Weekend Reads #30: Fantasy of All Sorts!

As I sit here, looking over my stack of books to stuff into this post, I’ve come to realise that the vast majority of them are fantasy novels of various sorts! This makes me rather happy because fantasy is one of my most beloved genres, and I feel I haven’t read nearly enough from said genre recently. In all honesty, with the way that my reading habits have been as of late (sporadic and all over the bleeding place), I feel that my pile today is going to last me much longer than a mere week. But that’s okay, I don’t mind taking my time. 😊

Today’s list is a nice combination of library books and owned books! I feel that I have been neglecting my personal collection of novels ever since I obtained a library membership, and since they are sitting around catching the dust mites around the house, one of my goals for 2019 is to read more of the titles that I own physical copies for. While the library is amazing and I appreciate all of the ways it has benefitted me outside of helping my spending habits, I can’t ignore my preciouses that line my walls and carpeted floors.

Anyhoo, that is neither here nor there. I have digressed a bit, oops. Let’s go ahead and move onto my current weekend reading plans, as well as my focus for the upcoming week or two (or three!). These aren’t in any particular order, just the order that I grab them off the stack. If I have already started any of these, I’ll briefly share my first impressions on them.

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

A novella that is a prequel to the psychological crime thriller, The Good Daughter, I picked this up at a local bookstore for a dollar before realising it was connected to a series. I’m about halfway through this and I like it quite a bit, although I’d recommend reading it after The Good Daughter (my spoiler-free review) as there are some minor spoilers for that book in this one. It follows Charlie (main character from The Good Daughter) as a fresh lawyer who’s trying to get established in her career by helping a young girl that’s being abused by her caretakers. [GoodReads Link]

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

This is a science-fiction novel that was recommended to me by Sir Besty. I’ve had it checked-out from the library for… oh man, don’t even ask. I’m reaching my check-out limit so I thought it was high time I finally got off my arse and read it. I don’t know the synopsis because I purposely didn’t want to know anything about it. But click the GoodReads link if you’d like to know more.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin

An epic fantasy instalment that is a part of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The book collects the three prequel novellas originally released individually and takes place 100 years before the events of A Game of Thrones, while House Targaryen held the Iron Throne. I own this collection and decided to read it because Fire and Blood was recently released and I snagged it from the library. I want to read that as soon as possible so I can return it, and I’ve heard from fellow franchise fans that reading this novella collection first is wise. [GoodReads Link]

Girls of Paper & Fire by Natasha Ngan

An #OwnVoices Chinese-Malaysian, young adult fantasy novel that I was super surprised to get a hold of as the title has been receiving some hype around the bookish community. This is another one that I didn’t want to know anything about. The only information I have is that the world-building is outstanding and the romance is a sapphic (lesbian) one. Also, I’d be lying if I said the cover didn’t have me swooning. [GoodReads Link]

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

This is an #OwnVoices Chinese historical fiction novel with supernatural elements. I feel like I have spoken about this book here before, being another title that I’ve been hoarding from the library for many, many a moon. Since I’m reaching my check-out limit with this title as well, it’s time to read it. I started it a couple weeks ago before falling to bedrest and so far I love the writing. It’s so beautiful. It follows a genteel and poor family who’s approached by a wealthy family. The wealthy family wants to marry their dead son’s soul to the girl of the poorer family. Unable to make a decision immediately, they offer to let her visit the home where she’ll be staying. While there, her would-be suitor’s soul starts to haunt her, while she becomes utterly mesmerised by the rich family’s new heir. [GoodReads Link]

Likely Stories by Neil Gaiman & Mark Buckingham (Artist)

After reading A Study in Emerald, which was so bloody brilliant (read my gushing review here), I decided to pick up another one of Gaiman’s recently released graphic novels. This one is a small collection of four short stories about obscure fantastic things, such as an old woman who feasts only on raw meat. While this is a library book, it’s not mine! It’s Sir Betsy’s. I simply stole it for the moment. Oops. [GoodReads Link]

I know… I’ve quite the mighty stack of planned reads. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel a tad bit intimidated by this pile o’ reads, but you know what? I don’t mind. My indecisiveness sort of got me into this mess and my determination (as well as my due dates via the library) shall keep me in check! Please, let me know if you have read any of the books listed here, of if you are interested in a review for any of them! I’ll make sure to outline and post one if y’all are. Thanks!

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