Goodreads Monday – 21st Oct 2019

Hey all!

This is our first Goodreads Monday!! This is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty straight forward, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!This week’s book: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge.


The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Then one day they rose up and tore each other apart, killing many hundreds of islanders and changing the Myriad forever.

On the jumbled streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: living off their wits, diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But now there is something stirring beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. Something valuable. Something dangerous.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and when the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .

Why I want to read this book:

  • The cover is STUNNING. There’s something about all of the cute undersea details that make me want to own a copy of this book and stare at it ALL DAY.
  • The premise sounds really interesting. I love when stories include world-building and a good dash of mystery. Who can possibly resist that?
  • I’ve read some really mixed reviews on this book and it makes me want to read it MORE so that I can form my own opinion on it. There’s something about taking others’ thoughts in to consideration while judging them against your own viewpoint.
  • I haven’t read a book by Frances Hardinge yet and I (generally) enjoy trying new authors!

// have you read this book? what were your thoughts on it? //


17 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday – 21st Oct 2019

  1. The cover is beyond gorgeous! Her last book A Skinful of Shadows had a similarly gorgeous cover and I therefore bought and read it… didn’t much like it though. I feel I was quite the wrong reader. It reminded me in a way of Katherine Arden’s writing style and that just isn’t to my particular taste so that’s why I am not picking this one up. I haven’t read any reviews for it yet so maybe that might change my mind if I read some positive ones :)))

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    • It’s stunning right?! I’ve read some really mixed reviews so it makes sense that it would be an acquired writing style. The Bear and the Nightingale has great reviews, but I’ve heard it’s got a lot of magical realism. Does Frances Dargine also have MR? That’s normally a hit and miss type style for me. Too much and I’m lost 😛 Jen

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  2. I was so looking forward to this, but DNF it around 20% in. It’s just wasn’t gripping me enough, but I think if I hadn’t had a massive backlog of arcs to get through I would have stuck with it, so I will hopefully be picking it up again. I hope you enjoy it 😊

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    • Aww no! Sometimes books just don’t work for us though, even if they have amazing reviews. The same can be said for ones that most people dislike. I’ve had a few of them that I’ve loved! Does her writing have a lot of magical realism in it? Jen


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