Book Recommendations!

     Many of you probably aren't aware that this blog and all of my Wistful and Wandering social channels started out solely for me to nerd out about books on.  Then again, you may be very aware of that because I still post about books quite regularly.  Once a book nerd, always a book nerd! On my blog here I use to post a lot of full book reviews and other things of that nature, but I stopped doing that awhile ago and just recently started blogging again more seriously.  I didn't want to be solely a book blog but more of a lifestyle blog because I wanted the freedom to post whatever I felt like. That doesn't mean that I'm going to stop posting about books all together though because reading is a very prevalent part of my life.  So to get back into the swing of things I thought I would do a little post with book recommendations for you.  These are some of the books that I completely devoured and loved in the past couple years! Side note: these are not in any particular order. Another side note: I've ready predominantly fantasy since forever so this list will be heavily saturated with fantasy.  I'm starting to read different genres now though so future posts will have more variety!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses series & Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
     I grouped these two together so I could include more books, but Sarah J Maas is one of my favorite writers.  I got to attend her book launch event here in Nashville for her book Tower of Dawn, which is apart of the Throne of Glass series, and I was fangirling the entire time! She is the funniest most charming lady ever and her writing completely captivates you.  When you read her books you get so connected to the characters and the story and for me personally, once I start one of her books I can't put it down until I'm done.  So so good!  Throne of Glass is a young adult series and A Court of Thorns and Roses is a new adult series.  So if you're younger I would maybe start with the Throne Glass series. Both are phenomenal though and aren't complete either so there's more books coming!
Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
     The Night Circus was one of those books that started a little slow, but then I didn't want it to end.  The world is so enchanting and dreamy and whimsical and I may have considered joining the circus for a split second!
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway - a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

3. Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
     Imagine a magical oceans eleven style plot set in a Russian inspires fantasy world.  That is Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom and they are amazing.  This duology is actually set after her first series, the Grisha trilogy, which I absolutely adore, so you get character cross overs! You don't HAVE to read the Grisha trilogy first, but I would highly recommend it! I also got to go to Leigh's book event here in Nashville a couple months ago and I got to meet her and it was amazing!!

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.

4. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
    Beautifully simple poetry that hits you in the heart with all the feelings.

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

5. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
     ASSASSINS! I have an undying love for books with female assassins and this book is amazing! Stab, stab, stab.  The End.  So good!

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

So those are just couple recommendations for you.  If you read one of them I would love to know what your thoughts are.  And if you have any recommendations for me, I'm always looking for new books to read!



  1. OH MY GOSH. We have near exact reading tastes!! Are you a Slytherin or a Ravenclaw? I'm pegging you as a Slytherclaw based on your reading preferences ;)
    I LOVE how your blog is a mash up of books and personal and adventure. Your kind of blog is sort my goal!

    1. Haha I’m actually a full fledged Slytherin! I’ve taken the test multiple times and even tried not to get slytherin. It didn’t work 😂🐍 no shame though, I’m a proud Slytherin! And thank you so much! I’m really glad you like it and thanks for taking the time to read my post! What’s your blog?


    I'm working on changing the name though because I decided I don't want to be a travel blog exclusively. I was self-hosted last year and scrapped it. I started all over and I'm using Wordpress for free until I figure out what I want to do long-term.

    1. Well best of luck with figuring out what you want to do! I've been thinking about switching to Wordpress as well so I'm right there with ya!