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

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 4)

Wow! It’s week four and things just keep getting bigger and going deeper in this book. Phédre and Joscelin may have escaped Skaldia, but they’re by no means out of danger and court politics are looming large. As always details for this read-along can be found here and imyril’s also the one linking to all other participants’ contributions in her read-along posts, so all eyes on her, please. Questions are being posted each week on the Goodreads page. And this week I’m hosting! Hi Everybody! *waves* Don’t trip over the SPOILERS!   Week 4 Chapters 32 to 47 inclusive Waldemar’s … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 4)

Fun for Monday: The Opposites Tag

Another Monday, another tag. This one I found over at Dreamlands Book Blog where Beatrice not only shows off some of her beautiful books (I particularly love her copy of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, it’s just sooo pretty!), but also reminds me just how expensive books can be for a lot of readers, particularly outside of the UK/US. How cool would it be to set up an international book-swapping website?   For this challenge I have tried not to mention any books that I’ve already talked about at some point on my blog. Just for fun. Watch me drop … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Opposites Tag

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 3)

It’s week three of this Wyrd and Wonder read-along and there are some new players on the board in Kushiel’s Dart. To guide us through the ever more complex world that Carey has created we have some thought-provoking questions from this week’s host ZeeZee of ZeeZee with Books. Details for this read-along can be found in imyril’s post here (she’s also the one providing links to participants’ posts) and each week’s prompts are posted on the Goodreads group here.   And please note that there are SPOILERS throughout!   Week 3 (chapters 32-47 inclusive) Phédre slipped during her assignment with … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 3)

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

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 2)

It’s the second week of the Kushiel’s Dart read-along and things are starting to get (more) interesting. Details for this read-along can be found in imyril’s post here, and each week’s prompts are posted on Goodreads here. This week’s host and poser-of-questions is Susan over at Dab of Darkness. Oh, yeah, also … SPOILERS alert!   Week 2 (Chapters 17-31 inclusive) We get a few more hints of magic or the supernatural in this section. Phèdre sees Kushiel’s visage after Alcuin is injured; Hyacinthe’s mom & he himself both have things revealed via the dromonde; that moment of deep peace … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 2)

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

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 1)

I’ve been excited about this read-along since it was talked about back in May, having heard so many good things about Carey’s Kushiel books and never having read them. Now it’s here and blow it if I haven’t been disastrously busy all week, just when I really wanted to sink into this lusciously written brick of a book! So apologies for the slightly perfunctory answers this week, and fingers crossed for at least a few hours of uninterrupted reading time this weekend so I can catch up a bit. Oh, and you can find details of the reading schedule and … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 1)

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

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

I had a great time buddy-reading this with the lovely Alex over at Spells and Spaceships, and you can find his thoughts on Temeraire here. While this wasn’t a perfectly-timed read for Alex, it was just what I needed. I agree with him that this is a book to curl up with, and I was lucky enough to be able to do just that over a long weekend during this fast-receding summer. So, I’m afraid I’m going to be that most annoying of things (again): the super-enthused and bouncy book fan. You have been warned. If you’re after a balanced, … Continue reading Temeraire by Naomi Novik