Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien

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Over the course of this reread, I've seen a lot of reviews of Lord of the Rings where people have been all "PHEW, I FINALLY FINISHED [insert book here]." I've never felt that way. For me, the books never felt like they dragged, they never felt like a chore to read. Perhaps it was because I only ever read one chapter a night, but even at the end I was looking forward to picking up the book at the end of the day and seeing what would happen next.

ANYWAY.

I found The Return of the King quite a surprising book. After years of watching the films, I thought I knew exactly where things were going at each point, but the book surprised me time and time again. The first surprise was that the book opens with the Beacons of Gondor being lit before Gandalf and Pippin even arrive in Minas Tirith. This essentially made me see Denethor in a completely different light. Yes, he still makes some terrible decisions and is determined to burn to death with (totally not dead) Faramir. But he doesn't seem nearly as stubborn and selfish as he's made out to be in Jackson's film.

I adored Eowyn before, but rereading the book made me love her so much more. Her passion and strength and determination shine through time and time again. Merry and the reader are in the dark about Dernhelm's true identity until the moment that's been giffed a million times:
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We see her fears and feelings of uselessness come through a couple of times, and it makes her character that much stronger. When Aragorn asks her what she fears, she replies "A cage... To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire." (p. 63) She loves Aragorn, but he tells her that she has to stay behind for the good of Rohan. She feels similarly trapped in the House of Healing following the Battle of Pelennor Fields, but instead of Aragorn telling her to stay behind, she has Faramir by her side, telling her that he understands because he feels the same way. It's pretty fabulous.

Honestly, though? I think my favourite part was Frodo and Sam and Merry and Pippin returning to the Shire to find that it's not the place they left behind. Their fight isn't over, because there's an unexpected and unwelcome guest there, destroying their home. It's such a great homecoming for things to NOT be perfect and idyllic, as they are in Jackson's films. It shows just how far the four of them have come, seeing how the rest of the Shire reacted, in contrast to the reactions of the stand-up-and-fight attitudes of the four characters we know and love so much.

I'll admit, I skim-read most of the appendices. Tolkien created a terrifying amount of detail about Middle Earth, from language rules to histories for entire dynasties of royalty to full chronologies for the events in the trilogy and thereafter. So the world building is second to none, but it felt somewhat anti-climactic to finish this absolutely amazing story and then be thrown into 200 pages of history. That said, I adored the history of Aragorn and Arwen, if only because it reminded me of this piece of amazingness.

In short, it was fabulous and I loved it, but the appendices were a little too much.

Have you read it? What did you think?

K xx

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TTT - Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again! 

Well hello, pointy end of the year. You've come around FAR too quickly and I was 100% not prepared for it to be nearly the end of December already. I mean, seriously. I swear it was July about five minutes ago... 

Anyway, I'm limiting my list to new reads, because including rereads would be far too complicated. So here, without further ado, are the ten best books I've read for the first time in 2014:

1. Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

This book was FLAWLESS. Abso-freaking-lutely flawless. I loved everything about it from start to finish, and I want to make everyone on earth read it. 

2. Fairwil - Alysia Gray Painter

Admittedly, I've still only read a draft version of this (you bet your sweet ass I'll be reading the ARC that Alysia sent me once the new year rolls around and it can count towards my 2015 Goodreads challenge!!), but it was SO FREAKING GOOD OMG. I just love the characters so much, and this final volume of the Wilfair series was everything I wanted and more. 

3. Every Breath - Ellie Marney
Melbourne + Sherlock Holmes inspired mystery + characters that I ship so stinking hard it's not even funny = YES OH MY GOD. I loved the characters, the diversity, the setting, the writing, and the parents who were actually present and concerned about their kid. Utterly magical. 

4. Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia - David Hunt
I was in fits of hysterical laughter the whole way through this book. It's the perfect non-fiction mix of humour and fact, and if you're even remotely interested in Australian colonial history, you should go and find a copy immediately. 

5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book was ridiculously beautiful and filled with feels from start to finish. It's a book about secrets and discovering who you are and the importance of friendship and talking about things. 

6. Dangerous Girls - Abigail Haas
Okay, this one just flat out blew my mind. YA thrillers are pretty rare, and this one delivered in spectacular form.

7. The Once series - Morris Gleitzman
Surely I'm allowed one cheat where I can't decide between books?? This series (with the exception of Now, which was good but not great) was an astonishingly deep middle grade read. After, in particular, had me ugly crying for days. 

8. Waistcoats and Weaponry - Gail Carriger
This was pretty damned fabulous, but it's mostly in my top ten because OH MY GOD, MY SHIP IS SAILING WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK. 

9. Whisper the Dead - Alyxandra Harvey
This series is absolutely phenomenal and I loved everything about this book (except the cliffhanger ending, dammit). Despite being a middle book, it most definitely didn't suffer from middle book syndrome, and the characters were totally adorable together. 

10. Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
Okay, this was easily my favourite Katie McGarry book. The characters were amazing, the story was feelsy, and the problems were real-world-y without feeling like they were over the top and created for the sake of additional drama. 

What's on your list?

K xx

Thursday, December 11, 2014

'Bout This Blogger tag

You've probably noticed that I've not been around much in the past two months. Between NaNoWriMo last month and Vlogmas this month, my desire to write blog posts has pretty much disappeared recently. Which is unfortunate. I promise, someday soon I'll sort my shit out and start blogging regularly again!!

In the meantime, the lovely Cait recently switched her blog name from Notebook Sisters to Paper Fury, and she's throwing a little party to celebrate. Said party included this tag, which seemed like a pretty damned good idea to me. So. Yeah. Words and stuff.



‘BOUT THIS BLOGGER

1. Why did you start blogging?
This one I've actually answered at various times in the past, but whatever. I started blogging because I was living in Canberra and spent large chunks of my time telling the same stories to half a dozen people by phone and email. And it just seemed easier to put everything in one place and direct people to that rather than telling the same stories over and over! In short: I am lazy and hate the phone.

2. What’s the story behind your blog's name?
I was living in Canberra, and Melbourne was on my mind a lot. Hence the Melbourne on my mind part. I thought about changing it when I moved back to Melbourne in 2011, but I couldn't think of anything better, and it seemed weird to change my user name. A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings? That's courtesy of Jane Austen in Mansfield Park. It seemed appropriate, and I love Jane Austen, so...yeah.

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand pictures!)
Oh God, I have no idea. Three, I think? Four, maybe?? I used generic Blogger templates for a long time. I think one of them involved lemons?!?! And then I switched to a free template that I found online, which was blue and sort of paisley patterned, I think?! I swear, I have the worst memory about this stuff, and I totally should have taken screencaps before I changed anything. My current design is courtesy of Kim, and I still love it.

4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?
Nope. I've used Wordpress and Blogger, and as far as I can see it, unless you want to do a ton of customisation (which I don't), there aren't really any huge differences between the two. Plus, switching means importing nearly a thousand posts and over six thousand comments. And yeah, see also that whole me being lazy thing. Maybe I'll change my mind in the future, but at this point in time, I'm comfortable with Blogger.

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?
It depends on the post. Top Ten Tuesday posts usually take about 15 minutes, but I make the lists ahead of time by hand, and then just need to type them up and explain my choices. Travel posts usually take more like an hour, because half the time I've forgotten what happened and have to dig into the depths of Facebook and Twitter and Instagram to refresh my memory! Reviews take anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the book. And recipe posts take foreeeeeeever because they require uploading a crapton of photos.

My post writing process? That basically goes like this:
1. Pick topic.
2. Vomit words onto screen.
3. Get distracted by Tumblr/Goodreads.
4. Forget about post.
5. Remember three hours later, and finish writing.
6. Skim read for typos.
7. Hit publish.

Yeah. It's not exactly ideal, and I should probably edit more than I do, but pffff. Effort.

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?
I've been nervous about a few posts over the past five years. This post featuring a ton of rebuttal about an anti-YA article was one. This one about my hate for between-the-numbers novellas was another. I was pretty nervous about this post following the great J.K. Rowling said she regretting Romione debacle. I was terrified of posting this vlog about how fandom can impact on your love of a book/TV show/movie, mostly because it may have been the result of some stuff that went down on Snark Squad. Oh, this one about why I prefer Elementary to Sherlock. But the one that I was most nervous about was this post about feminism.

7. Do you have a blogging schedule?
Hahahahaha, nope. I've tried a couple of times and failed dismally.

8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?
Yep. I mean, I started my blog for people in real life, so it only makes sense than I tell them about it! I'm not convinced any of them but my mum read it though...

9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!
I'm totally terrible at commenting. I used to be great at it, and then I started reading posts on my phone and saving the ones I wanted to comment on, and then TOTALLY FORGETTING ABOUT THEM FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

That said, here are ten of my favourites reads that I try to be better than usual at commenting on (not including Snark Squad because it feels like cheating, even though it's the blog I comment on most):
1. Paper Fury || 2. The Democracy Diva || 3. Sweeney Says || 4. My Name Is Marines || 5. Love Woke Me Up This Morning || 6. Lazy Happy Bored Happy Sad || 7. This Is Not Your Blog || 8. The Engineer's Other Life || 9. Disquietus Reads || 10. Wilfair

10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?
I'd blog in a more balanced way - more recipes and ridiculous life stories and TV stuff, rather than the book blog I've increasingly ended up writing this year. And I'd be better at replying to comments. I'm terrible at replying to comments...

So there you have it! If you want to join in the fun, Cait's got a linky up on her blog. And a giveaway that's open for another couple of weeks!

K xx

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TTT - New to Me Authors in 2014

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

I discovered a TON of authors this year. And I've read multiple books by all of these, except two. One of those I have another book waiting on my Kindle. And I really need to track down more books by the other one, because I adored the one book of his I did read. 

1. Sarah J. Maas
I know, I know. I've taken the Kool-Aid and I'm never ever ever getting over my love for Sarah J. Maas' books. I've read all four of her currently published books this year, and I'm dying to get my hands on more. MORE, GIVE ME MORE. 

2. Katie McGarry
I'm not quite sure how I went so long without knowing about Katie McGarry's books, but I've loved every single one of them that I've read this year. Which is seven. (Although two were novellas)

3. Ellie Marney
There are literally no words for how much I loved Every Breath. And as I said a few weeks ago, I'm physically retraining myself over Every Word because I know I won't survive until the final book in the trilogy is released in March otherwise... 

4. Alex Scarrow
I've merrily ploughed my way through the TimeRiders series this year, and for some reason we don't have the last two books in the series at work. So I need to track them down at my local library so I can finish it off and find out what happens because OMG I NEED TO KNOW. 

5. Morgan Matson
Honestly, I don't know how I went so long without reading a Morgan Matson book because I've LOVED both the ones I read. I really need to find a copy of Second Chance Summer. Like, now. 

6. Alyxandra Harvey
I've absolutely adored both of the Lovegrove Legacy books this year, and I suspect I'll be tracking down The Drake Chronicles pretty damned soon to tide me over until book 3 comes out.

7. Abigail Haas
OH MY GOD, DANGEROUS GIRLS. There are no words for how mindblowing that book was. Dangerous Boys I was less fond of, but I think it was partly because I'd read Dangerous Girls not long before, and so was comparing the two of them throughout. 

8. Laurie Halse Anderson
Excuse me, I'm not sure I requested this dagger to the feels, but I got it anyway. LHA's characters are amazing and dealing with all manner of real world stuff that gave me approximately a million feels. 

9. Huntley Fitzpatrick
Oh, the squees I squeed while reading My Life Next Door. So. Many. Squees. I didn't enjoy What I Thought Was True quiiiiiiiiite as much, because the pacing felt a little off, but it was still pretty adorable. 

10. Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was basically instant five star territory for me. Seriously. Such an amazingly beautiful book. And I really want to read more of his work, although I'm a little bit afraid that my expectations will be too high now....... 

Which authors are on your list this year?

K xx

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tag, you're it!

Two of my favourite people, Ashlea and Angie over at Disquietus Reads, have tagged me in the Sisterhood of the World award. Thank you, you fabulous creatures!

Guidelines:
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their website.
2. Post the award’s logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions you have been asked.
4. Nominator ten other bloggers and ask them ten other questions.



The Questions:

1. What is one book or series that you would make everyone read if you could?
WILFAIR. Always and forever the Wilfair series. I just love it so much. So, so much. Also the Throne of Glass series. But mostly Wilfair. Have I mentioned how much I love it??

2. Who is your favourite book boyfriend/girlfriend?
I don't really do book boyfriends/girlfriends. I can never manage to turn off my critical side, so I always end up seeing the flaws in the characters that everyone else flails about. That said, Gomery Overbove from the Wilfair series has a special place in my heart.

3. What are your favourite book covers?
I tend to like really simple, minimalist book covers, like The Fault in Our Stars or Eleanor & Park. I prefer covers that don't feature people, solely because then I can imagine the characters for myself. That said, I LOVE the covers for Throne of Glass, These Broken Stars, and The Lollipop Shoes. I mean, LOOK:

4. Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.
Can I say Hogwarts three times? No? Okay, fine. Hogwarts, the Wilfair Hotel, and the Discworld.

5. What books are you looking forward to most in 2015?
Ellie Marnie's Every Move, Gail Carriger's Prudence, and anything that Sarah J. Maas deigns to grant us with, even if it's just a post-it note. Also Libba Bray's Lair of Dreams, solely because it was meant to come out early this year and IT STILL HASN'T.

6. Name your favourite and least favourite books of 2014.
Favourite? Probably Heir of Fire. Holy crap, I loved that book so hard. Closely followed by Fairwil. My least favourite? Possibly The Selection, which made me indescribably angry. Or Erin McCarthy's entire True Believers series, which was utter tripe from start to finish.

7. Who is your most owned author?
Somewhat embarrassingly, it's Janet Evanovich. I have 42 of her books, even though I very rarely read her stuff any more. After that, it's Terry Pratchett, which is somewhere in the mid 20s.

8. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in October 2009. I was living in Canberra, all my friends and family were in Melbourne, and I found myself telling the same stories over and over and over again every week in emails and phone calls. So I decided that I should set up a blog, direct everyone to it, and save myself hours of talking on the phone, which is one of my least favourite things to do. Except I ended up spending all that time blogging instead. OH WELL.

9. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Getting to know amazing people and having friends all over the world. Coincidentally, my least favourite thing about blogging is getting to know amazing people and having friends all over the world BUT NEVER GETTING TO SEE THEM BECAUSE THEY LIVE REALLY FAR AWAY.

10. What hobbies do you have besides reading?
Recapping ten year old TV shows for Snark Squad. Baking. The occasional bit of photography. Sporadic obsessions with the Lego games for XBox...

I tag the following people:

- Cait @ Paper Fury
- Willie @ Lazy Happy Bored Happy Sad
- Alysia @ Wilfair
- Kelley @ Diva Booknerd
- Emily @ Love Woke Me Up This Morning
- Gina @ This Is Not Your Blog

Aaaaand anyone else who wants to do this tag.

Your questions are as follows:
1. What's your favourite Harry Potter book? (Come on, everyone has one)
2. What's the book/series that everyone raves about but you just didn't get?
3. Which real world places do you want to visit because of a book?
4. What bookish merchandise are you dying to get your hands on?
5. What's your most anticipated book of 2015?
6. Which book character do you wish you could be best friends with?
7. What's the last book you gave five stars to?
8. Which secondary character do you wish would get their own book?
9. Which author, alive or dead, do you wish you could meet in person?
10. How many books do you own?

K xx

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TTT - Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2015

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

There's going to be quite a lot of overlap with this list and some of my lists for recent weeks. I don't really pay that much attention to books that are coming up, unless they've been written by my favourite authors. I tend to discover books much closer to their release date, so there are really only a handful of upcoming books that I'm really excited about reading. 

1. Throne of Glass #4 - Sarah J. Maas
I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED IT. Even though it doesn't have a title. 

2. Every Move - Ellie Marney
I still haven't read Every Word, but I'm already dying to get my hands on book 3. 

3. Black Dove, White Raven - Elizabeth Wein
Is it another historical fiction book about teenage girls who fly planes? Yes. Will it inevitably tear my heart into tiny pieces and jump on them? Highly likely. Do I want to read it immediately? DEAR GOD, YES, GIVE IT TO ME.

4. Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
I saw a review of this that said it was like X-Men stuck in a dystopian fantasy world. Uh, yes please.

5. Prudence - Gail Carriger
I've been excited about this book ever since it was announced, and nothing will change that. *grabby hands*

6. Winter - Marissa Meyer
I cannot WAIT to see how this series wraps up. Every single book in it has been phenomenal.

7. Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray
As I said last week, I've been waiting for this book to come out since I read The Diviners in late 2012. It better actually come out next year, or I will cry.

8. All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven
There's been a fair amount of hype about this one, and I can't wait to see if it lives up to said hype.

9. A Court of Thrones and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
TWO Sarah J. Maas books in one year? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

10. Manners and Mutiny - Gail Carriger
My ship is finally sailing and I cannot wait to see how everything pans out OMG. 

What's on your list?

K xx

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien

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I was originally planning on taking my time with this one, maintaining my one-book-a-month-for-Classics-Club routine. But then I worked out that by reading a chapter a day, I can finish the whole trilogy before the end of the year. And that seemed like a pretty fabulous plan, especially seeing as it will put me a month ahead of schedule in case any of my remaining Classics Club books are a major struggle. WIN.

Anyway, onto The Two Towers. I enjoyed this a lot more than I did The Fellowship of the Ring. Which isn't to say that Fellowship wasn't brilliant. It is. But where Fellowship has a lot of set up and introduction of characters and getting the adventure under way, The Two Towers was basically non-stop action.

When I started reading, I was a little surprised to discover that the book is effectively two completely different stories, rather than the two stories being woven together as they probably would be in a book published today. But it worked brilliantly, as it allowed the pace of the story to be maintained without it feeling like suspense was being artificially created by switching points of view.

There were a few surprising moments too, after seeing the movie about a dozen times. Some scenes that were minor in the movie were much more significant in the book, and vice versa. Probably the most unexpected for me was how...insignificant??...the Battle of Helm's Deep is in the book. I mean, yes, it's a major battle. But it's nowhere near the size of the battle in the movie, with the elves turning up from Lothlorien to help fight and the walls exploding and the entire population of Edoras hiding out in the caves underneath the citadel. Everything - from them leaving Edoras to them winning the battle - takes place in the course of a chapter. A mere twenty one pages, to be exact.

The second half of the book, featuring Frodo and Sam on the road to Mordor, is definitely a little slower going than the first half. But it's still action packed and much more interesting than the section of their story that we get in the film. I'd forgotten that Shelob appears in this book, that there's far more to their story here than the endless hours in the Dead Marshes that we get in the film.

I think my favourite part of the book was Legolas and his ridiculous sassiness. The character depicted by Orlando Bloom spends a lot of time stating the obvious or staring off into the distance looking regal (or making ridiculous faces in the background of scenes he's not in). But in the book? Legolas is a sassy little shit, and I love him. I mean, Aragorn spends ages lying on the ground, listening to distant orc footsteps when he works out that there are a bunch of riders coming towards them. And then this happens:
"Riders!" cried Aragorn, springing to his feet. "Many riders on swift steeds are coming towards us!"
"Yes," said Legolas. "There are one hundred and five. Yellow is their hair and bright are their spears. Their leader is very tall."
(p. 33, 1993 Harper Collins edition)
I mean, come on. Aragorn spends all this time and effort being the amazing tracker that he is. And Legolas just lets him do his thing, and then is all "Yeah, I know. And here's a bunch more detail. I've been able to see them for ages. NBD." Sassy. Little. Shit. I love him.

So on the whole, it was a pretty great reading experience for me. Especially seeing as Tolkien backed right off on the songs this time around!

I'm one chapter into The Return of the King, and I'm pretty damned excited about seeing how Tolkien wraps everything up, even though I know the general gist of how things work courtesy of the films!

Have you read it? What did you think?

K xx

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stuff and things and overexcitement

I've been more than a little absent around here this month. But there's a pretty good reason for it - I've been busy writing 52,000+ words for NaNoWriMo. So I figured seeing as how it's the end of the month, I'd update you on a few things!



If you want to sign up for Vlogmas, you can click here!

What's new with you guys?

K xx

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TTT - Books on my Summer TBR

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

I have a massive TBR pile next to my bed at the moment, but about half of them are rereads that I want to try and knock off before the end of the year. Still, summer starts in a week, so here are ten books that I really want to read over the next couple of months.

1. Every Word - Ellie Marney
This one is already sitting on my Kindle and I'm basically sitting on my hands to stop myself from reading it immediately. Because I know if I read it now, I won't be able to survive until March when book 3 comes out. So I'm going to try my utmost to hold out until January before I read this. Even though it might kill me... 

2. Dark Triumph - Robin LaFevers
Another one that's waiting on my Kindle. But I need to finish my library books first before I dive back into the amazing world of assassin nuns! 

3. The Piper's Son - Melina Marchetta
I absolutely ADORED Saving Francesca, and I was shocked when I found out recently that there was a sequel. I must read it immediately. 

4. Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld
I've heard somewhat mixed things about this book, but the story within a story idea is pretty awesome, and I really need to check it out for myself.

5. Made for You - Melissa Marr
I've been LOVING young adult thrillers of late, and this one sounds pretty fabulous. 

6. Breaking the Rules - Katie McGarry
Two more weeks. TWO MORE WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKS.

7. A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray
I picked up a copy of this yesterday, and I can't wait to read it. You know, once I'm done with my library books...

8. The Shadow Cabinet - Maureen Johnson
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and the ending of the second one was pretty "WHAAAAAAAAT????"-worthy, so I'm pretty excited about reading book 3 early next year.

9. Masquerade - Kylie Fornasier
This one's been floating around my TBR list ever since it came out, and I really need to finally get hold of a copy and read it because it sounds FABULOUS. 

10. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Cary Elwes
I've seen a few people complaining about how this is just him telling random stories about things that happened on the set of The Princess Bride, and I'm all "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU THAT SOUNDS AMAZING AND I NEED IT LIKE I NEED OXYGEN." So yeah. I want to read this book ASAP. 

What's on your list?

K xx

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TTT - Sequels I Can't Wait to Get My Hands On

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

Oh, sequels. Sequels are both the joy and the bane of my existence. Joy because "OMG I GET TO READ ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS AGAIN!!". Bane because "WHY IS THE RELEASE DATE SO FAR AWAY WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY????". So yeah. Here are ten sequels that I'm dying to read.

1. Book 4 of the Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire was the most amazing book of ever. And waiting until this time next year for the as-yet-untitled book 4 is going to make me cry millions of tears of frustration. This is why I like discovering series AFTER they end. Because there's no waiting. 

2. Book 3 of The Lovegrove Legacy - Alyxandra Harvey
Whisper the Dead was absolutely brilliant and full of squee-tastic moments. And I can't wait to get my hands on book 3 and all the inevitable Penelope/Cedric squees that will come along with it. 

3. Winter - Marissa Meyer
I devoured Cress in like 24 hours earlier this year and I cannot wait to see how Meyer ties up this series in book 4. 

4. Manners & Mutiny - Gail Carriger
I basically just read Waistcoats & Weaponry. It hasn't even been two weeks since I finished it. And I'm already desperately hoping that the publication date of this one gets pushed up by almost a year because I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED IT. 

5. Every Word - Ellie Marney
Okay, so this one's sort of cheating because I already have it on my Kindle. But I'm forcing myself to wait as long as is humanly possible. I devoured Every Breath in less than 24 hours and loved every single second of it. Seriously. One of the best books I've read this year. And knowing that book 3 doesn't come out until March, I feel like I need to wait a while before reading this one so that the gap between books isn't QUITE as insufferable. 

6. Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray
I'm fairly certain this book is the bane of my existence. The publication date has been pushed back and pushed back and pushed back to the point where I'm not entirely convinced that it's ever actually going to be published. Seriously. It was originally meant to be out in March 2014. Then April. Then August. At the moment, it's early April 2015. I'll believe it when I see it. 

7. The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick
I ADORED My Life Next Door, and I desperately want to read the sequel. Desperately. Give it to me now, dammit!! *grabby hands*

8. Breaking the Rules - Katie McGarry
Three more weeks. THREE MORE WEEKS. I'm insanely excited about this book, even though we know that Noah and Echo get their happy ending from other books in the series. Don't care. Want. 

9. Mr. Kiss and Tell - Rob Thomas
Okay, I LOVED the Veronica Mars novel that came out earlier this year. It was really fun to see one of my favourite characters on the page, and follow on from the events of the Veronica Mars movie. So I'm pretty excited about this one. 

10. Hidden Huntress - Danielle L. Jensen
I really enjoyed Stolen Songbird, though I had some niggling questions about the world building. So I'm looking forward to the sequel so that I can find out what happens next and hopefully get a few of those pesky questions answered!

What's on your list?

K xx
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