It’s Halloween! Okay, it’s October…

Bunch of Yellow Leaves



Hello!
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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August Wrap-up and September Plans

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Since we’re on the brink of September (and when did that happen?) I thought that I would do a wrap up post for August, before plunging into September where I will be participating in Self-Published Fantasy Month. You can find my TBR for that event here, I have added some to the list since then, but keeping them unofficial so that if I don’t get to them I won’t feel as bad.

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May Wrap-Up and What’s next

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Today, marks the end of Wyrd & Wonder which has been wonderful month of all things fantasy! I have loved the chance to find more blogs, talk fantasy and find more books to add to the towering TBR.  In terms of my May TBR for this challenge I finished 3/5 books, I am currently reading ‘The Bone Ships’ by RJ Barker and I decided to leave ‘Blade’s Edge’ by Virginia McClain until June as part of another challenge.

May, in general has been a very bookish month (hello Lockdown), and I have posted more here than in the previous months (something I want to keep up even when I do eventually get to go back to work). I have checked off a load more squares of #armedwithabingo and I am currently sat on 73/200 for my Goodreads challenge (9 behind apparently, although I know I have a couple more to add).

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January Wrap-Up

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We’re in February already, when did that happen? We have Valentines’ hearts in the window at work, and Easter Eggs on the shelves and this year seems to already be passing quickly. It’s been a rather eventful week since my last post – Brexit happened (joy), I started a Patreon for some of my writing projects, had a run-in with a reposter who turned out to be nothing more than (I hope) a teenager looking for a fight who didn’t have a leg to stand on, and finally got through a scene in my novella that has been giving me no end of grief. I also spent a good ten minutes tangling with the word ‘them’ which I had written as ‘theb’ (got to love dyslexia and muddling letters), wherein I kept deleting the ‘b’ and then promptly typing it back in again – brain, why?

As such reading took a little bit of a back seat, plus I was still processing ‘The Wolf of Oren-Yaro’ by K.S. Villoso (Review here). I did, however, read ‘West’ by Carys Davies and ‘The Honjin Murders’ by Seishi Yokomizo – both of which I gave *** (3-stars) on Goodreads because while they were enjoyable enough reads and quick ones, they didn’t grasp me as fully as I would like. I also started ‘To Kill a Kingdom’ by Alexandra Christo, while I have decided for the time being to set aside ‘The Final Empire’ by Brandon Sanderson. I’m hoping that if I come back to it when I am in the right mindset, I will enjoy it more than I am at the moment, as it is one that has been highly recommended to me by several friends, and I have seen it on all the big ‘lists’, and I at least want to finish book one. But, not right now.

I also did some book therapy, I got these ones from work, hoping to expand a bit more beyond my fantasy reading (although I will always come back there)

 

Jan

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