Last year I read very few 2018 releases (read: one) and whilst I don’t generally fixate on new releases a lot anyway, I do like to read some. So, I thought I would share with you guys 4 books which I am waiting to read when they come out this year!

12.03: The Bird King by G Willow Wilson

This looks like it will be a fascinating fantasy story, mixing elements which I love (like Jinn) with things I have never read about before (such as Muslim Spain).

“…a stunning new novel that tells the story of Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker…” (Goodreads)

02.04: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

The author described this as a Chinese drama minus the girl-on-girl hate and competing harems, which sounds pretty good to me. I love reading fantasy which incorporate a distinct culture (such as historical China in this case), so I’m keeping my eye out for this one.

“Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago…” (Goodreads)

03.09: Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

Okay, so this doesn’t have a cover yet and the ^^release date is not definite yet, but I honestly can’t wait for this!!!!!!!!!!

“Set in a world where humans struggle to survive amid intricate hierarchies of demons, shifters, angels, and countless other magical creatures, Crescent City tells the story of half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan. After the brutal slaying of her best friend, Bryce joins forces with a powerful warrior-angel to hunt down the killer, leading them toward a treacherous enemy that could destroy the fabric of their world.

The series will feature an array of captivating new characters, including a spitfire heroine who will stop at nothing to avenge her friend and protect her vibrant city, an epic world on the brink of war, and Maas’ signature heart-pounding romance.” (Goodreads)

05.11: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


I’ve been needing this book since I finished reading The Night Circus to be honest. I can’t wait to see what Erin’s new book will be like!!!

“Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood.

Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth…” (Goodreads)

So that’s it for today! What 2019 releases are you looking forward to?! Be sure to let me know what I’m missing out on. Happy reading, Keira x.

P.S. Who else keeps writing the date as 2019?!

Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Hi everyone and welcome to day 10 of A Very Posty December! Today we’ve finished off the last of the GOT7 posts and I figured it was a good time to bring back some festive spirit with a wintry book tag! Enjoy.

#1: What book is so happy and sweet it warms your heart?

Okay… but is there really another answer?

#2: What’s your favourite book with a white cover?

This book (obviously) has a predominantly white cover. It was also one of the most heart-shattering and heart-warming books I have ever read and thrives in the paradox. 

Reading this book is not simply absorbing a new world, but embarking on an emotional journey in which you can be tossed around my hurricanes, spat out hundreds of miles away by tornadoes and drowned by tsunamis the size of large skyscrapers. 

If you were to only read five contemporary books in your entire life, this should definitely be one of them. 

#3: You’re sitting in a nice, comfortable chair with a cup of tea. What monster book are you reading?

I don’t even know anything about Sarah J. Maas’ next book, but I know that I really want to read it… and given the length of her recent books it may well be a monster book!

To be fair, I might still be a bit in denial that the Throne of Glass series has ended… I’ve been reading that for a good 4 or 5 years and it’s all over….. 😦

I wonder what she has in store for us next…

#4: It’s snowing outside and you decide to have a snowball fight. What fictional character do you want to have this snowball fight with?

Hagrid is the personification of the gentle giant… in book character form. Having a snowball fight with him would be a blast and he would definitely know where all the best spots were!

#5: Sadly, your campfire is dying. What last few chapters of a book would you throw in the fire to revive it and keep yourself warm?

There are not words to describe how much I hate this book. Forget the last few chapters, the entire thing can be sacrificed for my warmth (or at least given away so I never have to look at it again, because I don’t support book burning).

#6: What book do you love so much that you would buy another copy of it to give someone as a gift to inspire them to start reading?

To be fair, this might not be the best book for someone who is starting to get into reading, as it is written in a very lyrical way, which can slow down the pace of the story a bit. That being said, it’s an absolute masterpiece and I love it, so I decided to include it anyways!

#7: Who do you tag?

Okay, so I’m going to tag Kat, Bianca, Vicky, Fadwa and The Orang-utan Librarian, but if you want to do this tag, feel free to do so and link back to me so that I can read your post! Equally if I’ve tagged you, don’t feel that you have to do the tag!

And that’s it! Did you enjoy? Let me know by leaving a comment… I love hearing from you guys. Happy reading, Keira x. 

Intimidating Books That Are So Worth It

A lot of the time people can find long books or series quite intimidating… or maybe it’s just me. In any case, to follow this week’s theme of quantity and quality, I wanted to recommend a couple of longer books or series which are definitely worth it!

#1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

The first couple of books in the Throne of Glass series are sort of average length, but thy do get very long towards the end and there are quite a few of them… but it is totally, completely worth it! The series starts out as a YA Fantasy series, but ends slightly more mature and is pretty much just brilliant. Kingdom of Ash is the last book and comes out on the 23rd of October, so this is the perfect time to start this series if you haven’t already 🙂

#2: The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Djinni is currently a stand-a-lone novel (and works as one, although I think some kind of sequel or companion is planned) and is an adult historical fantasy book. It reads very much like magical realism and the writing is gorgeous. This book is just wonderfully crafted and one of my favourite books that I’ve read recently. It isn’t horribly long, coming in at just under 500 pages, but I was a little bit intimidated by it at first so I’m including it anyway.

In The Golem and the Djinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

#3: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëI think most people have probably heard of Jane Eyre as it is a well-known and much-loved classic. This book is just over 500 pages in this edition (and in mine), which is quite long, but not massively so, except that it is a classic, which already means it is most likely more densely written and harder to read in the first place. In fact, I put this book off for ages, even after starting to read it, but now I absolutely adore it and will recommend it to anyone who wants a good classic to read because it is just that good.

Fiery love, shocking twists of fate, and tragic mysteries put a lonely governess in jeopardy in JANE EYRE.

And that’s it!

What books were you intimidated by but ended up loving? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy reading, Keira x.

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