It’s a new year and I’m looking for new books to add to my freshly wiped to read list! I’m especially looking for magical realism books. My favorites are those books where you’re not quite sure whether the magic is real or not, but I really love anything.
Here are some new year recommendations:
Historical Fiction: City of Thieves by David Benioff (yes, he’s one of the writers of the Game of Thrones TV series)
This is the dramatized story of Benioff’s grandfather during the Siege of Leningrad. It follows two boys as they embark on a mission to find a dozen eggs in exchange for their life. Both funny and touching, I found myself laughing out loud but also crying while reading this book! For those who love fast paced books, this is the one for you!
Magical Realism/Fantasy: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
How could I not. This is magical realism at it’s finest. It’s beautiful and mystical and just all around so much fun to read. It’s hard to say exactly what it’s about, but it follows a little boys after this man dies, and a magical family of women. Also it’s short. I read it in one sitting.
Memoir/Biography: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicity Day
This was my first read of the year. I had actually never heard of Felicity day before, but her memoir is fun and relatable, but also very impressive. It tells of her homeschooled childhood and the creation of her TV show The Guild. Some part could honestly be intimidating, but it was a fun read overall. I recommend any introvert, especially those who live through books, video games, or even the internet to read this book.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Okay here’s the thing, unlike most three star books, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It felt like a harry potter book, albeit an earlier one. I loved seeing how the gang grew up because of my potterhead heart, and the plot wasn’t horrible. I keep hearing horrible things about the play, but it wasn’t. It had moments of humor, there was much sentimentality, and it was fairly clever
My rating for the book as a whole: ★★★☆☆
A good variety of stories, but like most anthologies, some really good ones, and some really not so great ones.
Summary: Magic is banned, so there are only hints of it left. The cruel king of Ardarlan sits upon a throne of glass, killing, enslaving, and conquering neighboring countries. Cealana is an assassin, trained by the king of assassins when she was very young. She was sent to a death camp a year ago to die. Now she is 18 and the King of Ardarlan decides he wants a Champion, someone who can secretly do his dirty work. The King sets up this contest where each nobleman gets to sponsor a contestant and they will take these test, eliminating them one at a time. The winner will be the Champion. All of the contestants are criminals of some sort, if they win they will eventually be set free. When Dorian the prince of Ardarlan asks Celaena to be his contestant she agrees because being the kings dog for four years is better than dying within the year. As she competes in the contest she realizes that some unknown evil is killing off the other contestants. There is a love triangle, though one man is more obviously in love with her, so there is not all that annoying fretting about who to choose.