Weekly Roundup

Posted September 21, 2019 by Nicky in General / 10 Comments

Good morning, guys! Happy Saturday! Here’s the roundup from the blog this week…


Cover of The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis Cover of The Family Gene by Joselin Linder Cover of The Uninhabitable Earth of David Wallace-Wells

Read this week:

Cover of Secrets of the Human Body by Xand and Chris Van Tulleken Cover of Conan Doyle for the Defence by Margalit Fox The Reluctant Widow Cover of The Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien

Cover of Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles Cover of Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis Cover of Desdemona and the Deep by C.S.E. Cooney

The Fellowship of the Ring was actually the radioplay, but I haven’t uploaded the cover for that yet!

Reviewed this week:

The Body in the Dumb River, by George Bellairs. A competent mystery; hardly transcendent, but entertaining if you’re looking for a Golden Age crime fiction. 3/5 stars
The King in the North, by Max Adams. Very readable, and from all my knowledge, as solid as a biography of a medieval saint can be. 4/5 stars
Spectred Isle, by K.J. Charles. A lovely queer romance, as ever; I loved Saul quite a bit. I want more in this world! 4/5 stars
Thornbound, by Stephanie Burgis. Very enjoyable, though I have some reservations about the worldbuilding. 3/5 stars
Desdemona and the Deep, by C.S.E. Cooney. Misgenders a key character for the first half, kind of meh standard fairytale. 2/5 stars

Other posts:

Discussion: Putting the Joy Back Into It. My thoughts on where my love for reading has gone, and how I’m going to try and fix it.

Out and about:

NEAT science: ‘Scared right down to your bones.‘ Links about your skeleton being involved in the fear response have been flying round the interwebs, so I had a pick through the evidence and what it might mean.

That’s it for this week! Have you picked up anything good this week? Any exciting bookish adventures ahead?

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10 responses to “Weekly Roundup

  1. Ah, so Thornbound still has the same world building issues as Snowspelled then? I love the fluff, but that feeling of wishing it was just a little bit more substantial… Have you tried Lord of Stariel? It’s quite similar in many ways (fae, regencyish, romance-ish, tough cookie female MC who’s all “pooh to societal norms!”), and personally while I still don’t think it’s perfection it’s more… rounded?

    Good luck with the new reading/blogging ideas. Like you I preferred just sticking reviews on GR as soon as you finish a book because it’s still fresh in your mind. That feeling of keeping score with have read/TBR… Knowing that mood. The problem is when there’s so much to pick from, it gets even harder to pick *and* you feel obliged to read asap whether you enjoy the experience or not… If there’s a way of getting out of that feeling it’d be nice.

    As to bookish adventures, I need to pick one today. The physical copies are looking at me accusingly, but my ebook collection has been waiting so long as well…
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    • Yeah, pretty much! And ooh, that’s on Kindle Unlimited… Perhaps that shall be my next read. 😀

      I’m thinking of jettisoning all my lists into the sun so I just don’t really have a feel anymore for how many books are hanging around unread. I feel like the way to get out of the feeling is… probably not to have 1200 books lying around unread (not all physical, I hasten to add), but the way to force myself to get to that place is through a lot of crankiness about not feeling like reading. So… no. I refuse this game. I shall simply enjoy books, and buy books I will enjoy, and when I feel like reading them I shall read them, and if they sit around too long and I’ve lost interest, I will send them to the charity shop without regrets.

      (In theory, anyway.)

      All the books are waiting for you! I totally advocate just picking something you feel like. 😀
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        • Yeah, I’ve dropped a lot of my ARC requesting/agreements to review.

          I used to give my finished/unwanted books to the community library, because as their book acquirer I knew their budget for new books (less than £30 a year). Sadly, they’re too far away now, or they’d have increased their book collection quite a bit by now. 😀

  2. I seem to feel alert for a couple of days then I’m so tired I can barely move for the next few! It doesn’t lend itself to anything productive or help me plan what to do next! I’m so far behind on stuff but trying to be more chilled about everything! I need to deal with the book I’m struggling through and either finish or abandon it tonight!

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