Two weeks into Wyrd and Wonder, and I’ve done a lot of blogging (yay) and not much reading (boo). I need to go sit somewhere with an unreliable internet connection for a few hours!

New Forest Pony

With the weather warming up, we’ve been on slightly more interesting walks. The above New Forest Pony photo was taken at Stanpit Marsh, which has been flooded of late. I mean, it’s a marsh, so it’s always quite wet, but usually you don’t need waders to make it round the circular path!

Paws and Portals is now available to pre-order on Kindle. It was quite a palaver to sort out since Amazon required me to send proof that the publisher had given me rights to publish my own book. The publisher being me! Thankfully they accepted the pile of evidence I sent them, but it was a nerve-wracking week.

It also got its first review, and it’s positively glowing! Please go check it out on @books_catsandtea’s Instagram.

It’s nearly time for 20 Books of Summer. While I do want to read at least that many over the next 3 months, I’m avoiding making a list due to my time spent in Slump Valley. I just need to read whatever for a bit.

On the blog:

Wyrd and Wonder: Mount TBR

The Cosyometer

Wyrd and Wonder: Zone in on Comfort

Top Ten Floral Fantasy Covers

Review: Running Close to the Wind by Alexandra Rowland

Wyrd and Wonder: A Short Story

Wyrd and Wonder: Leaving the Comfort Zone

Review: Dying With Her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuire

The Icy Wastes of Waiting for the Next Book

Currently reading:

This is a sign of my increasing distractibility. I tried to identify the plants on the cover of The Honey Witch:

The Honey Witch cover with attempted plant id: rose, ivy, bluebell, aquilegia, allium, lupin, bowden lily, hyacinth, morning glory.

Books read:


The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

I’m sorry to say this was the book that set me on the way to Slump Valley. I don’t know if it was the time period, but I didn’t connect with the characters at all. A few weeks on, and I’m struggling to say much about it, other than Luzia can do “little miracles” and so her employer thinks she should be used to entertain the upper classes. I thought the strongest writing was when the Spanish Inquisition was actually involved, with a quite suffocating torture scene.

  • ATY # 30. A book set in a country bordering the Mediterranean Sea

Dying With Her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuire

So much fun, and I’ve gone and written a full review already. 😱

  • ATY # 12. A book that has been on your TBR for over a year
  • Popsugar # 7. A book about women’s sports and/or by a woman athlete

[ARC] Elusive by Genevieve Cogman

Follow-up to Scarlet, set immediately after the French Revolution, with vampires. I’m on the blog tour for this, so I’ll save my thoughts till then.

  • ATY # 37. A book that is part of a series

Books acquired:


For Review:

The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley (Sceptre)

Bought – Physical:

Murder Road by Simone St. James (Evernight Subscription)

Bought – Digital:

One of Us Is Back by Karen M. McManus

The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard