Tag archives for introduction

Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2014: Introduction

2014We’re almost into the second half of 2014, which means it’s once again time for a series of anticipated books, this time those for July to December 2014. In the next twelve days I’ll be posting lists of my anticipated books, culminating in my most anticipated reads for the second half of 2014. I’ve chosen to just list the books alphabetically by author per month and divided over several genre categories. YA and MG have their own posts with all the genres mixed together, but they deserved a spot of their own. Fantasy and historical fiction had so many titles that caught my eye, they each get two posts, and YA even gets three.  Continue reading »

By Published Posted in article | Leave a comment

Anticipated Books (Winter-Spring) 2014: Introduction

2014December 13th (a Friday no less) and 2013 is drawing to a close far too quickly for my liking. And as every year I’ll be wrapping up the year with my anticipated books posts for the first half of the coming year and with my favourite books for 2013. In the coming two-and-a-half weeks I’ll be posting lists of my anticipated books, culminating in my most anticipated reads for the first half of 2014. I’ve chosen to just list the books alphabetically by author per month and divided over several genre categories. YA and MG have their own posts with all the genres mixed together, but they deserved a spot of their own. Fantasy, historical fiction, and YA had so many titles that caught my eye, they each get two posts.  Continue reading »

By Published Posted in article | 4 Comments

A Week of Pandemonium

pandamonium-coming soon - bigCome one, come all, be welcome to a week of Pandemonium! This week will be a themed week here on the blog. This week the blog will be about all things Jurassic London and Pandemonium series. When I received a review copy for The Lowest Heaven, I noticed I had a few other Pandemonium titles waiting around to be read and reviewed, so I thought why not make a week out of it. And today it begins, today pandemonium breaks loose at A Fantastical Librarian.

What can you expect to see this week? Later today, I’ll be back with a review for last fall’s release A Town Called Pandemonium. Tomorrow I’ll have a Quick ‘n Dirty review of the chapbook Fire. On Wednesday we’re joined by Mr Jurassic himself, Jared Shurin, for an interview. Thursday will see another Quick ‘n dirty review, this time of the chapbook that accompanies A Town Called Pandemonium, 1853. And on Friday, we close out the week with Jurassic’s latest release The Lowest Heaven.

So gather round and be welcome to Pandemonium!

By Published Posted in article | 1 Comment

Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2013: Introduction

2013It’s Midsummer Eve which means it’s time for my anticipated books posts for the second half of 2013. In the coming two-and-a-half weeks I’ll be posting lists of my anticipated books on the days I don’t have a review to post, culminating in my most anticipated reads for the second half of the year. I’ve chosen to just list the books alphabetically by author per month and divided over several genre categories. YA has its own posts with all the genres mixed together, but they deserved a spot of their own. And this time around I also added a list of MG books. Fantasy, historical fiction, and YA had so many titles that caught my eye, they each get two posts.  Continue reading »

By Published Posted in article | Leave a comment

Anticipated Books (Winter/Spring) 2013: Introduction

2013It’s become an A Fantastical Librarian tradition that every six months I post my Anticipated Books for the next half year. (Oh hush, I’ve done it twice, that counts as tradition!) As it’s the middle of December, Christmas is coming and the New Year almost upon us, it’s time to be anticipatory once again, before we turn our attention to wrapping up the year after Christmas.

These lists are by no means exhaustive, as I wasn’t able to find any information for some publishers and I’m sure I’ve forgotten to check some others. At the same time, I’m certain I won’t be reading all of the books on the lists, because a) there’s no way I can afford to buy them all and b) even if I could, I’d never have enough time to read them all. Still, I wanted to put these books in the spotlights and draw some attention to them. Even if I won’t manage to read all of them, maybe seeing them here will alert others to them and get them interested. That’s why I named the posts Anticipated Books, as I don’t know which ones I’ll be able to read.

I’ve chosen to just list the books alphabetically by author per month and divided over several genre categories. YA has its own posts with all the genres mixed together, but they deserved a spot of their own. After I’ve posted all my Anticipated Books posts, I’ll post my most Anticipated Reads, consisting of the fifteen books I’m most excited by and which I’ll try my best to get my hands on and why.

Hopefully you’ll spot something on the list that you’ll enjoy and would have missed otherwise!

By Published Posted in article | 7 Comments

Anticipated Books (Summer/Fall) 2012: Introduction

Late last year I posted my Anticipated Books for the first half of the year. Over the next few days I’ll be posting list of the books that caught my eye for the second half of 2012. These lists are by no means exhaustive, as I wasn’t able to find any information for some publishers and I’m sure I’ve forgotten to check some others. At the same time, I’m certain I won’t be reading all of the books on the lists, because a) there’s no way I can afford to buy them all and b) even if I could, I’d never have enough time to read them all. Still, I wanted to put these books in the spotlights and draw some attention to them. Even if I won’t manage to read all of them, maybe seeing them here will alert others to them and get them interested. That’s why I named the posts Anticipated Books, as I don’t know which ones I’ll be able to read.

I’ve chosen to just list the books alphabetically by author per month and divided over several genre categories. YA has its own post with all the genres mixed together, but they deserved a spot of their own. After I’ve posted all my Anticipated Books posts, I’ll post my most Anticipated Reads, consisting of the fifteen books I’m most excited by and which I’ll try my best to get my hands on and why.

Hopefully you’ll spot something on the list that you’ll enjoy and would have missed otherwise!

By Published Posted in article | 8 Comments

Blogger Query – An Introduction

After Cat was born, I realised that once I go back to work, there was no way I’d be able to keep up my reviewing pace, because I wouldn’t be able to read three books a week anymore; to be honest I’m struggling to do so now and I’m still at home all day. So I decided I needed to think up something new for my blog, because I do want to keep to a three posts per week schedule, and I started racking my brain for ideas. Which is when I remembered Mark Lawrence’s Turning the Tables posts. These were interviews he did with book reviewers who had interviewed him. I really enjoyed those posts as they gave me an opportunity to learn more about some of the bloggers I follow and admire.

And thus Blogger Query was born. I decided that I’d interview the bloggers I follow and ask them about blogging and reviewing. After working on the idea for a bit – thanks to Stefan of Civilian Reader for letting me bounce questions off him and for some much needed advice – I felt it was something I could do and from next week, I’ll be posting an interview every Wednesday. We kick off with Stefan from Civilian Reader, both because I really admire his interviews and because he was kind enough to help me crystallise my ideas for this new feature.

I’ve been having a great time getting the interviews together and I’ve already had some very interesting answers. I hope you’ll find the interviews as interesting as I did. Please join me on Wednesday for the first one!

By Published Posted in article | Leave a comment

Way Beyond Retro – An Introduction

Earlier this week I read this post by Mark Charan Newton. It sparked some interesting discussion in the comments section and also some introspection in the blogosphere. Ria from Tea and Tomes wrote a very interesting response, while both Amanda from Floor to Ceiling Books and Jeff C from a Genre Reader decided to do new things after reading Mark’s post.

Of course it got me thinking too. In commenting on Amanda’s post I said the following:

…I think I’m good RE: Mark’s blog post, mostly because like Tea, I’m a new blogger and don’t get any ARC’s or review copies and only get to buy new books once every so often. Fortunately I have about 60 book on my TBR-pile including a lot of really old books (18th century English novels, don’t ask, bought them for my MA thesis, which I never finished, and still need to read them) and several English lit classics and other books I should have read for courses at uni but never did. So that might make for some interesting reviews lmao might do a series on speculative themes/aspects in those non-genre oldies!…

After taking a closer look at my TBR-pile, I noticed that it was about half SFF and half non-SFF. The SFF part is a mix of shiny new books and older books for which I wanted to re-read the prior books and never got round to it. But in the long run, I’m pretty sure these will be read. The non-SFF books are a mixture of books I bought for classes at university and for my MA and never got around to reading and/or finishing, old books I got from my mother when she was getting rid of them and non-genre books I bought, but never got around to reading. I always planned to read all of them. In fact, a few years ago I had a phase where I told myself I had to read all the books on my shelves, before being allowed to buy new ones. I got a long, long way and then failed on the last 30-odd books. Those are the ones left on the non-sff list.

After thinking it over and letting the idea simmer for a bit, I finally decided that I’m going to do a semi-regular feature called Way Beyond Retro. In this feature I’m going to read these books, which may otherwise stay unread in favour of my shiny new books or SFF books. I will try with each to either link them to the speculative, or in cases where that is just not possible, to see why they should be read today. For the non-fiction works on there, the (auto) biographies and history works, it’ll just be regular reviews, since for now I can’t think of anything else to do with them. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

For those of you who checked out both the TBR-shelf and the WBR-shelf; yes, I realise that the Alistair MacLean books aren’t covered, but I might one day just do a theme week or something with those.

So there you go, that’s my new feature. I’m starting my first book planned for this today, so look for the first post in this series somewhere in the following week. What do you think? Are you interested or do you think I should just stick to the SFF books?

By Published Posted in article | 6 Comments

Testing A, B, C…

Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m not sure where to start, but let’s start with the obvious; why A Fantastical Librarian?

Well that one is easy, I’m a librarian (or more specifically an information specialist) and I love the fantastical. When I was 14 I fell in love with the fantasy genre and I’ve been reading ever since. I’ve since learned to appreciate SF and a bit of horror too. A dash of crime, a splash of chick lit and a big dollop of historical fiction find its way on to the reading pile too, but mainly it’s been fantasy all the way.

During the early stages of my pregnancy I was nauseous 24/7 and so my other hobby (tagging graphics in PSP) went in to the cooler since I couldn’t sit behind the pc for more than 5 minutes (especially after having spent 8 hours behind a monitor at work), thus I turned my hand to finally reading all those books in my bookcases I hadn’t read yet. At the time they numbered around a hundred. For some reason that pile still numbers about 64 books and I did read around 96 books since July 2009… isn’t it strange how that works? But at least it jumpstarted my reading again.

Anyway, in January of this year I started to re-read G.R.R.M.’s A Sword of Ice and Fire series and wondering whether book 5 was on the horizon yet, I started googling for info. Through this search I landed on several book blogs. I started reading those and I was hooked. What fun! Here were people who got it, they got the love of reading and more importantly they got the lure of the fantastic and SF. And what was even better they had these great recommendations on what was currently out there and had to be read. (Seeing the clues as to why my reading pile is still huge?) I love reading the blogs and it made my reading experience so much richer, especially once I started not just to read but to interact as well, mostly via Twitter, but commenting on the blogs too. But I never thought I’d actually start my own blog, mostly because I know I’m really bad at keeping up a diary, so how would I be able to keep up a blog?

Cue my new job. Last Monday I started my new job as an information specialist at Leiden University Libraries. As part of my tasks, I was assigned (or rather I volunteered) to do the up-keep of the Leiden2.0 course. Having never followed it, I decided I’d better, since if I have to be able to explain it to people, I’d better know what’s in it right? Right. So I started. And lo and behold lesson two was start a blog. Start a blog? Well, if I’m going to start a blog I’d better do something useful with it and thus was born A Fantastical Librarian.

So here we are. What will you be able to find here? Mostly posts about the books I read. Will they always be shiny new books? Probably not, since I have this backlog called my TBR-pile. After I read the books I’ve bought recently, I’ll be going back to those books that have been waiting to be read, sometimes for years. There will even be some English classics, which I bought when I was writing my (never finished) M.A. thesis. And there might even be some librarian-ish posts, if I find that there is something interesting I want to share.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure; I hope I’ll make it interesting for you!

zv7qrnb
By Published Posted in article | 1 Comment
  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Tags

  • A Fantastical Librarian in your inbox!

Swedish Greys - a WordPress theme from Nordic Themepark.