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Recaps and Upfronts – November and December

RecapsWhen I started writing this recap post, I felt like I had had an abysmal month for the blog, with far too few reviews and only a few books read. And with only five (almost six) books finished, I have read relatively few books, compared to most months. Yet, eight reviews were more than I thought I’d written, but still less than the three a week I’d planned at the start of the year. On the other hand I kind of rebalanced my gender parity ratio, with 6 vs. 2 this month.   Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – October and November

RecapsIt’s November, yet it still feels like early autumn. Even the weather is helping in this regard, Saturday I spent the day running around Amsterdam with Emma and a friend and we didn’t even need to wear our coats. How weird is that? But still, another month has gone by, which means time for another monthly round-up.

I had hoped to catch up on writing my back-logged reviews, but it didn’t exactly work out that way. Regardless, I did manage to write nine reviews, five by female writers, three by male writers and one edited by a female/male duo, so I pulled my parity challenge to myself back in aligment somewhat. I currently have thirteen books waiting to be written up and I’ve decided if I manage to catch up before the end of the year I’ll be happy. I obviously managed to read more books than I thought despite having a really busy month with a week away from home to boot!   Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – September and October

RecapsAnd that’s September over and done with. As predicted it was manic and while there was plenty of reading there was frighteningly little reviewing on the blog, even less than expected as we got a phone call that Emma had finally been accepted to a different school closer to home and we needed to arrange everything for her to transfer in a week. Needless to say, my first reaction was PANIC! And then I worked the phones like a pro and got it all arranged, but the accompanying stress melted my brain, so I didn’t actually manage to write any reviews for about two weeks.   Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – August and September

RecapsAugust was holiday month, as I had the first two weeks off from work. We were supposed to go away for about a week, but due to getting rained out and not coping very well with cramped quarters, we came home after two days. Which was sad, but also meant more reading. We did visit the Arnhem zoo and visited Paleis het Loo, one of the royal palaces, when they had a special Princess day. The girls got to wear princess dresses, make their own crown, and ride in a carriage and had a total blast. But after a rainy two weeks I went back to work and since the school and academic year starts today, everything is back to its usual routine, which is nice in its own way.  Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – July and August

RecapsTo kick off with the blog’s big news for last month: I was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for my work on A Fantastical Librarian! It remains a bit unreal, but needless to say I’m over the moon about it. It was also a perfect early birthday present for the blog, which turned four. I also went off-schedule a bit after deciding early on in the month that I was just going to read what I felt like in the moment this summer instead of following my rigidly structured reading list. Which is both oddly liberating and fear-inducing and I’ve found myself sneakily making mental lists of what to read next. I don’t know whether this should be cause for alarm or not!   Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – June and July

RecapsWe’re officially half way through the year. Half way! Which also means that today is my birthday and that in three weeks I’ll be celebrating A Fantastical Librarian’s 4th birthday. But before we get to July, let’s look back at June. Last month was super busy on the blog with loads of interviews and guest posts and my anticipated books series.I read some amazing books and caught up on the Hodderscape Review Project. I’m currently only one book behind in reading, though I still need to review Speed of Dark, which I’ve read but not reviewed yet. My Gender Parity resolution is still on track, with 38 books by women, 35 by men, and 5 titles either by multiple authors or unknown or non-binary defined authors. So I’m pleased about that.  Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – May and June

RecapsHere we are again! June 1st, which means the end of Historical Fiction month? I had a blast with my historical fiction reading this past month. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to read all of the books I’d planned to read. The good news is that we’ve actually sold the old house, although we’re officially closing somewhere in July. But that meant several evenings getting documents together for our financial advisor. Add to that the fact that I moderated one of the session at this year’s Leiden Science Online Unconference, which was super cool to do, but had me distracted and nervous for a few days beforehand and that I’ve been sick a few days and I just didn’t have enough time and energy to get everything read. But the books I did read were great. I got my Roman on quite a lot and had a quick visit with the Vikings and visited several British time periods. In all, I was really pleased with my historical month and I’ll probably repeat it in the future. But what exactly happened on the blog last month?  Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – April and May

RecapsI can’t believe it’s time for another recap post already. It feels like it was April first yesterday! We started off the month getting into a new groove at Casa Librarian as Emma started school. She’s loving it, but I’m having to adjust to having to work later due to having to drop her off at school and thus getting to work later. Still, it so much fun to see how much she’s enjoying going to school and feeling all grown up about it too.   Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – March and April

RecapsMarch was crazy. Work was busy and home was even busier with loads of birthdays and other things. However, I did get a lot of reading done and I had some very interesting guest posts on the blog. I also maintained gender parity in my reviews, so I’m still on track with my reading goals. I read some amazing books in several genres and read a fantastic conclusion to a series. So what exactly did get posted to the blog last month?  Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – February and March

RecapsFebruary was a great reading month with at least one book that will probably make it to my Favourite Reads list in December and will definitely be on my Hugo Nominations ballot – The Golem and the Djinni – some great sequels and some cracking first novels. I’ve also balanced out my gender parity level. I’m currently at 26 books read this year (two of which I still need to review) and of those 11 are by men, 11 by women and 4 by either multiple authors or authors whose identity is unknown. So I’m quite pleased at my progress with my reading goals for the year. So what did get posted to the blog last month?  Continue reading »

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