My Autumn 2020 TBR 👻🍂

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. On Tuesdays, you post a list of ten books that coincides with the week’s prompt.

Today is the autumn equinox, so happy first day of autumn! I’m so excited for my favourite season to be there! 🍂

As it’s finally autumn, I’m now in the mood to read all the books about witches, vampires, gothic novels, but also fantasy books, of course! I adore making seasonal TBRs, and as this week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday is: “Books on My Autumn 2020 TBR”, I thought I’d take part in it once again!

So without further ado, here are the books I’m hoping to get to this autumn:

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – This book sounds absolutely perfect for autumn: it follows a young girl who discovers a mysterious book and letters in her father’s library, which will send her on a journey to discover the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s puzzling disappearance, and will put her on the trail of the legend of Dracula. I’ve heard such good things about this, so I’m looking forward to it!

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – I’m always there to read about witches, and this one sounds right up my alley! The Once and Future Witches is set in 1893, and follows the Eastwood sisters, who join the suffragists of New Salem. Soon enough, they begin to pursue forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. It’s coming out on October 13th, and I’m so excited about it!

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – All I know about this book is that it is about lesbian necromancers in space, and I don’t need any other information to want to read it. I’ve been trying to get more into sci-fi this year, and one of my friends has recently become obsessed with this series, so I really want to read this as soon as possible, and autumn seems like the perfect time to do so!

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker – I’m so excited about this anthology… which is actually coming out TODAY! I’ve been in the mood to read more paranormal books lately (it *might* be because I’m currently watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer), so an anthology about vampires sounds perfect for me!

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova – I’ve been curious about Zoraida Córdova’s works for so long, and I really want to read her Brooklyn Brujas series this autumn. This one follows Alex, who is a bruja, but hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, she performs a spell to rid herself of her power, but it backfires, and her family vanishes.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang – Well, this is only my most anticipated release for the rest of the year, so of course it’s on this list! The Burning God is the last book in The Poppy War trilogy, it’s coming out on November 17th, and considering how much I loved the first two books in the series, I cannot wait to get to it. It will probably break my heart, but still, I can’t wait to see how Rin’s story will end.

Jade War by Fonda Lee – I read Jade City earlier this month, and absolutely loved it! This fantasy series is set in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis, where jade grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities. It follows the Kaul siblings, who are members of the No Peak clan, as tensions with an opposite clan are rising. I can’t wait to read it, as I loved the first book, and desperately want to go back to these characters.

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin – This one is the last book in The Broken Earth trilogy, and as I’m currently reading The Obelisk Gate, second book in the series, I’ll try to get to The Stone Sky as soon as possible! I really enjoy this series, which is quite unique, as it blends both fantasy and dystopian elements, so I can’t wait to know how it ends!

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – I read The Hobbit back in April, so it’s about time I start reading The Lord of the Rings! My boyfriend gifted me a bind-up with the whole series last weekend, so I’m hoping to start The Fellowship of the Ring soon, then read the rest of the series as soon as possible, as I’m so curious to experience it at last!

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb – Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been starting a new Robin Hobb series every November since 2018, so of course I’ll be doing so again this year! This one is the first in The Tawny Man trilogy, and follows the characters of The Farseer trilogy, whom I can’t wait to see again! Reading Robin Hobb’s novels always feels like home somehow, so I can’t wait to go back to her world soon. ❤️

What are you planning to read this autumn/spring? Have you read any of these books?

Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR 📚☀️

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Hello There

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. On Tuesdays, you post a list of ten books that coincides with the week’s prompt.

Can you believe that summer is almost here, in the northern hemisphere? In a way, I’m so relieved that we’re almost halfway through the year, considering what this one has been like. Still, with new seasons come new lists of things I want to do, books I want to read, movies and TV shows I want to watch and so on, which is exciting!

I’m not really one to set monthly TBRs, but I like the idea of having seasonal ones. Because of that, I thought it’d be fun to do a Top Ten Tuesday again (it’s been quite some time!), as this week’s prompt is “Books on My Summer 2020 TBR”. So without further ado, here are the books I’m hoping to get to this summer:

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The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang — The Poppy War is my favourite book of the year so far, so I’m super excited to read its sequel! This Asian-inspired fantasy series follows Rin, a war orphan, who aces the test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies and get into Sinegard, the most elite military school in the Empire. The Poppy War was a very dark, but excellent debut in my opinion, so I can’t wait to read The Dragon Republic!

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty — The final book in the Daevabad trilogy came out last week, so of course I’m planning to get to it as soon as my pre-order arrives! This series follows Nahri, a con woman in 18th century Cairo, who accidentally summons a djinn warrior and learns of Daevabad, a legendary city to which she is irrevocably bound. I adored the first two books in the trilogy and am currently rereading them, so I can’t wait to know how this story ends!

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff — I only have one book left in The Nevernight Chronicle, so I’m also planning to finish this series during the summer! I adore assassins stories so much and Mia Corvere’s sure is among my favourites. I’m so excited to know what will be next for her, though I admit I’m a bit terrified this book will break my heart. We’ll see.

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — I’ve been meaning to get to N.K. Jemisin’s works for the longest time, as she’s highly praised by so many reviewers I trust, and I’ll finally be doing so this summer! I’ll be starting with The Fifth Season, a dystopian fantasy, where a woman is looking for her son in a deadly and dying land. Every book in this trilogy was awarded the Hugo for Best Novel, which makes me even more excited to read them!

Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier — I binge-read Marillier’s original Sevenwaters trilogy last summer, so I’m looking forward to reading the second half of the series at last! This series is set in a world inspired by Celtic folklore, where the Fair Folk lives in the forest and everything feels like a fairy tale. Each book is the story of a woman from the Sevenwaters’ family, this one following Clodagh, whose baby brother was taken from his room, something unnatural being left in his place. I can’t wait to get back into this world, so hopefully I’ll buy this book soon!

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett  — I’ve been seeing this series everywhere among SFF book reviewers lately, so I’ve been super eager to get to it. Foundryside is about Sancia, a thief who has been sent to retrieve an object in a warehouse, only to discover it is an artifact of unimaginable power that could revolutionise magical technology in her world. I also know there is a f/f romance in the series, which makes me even more excited to read it!

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi  —This historical novel is a family saga following the descendants of two half-sisters, across three centuries, beginning in 18th century Ghana and ending in America, until present day. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I adore family sagas, so I’m looking forward to finally be reading it!

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie — I read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie three years ago, so it’s about time I read her other works, Americanah among them. This novel is about Ifemelu and Obinze, who depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West when they are young and in love. Ifemelu heads for America, where she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time, while Obinze fails to join her, plunging into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

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Les Travailleurs de la Mer (The Toilers of the Sea) by Victor Hugo — This French classic was written by Victor Hugo while he was in exile on the island of Guernsey and is about a fisherman on that same island, which is more than enough to get me intrigued, considering how much I love Hugo’s writing and how fascinated I am with Guernsey. As it’s set on an island, it also feels right for me to read it in the summer, so that’s what I’ll do!

Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier — Daphne du Maurier is my favourite author and it’s been some time since I last read something by her, so I intend to fix that! This novel is about Mary Anne, a daring woman who becomes the mistress to a royal duke and provokes a scandal in doing so. This historical fiction is set in Regency England and was inspired by one of du Maurier’s ancestors, which intrigues me so much.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any reading plans for this summer?

lots of love

My most anticipated releases of 2018 (part 1) // Grabby Hands #9


Hello, beautiful people!


Once upon a time, when I hadn’t lived the worst blogging slump of ever, I had this feature on my blog called Grabby Hands, where I talked to you about all the exciting releases I couldn’t wait to get my hands on for the next month. Now that I’ve been back for a while, I realised how much I missed writing those posts, which means that Grabby Hands is back! I’ll only do one every three months or so, this way I’ll talk about the books I’m the most excited about and that I’ll actually read at some point. When I saw that today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday (which was created by The Broke and The Bookish) was Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2018, I decided to use that prompt to talk about the ten books I’m most excited about for the first three months of 2018.


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black – January 2nd 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy

As it’s Holly Black, you won’t be surprised that this book is about… *drum rolls* faeries. I’ve been anticipating this one since 2016, when it was first announced, so you can imagine how excited I am, considering it comes out in a week. Holly Black’s faeries quite intrigue me, because they’re apparently wicked, violent, and that’s what I want from a good faerie book… DARKNESS (and nothing else, if you know what I mean –> the shade). I had the chance to attend Cassandra Clare and Holly Black’s event in London back in August, so hearing them talk about The Cruel Prince made me even more excited and Holly was such a nice person. She was so happy when I made her sign my copy of The Spiderwick Chronicles and I was emotional, because I was so young when I read them. Anyhow, I’m going to scream that I’m excited way too many times in this post, be prepared.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – January 25th 2018
Genres: historical, fantasy

This book has been screaming my name for months, and I’m not even kidding. I once saw someone unbox an ARC of it on Instagram and instantaneously became jealous, considering how pretty the cover is. Then I read the summary and my envy got worse (haha). The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a historical fiction novel set in 1785 near the sea and this is the story of Mr Hancock who found a mermaid. Can you hear me screaming? I’m obsessed with the 18th century AND the sea. This book will take place near the docks, this is everything I want out of a book. It might be my most anticipated read at the moment.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – January 30th 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy


Once again, the cover of this book is absolutely stunning. The Hazel Wood is the story of a young girl whose grandmother, the author of a ‘cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales’ passed away. When her mother is apparently stolen away to the Hinterland, the dark world where her grandmother’s stories took place, she has no choice but to venture in the dangerous Hazel Wood, then in the Hinterland, to understand what happened and save her mother. It sounds absolutely amazing, a bit dark (I’m really into that right now) and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes – February 6th 2018
Genres: young adult, fantasy

This book was first supposed to come out in December (like every year), and then it got pushed back to February. *weeps* I understand though, because it is the last book in the Falling Kingdoms trilogy and it has to be perfect, but I still think about the ending of Crystal Storm once a week – or more – because I so need to know what happens next and whether or not my favourite characters will be okay (I’m sincerely scared). Anyway, Falling Kingdoms is a fantasy series that I absolutely love – I really fell head over heels for it in Frozen Tides, but I enjoyed it before! – and I’m so looking forward to knowing how it will end. I’m not ready to say goodbye to my favourite characters after several years together, but I want to know how their stories will wrap up (please Morgan Rhodes, don’t kill everyone).



Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones – February 6th 2018
Genres: young adult, historical, fantasy

I read Wintersong earlier this year and absolutely loved it. It is the story of Liesl, who has a talent for music, but always had to stay in the shadows of his brother, a musical prodigy. When her sister is taken away by the Goblin King, she has to go Underground to try to save her. *dum dum dum* It was set in 18th century Austria, the Mozart family was mentioned several times and Liesl is such a Nannerl, which is why I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I can’t say much about Shadowsong, considering it’s a sequel, but I really want to know what will happen to Liesl next.

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin – Febru
ary 8th 2018

Genres: historical

The Wicked Cometh is a historical novel set in 1831, at a time where London was a dark and unsafe place, where many people disappear from the street. Our main character is determined to get out of the slums and is thrown into the aristocratic world, where she’s under the tutelage of a mysterious woman. Soon, whispers about her past start to poison her new life, and the two women get involved in a sinister investigation. I have to say that this book isn’t set in the Victorian era, for once, are you proud? Okay, the Victorian era starts in 1837, but I’m trying here. Anyhow, The Wicked Cometh intrigues me so much and I cannot wait to dive into it and to figure everything out.


Sightwitch (The Witchlands #0.5) by Susan Dennard – February 13th 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy

Sightwitch is a prequel novella to the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard – the first two books are Truthwitch and Windwitch – and it follows the last Sightwitch sister, who is trying to rescue her best friend by going underground. It is told in an original way, through journal entries, sketches, history sketchbooks and so on, I am so intrigued. It’s no secret that Susan Dennard is one of my favourite YA authors and she had written a novella for her debut series, which was absolutely excellent (by the way: read the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy). Because of all of this, I cannot wait to read Sightwitch, it’ll make the wait until the release Bloodwitch a little more bearable.


Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee – March 6th 2018
Genres: non-fiction, history

Mackenzi Lee is another of my favourite YA authors and I will read anything this woman writes. Some time ago (I’d say last year, but I’m not sure?), she developed a feature on Twitter where she wrote a thread about an amazing and badass woman every Friday. It made me learn about so many amazing historical figures that are now forgotten. This book is the result of this feature and will tell the stories of these amazing women wrongly forgotten. I already know it will be empowering and full of potential new role models for me. I cannot wait to read their stories.


The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) edited by Jessica Spotswood and written by awesome authors – March 13th 2018

Genres: young adult, historical, fantasy

Last year came out my favourite YA anthology, A Tyranny of Petticoats, which focused on historical fiction and fantasy, featuring a diverse array of heroines. When it was announced that a second anthology, in the same vibe, would be made, I was over the moon. The Radical Element features stories “of the girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs” by amazing authors, among whom Mackenzi Lee (yes, again), Erin Bowman, and I loved their historical fiction novels. It also involves many authors I want to read something by (like Anne-Marie McLemore), so I’m quite excited!

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – March 13th 2018
Genres: young adult, fantasy

Once upon a time, in 2014, a masterpiece called The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender came out, and after that… Leslye Walton only wrote a novella in A Tyranny of Petticoats. I was so scared we’d never get another book by her ever again, but the time has finally come. The Price Guide to the Occult tells the story of Nor Blackburn, an unexceptional witch whose family has been cursed many centuries ago. All she wants is an ordinary life, until she comes across a mysterious book which promises to cast any spells for the right price. Nor then knows that a storm is coming straight for her, on the island where she lives. I cannot wait to get drown in Leslye Walton’s words again and to discover her through another story.

If you hadn’t noticed, the key words in this post were darkness, historical fiction and fantasy. I’m excited for other books coming out this winter, but these ones win the cake and just by writing this post, I want to go and pre-order them all… If only money grew on trees. I’ll post a new Grabby Hands post at the end of February to talk to you about the books I’m most excited about for March, April and May, but until then…


What are your most anticipated releases of January, February and March 2018? Anything I missed? Are you excited to read any of the books I mentioned?


Lots of love,
Lucie