The Women of Fantasy

Hey friends! Maybe I should start this post with a disclaimer…I have cramps. I’m pretty sure there’s like 5 of you out there, and most of you are female so we all know what those words mean, and it sucks! That being said, let’s talk recommendations. Here are three of my most recent author recommendations from the one and only Tiff (two shout-outs in a week).

 

Anne Bishop

Now first off urban fantasy isn’t a genre I’m well read in (haha that was an unintentional pun, but I’ll take it). I’m a little iffy about this author choice, but the blurb for the novel ‘Written in Red’ has gotten my attention at least. Not to mention we all know how I feel about series, and The Others series has 6 novels which is right up my alley.

Written in Red


As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow. (Amazon)

 

Ilona Andrews

Ok, judging by the blurb for the Kate Daniels series, this author writes all the things I love. A badass female lead, check. A series, check. Magic, check. How have I never read this before?

Magic Bites

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…(Amazon)

Tamora Pierce

This author I’ve already started reading, and I don’t regret it. I’ve started with Sandry’s Book, which is the first in the Circle of Magic series.

Sandry' Book

In Book 1 of the Circle of Magic Quartet, gifted young weaver Sandry is brought to the Winding Circle community. There she meets Briar, a former thief with a way with plants; Daja, an outcast gifted at metalcraft; and Tris, whose connection with the weather unsettles everyone, including herself. The four misfits are taught how to use their magic, but when disaster strikes, it’s up to Sandry to weave together four different kinds of power to save herself, her friends, and Winding Circle. (Amazon)

 

 

If you guys have read any of these suggestions, let me know! Stay tuned for my reviews. Time for some aspirin and a heating pad. Until next time…

 

 

 

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Books by the Bundle

Hey friends, welcome back. I love to read that has already been established, and if there is one thing I love more than a single book, it’s a series of books. Getting to stay with characters for three or more novels just solidifies my love for them even more. Let’s just say I have some pretty epic story lines to share with you guys, in no particular order. I hope you enjoy.

 

Rizzoli and Isles (Tess Gerritsen)

R&I

Number of Books: 11, with the 12th coming in August of 2017

This series is based around a homicide detective (Jane Rizzoli) and a medical examiner (Maura Isles) in Boston. While this series was eventually turned into a television show on TNT, I highly recommend reading the novels. The two main characters are not only strong and highly intelligent in their own unique ways, but they’re also vulnerable and broken. For some reason, they work well together, and their relationship is as interesting and compelling as their own personal stories.

 

Women’s Murder Club (James Patterson)

1st to die

Number of Books: 15, with the 16th coming in May, 2017

A series centered around four female friends, all with jobs centered around the justice system. Detective Lindsey Boxer, Dr. Clare Washburn, crime reporter Cindy Thomas, and defense attorney Yuki Castellano (in the first four books Jill Bernhardt, a district attorney was the fourth member). These four friends meet for margaritas and discuss their jobs, which most of the time all center around the same case. Every book in this series kept me reading until late in the night, so beware of that.

 

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

Harry Potter Bundle

Number of Books: 7

We have undoubtedly all heard of this series at some point or another, I mean it’s everywhere. The novels center around a young wizard and his faithful band of cohorts, as they navigate school and stand against the most feared dark wizard of all time. In the seven books, we journey with Harry through time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, all while learning about his past and his fated future. If you’re interested in the fantasy genre and don’t mind a bit of YA, seriously read this series…you won’t regret it (and if you do just blame me!).

 

The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)

Narnia

Number of Books: 7

This is another series which most people have heard of, read, or at least seen The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. While the series does primarily center around Pevensie siblings, in the first book The Magicians Nephew you learn all about Narnia and how it came to be. These novels have it all, “far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise.” (Obviously, Belle is my favorite princess. Let’s be serious, have you seen that library?) If that doesn’t appeal to your inner childlike wonder I honestly don’t know what will.

 

Alex Cross (James Patterson)

Along Came a Spider

Number of Books: 24, but I’m sure more are coming

Are you seeing a pattern yet? I love a good mystery crime series. Dr. Alex Cross has a PH.D in psychology, concentrated in abnormal and forensic. Throughout the series, Alex struggles to find a balance between his work and his family. Again, this series has been made into movies, first starring Morgan Freeman (Along Came a Spider, and Kiss the Girls) later Tyler Perry (Alex Cross). I actually suggest watching these movies after you read the series, as far as adapted movies go they aren’t too bad.

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Rick Riordan)

Percy Jackson

Number of Books: 5 (but there are I’d recommend any of his series)

I’m sure again that most of you have seen, or heard of this series. Percy is a teenager who finds out that he is a demigod, meaning one of his parents is a God. The books introduce us to Camp Half-Blood, which serves as a sort of training facility for demigods.  Throughout the books, Percy learns what it means to be a demigod, all while fighting against the forces of evil.

 

Inkheart (Cornelia Funke)

Inkheart

Number of Books: 3

Obviously, the shortest series in my list, but don’t let that fool you it’s still packed with all the right stuff. This story follows a girl named Meggie and her father Mo, who both possess a special gift. Once this gift is uncovered it’s a proverbial Pandora’s Box, and there is no way to undo what it does. This series was a suggestion from a woman working in the bookstore in my town and I’m glad I listened to her, I’ve read them numerous times and they never get old. (Side Note: skip the movie. I own it, and had high hopes for it, but alas I was let down.)

 

Well, there they are, seven of my absolute favorite series. If you read any of them, let me know what you think either way. Also, if you’ve got any suggestions let me know, I’d love to give them a shot. Until next time my friends….

Books for the Pool

Brace yourself, summer is coming (I know, I’m hilarious.) Yesterday was the first hot ass day we’ve had so far, and try as I might I couldn’t write this post. I had no idea of what to write about, it’s like my brain was on a mushy sabbatical. Finally, after a conversation with a friend, I had my idea, use the heat…so that brings us to this post. Hot new releases…we’re pretty clever, aren’t we Tiff? Yeah alright, enough with the terrible jokes, let’s dive right in (oh pools…nice cool pools) to my most anticipated releases for the summer.

The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy

by Rick Riordan

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(Release: May 2, 2017)

Holy crap, if you’ve never read a Riordan book you are missing out on something great. While being punished by his father Zeus, Apollo is banished to earth in the form of a pimply-faced teenager named Lester. The thing that sticks out to me about this series is our main character is an actual god. Apollo is charismatic and humorous, and he’s not shy about telling you all the other things that make him wonderful. It’s because of this that I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.

Gwendy’s Button Box

by Stephen King

Gwendy's

(Release: May 28, 2017)

The King of Horror takes us back to Castle Rock, Maine, with this novella about twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson. After reading the blurb about this book I’m left asking myself…What happened to cause Gwendy to have nightmares about the stranger in the small neat black hat? I’m sure after purchasing this book I’ll have to lend it to my dad, he’s a bigger SK fan then I am, I mean where do you think I got it from?

16th Seduction

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

16th

(Release: May 1, 2017)

I started reading the Women’s Murder Club series about 4 or 5 years ago on the suggestion of my mother, who is a diehard fan. I fell in love with Detective Lindsey Boxer, reporter Cindy Thomas, medical examiner Clare Washburn, and defense attorney Yuki Castellano. I mean seriously who doesn’t love strong female characters?

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction

by Diana Gabaldon

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(Release: June 27, 2017)

Ok, so I’ve been reading Outlander and I can’t be the only person in love with Jamie? I want this book to add to my collection, and I shall have it. According to reports this will be a book of short stories and include two new novellas. If the previous Outlander books are anything to go by, this is going to be an epic addition to anyone’s bookshelf.

House of Names: A Novel

by Colm Toibin

House of Names

(Release: May 9, 2017)

I’ve already touched on this release in my last post but it bears repeating. After reading Brooklyn I knew I would read whatever this author wrote. It’s safe to say I’m waiting with bated breath. T-minus 22 days and counting….

Let me know of any books you’re looking forward to this summer, one can never have too many books to read by the pool or at the beach. Till next time friends…

Welcome to The Biblio Feels!

Hiya, let’s do a quick intro, shall we? I’m Nikki, if you were to ask anyone about me they’d surely say I am a NERD! I love to read and what better way to embrace my love than to write about it. I was surfing the web when I found the A to Z Bookish Survey tag on The Perpetual Page-Turner, and I knew it would be the perfect jumping off point.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I read the entire Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. That’s 64 books in the original series, which I started reading at 10 and quickly devoured. You can probably second that with Franklin W. Dixon who wrote The Hardy Boys series, which has 58 books in the original series. Even back then I liked a good mystery.

Best Sequel Ever:

Oh man, who the hell knows?!?! I couldn’t pick just one so here are a few of my favorites: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, Kiss the Girls by James Patterson,

Currently Reading:

I am constantly reading more than one book at a time, currently, I have 5 on the go. Zeroes by Scott Westerfield, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, The Birthday Girls by Pauline Lawless, and the token romance Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. (Side Note: I’m always reading the Harry Potter series.)

Drink of Choice While Reading:

I’m a pretty simple girl, therefore, water is usually my drink of choice, but I won’t say no to a cheeky soda.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I like them both, I’m not fussy. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing like a new book in its physical form, but I love my e-readers because they are handy and compact. I can literally carry an entire library with me anywhere, and when you read like I do that can only be a good thing.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:

Weasley wicked

This question gave me some trouble, I had to honestly think really hard about this. I would say either Fred or George Weasley from Harry Potter. It’s no secret that I was a class clown in school, and I absolutely fell in love with them the first time I read the books.

 Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

lawhead

Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead. This is book one in the Pendragon Cycle, and it’s amazing. This series was suggested to me by a friend, I totally went into it thinking it wasn’t going to be my type of thing, man was I wrong!

Hidden Gem Book:

ready player one

Ready Player One by Ernest Kline. If you are a massive nerd like me I seriously recommend this book. The references in this book alone make it worth reading, not to mention the actual plot is just epic.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

anxiety

The second I realized that reading could silence my anxiety and stop a panic attack dead in its tracks. I realized I could escape into another world when reality wanted to be an ass, it was the very definition of a life saver.

Just Finished:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, told ya I’m always reading it. Soooo good!

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’ll read anything really, but when it comes to anything non-fiction I generally only read what is suggested to me. (Thanks, Dad.)

Longest Book You’ve Read:

If I’m being honest it’s probably Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which weighs in at a hefty 870 pages. (Can you say Potterhead.)  

Major book hangover because of:

me before you

I think the worst book hangover I’ve ever had was probably after reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. That book ripped my heart out, I literally sobbed while reading it. Isn’t it funny how books can make you feel so many emotions? I didn’t read anything for a few weeks afterward, I needed time to soothe my emotions.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Ok, don’t judge me with this…I own one 3-shelf bookcase which is currently sagging under the immense load of books it holds. The reason I only own one bookcase is because I live in a rather small one bedroom apartment, any more bookcases and I wouldn’t have room to do anything else. Once we buy a house there will be many more purchased and filled to the brim.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

the pigman

The Pigman by Paul Zindel. Story time…I learned to read at 3, see reading is a lifelong love. Most kids at that age carry around a blanket or a teddy bear, but not me I carried around my brother’s ratty old copy of The Pigman. I didn’t read it then obviously, back then it was mostly Little Golden books about puppies and Cinderella, but I carried The Pigman everywhere. Whenever I’m feeling particularly nostalgic I will read it again. Current count is up over a 100.

Preferred Place To Read:

Usually, I read whilst snuggled up on the couch or in bed, but let’s be truthful I will read anywhere, anytime.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“It was her habit to build laughter out of inadequate materials.” – John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath)

“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” -Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

Reading Regret:

Probably not reading The Lord of the Rings before I saw the movies…I know, I know how could I? I swear I’ll read it soon.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Wizard of Oz. I got the entire series for Christmas and while I’ve started them, I’ve yet to finish it. It’s on the TBR list, so it’ll get finished I’m just not sure when.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Any of the Harry Potter books, take your pick.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Harry Potter! If you haven’t realized I’m a massive Potterhead, and damn proud of it.

 Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

House of Names

House of Names, by Colm Tóibín, hands down. I’ve read Brooklyn and was blown away, I cannot wait for this book!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Trying to figure out the story in my head instead of just letting it unfold while I read. It’s annoying to everyone around me, myself included!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Memoirs

Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Josh Gates. Ahhh, Destination Truth on SyFy was an amazing show, and damn do I miss it.

Your latest book purchase:

RBP

The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker, the first book in the Spenser series. My mom loves them and keeps telling me to read it so I bought it.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Birthday Girls…I just wanted to read a chapter to unwind and then I’d be in bed by 11. Yeah, that didn’t happen, at 4 am I was still reading. I had to make a conscious decision to put the book down, and it killed me to do so. Needless to say I’m almost done.

 

Well, that ends the fun for now, boo! I hope my answers gave you some insight into who I am, and what I love to read. See ya next time…