I had to reblog this post from Love Books Group. The Fright Before Christmas is a short story that really made me smile and get in the festive mood. Plus it's only 99p to download and all proceeds go to support the life-saving work of the Samaritans.
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: Fun, Quirky Bookworm’s Delight!
Rating: 4 stars Category: Mystery/ Adventure Synopsis: Clay Jannon has just lost his marketing position after the company went bust. Unemployed and increasingly desperate, he takes a job as the night clerk at Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore. His eccentric employer has only 2 requirements: 1. A detailed record of every single customer must be made in the ancient logbook at the front desk. 2. Clay must never open any of the books. One night, when there are no customers, Clay can no longer suppress his curiosity and opens one of the forbidden books. Its contents will draw him into a centuries-old unsolved mystery...
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Fantasy World to Sink Into and Savour
Les Cirque des Reves, or Circus of Dreams, can only be entered between sunset and sunrise. Until one evening when it will disappear as suddenly as it arrived, only to reappear in another city, another country. The acts are familiar - acrobats, fortune tellers, mirror mazes, illusionists - but not as they have been seen before. The performers seem to belong to another world, one where the boundaries of reality widen. When dark occurrences begin to blight the circus, an unprecedented force at its centre is finally revealed to them. Because the circus is not the event - it is only the venue...
Circe by Madeline Miller: Entrancing, Empowering Adaptation of Ancient Greek Myth
Circe, daughter of Helios, is born with the voice of a mortal without the glow of a god. Shunned by her nymph family, she observes from a distance the gods' cruelty and greed. When a defiant act of compassion leads to island exile, it is here that Circe finds the freedom to shape a self outside of her divinity. More than a goddess, she is Circe, witch of Aiaia...
Anuanna by Madeline McQueen: Fun, Light-Hearted Fantasy Read
When Anna starts to hear strange voices that no-one else can, at first she thinks she is going insane. However, the cause starts to emerge after she connects these voices with her family pets... Anna has the ability to communicate with animals - she is a member of a race with powerful gifts. Realising them will require her to navigate an entire world she could never even have imagined.
Stories Beyond Books Part 1: Childhood
We all have books with a special place in our hearts, for reasons more than the words written in them. Perhaps they changed the way we think about the world, are attached to happy memories or got us through a difficult time in our lives. In this new feature, I will be sharing my own ‘Stories Beyond Books’ and it would be wonderful if you could share yours too!
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Be Inspired to Follow your Dreams by an Adventure Story Unlike Any Other
Rating: 3 stars Category: Fantasy, Inspirational Synopsis: Santiago the shepherd boy has a recurring dream about a treasure awaiting him at the Pyramids of Egypt. Leaving his flock and the life he knows behind, he sets out on an adventure to seek out this mysterious treasure. However, the people he meets along the way will teach him lessons far more valuable than any wealth or riches. The Alchemist is an inspirational tale about following your dreams.
My Tuesday Trio: Top 3 Fantasy Worlds I Would Like to Live In
In this weekly post, I will be choosing three books that best exhibit a certain literary feature, whether it is the best beginnings, endings, or anything in between! If you have suggestions for a ‘My Tuesday Trio’ post I would love to hear from you. This week I will be choosing my top 3 fantasy worlds I would like to live in...
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro: Unique Fantasy Novel with a Powerful Message
Rating: 5 stars Category: Fantasy Synopsis: In an England greatly changed by the recent reign of King Arthur, Axl and Beatrice set off on a journey to find the son they have not seen for years. However, in a land fraught with dragons, ogres and mysterious spells, the trek will not be an easy one for the elderly couple. What they encounter will test the strength of the love between them…