I spent most the holidays coughing and spluttering on the sofa, playing Wylde Flowers on Steam Deck. It was a bit of a non-event overall, and now I’ve got to actively try and find a new job, rather than hoping one comes my way by osmosis. I would much rather have zero new year resolutions, but I should put on my big girl pants and get to it.

Labrador dog yawning, with sea in background. Weather is dingy.

2024 Reading Challenges

Just the usual challenges for 2024. I did look at some others but they all seem to insist on including prompts I detest. I mean I don’t love all the Popsugar ones, but that’s a challenge I’m happy to be creative with.

Around the Year in 52 Books (Goodreads group)

Popsugar Reading Challenge

SFF Titles Challenge (hosted by A Dance With Books)

On the blog:

Top Ten: Winter TBR

On My Radar: January

Best of 2023

Review: Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett

Books read:

Before, After, Alone by Emma Newman

It was great to revisit the Planetfall universe in this story collection focusing on kindness and taking pleasure in making things by hand. The one about the bear made me cry a bit.

Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy, and Network Effect by Martha Wells

Don’t ask me to separate these out, Murderbot has now mushed into one enjoyable binge read. I do think the series is getting better as it goes on though. I’m looking forward to the TV adaptation, Alexander SkarsgΓ₯rd will make a great Murderbot!

Heartstopper Volume 5 by Alice Oseman

Not the last instalment! Charlie and Nick are as adorable as ever but I felt this had a bit less story going on.

Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo Segura

I really need to stop picking up enemies to lovers romances where the “enemy” is actually a crappy colleague and everyone’s acting unprofessional in the workplace. I liked the bits that were about treasure hunting but I’m not sure I really got behind the romance.

[ARC] Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett

As charming as the first, and look, I’ve actually reviewed this one already!

🎧 Murder and Mamon by Mia P. Manansala

I might be done with this series, I like the recurring characters so it’s not like it’s a chore to listen but I didn’t care about the mystery. Maybe there’s a limit to how many murders one small town can have? Because the mystery seemed so detached from the town itself in this one.

  • ATY # 52. A cozy mystery

Cast Away by Naomi Shihab Nye

I’m just not a poetry person, but I liked some of these poems focused on litter and more metaphorical trash.

  • Popsugar # 48. A collection of at least 24 poems

The Reformatory by Tananarive Due

Excellent but harrowing story based on the Dozier reform school in 1950s Florida, haunted by those who died there. Because if anywhere is going to be haunted, it will be a place like that.

  • Popsugar # 40. A horror book by a BIPOC author
  • ATY # 1. A book with a title that ends in A, T or Y

Books acquired:

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Bought – Digital:

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake

The Jasad Heir by Sara Hashem

The Lost Rainforests of Britain by Guy Shrubsole

To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose

Frontier by Grace Curtis

Black Ops and Beaver Bombing by Fiona Mathews + Tim Kendall

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey