WTRIYL: A Darker Shade of Magic

Every now and then I schedule my reviews far enough apart that I can fit something not review shaped in between. And then I promptly forget to do it.

But not today! (If you see me posting tomorrow as well though, please look away.)

This rec list is books to read if you liked A Darker Shade of Magic. Full disclosure: I am on the fence about the series. Yes, I enjoyed it, but I also had to drag myself through it in the later books. And I have Thoughts about Schwab’s female characters and tendency to write her villains as having backstories where they’ve been abused. But that’s a whole other thing.

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WTRIYL: Six of Crows

I am back with a post that does not involve any sort of book review, TBR, or monthly round-up! (Yeah, I’m surprised too.) Today I’m reccing books that you should read if you liked Six of Crows.

First though, you might spot a really obvious miss on this post (The Gilded Wolves). That’s because my first instinct is always to rec that book for this, so I tried not to to mix things up a little.

Of course, you should read it anyway whatever, but. Yeah.


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WTRIYL: The Cruel Prince

Hello! I’m back after an impromptu hiatus caused by me needing to get my research project edited and submitted by yesterday. But now I’m done with all that, Masters degree complete, and I have more time to read (finally!) and blog. At least until job applications start, but hey. Gotta take what I can get.

I figured the best way to get back into things would be to give you a rec list. This time, I’m basing the recs on The Cruel Prince. Because as good as the book is (and I do enjoy it, let me just say), it’s a little bland, if we’re honest. Very white and fairly straight. So, like last time, I’m picking 5 or so tropes from the book, and giving you some more diverse recs using those tropes.

Let’s go!

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WTRIYL: Jane Austen

(Ignore the ugly acronym in the title, I just didn’t want to bother typing out “what to read if you liked”, which is what I have just now done anyway.)

Introducing a new rec series! Because I’m getting kind of tired of only having Five for Friday happening, I figured what better way to rec books than a series aimed at diversifying your bookshelves.

So here’s how this is gonna work. It’s fairly self-explanatory: I’ll pick (or you’ll suggest) a popular book, series or even author and rec you more books, based on what aspects of the book you liked. Simple, right?

First up is Jane Austen. I’ve likely mentioned this before, but I’m not the biggest fan of classics. Most of the time I find them too dry and tedious. Jane Austen is an exception to that. And there are aspects of her books done so well, I’m always on some level searching for that kind of validation elsewhere.

Which is why I’m going to share with you two recs per book, based on my favourite aspect of that book.

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