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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.

As I mentioned last recap and have tweeted about loads, this Saturday was the launch for Corinne Duyvis’ Otherbound at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. I went there with Carola from Brilliant Years and we had a fantastic time. Corinne read the first chapter of Otherbound and then did a Q&A and finished by reading a piece from her superhero novella which will be published in an anthology at some point this year. The novella sounds like it will be really cool and I was disappointed when she stopped reading, because I wanted to know more! Afterwards there was a signing at the store and then there were drinks, snacks, and food at a great restaurant deep in the wilds of Amsterdam, where I’d never been before. It really was a fabulous time, especially meeting new people and just talking books and other stuff and yeah… I just had a great time. And then the day after I was just beat, because I’m so not used to being so social anymore. The spoons, I was all out! Still, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world and I’m already looking forward to this Saturday when I get to go to another bookish event.

That was what happened in analog life, what happened on the blog? In August I reviewed thirteen titles and I’ve read four more, which I still need to review. I’m a bit skewed on my parity challenge to myself. Right now the numbers for this year are 49 female authors, 51 male, 7 other (either unknown, non-binary, or anthology). So not too far off, but if I include the four still to be review titles, it would add 3 male and one anthology, so I’ll have to pay a little more attention in the coming months. What exactly did I review this month? Let’s have a look.

In August I reviewed the following books:

Elizabeth Fremantle – Sisters of Treason
Pierre Ouellette – The Forever Man [Blog Tour]
Tom Pollock – Our Lady of the Streets
Benjanun Sriduangkaew – Scale-Bright
Ben Peek – The Godless
Laure Eve – The Illusionists
Jared Shurin (ed.) – Irregularity
Leslie Mann – And Some Fell on Stony Ground
John James – The Fourth Gwenevere
Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist
Eric Brown – Jani and the Greater Game
Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz – The Foundry’s Edge
Scott K. Andrews – TimeBomb

I had the following interviews and guest posts:

Author Query – Laure Eve
Guest Post: Eric Brown on the exploration of change in steampunk.
Author Query – Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Author Query – Ben Peek

And these miscellaneous posts:

My 2014 Hugo Voting Ballot
Corinne Duyvis’ Otherbound Launch Event at ABC Amsterdam

September is back to school month. Work will be crazy busy in the next couple of months, which will probably mean I’ll be reading more and actually writing reviews less, because my brain’s just too wrung out to put sentences together after the kids have gone to bed. I do have three interviews lined up and a guest posts from none other than Kameron Hurley, which I’m really excited about, so there will be lots of stuff to read on the blog, regardless of whether I manage to actually write many reviews.

This Saturday I’ll also once again go to Amsterdan and the ABC, this time for a signing and reading session with Deborah Harkness. I loved her All Souls trilogy and I’m so excited to be able to get my books signed and meet her in person. There will be online squeeing and I’ll try and get a picture with her as well. Additionally, work is running a series of lectures connected to our current exhibition in the main library called Books, Crooks and Readers: the Seduction of Forgery, 1600-1800 on the Tuesday evenings in September, which I’m hoping to attend. Hopefully, I’ll have the energy to go to all of them, because they sound very interesting.

In other words, September will be manic, but fun. What about you? Getting ready to go back to school or work? Any fun plans for September? Is anyone attending FantasyCon?

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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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Recaps and Upfronts – January and February

RecapsJanuary was a solid month, with a good mix of guest posts, interviews and of course, reviews. As I’d resolved in my Bookish Resolutions I kept to my three reviews a week, though not always on the Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule I’d planned. I’ve been telling myself the week only ends on Sunday, so it doesn’t matter if I post a review in the weekend. I’m doing well on my gender parity resolution. In January I read and reviewed thirteen books, five by men, five by women, and three by an author whose identity is unknown. Not only that, on the whole they were wonderful books as well. January was also rather heavy on the epic fantasy, with five titles that could be categorised as such. It’s been fun to read a lot in the sub-genre that first got me hooked on fantasy. So what exactly did I read and post? Let’s have a look.   Continue reading »

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Recaps and Upfronts – December and January

RecapsTo be honest I’m a little recapped out after my 2013 wrap-up. Since I’ve been writing a post looking back at last year every day since Christmas. But as these posts are also helpful in writing those recaps, here’s a whirl at one anyway! December was a big month at Casa Librarian. We started the month with Sinterklaas on the 5th, which was huge fun and of course then began the countdown to Christmas break and the New Year, with all the attendant work do’s and family gatherings. Added to that I spent time preparing my Anticipated Posts and trying to read as many books for review as I could as I tried to catch up on my review copy backlog. So December was manic, but also lots of fun. What did December end up looking in blog posts? Let’s take a look.   Continue reading »

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Upfronts 2014: Bookish Resolutions

2014Happy New Year! I hope 2014 will bring you wonderful things. With a new year there are always resolutions, even if you know you won’t keep them past the 4th, so why would I be any different? Last year I did rather badly with my resolutions, so this year I’m making a new set! 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 2014.  Continue reading »

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