“Best Read With…” Quick Reviews

Hello Beautiful Bibliophiles!

So I’ve been pretty busy reading lately and I simply haven’t had the time to write reviews for all my reads. So I’ve compiled a kind of reading mood board for my recent reads. Here you can find my suggestions on the best location, drink or food pairing, atmosphere etc to read these books with, basically how these books made me feel 🙂 Consider it a recommendation list based on where the books take you

“The Odyssey” by Homer

Best read on a beach where you can hear the waves beating the shore and the salty breeze can make you feel as wind-swept as our hero.

“Wicked Lovely” by Melissa Marr

Best read in the spring, preferably in a meadow, but if you’re short on meadows your back yard with a picnic blanket will do just fine, while sipping on a light and refreshing white wine – I would suggest a sauvignon blanc.

“The Strange Library” by Haruki Murakami

Best read in a library (where else?). Read in one sitting with a box of warm fresh doughnuts and lemonade.

“A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Best read in a cozy chair by a fire while drinking something to keep off the chill—I suggest an Irish coffee or English breakfast tea (hounds tooth hat optional).

“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman

Best read by candle light. Be sure to go star gazing when finished.

“The Magicians” by Lev Grossman

Best read in throwing range of a lake in Central Park so that the book can be easily tossed in at your earliest convenience.

“A Little Something Different” by Sandy Hall

Best read at the College of William and Mary on a bench just outside of the English department overlooking the Sunken Gardens with a Starbucks coffee.

OR: Best read at Starbucks sipping on a latte and dreaming of your college crush.

“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern

Best read in the Fall and in costume – black and white attire topped with a cozy yet fashionable red scarf. A bag of popcorn or a caramel apple will complete the experience.

“Hawksong” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Best read on a balcony over looking a forest while listening to the songs of the woodland birds.

“Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter

Best read during a trip to Hollywood or Italy when your agenda is packed with nights at old cinemas and your days are full of antique shopping and dreaming of lost loves.

“Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

Best read aloud with friends so you can laugh together.

“The Immortals” Series by Tamora Pierce

Best read in nature – in a wooded park where you can hear the animals or in a comfy mood for a fluffy easy yet genuinely enjoyable at all ages read.

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Best read when feeling homesick when craving comfort, and a little bit of magic. Obviously in a warm fire-lit parlor of an English castle with a mug of butterbeer in hand.

   I hope you’ve enjoyed my little book mood board! Let me know if you liked it and I’ll continue to post more as my “to read list” become my “read list”!

Cheers,

Ann

 

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Hello book addicts!

Welcome to “A Court of Thorns and Roses” book review!

Maybe you’ve read this book, I keep seeing it all over social media lately so it seems probable, but maybe you haven’t so I will try to avoid *spoilers* in my review because I hadn’t read it until a week ago and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted any *spoilers* before finishing it!

(On a side note: Am I the only one that reads *spoilers* in River Song’s voice?)

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Sarah J. Maas’ book “A Court of Thorns and Roses” is definitely not a book I would have just picked up of my own accord. At first glance it appears to be just another YA fad and call me a snob all you want but I haven’t ever gotten into the whole YA reading trend, I just keep thinking I’m too old. I never read “The Hunger Games” or “Divergent” or any John Green book (please don’t come after me in my sleep!) However, my sister had already bought this book on her audible account and so when I was looking for a quick easy download to keep me awake on one of my numerous driving trips it was right there, I wasn’t expecting to really love it or anything just for it to keep me awake on the road (I’m a horrible driver).

In fact I was not particularly surprised or impressed by the beginning of the book. It has a plot very similar to “Beauty and the Beast” or “Tamlin” and I felt like I could probably anticipate the next action before the author even knew what was coming. But then, I was wrong.

Young girl gives up her life to save her ungrateful family and then falls in love with the beast that swept her away. Classic. The plot twists and character development. Remarkable.

 The story is part sexy romance, part adventure, and part court intrigue set in an intricate world torn in two by ancient conflict between humans and faeries. A separation that our human heroine, Feyre, may be the only one capable of mending, and hopefully before time runs out for both mortals and their centuries old foe. Nothing is what you think it is. “keep … your ears open… And keep your wits about you — even your senses will try to betray you here.”

I would recommend this book to everyone! It’s not simply a YA read but well (maybe better) suited to older audiences as well. I’m even currently rereading it with @chapter_chat on Instagram, despite the fact that it’s only been a couple weeks since finishing it, in preparation for the release of the third book in the series “A Court of Wings and Ruin” on May 2nd.

Happy reading lovelies!

Cheers,

Ann