Fun for Monday: The Count to 10 with Me Tag

Tags are wonderful things. They make me think of appetisers, used to whet the appetite without spoiling the main meal. Certainly, that’s how I’m using them right now. Answering random questions about books and other things allows me to burble on about whatever’s on my mind without feeling pressured into coherence. It’s strangely therapeutic. I saw this tag over at Zeezee’s about a month ago. She in turn found it over on Kristin Kraves Books and it was created by booktuber the Bumbling Blogger’s partner, Sean.   And so, without further ado … three … two … one … go!!   First book … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Count to 10 with Me Tag

Desert Island Reads (a Wyrd & Wonder tag/challenge/prompt)

  This is a very special Wyrd and Wonder tag/challenge/prompt created by our one and only imyril, because she’s the frigging BEST!! I’ve quoted the rules directly from her post, below, and while I can’t force anyone to do this, I will hunt you down if you don’t.   Just kidding. *snorts with laughter*   The Rules: Desert Island Discs – the classic BBC radio show that inspired this post – allows players to take eight musical tracks (not albums!), a single book (plus the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible or a more appropriate religious/philosophical book of choice as a … Continue reading Desert Island Reads (a Wyrd & Wonder tag/challenge/prompt)

2020 Progress Report

It’s an understatement to say that 2020 was a weird year, I know. In my own working world we closed our libraries in March not knowing when we were going to reopen. We were redeployed to the phones, calling the elderly and vulnerable first, then contact tracing later on. Right now I’m working shifts in a testing centre. Each lockdown and reopening has me more and more worried that this may be the slow death of libraries. Reading has, therefore, been a very welcome escape, as it has been for so many of us. And while nearly all of my … Continue reading 2020 Progress Report

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

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: A Fantasy Dinner Party

As we’re nearing the end of Wyrd and Wonder 2020 it seems appropriate that my last tag be a gathering of some favourite characters for a big ol’ shindig. The Literary Dinner Party tag was done in a delightfully fantasy way for Wyrd and Wonder a couple of years ago by Anouk of Time for Tales and Tea and was originally created by NEHOMAS2. Let’s get this party started, shall we?   One character who can cook/likes to cook My first invitation has to go out to Mrs Smith from The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker, not only … Continue reading Fun for Monday: A Fantasy Dinner Party

Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of Fantasy Separation

This is a tag I first became aware of during SciFi Month last year (you can see my scifi themed attempt here if you so wish, and you can find the inspiration for the tag over at Books Are My Favourite and Best – you absolutely have to take a look at some of the awesome #6degrees chains over there), and while I really enjoy doing it, it is sooo hard! I think I had a dash of beginner’s luck last time round. Anyway, here (after much, much revision) is my fantasy themed offering for Wyrd and Wonder … enjoy! … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of Fantasy Separation

A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer

I loved A College of Magics and I was super excited when I found out there was another book set in Faris and Jane’s alternative Edwardian era. I’ll admit to being a little disappointed that it didn’t continue to tell Faris’ story, but Jane was in it so that was enough for me. I bought it. And last week when I sorely needed an antidote to the breath-taking Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman I finally decided to pick up A Scholar of Magics and read it. It was everything I needed it to be. There was Stevermer’s … Continue reading A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer

A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer

Last week I was home with the head-cold-from-hell and feeling very sorry for myself, none of my library books were looking friendly, and A College of Magics kind of winked at me from the middle of the tower of books at the bottom of our stairs. I bought it as a catch-and-release from a local charity shop when I was still panic-buying books like people do bread and milk when they think it’s going to snow. Suddenly it looked like exactly the right kind of bright and shiny that I needed, so I took it off to bed with me along … Continue reading A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer