Recaps and Upfronts – August and September

RecapsSo August was a dismal month blog-wise… The past few months have been hard here at home and they’ve taken their toll a bit, which means that I often had no energy left to concentrate enough to actually write reviews. I have a huge amount of backlogged books to review – as of today there are 15 books on the pile – so I’ve been reading at least.  Read More …

Guest Post: Ria Bridges on the mixed victory of the 2015 Hugos

hugo_rocketLast weekend saw the culmination of months and months of tension and thousands and thousands of words on the Hugos vs Sad Puppies that dominated conversations in the field this past year. But with the defeat of the slates, the Hugos problems are far from over as discussion is once again rampant and people already seem to be gearing up for a repeat next year. When I saw my friend Ria, of Bibliotropic fame, bemoan the fact that they were on a blog hiatus because they had thoughts and opinions on events, I offered to host their post on A Fantastical Librarian. Here are their thoughts.  Read More …

Recaps and Upfronts – July and August

RecapsEven though July was an excellent reading month, it has been a dismal reviewing month. Due to real life catching me out I had a lot of trouble with getting reviews written, posts prepared and interviews and guest posts scheduled. In fact, it was so bad that after the blog’s birthday, I had to take a break so I could make it to my holiday with my sanity intact. Happily, said holiday has now arrived and I’ve managed to remain sane—or at least as sane as I ever am. So let’s just take a look at what I managed to post on the blog and hope I’ll do better next month.  Read More …

Blog Break

keyboardpauseIt feels a bit weird to post this right after the post celebrating A Fantastical Librarian’s 5th birthday, but it kind of just fell out that way. Life has been rather stressful here at Casa Librarian in the past few months and I’m feeling the strain somewhat. Add to that a week of broken nights due to a Noro-virused 5yo and the fact that our cat Mara managed to disappear and I’ve not felt very much like writing up reviews or work up interviews. I’m just that tired and wiped out. Thankfully it is only four more days before my holidays start and I get to rest up and relax for a bit. So with that I’ve decided to take a bit of a break till the end of the month and get through this last week of work without feeling I also have to work on the blog at night.

I just thought I’d give you a heads-up on why the silence in the past week and the coming one. See you next month!

A Fantastical Librarian turns 5!

birthdayHalf a decade… It’s been half a decade since I started A Fantastical Librarian and I can’t believe I’m still here. Who would have thought I’d have so much to say about the books I’ve read? I certainly didn’t! A Fantastical Librarian has been a constant factor in my life through some hectic times, including having my second child, unexpectedly losing my father-in-law, which resulted in an unexpected house move with all the accompanying rigmarole. Having the blog to focus on at times was the best way to set all of the chaos aside.  Read More …

Anticipated Reads (Summer-Autumn) 2015

2015In the past week and a half I’ve brought you my Anticipated Books for Summer/Autumn 2015 and today I bring you the fifteen books I anticipate reading the most in the coming six months. As usual it’s a list of fifteen, as there are just too many good books to choose from and I always have a hard time getting the list down to the more usual ten books. Also as per usual, I’ve excluded many books I’m really looking forward to reading right out of the gate, for example all the new instalments in series I’ve been reading. If I loved the previous book in the series, it’s a good bet I’ll want to read the next one. Some examples of these are Claire McGowan’s The Silent Dead, Edward Cox’s second book The Cathedral of Known Things, Stephanie Saulter’s Regeneration, Rebecca Levene’s The Hunter’s Kind, and the final book in Snorri Kristjansson’s Valhalla series Path of Gods.

So below in alphabetical order by author is my list, with a little explanation of why I really can’t wait to read these books. Do you agree or would you have chosen differently from the lists I posted recently?  Read More …

Anticipated Books (Summer-Autumn) 2015: YA October-December

2015Welcome to the next post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2015. YA books have become a steady part of my reading diet. Some of my favourite authors are writing for this age group and there are just so many great titles out there. Consequently, I’ve had to spread my YA picks over three posts. This is the last one. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Read More …

Anticipated Books (Summer-Autumn) 2015: YA September

2015Welcome to the next post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2015. YA books have become a steady part of my reading diet. Some of my favourite authors are writing for this age group and there are just so many great titles out there. Consequently, I’ve had to spread my YA picks over three posts. September is such a huge month, it got an entire post to itself! For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Read More …

Anticipated Books (Summer-Autumn) 2015: YA July-August

2015Welcome to the next post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2015. YA books have become a permanent part of my reading diet. Some of my favourite authors are writing for this age group and there are just so many great titles out there. Consequently, I’ve had to spread my YA picks over three posts. This is the first one. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Read More …

Anticipated Books (Summer-Autumn) 2015: Middle Grade

2015Welcome to the next post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2015. Today it’s time to look at books for a younger set of readers: middle grade books. I’ve mixed the different genres together for this one, so there should be something for everyone. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Read More …