Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of SFnal Separation

Another year, another SciFi Month, another Monday … it must be time for another round of six degrees! I was sitting on the fence about doing this tag again this year, but imyril tipped me over the edge by getting SF giant Peter F(rigging) Hamilton to play – I mean, how am I supposed to resist that?! This tag was inspired by Kate over at Books are My Favourite and Best, but had its dial tweaked round to sci-fi by imyril for SciFi Month 2019. It is an addictive, frustrating, ultimately satisfying tag/game that can be played again and again, … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of SFnal Separation

We are go for SciFi Month!

  It’s SciFi Month! Squeeee-eeeeeee! I don’t normally do this announcing-my-plans stuff because I am really not that organised (and I don’t often have a plan!), but I feel like squeeing today. So, this is what you can expect from me this November: Item one: There are going to be thoughts on Ian McDonald’s Luna trilogy. Maybe some feelings too. You have been warned.       Item two: Maryam the Curious SFF Reader and I will share our buddy-read discussion about Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh. I am particularly excited about this because I had an … Continue reading We are go for SciFi Month!

Fun for Monday: Halloween Book Covers Tag

This is an original tag created by Kristen over at Moonlight and Metaphors that I was particularly attracted to because Kristen’s rules are so relaxed: “It’s really simple. All you have to do is find a book cover for each topic! It can be covers you love, books you’ve read, random covers – there are no rules. You can put your own spin on things. Do what you want 🙂 Just have fun…” Yay! Can do! I am so hijacking this tag to talk about some of my favourite cover artists! (Whilst keeping it spooktastic, of course).   Skull/Skeleton/Bones This … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Halloween Book Covers Tag

Fun for Monday: Halloween Creatures Tag

I saw this tag done by the Orang-utan Librarian back in 2018 (before I was brave enough to do tags – can you imagine?!) Created by Anthony of Keep Reading Forward, I thought it’d be a fun one to do today to celebrate the start of the Wyrd and Wonder mini event Spooktastic Reads … Hurrah! Hurray! Let’s get spoopy!     Witch: A magical character or book At the risk of being repetitive and thus boring, the only answer I can give here is Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown and its sequel The True Queen. They’re magical books, with … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Halloween Creatures Tag

Books with a body count

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a placid library employee who enjoys long walks in nearby woodlands, crunching through autumn leaves and wearing big woolly jumpers. I’ve no particular desire to stumble across a real dead body while on a walk (and it’s always at the back of my mind that that could happen – you know what they say about dog-walkers and joggers being the ones who find the bodies, right?), but in my reading life, if there are going to be bodies, I want lots of ‘em! Authors can just be so darned creative when it comes to killings … Continue reading Books with a body count

Fun for Monday: The Library Lover Tag

I saw this over at A Mad Hatted Reader’s blog who saw it at Book Stacks Amber. I shouldn’t have to say it, but for those who don’t know, libraries are my thing. And as this week (5th to 10th October 2020) is Libraries Week in the UK it seems a fitting choice of tag for today. How often do you visit your local library? Every day, pretty much. We work every other Saturday and on Sundays to a rota, so my weekend is usually a Monday. Before she passed away and we moved house, I used to visit our … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Library Lover Tag

Fun for Monday: Book Buying Habits Tag

Zeezee over at Zeezee With Books did this tag about a month ago. It originated with booktuber Megan Olivier. I do love to answer questions …   Where do you buy your books? Under normal circumstances I buy the majority of my books second-hand. However, this year being what it has, I’ve been using Hive, Blackwells and Waterstones to feed my book habit. I’ve sworn off Amazon because Mr Bezos really doesn’t need any more money. (And I second Zeezee’s sentiment about Borders – that was just the best bookstore!)     Do you ever pre-order books? If so, do … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Book Buying Habits Tag

Fun for Monday: My Life in Books Tag

I’m not quite following the rules for this tag as set out by the literaryelephant because it was too hard to complete the sentences using only titles of books I’ve read this year, so I broadened it out to any books I’ve read. This was a lot of fun to do though, can I tempt anyone else to have a go?   In high school I was: one of the Redshirts i.e. no name and no speaking part     I will never be: Half a King … or half a queen either     People might be surprised that: … Continue reading Fun for Monday: My Life in Books Tag

Fun for Monday: The Confessions Tag

I found this tag over at The Book Nut when trawling for tags to do this month while taking part in the Kushiel’s Dart read-along. Be warned: that’s all you’ll be getting from me during September – read-along posts and tags – I’m on countdown to some much-needed leave, during which time I’ll try to rebuild my store of prepared posts ready for the inevitable depression that’s on it’s way. In the meantime, forgive me fellow book-lovers for I have sinned, it has been I don’t know how long since my last confession…      Which book, most recently, did … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Confessions Tag

Fun for Monday: 7 SFF Books with Incredible Openings

The lovely Sam over at The Book in Hand does a fun thing most weekends called Sunday’s Seven and a couple of weeks ago she chose seven favourite openings from SFF books she’s read. Because sometimes you really are in or out depending on those first few sentences. As Sam has kindly given me permission to play along, here are my seven awesome opening lines, all from books I have yet to read:   The Redemption of Althalus by David & Leigh Eddings “In defense of Althalus, it should be noted that he was in very tight financial circumstances and … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 7 SFF Books with Incredible Openings