As a first post I thought it would be a good idea to introduce my readers to the types of books that I read.
This is just so that you will have a better understanding of the type of content to expect from me.
The easiest way to do this is to talk about my favourite books.
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
This is one of THE best books I have EVER read!! I loved this story, this world and characters! It was beautifully written, to a point where it was almost poetry. If you have not read this book, stop what you are doing now and go read it. You will not regret it. Below is the synopsis as on Goodreads. I am not gifted enough to write a synopsis for this book without giving away too much of the plot.
“Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.”
Go read it!! Forget the rest of this list. Go read this book now!!
Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
That is an easy one to pick. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I love it all! The books, Audiobooks (read by Stephen Fry of course!!) and the Movies! I grew up with Harry and I will forever love this story. I don’t think there is anyone of my generation who doesn’t know of Harry Potter, but just in case:
It follows the story of the “Boy Who Lived”. His parents are murdered by a dark wizard leaving him an orphan to live with his abusive Aunt and Uncle. Until one day he receives a letter. A letter that will change his life forever. He is accepted into the most prestigious School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. We follow Harry as he makes friends and and finds out about why he is known as the “Boy Who Lived”, all the while learning how to do magic and play Quidditch!
Throne of Glass Series – Sarah J Maas
Particularly Heir of Fire. I loved this book so much. The healing that Celaena had to go through was both heartbreaking and warming. Meeting Rowan was also a huge plus.
If you are unaware of this book it is the 3rd book in The Throne of Glass Series. Here is the Synopsis from Goodreads:
“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. “
The first book in the series was…meh. I felt like I had read something similar to it before, but it was interesting enough for me to want to continue the series. The second book, however, Crown of Midnight, was really really good. This was when Sarah J Maas started making the story her own. The story started feeling more unique and intriguing. The third book, Heir of Fire, is still my favourite out of the series. I enjoyed the others too, but this one was special. The final book, Kingdom of Ash, was phenomenal! but more on that in another post.
Song Quest – Katherine Roberts
A childhood favourite. I read this book when I was still in school. That was a long time ago. It has remained one of my favourites because I had never read anything like it before. It was a story that captivated me and made me want to read it continuously. It is part of a trilogy that spans generations of characters. I felt that it was an extremely original fantasy. I currently only own the first book and hope to find the other two. The Goodreads synopsis is as follows:
“Welcome to a world from another time — where legendary half-creatures still exist. A world where nature itself can be controlled by unearthly music. A world where the forces of good and evil are held in harmony by the Singers who have mastered the secret Songs of Power. A world on the brink of destruction, threatened by a dark lord whose evil knows no bounds. Rialle and Kherron, two novice Singers, are all that’s left to stand in the enemy’s way. Stranded in a strange land with only one another to rely on, these former rivals must work together if they are to survive. In a timeless coming-of-age journey, Rialle and Kherron discover the strength of spirit that lies within them in their quest to help good triumph over evil.”
Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3) – Alwyn Hamilton
This was one of THE best concluding novel to a trilogy I have read in a long time. I loved this series. The world was so rich and colourful. The characters were amazing and I loved that the story wasn’t centered around the romance. Our main character was strong and intelligent, but not to a point where she was invincible.
This is the synopsis of the first book: Rebel of the Sands according to Goodreads.
“Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.
Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.
Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.”
The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory
I love watching Historical dramas and I love reading about them.
This is the book that got me back into reading after years of not picking up a book. During High School I read non-stop. I was fortunate enough that my school library was well stocked and so was my local library, but after High School reading became harder to do. I moved from Durban to Stellenbosch to study. The library just wasn’t the same and as the demands of University increased I just stopped reading altogether. Until I came across this book. I always loved History, especially the History of Royal families. So this book intrigued me. I flew through it and just couldn’t stop consuming Phillipa Gregory books.
This novel follows the rise of Anne Boleyn from the perspective of her sister, Mary Boleyn. Mary comes to court as an innocent girl and soon catches the eye of King Henry VIII. She can’t help but fall in love with the dazzling King only to realise that she is just a pawn to her family’s ambition. A pawn that can be easily set aside when proven to no longer be of use. Mary will have to learn to navigate the court of England or lose all that she holds dear.
I don’t have my copy of the Other Boleyn Girl, so I couldn’t take a photo, but you can click here to go to the Goodreads page.
Those are just a few of my favourite books. What are yours?
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