BLOG: November and December Round-Up

This is a little later than anticipated – largely because the last few weeks have been pretty busy! With Christmas finally over, things are starting to calm down a bit. If you guys are stuck on what to do with your time in the long January days, here’s a run down of November and December’s posts (in no particular order) for your perusal to occupy you!

REVIEWS

All of this is True – Lygia Day Peñaflor

A contemporary YA novel about scandal, manipulation and betrayal, which perhaps is more suited to teens in terms of subject matter, but is structurally fascinating and very enjoyable.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling

A surprisingly charming collection of fairy tales, pitch-perfect, and enough to break through even by Potter-ennui.

Filmish – Edward Ross

A wonderfully academic graphic look at the history of cinema, each chapter discussing a particular theme in films. It covers both Hollywood blockbusters and some gems of world cinema.

Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean

A wonderful fantasy based on Japanese mythology, the fight between monsters and humans, and a challenge to win marriage to the Emperor’s son.

Holiday – C. Barton

A bit of well-written, indulgent smut, where everyone gets to enjoy themselves and everyone’s old enough and sober enough to be there. Perfectly relaxing and a quick and easy treat, as it’s only novella-length.

Pride – Ibi Zoboi

A modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice which perhaps even more than the original deals with class inequalities and the wealth and cultural gaps between the protagonists, as Zuri and Darius come from more radically different backgrounds than Lizzy and Darcy ever did.

Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

This has been on the to-read list for many, many years and when I finally got around to it, it was like slipping into a familiar warm coat. I loved everything about it and knew instantly I’d read it again and again.

The Mermaid – Christina Henry

I approached this with caution, because a previous book by the author had been quite… brutal, but was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s grounded in history, plays with the myth of P.T. Barnum, and provides a magical fairytale to go behind real events.

Robots vs Fairies – ed. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

This was a book group selection, and as with most short story collections it was, for me, a mixture of hits and misses. Some I loved, some not so much. I think I am not suited to reading short stories though, and if you are this could be a good one to check out.

Poison – Sarah Pinborough

One of Sarah Pinborough’s early books, this fairy tale retelling is dark but it just didn’t go as far as I wanted it to go for me to get any real satisfaction out of it, and instead it felt a little flat.

BLOGS

One year anniversary!

Nerds Like Me turned one on the 1st January! I’m quietly proud of this little blog, and I hope I can keep it up for a while longer yet. I enjoy writing it and feel like it’s making me a better reader, and hopefully a better editor.

Book Subscription Box: Unicorn Crate

I treated myself to another Book Subscription Box for my birthday. The shipping was steep from the USA, but oh my goodness it was a beautiful package.

Interview: Orion on Tour – Regional Diversity in Publishing

A interview with Holly Harley, senior editor at Orion books, to discuss the ways Orion are working to address the lack of regional diversity in the publishing industry.

SYP Conference 2018 – Rewriting the (Rule)Book

A brief write-up of the SYP annual conference, which had a lot of promising discussions about regional, social, and ethnic diversity within the industry.

Work in Publishing Week – Finally getting an offer

Most excitingly in November, after 17 months, 80 applications and 24 interviews, I finally got an offer for my first publishing job!

October Round-Up

In case you have forgotten everything I did in October, it’s in a handy list here too!

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