Browsing Blogger’s Bookshelves Part II

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Since seeing this tag created by Lauren and Sarah a few months back and since joining in with our own bookshelves, I’ve decided to make this a more regular thing. And who best to do it with but Lauren herself. The rules are as follows –
We’ll share photographs of our (main) bookshelves with each other so the other person can “browse” them and pick out books they’d recommend, books they suggest to avoid, or books they’d love to read.
If you would like to take part and collab with us, feel free to comment below or message us on Twitter.

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Angharad:
I tried to choose books that are quite underrated so I’m going with Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. I loved the podcast back in the day and it’s so nice being able to read it in written form. Some of the quotes from that show have stayed with me to this day.
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My second choice is Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Not only is this a beautiful but dark tale on children’s fairytales but this book and the rest of the series is amazingly diverse such as featuring ace and pansexual rep. They’re short and sweet and definitely underrated.

Becky:
Lauren and I do have a lot of favourites in common so it’s hard to only pick a couple to recommend! First I’m going to be predictable say anything by Laini Taylor. I love Laini’s writing so it’d be too hard to just choose one book by her!
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Next is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. This has definitely become such a marmite series but this book in particular will always mean something special to me, I loved it so much.


avoid

Angharad:
The first book I’d avoid would have to be Nevernight. Not only did the book have some racist undertones that haven’t been addressed but I can’t remember much else of the story since reading it. It didn’t break the mould in terms of fantasy which is annoying considering it has one of the best covers.
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The second book I’d avoid would have to be Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. I’m not a fan of hers anymore and have never got into this series. Very unpopular opinion, I know.

Becky:
My first would be The Orphanage of Gods by Helen Coggan. I really couldn’t get into this book and it reminded me just a bit too much of some of the events in Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer duology for my liking.
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I actually really struggled to find another book on Lauren’s shelves that I’d avoid but I’ve gone with Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I know this’ll be a really unpopular opinion and I didn’t dislike this book – I do just feel as though I got sucked into its hype when it first came out and then afterwards it wasn’t memorable for me.


like to read

Angharad:
The Priory of the Orange Tree 
by Samantha Shannon. Probably because of its size, I’ve been a bit hesitant to start this book but I’ve heard so many good reviews. Despite not being a fan of The Bone Season series, I’m willing to give this a go.
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Another book I’d like to read is Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deidre Sullivan. Becky recently read this book and loved it so I’m very excited to get into it myself. This follows two very different sisters in a small town, magic abilities and diverse characters.
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My final choice is The Reader by Traci Chee. This cover and story has always appealed to me and the sequel also. It has some mixed reviews but the reviewers I trust loved it so I’m definitely going to pick the series up soon!

Becky:
My first pick would be The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill. I was actually introduced to this book by Lauren who thought I’d like it but I still need to actually get a copy! It’s a reimagining of Joan of Arc (and also has the most gorgeous cover.)
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My next choice would be The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco. I bought this at YALC last July and I still haven’t got around to reading it (sorry Lauren!)
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Finally I’m going to say Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams. I’m not a big contemporary reader but I’ve seen so many good things about this book!

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That’s all for the first bookshelf in this series. Do you see any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments!
Lots of Love,
Angharad & Becky @
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15 thoughts on “Browsing Blogger’s Bookshelves Part II

  1. shame on u becky, pls read the heart forger ;; the series is so good

    and angharad, i started nevernight this week which so far im loving but i am only 80~ pages in. *sweats* ill keep my eyes out for the racism now though

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  2. These graphics are beautiful for a start! I also struggled with the ToG series, I enjoyed the first one or two but as the series went on I got lost and I haven’t bothered with the last couple.

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