Exciting Releases in 2015

As one more year passes, so the dates tick down on the painstakingly long wait for that one book that lurks on your horizon as simultaneous sunrise and emotional armageddon.

Long-awaited endings, new beginnings, old stalwarts and new upstarts - 2015 has a lot going for it. Below, I give you a taste of what we can look forward to.

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)Rick Riordan

Last year saw the phenomenon of the Percy Jackson series finally come to a close - for better or worse. Luckily, Riordan seems to have been having a rare merciful moment and decided he would not leave fans of his sleek, smart, old-gods-new-tricks world out in the cold for too long.

I, personally, never made it past the first two books of the first Percy Jackson series (though not for want of trying). While the protagonist's name looks like something that came out of a fanfiction.net MadLib, I am, however, very much looking forward to seeing my favourite pantheon getting the Riordan treatment. Particularly if he's as willing to capitalise on the dark and spooky bits of Norse mythology as he has the change to be.

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare

Another titan of the YA scene, as if a trilogy of sort-of-prequels-but-not-really wasn't enough, Cassandra Clare is spoiling her beloved fandom absolutely rotten by teaming up with Sarah Rees-Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman to produce a series of monthly novellas following the adventures of Shadowhunter Simon Lewis on his path to becoming one of the protagonists of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Fascinating as both a collaborative endeavour, and a test of unconventional publishing method, this looks to be one of the more esoteric items of interest on the readerly radar this year. Here's to hoping it satisfies the fans enough to make up for the movie, eh?

End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days)Susan Ee

Angelfall was one of my surprise loves of the previous year, and while I have yet to make substantive process with its sequel, World After, the knowledge that I can kill it off and not have to wait fifteen lifetimes for the third book to appear is definitely a comforting one.

One of the stronger candidates in its rather generic field, I'm hoping this series will prove something of a sleeper hit, and maybe some well-timed discounts around the time of End of Days' publication will get it more of the attention it - and it's marvellous protagonist - deserves.

The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire)George R. R. Martin

Optimistic? Me? Noooooo.

Unlike several of its generic brethren (looking at you, Kingkiller Chronicles), some recent news has emerged to suggest that Martin's elusive epic may indeed be making its penultimate appearance this year after all. With the voice of HBO joining in the plaintive choirs begging for its publication, there has been some talk of releasing the novel after the conclusion of the fourth series of Game Of Thrones (returning to air on the 12th of April, and likely wrapping up towards the end of this or perhaps a way into next year).

Nothing is certain, of course. Except that everyone will die.

What about you, Chewers? Are you looking forward particularly to any of the books on this list, or is there some unmentioned glory lurking in your readerly crosshairs? 
Leave a comment, and let me know!


Cait's Favourite Series in 2014

by Cait

I'm notorious for forgetting to read series. I GET DISTRACTED. One book should lead to another, but for me....one book usually leads to an entirely different genre. (Who reads epic fantasy and then craves superheroes? Just me? Well, okay then.)

But for the latter half of 2014, I did make a vague attempt to get onboard with more series. I didn't finish all of them, but I chewed hard!

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (I read 4 books)

It feels like I've been reading these books forever, but I only read Throne of Glass (book 1) in January! Sarah J Maas is BY FAR my favourite author of 2014. Of all the glorious things I've read, she's the most extraordinarily talented at breaking my soul.

It's okay. I didn't like to feel happy anyway.

2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (I read 3 books)

I had a rough start with these ones, with Shatter Me only getting 3-stars. But the next two books were absolutely brilliant! SUPER POWERS. And they're funny. I'm a sucker for hilarity. Also I might be partially in love with the covers.

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (I read 2 books)
I have the 3rd book sitting on my bookshelf and hopefully I'll read it before 2014 melts away. But I was on severe Maggie Stiefvater withdrawal and pining after her previous books (The Scorpio Races and The Wolves of Mercy Falls) and suddenly -- HUZZAH -- I realised the Raven Cycle books existed.

Immediately my heart was stolen.

I love these characters so much that I've gotten myself into a passion of fangirling and am too scared to read the 3rd book. I have problems.

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (I read 6 books!!)

I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF. Not only did I stick with a series, I picked a super large one to get stuck to! The last book (City of Heavenly Fire) is over 700 pages long. And did I ever consider quitting and wandering away? NO. I even own 5 of them, though owning books is not my forte either.

I absolutely adored reading these. The adventures were phenomenal and the plot twists keep me on my toes. I found my OTP (Simon and Isabelle!) and I secretly want to be a Shadowhunter. Although I would need more naps. No one seems to sleep in this series.

I want to hear about your favourite series this year! (They don't have to have been published in 2014...just whatever you were devouring.) GO GO GO!


Christmas Made From Books

by Cait

Since it's nearly Christmas and the geese are getting fat (maybe? If you eat geese?), I think it's time to drool over some glorious book-themed Christmas decorations. We all know our inner-bookworms like to be expressed (we blog after all!), so why not decorate our houses in the Way of the Bookworm! Huzzah!

Note: Um, my house is not particularly decorated in the Way of the Bookworm because I'm lazy and haven't gotten around to making anything. But I have good intentions. Marvellous intentions, actually.

Bookish Christmas Decorations
I have to admit I like this bookish tree. Although it looks a little like a lampshade.

Or how about a tree made entirely of books?! I could totally do this with my bookshelf...

This would make me really pleased! BOOK DECORATIONS FOR THE TREE.

HOW AMAZING ARE THESE?! It would be that hard to make either...provided one had enough glue to sink a small battleship.

I. need. to. make. these. Origami is my favourite. Can you imagine a Christmas tree totally hung with these?

OKAY THIS IS A BIT INSANE. And not really Christmasy I admit, but it's a chess board made from paper. Oh. my. GOSH.

Look! It could be Mockingjay! How awesome would this look on your wall?!

Let's face it. These Harry Potter and Golden Snitch baubles win the internet. THEY ARE AMAZING AND AWESOME.

which is your favourite?! do you have any book-themed Christmas decorations at your house right this season?!