Top 5 Wednesday #17: More Books by These Authors, Please

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic:

Authors you want to read more from

I went crazy with this list at first and then had to remind myself that we’re limited to just 5; so I chose 7.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Bujold is first, of course. So far this year, her Curse of Chalion is the best book I’ve read. I was so hooked on that story that upon completing it, I bought the book (I’d read a copy a borrowed from the library) and the following two books in its series — Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt. I must read at least Paladin of Souls this year.

With Curse of Chalion, I was immediately drawn to Bujold’s writing and was sucked in by her storytelling. The fact that the story mixes magic with religion was icing on the top. I can’t wait to get stuck in the other books.

Muriel Barbery

Barbery is second because I’m as eager to read another of her books and I am to experience another Bujold story. I read The Life of Elves last year and despite being confused the majority of the time I read. I was in love with the writing. It was so descriptive. I greatly admired it and regretted not purchasing the book so I could highlight all the passages that stuck out to me.

Because of that, I bought The Elegance of the Hedgehog (which I heard is better than The Life of Elves) and am looking forward to experiencing more of Barbery’s beautiful writing.

Rachel Hartman

I’m a fan of Hartman’s YA fantasy duology, Seraphina, which is set in a world where dragons can take on human form. I’d love to read another story set in that world. I enjoyed Hartman’s two books for different reasons. In Seraphina, Hartman’s writing really stood out to me and I admired how descriptive it is. In Shadow Scale, I appreciated that the world Hartman introduced us to broadened, providing lots of potential for her to spin other stories set in that world. 😉

I do hope she will write other books in which we’ll explore more of the other lands surrounding Goredd and even further out.

Erin Morgenstern

I could not do a list like this and not mention Morgenstern, who wrote one of my favorite books, The Night Circus. It’s the only book she has published and I hope and wish and wish and hope that she’ll grant us another novel. I don’t care where it’s set, I just want to experience more of her writing and visit another place she has imagined — or the same place. I don’t mind returning to the Night Circus, that awesome place of wonder.

It was Morgenstern’s writing that first called to me when I cracked open The Night Circus and slowly I began to fall in love with the circus. I’d like to have that experience again with another book by her.

Dan Simmons

I read my first Simmons book last year. It was his horror novel Song of Kali, which is about a horrific trip an American writer takes to Calcutta, India, with his wife and new-born babe. The story was more unsettling than scary, but I liked the pacing and Simmons’ writing. He’s a good storyteller and I could tell that he got better at it since everyone gives Hyperion high praises.

Now, I’m trying to decide whether to continue reading his books in publication order to see how Simmons’s writing progressed over the years, or just satiate my curiosity by immediately jumping to Hyperion just to see what it’s about.

Gavriel Savit

I loved Anna and the Swallow Man, Savit’s debut novel that was published last year. It’s a YA historical fiction novel with a hint of magical realism set during World War II. As with the authors above, it was the writing that drew me to the novel, but the plight of the characters, the storytelling, kept me reading. I became so invested in the characters that I was a sad when I completed it. I wanted to know more.

I’d love to read another novel by Savit, no matter what genre it is. I’ll be on the look-out for what he drops next.

Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner was such a wonderful, heartrending read. For this one, the storytelling hooked me from the first sentence. There are times when I start a story and can tell from it’s first sentence/paragraph that I’ll be hooked, that I’ll love it. That’s how I felt when I started The Kite Runner. It’s another favorite of mine.

I’d love to try another of Hosseini’s books to see if I’ll have a similar reaction to how he tells another story. I’m curious to see if it was his style of storytelling that hooked me to The Kite Runner or something else that’s unique to that story. I bought A Thousand Splendid Suns a couple weeks ago and am looking forward to trying it.

Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

I’ve wanted to do this tag ever since Naz at Read Diverse Books posted it on his blog way back in 2016. (Last year seems so far away.) I consider myself tagged by him.

It’s said that the tag was created by booktuber The Library of Sarah; however, I couldn’t find the original tag video. I instead linked to her YouTube channel.

This tag was fun and a little challenging. It was sometimes difficult to find the books on my shelves (good thing I catalog them, which made this a bit easier). Later, when I was done taking pictures, I realized that other bloggers and vloggers included additional categories in their scavenger hunt posts, so I included them in mine too. I didn’t bother taking pics for them, though, because by then I was lazy. But anyway, let’s scavenge for books.

Find a book with the letter “Z” in its title or the author’s name.

Zana, #1 by Jean Barker, illus. by Joey Granger

Zana is one of the many comic books I picked up at the Small Press Expo last year. I haven’t yet read it, but the characters on the cover make me think it will be exciting.

Here’s a blurb on what it is about: “In a future South Africa in which apartheid never ended, the appearance of an angry ancestral spirit sets two village girls on the path to a dangerous destiny.” (Emet Comics)

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Weekend Reads #69: Reading and my beliefs

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend.

I often run out of ideas for discussion posts so along with Sara Letourneau’s Thursday Thoughtfulness and Weekly Writer Wisdom posts, which inspired my last Weekend Reads post, I’ll also look to the Book Blogger Hop feature for ideas.

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly book discussion meme that was created by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and is now continued by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. It offers bloggers the chance to find new blogs, gain followers, and discover new books. It also provides a long list of discussion topics that stretch well into 2018, so no need to cast around for topics if you can’t think of any.

This week’s question was submitted by Maria at A Night’s Dream of Books:

Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished the book?

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Tough Travelling #1: Beginnings

I’ve decided to participate in the Tough Traveling feature, a monthly meme that features book recommendations based on fantasy tropes, themes, and clichés mentioned in Diana Wynne Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.

This feature was created by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn back in 2014 and will now be hosted by Fantasy Faction. I decided to participate because it seems like a great way to discover new books I may be interested in based on tropes I like. Also, I bought The Tough Guide to Fantasyland about a week before this meme started, so… fate wants me to do this.

Fantasy is my favorite genre, but I reread books so often that my knowledge of fantasy novels isn’t as extensive as I’d like it to be, which means I don’t have a large resource of books read to recommend. Because of this, I’ve decided to compose my lists a little differently and will include one or two personal recommendations based on the topic and then feature books I’ve seen on other bloggers’ lists that I will add to my TBR list.

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Sick Book Tag

Now I’m convinced there’s a book tag for every conceivable thing.

I’m back after a week-long break I took to overcome a brief illness brought on my spring’s overabundance of pollen. My allergies and sinuses overreacted, leaving me weak and confined to my bed as I battled a cold and fever. After resting and imbibing various medications, I finally feel well enough to get back to blogging and decided to announce my return with an easy post, a tag.

I googled “I’m Sick Book Tag” with no hope that such a tag exists, but to my surprise, I stumbled upon the “Sick Book Tag.” I do not know who created it, but I found it here on WattPad.

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Blog Update: M.I.A.

Just a quick update to tell y’all that it’s spring in the U.S. therefore I am sick with cold, allergies. sinuses, fever, and every other spring-related ailment.

Because of that, it might be silent on here for a while. The fever, coughing, sneezing, runny eyes, and other shit make me too weak to do much. And the pounding sinus-related headache doesn’t help matters either.

This blog break is probably for a week or so; whenever I feel well or strong enough to return. ‘Til then,