the lighter, happier (dare I say fluffier?) reads

Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary — Oh, Bridget Jones. She’s quite quotable, too =P

Sophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret? — Kinsella’s books are fun to read when you’re looking for something fun and this one is my favourite. It had be laughing out loud and it’s a sweet story

Teresa Medieros’ Goodnight Tweetheart (review) — A modern love story using today’s social media (users of Twitter will especially enjoy this)

Laurie Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict — I recently re-read this book (in anticipation of my copy of the sequel, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, arriving in the post sometime…whenever) and was rather amused all over again. Jane Mansfield and Mr. Edgeworth’s story was pretty much was got me glued to this book to the end

Sweeping Romances

The love stories taking place in uncertain times

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen”, The Lord of the Rings — I love that Tolkien had written the back story to Aragorn and Arwen’s relationship and it’s both beautiful and bittersweet with some amazing imagery <3 Paullina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman (review) — I could not put this book down. Tatiana and Alexander’s love story is just all-consuming, heightened thanks to Great Fatherland War raging in the backdrop

Louis de Bernieres’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (review) — Pegalia and Antonio’s story makes up only a fraction of the overall story in this novel but it’s a quiet and poignant love story nonetheless (with World War Two as the back drop)

Anne Fortier’s Juliet (review) — Another one of those books I could not put down. There’s two love stories intertwined with an overarching mystery about what happened in medieval Siena and about the families involved. Anyways, the love story was pretty captivating =P

Complicated Romances

For the love stories that contain its fair share of tears and obstacles

Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds (review) — Talk about forbidden love. Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph de Bricassart frustrate me and yet I couldn’t help but root for them somehow, lol

Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (review) — Lily and Lawrence, oh man. Their chemistry is wonderful (I love reading their scenes together) and you root for them to somehow “find” each other despite of the complications and dictates of Society…

Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife (review) — Henry and Clare’s relationship could’ve been like any other relationship–except that Henry’s uncontrollable time travelling ability definitely creates a number of complications for them. I thought Niffenegger handles it quite wonderfully and really, it’s all about Henry and Clare at the end of the day =)

“Second Chances” Romances

Because getting a second shot at love with someone can be a rarity–and super romantic

Jane Austen’s Persuasion (commentary) — I heart, heart, heart this book for everything that it is. It’s my favourite Austen romance and I love how Anne and Captain Wentworth are reacquainted and reconnect with each other after all those years apart <333 Sarah Addison Allen’s The Girl Who Chased the Moon (review) — It’s overall quite a magical and sweet story and there’s a storyline here involving a second chance at happiness…it’s good, very sweet, I won’t say any more on the matter, you’ll have to read it to find out =D

And that’s my Top Ten list for this Tuesday! Who did you feature on your list this week? Let me know, I’d love to read it =D

By the way, I’ve been doing a number of Valentine’s Day-themed posts this week–mostly books but yesterday I featured movies and will probably post something period drama or television-related later this week so stay tuned if you’re interested! =D (I’ve never been excited for this holiday–well, save of course when I was younger and we got chocolates at school–but this year’s different! =))

Edit: Also, please let me know if you’re having difficulty commenting, I found out this morning that there were some problems with the comment box…guess not everything transferred over smoothly last week, lol

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 8 October, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 16 Comments

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 Tuesday REWIND

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Took a little deciding but I ultimately went for Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Book Club Picks. You know, I really try to participate in those monthly book reads on GoodReads groups but I could never follow along; too many other books catch my attention along the way and I end up never getting around to the monthly book pics xP But anyways, the following books prompted a lot of thought from me and I thought they would make great reads.

In no particular order:

01. Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending (review) — I read this book about two weeks ago and I just found it to be a fascinating meditation on the power of memory, growing up, our interactions with other people and the consequences of our actions. Book clubs would have a lot to pick and discuss from this novel.

02. Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (review) — My first Wharton novel. I read it recently and thought it was very timely considering today’s economic environment and the need of stability and money in order to survive and flourish in society. Lily Bart’s downfall is an interesting study both in relation to the society she lived in but also her own values and character and how she holds up against that. It was a fantastic read and left me wondering about the characters and themes long afterwards.

03. Tricia Dower’s Stony River (review) — This book would make a great book club read because there’s a lot underneath the surface of the plot, ranging from the characters to the internal conflicts and struggles that the three main characters face and the issues that were prevalent during the 1950s. It’ll leave book club members talking.

04. Carmen Laforet’s Nada (review) — This is an amazing book, hands down. It’s very introspective and tackling issues of growing up, life, relationships, family, class, etc. To take it a step further, book clubs can discuss who in Andrea’s family represented which side of the Spanish Civil War; I know I was flipping around trying to figure that out all throughout the novel.

05. Owen Sheers’ Resistance (review) — I don’t read alternate histories very often but Sheers’ novel is a fascinating take of what would’ve happened had Nazi Germany was successful in invading Great Britain. It’s an intriguing character study and just a lyrical read, I think book clubs would have fun discussing these characters and the way they interact with each other over the course of the novel.

06. E.M. Forster’s The Longest Journey (review) — I think I’ve said this often enough here and elsewhere about how amazing this novel is. You’ve heard of his works like A Room with a View and Howards End but I love this novel because of Rickie’s character journey. Like Nada and The Sense of an Ending, it also deals with the theme of growing up and living your life outside of the school setting and it’s just interesting to see how he fares and what it says about life, society, etc.

07. Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons (review) — Russian classics are excellent for discussion and thought (which is probably why I never turn to it if I’m looking for a light read to relax with). Turgenev is pretty up there as a writer during 19c Russia but I wish he was more well-known these days. Although I haven’t read much by him (yet), Fathers and Sons is a fantastic novel to start by him because it touches on the intellectual and social situations of the period but it’s also quite a read. It’s not dense or boring in my opinion but it’s long enough to garner discussion and debate.

08. Keigo Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X (review) — For a change in genre, this novel by Higashino is an interesting murder mystery/thriller akin to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. There’s twists and turns but there’s also that psychological aspect about all of the characters involved that should prompt some interesting discussions.

09. George R.R. Martin’s A Feast of Crows (review) — Probably an odd choice given a) it’s the fourth book in GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire and b) admittedly it’s one of the least-liked installments of the series. Compared to the first three it’s definitely a slow read however I chose it for this list because of its character development. It’s really strong in looking at character interactions and relationships following A Storm of Swords and the notion of self-identity and taking on other personalities in order to survive. There’s also the examination of one’s descent to…paranoia? Loss of self-control? Not sure how to describe that one character’s descent but it’s interesting (and makes up for the slowness of the plot).

10. Louis de Bernieres’ Birds Without Wings (review) — The scope of this novel is impeccable and a lot of the themes it touches on can be applied to today as we are still dealing with the consequences of these events on some level. There’s a lot in this novel that book clubs can draw on and discuss: characters, religion, social situations, World War One, etc.

And that’s my list for this week! What is the theme of your TTT this week?

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 16 July, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 8 Comments

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 For People Who Like X Book (Pick a book and pick 10 readalikes)

Ooh, another tough one this week =P It took a bit of thinking but I’ve decided to go with the following: Top Ten Books for People Who Liked Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE =) The following list involves one element or another that the novel has in common with One Hundred Years of Solitude–namely the focus on the family element of the story–that readers may enjoy.

In no particular order:

01. Isabel Allende’s The House of Spirits — I guess it’s no surprise that this book would be listed on a lsit featuring Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Liek Marquez, she utilises magical realism in her work and chronicles the hardships and events in the del Valle/Trueba family. It’s quite a story, set post-colonial Chile so a lot of the social and political upheavals are definitely present in the backdrop, adding to the character drama in the fore.

02. Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds (review) — This infamous novel focuses on the Cleary women set in the early 20th century in Australia and definitely falls in the category of big, family sagas. It has a bit of everything: family drama, mother-daughter squabbles, forbidden love, abandonment, death, etc. Not to mention interesting character development/discussion throughout.

03. Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth — An epic set in medieval England, the novel follows the rise of the cathedral in the town of Kingsbridge amidst the political chaos of the time as Queen Maud and King Stephen battle each other for rule over England. Although it does not focus on the generations of a family, a lot of the character drama centres on Tom the Builder’s family and everyone associated to that family, especially the growing resentment between Alfred and Jack.

04. Carol Berg’s The Lighthouse duology — This fantasy duology consists of two books: Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone. I’ve included it in this list because there’s a lot of family drama featured in this novel concerning Valen and his antagonism towards his family and his class. He’s the black sheep of the family and isn’t really interested in the family business so to speak.

05. Mario Puzo’s The Godfather — Of course, the classic novel about the Corleone family. The movie is quite a close adaptation of the book but it’s a different experience reading it, fleshing out the internal thoughts of the characters. It’s interesting to read about the family dynamics amongst them even as their family primarily deals with, err, some shady business.

06. Marina Lewycka’s A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian — It’s been a long time since I’ve read this novel but I remember highly enjoying this novel. It’s a pretty crazy ride with two sisters putting aside their differences in order to ensure that their father does not marry this obvious gold digger and in the process secrets about their family come to the surface. It’s amusing and everything Ukrainian is involved so yeah, I recommend it =)

07. Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters — I cannot recommend Elizabeth Gaskell enough. This book was the last that Gaskell had written and in fact did not complete because she died before she was able to. It’s quite a family drama though, focusing on Molly Gibson and her family as well as Hamleys nearby and the interactions both within the respective families and together as neighbours and friends. It is a wonderful read.

09. Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park — All of Jane Austen’s novels involve family drama and interaction on one level or the other but I’ve always considered it to be in the forefront of Mansfield Park more than anything else. The Bertram family has their own dysfunction going on with some of the siblings’ flaws coming out over time that it just made for a compelling read.

08. Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic (review) — There’s obviously the 1990s movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman but the book is a wonderfule experience in itself because it really fleshes out the Owens family: their history, their family dynamics, their quirks, etc. The drama between the sisters, Gillian and Sally, were entertaining and interesting to read and the writing itself is something to behold. This novel also utilises magical realism (well, I suppose the title makes it a given ^_~).

09. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated — Another book that employs magical realism, this book does have the family/generation theme going on with the character Jonathan going to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather during the Second World War as well as Alexander Perchov and his family and grandfather along the way. I think I mentioned it in a previous TTT that I want to re-read it at some point because I enjoyed the story (despite of the stream of consciousness bits).

10. Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger — The details escape me regarding this novel but I remember that this book had some unresolved family drama going on, enough to really disrupt one’s life. It also had some Gothic and psychological elements which also made it interesting. It’s not a sprawling epic or a fat, family saga; rather, it’s more contained, more quiet but just as interesting.

And that’s my list for this week! I should note that I’d probably add Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants as that is definitely the start of a gradiose trilogy taking place in the early 20th century and focusing on a number of families. The only reason I didn’t add it was because I haven’t read it yet ^_~ Anyways, that’s it from me this week, what books did you choose for your Top Ten Tuesday this week?

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 2 July, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 17 Comments

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 For People Who Like CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON

This was honestly a tough one at first because the instructions were “pick an author and give recommendations” =P So I had to think long and hard on this one. I seem to read a wide range of authors but I wanted to start off with one that everyone knows and then work from there (like six degrees…or something).

In the end I chose Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the author of a number of books like The Shadow of the Wind. This list is coming pretty timely too since his book The Prisoner of Heaven is coming out next week over here in North America ^_~ I guess it’s also fitting to focus on him for this week’s TTT because I actually spent quite a considerable amount of time after reading The Shadow of the Wind looking for other books that share the same atmosphere (very difficult I should add). In the process, his books also introduced me to the world of Spanish literature. I had developed an interest in Spanish history towards the end of both my undergraduate and graduate programmes and delving into Spanish literature and novels set in Spain just fuelled that interest further; it’s such a rich and complex story and their literature is equally interesting. It can be intense and historically interesting but it can also be adventurous and thrilling.

In any case, here’s some books that share one characteristic or another to his books that I think you will enjoy if you’re into his works (not necessarily written by Spanish authors but it’s a mix):

Trying something a little different here for this week’s TTT–realised my lists should have more images, make things more interesting ^_~

01. The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildelfonso Falcones — I admit, I really wished I had read this book before I went to Spain and not just as I was about to leave Barcelona to Valencia because it would have been awesome to have seen the Santa Maria del Mar while we were there. But anyways, The Cathedral of the Sea is written by Spanish author Ildelfonso Falcones and set in medieval Barcelona. It’s pretty cool to check out if you’re curious about medieval Spain/Catalan (it’s a good start at the very least; I know virtually nothing about this period and I’ve studied a bit of contemporary Spanish/Catalan issues) and besides, it’s quite a riveting story ^_~

02. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte (review) — This was actually the first novel I read by this author. It’s a lot like The Shadow of the Wind in that there are book dealers and old books involved with a mad dash across Europe in search for the original manuscript to Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers (a classic I still personally have not gotten around to; my brother has been reminding me every so often to check it out). Things get a little harrowing for Lucas as his search becomes more and more problematic and complex (moreso than the issues that Daniel faces in The Shadow of the Wind) but it’s nonetheless an interesting read.

03. The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax (review) — I actually stumbled on this book while casually browsing the bookstore shelves. I’ve always wished that I learned a stringed instrument (a violin, preferrably a cello) so that caught my attention with this book. This novel is actually set from the end of the 19th century up to I believe the rise of Franco so it covers quite a bit of early 20th century Spanish history and populated with familiar historical figures. Again, it’s set in Spain and for a good part in Madrid but there’s a bit of travelling around so it’s pretty panoramic in scope. I should also mention that Andromeda Romano-Lax is a Spanish author and is actually coming out with a new novel later this year (the English-translated version, if I’m not mistaken).

04. Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom (review) — Not written by a Spaniard (is actually a historical mystery writer) but a great book nonetheless. This book is set during the early 1940s in Franco’s Spain and it addresses matters such as the Civil War of the mid-1930s and the consequences of that war to Spanish society through the eyes of particular characters. I was previously not familiar with the war (it always gets forgotten in the modern European history in favour of focusing on the consolidation of Fascism and Nazism in Italy and Germany at this time) so it served as an introduction for me. It also fleshed out issues concerning the politics of the time with each character representing a particular political idea. It’s a volatile period so you could imagine how this fuels the personal drama in turn.

06. The Return by Victoria Hislop — This book leans more towards the personal family drama/history of the characters but I added it to this list because the story is set in Spain (for the most part; I can’t remember but I’m pretty sure it was set in Granada) with historical drama bit taking place predominantly in the 1930s. For me personally it introduced me to the Spanish cultural element of flamenco dancing and all of the emotions and aspects involved in the dance.

03. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield — For a change of pace, this novel has nothing to do with Spain or Spanish history but I believe it does get pegged every so often as a recommendation with The Shadow of the Wind because of the Victorian Gothic elements present in this novel. I wished I had written a review of the book at the time because the details escape me and I haven’t re-read it but I remember thinking it was quite a story with mystery after mystery weaving about. Definitely have to re-read it again myself but it does have that Gothic vibe that I picked up from The Shadow of the Wind.

07. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse (review) — For me this is the closest book I’ve come across that resembles that mysterious and Gothic atmosphere that I found so fascinating and compelling in The Shadow of the Wind. The events of this novel actually takes place in southwestern France where I later learned is quite a different region compared to the rest of the country. The storyline that takes place in 1891 was particularly interesting (the storyline that drew me in and resembled that atmosphere that I referred to earlier) and really has that errie, almost-supernatural element to it. I also thought the novel was personally a lot stronger than Mosse’s first novel and overall quite engrossing.

08. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier — Quite the classic for fans of Jane Eyre and Gothic-temed mysteries. Rebecca definitely has that old-world feel complete with shady characters, unusual circumstances and tense drama. It’s been a while since I’ve re-read the book but I remember it being quite the rollercoaster of events with twists and turns.

09. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — Going back to the theme of books and book lovers, no list with those themes would be complete without the inclusion of Zusak’s novel. Also set in the 1930s/1940s but in Germany, Zusak created an interesting and unique story that blends the realities of Nazi Germany/war period with the theme of books and love of reading. If you haven’t read this book, it’s a must. Even I was overcome with emotion at the end of the novel =P

10. Selected Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca — And to finish it all off, some poetry from one of the most prolific and well-known Spanish poets of the twentieth century. I honestly don’t know how I came across this poet or where I first read his works but since then he’s become my favourite poet ever. I own two collections of his works, both with the original Spanish (because although I don’t speak Spanish, I do like having the originals anyways), and the images that he captures through his poetry is just beautiful. There’s something longing and eternal and haunting in them that definitely worth reading and savouring.

And that’s my TTT for this week! I hope you enjoyed the list, maybe found some books to check out next time you’re browsing the Book Depository or in the bookstore. For those interested, please check out my teasers for this week. Which author did you feature in your list this week?

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 11 June, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 15 Comments

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 I’d Recommend As Good Beach Reads

Ahh, yes, it is that time of the year, isn’t it? It sounds like I will be heading up to the cottage sometime in August so I will also have to settle on a good book while I’m there. So here’s some books I’d recommend for beach or vacation reads (you’ll notice that I left out any classics or hefty, contemporary novels; you’d want to relax, right?):

01. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (review) — Or any of her books, really. I only got around to reading her books this year but I am absolutely addicted to them, they’re so much fun to read. Her stories have great characters with realistic flaws and issues to face as well as that dash of magic that adds that little special something to the stories. They’re also not that long so they’re just perfect for that quiet afternoon out on the deck or on the beach or something.

02. Before I Go To Sleep by C.J. Samson — I think this is the second week I’ve featured this novel in my TTT but it’s certainly a highlight read from last summer. For mystery and thriller fans this is definitely a novel worth checking out, it really hooks you as you navigate through Christine’s mind and try to figure out what really happened to her.

03. Tell No One by Harlan Coben — I actually read this book while on vacation two years ago! It’s also an intense read that mystery and thriller fans would enjoy, about a man who receives mysterious messages from his supposedly dead wife and in the process uncovers something really sinister surrounding her death. Totally had me hooked while waiting at the airport, hehe.

04. What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris (review) — This book is the first of the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series, or as I like to call it, the mystery series featuring a lead character who’s a cross between James Bond and Mr. Darcy. Intrigued? It’s set towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars and Sebastian’s personal life is just as interesting as the cases he’s trying to solve.

05. The English Assassin by Daniel Silva — Or any of his books really. Definitely the author I recommend for the thriller/espionage genre. Daniel Silva has this wonderful talent for writing some really interesting and intense stories without lulling you from particular action details and such. His Gabriel Allon books are especially interesting but his standalone The Unlikely Spy was also an enjoyable read as well as his series featuring the character Michael Osborne. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into movies like The Bourne Identity.

06. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (review) — For those of you who are into witches, magic, vampires and all that lore, this book is definitely worth checking out. I read it recently and highly enjoyed the way that the author infuses history, science and academic study into the story. In a market saturated with the paranormal themes, I thought this was one of the better novels that came out of it recently. Also, the second installment of the series is coming out sometime this summer so it’s a good time to check it out!

07. The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte (review) — For the more thoughtful mysteries (and for those of you who enjoy novels by Dan Brown, Steve Berry and that genre of novels), I would recommend this book. I believe I read it last year and highly enjoyed the clever puzzles and whodunnit plotline involved. It’s also probably my favourite novel by this author to date (who’s written some other interesting novels like Club Dumas and The Seville Communion).

08. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan (review) — I would recommend this book especially for fantasy readers; it’s actually volume one of the Riyria Revelations. Note: do not be daunted by the size of the paperback! The volume actually contains two stories/novels (the series was initially divided into six novels when it was published independently) and they’re a lot of fun–more in the vein of the early Terry Brooks novels and such.

09. Headhunters by Jo Nesbo (review) — I guess beach reads = thrillers in my mind because this novel definitely falls under the fast-paced thrillers. Jo Nesbo’s a big name in the genre at the moment so if you’re into Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, Nesbo’s works are worth checking out. This is a good way to start with his books if you’re a bit unsure; it’s a standalone involving coporate espionage and art theft. Not to mention it was adapted into a movie last year so you could check that out afterwards (hae yet to do so myself, but I’m getting there).

10. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey — Finally, if you’re into science fiction or some good ol’ space opera, this book is definitely worth checking out. It’s the first in the Expanse series and it’s just a lot of fun. I never got around to writing a review of it last year because I was writing my thesis but I cannot recommend it enough, there’s a lot of good character drama as well as the larger conflicts involving some conspiracy and space politics. The second book in the series, Caliban’s War is coming out later this month so now’s a good time to check this novel out if you haven’t already! =)

And that’s my list for this week! If any of these novels interest you, I hope you get a chance to check them out and I hope that you enjoy them =) What’s your vacation recommendation reads for this summer? Let me know! I’m also on the lookout for recommendations myself =P