I am someone who is very used to reading similar kinds of books, stick to the genres and authors I am comfortable with, and not spend a lot of time exploring outside my comfort zone. However, if anything blogging has taught me, its that I have to try expanding my horizons some way, albiet at my own pace. And that’s why I am writing this post because the below books on my TBR are some that come highly recommended by my fellow lovely blogger friends and I guess I just want to see what they are all about.
Three Parts Dead is an urban fantasy novel but it also seems to have murder mysteries and legal challenges and that’s fascinating. The author also apparently seems to have mentioned once that it is partially inspired by the financial crisis of 2007-08, so I’m actually pretty interested to see how that plays out.
Magical cities in fantasy are not something I read very frequently but the couple I have read have been very interesting, so City of Strife seems quite good on first glance. It also features an all LGBTQ+ cast, so that’s definitely a step up. And I can’t deny that ensemble casts usually make for very fun books.
I completely trust Melanie @ MeltotheAny when it comes to book recommendations and her gushing about this book is all the information I need. I have absolutely no idea about the story of the Tower of Babel but the premise of Senlin Ascends sounds utterly unique and I think I want to experience it.
Another book that Melanie swears by and another bookstagrammer friend of mine loves is Kings of the Wyld. I actually did start reading it and couldn’t continue for reasons, but it’s a different kind of fantasy, with unexpected characters and hilarious banter.
The blurb of The Rage of Dragons calls it Game of Thrones meets Gladiator, and that’s surely a lot to live up to. It also feels like a classic revenge saga and it’s been a while since I’ve read one of those kind of books. So, hopefully I’ll give it a try.
This post almost makes me feel like I wanna read all the books that Melanie adores, because next on this list is Gideon The Ninth which Mel believes is going to be her favorite book of 2019, and that’s created a lot of expectations in my head. It’s also very unlike the kind of books I usually read, so I don’t know if I actually will but I do want to give it a try.
Leigh Bardugo is an auto-buy author for me and I adore her fantasy novels, but Ninth House is so far out of my comfort zone right from that snake filled cover (ughhhh….), that I’m actually scared to read it. But I don’t think I’ll be able to resist coz she is not one of my most favorite authors for nothing.
I’m not sure I even completely understood the premise of Reverie, but it’s a gorgeous looking cover and the author is a delight on twitter, so I added it to my TBR. However, it feels like it might have magical realism elements and I never ever read such books, so I’m still not sure if I’ll pick it up when it finally releases next year.
Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Let me know what you thought of them so that I can decide if I should pick them next…