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 Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

The Orang-utan Librarian did this tag last week and I’m jumping aboard because I wanna do a tag to cheer myself up (it’s a grumpy Sunday over here as I’m writing – I’ve no idea why). So what better way to do that than with a half-year (already?!) squeeing over books read and books still to read? Here we go …     Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year   It’s between Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Don’t make me choose. … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 4)

  This is the homeward stretch of the Wyrd and Wonder read-along. Our host Lisa of Dear Geek Place has been our guiding light along the way, and here she leads safely home. But let’s not count our chickens just yet … and be warned that SPOILERS still litter this last leg of the path!   Week 4 – Chapters 27 to the end Let’s start with Maia’s grandfather! What do you think of the Avar and his budding relationship with Maia? Oh my goodness, the Great Avar! What a dude! I love his bullfrog coach. I love that he arrives … Continue reading Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 4)

Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 3)

  It’s week three of the Wyrd and Wonder read-along and our host Lisa of Dear Geek Placeyet again helps us to steer a path through the dangerous, winding ways of the Untheileneise Court. Things have ramped up considerably this week and there’s no way I’ll be able to avoid SPOILERS so please tread carefully!   Week 3 – Chapters 18 to 26 inclusive These chapters open with a very candid, yet significantly warmer than most, conversation between Maia and Arbelan, and from there things begin to change as Maia learns to act with more confidence. Do you think Arbelan’s … Continue reading Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 3)

Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 2)

  So, we’re into the second week of the Wyrd and Wonder read-along and oof, it’s been a heck of a week. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve run the emotional gamut from despair to hope and back again. Fortunately, that most marvellous of hosts Lisa of Dear Geek Place has provided prompts that have helped me get my thoughts into some sort of order. Please be warned that, as before, there will be SPOILERS!   Week 2 – Chapters 10 to 17 inclusive So many verbal encounters. So much political muck! Let’s start with Princess Sheveän, who … Continue reading Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 2)

Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 1)

Yay! It’s the Wyrd and Wonder read-along! Each week’s prompts are being provided by the most awesome Lisa of Dear Geek Place and can be found every Wednesday on this Goodreads group page here. I should also warn – there will be SPOILERS! I have been stupidly excited about this year’s read-along since my husband, Thumbs, ordered The Goblin Emperor for me so that I could take part. I am a ridiculously lucky person sometimes. Onwards!   Week 1 – Beginning to Chapter 9 inclusive The first thing that struck me about this book is the formality in the way the characters … Continue reading Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 1)