Sunday Post – 7th September, 2019 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost

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This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

This week was a hectic one, as I started back teaching Tim, and attended meetings with the other tutors and Sally to co-ordinate our approach over the coming year. On Monday evening, I met up with a group of ex-students and we caught up on each other and listened to each other’s writing, while enjoying Anita’s fabulous home-made apple crumble – yum! I also met up with Gill at the Look and Sea café on Tuesday morning, before we plunged back into our Pilates class on Wednesday, after the summer break – while I was okay on Thursday, I was hobbling around on Friday stiff and sore. On Wednesday evening, it was Writing Group again and I got to hear about Liz’s wedding in between everyone reading out our writing.

It was Himself’s birthday on Friday, but he was working, so we celebrated on Thursday, which he had off, instead. We visited the Weald and Downland Museum on a lovely sunny autumn day – it was idyllic as the pic shows… I’ll post more in a separate post. We felt quite smug as Friday turned out to be a rather chilly, windy day that we’d had such a fabulous time the previous day.

My sister and I went flat hunting again on Saturday afternoon. Two were a bust and one was definitely a contender – fingers crossed she is able to nail this one, as it is only up the road from where I live.
I’ve been editing, though it hasn’t gone as smoothly because so much was going on. I’m hoping that by the end of the coming week I can get right back into the writing groove again.

Last week I read:

Illuminae – Book 1 of The Illuminae series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started…

I had heard so much about this dystopian YA science fiction adventure and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan
As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study.

When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archaeologist Kudshayn, must find proof of the conspiracy before it’s too late.

This spinoff series, charting an adventure featuring Audrey, granddaughter of the famous scholar of dragon behaviour, starts slowly and then as it gathers pace, becomes impossible to put down. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Cut price science fiction offer…

Friday Faceoff featuring The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Killer in the Choir – Book 19 of The Fethering Mysteries by Simon Brett

Mantivore Dreams – Book 1 of The Arcadian Chronicles now available

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Kingdom of Souls by Ren Barrron

Review of The Midnight Queen – Book 1 of the Noctis Magicae series by Sylvia Hunter

Sunday Post – 1st September 2019

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last few weeks, in no particular order:

On (Not) Defending Historical Fiction https://writerunboxed.com/2019/09/02/on-not-defending-historical-fiction/ I thoroughly enjoyed reading this intriguing article. While historical fiction hasn’t been my go-to genre for a while, it was a pleasure reading this intelligent response to ‘that’ question.

Brilliant Book Titles #301 https://librarystaffpicks.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/brilliant-book-titles-301/ I haven’t featured any of these offerings for a while – but this one caught my eye…

Group Hug… https://blogging807.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/group-hug/ You’re on your computer, working away – and it alllll goes wrong☹. I was in something of a state when I spotted this little gem, which made me laugh and gain perspective once again.

An Interesting Character Study: Prospero from The Tempest https://interestingliterature.com/2019/09/03/an-interesting-character-study-prospero-from-the-tempest/ Those who know me also know I’m obsessed with this play – so found this article well worth reading.

Chase Bookfest – Cannock Chase’s first book festival devoted to women’s popular fiction and thrillers – Saturday 21st September 2019 https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/chase-bookfest-cannock-chases-first-book-festival-devoted-to-womens-popular-fiction-and-thrillers-saturday-21st-september-2019/ A shoutout about a special event for keen readers who live in the area…

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week…

34 responses »

    • Thank you, Tammy! Yes – I did enjoy it and am glad to hear that everyone also feels very positive about the second one, because I was concerned that the dangling plotpoint felt as if she was poised to take on the huge corporation single-handedly and I SO didn’t want to wade through THAT dynamic… So about the lateness of my response, but having been away I’ve fallen behind somewhat.

  1. Good luck with your sister and the flat- hope she gets it if it’s the one! I liked Illuminae too, and Gemina even more, set as it was on a space station- I loved the setting. 🙂

    • Ah… I was wondering whether to get the 2nd book or not, but if you continued to love the series, that is encouraging:). And thank you for your good wishes, Greg – have a great week.

      • I really did like Gemina even more than Illuminae- there are some new elements introduced plus, again, the space station and the whole strike force closing in – good stuff. 🙂 I hope you like it too if you get it.

      • I think you have convinced me to go for it – I had a sinking feeling while reading the final section that it would play out as this talented youngster prevailing against the might of a pan-galactic corporation and I’m SOOOOO done with that dynamic…

  2. Oh, I do hope it works out that your sister lives close. I am so happy my sister lives nearby.

    I’ve often wanted to read Illuminae. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much.

    I must take a look at the brilliant book titles post. It sounds delightful.

    Have a lovely week!

    • Thank you, Deb – as it happens, she does literally live down the road from me, but this would mean that she would live even closer…

      Oh yes – the brilliant book titles post is by a lovely Irish library. And I hope that you, too, have a wonderful week:)

  3. Happy birthday to your husband. It seems to be the month for birthdays around here. My daughter was at a friend’s party today and has another one Friday and then another two on Sunday. I hope your sister gets the flat she is hoping for. How are you feeling?

    I am glad to hear you enjoyed Illuminae. I have been wanting to read that one. Turning Darkness into Light sounds good also!

    Thank you as always for sharing the links of posts you found interesting around the internet. I especially enjoyed the one about historical fiction. I do enjoy historical fiction and one of the reasons is because it ignites the researcher in me. But even so, I don’t mind the fictional spin author’s take, filling in the blanks using their own interpretations and imagination. I love history in general and historical fiction makes it more personal. Does that make sense?

    Have a wonderful week, Sarah!

    • Oh yes – and for what it’s worth, I’m with you regarding historical fiction, Wendy. Having studied History as part of my degree, I’m also aware that there are so many gaps that historians do at times need to fill those in – and they always come at the material with their own opinions and experiences so it’s never as ‘objective’ as all that:))

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Lynn. Yes – I’m hoping that it all goes well:)) And yes – I’ve fallen a bit behind on posting my recent crop of Netgalley arcs, but I’m hoping to get it posted soon.

    • Thank you, Laura:). Yes… having been away, I’ve fallen behind with the blog a bit as I’ve been working on the latest book. And thank you – I’m definitely going to go ahead and get hold of the second book in the Illuminae Chronicles:)

    • Oh, do read the Lady Trent series first – I personally DON’T think it works well as a standalone. There are far too many major spoilers in the book, which would really mess up one of the big reveals of the series. Apart from anything else – The Lady Trent Memoirs are a joy to read:))

      Erm… Not that I’m a bit too enthusiastic. At all…

  4. Sounds like a pretty good week! I’ve been thinking about trying Pilates after I’m more recovered from my broken leg.

    • I highly recommend Pilates, SJ – it’s all about strengthening the core and the idea is to complete most of the exercises slowly and with care. Our instructor is allll about stopping if you are in pain – and yet I’m often stiffer after a Pilates session than the Aerobics, which tells me that my muscles are getting a serious workout:).

  5. Oh, that’s how I feel, too. I’m taking on more subbing work in schools around our town, so while the extra hours are great for our income, it’s wreaked havoc on my writing schedule. I may just focus on prep work for my other YA novellas so I can finally participate in NaNoWriMo this year (they have this steampunk theme for their merch, and I’m a total sucker for it!) and hope for the best. https://store.nanowrimo.org/collections/shop/products/nanowrimo-2019-steampunk-typewriter-poster

    • Yes, I completely sympathise with your plight – teaching is one of those jobs that takes up tremendous headspace, not to mention the extra admin, so on top of running a busy family, I can well understand that you are struggling to write. I know – I battled with both for years and years… I’m still teaching Tim, but that will be finished in a couple of years and then I’m not planning to do anymore teaching after that, other than the occasional one-day course, which I do love doing, with a handful of folks who are equally keen…

      Love the NaNoWriMo header this year – you’re right… it’s soooo coool:)). And best of luck!

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