Top Three Thursdays #17 – Books I Wish I Grew Up With

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (29/06/17) is: Books I Wish I Grew Up With

With the recent celebration of 20 Years of Harry Potter, I began to think about books I wish I’d read as a child. I was introduced to the series pretty late (in 2007, around the time The Deathly Hallows book came out) and I feel like I’d have enjoyed it better if I’d started it when I was younger. Although I picked up The Chronicles of Narnia in fourth grade, Harry Potter in seventh grade and Percy Jackson in eighth grade, here are some other well-known children’s series I want to go back in time and read (Since that’s still not possible, I’m going to coerce my kids to read them while growing up, if I ever have any).

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Book Review – A Crown of Wishes

Title: A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2)

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Fantasy

Published: By St. Martin’s Griffin on March 28th, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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Top Three Thursdays #16 – Got Caught Reading

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The topic for today (15/06/17) is: The Times I Got Caught Reading

Being an obsessive bookworm, chances are you’ve read books at times and in places you’re supposed to be doing something else. I know I have. ‘Get Caught Reading’ is also a reading initiative supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), with May being ‘Get Caught Reading Month’. I don’t live in the United States and neither is it May now, but I thought this would make a great post idea. Here are the “top three” (i.e. most memorable) times I got caught reading.

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Book Review – Roar

Title: Roar (Stormheart #1)

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: YA fantasy

Published: By Tor Teen on June 13th, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

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Top Three Thursdays #15 – Mystery Series TBR

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The topic for today (08/06/17) is: Mystery Series I Want to Complete

These are very popular series that I’ve read a few books from but I want to re-read from starting to finish so I don’t miss out on anything. I had hoped to make June a ‘Mystery Reading Month’, but my plans went a little haywire because my reading mood didn’t cooperate. I still hope to finish these series in 2017, which is super-ambitious, but I’ll try anyway.

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Book Review – Spirit Quest

Title: Spirit Quest (The Legend of Skyco #1)

Author: Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert

Genre: Historical fantasy (Middle Grade)

Published: By Amberjack Publishing on April 4th, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(taken from Goodreads)

Skyco, an Algonquin boy, is heir to the great chief Menatonon, but he has much to learn before he can take his place within the tribe. He studies with the shaman Roncommock, who teaches him how to enter the spirit world and communicate with spirits and other animals, while he also learns practical skills of hunting, fishing, and starting a fire from other men in his village. But learning to throw a spear with an atlatl and shoot arrows with a bow are just precursors to the ultimate test, the husquenaugh, when he is challenged to use his hard-earned skills to survive the harrowing life-or-death ritual.

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Top Three Thursdays #14 – Diverse Books TBR

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The topic for today (01/06/17) is: Sexually Diverse Books I Want to Read

Here’s the thought behind this week’s topic. In India, sex with persons of the same gender is punishable by law. There’s rampant homophobia and a general tendency to not publicly discuss LGBT+ issues or rights. As someone who’s read a lot of books, it feels like a silly notion to me. So far, however, I have only read books where LGBT characters are not the main characters (consciously or unconsciously, I’m not sure). I want to rectify that and these three books are on the top of my ‘Sexually Diverse TBR’.

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