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explorations in non fiction

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my evolving reading tastes, a delirious, chaotic post with little order and only some sense. I said that I wasn’t sure why I read non-fiction yet. But I’ve been thinking about it more, and I have some ideas (okay jk I finished writing that last post and had a bunch of ideas about non fiction and started writing this immediately afterwards). Basically, non-fiction satisfies my curiousity in a different way to fiction.

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awkward situations books have gotten me into

Hi Virtually Readers! As a book lover, I  have a bigger brain have a wide variety of experiences, some of which have actually happened to characters and not to me. Whoops. I have all sorts of associations and memories which have to do with books, and this has gotten me into some troublesome situations in the past.

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Unearthing (mysteries and more)

I’m convinced that Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are two of the few people who make me amenable to sci-fi. It’s been over two years since I reviewed their last co-written novel, Their Fractured Light. Unearthed has many things similar to their previous trilogy: dual narration between a boy and girl, the worlds of space to explore, and great mystery (or perhaps even conspiracy). Unearthed is completely compelling; fast and angry and eager, just like the two characters at its’ heart. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending and one character development thing, but apart from that, it was great. I have never watched Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider, the two comparison titles for this novel, but I loved the adventure and space setting of this novel, and the romance is a lot of fun too. Continue reading “Unearthing (mysteries and more)”

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Why don’t dystopias talk about climate change?

I went through a dystopian phase a few years ago, and I also read a lot of sci-fi and books set in the future. But few, if any, of them deal with climate change; they’re either set in a post-apocalyptic hinterland, an oppressive government’s culture, or some place with high tech space travel. Note: Climate change and global warming are used interchangeably in this post. Also note: this post has been a long time coming, and could probably do with more refining. Maybe one day, but for now I’m happy with this.  Continue reading “Why don’t dystopias talk about climate change?”

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Into the Woods tag

Hi Virtually Readers! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while or maybe if you’ve looked at our other blog then you might know that I really really like Into the Woods. It’s a sublime musical. I had this idea that there was some book tag associated with it, which I looked a little for, but I didn’t find anything so I decided to make my own. Feel free to steal it! (also if you’re not familiar with the songs go look them up they’re great!)

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Iron Cast’s a Spell

Iron Cast is, quite simply, a glorious novel. I’ve seen it recommended about the place, and knew I should read it, and I really liked it. It’s a story of magic and friendship and just so well woven together. It was a bit of a chore to read, because I was reading a light contemporary romance which was a bit ‘easier’ at the same time. This meant, however, that Iron Cast has time to, well, cast its sticky golden threads over me and pull me down, so I was completely immersed.

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things I love about emma mills books

Hi Virtually Readers! In February, I reread all of Emma Mills oeuvre. She writes simply excellent contemporary novels (and I do go on a bit about her, but IT IS DESERVED okay?) and you should read all of them: First & Then, This Adventure Ends, and Foolish Hearts. So I thought I’d write a list of reasons why she should be one of the books you pick up next. And because I’m extra, all the reasons begin with ‘f’.


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Discussion: Why blogging makes me read things I dislike, and not read what I do like

All the time in the book blogosphere I see people saying ‘I want to read this but I don’t have the time’, or ‘all these new releases are stressing me out’, ‘I want to read X backlist title but I’m trying to keep up with new releases’. This is a post in response to that. It’s not about how all new releases are terrible (because there are so! many! good! new! books!), but rather that not letting how popular a book is determine if you read it. Continue reading “Discussion: Why blogging makes me read things I dislike, and not read what I do like”