Book Blogger Memory Tag

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Taking things easy today with another book tag – this time the Book Blogger Memory Challenge which really was a challenge at times! I found this one via Fi’s Bibliofiles and you check out their answers via this link.

Before we get to the challenge itself though I wanted to shout out a short story by Quenby Olson called ‘A Slumbering Fire’ which you can find here. I read it last week and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It’s a wonderful, smouldering (on more than one level) of two women finding one another just as their worlds are attempting to push them out of sight and thought. Plus there’s a dragon. So go and check it out!!

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The Rules:

You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!!

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IFA Summer Challenge & SPFBO 8 Readalong

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As we reach the end of May (and why is this year going so quickly?) I’m getting ready for the IFA Summer Challenge which kicks off tomorrow. You can find out more about the challenge either on the website or across in the facebook group, but essentially it is an opportunity to celebrate indie fantasy which is one of my favourite things to do.

I have an ever expanding TBR which I will be tackling, but I am also using the challenge to kick off a SPFBO 8 readalong. I’m in no way associated with SPFBO but it’s a great way to find indie books, and I intend to read as many as I can over the course of the competition and you will be able to find my reviews for that under the Readalong page which has it’s own tag at the top in the menu. While I am reading a lot of these for the IFA challenge, I wanted to make sure that other books were included too, and for the Adventure Wheel which is supposed to get us reading outside our usual genres (depending on what you read) I will be reading non-spfbo books and you can find my TBR for that below.

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Life in Books Book Tag

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Something a little lighter to kick off the week, especially as I spent yesterday wishing I could evacuate my own body and this was a wonderful distraction. I’d been searching around for a new tag to play with, and discovered this one via Ashlee at Books Are 42 blog. I’m not sure who created the tag, but a shoutout to them because it was a lot of fun.

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Nanowrimo 2021

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Sleep eludes me so I thought I would cobble together a post about my Nanowrimo projects for this year. Firstly, how on earth are we already in November?! Where has this year gone, and oh my goodness I have a book coming out this month. THIS MONTH!

Secondly, yes I did say ‘projects’ as in multiple. Why I hear saner minds ask? Well one, because I was hopelessly indecisive and couldn’t choose between the three side projects that currently live rent-free in my mind, and two, because I love challenging myself during Nanowrimo. I’ve set the goal of 50K for each of the projects in question, but it will not be the end of the world if I don’t reach that – instead my main goal is just to keep adding to what I already have, and try and get the stories taking on a little more shape. My plan is then to let them lie in December, which I will largely be taking off from my original writing to focus on some other writing that has fallen by the wayside (Yes, a holiday from writing to do more writing), and come back to them in the New Year and see where I will go from there, as well as continuing to work on the Citadel series of course.

Now onto the Nanowrimo projects!

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The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

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Something a little different today as I was tagged on twitter to do ‘The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag’.

Rules

Thank the person that tagged you – Thanks Peter

Link to the creators blog in your post – https://thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/quick-fire-fantasy-book-tag/

Answer the prompts below

Tag 5 others to take part

Most of all!  Enjoy!

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Mid-Year Wrap-Up!

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A looong post for you today. June has crept up on me – how are we halfway through 2021 already? I’m going to be getting emails about Christmas stock soon at work (which feels even weirder as we missed Easter this year). Even with being back at work, time still feels very much out of sync and I’m sat here in June going…huh?

It’s been a challenging year. Lockdown #2 was far harder to endure than the first one, and I was climbing the walls far more than I care to admit, and I have never been so happy to be back at work (although it was a massive shock to the system). However, all that time at home has meant that I’ve done a huge amount of reading and I am currently sat on 130 / 200 for my GR reading goal (although I am still behind on reviews, as reading is often easier than the writing so I’m actually a dozen or so ahead of that but I haven’t added them yet). I’ve also had the opportunity to do some new bookish things this year. I’m a panelist for the BBNYA 2021, and just finished my round one reading and feedback. I’ve also had the chance to do some beta reading which has been fantastic, and I am hopefully going to be helping out with Norsevember later this year.

The Indie Fantasy Addicts Summer Challenge is also just around the corner, and I am busy building a TBR for that and trying to clear my backlog of netgalley and reviews so I can focus on this challenge – and I have some super titles that I’m really looking forward to diving into.

Currently Reading:

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The Ultimate Tour Experience: Progress Update

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This year Storytellers on Tour have introduced the Ultimate Tour Experience (Information and Rules can be found HERE) which is a fun book bingo challenge based on the books that we read for the various tours and blitzes they run, and this is the first of three check-ins for the year. I have decided to do the challenge on hard mode, so I will only be using one ticket from each book rather than the possible two (otherwise I might already have completed it).

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Book Review: Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) – Steven Erikson

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I’m back with my first review of the year, and with my first read of 2021 – Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. The Malazan books are something I have heard mentioned over and over again, with very mixed opinions, to the point where it felt like an almost mythical series. I had already planned on doing a series challenge this year to clear some of my TBR, and I decided that now was the time to dive into some bigger ones as well – both Malazan and Wheel of Time. I decided to start with the one that I was least sure of, and well… I loved it.

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Book Summary:

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand…

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