TBR Challenge 2018

The TBR Challenge is hosted by Wendy at The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The goal of the TBR Challenge is rather self-explanatory, read one book a month from the TBR pile. To participate, you just have to be on social media and use #TBRChallenge, particularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Over the years, I have accumulated fiction and non-fiction books. I counted those books in 2017 and discovered that I

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2018 Reading Challenges

Usually, my yearly reading challenges extend no further than the GoodReads Reading Challenge, which until now had been enough for me. However, next year, I want more. I want to post more, write more and read more in 2018. I can address two of those desires with Reading Challenges. My TBR shelf currently holds so many unread books that it’s probably on the verge of collapse. I did reduce it

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Mount TBR Challenge 2018

The Mount TBR Challenge is hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. The goal of the Mount TBR Challenge is to reduce the number of books on your TBR pile (or mountain). Note that only books purchased prior to 1st January 2018 will count for the challenge. Over the years, I have accumulated fiction and non-fiction books. I counted those books in 2017 and discovered that I had around 200 unread

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BOOK REVIEW: Star Witch by Helen Harper

Star Witch is the second book in Helen Harper’s The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic series. Still confused and missing her ex-partner Raphael Winter, when the Order asks her to travel to the Scottish Highlands with him and spy on her favourite TV show, Enchantment, Ivy jumps at the chance. Excellent Character Development & World Building This book continued to build on the Lazy Girl world of Magic and their

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BOOK REVIEW: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Grave Visions is the fourth book in the Alex Craft urban fantasy series. Originally published in 2010, I discovered this series in September 2016 and knew straight away that I would love it. Recap If you haven’t heard of Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft series then here’s a quick recap: Alex Craft is a private investigator and consultant for the police with a twist: she can speak to the dead. Not

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BOOK REVIEW: The Gift by Nikki Landis

There were moments in ‘The Gift’ that just swept me up. Similarly, there were moments of implausibility that ripped me out of the story. I found the concept of ‘The Gift’ fascinating. A woman who sees and interacts with souls and has always understood how the world operates. It’s not an entirely brand new idea. A woman who interacts with ghosts. I started reading this book with the likes of

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BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Neil Gaiman

The Art of Neil Gaiman is a biography charting Neil Gaiman’s conquests, from that failed Duran Duran biography to his work with Terry Pratchett and beyond. It looks at some of the relationships, partnerships and chance encounters that contributed to creating the literary genius we know today.  It’s no secret to those who know me that Neil Gaiman has played a massive role in my writing journey. His work has

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Book Adaptations: How To Cope With Adaptations

As avid readers know, book adaptations spark a myriad of emotions, from joy to excitement and from mild annoyance to outright anger. My mother recently became hooked on Outlander by binge-watching season 1 and 2 back to back – probably over a weekend. She was and still is, so obsessed with the series that she started reading the books while she waited for season 3. My mother doesn’t read. Ever.

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Cycles: A Short Story

Cycles: A Short Story by Christina Bevan She stumbled. The scene surrounding her came as a shock. She hadn’t expected this difficulty. And the unnerving stares of the people around her caused panic. In particular, the stares of a blonde, young woman sitting outside a riverfront café by the Seine. She could not help, with her mind in such a frenzy, wondering what the woman’s intense gaze meant. Her actions

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Getting Over Writer Burn Out

My last blog post was about refocusing my plans for a book I had started in 2010 called The Return of Pandora. I rather ambitiously decided that I was going to try and recreate Nanowrimo in February and write 70,000 words in 20 days. Yeah… that didn’t go to plan. By the end of February, I had written four chapters, around 7,000 words. I know I didn’t feel like a failure,

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