Top Ten: Book Club Books

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BOOK CLUB BOOKS

Book club books can sometimes be hard to pick. Not only are there so many books out there but some book clubs have rules and restrictions. There are a number of questions you have to ask when selecting a book club book.

Can you pick a new release?

Do you pick a classic?

Are certain genres no-nos?

The book club that I’m part of* are very free and open with the books that we pick. The way in which we make selections is that each month, one member is in charge of picking the book. I find that this is a really nice way of picking books as it makes sure that every once and a while, you get a chance to read a book you want to read. Additionally, if the book is hard to find, you have a month to track down a copy.

The below are suggestions for books that are great for books clubs. There could be a number of reasons why they’re on the list, they could be classics, they could be polarising, or they could just be fun to talk about.

10. lightbetweenThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia – the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

In my experience The Light Between Oceans is a polarising book. People either love it or hate it. Without going into too much detail, there are a few moral grey ares that the story encounters. The book has the potential to have such great discussions between book club members as you can talk about how the book made you feel, and your thoughts on characters actions. Continue reading “Top Ten: Book Club Books”

Quick Picks: Childhood Favourites

QUICK Picks

There have been so many books over the years that have left a mark. I was always an avid reader but it was in early high school that I truly became hooked. The below are just a few of the ones that have stayed favourites over the years.

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Howl’s Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Quick story run down: Sophie finds herself under a spell that transforms her into an old woman. Seeking a way to break the spell, Sophie tracks down the castle of the wizard Howl.

While at the castle she not only looks after the wizard and the castle occupants, but she begins to learn more about herself. Howl’s Moving Castle is a story of magic, mayhem, high fantasy hi-jinks.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The Cover: Just look at that cover, how could you pick up this book and not read it?! For a while, the entirety of Jones’ books were released with covers like these and they were beautiful! I have made it my mission to complete my Chrestomanci collection with these covers.
  • Howl: The character of Howl just flew off the pages and made me fall in love. The interactions with him and Sophie also made my heart melt, and the book has remained on my favourite list ever since I finished it.

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Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis

 prince-knightPrince & Knight

Written by Daniel Haack.

Illustrated by Stevie Lewis.

Goodreads: link.

Six Word Summary: So heartwarming! Need to make more!

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Blurb: In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.

“Thank you,” he told his parents.

“I appreciate that you tried,

but I’m looking for something special

in a partner by my side.”

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn’t quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met.

While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along.


Release Date: May 1, 2018.
Length: 40 pages.
Genre: Picture Book. Fantasy. 
Read as a: Hardcover.

My Thoughts: As an adult reader, I found this picture book to be adorable and heartwarming. The story of Prince & Knight is simple, sweet, and very much a classic fairy tale: Prince looks for partner, prince fails, prince goes to fight dragon, prince meets knight, prince falls in love. Continue reading “Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis”

Comfort Zone Challenge: Western (Pinkerton Man Series by C.J. Baty)

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This month I challenged myself to try the Western genre. My thoughts on the Western genre are somewhat limited to John Wayne, the knowledge my Grandad liked them, and the fact that they’re the old man version of Mills and Boon books.

So with that in mind I, once again, tried to find something that was of the genre but something that I would enjoy. So by some incredible stoke of luck I found a book while shelving that was both a Western and a gay romance!

So, happy Comfort Zone Pride Month!

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Quick Picks: M/M Romance novels

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QUICK Picks

I am a sucker for romance novels ❤ Even more so if they’re ones with QUILTBAG characters. Some of my favourite novels from the romance genre, are ones that have two men as the romantic leads.

Don’t get me wrong, I am just as likely to be reading romances with f/f, m/m/f, f/f/m, and how conventional of me m/f pairings. In addition to these, I also have an incredible weakness for romances that feature trans and/or asexual characters.

I have grandiose plans to eventually feature each of these pairings in a similar post. So keep your eye out! In the mean time, the below are just a quick look at some of my favourites from the m/m romance genre. I hope you enjoy.

undermyskinUnder My Skin

by M.L. Rhodes.

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The publisher of this series has stopped operating, however the book is scheduled for re-release within either 2018 or 2019. 

Quick story run down: Sebastian Keller is a straight laced ‘smart guy’ who runs his own travel book shop. Dylan Radamacher is the bad boy owner of the ‘Rad Tattoo’ store that just opened up next to Sebastian.

In a book that combines two stories, you see Sebastian and Dylan break down their misconceptions of each other. As they both learn more about each other, you see their walls fall down as the pair start to hit it off. A sweet and sexy romance story follows.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • Cute characters: From beginning to end Sebastian and Dylan make me smile.
  • Enemies to lovers: I’m a sucker for that trope and while the pair may not have been enemies, there was some understandable animosity between them.
  • Re-readability: I found this book about eight years ago and I have re-read it some many times. I caved and tracked down a physical copy.

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Mercs! by Dorian Dawes

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by Dorian Dawes.

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Six Word Summary: A conflicting and emotional adventure awaits!

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Blurb: Famous bounty hunter Talisha Artul is not having a good day. A hostile alien planet full of bandits and refugees, an entire group of mercenaries all told to kill her and take her armor, and it’s barely even noon. All she wanted was to earn a paycheck and make her mother proud. They’ve barely shared a kind word since she came out of the closet as trans and took her mother’s name.

Now she’s travelling with an android cowboy with split-personality issues and an eight-foot-tall warrior woman to beat a group of vengeful pirates and the galactic federation’s military forces to uncover an ancient alien temple. Talisha soon learns that despite her legal standing, there is little that separates her from these marginalized cutthroats and outcasts. They’re all victims here, all pawns in their shadowy employer’s game.


Release Date: June 4, 2018.
Length: 274 pages.
Genre: Science Fiction & QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.

My Thoughts: 100% full disclosure: Mercs! is an experience.

Not only is the story a science fiction novel that features a whole range of QUILTBAG characters, but it is an action packed story that will keep you on your toes to the very end. Needless to say, I enjoyed Mercs! Continue reading “Mercs! by Dorian Dawes”

Anticipated Arrival: Mell Eight’s The Dragon’s Hoard

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Anticpated arrivals

dragonshoardWhat is it?!

The Dragon’s Hoard is a book that contains the five stories from the series of the same name by Mell Eight. The book includes the stores Finding the Wolf, Breaking the Shackles, Stealing the Dragon, Melting the Ice Witch, and Gathering the Hoard. Each story is a fantastical tale that tells the stories of different dragons and how they fall in love.

It has been a while since I read the stories, so the below descriptions are the blurbs for each story.

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Anticipated Arrival: Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack

Anticpated arrivals

Click the link for a full review of Prince & Knight: link.

What is it?!

Written by Daniel Haack and Illustrated by Stevie Lewis, Prince and Knight is:

A picture book.prince-knight

A fairy tale.

A LGBTI friendly book that tells the story of a Prince and a Knight and how they defeat a monster and find love.

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Book Bingo: Four in One

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It’s been almost two months since last updating so I have a few more books to cross off the bingo card. Over all this batch of books has been a bit all over the place, I’ve had books I loved, books I hated but mainly the books are ones that I would not have normally read except for the bingo card.

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Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

To say that this book was unpleasant would be an understatement. It is not that the book is bad, it is more that the book is very depressing, it is from a depressing era (the actual Depression) and is quite upfront with the tragedies that have befallen the people who write into Miss Lonelyheart. The book was quite unsettling and upsetting, after having put it down I have every intention of repressing my memories, here is hoping I can make Miss Lonelyhearts a true forgotten classic.

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Book Bingo: Hamish Steele’s Pantheon

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I did not anticipate writing a little review for each book I read but as soon as I finished Hamish Steele’s Pantheon I knew I had to write about it. While I will not be writing a post for each book that I read, I will be posting updates on my progress (if I have made any) in the last week of each month.So keep your eyes peeled for those posts and if I read any more books that blow me away I will write a longer post about it.

Happy reading!

Self Published

Screen_Shot_2014-10-17_at_20.34.40Hamish Steele’s Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deities.

I just want to start out by saying that Hamish Steele’s Pantheon is hilarious!

All throughout the 179 page graphic novel, I had a wide smile on my face.

The Pantheon is a graphic adaptation of Egyptian myths which include the Creation story, the phallus of Osiris and the conflict between Horus and Set. Steele starts the book with a forward where he discusses his source information and states that he has tried to stay as faithful as possible. Pantheon not only delivers on these stories but it does so in an incredibly entertaining, funny and beautiful way.

The graphic novel falls under the self published category as the project was originally a Kickstarter campaign. I myself contributed and as happy as I was that the project was funded, am overjoyed at the final product I received. It was such an amazing feeling to get to the end of the book and see my name in the backers section.

The writing, art and humour on display in this book is nothing short of genius. The pace of each page flows smoothly and the humour (which is very adult, so not recommended for kiddies) jumps off the page. The style of the art is beautiful, with the simple lines belying the incredible skill of Steele. Pantheon had me laughing out loud, gasping in happy shock (please see page 107) and learning.

I am so happy that I was able to contribute to the creation of this book in some small way. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, I would highly recommend it!

 

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Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library.

I am part of a book club where each member gets to pick which book we all read. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami was my pick for the month, however since the book club only meets at the end of each month I will be keeping my lips sealed until after the meet up.

Although since, as with the blog, if I didn’t enjoy the book I probably wouldn’t include it, so there is a hint as to my feelings 😉