Wednesday, 26 August 2020

On My Radar: September's Contemporary Fiction and Non-Fiction

I can't believe Christmas books are already sneaking into the line-up, but I had to include Tanya Byrne's festive romance (published under the pen name of Lizzie Byron) which is out in ebook next month.

If you're looking for new fantasy releases, head over to this post, and there's more on my radar still to come!


Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies by The Secret Barrister
Red Pill by Hari Kunzru
Someday at Christmas by Lizzie Byron (e)
Love Orange by Natasha Randall
The Story of China by Michael Wood
The Harpy by Megan Hunter
Burning the Books by Richard Ovenden
Our Story by Miranda Dickinson
Wrecked by Louisa Reid


Watch Over Me by Nina Lacour (US only)
Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp


Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Look Up: Our Story with the Stars by Sarah Cruddas
And Now for the Good News by Ruby Wax


Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

On My Radar: September's Fantasy Releases

We all know by now that September is going to be a massive month for book releases, some of which have been pushed back due to you-know-what. So I'm splitting up these On My Radar posts into genre, just to make them a little bit easier to digest. Links go to Goodreads for further info.

Out of all the fantasy releases, I am most excited about Naomi Novik's new book set in a deadly magic school and Roshani Chokshi's follow up to The Gilded Wolves


Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
Fable by Adrienne Young (US only)


The Time-Travelling Caveman by Terry Pratchett
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar


Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston
The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman + Meagan Spooner (US only)


The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart


Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro (US only)


The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia + Anna-Marie McLemore (US only)
The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky



A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Burning Roses by S. L. Huang

What are you looking forward to in September? Have you got a book due out next month? I'll be following this up with science fiction, non-fiction and general fiction posts, so do make me aware of anything I might have missed.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

Just let me dust off this blog thing, I have a review for you! One of my anticipated reads released during lockdown was the follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. If you read that, of course will will be dying to know what happened to April May, and satisfyingly the sequel has answers. More importantly, I liked A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor even more than the first book.
You are a story that you tell yourself, and even if it is not always accurate, it is who you are, and that is very important to you.

The world is reeling from the loss of the Carls, and more crucially, the Dream. They are seeking something to fill that hole. Andy has stepped into April May's shoes, his job now being a "thought leader" in what has disappeared, but at least he's rich from it. He can't believe April May is gone, neither can Miranda or Maya. Is this just a stage of grief or is the message Andy received really from her?

I know some people will read it and wonder why Andy is teaching us about stock markets and private equity, but I loved the dose of economics in this and it is crucial to the plan to save the world. It covers surveillance capitalism and how easily we relinquish power over ourselves in exchange for free things. It looks at what seemingly benign companies plan to do with that power.

But also, Carl is a talking monkey, kind of! I loved revisiting these characters. Maya has a new mystery to follow and Miranda infiltrates an enigmatic scientific organisation in quest of answers.

I feel like Andy is Hank Green, not that I really know much about the Greens beyond their novels. Andy struggles with becoming a brand, how his every word must now be carefully considered. He can't just be himself, but also he doesn't really need to keep going for the money any more. How do you stay relevant?

At some point, we have to realize that the places where we share information are not services we use, they are places where we live.

I love that we are getting more novels by digital natives that are not afraid to firmly plant social media and the internet into their characters' lives. It's such a part of our lives, it seems odd when it's excluded now.

Anyway, I completely recommend both An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor. This is a duology so you don't have to worry about the story being unfinished.

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

Reverse Readathon Wrap-Up

Hours spent reading: 12.5
Pages read: 411
Books read: 1

So I fell asleep before the end of the reverse readathon. I'm not sure the reverse hours work so well for me, I like having the event spread over two days, but it was fun to take it a bit more slow. I had a blast co-hosting and will definitely volunteer again.

I did finish The Glass Hotel which I liked a lot more when it started dealing with the Ponzi scheme and the fallout. It made some of the other characters' sections make more sense, but I still didn't know why it focused so much on Paul at the start, he doesn't have a huge role in it.
I also started Midnight Sun, which is definitely way too long. I found it entertaining at first, but I'm not sure I can make it through all of it, especially as I know what happens.

A massive thanks to Gabby and Kate for taking over the event. Head over to Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon to find out more about it. The next readathon will be on October 24th.

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Reverse Readathon: Draw It Out!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

It's the return of Draw It Out, my silly drawing challenge for this weekend's reverse readathon. When you need a little break from reading, get drawing! Please draw me a scene or character from your current read (or any other book you're reading during the readathon).

You can get simple drawing apps for your tablet or smartphone, or use whatever software's on your computer. Draw on paper and take a photo. Use whatever is nearby, even if it's snack-based! It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, stick figures are encouraged! Please note, I will need to see your picture if you want to enter to win a book BUT you can just join in for fun.

Of course, there's a prize attached. Complete the challenge and you can enter to win a book of your choice up to a maximum value of £15 (on Wordery). You must be a readathon participant to enter.

To enter, can I please ask that you fill in this google form, just to help me keep track of your entries.
The challenge runs until the end of the reverse readathon and I will pick a winner at random on Sunday. Note, if Wordery doesn't deliver to your country I will attempt to find an alternative prize.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Reverse Readathon TBR

This weekend's reverse readathon will be the first Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon run by Kate and Gabby who we are all very grateful to for taking over the reins from Andi. Unlike the regular readathons, this one runs for opposite hours, so it will be starting at 1am here. I will be happily asleep (or maybe not with this sticky heat) at the start but hope to read for most of Saturday.
OK, I added Midnight Sun to my 'thon TBR before I got hold of my copy. Why is it so massive?! Twilight wasn't this long, I'm sure. I thought it would be a fun quick read, but I don't think I'd get through all of it in a day. I do plan on starting it though, I am intrigued.

I need to finish The Glass Hotel before moving onto other books though. I knew it was going to be different than Station Eleven but I'm just not that interested in the characters, maybe when the financial fraud kicks off I will be more entertained. I get the feeling it's one of those literary books where the plot isn't really important. I like plot.

I also have a couple of graphic novels on the pile and The Court of Miracles, just in case Midnight Sun doesn't bite.