Saturday, October 12, 2019

In My Mailbox #414

Reading has been so slow this week. Sigh. Been way too busy with my sister and her babies. Oops. It's good, though. But gosh I'm exhausted. Spending a few nights with her too, only home during the day, so even more behind now. Ack. But next week I should be able to get a few things done, haha :) Slowly re-reading my way through The Amber Spyglass. <3 This book will always be precious to me. Hmph. And also. Gosh. I got way too many pre-ordered books this week. Ahh. Save me. But love them all. Ack. Only a couple of new posts, though. I shared my newest review of The Subtle Knife. <3 This week I'm waiting on The Queen of Nothing :) My health is, as always, the worst. I get new issues every week these days it seems. Ugh. So very rude. Trying to deal with it all, though :) Also, ah! I have an international giveaway on twitter. I keep forgetting to share about it. Link below. Ends in two days. Hoping to catch up soon :)

Enter to win a pre-order of either the UK edition of Call Down the Hawk or the US edition of 
Song of the Crimson Flower :D International. Ends October 14th. ENTER HERE.

The Secret Commonwealth. I have peeked. Still excited, but also mostly just disappointed and sad. Sobs.
Darkdawn. Ack. Wrong edition arrived in the mail. Sigh. Still, this book is all kinds of gorgeous, ha. Love.
The End and Other Beginnings. Hardcover has arrived :D I'm hoping to read this gorgeous thing soonish.
Batman: Nightwalker. The stunning graphic novel edition :D I did adore the book. Curious about this one.
Rebel. Ahh. I loved the Legend trilogy a whole lot. Though forever angry about book three ending, haha.
Into the Crooked Place. I must read this book as soon as possible. Nervous but excited about it as well.
Wayward Son. Hmph. US HC was a mistake by bookdepo. Rude. But love my Waterstones edition, eee.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. Sigh. I loved this book so very much. Adore this paperback.
His Dark Materials: Northern Lights. Eee. New tv-show version edition of the book. I had to own it, haha.
Darkdawn Faecrate Hangover Kit. Gosh. I actually pretty much loved all of this box, ahh :D So awesome.
The Secret Commonwealth. Oops. US & UK editions of the audiobook. My collector heart needed them.
Nintendo Switch Games. My newest games, haha :D I had to buy them. No time to play yet, but excited.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #417

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING (The Folk of the Air #3) 

Goodreads Description:

The finale to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, from award-winning author Holly Black.

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watches her fair share of reality television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking of a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal.

When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pre-Order here and here

So. Confession. I have not read The Cruel Prince yet. What! But I own both books, haha. I even own the gorgeous US ARCs of them both too. Oops. And I am beyond excited to read all three books, after I get my pre-order of this one too. Eee. I adore Holly. And so many of you have loved these books. And so I'm waiting for this third and final book, so that I can finally read this series too. I hope I will love them too :)
What are you waiting for on this cursed Wednesday?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Fifth time reading and this book keeps getting better for each time I read it. Sigh. It is the book that introduces us to Will. And so it will always be most precious to me. The third will always be my favorite of them all, though. But my gosh, how I love all three to pieces. They are so very good. I'm thrilled to read them again.

As always, the writing in this book was perfect. I have no trouble at all connecting with the world and with the characters. I always have a fear when re-reading books that I love, that I will not love them the same, but I am pretty sure I will always love this trilogy, no matter what. Simply because these books are fully precious.

And I love Lyra to pieces. And I might love Will even more. And then together they are perfection. Gosh. I will not be writing such a long review for this book either this time as I have already done so many times. But I must share a bit of my love for this stunning book. And the love I feel for it is too much. We get to see more of Lyra. She was so fierce and wild in Northern Lights. In this book she is still fierce, still a little wild, but she is also growing up more. Becoming more still and careful. Still fully adorable, though. I love her so much. And her dæmon, Pan. He is beyond adorable and the two of them together is the cutest thing. I so love reading about them, always.

But then there was Will. Eee. In this book we learn about different worlds. Where Lyra came from, the world she escaped to, and the world Will came from, which is more like our own. Reading about when Lyra and Will met again was just the best thing. I ship them so so hard. I adore their growing friendship beyond words. I love how fierce Will was and how determined he was. How he made Lyra think about how she was behaving. And reading about the two of them together pretty much broke me, as always.

But my god, how badly I love Will. He is the best part of these books. Okay, I love everything about these books, but I love Will the most. Getting to know him was the best. He is twelve years old. He have taken care of his mother for years and years. They are all alone and she is not well. It broke my heart to read about. Sigh. But he was way too precious and I loved how much he loved his mother. Sigh. Gosh, that story is a heartbreaking one. He have been looking for his father since he was a baby, as he is missing.

This is a book about Lyra and Will meeting and getting to know each other. It is about finding the subtle knife, learning how to use it. The best scenes were how Lyra was helping Will after he got hurt, and Pan helping him too, and sigh. My poor heart. It is a book about Will searching for his father, and Lyra having to do so too. It is also all about the first book and every character in that one too. There are the witches. There is Lee Scoresby, whom I adore, and whose fate I am still angry about, haha. But so very good too.

There is so much going on in this book. So much pain and heartbreak. And many new things to learn about too. And gosh, how I loved all of it. This whole world is stunning to read about. It is special and exciting and thrilling at every moment. Reading about the adventures of Lyra and Will is the best thing. And re-reading The Subtle Knife was just perfect. And I am thrilled to be re-reading these books again, finally. You need to read them too. There is so much I could write about this book, but stopping for now.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

In My Mailbox #413

A new week gone by. Gosh. I have read a bunch this week, though, so eee. I'm happy about that. Finally started my re-read of His Dark Materials, to get ready for The Secret Commonwealth. <3 I'm only on The Subtle Knife, ack, but at least I have started, haha. I love these books so very much. Sigh. They are just perfection. I also got a bit of gorgeous mail this week, and I love it all so very much. My health still sucks the most. Ugh. I went to the doctor this week, no real help, but getting appointments elsewhere later on from that visit. Probably. Fingers crossed. Tired of feeling so badly all the time because my body sucks. Hmph. Still spending every day with sister and her kids. A bit exhausting. But I love it too, so much. And a little time to read in the evenings. Still behind on everything, and still no news on my laptop, but yeah. I'm doing good. Exhausted. But good. A few new posts this week too, more than usual, haha :D I shared my review of Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All. <3 Gosh. Loved this book. I posted an American Royals Spotlight post :D This week I'm waiting on Supernova. <3 And I shared my fifth review of Northern Lights. Gosh. So much love. <3 If you are visiting my blog, please, please do leave a comment. I get so few comments these days. But still the same amount of pageviews. Hmm. You're all awesome, though :)

Ninth House. Ohh. One pre-order is here; the UK paperback :D This book will be all kinds of perfect. Ahh.
Into the Crooked Place. The stunning UK paperback have arrived :D Nervous and excited about this one.
The Fountains of Silence. Thank you so much PRH International for this gorgeous ARC and bookmark :D
Lover. Eee. I couldn't help but buy these Taylor Swift pins and stickers. They are just way too precious. <3
Pop Figures. A few new Harry Potter ones, haha :D My collection is way way too big. Oops. But Cedric :D
Pennywise Balloon Lamp. Eee. This IT lamp was a little expensive. But I had to buy it. I just had to. Love.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Review: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Fifth time reading this lovely book. And oh my gosh. It still keeps getting better and better for each time I read it. I'm so very in love with this series. And the next two books are even better. Sigh. So thrilled that I finally got to read them again right now. I will never tire of this world. Reading these books will always be so magical.

I loved everything about this book this time as well. The writing is great. The world is so very exciting and thrilling. And gosh, how badly I love Lyra. She is the most adorable. All kinds of wild and full of trouble in this first book. And I love her so very much. Sigh. She is the best. And reading about her life gives me so much joy.

There is so much I could write about these books, I am sure of it. But I have already done so. Several times. And this time I am not going to write much at all. Instead I am going to focus on actually re-reading these lovely books. Which I am beyond thrilled about. I mean, seriously. If you still have not read His Dark Materials you are forever missing out. This series is the best. It's a set of books everyone must read at least once. Or several times, like me, ha. They never get boring. Which is the best thing. And even though I have read this book four times before I still get so surprised about everything that happens. I still cry at the saddest parts. Which is still the worst. Hmph. But so good. This book makes me think about a lot of things. Good and bad things. All important.

My love for these books will never end. Not ever. Northern Lights is every kind of exciting and interesting. There is so much happening in this first book. So much to learn. For the reader and for Lyra as well. She starts the book as a child, about eleven years old. She is wild and so full of fun and trouble. She is happy. But oh, how that changes in this series. Already at the end of this first book she has changed so much. Because so much happens to her in this story. It is all kinds of heartbreaking. And all of it so very perfect.

I know I could write about these books forever and ever if I tried to. But this time I do not have the words to describe how much I loved re-reading this most precious book. And so I will write as little as possible. And all I wish to talk about is how precious Lyra is. She is such a great character to read about. And I so love every part of her. She goes through so much. Yet she is still so fierce and brave. Getting to read her story is the very best thing. Sigh. And all the characters around her are awesome to read about as well.

This time I chose a different set of editions to read. These gorgeous UK hardcover special anniversary editions. They are stunning. I own so many copies of these books. Oops. They are worth it, though. As they are all precious. I will not write more about this book. Only that I love it with a passion. So very much. And I cannot wait to re-read the next books, so that I can finally read The Secret Commonwealth. So very nervous. But even more excited about it. It shall be so good and I simply can't wait to finish my re-reads.