May 2020 Reading Wrap Up – Part Two [Books]

January / February / March Part 1 / March Part 2/ April Part 1 / April Part 2 / May Part 1 Black Dogs, Black Tales – Edited by Tabitha Wood & Cassie Hart Review Coming Soon on Dead Head Reviews This is an anthology you should definitely pick up. 17 authors to represent the 17% ofContinue reading “May 2020 Reading Wrap Up – Part Two [Books]”

May 2020 Reading Wrap Up – Part One [Books]

January / February / March Part 1 / March Part 2/ April Part 1 / April Part 2 This will be another two parter, as I ended up reading 16 books in May. So I’m not going to even speculate here and say, “Oh I probably won’t read as many in June” because I have nowContinue reading “May 2020 Reading Wrap Up – Part One [Books]”

Writing the Other – Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward [Books]

There have long been discussions surrounding representation in books, and those discussions have increased recently. Fact: We need more diverse people in publishing, in various roles, including as agents, editors, in marketing, in buying, in selling. We need people who aren’t going to tell Black men and women they didn’t connect to the ‘voice’ ofContinue reading “Writing the Other – Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward [Books]”

Why “I Don’t Care About the Author’s Race/Sexuality/Gender” Isn’t Good Enough

There’s a lot I’ve wanted to say over the last few days. But every time I’ve written out a Tweet, I delete it and spend my time retweeting other voices instead. I’ve argued against racists on Twitter, I’ve tried to step in where I could. But there is a huge problem in the book communityContinue reading “Why “I Don’t Care About the Author’s Race/Sexuality/Gender” Isn’t Good Enough”

How To Write Your First Novel – Sophie King [Books]

I am a big lover of writing craft books. I read a lot of them, and I read a variety. Many have interesting tips, great advice, and can be written really well. Unfortunately, How to Write Your First Novel is not one of them. This book is for absolute, complete beginners. The problem, I think, isContinue reading “How To Write Your First Novel – Sophie King [Books]”

April 2020 Reading Wrap Up – Part Two [Books]

January  / February / March Part 1 / March Part 2 / April Part 1 Welcome to my April Reading Wrap Up, Part 2! Like March, I read a lot in April. 18 books in total. I’ve hit a little bit of a reading slump in May, so hopefully May’s Wrap Up won’t need 2 partsContinue reading “April 2020 Reading Wrap Up – Part Two [Books]”

Vicious – V.E. Schwab [Books]

It’s been just over a year now since I started reading books by V.E Schwab, and every single one has been absolute gold. I’m slowly building up my collection and working my way through her novels. So far, I’ve read the Shades of Magic trilogy, The Near Witch, and City of Ghosts, as well as the Steel Prince graphic novel more recently.Continue reading “Vicious – V.E. Schwab [Books]”

March 2020 Reading Wrap Up – Part Two [Books]

January / February / March Part 1 Here we have part 2 for my long March reading wrap up, a month in which I read 16 books. So here are the last 8 I read in that strange, strange month. I thought April would be a lot less, but checking what I’ve read so far aboutContinue reading “March 2020 Reading Wrap Up – Part Two [Books]”

Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties – Tony Knighton [Books]

Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties is a collection of short crime fiction by author Tony Knighton, with the title story being the first and longest, verging almost towards novella length. This could just be a personal preference, but I struggled to get through the collection. I found the writing to be dry, and thereContinue reading “Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties – Tony Knighton [Books]”

Poison – Sarah Pinborough [Books]

Poison is a slightly darker, twisted version of the Snow White story, adding in a little adult content and ensuring things aren’t as clear-cut as the story we’re used to. I won’t do my usual synopsis style introduction here, because I’d be surprised if anyone doesn’t know the story of Snow White, but I will say some ofContinue reading “Poison – Sarah Pinborough [Books]”