My October wrap up includes meeting an author, seeing a musical, and a handful of reviews that I’ve actually managed to post, as well as a delicious book haul!
Have you heard of Unbound?
It’s a book publishing crowdfunding website, and Book Blogger, Amy, over at Ten Penny Dreams is using it to fund the publication of her first novel, which sounds AMAZING.
Find out more about Amy’s novel, The Disappeared, as well as more about Unbound, the future of book publishing.
Molly Thomas is a feisty, independent soul, born on the Winter Solstice. At every stage of her life, she has faced troubles. As a young woman, her family are evicted from their home at Christmas. Molly swears vengeance on the jealous neighbour and land agent responsible, Flann Montgomery. Then in 1896, her baby son is taken from his pram. While Molly searches the streets for little Oliver, the police are called but her baby is gone.
Why does trouble seem to follow Molly? And will she ever find out what happened to her child? December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them. But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
Book lovers have long held the notion that reading is good for you – ask any Book Geek and they’ll tell you reading is relaxing, fun, and educational, that they feel more empathetic and understanding as a result of the stories they’ve read, and that their horizons have been broadened, which is all great stuff, but now there’s scientific evidence to prove that reading actually is a superpower 😉
Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can’t and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she’s simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives.
They don’t know why they’re drawn to Cherry’s bakery – they just know that they’re safe there and that’s how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift. And then Chase arrives in town and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she’s not the only one who can see what she sees…
Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a wrap-up and haul, so find out what I’ve been up to in August and September (spoiler alert: it includes some good news, a blogger event, and IBIZA!), as well as what books I’ve added to my TBR.
Banned Books Week is an annual event that was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries.
This year, Banned Books Week ran from the 24th – 30th September. Supported by various organisations, it aims to increase awareness of banned books, and celebrate the freedom to read, including educating others on the danger of censorship.
All very important issues, and as I’m fully in support of being a rebel, and reading whatever the hell you like in the process, here are my recommendations for Banned Books you should be sinking your teeth into.
Confessions of a Book Geek is a finalist in the Blog Awards Ireland… and I’m heading to Dublin for the awards night!
Even the biggest Book Geeks experience book burn-out.
Maybe it’s because you’re suffering a book hangover from the last amazing novel you read, or maybe life has just gotten busy and your favourite hobby has taken a bit of a back seat. Sometimes Book Bloggers suffer from burn-out more than most – after all if we aren’t reading a book, or talking about books, we’re reviewing books, and blogging about them!
Whatever the reason, we all go through it, so here are some tips to see if you can get your reading mojo back!
It’s the most annoying question, and they just can’t help asking you.
You’ll be asked it at family gatherings, particularly weddings.
Men will ask you on first dates.
Therapists will ask you over and over again.
It’s the question that has no good answer.
It’s the question that when people stop asking it, makes you feel even worse – why are you single?
Whether you’re a book blogger, or regular book enthusiast, it’s nice to find someone who shares your taste in books.
While many of us in the community have bookish friendships, occasionally, this relationship goes a step further, and you may find your very own Ratings Twin
Confessions of a Book Geek has made the longlist for Blog Awards Ireland in the Books and Literature category!
When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency.
Mae can’t believe her great fortune to work for them – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public…