A little life update & Top 5 Tuesday: best fantasy books

As you might have noticed, I haven’t really written any new blogposts for over two months. I’m really sorry that I’ve been so inactive over here, but I do have some good news: I’m back! In this post I will tell you a little bit about why I haven’t been active, and I’ve also decided to join Top 5 Tuesday with my very first top 5: my favourite fantasy books!

I know that most of you originally know me from my bookstagram account, @booksandteacups, and the thing is that with Instagram (and social media in general) you specifically choose to share the best pictures of the happy moments in your life, which creates this surreal image of your life in general – everyone probably assumes that I’m living this perfect fairytale life, with reading books all day long and having relaxing afternoons filled with watching movies and tv series, and overall just having a perfect life. Truth is: my life is far from perfect.

Over the past few months, a lot of things have happened that have caused my inactiveness on my blog. I graduated high school and my first year at university started in September, but I soon found out that the studies I had chosen (English culture and literature) wasn’t a good fit for me – so now I’ve decided to take a gap year to find out what I want to study next year.

Also, if you’ve read my captions on my Instagram, you probably know that I’ve had a reader’s block for a couple of months now. I just didn’t really feel like reading anymore, and I think a major factor in getting that reader’s block has been my monthly TBR’s. Before I started this blog, I just read what book I was feeling like reading at that particular moment – I didn’t have a to be read list. Making monthly TBR’s put a lot of pressure on me, I felt like I had to read all the books on the list and if I couldn’t read them all that month, I felt like I had failed somehow.

The good news, however, is that I’m slowly getting back into the reading life, reading a couple of chapters each day and not forcing myself to read books I don’t feel like reading. This definitely works best for me! Maybe I’ll go back to making small monthly TBR’s, but for now I’ll just read the book I feel like reading at that moment, without the pressure of having to finish it before the end of the month.

I’m super excited to be back and to write lots of blogposts! I’m planning on doing a post with my favourite bullet journal spreads (since I haven’t done a blogpost about my journal in ages), some book/movie/Netflix recommendations, of course I’ll still write reviews of the books I’ve read and a lot more exciting posts that will come your way soon. Also, if you have a great blogpost idea for me to write, please let me know!

To start off with being more active and writing more blogposts, I thought I would start with a Top 5 Tuesday (so exciting!). Top 5 Tuesday is a bookish meme that is hosted by Bionic Book Worm. I only recently read about it because I saw that Vanessa over at The Bookish Deer was participating, and I thought it would be fun to join in as well! Today’s topic is ‘Top 5 fantasy books’ (if you’re also interested in joining, you can find the topics for September over here).

The weather is getting colder and for some reason I always find myself reading the most fantasy books during the fall and winter (just as I prefer to read contemporary books during spring and summer). Here is my top 5:

5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
“Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. (…)” – Goodreads”

I first read the Shatter Me series when I was a young teenager and just started high school, I think it was one of the first fantasy books I’ve ever read, and I loved it so much! When Tahereh Mafi announced that she was going to write three more books in the series you can imagine my excitement. The latest book, Restore Me, was also SO GOOD! And that cliffhanger… I can’t wait for Defy Me, which will be published next year (April 2nd). If you haven’t read this series yet, you definitely should!

4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
“Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. (…)” – Goodreads

I haven’t really seen a lot of this series on Bookstagram, but I really think it deserves to have more hype! I absolutely loved reading this trilogy a couple of years ago, it was so well-written and super interesting, with lots of twists you don’t see coming. So if you haven’t read this book yet, you should definitely put it on your TBR list!

3. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
“Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. (…)” – Goodreads

I read An Enchantment of Ravens last year in one sitting and instantly loved it. Not only is the cover gorgeous (because look just look at it, it’s so beautiful!), but the story is amazing as well and just captured me from the very first page. I’m definitely planning on re-reading this book in the fall. If you haven’t read this book yet, you totally should! Also, Margaret Rogerson’s second novel, Sorcery of Thorns, will be published next year and I can’t wait to read it!

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 
“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. (…)” – Goodreads

If you’re a huge fan of fantasy books (like I am!) and you haven’t read this book yet, then what are you doing with your life?! No, but seriously, even though it took me a while to finish this book, I absolutely adore it! It was so good, very well-written and all the characters are so interesting… and that ending! I can’t wait for the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, which will be released next year (March 5th). Also, a full review of this book will be up on my blog soon.

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… (…)” – Goodreads

Surprise (not)! If you know me really well, you probably already know that my all time favourite series is the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo (who, how could you have guessed it, is also my favourite author!). I just love this series so much. The storyline, the characters, the setting… everything is just perfect! If I had to choose only one series that I would have to read for the rest of my life, it’d be Six of Crows without a doubt. I can just re-read the series over and over again without getting bored.

Of course I can’t only choose five favourite fantasy books, so here are some other honourable mentions: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, Everless by Sara Holland (I can’t wait to read the sequel, Evermore, when it comes out on December 31st!) and of course The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. All these fantasy books/series also really deserve your read, they’re so good!

Those are currently my favourite fantasy books. I’m super curious to know what fantasy books/series are your favourite, so please let me know in the comment section below!

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  • Reply
    18/09/2018 at 12:31

    I love these recommendations and will definitively read some of the books. Thank you so much! ?

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      18/09/2018 at 12:42

      Yay, you’re welcome! Enjoy reading! ❤️

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    Bionic Book Worm
    18/09/2018 at 18:15

    Hey! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday! I didn’t get a notification that you participated though. I just happened to see that you were tagged in Fleur-Talks blog. If you want to make sure that I see you participated, please click on any one of my posts and copy that link. If you copy the link of my home page, I don’t get notified.
    I absolutely LOVE your choices!! I recently marathoned the Firebird trilogy and couldn’t read fast enough! Six of crows and Children of Blood and Bone are two of my all time faves!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂

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      18/09/2018 at 18:52

      Hi! Thank you so much for your comment! I really thought I had tagged you because I linked one of your posts in my blogpost: ‘(if you’re also interested in joining, you can find the topics for September over here)’. I’m not sure why you didn’t get a notification, that’s so odd!

      Thank you so much! <3 The Firebird trilogy was one of my first fantasy reads and I absolutely loved it, it was such a fast read indeed! Six of Crows and Children of Blood and Bone are also two of my all time favourites, they were so good!

      Thank you! 🙂

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    18/09/2018 at 18:16

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    18/09/2018 at 22:30

    This sounds like fun. I’ve been waiting gor something new to read. I will definately give these books a try! Thank you.

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      18/09/2018 at 22:40

      You should definitely give these books a try, they’re all so good! Enjoy reading & you’re welcome! ❤️

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    18/09/2018 at 22:33

    Welcome back! And you are right don’t put pressure on your shoulders this is a hobby and must stay fun. I loved Tahere Mafi series and Children of Blood and Bones is another fantastic choice!

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      18/09/2018 at 22:43

      Exactly, I want it to stay fun! I’m super excited to be back and I’m sure it’ll go better now that I’m not going to make a monthly TBR for a little while, so that I don’t feel the pressure that much! 🙂 Thank you! Both Shatter Me and Children of Blood and Bones are such good reads, they definitely belong to my favorites! ❤️

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    Vanessa Teixeira
    21/09/2018 at 20:09

    I totally understand the pressure a TBR can put on you, I might stop doing them next year, or maybe I’ll do seasonal TBRs instead of monthly ones ??
    I loooooove Shatter Me!! It was on my list as well ?
    All of the other ones are on my TBR, but I still haven’t gotten to them ☹️
    Hope you get back into your reading and blogging rhythm soon ♡

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      22/09/2018 at 13:51

      Ooh, a seasonal TBR is a really good idea, I might do that as well in a little while! For now I’ll just stop making monthly TBRs because of the pressure, yes 🙂 and I know right, Shatter Me is soooo good! ? I totally get that – there are so many books on my TBR that I still need to read, haha, but enjoy reading them when you do! Thank you dear ❤️

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