down the TBR hole, week 4

I’ve missed a few weeks of this so I’m excited to get back into it for this Sunday. The last time I posted a ‘down the TBR hole’ I went through 15 books off of my to-read shelf on Goodreads which was huge and felt amazing. Though I won’t be able to do as many this week I’m happy to return to the original number of 5 for today. You’ll notice a reoccurring theme of books this week, they’re all from the nineteenth-century!

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Reflection: Writing my First Bad Review

I sat on this reflection post for a couple weeks before deciding to post it. I hope it helps new bloggers who might feel worried and isolated when writing a bad review.

When I first began blogging at the end of December I started following a bunch of other book bloggers and read what they wrote and watched what they were doing in the same way you would shadow a coworker at a new job. What I saw, and what I really wanted for myself, was authors approaching bloggers and offering their book for free in exchange for an honest review. And boy, did that ever sound like a sweet deal.

Inspired, I wrote up a notice on my Twitter saying that I was happily accepting books published by both indie press or traditional publishers. Within a couple days I was contacted by an author who wanted me to read their book. Great! This was exactly what I was looking for. Reviewing lesser known and newer books on my blog would certainly bring in some traffic and I was excited to help bring positive exposure to new writers. I was thrilled and after a quick back and forth the author emailed me a PDF of their book and I got down to reading.

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a talking mongoose and death’s apprentice: my current february reads

Hi everyone! I won’t say ‘happy Monday’ because that’s just cruel. 😉

I have neglected my blog for the past couple weeks due to life being particularly busy at the moment and because of a cold that just won’t go away. Today was the first day that I actually felt like this virus (or whatever it is) has started to work its way out of my system. I suppose I’ll find out for sure tomorrow! Wish my poor immune system luck.

In happier news: I received my first paycheque last week from my new job! Naturally, this meant book shopping, so I ordered a couple books from Amazon that I’ve been dying to read for a while: Gef! The Strange Tale of An Extra Special Talking Mongoose by Christopher Josiffe and The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell. As you might remember, these are two books that I featured in my Top 5 Wednesday post Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2017, so this was a very important purchase!










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down the TBR hole, week 3

I’m still sick, so this week’s Down the TBR Hole is my attempt at distracting myself while I wait for the cold & flu medicine to take effect. My boyfriend is also sick so our flat is a bit of a quarantine zone at the moment. There’s been a bug going around for the past couple weeks so it was only a matter of time before it hit our household. At least the worst of it is conveniently happening on the weekend! Fingers crossed that we’re both feeling better for work on Monday.

So while Kitchen Nightmares is playing in the background, I’m going to attempt to do 15 books this week instead of the 10 I have been doing for the past couple weeks. I was inspired to do more books this week after reading Destiney @ Howling Libraries ‘Down the TBR Hole’ post from last week! The more I delete books off of my to-read shelf on Goodreads, the more I want to KEEP deleting books. It’s a bit addicting and I feel nice and cleansed while the number of books I never intended to read goes down, down, down…

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REVIEW: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
Published by Corgi
Format: Paperback
Length: 285
Published: 2012 (first published 1986)
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Synopsis via Goodreads: As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind (and legs) of its own. Which is a shame because that’s all there is…



I loved this book, which was a huge relief as I was underwhelmed by the first book in the Discworld series The Colour of Magic. While The Colour of Magic had a score of memorable characters and unparalleled worldbuilding it was completely and utterly confusing. Because I’m the type of person that needs validation, I was relieved to find that reviewers on Goodreads agreed with this opinion. In their reviews they promised vast improvement in the series’ other books, starting with The Colour of Magic‘s sequel The Light Fantastic. While reading The Colour of Magic I enjoyed the characters of Rincewind and Twoflower so I thought I would heed the reviews and continue on in the series. And I’m so glad I did.

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