I’ve been hunkered down making my game for the last few weeks. Its working title is The Library in the Woods, and I’ll share some screenshots once I’m a bit further into the gameplay. This does mean I haven’t been doing much reading or blogging of late. I am mysteriously still keeping my NetGalley ratio at 80% though, so go me!

The weather hasn’t been conducive to fun days out either, with several things being cancelled due to “unseasonable winds”. Here’s a New Forest pony from one of the few weekends we did get out past the town limits:

Dun New Forest pony grazing on open grassland.

I am grateful we don’t have a drought again, especially when you hear of all the terrible wild fires raging around the world. Apparently rain tourism has become a thing and Southern Europeans are coming to the UK to enjoy our cold weather. We have plenty of it!

On the blog:

Review: Mister Magic by Kiersten White

On My Radar: August

Top Ten Tuesday Made Me Read It

Review: Bridge by Lauren Beukes

Books read:


This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham

The idea was good, what if someone found a treatment for “zombies” and they were reintroduced to society but they were fully aware of their actions. The flashbacks were great, but the story at the music festival didn’t seem fully fleshed out. There were several things that didn’t seem convincing and I don’t think there was enough time elapsed between the trauma of the Hollowing and the present day for it to really work.

  • ATY # 51. A book published in 2023

More Perfect by Temi Oh

Temi’s degree in neuroscience feeds into this book so much as it explores the implications, good and bad, of a chip in our brains. How it can be used for helping mental health, connecting people, but also the chance for exploitation, the risks of using prediction algorithms on our private thoughts. What happens when someone decides your guilty before you’ve even thought about committing a crime? The space taken up by this means the plot can be a little slow but overall I enjoyed this thoughtful story.

  • ATY # 47. A book related to a geometric shape

[ARC] Mister Magic by Kiersten White

See full review above.

[ARC] Bridge by Lauren Beukes

See full review above.

  • Popsugar # 31. A book about a family

Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher

A fantastic subverted fairy tale, what if there was a good reason Sleeping Beauty was put to sleep? I absolutely loved Toadling, her story and her found family in the greentreeth. The Knight seemed a bit flat. I guess he was there as a catalyst to tell Toadling’s story do it didn’t affect the book too much.

  • Popsugar # 5. A book with mythical creatures

[ARC] House of Odysseus by Claire North

Review coming next week.

  • Popsugar # 32. A book that comes out in the second half of 2023

The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven

While I chuckled on the first page about the Mr Blobby comment, I’m not sure why this is being called funny. It’s a pretty dark, YA dark academia about anger and the perils of following dubious rituals found in random occult books.

  • Popsugar # 7. A book with “Girl” in the title

Books acquired:

It’s amazing how I still find time to buy loads of ebooks. I have compiled the current UK Kindle bargains of interest on my influencer page if you’re looking for any of them.


Bought – Physical:

Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher

Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

Bought – Digital:

The Mystery at Dunvegan Castle by T.L. Huchu (audiobook)

Eight Bears by Gloria Dickie (audiobook)

One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig

The Launch Party by Lauren Forrey

Hamlet, Prince of Robots by M. Darusha Wehm

Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley

Before, After, Alone by Emma Newman

Drowning by T.J. Newman