Book & Travel Pairing – Oxford Classics

  I’ll be honest, this is probably one of the easiest pairings to do. Oxford University was home to so many great British writers, either as students or professors, that it’s not hard to find books that come from this great town. Chances are you’ve already read at least one. And while it’s tempting to find some more obscure ones, the classics are just too good to pass over, so maybe next trip I’ll find some new reads. But this […]

Book & Travel Pairing – Fantastical London

Last time I went to England I did a big literary influenced trip, so I found it easier to list literary locations I visited than to pick books for every single place. This time around I am going to actually give you some books. And while London has books aplenty to read when you are visiting, both with settings there or from there, such as Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes, anything featuring James Bond or basically any number of texts you likely read […]

Book & Travel Pairing – Prague

Instead of a mini diary of how the book set in my travel destination impacted the experience of being there, this is a retrospective of books that I read in the years prior to visiting Prague and my perspective on how these influenced my trip. Prague is a city full of inspiration for many creators. Because of this there are dozens of stories set there, inspired by it, or written by people who come from there. Without even meaning to, […]

Pairing Books with Travel

I love the idea of pairing things. But it’s one thing to pair food with wine, but what food with books, or wine with books? Perhaps more universally loved would be tea with books, searching out the perfect cup with flavours that match the book, be it region, flavour profiles described withing the story, or even the mood. Of course this is easier if the person doing the pair ups has both tasted the drink and read the book, as […]

All Hallow’s Read – My Picks

The All Hallow’s Read website has some great lists of recommendations broken down by various age groups for those like me who have zero experience with children but want to send something at least somewhat appropriate to a niece/nephew/friend’s kid. But what about adults? I personally haven’t read nearly as much horror as I would like, not by a long shot, but even so here are some of the books I will be giving or have considered giving this All Hallow’s Read. Trigger […]

All Hallow’s Read – What is it?

Started a few years back by an inspired idea of Neil Gaiman’s, All Hallow’s Read is a wonderful tradition of gifting someone with a scary book on the week or night of Halloween. The website offers insight into its creation, the concept, and a yearly list of recommendations for books to gift to those in a younger age range. In the first blog post Gaiman suggests we give these books to adults, naming some of his choice authors of the horror genre that […]

The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville – Review

I will start by saying that if you haven’t read anything by China Miéville before, getting into one of his books can be a bit weird at first. You are often thrown straight into the world and tossed in with the characters with information revealed slowly, and it can be a little confusing. I found this the case with The Last Days of New Paris, as we are dropped into New Paris among manifs and survivors with little background as to who […]

Banned Books Week 2016

That’s right people, it is Banned Books Week from Sept 25 – Oct 1. During this week the ALA (American Library Association) is sharing lists of the most challenged books of the year and opening up the discussion about these books and what exactly was the reasoning behind people wanting these books banned while drawing attention to the harmful effects of censorship. The number one challenged book of last year was Looking for Alaska by John Green, who made a video in response earlier […]

All the Things in April (Already!)

The start of April brings with it lots of new, very exciting things. Primarily it is the start of Camp NaNoWriMo, and as I’ve mentioned before I will be posting my project, Clarke’s Third Law, on Wattpad every week. The first part, sort of like a prologue, went up last week and today I have posted the first official chapter. This is the first part that has been written as past of NaNo, so while I made sure to give it […]

Free Things!

Some shareable things for you all about my various writings! My first book, The Walker in the Dark, is free on Kindle until the end of the week! A stand alone young adult fantasy novel I wrote a few years back, it is there for the taking! So check it out, download it, maybe pop out a little review (winkwink). Additionally, I finally sorted out the Wattpad stuff and you can now read the prologue and first chapter of The […]