Tough Travels #3: Non-Human Heroes

Tough Travels is a monthly meme that recommends fantasy books based on tropes, themes, and clichés cited in Diana Wynne Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. The meme was created by Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn and is now hosted by Fantasy Faction.

Since I haven’t read many fantasy books, I instead create my list at the end of the month, after reading everyone else’s, and include recommendations from them that are interesting to me.

This month’s theme:

Non-human heroes

The Tough Guide assures us that HEROES are ‘mythical beings, often selected at birth, who perform amazing deeds of courage, strength and magical mayhem, usually against all odds.’ Furthermore, ‘if you get to meet a so-called Hero, she/he always turns out to be just another human, with human failings, who has happened to be in the right place at the right time (or the wrong place at the wrong time, more likely)’.

HOWEVER. For good or for evil, some of fantasy’s most memorable Heroes are not human at all. Some look human, but aren’t. Others may look monstrous, but be ‘human’ on the inside. Others still never pretend to be anything other than what they are – and why should they? In nearly all cases, we are likely to Learn Something from them – usually that appearances can be deceiving, or that the concepts of both ‘Human’ and ‘Hero’ are entirely subjective.

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Top Ten Tuesday #27: Best Books So Far in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017

I was surprised, upon completing this list, to find that I have given exactly 10 books high ratings of 4.5 or 5 stars so far this year. The books are listed below, followed by two comic books that also received high ratings. Rereads were not included.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

★★★★★

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ShelfJoy Review: A Cool App for Your Bookish Lists

I was contacted a while back to do a review of this fairly new bookish app:

ShelfJoy

I eagerly jumped at the chance, but was delayed in publishing this post due to personal reasons.

The first time I heard of ShelfJoy was back in February when Vicky at Books and Strips posted a review of it. Apart from Goodreads, I don’t use social media apps to organize my books. I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read and books I want to purchase and use a computer app that I pay for to keep track of books I own. (It’s called Book Collectorz and it’s very effective.) I was satisfied with just those two but when I took a peek at ShelfJoy, I immediately took a liking to it for the following reasons:

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Two Illustrated Books: “The River” and “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone”

It’s been a while since I’ve read an illustrated book, I realized on a recent visit to the library. I decided to rectify that by picking up two books that were on display, one about a river and another, a familiar story, about the boy who lived. Both were good reads and quite an experience, though one wasn’t as I expected it to be. However in both, I found that I paid more attention to the artwork rather than the story.


The River by Alessandro Sanna (illus.), trans. by Michael Reynolds

Quick summary:

The River is an illustrated book by Italian painter and illustrator Alessandro Sanna about a town situated by a river. The story is told almost entirely without words, and the book is separated into four parts, one for each season, that all begin with a short paragraph about how the season affects the river or the town and what is included in that section (I realized this last part after completing the book).

My thoughts and the Art style:

The River is a sweet story. To tell the story of the town and the river, Sanna has us focus on a character, a man, to see how the seasons and the river affect his life.

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Book Haul #35: Am I going monthly now?

I have another large book haul!! 😀

There are two reasons for this:

  1. It seems that I’m doing these monthly now…maybe. I keep forgetting to post book hauls, which is weird because it’s one of my favorite type of post.
  2. And because I ran out of shelf space, I’ve started to purchase e-books. I’m also subscribed to newsletters that send me e-book deals everyday and because the prices for those deals are so low, I automatically hit the “buy” button whenever I see them.

Warm weather also has a lot to do with large purchase too, I think. I’m happier in spring/summer and I think I buy more books then.

Anyway, enough excuses! Here’s what I bought.

Physical books

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Top Ten Tuesday #26: Series Starters I Haven’t Started

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

10 series I want to start but haven’t

There are many series I want to start and I’ve seen several mentioned in blog posts I read this morning. I tried leaving comments on some, but I think WordPress is blocking me from commenting on posts because none of my comments show up after I submit them. It’s highly frustrating because I’ve already forgotten what I said on those posts. Has anyone else encountered this problem? If so, how did you fix it?

Anyway, here are 10 series that quickly came to mind:

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Wishes for My TBR Pile #21: It’s Been a Long Time Coming

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get and read.

I refer to these lists whenever I visit a bookstore and can’t decide on what to get. However, recently my go-to list for books to get has been my Tough Travels posts. I’ve discovered several new-to-me books since partaking of that meme and reading about fantasy books on the blogs I visit.

However, since my last Wishes for My TBR post, I was moved to get Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, which, of course, I haven’t yet read but plan to. Here are a some more books I’d like to get and read:

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