Top Ten Tuesday-  My top ten Comfort reads

It’s another Tuesday and another Top Ten Tuesday. This time it’s my favourite comfort reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have my stack of books I keep on hand when I need a little comfort. So here are my Top comfort reads.

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May wrap up

May was still a hectic month with work but my running is getting better. I managed to finish a 5k full of hills , made a bit more progress with my crochet monster, finished my lego flowers. and am slowly making my way through Agents of Shield on tv.

So here is a summary of my month in books

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Beat the Backlog May

I joined the beat the backlog challenge created by owlbesatreading to deal with my unread kindle books neglected for years. But instead of posting individual reviews, here is my end of month summary

The Poppy Wars by RF Kuang

Why did I get the book:  an Amazon 99p deal and I love fantasy

How long has this been on my Kindle? : Not that long compared to some- 2019

Review

Here is my full review

A one line summary.

Chinese inspired dark historical, military fantasy with plenty of magic,action,intrigue and angst featuring a heroine that while hard to love , I did admire.

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

Yes- I couldn’t put this book down and loved the world-building

Dragon Republic by RF Kuang

Why did I get the book:  I liked some of the authors tweets and this book  was on a daily deal . I had the first book sitting on my kindle so I though why not

How long has this been on my Kindle? : 2020

Review

Read my full review here

A one line summary

This Chinese inspired historical fantasy continues Rin’s story with plenty of action,drama,politics magic with added dragons.

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

Yes, despite I slow middle I couldn’t put this down and ended up buying the next book as soon as I finished this book.

Drake by Peter McLean

Why did I get the book: This was an Amazon Prime pick and it looked like light and fun read.

How long has this been on my Kindle? : 2020

Review

This was DNF. I couldn’t read anymore when the main character accidentally killed a child which is a bit of at turn off for me

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

No. I might give this another try but not anytime soon

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Why did I get the book: I saw a review in a magazine and thought it sounded good

How long has this been on my Kindle? : 2018

Review

This was a fun and light-hearted read that made me think of Buffy if she was constricted by Regency standards. It was a predictable read but it was fun ,once the supernatural parts kicked in.

Do I kick myself for not reading this sooner?

Yes- five years to read a book, that is far too long

The Dragon Republic by R F Kuang – book review

I’m attacking that backlog. Here is my review of the Dragon Republic by R F Kuang, the second book in the Poppy wars now featuring dragons.

REVIEW

The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang has been on my kindle a while after buying this impulsively when this was on offer, so it was great to just jump into the sequel after finishing the Poppy Wars.

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Mercury Rising by R.W.W Greene -Book review/Blog Tour

I’m so pleased to be part of the blog tour for Mercury Rising by R.W.W Greene. I enjoyed this character focussed science-fiction with an intriguing alternate history where Earth is more technologically advanced and facing an alien threat.

Genre: Science Fiction/alternate history

Source; NetGalley

In an alternate history, earth’s space technology is much more advanced with the Oppenheimer Atomic Engine. Aliens from Venus destroyed cities in the USA and the USSR but Eagle seven and their Russian equivalent manage to stop them from invading Earth. Eighteen years later in 1975, Brooklyn ends up serving in Earth Orbital Forces (EOF) to avoid going to prison and despite his best efforts ends up in spaceships and space battles with a whole load of strange people.

Review

Can I just say how much I loved the opening chapter? The first chapter could be a short story in itself -from the initial tense standoff between the aliens and Earth to the epic space battles to Jet’s (an astronaut) final sacrifice to save Earth.

I received a copy of this book for a free and unbiased opinion.

This is a book of many, distinct parts that all fit together at the end to form a complete story. Some parts may seem a little out of place (and I must admit I wasn’t sure why these chapters were there) but these small details made sense by the end of the book.The author creates an interesting world both on Earth where Nixon has been re-elected following an alien attack on Cleveland and in space where there are space colonies with hotels and spaceships manned by a gay crew.

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Top Ten Tuesday-  Quotes from the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

It’s another Tuesday and another Top Ten Tuesday. This time it’s memorable quotes around a particular theme, so how could I resist quotes from the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

When I thought of this TTT I could only imagine Dorothy Dunnett  and her amazing ability as an author in the historical fiction series The Lymond Chronicles ( series review here) so here we go.

“I despised men who accepted their fate. I shaped mine twenty times and had it broken twenty times in my hands.”   

Game of Kings

“Habits are the ruin of ambition, of initiative, of imagination

Game of Kings

“The coast’s a jungle of Moors, Turks, Jews, renegades from all over Europe, sitting in palaces built from the sale of Christian slaves. There are twenty thousand men, women and children in the bagnios of Algiers alone. I am not going to make it twenty thousand and one because your mother didn’t allow you to keep rabbits, or whatever is at the root of your unshakable fixation.”

“I had weasels instead,” said Philippa shortly.

“Good God,” said Lymond, looking at her. “That explains a lot.”
Pawn in Frankincense

“I have learned,’ said Lymond, ‘that kindness without love is no kindness.”

Pawn in Frankincense

“I never expect anything,’ said Marthe. ‘It provides a level, low-pitched existence with no disappointments.

Pawn in Frankincense

“He has to perfection, M. le Comte, the art of living his private life with as much public attention as possible.”

Pawn in Frankincense

“I would give you my soul in a blackberry pie; and a knife to cut it with. Disorderly knights”

Pawn in Frankincense

“A Scott, having got his bride pregnant, was apt to file her as completed business for eight months at a time.”

Disorderly Knights

“Though whether the mass murder of strangers for one’s principles ranks higher in virtue than attacking one’s neighbours for the hell of it is a point I’m glad I don’t have to settle.

Disorderly Knights

“My son took many years to learn the simple truth. You cannot love any one person adequately until you have made friends with the rest of the human race also. Adult love demands qualities which cannot be learned living in a vacuum of resentment.” 

Checkmate

“Intolerance drunk is bad enough, but intolerance sober is quite insupportable.”

Checkmate

“It is not enough,’ Robert Reid said, ‘to offer justice. The laws of men, the laws of God himself are not enough unless you know the heart, the tongue, the brain, the gut of your people.” Checkmate

Checkmate

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Equinox by David Townsend- Blog Tour and Book Review

I’m so pleased to be part of the blog tour for the dark fantasy crossed mystery   Equinox by David Townsend.

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Publishers Head of Zeus for a free and unbiased opinion

Everyone is not as they seem in this fantasy novel, replete with war, witchcraft and secrets.

Christophor Morden lives by night. His day-brother, Alexsander, knows only the sun. They are two souls in a single body, in a world where identities change with the rising and setting of the sun. Night-brother or day-sister, one never sees the light, the other knows nothing of the night.Early one evening, Christophor is roused by a call to the city prison. A prisoner has torn his eyes out and cannot say why. Yet worse: in the sockets that once held his eyes, teeth are growing. The police suspect the supernatural, so Christophor, a member of the king’s special inspectorate, is charged with finding the witch responsible.Night-by-night, Christophor’s investigation leads him ever further from home, toward a backwards village on the far edge of the kingdom. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his day-brother’s actions frustrate him. Who is Alexsander protecting? What does he not want Christophor to discover?

And all the while, an ancient and apocalyptic ritual creeps closer to completion

Review

I was so excited to be part of this blog tour for Equinox by David Towsey- especially when I saw the cover.

I was given a free copy of the book for a free and unbiased opinion.

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The Poppy Wars by R F Kuang- Book review

Time to #beatthebacklog and this time it’s the epic fantasy The Poppy Wars by R F Kuang. Here is my review

When Rin aced the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: But surprises aren’t always good.
Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south .Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism.
For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second and a Third Poppy War is just a spark away. Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity and that it may already be too late. 

Review

The Poppy Wars by R. F Kuang has been on my kindle for a while now and I have to admit the size of the book was a little daunting. But it was finally time to tackle this through the beat the backlog challenge.

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Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin- Blog tour/Book review.

I’m so pleased to be part of the Random Things  Tours blog tour for Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin- a thought provoking speculative fiction exploring memory.

Genre: Speculative fiction

Publication Date: 12th May 2022

Source : With Thanks to Hutchinson Heinemann and Random Things Tours

Across the world, thousands of people are shocked to receive an email telling them that they once chose to have a traumatic memory removed. Now they are being given the chance to get that memory back. For Mei, William, Oscar and Finn there is a piece missing, but they’re not sure what. And each of them must decide if the truth is worth the pain, or better left unknown. For Noor, who works at the memory clinic Nepenthe, the process of reinstating their patients’ memories begins to shake the moral foundations of her world. As she delves deeper into the programme, she will have to risk everything to uncover the true human cost of this miraculous technology.

Review

I was expecting, Tell Me a Story, to be a hardcore science-fiction novel about tech. But Jo Harkin has created a speculative fiction exploring on memory and its impact on our personality, lives, and relationships.

I received a copy of this book for a free and unbiased review.

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The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley- Book Blog/Book Review

I’m so pleased to be part of the Random Things Tours blog tour for The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley- historical fiction set during the Jacobite revolution with a love story at its heart.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series:  Slains (but can be read as a standalone )

Publication Date: 28th April 2022

Autumn, 1707. Old enemies from the Highlands to the Borders are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England, the French are preparing to launch an invasion to carry the young exiled Jacobite king back to Scotland to reclaim his throne, and in Edinburgh the streets are filled with discontent and danger. Queen Anne’s commissioners, seeking to calm the situation, have begun settling the losses and wages owed to those Scots who took part in the disastrous Darien expedition eight years earlier. When Lily, the young widow of a Darien sailor, comes forward to collect her husband’s wages, her claim is challenged, and one of the men who’s assigned to examine her has only days to decide if she’s honest, or if his own feelings are making him blind to the truth, and if he’s being used as a pawn in an even more treacherous game.

Review

I have to make a confession- this is the first Sussana Kearsley I have read and after reading The Vanished Days it won’t be the last. I couldn’t put this book down and found myself immersed in dangerous Scotland in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

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