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Freeing Hostage: even series are hybrid these days

manijabrownsmith-strangerLast year I read and reviewed the wonderful Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. Now this is a book with history. In September of 2011 Brown and Smith opened up about their experiences trying to get an agent to represent them to sell the book that became Stranger. One agent expressed interest in taking the book on, provided they would either turn their gay main character straight or lose his point of view and any reference to his sexual orientation. This sparked a lot of discussion and gave rise to #YesGayYA. Stranger was eventually picked up by Viking in 2012 and was finally released last November. After the groundswell of support in 2011, I would have expected far more of a splash on publication, yet when it finally arrived, it did so relatively silently.  Continue reading »

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In the news: Cover for Joshua Winning’s Ruins

joshuawinningOne review copy that has been languishing on my digital to read shelf for way too long is Joshua Winning’s Sentinel. One of the reasons I was drawn to accept a review copy of Sentinel was its cover. I love the style of it. And add in the promise of underground societies, evil forces, and a teen trying to figure it all out and I was sold.   Continue reading »

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Kellerman Reread: An Introduction

jonathankellermanJonathan Kellerman has been publishing books for over three decades. He is best known for his crime series featuring Dr Alex Delaware. Delaware is a child psychologist who is drawn into consulting for the LAPD due to his friendship with Detective Milo Sturgis. Delaware’s chosen profession is one that Kellerman is very familiar with as he himself is also a child psychologist and still holds a chair as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology. The Alex Delaware series is long-running: the first one came out in 1985 – when I was six, people! – and the thirtieth, Motive, will be out later this year. Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – December and January

RecapsSo I’m a bit recapped out after the past month, so I’m going to keep this short. December was a manic month on the blog. As the overview below shows. I’m super glad that I got to catch up on my reviews backlog, so I’m once again reading and reviewing in tandem, instead of taking a bit to write them up. December was an all around good month and I had a lovely Christmas break, but I’m also glad to get back into the usual groove of things. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened on the blog last month.  Continue reading »

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Upfronts 2015: Bookish Resolutions

2015Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 will be filled with happiness, joy, and good books. As every year, resolutions will be made, even though many of them won’t last beyond next Monday, and I’m once more setting my own bloggy resolutions. Last year I did okay, but I’m hoping to achieve more of my goals this year. To keep me honest, I’m also posting them here, so you guys can kick me in the behind if I fail dramatically. So take a look at my bookish resolutions for 2015.  Continue reading »

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Recap 2014

2014We made it! It’s time for my 2014-in-review post in which I evaluate how I did on my bookish resolutions and touch upon some of the highlights of my blogging year. I’d kept my resolutions relatively easy, as I wanted to make sure I’d be able to keep them and not get stressed about them. So what exactly were my bookish resolutions this year?

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Favourite Books 2014

2014To round out my Favourite of 2014 posts, today I’m bringing you my Favourite 2014 Books, with books that were published in 2014, but weren’t a debut novel. With the amount of books I’ve read this past year getting them down to ten was tricky, as it usually is, but I did it. So without further ado, my top ten favourite 2014 books.

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Favourite Debuts 2014

2014Yesterday I gave you my top ten books I read in 2014, but which were published prior to that. Today I’m posting my top ten 2014 debuts. Debut novels are always exciting as you’re not only discovering a new world but a new writer as well and any writer you read might be your next favourite writer. This year I collected several new must-read authors. So without further ado my favourite 2014 debuts!

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Favourite Reads 2014

2014Welcome to the my Favourite 2014 Reads post. Since I read over 145 books this year and about a quarter of those weren’t from 2014, as in previous years I’ve split my lists in a Favourite 2014 Reads section, which looks at the books published before 2014, a Favourite Debuts 2014, as I’ve again read a fair number of those this year, and a Favourite Books 2014 post, which looks at the top ten non-debut books published this year.

Like last year, I discovered a ton of new authors to love and there were some awesome sequels in series I’d already been following. This year there are more ‘new to me’- authors on this list than familiar ones again, which means I’m not just reading great sequels but discovering new authors with a backlist as well. It’s also an interesting mix of genres ranging from SFF to historical fiction and crime. Let’s see what made the cut for my favourite 2014 Reads.   Continue reading »

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The Bookish Babies 2014

2014Last year I decided to keep the Bookish Babies to a yearly post for the time being, as more posts per year would only get repetitive. So a year after The recap Babies 2013, here’s the update for 2014. They’re still growing like weeds and doing very well. They’ve both changed loads in the course of a year, unsurprisingly of course, yet they still manage to surprise me with the things they’ve learned and the funny things they say and do.   Continue reading »

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