top 5 wednesday: favourite urban fantasy books

I took a bit of a T5W hiatus during February as the topics were centred around romance and fictional pairings — not that there was anything wrong with that! I’m not much of a romance reader, but I loved hearing about the books that other T5W bloggers wrote about during the past few weeks. This week’s topic I can absolutely participate in since it’s a genre that covers a few books that I have read. I’m really excited about seeing other T5W lists this week because, while I enjoy urban fantasy, I feel like I’ve only scraped the service in terms of what’s available. Especially since a few of my picks aren’t exactly ‘pure’ urban fantasy… if that’s a thing.

So what is Urban Fantasy? Its one of those peculiar sub-genres that (like the wider genre of ‘fantasy’) can be applied to so many different types of narratives. As defined on the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group: ” subgenre of fantasy in which the narrative has an urban setting. Works of urban fantasy are set primarily in the real world and contain aspects of fantasy, such as the discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, coexistence or conflict between humans and paranormal beings, and other changes to city life. A contemporary setting is not strictly necessary for a work of urban fantasy: works of the genre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, real or imagined.” While the books I’ve listed below contain elements of other genres (horror, steampunk, etc.) they contain dominating elements that can allow them to be considered as their own forms of urban fantasy. That’s kind of what I love so much about this sub-genre. Anything is possible!

A friendly reminder as it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these: This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!

Without further ado, here are my picks for Top 5 Favourite Urban Fantasy Books:

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New Finds Friday, Week 1

I wanted to begin by welcoming the influx of new followers I’ve had within the last week. There are actually 60 of you now; I never thought I would ever get this many. Thanks so much for following along with my reading adventures! I’m thrilled to have you all here and I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment on any of my posts and I’ll always comment back within a couple days.

To celebrate, I thought about trying something new for this Friday. I’ve seen so many fun book memes, and there a few that I participate in, so I thought I would take a stab at making one of my own. So I’ve created New Finds Friday! This meme is to help everyone who loves adding books on their Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf to reflect on their new book discoveries at the end of each week and to share any cool books they have stumbled upon with their followers. A sort of reverse Down the TBR Hole. I thought I would talk about where I heard about the books and why they interest me as well as an estimate of when I think I’ll actually get around to reading them and if it’s an immediate need or if it’s just something I hope to read one day.

So if anyone is interested in joining than I encourage you to do so! I’ve outlined some ‘rules’ below:


  1. Choose any books you’ve added to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf from this week.
  2. Mention why you added it, where you heard about it, and when you think you’ll read it.
  3. Tag ‘New Finds Friday’ creator Ashley in Wonderland.
  4. Share the Rules in your post so others can participate.
  5. Repeat on Fridays!

So without further ado, here is my very first shot at New Finds Friday!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

This was a wonderful surprise to come home to the other day! These tags are a ton of fun to fill out and I love reading everyone else’s answers. It’s a really great way for the community to feel even closer and more involved with each other. One of the many ways that the book blogging community is such a unique and wonderful thing to be apart of — everyone extends consistent support to each other. I really love it! Anyways, I was tagged by the wonderful Clo at Book Dragons! Thanks for thinking of me, and everyone should definitely check out their blog!

The Rules: 

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

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REVIEW: The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell

The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell
Publisher: Nightfinch Books
Format: Hardcover
Length: 191
Published: 2016
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Synopsis via Goodreads: Funny, poetic and touching, The Haunted Moustache is the fantastical and 83% true story of a unique inheritance: a hundred-year-old moustache. Receiving this curio from an eccentric aunt, David Bramwell embarks on a ten-year journey to discover all he can about its former owner. His quest draws him into the underbelly of Brighton – its seances, spiritual churches and a seedy basement club – where he unwittingly becomes host to a modern-day freakshow. Against a backdrop of occultism, caravan parks and counter-culture icons, The Haunted Moustache is mischevious and supernatural.



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down the TBR hole, week 4

I’ve missed a few weeks of this so I’m excited to get back into it for this Sunday. The last time I posted a ‘down the TBR hole’ I went through 15 books off of my to-read shelf on Goodreads which was huge and felt amazing. Though I won’t be able to do as many this week I’m happy to return to the original number of 5 for today. You’ll notice a reoccurring theme of books this week, they’re all from the nineteenth-century!

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