The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | How does a dreary world become so riveting?

The Final Empire

Thanks to a reading slump, it’s been so long since I’ve actually written a book review. I’m so glad this huge chunk of a book came along and gave me plenty of things to babble about.

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Journeying through endless dangers but somehow remaining lighthearted…Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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Another series I managed to finish in 2016! I absolutely nailed my “finish some series” resolution from last year *high fives self*

It’s a good job I pushed myself to read this final book in the trilogy in December. I can tell I was going off the series. But more about that in a moment…

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Let’s talk about Library of Souls!

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Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Series Status: The 3rd book in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  456

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Rooting for the main character and her gentle personality in…Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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So for the Austentatious book club, December’s book of the month was Mansfield Park. I was considering skipping this month’s book, as at the start of the month I was feeling a bit slumpish when thinking of classics, but I decided to push ahead and read it alongside the audiobook version I found on Youtube.

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Let’s talk about Mansfield Park!

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Title: Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Classic

Number of Pages: Approx 507 (with notes etc)

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Emma by Jane Austen | A really entertaining read, with some rather…interesting…characters

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Another one for the Austentatious Book Club!

I finished this just before the end of November, luckily. I don’t want to fall behind. Which is a very real struggle when I read classics so damn slowly. But I have my ways *insert mysterious eyebrow quirk*

Hint: Those ways are audiobooks. Shh don’t tell. 

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Let’s talk about Emma!

Sounds like we’re being mean, doesn’t it?

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Title: Emma

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Classic

Number of Pages:  474

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | A weird & wonderful world that I have no chance of describing to you

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November seems to have been the month where I made my way through a lot of books I’d been meaning to get to for nearly a year. Example number 4 (after Stars Above, Between Shades of Gray and After You): Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

I GET IT. I FINALLY GET IT.

I get why everyone seems to know this book. Why it’s surrounded with hype.

And finally, I can be a part of that.

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Let’s talk about Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Series Status: The 1st book in the DoSaB trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  418

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November Wrap Up – The weird month where I feel like I’m not reading, then end up reading more than usual

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November. The month that begins with an onslaught of sporadic fireworks. The month where winter begins to settle in, grabbing the bones of us here in the UK, and lies with us for the long run. Fog and frost become a daily occurrence. We have only 6 hours or so of real daylight. Step outside and instantly your cheeks are flushed, fingers stiff, and you’ll be glad for extra layers of clothing.

But inside is a different matter. Inside is where I (and most bookworms) thrive on these freezing days. November was the month where my bedroom became my cocoon of warmth. At some point every day, you could find me wrapped in 5 layers of blankets, cuddling a hot water bottle and cat simultaneously while reading a book by fairy-light.

And so, November was a true bookworm month for me. Even if I didn’t read any more than usual, every comfort my heart longs for – blankets, hot water bottles, warm drinks while fog smothers the outside world – was available to me once again. Every moment of the day I wanted to get cosy and read. And now here we are – getting closer to Christmas, might I add.

So let’s see what November brought…

There’s also a video version of this post if you’d like to see, combined with my December TBR! Click here if you want to see!

PS. Do you like the new intro? Thought I’d try the scenic route rather than just throwing you all in. Let me know if you like!

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Illusion by Nadette Rae Rodgers | Everyone wants their dreams to come true…but not nightmares

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I’m actually really glad this was a short read, because I had a mess up with my reviews. Last Friday I finished a book, in time for me to write and schedule it on Monday when I had time. Only to then realise it’s an ARC, and the review was planned to go up mid December. Meaning there was no book to review this week.

Then lo and behold, this book turned up on my doorstep, my weekend plans were unexpectedly cancelled, and the planets aligned to let me read this book over the weekend.

So let’s talk about Illusion!

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Title: Illusion

Author: Nadette Rae Rodgers

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Series Status: The 1st in the Illusion trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy/Supernatural

Number of Pages:  249

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Relating to the main character so much it’s almost scary in…Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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So as part of the Austenatious Book Club, October’s book of the month was Northanger Abbey.

Again, I managed to finish this before the movie night where we watch the adaptation happened…though this time the movie night was at the end of the month so it wasn’t much of a problem.

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So let’s talk about Northanger Abbey!

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Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Classic

Number of Pages:  235

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October Wrap Up – The one where October doesn’t exist and I become a bear cub

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Okayy, but did October actually exist?

I’ve been thinking it September for the past month, and now suddenly we’re going into November…WHAT?! It’s nearly Christmas! (Yes, I’m THAT sort of person)

Weirdly enough, October just felt like it didn’t exist. I have a strange feeling that I didn’t read that much, even though this wrap up shows I very obviously did. October for me was just a vague noticing of the leaves changing colour and the temperature dropping rapidly. Lord knows what I did for the rest of it.

But here we are at my wrap up for the month, so let’s find out!

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There’s also a video version of this Wrap Up on my booktube channel, where I go into my thoughts on the books a little more. Click here to check it out!

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When lies get out of hand in the Victorian era all thanks to…The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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This book is one of those that has been sat on my bookshelves for many months now, and it was about time I finally read it.

Plus with it looking quite dark and creepy, I figured the lead up to Halloween was the perfect time for it.

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So let’s talk about The Lie Tree!

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Title: The Lie Tree

Author: Frances Hardinge

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Number of Pages:  410

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