This week’s Top 5 Tuesday comes from the one and only, Bionic Book Worm. This is the last Top 5 Tuesday of the year, and the topic is 5 books that I want to find under the tree.
Mistborn – Wax and Wayne Series
I bought myself the original Misborn Trilogy some time ago, and fell in love after the first book. I’m in the process of finishing the original trilogy, and would love to see a book or two from the second series under my tree.
The Rhythm of War
Though not technically released yet, I have heard that the fourth book in the Stormlight Archive’s series can be pre-ordered for its’ 2020 release. It is probably my favourite series right now, so if Santa didn’t get this for me, you can bet I’ll get it for myself.
10 Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself
I heard about this book through a YouTube channel that I watch, and it sounded like a really interesting concept. It’s supposed to help you pass the time, so I thought it would be perfect for me.
The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek
Good Mythical Morning is one of my favourite YouTube channels to watch, and the two hosts Rhett and Link wrote a book together, so of course I want to get my hands on it to read it!
I have actually received a few books that were given to me that I didn’t ask for, and I have enjoyed them quite a bit. Just because its not on my list, doesn’t mean I won’t like it. Some times a random book will be a terrific find.
What are some of the books you want to find under your tree this Christmas? Let me know in the comments.
“Belief isn’t simply a thing for fair times and bright days…What is belief – what is faith – if you don’t continue in it after failure?…Anyone can believe in someone, or something that always succeeds…But failure…ah, now, that is hard to believe in, certainly and truly. Difficult enough to have value. Sometimes we just have to wait long enough…then we find out why exactly it was that we kept believing…There’s always another secret.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“I’ve always been very confident in my immaturity.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“I’m not really sure why. But… do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don’t think so. That’s what makes the betrayal hurt so much – pain, frustration, anger… and I still loved her. I still do.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“Belief?” “Yes,” Sazed said. “Tell me, Mistress. What is it that you believe?” Vin frowned. “What kind of question is that?” “The most important kind, I think.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“How do you ‘accidentally’ kill a noble man in his own mansion?” “With a knife in the chest. Or, rather, a pair of knives in the chest…” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“What? Is that boy crazy?” “Most young men his age are somewhat crazy, I think,” Sazed said with a smile. “However, this is hardly unexpected. Haven’t you noticed how he stares at you when you enter a room?” “I thought he was just creepy.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“Women? Women are like…thunderstorms. They’re beautiful to look at, and sometimes they’re nice to listen to-but most of the time they’re just plain inconvenient.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“I think given the choice between loving Mare – betrayal included – and never knowing her, I’d chose love. I risked, and I lost, but the risk was still worth it.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“That’s kind of what trust is, isn’t it? A willful self-delusion.” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
“Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty?” ― Brandon Sanderson, The Final Empire
Before I opened this book I wasn’t too sure about whether I’d like it. I love Brandon Sanderson and all the books of his that I have read so far have been amazing, but I read a few iffy reviews of Mistborn and was a bit nervous.
Those nerves quickly subsided when I started reading it though, cause I was hooked by the end of the first few chapters.
What really got me interested, which isn’t usually something I find in books, is that the entire plot of the book was laid out very early on.
The premise of the book is that there is a group of thieves and criminals, and they plan on overthrowing the government.
What’s beautiful about it though, is that their entire plan is spoken about. We know exactly what steps need to be taken in order for this all to work.
Some might think it’s annoying because there is less suspense, but I firmly disagree with that. I think there is so much opportunity for suspense and potential failure that the story benefits from it.
There are some cheesy moments that all books fall prey to. Two people falling in love after meeting one night, ruining the plans you’d have to kill them is the first one that comes to mind.
In knowing the overall story, we just know that something will go wrong. There’s no way that the story can go perfectly as planned right? There’s no way our heroes can do exactly what they need to, cause where’s the fun in seeing them succeed so easily?
There is a sort of joy in seeing heroes struggle, even though we want them to win.
It’s sort of weird if you think about it. We all want the hero to win, so why do we want him to suffer and struggle? Why shouldn’t he win easily? Why do we want the hero to get beaten, battered, bloody and bruised.
We should want him to complete his goals with ease.
But that’s boring.
A story wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t overcome some obstacles. That’s what makes them a hero though. They are a hero because they overcome great adversity and triumph in the face of defeat and despair.
A hero that struggles and goes through pain is a hero because of it. Because all that pain and hardship is what relates us to the words on a page, or the character on the screen.
Mistborn gives us two main heroes. Two characters that are the same in so many ways, but so different too.
My one big complaint about Mistborn and the world it is in is the “magic” system. What’s cool about it, Allomancy as it’s called, is that it uses metals that are absorbed into your body.
What isn’t so cool is that you sort of forget what each power does over time. Some of the powers are used enough, or are written in a certain way that the meaning comes across in a memorable way, but there are just about as many that you confuse.
Without spoiling anything, there are 8 different “powers” and each sort of has an opposite. Some of the powers are easy to understand, and the names for them give away their meaning.
Some of them aren’t really used often enough, so when they are mentioned it takes you a second to remember what power is being used.
Overall, fantastic book. I have the other two books in this trilogy and can’t wait to get my hands on them, but I promised myself I’d take a crack at IT before going back to The Wheel of Time, which I need to read before coming back again to Mistborn.
My question to you is simple, what is your favourite magic system that you’ve read. Harry Potter’s straight up wand use, or maybe Twilight’s magical creatures? Is it Game of Thrones subtle magical world, or something else entirely? Let me know in the comments.
So as a book lover you can probably assume that I asked for some books from Santa. Since I have a giant stack of books to read I tried to limit myself to asking for a few only.
I asked for:
Fire and Blood (George R.R Martin)
Norse Mythology (Neil Gaiman)
Mistborn Series (Brandon Sanderson)
Santa was kind to me and I ended up getting Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and an Imgur Secret Santa participant gave me the first three books of the Dragonriders of Pern Series.
I’m really excited to start reading them. I’ve wanted the Norse Mythology book for a long time and that will probably be the next book I read, Dragonriders may follow that, but we will see.
I figured since it was just Christmas, it would be a perfect time to share with you some of the books I got as gifts and announce the start of the On My Bookshelf Book Club, which will begin in February. It will serve as a platform for some good discussion in a monthly book club, as well as some updates on different events and other things as they come up!
I hope you all had a lovley Christmas and I would love to hear what books you got for Christmas! Let me know in the comments section or fire me an email.
I read lots of books, from mythology retellings to literary fiction and I love to reread books from childhood, this is a place to voice my thoughts for fun. I also like to ramble about things such as art or nature every now and again.