The Stay at Home Festival: The Online Literary Festival

We all know the state of the world right now. Many of us have never experienced things like this before, and we all need to stand together in order to get through this.

One thing we can do, to stand beside those indie authors out there that have been unable to go through with their boom launches, is support their hard work and commitment by taking a look at The Stay at Home Festival.

In these strange times all the usual outdoor events are on hold. That includes literary festivals. Authors and readers everywhere were finding long anticipated events were cancelled, book launches postponed and author discussions delayed. So CJ Cooke, award-winning poet and author of I Know My Name and The Blame Game, had a brain wave. An online literary festival. No travel ban worries, no social distancing required. Anyone from anywhere in the world could join in.

So the Stay at Home Literary Festival was born. From 27 March to 11 April a myriad array of authors will take part in online events.

Because I’m slow off the mark we’ve already missed three days. But from today onward here is the programme for this week. Check back for part 2 later on.

There are dozens of different “classes”, speeches, and opportunities for writers, readers, and everyone who is interested in literature in any way.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, make sure to give it a look. There’s tons of information and I plan on hopping in on a few chats myself!

Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award

Dear readers, I am proud to announce that I was chosen to be one of the Panelists for the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award!

There were’t actually any cuts this year, so whoever applied to be a panelist was chosen, but I am excited for the opportunity!

But, what I came here to tell you is that the author entries are finally open! Yep, authors are now able to submit their books to the BBNYA!

Entries are open until May 10, 2020 at 23:59GMT, so make sure you spread the word. If you know any authors, tell them to submit their work.

If you want any more information, you can check out the BBNYA website.

I will be posting updates whenever I have more information for you, but for now, here’s a rough timeline for anyone interested.

May 10: The author entries close at 23:59GMT
May 13: Deadline for authors to send the excerpts and pay entry fee at 23:59GMT.
May 19: Start of round one. We will supply you with all files and links needed by then.
June: We aim to have the judging of round 1 done during this month.
July: Depending on how quick we have the results of round 1 ready, we will start round 2.
July 20: Deadline for the announcement of the results of round 1.
July/September: Depending on how quick we have the results of round 2 ready, we will start round 3.
September 30: Deadline for the announcement of the results of round 2.
Late November: Around this time we aim to have all judging of the books of round 3 done.

December 21: Deadline for the announcement of round 3.


If you want to enter for the Book Blogger Novel of the Year Award, let me know! I’d love to know if one of my fellow readers submitted their book!
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10 Books With One Word Titles

Hello dear readers, we are back for another Top 10 Tuesday, which is a weekly meme brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl and was previously hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is books with a single word title.

I’ll be limiting this too books I have on my shelves right now…so I hope you enjoy.

Remember to chat with me in the comments whether you have some of these same one word title books, or which ones you enjoy!

Steelheart/Firefight/Calamity

The reckoners series books all consist of one word. They are very important to the story in each book, and really only make sense once you’ve read them.


Inferno/Origin

Two books by Dan Brown. I love the mystery and intrigue behind them all, and I am a sucker for a good conspiracy theory.


Oathbringer

A Brandon Sanderson book, and #3 in his Stormlight Archive Series. Both a beautiful looking piece, and a great story. It is one of my favourite books of all time.


Legend/Prodigy/Champion/Rebel

A YA series by Marie Lu. I loved this series back in high school and needed to see it to the end. They’re easy reads, but full of adventure and thrilling moments.


What are some of your favourite books with one word titles? Let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media.
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TV Review: Supernatural Season 13

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We are coming to an end dear readers. There is only one season left until we are caught up to what is airing on TV now, and part of me is glad.

It took me a while to get through this season due to a few reasons, but I just can’t binge it like earlier seasons…but I’ll get into that more now.

There are two story telling tropes that I hate with a passion. The first is time travel. It’s a boring way to give characters an out, and too often the rules are all different and aren’t followed. There are a rare few instances where time travel is used tastefully, but not often enough for me to enjoy it.

That’s not really my concern this season, but the second trope is.

The other one I can’t stand is alternate dimensions. It’s another pathetic attempt at story telling, because too often the alternate dimension just introduces characters, stories, or ideas we already know…but now they’re new because they’re from an alternate earth.

Well that’s the reality Supernatural adopts in Season 13. Two alternate dimensions.

One where it’s basically monster heaven, and there are things we’ve never even seen before walking around.

The other dimension is an alternate earth where Sam and Dean were never born, and the archangel Michael introduced the apocalypse.

Humans are fighting to survive against the last remaining monsters and hordes of angels.


13 seasons is a lot of story to maintain, but I can’t believe this is what the writers resorted to. I still believe the show should have ended a few seasons ago, but since we have to watch the crybaby Jack struggle to stop crying this season, I’m going to tell you why I disliked it.

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Jack, the son of Lucifer, is probably the third strongest being we have met, behind God and Amara.

I get that, after just being born, he can’t control his powers and he’s brash. I understand the reasoning behind it, but by the end of the season, after fighting a war against other angels, he’s still the same foolhardy buffoon.

PLUS, being the third strongest being in the world, he should be able to snap angels and monsters out of existence.

We see Lucifer do it several times over the years, and we know Jack is stronger than Lucifer, so why can’t he do anything more than force push the bad guys against a wall while the humans take care of them?


If you take away the alternate dimension story line, the whiny Jack, and a few other annoyances, this season does not live up to what the show used to be.

Before we got to see two brothers, crossing the country killing monsters and saving people. The family business. Now, we get to see them together less and less.

We lose the dynamic that has been built up for so long.

It’s unfortunate, because the relationship between the two brothers was the best part of the show for so long, and it still has its moments, but they are definitely fleeting.


What did you think of Supernatural Season 13? Let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media.
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Top 10 Tuesday: Beautiful Book Covers I Own

Good morning dear readers, and welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl and was previously hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is a Book Cover Freebie, so I decided I would show you some of the beautiful book covers that I own. These are in no particular order.

Oathbringer
This is actually the inside cover that I find to be absolutely stunning. I feel it’s like something out of an old medieval book.

Norse Mythology
A beautiful and well detailed cover with a beautiful colour background.

Firefight
I love the colour in this cover, it just pops so nicely.

The Art of War
Simple, beautiful, and the material is nice to touch. Plus I love the binding.

Sword of Destiny
I love the shading and the colours in this cover.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Simple but effective. Great covers that carry a lot of impact for anyone who reads them.

Wheel of Time Series
I love the detail and the story that is put into the covers.

IT
Simple, sinister, and scary. A perfect cover for IT.

History’s Worst Inventions
Another simple cover, but I love the simplicity and the colour.

Priory of the Orange Tree
Orange is an underused colour, and it is used beautifully in this cover.

What are some of your most beautiful book covers? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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Quote of the Day: Fairy Tales

Hello dear readers, this week’s Quote of the Day is all about Fairy Tales! I hope you find a quote in here that you enjoy.


“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” 
― Neil Gaiman


“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” 
― Albert Einstein


“When I was a little girl I used to read fairy tales. In fairy tales you meet Prince Charming and he’s everything you ever wanted. In fairy tales the bad guy is very easy to spot. The bad guy is always wearing a black cape so you always know who he is. Then you grow up and you realize that Prince Charming is not as easy to find as you thought. You realize the bad guy is not wearing a black cape and he’s not easy to spot; he’s really funny, and he makes you laugh, and he has perfect hair.” 
― Taylor Swift


“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” 
― Mo Willems

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” 
― Audrey Hepburn

“O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.” 
― Leo Rosten

“There is the great lesson of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.” 
― Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith)

“She talks like you. It’s not every day you hear a four-year-old say Prince Charming is a douchebag who’s only holding Cinderella back.” 
“That’s my girl.” 
― Emma Chase

“Gaea?” Leo shook his head. “Isn’t that Mother Nature? She’s supposed to have, like, flowers in her hair and birds singing around her and dear and rabbits doing her laundry.”
“Leo, that’s Snow White,” Piper said.” 
― Rick Riordan

“But wishes are only granted in fairy tales.” 
― Simone Elkeles

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.” 
― Mae West

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.” 
― Alfred Hitchcock

“The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.” 
― W.H. Auden

“There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.” 
― Neil Gaiman

“Fairy tales were not my escape from reality as a child; rather, they were my reality — for mine was a world in which good and evil were not abstract concepts, and like fairy-tale heroines, no magic would save me unless I had the wit and heart and courage to use it widely.” 
― Terri Windling

“Every fairy tale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.” 
― Alice Hoffman

“If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other–the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

“Think of every fairy-tale villainess you’ve ever heard of. Think of the wicked witches, the evil queens, the mad enchantresses. Think of the alluring sirens, the hungry ogresses, the savage she-beasts. Think of them and remember that somewhere, sometime, they’ve all been real.
“As for fairy tales, he understood that they were reflections of the people who had spun them, and were flecked with little truths – intrusions of reality into fantasy, like toast crumbs on a wizard’s beard.” 
― Laini Taylor

Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries of 2019

Hello dear readers, and welcome back to another round of Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s Top Ten list is all about Bookish things I discovered in 2019…so I hope you enjoy.

#1 Brandon Sanderson

I didn’t technically discover Sanderson in 2019, but I think I fell in love with him in 2019. I had read a handful of his works before, but I really found out how good of an author he really is. 2019 was a great chance for me to read some of the Mistborn series…and I can’t wait to read them in 2020, along with his new Starlight Archive book.


#2 Ink to Film

This is a podcast I found near the end of 2019, but it has been bumped up my list to be my next listen to. The first episode I listened to had me hooked from the start, and I like the varying perspectives of the same story. If you like books and their film adaptations, this podcast is definitely worth the time to listen to it.


#3 Fictional

The second of two podcasts on this list, and one for the classic literature lovers. This podcasts takes books, and gives them a modern telling. I like hearing the modern day versions of some classic stories. It’s sort of like Myths and Legends…but for books!


#4 Blog Tours

I got to be a part of my first Blog Tour near the end of 2019, and I was quickly looking for more. They’re a good opportunity to reach out to other bloggers and read their perspectives of the same book that you read.


#5 Dungeons and Dragons

Not necessarily a book, but I am counting it on this list. Dungeons and Dragons has been so much fun, for the little bit of playing that I have done. If you’ve played it before, then you know how much fun it can be.


#6 Audiobooks

I only tapped into the audio-book market this year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it all. I loved how immersed into the story I felt, and even when I felt like I wasn’t listening, I was still absorbing the whole story.


#7 My Book

Not much has come out of this yet…but it all started in 2019. That’s when I came up with the idea of the story I wanted to write, and that’s when I came up with the determination to see it through to the end.


#8 Speechify

Speechify is this really awesome text to speech app I discovered. I can’t afford an Audible subscription right now, but I have a few book-tours ongoing, and since I find myself in short supply of reading time, Speechify can read PDF documents out loud, which has helped me finish a few books already.


#9 Short Stories

Not something I discovered in 2019, but something I found a new appreciation for. I actually generally enjoy short stories more than some full-length pieces simply because they are shorter, and often have interesting endings to them.


#10 Ten Games to Play in Your Head by Yourself

A book I got for Christmas, and one I have not yet cracked open. I keep hearing better and better things about this book, and I can’t wait till I have the time to read through it.


What are some bookish discoveries you made in 2019? Let’s talk about them in the comments, or on social media!
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