My favorite types of romance novels are the ones that keep me interested despite the mundane things that might be happening in the background. In the current book I’m reading, the two main characters are in the middle of a card game, and while this may not normally seem like something interesting to read about, their upbeat and witty conversation makes you feel as if you’re there with them the entire time, and you find that you’re enjoying yourself as well.
A touch of drama can be fun, but I always find that my favorite moments are when the mundane seem almost magical.
So in the run up to Christmas I’m doing a count-down (well, a count-up). Twelve days of books! But just like the song, I’m going to increase the number of books each day, with a theme. I’ll link the previous posts on each new one, but if you’d like to follow along I’ll also be tagging them ‘hermitknut’s bookmas’.
On the Ninth Day of Christmas… the gods are among us.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is a great start to a great series. Irreverant and hilarious, Percy finds out that his father is Poseidon. Understandably, this kind of complicates his life. Adventures ensue. I’ve only read the first two Percy Jackson books, but I’ve got the rest - a project for the new year!
A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke follows Osa as she journeys to gain power from her goddess - to protect her village from invaders. It’s a pretty atmospheric story, with some cool elements to it, but I felt a little let down by the ending and by the way Lueddecke handles relationships (particularly familial). Enjoyable, but not exciting.
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett is one of his best (though I say that about around 80% of his books, so I may be a tad biased). Brutha is a novice who discovers his god, Om, has been stuck in the form of a small tortoise, and is not in fact currently instructing the church. Pratchett’s satire is brilliant as always, and he perfectly walks a fine line between cutting critique and a celebration of human nature.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman has been much discussed this year, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Shadow is recruited by Odin in his efforts against the new gods - and this journey of a book is surreal, vivid, and wondrous throughout. Strange and intense, it’s one I’ve enjoyed multiple times.
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch is a detective story set in a slightly different London - gods, wizards, and vampires abound. I really loved the basis for this story, which I won’t spoil, and PC Peter Grant is a pretty good character.
The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek is a western (sort of) with magic and gods and two men who are very much in love. It’s an odd read - it reads very much like fanfiction, and to this day I can’t quite pin down why - but an excellent one, with entertaining and believable characters and a strong plot.
Kraken by China Miéville features a giant squid that may be a god, magic and cults and magical cults, a gangster stuck in the form of a tattoo on someone’s back, and the most disturbing version of teleportation in fiction (at least, that I’ve read). Honestly, what more do you need?
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson is a battle-laden fantasy in the fine style of A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s tricky to summarise the plot more than that - lots of fights, godly intervention, interesting magic. I found it a bit heavy and complicated for my taste, but I think it might be worth rereading at some point.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor follows Lazlo Strange as he journeys to a very unfamiliar land, and a girl living in far too familiar surroundings. They meet in their dreams, as Taylor slowly reveals what happened to the gods in this place. It’s a twist, fairytale-like story with an edge of nastiness. Fascinating.
Anyway, I’ve been tagged by @shayromi and I’ve done this legit like 2 months ago but never posted it… why? idk x)
What kind of girl am I?
I’m a friendly girl with who it is really easy to come talk ^^ At first I might be shy but when I get to know someone I became sauvage af x)) I don’t really like to show my art irl cuz I don’t like to boast myself and sadly I’m afraid of the judgement off the others >.> So of course it’s easiler for me to show it on internet cuz I don’t know anyyyyy of you irl nyeheheh
I really like animals since I was a little girl and I really wanted to work in a veterinary clinic and now well I work in an animal hospital wich is even better! ^^ I’ve finished my veterinary technic formation this December, VET TECH IS NOT VET!! It’s like a nurse but for animals :3 And I’ve adopted Casiopé, my baby, during my formation ~ <33 But know that I do digital art and all, I think that in many many years I’ll go back to school (Sheridan if I practice a loooot) to take a formation in animation 2D, the best would be to work with Disney then :3
If you have some questions about me or anything, you can ask me, it’ll be my pleasure to answer it ^_^ Don’t ask for a picture of me tho, I’m not ready for this T_T
Btw, I legit have NO ONE to tag here sooo if ya wanna be tag to do yours, tell me Imma add ya ;)