Book Recommendations: Diverse Heist Stories (That Are Not Six of Crows)

Book Recommendations with Varian: Diverse Heist Stories. Illustration; Varian the toad wearing a cloak that makes them invisible!

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a splendid morning, afternoon, or evening and you’re ready for another book recommendations post!

In case you’re new to the Pond’s recommendation posts, the recommendation posts are brought to you by Varian, the Pond’s very own Toadshifter who is knowledgeable in all kinds of magic! One of Varian’s ambitions is to get better at sewing, hence why whenever Varian has shown you their latest costume, they will always recommend a book that inspired that costume.

We all love a good heist. The tension, the thrill of possibly succeeding and failing, the rag-tag group of characters whom we all come to learn about and love, and the satisfaction of them pulling it off (or, alternatively, the horror of them failing).

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Book Recommendations: Historical Fiction About ‘Invisible’ Moments in History

Book Recommendations with Varian: Historical Fiction and invisible histories. Illustration of Varian the toad, dressed up as a 13th Doctor from Doctor Who.

Welcome back to the Pond and welcome to another one of Varian’s recommendation posts! In case you’re new to the Pond’s recommendation posts, the recommendation posts are brought to you by Varian, the Pond’s very own Toadshifter who is knowledgeable in all kinds of magic! One of Varian’s ambitions is to get better at sewing, hence why whenever Varian has shown you their latest costume, they will always recommend a book that inspired that costume.

A genre that I don’t usually talk about – but actually consistently enjoy reading – is historical fiction! I’ve never consider myself a history nerd but there’s something so incredible and amazing when you learn about something that actually happened. (And indeed, one of my favourite things to do after reading historical fiction based on real events is to go and research it extensively and then tell everyone that I know about it.)

Even more special to me, is when I learn about a piece of history that not a lot of people know about. It makes me think: if this author hadn’t written this book and I hadn’t read it, I would never have known about it and others may never have known about it. And I think that can be an exceptionally humbling thought. That’s why, today’s book recommendation post is dedicated to historical fiction books that centre on an ‘invisible’ piece of history.

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Book Recommendations: Spooky Reads for Halloween!

Book recommendations with varian: spooky halloween reads. illustration of varian wearing a unicorn costume.

Happy Halloween week, dear friends! Whether you celebrate Halloween or if it’s just another day for you, I think we can all agree that Halloween is the perfect excuse to recommend some spooky books! Now, if you ask Varian ‘trick or treat!’, they will definitely treat you to a book recommendation! Though it isn’t quite Halloween yet (or, Pond-o-ween here at the Pond), Varian thought they would recommend some books for you to read on the day to get you in the spooky spirit.

Varian is wearing their Halloween costume (a unicorn!) a little early, but that’s not why today’s book recommendation post is a little special. In today’s book recommendation post, Varian won’t be recommending books alone. Varian has recruited Sprout and Cuddle to recommend two books for you all to read during Halloween! Read More »

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge – Book Recommendations for October’s Prompt: Folklore, Fairy Tales & Myths!

Book Recommendations with Varian: Inspired by Asian Folktales and Myths. Illustration of Varian the toad, wearing a moon costume with clouds and stars around them.

Welcome back to the Pond, friends! This recommend post comes a little late, but it’s never too late to recommend some awesome books, right?

In case you haven’t heard, myself and three brilliant book bloggers (Lily, Shealea, and Vicky) are hosting the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (or YARC!), a year-long reading challenge dedicated to reading Asian literature by Asian authors.

We are currently in our tenth month of the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! Since it is spooky season, we thought that we would recommend some Asian books influenced by folklore, fairytales, and myths! (And for those of you who aren’t a fan of spooky season, it’s always a good month to read stories inspired by tales of old.)

Therefore, our October prompt is one that I absolutely love and am excited to share with you all: folklore, fairytales, and myths!

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