Month: January 2019

A Fantasy February

I decided after Christmas I would like to do a couple of genre-themed months this year. Just to mix it up a little and have some fun, well, hopefully. I chose to read fantasy for February, especially as I want to read Katherine Arden’s THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE. I mean, what could be more perfect than reading fantasy during the dark, cold depths of winter? I’m having a long hard think about what books to choose, and don’t want to commit myself to a certain number, but do want to make a list of potential reads, you know, because. Who doesn’t love making lists, right? So I’m thinking of reading: THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE — Katherine Arden SCYTHE — Neal Shusterman THE KINGDOM OF COPPER — S.A. Chakraborty THE BLACK KHAN — Ausma Zehanat Khan EMPIRE OF SAND — Tasha Suri What do you think, will five keep me out of mischief for the whole of February, or should I add a couple more titles? I’m thinking maybe I need another five books. …

Inside The Mind Of An Opinionated Woman — The Book Blogger Insider Tag

I hope you have your coffee and are sitting comfortably, because Norrie over at Reading Under The Blankie tagged me with a new set of Q&As to answer. So if you’re ready, let’s dive in … Where do you typically write your posts? Usually in the bedroom but, I must add, not while in the bed, or during rompy pompy, okay? I have a small corner of the room with a desk. How long does it generally take you to write a book review? Anywhere between an hour and a couple of days. When did you start your book blog? I’ve been blogging—and online—for a long time, but it wasn’t till 2017 that I started this blog, using my own name, and concentrated on doing book reviews. I think my first post was a review of MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY [2/10] on January 14, 2017. What is the worse thing about having a book blog, in your opinion? Eh, nothing … not really. In my opinion! What is the best thing about having a book blog, in …

Book Review: THE CALCULATING STARS

DETAILS Title: THE CALCULATING STARS [Lady Astronaut #1] Author: Mary Robinette Kowal Publisher: TOR Books ISBN: 9780765378385 Genre: SF | Alt History BACK COVER BLURB On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the East coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too. Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held …

Top 5 Books That Need To Be A Movie

The topic of this week’s Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm is, Books That Need To Be A Movie. I know I’ve seen lots of movies and, because of them, have gone on to read the book. But, occasionally, we also read a book that we would love to see up on the silver screen, and even start imagining who we’d like to see play the MCs. I’ve read a few books lately that I think would make great TV shows, especially Steve Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series, and, of course, Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache books. Then there’s, Steph Braodribb’s Lori Anderson series, which would also make a great series on the small screen. But books into movies? Hmm … Making my top 5, I would choose: #1. THE RECKONING by James McGee — This is the kind of period drama that the BBC does well. Rabble-rousing fist fights in seedy dark corners of 1813 London. There’s period costume, spies, murder, oh, and did I mention it’s set during the Napoleonic …

First Impressions Friday Monday: THE CALCULATING STARS

Yes, yes I know, it’s Monday, but in my defence, I only started reading this novel Saturday evening. So here I am, offering up my First Impressions … on a Monday! “On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too. Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong …