One Year On

Open Birthday Greeting Card Near Pen


Today is the one year birthday of Beneath a Thousand Skies, and I wanted to thank everyone for making it such a fantastic first year (despite the chaos that has been 2020). The idea for this blog actually happened about a month earlier, when I realised that I was fed up of not having people to babble with/to about books and I started looking into creating a book blog. The plan then had been to launch 1st of January 2020, but I read The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang and I needed to review it, and so on the 27th December Beneath a Thousand Skies had it’s first POST.

Since then, I have made almost 170 posts, read over three hundred books (a feat I don’t think I would be able to repeat, and is the only good thing to come out of lockdown). I have participated in blog tours (which I didn’t know was a thing before this year), events and challenges. I have turned my TBR from a pile into a tower that keeps on growing.

I have also met lots of wonderful bloggers, readers and authors over the last year.

So thank you again, and here’s to a better 2021 (and lots more books!)


Two People Toasting Flute Glasses

It’s Halloween! Okay, it’s October…

Bunch of Yellow Leaves

So, October has arrived and with it dark evenings and mornings (perfect for snuggling up with a book, not so good for work) and a chill in the air.

September was a mixed month for me, between work and *gestures at everything* I’ve been more stressed and tired than usual, which makes my dyslexia worse than usual. I’m lucky in that it doesn’t effect my reading too much, but the writing of reviews? Yeah, that slowed down completely and I am still fighting with a few, but I have a week’s holiday coming up and as we have more volunteers coming on board at work things will hopefully ease up.
However, it wasn’t all bad by any means. It was Self-Published Fantasy month which was a fantastic event, and while I wasn’t able to contribute as much as planned I have loved seeing all the interviews, reviews and other posts (not sure my TBR agrees). I love indie books and I want to continue the spirit of this month, so as much as possible going forward I will be dedicating Sundays to a review of an indie book (there will be more reviews that that – I have so many I want to read – but Sunday will be the dedicated slot).

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A Quiet week and a Mini Book Haul


A belated and somewhat shorter post this week, as I have spent the last few days curled up with a headache from hell which kept me away from the computer and from reading to a large extent. It was also the first anniversary of my Dad’s death, so my reading mojo has been somewhat absent.

Saying that I did manage to re-read the first two books in the Protector of the Small Quartet (‘First Test’ and ‘Page’) by Tamora Pierce, and I intend to get to the last two in the next week or so. These are some of my childhood favourites that for me at least have really held up to the test of time, and I find myself going back to them repeatedly (Along with the Song of the Lioness Quartet and the Immortals Quartet). I am super-hyped for the possibility of these books being adapted for television/film, and slightly worried because these books have always been important to me – and they told me that girls could be knights!

I also stumbled across a copy of ‘The Last Unicorn’ by Peter S Beagle at work, so I had to snag it and read it, as that remains one of my favourite animated films of all time (I love the world, the music, everything really). It’s also one of those rare cases, and probably because I’ve seen the film so many times and from such a young age, where I prefer the adaptation to the book, although that isn’t to say that I didn’t love the book. I did and would highly recommend it.

I’m continuing to work my way through ‘Spark City’ by Robert. J. Power and ‘North Child’ by Edith Pattou, and I have just started on ‘The Rage of Dragon’s’ by Evan Winter and ‘The Final Empire (Mistborn)’ by Brandon Sanderson.

To round out this short post, I also have a mini-book haul (I made the error of going to the bookshops in town, even after I’d bought the one book ‘The Waking Fire’ by Anthony Ryan that I’d gone to get because I want to give it a second chance).


The Clive Cussler books I have read before, but I lost part of my collection, and I’m slowly building it up again, and I am very much looking forward to re-reading these three. ‘The Silver Brumby’ was a nostalgic buy, as I was an avid fan of the cartoon when I was growing up but had never actually read the book (despite having shelves dedicated to pony stories as a child), and I’m interested to see how it compares. I still have to read the first book of The Ascension Cycle by David Mealing, but I really like the premise so I decided to go ahead and buy the ‘Blood of the Gods’ too, while ‘The Orphanage of Gods’ by Helen Coggan is one I had been eyeing before Christmas.

So, I have more books for the growing TBR mountain,


P.S. In writing news I have discovered the joys of World Anvil, and as I get deeper into editing it has been a godsend and it’s so encouraging to look at your timeline and realise that your scattered notes actually make sense.