Books

Kindred

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.

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The Taming of the Queen

Why would a woman marry a serial killer?

Because she cannot refuse…

Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives – King Henry VIII – commands her to marry him.

Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn’s trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as regent.

But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and a published author, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry’s dangerous gaze turns on her.The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy – the punishment is death by fire and the king’s name is on the warrant…

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#DiversityBingo Update

This is my first update post, mostly to just remind myself that I am trying to fill out all thirty six squares on this bingo. I’m taking part in #Diverseathon this January and that is going well-ish. I’ve finished one book and started the second so there’s that.

In January, I read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler and Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath. Venom and Vanilla by Shannon Mayer also had some bisexual/pansexual side characters in it but no labels were used and it wasn’t any of the main characters so it won’t be included on this.

Rejected Princesses – Diverse Non-Fiction. Short passages on women around the world who don’t quite fit into the Disney Princess ideal but are still awesome and terrifying. A very enjoyable book.

Kindred – MC of Colour in SFF/Black MC (Own Voices)/POC on the Cover. This book could fit any of these categories so as I read on, I’ll decide which one it fits in best. For the moment, I’ll go with Black MC (Own Voices). 

If I finish Twelve Years a Slave for #Diverseathon then that’ll be Diverse Non-Fiction as well. If I finish Tale of Genji (all 700 pages of it), then I’ll put that as West Asian Setting and it’ll be in my February update.

I found a great post for #DiverseBingo which includes list of recommendations. Here ohbookish gives a list of recs for the first line of the Bingo card. I’m definitely going to be checking some of them out.

Books

Diverseathon

So stress over my visa meant I wasn’t feeling up to reading or doing blog posts or writing. It wasn’t fun, so now I’m getting back into the swing of things with a readathon! I saw this from one of the Booktubers I follow, squibblereads (her video here), and it struck me as a good idea.

 

As you can see by the video above, this is a diverse readathon which runs 22nd January-29th January, so Sunday to Sunday. It has no challenges, but you make a concentrated effort to read more diversely. And this month the readathon is focusing on #OwnVoices, which by sheer luck more than anything else, I have in my TBR.  Continue reading “Diverseathon”

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

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The Diabolic

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

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Writing

Writing Update

So my novel that I had to finish for Nanowrimo is still going nowhere. But I’ve decided to change one of my short stories into a novella. It’s a fairytale retelling (because I can’t stop reading them lately and they’re very inspiring) about what would happen if Cinderella was a little more ambitious. I’m ten thousand words in and when I’m a little closer to getting it published, I’ll talk a little more about it. But I’m feeling enthusiastic about it!

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New Year’s Reading and Writing Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Reading

In 2016, I had a good reading year. My Goodreads goal was 25 books because I was trying to get back into the swing of reading again. I read 132 books so it can be safely said that I did well in that goal! For this year, I have made the goal of reading a minimum of 80 books.

Now I will be going abroad for eight months and taking physical books with me will take up room in my bags that could be used for other things. I have 32 books on my shelves which I haven’t read. Three are sequels to books I haven’t read, so they can wait until I come back, which leaves 29 books. I plan to read at least 10 books before I leave on the 23rd January. Then when I come back, I will finish the rest of them off before I buy anymore.

I will be doing the Mount TBR challenge on Goodreads (a challenge where you try and get through your unread TBR list, both physical books and e-books). The rule is that you can move up mountains but you can’t go down, so I’m going to start low and say I’ll start on Mount Blanc. 

I also want to read more diversely. I liked the look of the Diverse December Bingo and ohbookish did a post about a yearly Diversity Bingo 2017 and I would like to try to read one book from every square.

I have rediscovered my local library. I won’t be able to use it when I’m abroad but when I’m here in the UK, I want to use it as much as possible. Show my support! I will aim to take 20 books out of the library.

  1. Read minimum of 80 books
  2. Read 10 physical books I already own.
  3. Read 24 books that I already own.
  4. Read a book for every square on the Diversity Bingo 2017.
  5. Read 20 library books.

 

Writing

So I’ve been both successful and unsuccessful on my writing goals this year. I haven’t got a book any closer to publishing, but on the other hand I’ve won Camp Nanowrimo and Nanowrimo all the times I’ve done it. I have been far more frequent in my blog posts, especially now I’m watching Booktube and seeing all the reading challenges going on.

I would like to continue with the frequency of blog posts so I’m going to try and post one book review a week and one discussion post a week. 

On my personal writing front, I’ve got a novella in the works which I’m hoping to get done by the end of January and sent off to my beta readers by then. And I would like to finish the Dragon Keepers trilogy and get the first one at least ready to publish by the end of the year. Basically a book published at the end of the year. 

I see all these great blog posts on wordpress but I never know what to say, or think that no one really cares what I say. However I know how much I like getting comments, so my goal will be to comment at least once a week on someone’s else blog post.

  1. One book review a week
  2. One discussion post a week
  3. One book published (on Amazon) at the end of the year
  4. Comment on someone else’s blog at least once a week.

 

And to top everything off, I’ll do a monthly update about all these goals. It will help to make sure I don’t forget about this goals and will bring my mind constantly back to them.

 

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Holiday Booktubeathon Wrap Up

This was a quick little readathon that I didn’t do as well on as I could have, partly because I was ill but partly because I was torn between how many things I had to get done by the end of the year and then getting none of them done because I couldn’t decide what to work on.

I finished The Games which was a near-future thriller with Frankenstein’s monster outsmarting his creators. And then killing loads of people. It wasn’t a deep thinking kind of book, the characters weren’t terribly well-developed and the whole subplot with Pea didn’t seem to fit very well with the rest of the plot. However I read this book in one sitting because it was fast-paced and action-packed. If you’re looking for a quick book that doesn’t require much thought, then this is definitely the right book.

I read part of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition). I know the story already but I was re-reading it now I got both Illustrated Editions for Christmas. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and I am so glad they decided to produce these copies. Really, really nice.

I’m halfway through The Final Empire and I am really loving it so far. It’s more of a heist book than I thought but the world-building and the magic system is just brilliant and I really like the characters so far. I need to finish this so I can return it to the library on Tuesday but that shouldn’t be a problem. I’m very glad I picked this book up!

During this readathon, I read a lot of other books on my Kindle. Quick books that didn’t require much thought but did take up my time I could have spent reading the books for this readathon. However it was an enjoyable few days nonetheless and I’m glad I took part!