Fun for Monday: Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

The marvellous Maddelena did this tag for Wyrd and Wonder last year and I’ve been sitting on it since then. She, in turn, discovered it over at the lovely Jessticulates. Ah, these lovely threads that are woven back and forth across the blogisphere between us all! *heart eyes* Let’s do this thing!   What is the first fantasy novel you read? Roger Llancellyn Green’s Tales of the Greek Heroes and The Adventures of Robin Hood and Wise Child by Monica Furlong. I don’t know which of these came first, although I know I read them all at around the same … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

Fun for Monday: 3 Bookish Things

Right, let’s get this year’s tag count up, shall we? I found this tag over at Zeezee’s and she got it from Kristin Kraves Books. I’ve mentioned before that Zeezee is my go-to-gal for tags and she has an awesome Long List of Book Tags here that you can view either as a straight list, or organised by theme, which is just perfect. Thank you, Zeezee, for being so very, very fabulous! So without further ado, let’s talk about bookish things. In threes.   3 Read-Once-and-Loved Authors Octavia E Butler. Wow. Maryam the Curious SFF Reader and I recently did a … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 3 Bookish Things

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P Djèlí Clark

It is 1912, a historic year for Egypt at the beginning of this novella, in which, in a few days’ time it will be decided whether women can vote, and the city of Cairo is abuzz with the energy of potential change. It is a thoroughly modern city of airships, trams and automatons, and Egypt a world power, having ditched the British and the French after the madman-genius al-Jahiz opened the doors to the world of magic forty years ago. Everything about this lights up the switchboard in my brain.   Agent Hamed (a little stiff, a little world-weary) and … Continue reading The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P Djèlí Clark

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: 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