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The Lying Game

For today’s post, let’s play a game. I’m going to make fifteen statements. Three of which will be lies. It is up to you to try and guess which three are not true. You will learn a bit about me, and have fun — hopefully. Good luck!

1) I have had laser eye surgery.

2) I would like to learn as many languages as I can.

3) I have been to Georgia, USA.

4) I have brown eyes.

5) I have moved over twenty times in my life.

6) I have never swam in the ocean.

7) I have never been sky diving.

8) I have never eaten what is called a beaver tail.

9) I have never eaten octopi.

10) I have been married in the past.

11) I have never been to Disneyland.

12) I have met some famous people.

13) I have been published.

14) I have a fear of heights.

15) I hate Guns and Roses and Bon Jovi.

 

Tell me what you think are the lies in the comments. Friday, I will post what are the lies. I also tag whoever wants to do this!

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My Life in Book Tags

The My Life In Books Tag was originally created by The Journeys of A Girl.

Stole this off various people! 🙂

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

E – Equus by Peter Shaffer

B – Beowulf (unknown author)

L – Labyrinth by Kate Moss

 

2. Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book is it?

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3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

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Set in Calgary, Alberta. I lived there for eight years. I’m so looking forward to going back, whenever I can!

4. Pick a book that represents a place you’d love to visit.

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I really wanna travel to Norway!

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

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Orange and purple are my favourite colours, followed by blue and green.

6. What book do you have the fondest memories of?

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I remember reading the Mr. Mugs series in grade one. I just loved these books, as they had various stories in them, along with some non-fiction related articles with pictures!

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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I couldn’t get past the first five chapters or so. I had to DNF it. This was such a horrible book. I couldn’t. I feel bad saying that, and I’m to mad at the author. I’m mad at the publisher, because there were so many plot holes and so much…. shit… going on. It didn’t read realistically, and I guess that’s what bugged me the most. 
8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest feeling of accomplishment when you finish it?

I’m putting several, as I really have a huge TBR list, and all of these have been on for over  fifteen years.

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Book Cover Beautiful

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Song of Achilles – I really prefer illustrations over photoshopped pictures and manipulations. I really like the teal coloured background with the gold old-style helmet. The font is elegant, which just adds to the beautiful stylized cover. It draws the eye, and definitely stands out. 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – What can I say? I adore any book cover that has shelves of books on it. The ladder invites me to climb up to peruse the books. I would love to go shopping in this store. It’s fun. It’s a bookstore. A bookstore that’s open ALL THE TIME!!! What’s not to love. 

Glow – A plain black background, with just the title on it, as well as pop of colour, and a snippet of a scenario inside one of the letters. Brilliant. Reminds me of universes and space travel. I adore the simplicity. It seems to have more impact.


 

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Starfish – The colours shown here are beautiful. I love the watercolour effect. It’s elegant, mysterious. I enjoy how the jellyfish seems to be lazily swimming across the universe, the turtle trailing gently behind it. I love the boldness of the font. It stands out. The two make together make it artistic. 

The Seafarer’s Kiss – This book cover grabbed me the moment I saw it. The flowing way the layers come through, the colours of the ocean and the mermaid’s tale, while the viking maiden knees on the ice overlooking the depth, adds a dimensional trait we normally don’t see on book covers. This is pure talent on whoever came up with this cover. The way it’s all set inside the frame makes me feel like I’ve already opened the book which adds to the allure. The tentacle adds a classical touch to the feeling. I love old school illustrations, and it reminded me of how the Norse mythology depictions were drawn.

The Bone Witch – The prominent purple colour with the overplayed gold elegant design is gorgeous. I love it. I adore purple, but that’s besides the point. The to colours together, with the female character adds an enchanting mystical air about it. The skull in the middle separating the title and the author’s name adds a hint of danger. I’m in love with this cover. It’s so gorgeous. I simply must have it in my collection. 


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To Kill A Mockingbird Silhouettes on a cover? Yes, please! Black and white cover is very classy, on a very classic classic! (Ha.) It’s even better that this is my favourite classical book! Scout looking up to the title in the tree makes me think if they did it this way, drawing a parallel that Scout is always looking at how something bigger than her is going on – the racism and the entire court process that’s going on in the book. My favourite cover edition of this book, by far!

The Book of Atrix Wolfe -A beautiful lady laying in slumber on the forest floor, with the background showing a cold’s winter day in the background. Fairytales and magic and maiden’s come to mind whenever I see this book. I love this illustration. It reminds me of the beautiful Waterhouse paintings. Waterhouse is one of my favourite artists. I love this colour because of the greenery, with the flowery strip bordering around it. 


 

What are your favourite book covers? Why do you like them? Which do you prefer, illustrations or photo’s?

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over here on her page.. To participate, choose a random book and show it off!

Today’s pick is Game of Thrones (Enhanced Edition) by G. R. R. Martin. 


 

9780008226343I have been meaning to read this book ever since I watched the first few episodes of season one when it came on television. I have tried a few times, but the prologue was stiff, and I felt myself dredging to read it. However, that’s been a few years, and I’ve stepped up my reading game. I’m reading outside my box, so to speak, by reading books I normally would never read.

What has me interested in this version is the fact that it’s on Kindle, so it’s able to highlight where each character is on the map. It also gives you a summary on what said character has been doing up until that point. I feel that this will be helpful as if there are too many characters, I end up being overwhelmed. I’m also a visual person, so having these maps will most assuredly help me in being able to keep everything in order.

I’m looking forward to reading this. I love fantasy, and the longer the books, the better! What book has been on your TBR pile that you’re unable to wait to read? 

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Liebster Award

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I was nominated the Liebster Award by Rimpy’s Reads

The Rules:
– Thank the person who nominated you.
– Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
– Nominate 11 blogs.
– Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

My Eleven Questions:

Why do you love to read?

Reading is something I have always enjoyed. I’ve always read, and I read everything. Books take me to far away places, through danger, through adventure, through many worlds with many people. It’s as if a movie is playing inside my head, and when that happens, the world falls away and I’m inside the book!

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

 

What is your favourite book genre?

Fantasy that is tied with YA/NA.

 

What book would you want to buried with?

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

 

If you could travel to any place from a novel, which place would it be and why?

Tortall. From Wild Magic, and the Alanna books. Man, that world is amazing. Everybody has magic, and everybody around the King and Queen seems really friendly. I just would love to live in that world!

 

If you could date one character from a novel, who would it be and why?

Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. He’s a wizard Private Investigator, that has some wicked magic, seems very smart. He’s hilarious, and he’s an all round good guy! Though, the people close to him end up being kidnapped or injured or hunted by big baddies. Still, he’s an amazing guy.

 

Which novel are you most anticipating for the coming months?

Starfish. B/c JELLYFISH. And reasons. Gosh.

 

Favourite snack to read/write with?

I don’t eat anything or drink anything. It detracts from the experience. Though, when I do get hungry enough, it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and chocolate milk.

 

If you could create a playlist for a novel about your life, what are 5 songs that would be on it?

Helvegen by Wardruna

Monument by Royksopp

If I Had A Heart by Fever Ray

Kolnidur by Jonsi

Persephone by Dead Can Dance

 

 

Ebook or print?

Print, please. Only when I don’t have access to print, then I will go for ebook. There’s just something about being able to hold a physical book in your hands, and being able to turn the pages. Makes finding certain passages easier, too.

 

Favourite season to read in?

All of them. Though, the best is during a raging thunderstorm and you’re in bed with your cat beside you, who is purring. That’s the best time to read.

 

If you could switch the houses of two student from Hogwarts, who would you switch and why?

Immediately I thought of Dumbledore being placed into Slytherin. He’s a chess master, using his ‘pawns’ for what he wants to happen. He even used Snape, and manipulates him into double crossing Voldemort, at the risk of his life. I just … the more I read about Dumbledore, the less of a ‘wise man’ everybody in the books painted him to be. He treats Harry in such a despicable manner, it’s bordering on abusive. When Harry’s been trying to get his attention of the Headmaster all year, and Dumbledore just waltzes away — all because Dumbledore was afraid of Voldemort learning out something! It left Harry feeling vulnerable, and feeling lost and alone. It just left me gritting my teeth and thinking that Dumbledore was no better than the Dursley family.

I’m also thinking Ginny should be placed in Slytherin. She’s just as devious as the twins. I don’t know. I just feel that she should have been placed into it. She’s been dotted on her entire life due to the fact that she’s the only daughter of the Weasley family. I’d like to have seen her shine, without being surrounded by her family in the Gryffindor Tower. It’s probably due to a lot of the influence that the fanfic Slytherin Rising had on me back in the day. But, there you go.

 

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

A popular book or series you didn’t like.

I have tried many times to read Hitchhikers. I just can’t seem to. I have even tried to watch the movie, and Alan Rickman was my one of my favourite actors. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m just not into it. I’m going to give it one last try!

 

A book or series everyone hates but you love.

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I have to say, I had a hate/love relationship with Twilight. I really enjoyed the mythology and the world building on the vampires. It really was a fresh new take. I know, everybody hates ‘sparkling vampires’, but I find it interesting! I loved it. I truly did. I do have to say the fourth book — I knew what she was getting at. Meyer should have flushed out the pregnancy and the birthing a lot more. It was so neat, but extremely badly written. The idea was brilliant but the execution was poor.

I also love K Stew. I think she’s superb! I find her down to earth, and brilliant, and she’s extremely pretty and talented. The reason why everybody hates her was her portrayal of Bella was exactly spot on. A wet, soggy cardboard box has more personality than Bella Swan.

 

An OTP you don’t like.

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Havamal/Ersel. Mind you, I had so many problems with this book. It had so much potential but it failed spectacularly, for me.

 

A popular genre you never reach for.

Romance. I can’t stand romance novels. I’ve read a few, and most of them are just over the top.

 

A beloved character you do not like.

Rubeus Hagrid from Harry Potter. He’s a bumbling idiotic fool, who really needs to learn to have friends his own age, and how to keep his mouth shut. He keeps putting kids in danger with the lessons he thinks are educational. I really don’t like him and was sorely disappointed when he didn’t die during the flight of the eight Potters from Number 4 Privet Drive., thank you very much!

 

A popular author you can’t seem to get into.

John Green. I’ve read Fault In Our Stars, and watched the movie. The movie was better. I liked the two actors who portrayed the characters. (I ended up watching Divergent first, so it was REALLY weird seeing them in a lover-relationship.)

 

A popular trope you’re tired of seeing.

The over-done cliche three-way love triangle. Bonus points if it involves a best friend.

 

A popular series you have no interest in reading.

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Anything by her. I don’t like the fact that she rips off others, refuses to acknowledge it, and continues to profit from it. I didn’t like her as a fanfic author, back in the day. She treats people like crap. I know first hand.

A movie or TV series you like better than the book.

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TBR Pile

sklgEmploying a wild mix of tall tale, rich metaphor, and contemporary science fiction, this darkly hilarious novel explores a young man’s attraction and ultimate addiction to skunk musk and the social difficulties he encounters as a result. He longs to find an isolated utopia where he can indulge his addiction in peace but is continually thwarted, even by a young woman with a unique understanding of his fetish because of her own fetid fetish for fish. Exaggerating the traits that attract and repel lovers, this extremely unlikely love story is comical but insightful into the mysteries of fetishes and sexual chemistry.

 

9781447279990Alice-s-Adventures-in-WonderlandWeary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations,” the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground–to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat–each more eccentric than the last–could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children’s literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children’s world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal–real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.

 

downloadOne of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics, where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.

 

51Yw+2rovIL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Life is forever changed at Green Gables, a tranquil farm on Canada’s Prince Edward Island, with the arrival of a redheaded chatterbox named Anne. The spirited, precocious 11-year-old orphan finds ‘scope for imagination” everywhere she looks, transforming the lives of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, her elderly guardians, with her merry doings and misadventures.
Anne — spelled with an “e,” as she gravely informs new acquaintances — builds a world of enchantment around Green Gables and its surrounding woodlands, lakes, and valleys. Thanks to the freckle-faced girl’s imaginative musings, the rustic region’s natural wonders blossom into a fairyland of endless romance. Anne’s inspired prattle, goodwill, and joie de vivre win her a warm circle of friends, just as they have won the hearts of readers around the world.
Since its first appearance in 1908, the novel has led generations of children to laugh and cry — but mostly laugh — along with this beloved story’s vivacious heroine.

 

Sabriel_Book_CoverSent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

 

20053031The beloved, bestselling author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure is back with her most beguiling novel yet, luring us deep inside the lives of a trio of remarkable young women navigating the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft…

The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (‘Moth’ from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it’s finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and “gardien de sorts” (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions–and in guarding the secrets of their clients.

All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment. Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind?

Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches’ tug-of-war over what’s best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.

As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they’re confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?

 

It_coverTo the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

 

lotrA fantastic starter set for new Tolkien fans or readers interested in rediscovering the magic of Middle-earth, this three-volume box set features paperback editions of the complete trilogy — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King — each with art from the New Line Productions feature film on the cover.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built. Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring — created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier — is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron’s lair. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well…

 

A_Journey_to_the_Centre_of_the_Earth-1874An adventurous geology professor chances upon a manuscript in which a 16th-century explorer claims to have found a route to the earth’s core. Professor Lidenbrock can’t resist the opportunity to investigate, and with his nephew Axel, he sets off across Iceland in the company of Hans Bjelke, a native guide. The expedition descends into an extinct volcano toward a sunless sea, where they encounter a subterranean world of luminous rocks, antediluvian forests, and fantastic marine life — a living past that holds the secrets to the origins of human existence.
Originally published in 1864, Jules Verne’s classic remains critically acclaimed for its style and imaginative visions. Verne wrote many fantasy stories that later proved remarkably prescient, and his distinctive combination of realism and romanticism exercised a lasting influence on writers as diverse as Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Jean-Paul Sartre. In addition to the excitement of an action novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth has the added appeal of a psychological quest, in which the sojourn itself is as significant as the ultimate destination.

 

51AdwJ7gsRL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons.

HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.

The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated. The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics, and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

 

TheNeverendingStory1997EditionThis epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. And now this modern classic and bibliophile’s dream is available in hardcover again.

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place–by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic–and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart.

Readers, too, can travel to the wondrous, unforgettable world of Fantastica if they will just turn the page….

 

22055262Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

 

8694522My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins.

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn’t have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers’ market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories—and demons—long thought forgotten.

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, The Witch’s Daughter is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches. Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love.

 

77507In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research & cutting-edge science in the 1st of a trilogy chronicling the colonization of Mars: For eons, sandstorms have swept the desolate landscape. For centuries, Mars has beckoned humans to conquer its hostile climate. Now, in 2026, a group of 100 colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers & Arkady Bogdanov lead a terraforming mission. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage & madness. For others it offers an opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. For the genetic alchemists, it presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life & death. The colonists orbit giant satellite mirrors to reflect light to the surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth. Massive tunnels, kilometers deep, will be drilled into the mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves & friendships will form & fall to pieces–for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.
Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope & ingenuity, Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in evolution, creating a world in its entirety. It shows a future, with both glory & tarnish, that awes with complexity & inspires with vision.

 

51ZVmYwEN+L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago—strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment—but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, he discovers that they are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. From the internationally bestselling author of The Hypnotist comes The Nightmare, another spellbinding tale of Nordic crime.

 

 

These books are going to be the books I read next. Not necessarily in order, but they WILL be read. Otherwise, I’m staring at my bookshelves in complete confusion as to which one to pick up next! It’s disastrous.

Hopefully, this ‘schedule’ will help me read more, quicker.

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Stacking the Shelves #1

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

I’ve downloaded a few books on my Kindle app which I’m very excited to read.  Let’s get to it!

 


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Italy 1899: Fiery-tempered, seductive medium Alessandra Poverelli levitates a table at a Spiritualist sĂ©ance in Naples. A reporter photographs the miracle, and wealthy, skeptical, Jewish psychiatrist Camillo Lombardi arrives in Naples to investigate. When she materializes the ghost of his dead mother, he risks his reputation and fortune to finance a tour of the Continent, challenging the scientific and academic elite of Europe to test Alessandra’s mysterious powers. She will help him rewrite Science. His fee will help her escape her sadistic husband Pigotti and start a new life in Rome. Newspapers across Europe trumpet her Cinderella story and baffling successes, and the public demands to know – does the “Queen of Spirits” really have supernatural powers? Nigel Huxley is convinced she’s simply another vulgar, Italian trickster. The icy, aristocratic detective for England’s Society for the Investigation of Mediums launches a plot to trap and expose her. Meanwhile, the Vatican is quietly digging up her childhood secrets, desperate to discredit her supernatural powers; her abusive husband Pigotti is coming to kill her; and the tarot cards predict catastrophe. Inspired by the true-life story of controversial Italian medium Eusapia Palladino (1854-1918), The Witch of Napoli masterfully resurrects the bitter,19th-century battle between Science and religion over the possibility of an afterlife.

 


In the year 2098, there is no more war, no more hunger and no more pollution. The world is secure and Earth’s 2.9 billion people are healthy and happy. There is also only one remaining library that still houses physical books. In addition to the dusty volumes, the library holds many secrets. But the government has decided to shut it down and burn the contents. Unless an unlikely trio can save the books, humanity will lose more than just what is printed on those antique pages.

With a single government ruling the entire planet, one currency, one language and no religion, the population is unified and enjoying the prosperity that comes with more than seven decades of peace. Free healthcare for all and guaranteed employment make the future a dream. But this future may only be safe if they can hide the past. The books must be saved . . . the impossible task is up to an angry author, a brazen revolutionary and the last librarian. When everything is perfect, the only thing left to fear is the truth.


 Sixteen-year-old Kara Nightingale’s ordinary life is suddenly turned upside down when she dies and wakes up in a strange new world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural, where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls, and where demons feed on the souls of mortals. 

With the help of her Petty Officer and friend, David, Kara hurtles towards an adventure that will change her life forever…


The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.


Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.

 


 

One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world. 

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance. 

Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead. 

A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series.