August Wrap-Up: Goodbye Summer!

Since I began committing to a blog schedule in August I figured I would also start doing a Wrap-Up post around the end/beginning of every month. These posts will generally highlight the books I read the month before as well as any additional blog chit-chat. I’m sure they will develop over time, but for now we’re going to stick to the basics. I’m unfortunately posting a day late because the last few days have been tremendously busy, but I wanted to make sure I began these wrap-ups before I went on holiday. 🙂

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Review: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (1993)

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Publisher: Orion
Format: Kindle
Publication Date: 1993
Length: 292 (or 6 hours 54 minutes)
Author: Website, Goodreads 

Purchase on Amazon 

Synopsis via Goodreads: Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

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Book Chat: Favourite Reading Nooks

Quick note: Sorry for not posting on Saturday! My parents had an engagement BBQ for my fiance and I, so there wasn’t really any time to properly finalise a post/promote on social media. There will be a few days in the next couple weeks that I won’t be able to post as frequently, but I’ll let you all know about that in a separate post later this week. Thanks for understanding! 🙂 

You know when you curl up with a book in a new spot for the first time and it feels like you’re sinking into a warm, cosy cloud? Finding the perfect place to read is almost like finding a new best friend. It not only makes it easier to drift off into the story, but it also helps your body de-stress and relax after a long day. And because I’m a creature of habit, I love finding these reading nooks and look forward to jumping right back into them when I get the opportunity.

I use the term ‘nook’ loosely as some of these places are more out in the open, but they nevertheless help me turn my brain off after a long day. Since I live in both Canada and the UK my favourite reading spaces spread out over the two, and there are five in total that I dream about when I’m having an extra long day at work. So to start off the new week I’ll walk you through some of my favourite places to curl up with a book and disappear into another world. Be sure to let me know where your favourite places are to read in the comments!

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Writer’s Corner: Countdown to Nanowrimo 2018

It’s August and I’m already dreaming about November…  which is understandably a weird thing to say. Nothing ever happens in November, so what could I possibly be looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to a month of blood, tears, herbal tea, emotionally charged playlists, and late night writing sessions. A month of second guessing myself, wondering if I’ve completely lost my mind, and throwing a ton of scrap paper in the bin. If this is how you’ll also be spending your November, you probably know where I’m going with this.

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Book Chat: NPR’s ‘100 Favorite Horror Stories’

NPR released their ‘100 Favorite Horror Stories‘ from their Summer Readers Poll last week and I naturally have a few comments and new books to get excited about! The results, judged by novelists Stephen Graham Jones, Ruthanna Emrys, Tananarive Due and Grady Hendrix, were chosen from 7000 entries by NPR readers and carefully curated down to a list of 100. Unsurprisingly, 1023 of the 7000 entries were stories written by Stephen King — as to be expected. So to avoid having a list of just King’s works, the judges have allowed an author to only appear a maximum of two times on the list: once for a novel and once for a short story or novella, which has resulted in a wonderfully diverse list of horror stories.

So I wanted to chat a bit about the list, about the horror genre, and some of the books I have now added on my TBR because of it. I’d love to hear your thoughts as well, so let me know what you think of NPR’s 100 Favorite Horror Stories in the comments!

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