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Mythothon: Celtic Recs

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Find all the details about this round of the Mythothon readathon over in the Announcement and Prompts post.

As with every round of this readathon, you do not need to read mythology books, simply ones that fit the challenge prompts. However, I know some of you enjoy the extra challenge of using theme specific books into your TBR so I’ve found a few that you might be interested in. I’ve not read all of the books below, only some, so I can’t recommend which are most likely to suit you, but think of this as a starting place for your own research. Please do add any suggestions you come up with in the comments.

This is a mixed bag of Celtic mythology inspired reading — some are almost direct retellings of stories like Tam Lin (Scottish) or the Mabinogion (Welsh), while other are looser featuring creatures from Celtic folklore like kelpies and selkies. In fact, since the idea of ‘fair folk’, Sidhe and fairy deals feature heavily in Celtic folklore, you could probably use a lot of fantasy novels featuring the fae.

One element of Celtic mythology you won’t find here is Arthurian Legend. I felt that was a large and rather separate topic ( and hinthint might make for a Mythothon round all of its own).

Where a series would fit, I’ve listed the first book.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2020

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2020 itself has been a real rollercoaster of a year — both as a whole and for me personally — and we’re only (already?) halfway through.

My reading has sort of reflected that with some periods where I’ve read way more than usual, a couple of mood slumps and some lack of time dips as well. I’ve even noticed a few points when the genres I was leaning into weren’t what I would have expected.

But, anyways, take a gander at my thoughts on my 2020 reading so far.

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What do you do with old ARCs?

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Every blogger I’ve ever spoken to understands how lucky and privileged we are to received Advance Review Copies from authors and publishers. Every author I’ve spoken to really appreciates the work that goes into reading and reviewing them.

But, what do you do with them when you’re finished?

ARCs are not allowed to be sold (although, obviously, there are always a horrible handful that flout the rules and make us all look bad…). eARC’s pose little bother, but a pile of books you can’t get rid of can be a problem.

* Some people like to keep and collect their ARCS and that’s absolutely okay. This is just for fun and for those of us who might lack the space or desire to hold onto theirs. *

Here’s a few suggestions for what to do with used physical ARCs.

 

What do you do with yours?

Let me know your ideas!

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Book Recommendations from 20 to 200 Pages

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I know that with the current coronavirus quarantine and social distancing measures, a lot of us have more ‘free’ time on our hands. If you’re anything like me though, focusing on anything other than the constant news updates is hard. I’ve really noticed my reading speed and retention go down in recent days.

The solution might be to try picking up some more short stories and novellas. There’s less of a commitment, you only need to focus for a short spell, and you’ll get the satisfaction of finishing something.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations to add, please let me know.

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Hit Your 2019 Target: 5 Books 55-Pages or Less

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We’re getting closer and closer!

Last week, I gave you 5 books under 75 pages to help you hit those pesky GoodReads targets before the end of 2019.

If you’re still frantically struggling to fit in a few extra books before the end of the end, here’s another five great books, the longest of which is only 55 pages long. You can read most of these in less than a hour.

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Hit Your 2019 Target: 5 Books 75-Pages or Less

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Trying to squeeze in those last few books this year?

As 2019 comes to a close, the GoodReads Challenge, and all our own personal reading goals, can loom large.

If you’re looking for a couple of quick reads to boost your stats this year, here are five great stories, each less than 75 pages, so you can finish each one in an afternoon.

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My Most Anticipated: October 2019

Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela

Crier's War (Crier's War, #1)

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

PRE-ORDER IT HERE

October 1st 2019 by HarperTeen

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Cozy Mystery Book Haul

I don’t usually do haul posts, since I tend to buy my books randomly and as the mood strikes me so there never seems to be enough to merit a post. I got an Amazon gift card recently though, and decided that I wanted to spend it on discovering some new-to-me cozy mysteries.

I got loads of great suggestions when I asked for recommendations, so I thought I’d share what I picked with you guys in case you want to try them too.

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