#readwomen recommendations

Hey all!

I’ve found that most of the books I read are actually written my women, so although I won’t be participating in this challenge, I will be giving you some recommendations in case you have decided you are participating.

The idea of this challenge is to “amplify female voices in lit.” In the month of December, people participating in this challenge will only read books written by women to try to appreciate women writers more.

Personally, I actually read more books written by women than by men, so I don’t really see the point in this challenge at all (I’ve read 61 books so far this year and only 2 have been written by men….) Anyways, that’s beside the point and that can of worms can be opened another day.

So, in light of people participating in this challenge, I’m going to recommend my favourite books/series written by women.

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Milay

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Synopsis 

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

3. Shadows by Paula Weston 

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Synopsis 

It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.

And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Synopsis 

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Synopsis

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

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Synopsis 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Just another little list here of female authors who’s books in general I like include:

Katie McGarry 

Morgan Matson 

Colleen Hoover 

Maggie Stiefvater 

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

 

Favourite Reads of 2015 (So Far)!

Hey everyone! I know people generally post this a a midyear kinda thing, but since I didn’t have my blog then I’m posting it now!

So far in 2015 I’ve read a total of 53 books! My Goodreads Reading Challenge goal was originally 50, but once I surpassed that with 3 months of the year to go, I changed it to 65. I’ve read a myriad of books from different genres, but it seems most on this list are fantasy. These aren’t in any particular order until we get to the top 3!

10. Never Never #1 & Never Never #2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

9. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

8. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

7. Split Second by Kasie West

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

6. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

5. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

4. Alienated by Melissa Landers

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

And now we have it… my Top 3 Books of 2015 so far:

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay 

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

1. Falling KingdomsRebel Spring &Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

There you have it! My favourite reads of 2015 so far. Let me know if any of these are in your favourite reads of 2015 so far, or tell me which books are!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx

Taryn’s Recommendations!

Hi all! Over on my Instagram, a few people asked for what books I recommend, so i’ve made a list of some of my favourite reads of all time.

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Fantasy

  1. Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes: goodreads
  2. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: goodreads
  3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor: goodreads
  4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater: goodreads
  5. The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: goodreads
  6. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: goodreads

Dystopian 

  1. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness: goodreads
  2. The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken: goodreads
  3. The Blackcoat Rebellion series by Aimee Carter: goodreads
  4. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu: goodreads
  5. The Selection series by Keira Cass: goodreads

YA contemporary/romance 

  1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: goodreads
  2. Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins: goodreads
  3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: goodreads
  4. Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry: goodreads
  5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: goodreads

NA contemporary/romance 

  1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: goodreads
  2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover: goodreads
  3. Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher: goodreads

Hope you like them all!

Thanks for reading!

Taryn xxx