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This is a library appreciation post

The library reopened this week! It had been closed since the end of October, not even available for Click and Collect, or to drop off finished books. Our COVID numbers have been really high all winter, and of course I entirely understand the need for everyone to stay safe. I can live without if it means my librarians stay safe. But on Monday, at 1pm (the official opening time) I was in the queue for the library, along with quite a number of people, actually. Moms with kids, grandmas and grandpas, young people like me, … Continue reading This is a library appreciation post

Review: A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine

So first of all, I didn’t really intend to go on hiatus. But over the last two weeks, I finished my dissertation and then I just kind of crashed. But I’m now free from university and will be able to read a lot more! So hopefully this is one in a long line of future reviews! I’d been meaning to read this one for like, forever (I feel like I say this for every review but it’s TRUE!), or at least since it came to my attention by winning the Hugos last year. But I … Continue reading Review: A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine

April highlights and a bit of a chat

April was another busy month, I’m finishing up my psych degree at the moment so there were loads of assignments and exams to prepare for, on top of full time work. This left very little time for reading, but I still kept on track with my goals. I’m still planning to read 75 books this year, and hoping to increase this to 100 depending on how the summer goes. With things wrapping up, and work being slow, I’m also hoping to get a lot more reading in the coming months. I’ve scored a few ARCs … Continue reading April highlights and a bit of a chat

Review: The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman

I was certain I’d talked about this book and its series before but apparently I didn’t! The library audiobook app only had book 6, but I thought the cover was absolutely amazing, so I got the first few volumes from the, well, library actually! But in physical form. And then bought the next few. I needed a cozy read so I’ve just started book 4, and I thought it’d be a good time to tell you all about this fun series! The Story Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be … Continue reading Review: The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman

Review: The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang

I’m late posting this Friday’s review, because I really wanted to finish this book, so I didn’t allow myself to read anything else. I swear this book has been in the background of every picture taken in my apartment throughout lockdown… I’ve had it since October at least (last time the libraries were open) and I procrastinated because 1) It’s massive and 2) I knew I’d be in for a lot of pain and, well, a lot’s been going on that made it so I was not in the mood for that kind of reading. … Continue reading Review: The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang

Review: Clocktaur War series, by T. Kingfisher

I keep wanting to read Ursula Vernon / T. Kingfisher books. Some have been on my to-do list for years and years, but they’re just not that easy to get your hands on, on this side of the Atlantic anyway. So when I found this on Scribd I just went with it. It’s a duology, with the first one a lot shorter than the second, but it just read very quick overall. The Story A paladin, an assassin, a forger, and a scholar ride out of town. It’s not the start of a joke, but … Continue reading Review: Clocktaur War series, by T. Kingfisher

ARC review: Luckmonkey, by Alysia Constantine

So I got this ARC a while back, then sh*t hit the fan for me in my personal life and I didn’t get to it before it was long published… then struggled through the first half, if I’m being honest. It did pique my interest though, so I stayed with it and eventually ended up quite enjoying it! The story By day, Luckmonkey is a struggling punk band playing in record stores and taco joints; by night, its members are anti-capitalist agitators, breaking into homes and businesses, each time stealing one possession and leaving something … Continue reading ARC review: Luckmonkey, by Alysia Constantine

Trying out r/Fantasy 2021 bingo (but make it SFF)

I’m not on Reddit (I only follow AITA and r/relationship on twitter and give my ruthless opinion) but I’ve spotted this bingo (also on Twitter) and I’ve decided to give it a try. To give a bit of contest, it’s held each year on r/Fantasy and runs from 1st April to 31st March. Now, I’ve still got a lot on my plate this month so I might only start seriously from next month on, unless some of my current reads qualify. But overall, thinking about what I normally read, and what’s on my ever-expanding TBR, … Continue reading Trying out r/Fantasy 2021 bingo (but make it SFF)

Review: Yellow Jessamine, by Caitlin Starling

Ya so like I said, it’s novellas and shorter books for me for a while yet. Which is good, because it’s gotten me to read (or rather, listen to) this one that’s been on my list since it came out. The Story Powerful shipping magnate Evelyn Perdanu lives a tight, contained life, holding herself at a distance from all who would get close to her. Her family is dead, her country is dying, and when something foul comes to the city of Delphinium, the brittle, perilous existence she’s built for herself is strained to breaking. … Continue reading Review: Yellow Jessamine, by Caitlin Starling

ARC Review: Local Star, by Aimee Ogden

I originally planned to post this on F/F friday (I was somehow convinced it came out on the 9th, too, which would have been perfect!) but as it is out TODAY I thought it would be just so much better to talk about it now! The Story Local Star is a polyamorous space opera with a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that’s sure to punch you in the feels. It follows guttergirl Triz as she saves her hub from invaders from the Cyberbionautic Alliance, all the while negotiating her rekindled romance with Kalo, her ex who’s returned … Continue reading ARC Review: Local Star, by Aimee Ogden

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