Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

35271523Title: Senlin Ascends

Series: The Books of Babel #1

Author: Josiah Bancroft

Pub Date:  January 2018 (first self-published in 2013)

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

The first book in the word-of-mouth phenomenon debut fantasy series about one man’s dangerous journey through a labyrinthine world.

“One of my favorite books of all time” – Mark Lawrence

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. 

Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he’ll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure. 

This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

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Words in the Title – ‘I’

words in the titleThis will the most random way of finding new exciting reads. Each week I’ll choose some random word and I’ll try to find books with this word in the title that I find interesting. This might result in my TBR growing exponentially. Each week though, I’ll first look if there’s a book that I already read that has this word in the title.

Rules:

  • Prepare a list of books with this week’s word in the title that:
    • You’ve read (you can export your Goodreads library to Excel file, it will be easier to find words in the titles this way)
    • You want to read (look in your TBR and search Goodreads or other places where you find books for new titles)
    • You do not want to read (up to you if you want to include this)
  • It’s up to you how many books you include in each category
  • Both singular and popular version of the word counts
  • If the word is a root of another word (like ‘snow’ in ‘snowman’) it also counts
  • Tag OlaReadsBooks in your post

This week’s word is: I

There is a plenty of books to choose from to feature in this post. Word ‘I’ is definitely one of the most popular words used in the titles (judging by my Goodreads bookshelf only).


– Books I’ve read –

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Down the TBR Hole #3

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera – I have physical copy of this, so I’m determined to read it. – KEEP – 
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – My father loved this, and he doesn’t love that many books, so I want to find out what’s so special about this. – KEEP – 
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman – Synopsis sounds fascinating and it has so many raving reviews. I definitely need to read it. – KEEP – 

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

37545217Title: The Woman in the Window

Author: A.J. Finn

Pub Date:  January 2018

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

What did she see?

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

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Words in the Title – ‘rights’

words in the titleThis will the most random way of finding new exciting reads. Each week I’ll choose some random word and I’ll try to find books with this word in the title that I find interesting. This might result in my TBR growing exponentially. Each week though, I’ll first look if there’s a book that I already read that has this word in the title.

Rules:

  • Prepare a list of books with this week’s word in the title that:
    • You’ve read (you can export your Goodreads library to Excel file, it will be easier to find words in the titles this way)
    • You want to read (look in your TBR and search Goodreads or other places where you find books for new titles)
    • You do not want to read (up to you if you want to include this)
  • It’s up to you how many books you include in each category
  • Both singular and popular version of the word counts
  • If the word is a root of another word (like ‘snow’ in ‘snowman’) it also counts
  • Tag OlaReadsBooks in your post

This week’s word is: RIGHT(s)


– Books I’ve read –

I haven’t read any book with the word ‘rights’ in the title. Seriously, I must be choosing all the wrong words. All the 400 books on my read shelf on Goodreads, and I again cannot find one that has the word of the week in the title!

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