As part of my new years resolution, I’ve decided to create more different types of content on this blog, including monthly to-read lists! Thankfully, I’m over halfway of my dissertation reads now, so I’m able to read a lot of books that have been collecting dust on my shelves for a while. There’s not as many on this list as I’d like, but considering deadlines I need to start small so I won’t get too disappointed if I don’t manage them!
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. Is Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
- Dear Future Historians: Lyrics and Exegesis of Rou Reynolds for the music of Enter Shikari by Rou Reynolds
British rock/electronic/post-hardcore band Enter Shikari have created a wealth of heavily politicised music over the course of ten years and four albums. They have become one of the most influential British rock bands of their generation, sharing with their fans a belief that music can inspire change. Dear Future Historians features front-man Rou Reynolds own song interpretations and social commentary alongside all of their lyrics to date.
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve the hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it)
- There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She;s found new friends and has even started to fall for the mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.
Then, one by one, the students of Osbourne High begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with an increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.
- Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell
Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.
As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning – until a daring stranger challenges him to take a different path.
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into his mission: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer a life; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destines to kill him.