2. Duologies and trilogies - I like a strong overarching plot which is rare in longer series
3. I write a lot for work... very infrequently for pleasure. Maybe a goal for 2020
4. @LoverOfLearning @Balibee146 @Howseldomtheydo
This full moon is the festival of Loi Kratong here in Thailand 🙏 You make a little lantern of banana leaves and flowers, light a candle, and then float them as an offering to the gods
The Dry isn't about a natural disaster as such, but the relentless drought gripping this small town in Australia really heightens the tensions in this great thriller of a crime novel!
Apologies for the non-bookish post, but I had to share these two cuties who are keeping me company over the weekend
My personal favourites of the Discworld series have to be the City Watch books, but the Lancre Witches come a close second. Lords and Ladies twists conventions to make the elves the bad guys, the almost-queen the heroine, and the elderly witches the voice of reason in a fun tale. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed reading Discworld! Now I just have to play catch-up with the #EpicBuddyRead of Pratchett's works!
#OokBOokClub #PratchettPosse @julesG
While I love watching documentaries, I don't read much non-fiction. Women and Power by Mary Beard has been my only #nonfiction read of the year so far! An interesting read full of personality - I wish it had been a little longer.
#GratefulReads Day 5 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
This slow and atmospheric ghost story set on the North Yorkshire moors is my choice for #250wordsorless A great read for this time of year!
#GratefulReads Day 3 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
Ooops... forgot to check-in for #BFCr4 😮 I've had a good week. Managed to get to the gym three times again - I'm going to adapt my goals as it seems 4x a week isn't going to happen 😬 I've also reached my book goal of 6 books 📚 so I'm going to up it to 9 books!
As a big SFF fan, 500+ page chunksters make up a lot of my TBR 😂 Elantris was my latest doorstop read - a very assured debut novel from one of my favourite fantasy writers.
#GratefulReads Day 2 - Over 500 pages
This ticked all the boxes for me! Senlin Ascends tells the story of a man who loses his wife on their honeymoon to the Tower of Babel and desperately tries to find her. It's a literary fantasy that's beautifully written and Thomas Senlin is an everyman hero you can't help rooting for. Bizarre, slightly unsettling, and full of dark humour.
A low key favourite series of mine is the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell... this series deserves more love! If you need some wild west inspired YA full of humour and the pains of finding your place, give it a go. Looking forward to catching up with Kellen and the gang this month.
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Week 3 check in for #BFCr4 I didn't get to the gym as much this week as I had a stomach bug at the end of the week 😷 but I'm chuffed with the amount I've read considering this is a very busy half-term! How's the rest of my crew doing? @lapreader @4thhouseontheleft @rsteve388 @wanderinglynn
Hey #BFCr4 littens! I headed up to Khao Yai National Park for a long weekend and won't be back until tomorrow afternoon, so I'm afraid my weekly check-in well be a little late. Instead, here's my top pic of the day - a gibbon looking wistfully into the distance
@wanderinglynn @LapReader @rsteve388 @4thhouseontheleft
#quoteoftheday I've only been reading translated SFF for a year or so, and I'm loving it! Reading a familiar genre from a very different perspective and culture is really quite fascinating. Western scifi tends to be more individualistic and character-driven while Cixin Liu's books focus much more on big plots - the characters are relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
This multi-generational tale of human colonists on an alien world was so close to being a five-star read! The world-building was astonishing, especially the sentient plants, and it was fascinating to watch how society shifted over seven generations. However, there were some annoying bits. The chapters were inconsistent in their tone and some could have been a lot shorter. ⭐⭐⭐ from me as it was an interesting read that dragged at times.
I stayed up far too late to finish this book, and, just - wow. It's a simple story, but it weaves a complex narrative through different perspectives of all the characters, and asks some thorny questions about friendship, small town dreams, and the cost of doing the right thing. Insightful, moving, and very human. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me!
My weekly update for #BFCr4 I'm pleased with the reading side of things - I finished two books and started a third - but I haven't been to the gym for a few days thanks to a lurgy I picked up from the kids 😷 And, yeah, not snacking has been hard...
@wanderinglynn @lapreader @4thhouseontheleft @rsteve388
Woohoo! #BFCR4 begins today! Here are my goals for this challenge - 6 books in 6 weeks, gym four times a week, and (the hardest goal of all) NO SNACKING.
@wanderinglynn thanks for organising it again.
@4thhouseontheleft @LapReader @rsteve388 let's smash this!
I love Netflix documentaries, so I really liked the set-up of Daisy Jones and the Six with each character telling their version of the story of the rise and fall of the biggest (fictional) band of the Seventies. Full of rock and roll, simmering resentments, and slightly different versions of the story, it was a great read.
It's been a hectic month - I lost my phone in Dubai airport, moved to Bangkok, and started a new job all within two days 😂 thanks for all the tags and comments- I'm gonna try to catch up with them today! Meanwhile here's a pic of my wee nephew with his nose in a book!
It's taken me a while to read this because my heart could only take so much. IF THIS IS A MAN is Primo Levi's account of his time in Auschwitz written in a quiet and matter-of-fact way which makes it much more powerful as he describes how the Lager slowly eradicated his humanity. THE TRUCE describes Primo's Odyssean journey back to Italy which manages to be gently humorous and heartbreaking in a different way as Primo slowly rediscovers himself.
Military sci-fi is usually not my thing - space battles and square-jawed soldiers tend to bore me. But OLD MAN'S WAR is military sci-fi filled with warmth and humanity and very likeable characters. It also works in humorous musings on getting old and the joys of being young and unstoppable. An enjoyable read!
I was travelling all day yesterday, so I didn't get a chance to check in for #BFCr3 I'm pretty chuffed with myself this week - I've been out for 3 runs, and finished one book and I'm only a chapter away from finishing another. Snacks have been my downfall, but I'm on holiday 😎
@wanderinglynn @Airykah13 @BlameJennyJane @BeckyB @Minispok @ness @Peddler410 @Econaghan @bookandcat
I don't read a lot of crime fiction, but I love this series. Like the rest of the series, ALL THAT'S DEAD is Aberdonian noir full of heart, black humour, and f-bombs.
Thanks so much for my goodies @wanderinglynn and @jenniferw88 ! I love them - and you must have read my mind as I was on the hunt for a new book journal as my old one had an unfortunate tea-related accident
I'm taking advantage of a rainy afternoon to try to finish the book club book I really should have finished a week ago! IF THIS IS A MAN broke my heart as it quietly describes how Auschwitz reduced Primo Levi to nothing. THE TRUCE is breaking my heart in a different way as Primo slowly regains his sense of personhood on his journey home to Italy.