I’ve finally hit the final 3 books of Wheel of Time, a series I love deeply and began reading a few years ago after hearing news of the TV show being made. I knew of the series for years—it’s hard to go into a fantasy section without seeing them—but never made the plunge. Having finished Knife of Dreams late August, and about to start The Gathering Storm, I wanted to recap a few of my favourite and most hated moments, characters…celebrating my love for a grand series. Yes, I count complaining as love.
People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.
To those following my Twitter, these words should be all too familiar. From the moment I discovered Hafsah Faizal’s upcoming (now published) debut, We Hunt the Flame, I was captivated. A rich, Arabian-inspired fantasy world, written by a Muslim woman? It’s everything I love about diverse books and YA, and I had to get my hands on it. I’m not much of a book reviewer, as most of my critical skills fall to the wayside as the excitement of “PLEASE read this” overcomes me, so this will likely not compare to more experienced bloggers’ words.
All the same, I have to say something beyond “PLEASE read this”. The book deserves it.
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I recently finished something like my 10th re-watch of a very good anime, “Princess Tutu”. I’ve always loved it for a number of reasons, the characters, the ballet, the music…but this time as I start my own writing career what really struck me was the ending and the themes of happiness vs suffering the story presents. This will obviously contain spoilers for the end of the series, so if you haven’t seen and wish to remain unspoiled, bookmark this for after a good marathon watch.
Rounding out this series is my favourite adult novels. I had a lot to choose from, but I feel like these are the ones I return to over and over again. I promise, only two are fantasy novels.
Back again with another round of favourites to talk about! This time I’ll be focusing on YA novels and authors. I absolutely ADORE YA – all the magic and fun, all the great emerging and established authors. Let’s go!
Long time, no blog! I’ve had a very busy August, so I’m hoping to get back into posting here. At the suggestion of a friend (thanks, Kami!) I’m going to start things off with my some of my favourite books/authors. These things go hand in hand—my favourite books are written by my favourite authors! I’ll start with my top 3 “children’s” series (as in, aimed for younger audiences, that I still read, because books for kids are amazing), and maybe do my favourite fantasies and YA novels down the line.
So, without further ado, here’s a little summary of what makes these books and their author so special to me.