Friday, 7 December 2018

Written by the Elves!

Santas Elves spend their year making the presents for all the good girls and boys, but what about the very good girls and boys? Could they, perhaps, request that the elves whose toy production has been outsourced to factories all over the world, write a book personalised to the receiver. So, here are the elements that would feature in my dream book...



Urban Fantasy and Cosy Crime
These are my absolute favourite genres and I'd love to see them mixed together to make a cosy crime investigation in an urban fantasy world. I'm thinking a spree of vampire murders or werewolf bank heists solved by a main character that knits or volunteers at her local library. Heck, maybe she stumbles upon a skull while picking herbs for her witchy tinctures.

Remote Locations
Give me a small town in the middle of nowhere and I'm happy. Cosy crime needs a little bit of distance from big city policing and areas where everyone knows everyone are both claustrophobic and comforting.

Radio Hosts/ Pawn Shop Owners/ Motel Staff
There are some professions that I'm always interested in reading for some reason. I don't know if it's the influence of Frasier as a child but radio hosts are a must. Whereas pawn shop owners and small time motel staff probably have the most interesting stories from interacting with a random selection of the public that they rarely see again.

LGBTQ+ Romances
Sometimes I just want a cute lil romance with queer characters without having to read homophobia or transphobia. There's enough of that in real life. Give me a chill relationship development that isn't the focus of the story, but is treated like all the Hallmark-style straight romances.

What would your ideal book be?


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Books I Want to Buy and Why #15: 2019 Releases!

2019 is lining up to be a great year in book releases with a couple debuts, some final books in series and more that I can't wait to get my little paws on. I've read all the 2018 releases I was interested in, and ended up being released. These posts seem to be my good luck charm when it comes to follow-through. So, in order of release date...



The Coldest Blood by J.S. Law
This is the final in the Lieutenant Danielle Lewis trilogy that started with Tenacity (now called The Dark Beneath) which I loved. I didn't like the second book, The Fear Within, as much. But I have high hopes for the final book and I'm really excited to find out how the story ends.
Release date: 24th January

A Bond Undone by Jin Yong
I'll admit, I haven't got very far into the first book in this series; A Hero Born, but the little bit I have read and the fame of this series has me convinced I will enjoy it enough to want the second book. They're releasing one book a year of this twelve book series as they translate which is torturous though, I'll be 36 by the conclusion!
Release date: 24th January

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
I went to a publishing event in Summer and was absolutely in love with how Candice Carty-Williams described Queenie. It sounds absolutely fantastic, and different from what I generally read since I'm not much of a contemporary person unless there's been a murder.
Release date: 11th April

Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir
Y'all know I adore this series and have done since the first book! I'm so so excited about the Anna of Kleve instalment as she's one of the few who went on after Henry VIII to live- and live a life that I know almost nothing about.
Release date: 2nd May

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver
Jeffery Deaver is my favourite crime writer. And finding out that he was starting a new series with a new main character? I need it. He's a 'reward-seeker', rather than a detective and it focuses in on the video-gaming industry. The whole thing just sounds like it's going to be a good read.
Although I'd love another Kathryn Dance book...
Release date: 16th May

The Poison Song by Jen Williams
If there's one author whose work I fell in love with in 2018, it's Jen Williams. The Ninth Rain was incredible. The Poison Song is the final book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy and I'm waiting as long as I can to read the second book so that the wait isn't so terrible!
Release date: 16th May

These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
If there's a combination I've never been more interested in, it's witches and LGBTQ+ characters. This is a debut, part-mystery, part-romance, that I can't wait to get in my hands.
Release date: 28th May

Missing Person by Sarah Lotz
This was originally going to be released in March 2018 and I was really excited for it earlier this year. Almost 12 months hasn't dimmed that excitement, Sarah Lotz writes some great books like The Three and I'm looking forward to what she does next.
Release date: 25th July

What books are you looking forward to in 2019?


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Audiobooks for the Sleigh!

Through the magic of Christmas cheer and children's wishes, Santa somehow delivers presents to all the good little boys and girls in one night (although Popular Science did some maths and we're looking at relativity clouds and six 'Santa months'). Personally, I love listening to audiobooks when I'm driving, or wrapping, or doing literally anything so these are my recommendations for Father Christmas himself to keep his night/months interesting.



Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
Clocking in at almost 72 hours and read by Stephen Fry, I feel like this is a must for any long-haul journey. The stories are rarely predictable, plus, Santa is a bit of a detective himself! He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows if you've been bad or good. I feel like he'd appreciate a fellow investigators methods.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Since Santa is a bit of a pilot, and he has 16 hours to kill, I think he's really like Catch-22. I loved it. It's funny and amazingly plotted, I wanted to start it over as soon as I finished and Santa actually has the time!

It by Stephen King
At 44 hours long, if Santa decides to go a bit more contemporary, then It is a good pick. It'll keep him awake from fear at the very least! I read it in August and I wish I had been in a sleigh, way above ground and away from any clowns when I read it. Although, I definitely wouldn't want to visit anyone's house after this and that is Santas main gig.

Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse
When the night starts winding down and Santa is ready for bed, nothing will help him relax more than the slow drama of a Wodehouse book. I started P.G. Wodehouse's Blandings Castle series back in January and have since listened to six because they're perfect for easy bedtime listening. Let a posh English accent lull him to sleep after the busiest night of the year!

What do you think Santa would listen to on the big night?


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

My Holiday Season TBR!

I don't tend to get a lot of reading done around the holiday season- it's busy! There's cleaning, cooking, decorating and general panicked shopping to be done while family is swarms the house. Plus, I'm a themed reader. I want my reads to have that vibe about how I generally feel about the holidays. I also don't want anything to dark and heavy since SAD is in full effect these days. So these are the few books that pass the test...



I recently read And Then There Were None and now I really want to get to Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I find that cosy crime is better for the colder months and more realistic crime are Summer holiday reads. Plus, I got this for Christmas last year so it's about time I get to it!

From my 18 books I wanted to read in 2018 list, there are a few left that I'd like to get around to as the year winds down. I have Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen in audiobook format which is super convenient for making cleaning/ decorating/ wrapping much less boring.

I also have my two non-fiction picks; Coming Out Under Fire by Allan Bérubé and Please Take Me Home: The Story of the Rescue Cat by Clare Campbell. I don't think I'll get both finished because I read non-fiction very slowly but I've started both and should be able to get a good chunk read. They're fascinating!



And lastly, The Faber Book of Christmas is a gorgeous anthology I'll probably dip in and out of for a Christmassy boost when I need it. I love having a collection that I can read bits from in the quiet moments of the festivities.

What will you be reading this Holiday Season?

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