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This week’s theme is ‘Reasons Why I Love Reading’, but I wasn’t really feeling it. Instead I thought I’d talk about five of my all-time favourite books, and then list another five that I predict will be 5 star reads when I get around to them!
My favourite novels
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: This is the book I have described as my all-time favourite novel since I first read it in the summer of 2015, which is funny considering I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it when I first opened it up. I re-read it pretty much every year and I adore it. It’s so very hopeful and gentle, and Maia is a character I desperately want to cuddle.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: This is another novel I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Uprooted – in fact I didn’t have any intention of reading another of Novik’s fairy tale-inspired novels until I discovered this particular story is influenced by my favourite fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin. I fell in love with this book from the very first page.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow: My most recent favourite, which I read just last year, and fell head over heels in love with. This is the witch story I’ve been waiting for, and Harrow’s writing is exquisite.
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: My very first introduction to Silvia Moreno-Garcia! I’m thrilled her work is finally getting the recognition it deserves, but SO MANY people still haven’t read her debut novel and it’s a travesty. This book has witchcraft – specifically casting spells through vinyl records – in 1980s Mexico City, and considering there’s been such 80s nostalgia in media recently I don’t understand how more people aren’t reading this.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: As much as I despise how every single YA heist novel now gets compared to Six of Crows – hey Book Twitter, Leigh Bardugo didn’t invent the concept of the heist – I do love this novel. I found it unputdownable and I adore this gang of absolute messes trying their best.
My 5 star predictions
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb: So many fantasy fans adore this particular trilogy in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series, so I’m hoping I’ll love it when I get to it, too!
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: I’ve heard so many good things about this novel and I need to give it a try asap. I’m not usually drawn to stories inspired by Arthurian legend – King Arthur suuuuuucks – but I do love the sound of this.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri: I’ve yet to see a single bad review of this novel, one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it this summer.
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid: Another novel on my summer TBR that I just have a feeling I’m going to adore. I read the first chapter a couple of weeks ago and I’m already so excited to dive in – especially after Ava Reid said Spinning Silver is one of her favourite novels.