Monday, 17 April 2017

March in Books

This post is a little later than planned, so you haven't read the title wrong. It really is April 17th, or day 17 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. If you're taking part in A to Z this year, how's it going?

Here's what I read in March:

I found This Book Is Full Of Spiders while in my local Waterstones. It's the sequel to John Dies at the End, but can easily be read as a standalone. What drew me to the book, apart from the spiders, was the funny blurb and introduction - I needed a good laugh. The book delivered. I'm guessing this is the type of book you'll either love or hate because of the spiders. I've no fear of them, so this was a fun read for me.

Empress of a Thousand Skies was another Fairy Loot read. My favourite genre, and a quick read. Don't be fooled by the quick read comment; the universe and cast of characters Belleza created was vast and impressive. The author's tight prose and clean style made it a joy to read. I'm guessing book two won't arrive until 2018, which will be a long wait.

I read two books by Frank Tayell during March - London: Surviving the Evacuation Book One and Zombies Vs The Living Dead (An Evacuation Story). I discovered Tayell in 2015, when I read Work. Rest. Repeat. I was so impressed, I added him to my TBR list. After my severe lack of reading in 2016, I promised myself I'd read his zombie series in 2017. After reading book one (I've since read book two), I could quite happily read all nine books back to back. It's been a long time since I've read a story told through a diary format. It's also been a long time since a story's twists and turns genuinely surprised me with their originality, especially so in book two. I do, however, have a lot of books waiting to be read. The readers dilemma. One a month?

Finally, book seven of M. Pax's The Backworlds series arrived. Like the first six books in her superb space opera series, Freefall delivered in every way. When you're seven books into a series, there's a certain amount of fondness for the characters and the worlds they inhabit. You've also invested a lot of time and energy, so each book is opened up with some trepidation (or turning on the ebook reader in this case). As always, Pax did not disappoint. You know the way favourite television series surpass their fictional roots and the characters become real people to those watching? The Backworlds does that for me. Now begins the wait for book eight.

I ended March with 23% of my yearly target completed.

What books did you read in March?

Thursday, 6 April 2017

IWSG: Running Up That Hill & Goodreads Book Group

Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG's purpose is to share and encourage. A place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. 

The awesome co-hosts for this month's post are Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey. Please drop by and thank them.

Lately, it feels like I'm always running to catch up and never quite getting to my destination. Hence why my IWSG post is a day late, again. My life is packed full with work, family, friends, and a myriad of non-writing jobs that need doing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I love my life. But my writing constantly comes way down the priority list. My other half keeps telling me I can take all the time I need, but that wouldn't feel right if he's left to do most of the housework, gardening, and so on. He's promised me a summer house, but that will involve clearing a large part of the garden and he'll need help. Can I really leave him to do it all? It doesn't seem right.

What I love about these IWSG posts is that writing down my insecurities is in and of itself cathartic. It's like keeping a diary, which I don't. Maybe I should, because writing down what's bothering me helps to put things into perspective. It was only a few days ago that my other half told me he's looking forward to sunny days, with him gardening and me sat at the garden table writing. He loves gardening. He'd spend all his time doing it if he could. I really should take a leaf out of his book (excuse the pun) and get busy writing.

I'm not answering this month's IWSG question, as it's related to A to Z and it's been a few years since I've taken part. If you're doing A to Z this year, have a wonderful month!

I do, however, want to give a massive shout-out for the IWSG Goodreads Book Club. They'll be reading one book every two months. Follow the link to find out more and join.

That's it for today's post. As always, I love reading your comments.