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Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction of 2022

And, we made it to the end of 2022! For me, it was a very busy year! Now, I'm a full-time librarian and I'm attempting to make time for even more books to read (for work and for fun). I'm still working on balancing a career and life while continuing to pursue my other goals,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction of 2022

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Reading Check-In: December 3, 2022

The last few weeks have been very busy for me. Work and life has kept me occupied; and, while I haven't read as many books as I wanted, I've been able to read enough to write up some reviews and, hopefully, reach my reading goals by the end of this year. What have I finished… Continue reading Reading Check-In: December 3, 2022

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Why You Need to Read: These Middle Books that Do NOT Suffer from “Middle Book Syndrome”

I've been noticing the topic of "middle books" being mentioned in a few reviews (both bookbloggers/BookTubers and professional reviewers). So, I decided to point out the ones which continues the excitement and the plot within the series. When a series is mentioned, there are concerns as to whether or not the "next book in the… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: These Middle Books that Do NOT Suffer from “Middle Book Syndrome”

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Book Haul: October 2022

I realized I have received A LOT of books this month. There are even more anticipated releases coming out before the end of this year. That being said, here are the books I received from the last 2 weeks. Note: These are print editions. I may or may not do a separate post about e-Galleys… Continue reading Book Haul: October 2022

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Why You Need to Listen to (and to Read Later On): “The River of Silver”

The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy By: S.A. Chakraborty                                                                         Audiobook: 9 hours 45 minutes Published: March 1, 2022 (audiobook)/October 11, 2022 (print) Genre: Fantasy                                                                                    Narrated by: Soneela Nankani             She had been to Daevabad once as a girl and still remembered the awe of sailing through the veil that hid the island. Its brass walls… Continue reading Why You Need to Listen to (and to Read Later On): “The River of Silver”

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State of the ARC: April 2, 2022

It's been another crazy week. Good news: I'm feeling much better. And, I have even better good news, which I will announce in the near future. Bad news: My fellow gamers, E3 2022 has been cancelled. I may or may not give my thoughts on this news in the near future. This week, I'm just… Continue reading State of the ARC: April 2, 2022

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Reading Check-In: March 26, 2022 (Something Different)

Usually, I try to avoid writing about Reading Check-In Posts more than once a month, but...life has been crazy. Right now, I'm still in the process of job-hunting, going to work (at my current part-time job) and trying to keep up with all of my reading. Not to mention, I've been feeling under the weather… Continue reading Reading Check-In: March 26, 2022 (Something Different)

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Reading Check-In: March 5, 2022

It's been a while since I talked about my reading. I've been reading and writing A LOT. Not to mention job hunting and a cold have impacted my reading a bit, but I managed to get some of it done. As I continue to balance everything as the seasons start to change, here is a… Continue reading Reading Check-In: March 5, 2022

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SCKA 2021: The Nominees, the Finalists & the Experience

One of the best things about being a bookblogger is the book awards. Besides the “big awards” such as the Hugo and the Nebula Awards—which many of us have read at least half of the nominees—there are the SPFBO and the SPSFC—which gives bookbloggers and (indie) reviewers the chance to propel indie books towards more… Continue reading SCKA 2021: The Nominees, the Finalists & the Experience

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Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II

Here we go again. It’s been almost 3 years since I complied the 1st list of book recommendations; and, we’re still waiting for The Winds of Winter, the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. Many of us continue to wait, patiently, for this book by reading similar books by authors who write fantasy stories. There… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II