Short Hiatus

Posted 28 July, 2016 by Rinn in Blog Admin / 4 Comments
Short Hiatus

Hello everyone! Just a really quick post to say that I’m taking a short hiatus whilst I sort some life things out (i.e. moving AGAIN and sorting out my career!). I thought it would be better to just leave something short here than no explanation at all. I expect I’ll be back in mid-August, and hopefully will have lots of stuff for you all then. 🙂 See you in a few weeks!

Review: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Posted 15 July, 2016 by Rinn in Review / 3 Comments
Review: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books: after reading it first at school aged 16, I then re-read in 2014. This time round, without the need to analyse every little detail, I absolutely fell in love with it. Ever since then, I’ve been looking out for any Jane Eyre inspired books or retellings, which is why I was so eager to accept a copy of Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. Jane Steele is not strictly a retelling of Jane Eyre – Jane Eyre is in fact one of the favourite books of the protagonist, and she often references it. […]

Thoughts #54: Past Post Love

Posted 12 July, 2016 by Rinn in Thoughts / 2 Comments
Thoughts #54: Past Post Love

Do you ever spend ages working on a post, and then are a bit disappointed by the response? Maybe it doesn’t receive as many comments or views as you wanted, or maybe your readers don’t seem as enthused as you expected. Or perhaps there are posts you wrote a long time ago, which were popular at the time but have since quietened down – but you’re proud of them and want more people to read them. Your best content shouldn’t just disappear, it should be there for all readers to find. That’s why today I wanted to share some past […]

Monthly Roundup: June 2016

Posted 6 July, 2016 by Rinn in Monthly Roundup / 4 Comments
Monthly Roundup: June 2016

Every first Wednesday of the month, I’ll be posting a roundup of the month just gone, and writing about what’s to come in the next few weeks. Last month I read a total of seven books: The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne, Going Postal (Discworld #33) by Terry Pratchett, Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo, The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth and Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t get quite as much reading done […]

Wanted – Your Top 5 Sci-Fi Releases This Year!

Posted 4 July, 2016 by Rinn in Sci-Fi Month / 2 Comments
Wanted – Your Top 5 Sci-Fi Releases This Year!

In preparation for Sci-Fi Month 2016 (yes I’m already thinking about it), I came up with a fun idea for this year’s event. However, it might take a bit of preparation, so here’s what I need from you: take part in the survey below, telling me your top five science fiction releases of 2016. I am specifically only looking for books that were released this year. All will be revealed in November, but hopefully it will work out. I’d really appreciate it if you could share this link with friends or on social media, as I’d love to get the […]

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, July 2016

Posted 3 July, 2016 by Rinn in Dragons and Jetpacks / 2 Comments
Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, July 2016

Dragons & Jetpacks is a science fiction and fantasy bookgroup, based on Goodreads. The group is open to all, all that is required is a Goodreads account. We read two books a month, one fantasy and one sci-fi – the second week of each month is when members make suggestions, and the third is used for voting. We’re always happy to meet fellow fans of the genres, so you’re more than welcome to join the group! Goodreads Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a […]

Distractions, Distractions…

Posted 2 July, 2016 by Rinn in Misc. / 2 Comments
Distractions, Distractions…

Once again, I’ve been a bit rubbish at posting lately. There are two reasons for this: Work has gotten super busy, so when I get home all I want to do is crash in front of the TV or play video games. I’ve barely been reading. I bought Stardew Valley in the Steam sale last weekend, and I’ve been a little bit addicted ever since. It eats up a LOT of time and you don’t even notice… However, this weekend I’m going to work on getting some posts scheduled, so hopefully I’ll have lots of content for July!

Prose & Pixels #15: My Video Game Wishlist

Posted 22 June, 2016 by Rinn in Prose & Pixels / 5 Comments
Prose & Pixels #15: My Video Game Wishlist

Prose & Pixels is a feature that combines two of my loves: books and video games. Here I’ll discuss all sorts of things to do with the two, whether it’s recommendations, influences or just a good old chat. Today I want to share my most wished for video games, and I’d love to hear yours too! Far Cry Primal – I really love Far Cry 3, I played it pretty much throughout my entire year in Leiden. It somehow ran pretty well on my laptop (and looks super amazing on my desktop), and was a great distraction/de-stressing tool. I love […]

Review: The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu

Posted 19 June, 2016 by Rinn in Review / 6 Comments
Review: The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu

Maybe I’ve just read so much fantasy that something has to be really unique to get my attention. Or maybe this book was just not that good. From the very beginning, The Novice just felt like a generic fantasy novel: the protagonist a young boy who is ‘different’ from the others in his village, with unknown parentage. And then one day he discovers that he has a talent for summoning, and somehow ends up at a magical school. Yet the way in which he gets there is so coincidental, and I just had so many questions. It is mentioned so […]

Fantasy Friday #27: Fantasy Inspired By Middle Eastern Culture

Posted 17 June, 2016 by Rinn in Fantasy Friday / 4 Comments
Fantasy Friday #27: Fantasy Inspired By Middle Eastern Culture

Fantasy Friday is my own feature, previously posted every other Friday but now a little more occasionally! It’s pretty self-explanatory: I do a feature on something to do with the genre. Sometimes it will be a book recommendation, sometimes showcasing a book or series I’ve loved and other times it might be a discussion post. You’re more than welcome to join in with this feature, let me know if you make your own Fantasy Friday post! Today I want to talk about: fantasy inspired by Middle Eastern culture. It has always bugged me that so many of the fantasy books […]

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