Bookish Post! (a.k.a. I Travel from NaNo Land to Book Land + Bookish News + Mini-Reviews)

Oh, hi, world! I’m baaack!

It’s been a wee bit quiet around here because it’s awfully hard to read/review books while you’re madly writing one of your own. But as I have now won my EIGHTH NaNoWriMo, I am back in the world of books — and my first thought (besides “ACK, I CAN READ AGAIN!”) was “Time to pop onto my poor neglected book blog!” πŸ˜‰

So this is kind of a mashup of OH HI I HAVEN’T REALLY POSTED MUCH AROUND HERE LATELY BECAUSE NANO and stuff I’ve been reading and stuff going on/releasing, and all of the bookish things. *nods*

Books I Read Lately

October

Here’s what I read in October, which was a busy month and I barely managed to squeeze these in… I award them all 5 stars because though all different, I loved them each in their own way.

  • Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith – Shaun Hume — I lived in this book world and loved the characters and setting, and though it was a little long and not my usual thing, it was different and fun. Review to come!
  • Spellsmith and Carver: Magicians’ Reckoning – H. L. Burke — SO MANY FEELS. :O This almost got a star knocked off BUT it ended reasonably better than I thought it might and yes. MY FEELS. But a good conclusion to the Spellsmith and Carver Trilogy. Review to come!
  • Second Impressions: A Collection of Fiction Inspired by Jane Austen – edited by Hannah Scheele — Adorable short stories based on Jane Austen things. Loved this collection! {My Review}
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen — This was a re-read. It was the first Jane Austen novel I read, AGES ago, and I hadn’t read it since, so it was lovely to read it again. I really enjoyed reading along with Season of Humility’s readalong. Mr. Darcy is the best, okay? πŸ˜‰
  • The Last Days of Lady Cordelia – Kyle Robert Shultz — This novelette had MANY FEELS and some humor and parallel world stuff and delightful references to Kyle’s main Beaumont and Beasley series! In a way I don’t know how I feel about it, but in another way I loved it so much I read it twice, so… XD

November

Wait, who is this crazy person who READ BOOKS during NaNoWriMo?? :O These were all very short, quick reads, which I consumed between my crazy writing because I needed to relax occasionally. *gasp* I enjoyed them all and give them all 4 stars. πŸ™‚ My mini-thoughts…

  • Saffron’s Big Plan and Other Stories – Kendra E. Ardnek — I had the pleasure of meeting the delightful Kendra herself this month, and picked up a couple of her short story collections when I did. (She’s super fun, FYI! ;)) What fun little tales! πŸ™‚ I read them all in a sitting and they were just the light little read I needed just then. Three original fairytales, and one retelling of Puss in Boots — very unique! I loved the style. πŸ™‚
  • The Woodcutter Quince and Other Stories – Kendra E. Ardnek — What fun stories! The Woodcutter one was my favorite — fantastic! πŸ˜€ The CinderEddy twist on Cinderella was awesome too. XD Most enjoyable. πŸ™‚
  • Coloring Christmas Devotions – Thomas Nelson Publishers — This is my first Adult Coloring book, and while I haven’t colored all the pictures yet, I did read through all the devotionals and colored some. This was a book for review from BookLook, and I’ll be reviewing it on my other blog soon.
  • Fire and Ice Cream – K. M. Carroll — AWK. SO GREAT. ^_^ Super original modern fantasy, with a murder mystery in an ice cream shop in Arizona, where shapeshifting dragons (fire-breathing) and shapeshifting drakes (ice-breathing) are a part of normal life — and in fact the heroine is one! So cool. πŸ˜€ (I read this for the Fellowship of Fantasy Bookclub’s book of the month for November.)
  • No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days – Chris Baty — A fairly quick, light read, sometimes amusing with a few helpful ideas, in general of interest to those who have or would like to participate in NaNoWriMo or otherwise write a novel in a month, and about writing in general. There’s some language, and the humor is of a particular type you need to be in the mood for, so it’s not for everybody, and has stuff/advice that hopefully nobody takes seriously, because it’s intended to be tongue in cheek. XD But otherwise it was enjoyable and a nice distraction so I could feel like I was being NaNo-ish when I should have been writing words for NaNo. πŸ˜› And besides, it felt vaguely appropriate to read it this month. Anyway, I enjoyed it, rather. πŸ™‚

If you’re curious to learn more about any of the books I’ve been reading, you can always find them linked in my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

Releases

The Stroke of Eleven by Kyle Robert Shultz, which is the third Beaumont and Beasley book, came out today and I’m ridiculously excited for more Nick and Crispin and Cordelia and fairytale humor. I CAN’T WAIT. ❀

The sequel to Masters and Beginners by Daley Downing (which I loved) is now out at B&N and it’s called Rulers and Mages and I love the cover! I beta-read this, really enjoyed it, and can’t wait to read the final version. πŸ™‚

The final Vintage Jane Austen book, Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones, which is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in 1930s Arizona, also released this week in ebook and paperback, and the Kindle version is 99 cents on Amazon this week only — I just snagged my copy over there and I’m excited to read this one too! πŸ™‚

Hannah Scheele continues to outdo herself with each new VJA cover. ❀

Speaking of covers…

Upcoming Cover Reveal

(image by DJ Edwardson)

DJ Edwardson (of Silmarillion Awards fame) is about to reveal the cover for his upcoming first fantasy novel, The Last Motleyso go join his awesome newsletter so you can see it this week! πŸ˜€ (I’m ridiculously excited.)

Reviews on the Horizon?

I’ve been somewhat quiet on the review front, as I just haven’t had the energy to write any what with NaNo… But now that NaNo is over, I’m hoping (key word: hoping) to get back into reading and reviewing, particularly catching up on a few that I was hoping to before November but just didn’t find time for. (And some other kinds of posts on my other blog, as well!)

So you can reasonably hope to expect some reviews (like for Ewan Pendle, Magicians’ Reckoning, Coloring Christmas Devotions, The Fatal Tree) soon-ish… And a couple of beta-reading books, and reviews books (like Disowned by Sarah Addison-Fox) which I hope to read/review soon! And hopefully for those new releases I just mentioned too. XD

Basically, I should have National Book Reading/Reviewing Month (NaBoReReMo… no? Not catchy enough?) but we’ll see how much I have energy for. πŸ˜›

It’s been a CRAZY couple of months in my life lately and hopefully I can finally breathe/relax a little, with some reading and blogging on the side…

I thought about sharing a Nightstand Books kind of thing but I have so many I WANT to read this month, and have no idea what I’ll get to during December, so I’ll just say I WILL READ ALL THE BOOKS THAT I CAN. XD

Anyway!

I think that’s it on the bookish news, and what’s been up with me. What about you? And have you read/want to read any of the books I mentioned? Chat with me, fellow page-dreamers! πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

Dream away in those pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer / Deborah O’Carroll

19 thoughts on “Bookish Post! (a.k.a. I Travel from NaNo Land to Book Land + Bookish News + Mini-Reviews)

  1. Sounds like much reading and bookish magnificence. πŸ˜€
    Also, I feel like you should know that I have all three of the Spellsmith and Carver books, and I’m absolutely going to read them just as soon as I get the chance . . . but I also just got Oathbringer from Amazon, and I’m in the middle of That Hideous Strength, so it might take a little while.
    Will reply to your email soon!

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    • Bookish magnificence is PRECISELY what it is. πŸ˜‰

      EEP, yay! πŸ˜€ So exciting! I really need to review the third one… *cough* I always feel like I should leave a disclaimer about the second and third because I liked them but I still loved the first one so much more?? BECAUSE I LOVE IT. And the age-range seems to go up… But yesss, I hope you’ll enjoy ’em when you get to them! πŸ˜€ Enjoy Oathbringer and That Hideous Strength! (I must read Sanderson and re-read Lewis myself…)

      Awesome, no hurry — and CONGRATS ON WINNING NANOOOO! πŸ˜€

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  3. CELTI BOOKISH POST! *glomps post* I’VE MISSED THESE!!! And look at all the pwetty booooks!

    Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith looks super intriguing and I look forward to your review! And I MUST read the Spellsmith and Carver books. Like…why haven’t I done this yet??? I AM reading The Last Days of Lady Cordelia right now though and loving iiitttt! *flails* (It is quite feelsy though! MEEP. Of course I like the feels so like…yeah. Whatiswrongwithme?)

    Okay but Fire and Ice Cream sounds AMAZING and I WANT THIS. I’ve never even heard of this book. o.o But but but shapshifting dragons in an ice cream shop????? I. NEED. NOW.

    I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE STROKE OF ELEVEN. I’M GONNA EXPLOOOODE!!! I just want to stalk our mailbox until it arrives. XD The Presumption and Partiality cover is sooo gorgeous. I LOVE. One day I’m gonna read the VJA books. It needs to happen!

    I can’t wait for all the lovely Celti reviews! But do make sure to let yourself relax and breathe some. YOU DESERVE IT! (But also I’m laughing so hard at NaBoReReMo. XDDD)

    HAPPY READING!!! ❀ (Which we have time for now because IT'S DECEMBER!)

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    • YOU SO SWEET. And I’ve missed writing them, soo…

      I WILL review Ewan Pendle, I will! Spellsmith and Carver (particularly book 1) is sooo good. ^_^ (SO MANY FEELS IN THAT STORY. And it’s okay, I loved that book despite the feels, so I kind of understand what you mean about liking the feels sometimes. XD)

      Fire and Ice Cream was so fun! I just loved the uniqueness of it. It’s an indie-published book that came out recently and I found out about it through a bookclub. πŸ™‚

      Stalking the mailbox for Stroke of Eleven sounds epic — I do that sort of thing. XD I HOPE YOU LIKE. Yes, the VJA are so fun! I need to read this latest one soon… All the time that I need for reading! *flails*

      You are so nice to enjoy my reviews — thank you!! I will try to breathe a little too though. (NaBoReReMo should definitely be a thing. XD)

      HAPPY READING TO YOU TOOOO! HURRAY FOR DECEMBER AND BEING ABLE TO READ! πŸ˜€

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