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Top 5 Saturday (8/15/20)–Recommended Reads 📜

Happy Saturday, bibliophiles!

Time for another Top 5 Saturday! This was originally started by Devouring Books, and it sounded like such a fun post to take part in. Today’s topic is recommended reads; I suppose there’s several different ways that you could interpret this prompt, so I’ll pick some books that friends and fellow bloggers have recommended to me–some on my TBR, some that I’ve already read.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST: 

8/1/20—Enemies to Lovers

8/8/20—Underrated Books/Hidden Gems

8/15/20—Recommended Reads

8/22/20—YA Books

8/29/20—Detective Books

Rules!

  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post
  • Tag 5 people

Let’s begin, shall we?

TOP 5 SATURDAY (8/15/20)–RECOMMENDED READS

The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

OHHOHO, OLD SCI-FI VIBES…

A friend of mine (and a fellow fan of Bowie and old sci-fi) loves this one, and I’m so excited to read it!

The War that Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life: Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker ...

Two books with “war” in the titles in a row? Oops…

Anyway, I’ve had a few friends recommend this one to me over the years, but Sarah @ The Inside Cover ultimately convinced me to put it on my TBR. (And if you aren’t following her blog, I highly recommend doing so!)

The Bone Witch, Rin Chupeco

Amazon.com: The Bone Witch (0760789258824): Chupeco, Rin: Books

This one came highly recommended from one of my closest friends, and as always, her judgment was on point–I loved this one! I really need to get around to reading the rest of the series…

Far Sector–N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell

A Black Woman Wears the Green Lantern Ring in 'Far Sector #1 ...

My whole family consists of huge comic book fans, and that usually means that single issues circulate between us before coming to rest in bags and boards. My brother lent this one to me, after showing me a few panels and saying that they “looked like your Aurora Rising books.”

Needless to say:

  1. My brother is an absolutely fantastic person in every sense of the word
  2. I LOVED this comic

Ashes on the Waves, Mary Lindsey

Amazon.com: Ashes on the Waves (9780399159398): Lindsey, Mary: Books

This one came recommended from the former president of my school’s book club. Definitely an interesting retelling!

I TAG ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PARTICIPATE!

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Today’s song:

[cries] THE NOSTALGIA

That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Saturday! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

Posted in Book Review Tuesday

Book Review Tuesday (1/8/18)-The Bone Witch

Hi everyone, and welcome to this week’s Book Review Tuesday!

First and foremost, happy happy birthday to David Bowie, the Man who Fell to Earth. Thank you for bringing your joy, creativity, and music to this planet.

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(Currently listening to my all-Bowie playlist. I just finished re-watching the “Life On Mars?” music video, and I’ll admit that I got choked up. GAH. 💔 )

 

Aaaaaanyway, time for me talk about books and try not to cry.

 

The Bone Witch was recommended by a good friend of mine about a month or so ago. I trusted her judgment and checked it out at the library, hoping to be pleasantly surprised. And? AMAZING fantasy novel. With a world and lore that nearly rivals that of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, this book really packs a punch.

Enjoy the review!

 

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The Bone Witch

In Tea’s world, witches protect the people from the forces of evil. Each one harnesses a different power, connecting to different elements and forces of nature. Tea has yet to discover her powers, but when she unintentionally resurrects her brother Fox, she realizes that she’s a Bone Witch, capable of various feats of necromancy.

Bone Witches are feared and their powers frowned upon, and Tea becomes ashamed of her powers. But under the tutelage of a mentor in the city, she learns to control her unusual abilities. She must face not only the criticism of the other witches, but also the true evils that threaten to change her world for the worse. Can Tea figure out her budding powers-and learn to face down the forces that could destroy her world?

 

 

See above, my friend has great taste.

The Bone Witch is an expertly crafted fantasy, with a world that I’d willingly get lost in and beautiful writing to match. So much time and attention to detail is put into the world-building, and it truly shows through in this novel. I adored all of the lore and history with the witches, and it reminded me a lot of the Grishaverse (type “Grishaverse” into the search bar, and all of my reviews for them should come up) . The characters were incredible, and they were each very unique and fit well into the enchanting world. Overall, I highly recommend this to all you YA fantasy fans out there, especially fans of the Grishaverse. 🙂

 

I’m preeeetty sure this is a trilogy, but I haven’t quite looked into reading the rest of the series just yet. I’ll have to add the sequel(s) to my TBR, regardless.

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Thank you so much for reading this week’s review! Have a fantastic day, and take care of yourselves!