Share Indie Book Launches

We all know that a lot of book launches, book fairs, and plenty of non-book related events have been cancelled because of the current state of affairs we are in.

Because there aren’y many book events happening, I thought I’d give people a chance to share some book launches they know have happened recently, or will be happening soon.

A lot of authors had their book launches cancelled or postponed, so let’s share some book blogger love by sharing some book launches!

Share them in the comments, or find me on social media.
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March Madness: Book Edition

Hello again dear readers, it’s a pleasure as always.

I am not sure how much of a sports fan you all consider yourselves, but there is a sports tournament in the U.S. every year that has inspired me to come up with this idea.

Basically the way it works, is that 64 college basketball teams play against each other in a March Madness tournament, until there is a champion.

Teams are ranked from 1st to 16th in one of four conferences, and they are paired up accordingly: 1v16, 2v15, 3v14, and so on.


As much as I love sports, I thought I would come up with a bit of a different idea for March Madness…and that is to do it with books!

I don’t have the entire list ready yet, but I am going to do some research over the next week and come up with 64 books, split into 4 different categories.

I won’t be deciding the winner of each match up…that will be left to you, my readers.

Each day in March I will post one or two of the matchups in a Twitter poll, and you can vote for your winner.

I will also be looking through social media to see if either of the books are being talked about. For each post I see about the two books facing off against each other, that will count as one vote.


Now I don’t have a large Blog, or Twitter following, so I am hoping my followers will be helping me out a little bit with this one and retweeting some of my Twitter Posts.

I am not entirely sure how well this will work, but I have my fingers crossed that it will go well. Depending on my research, I may reduce the number of books in the contest to 32 or 16, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.


Anyways, thanks for any support you give me dear readers. It is all greatly appreciated and I hope you are as excited for this as I am.

If all goes well with it, I might have a contest with this idea for next year.

And as always, don’t forget to follow me on social media!
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AudioBook Review: Outlander

I have said before that it is a rare occurrence for a TV show or movie to be better than the book, but Outlander is one of those books that might just be an exception.

I had binge watched most of the TV show in a few weeks, knowing that there was a related book series, but I didn’t really feel like I had the time to start another series of books since I already had a few going at the time.

I had a free audio book that I could download, and I figured Outlander would be a good choice of book, and I am happy I was right.

Despite being a fantastic book, that the TV show is very similar to, I think an audiobook was a good call for Outlander, because the woman who was reading the story had a nice accent, and did a good job changing her voice slightly depending on who was speaking.

This is one of the few audiobooks I have listened to, but each one I listen to makes me love the medium more and more.


In terms of how the book actually was, I thought it was well written, very descriptive, and historically accurate (from my small understanding of that period in history).

I think when doing a historical fiction piece, it is important to get some level of accuracy, and I think Diana Gabaldon did a great job of writing about the period and the characters.

I haven’t read too many historical fiction pieces before, but I thought that I could really understand the period and the society that Gabaldon writes about in Outlander.

I haven’t learned a lot of this period in history, but I have done some research after watching the TV show, and from what I can tell Outlander is pretty spot on to what I could have expected.


Gabaldon’s writing style has caused her to quickly cracked my Top 10 favourite authors even though I only listened to one of her books.

I find her descriptive writing to be captivating enough that I can see myself in the story, but not overbearing that it becomes a grind getting through different scenes.

I think there is a time and place for overly descriptive writing. I think George R.R. Martin does a good job of it, but he is one of the few people that I have read that was able to do it well.

Gabaldon’s writing has enough description in it that there were times I could see the scene so perfectly, and the sex scenes were…interesting to say the least.


I think a historical-fiction book does its’ job when it makes the reader want to explore more. After listening to the entire book on my walks to and from work every day, I watched a few other shows about Scotland and their history. I also did some light reading online about Scotland and their fights for independence.

As you probably know, I am a lover of history, and Outlander has definitely made me want to dive a little deeper into the historical fiction genre.


I plan on continuing the series in the future, but not any time soon. There’s a few other series I want to finish first, but I won’t forget Outlander because I really enjoy the TV show.

Wheel of Time Wednesdays: Script Read Through.

A few weeks ago the cast of the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show did a read through of the script.

Today, a short video was released.

Hope you enjoy!

TOP TEN TUESDAY: BOOKS I’VE READ THAT I’D LIKE IN MY PERSONAL LIBRARY

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.

This one took me a long time to figure out, but I think I came up with a pretty good list in my opinion.

The Fellowship of the Ring

I read it on an e-Reader but haven’t purchased a physical copy yet.

Redwall Series

My favourite books growing up. I have kept the main stories, but I’d like to own them all again one day.

One Piece

Seems like a loft goal owning every chapter of One Piece. I’d probably need a room dedicated to it, but I wouldn’t mind that.

Naruto

I think this is a series I could re-read again in a reasonable amount of time, and I’d like to own it in order to do that.

Fullmetal Alchemist

I’ve started the collection, but I hope to own them all one day soon. There’s not too many so it’s not that achievable.

Where the Red Fern Grows

A great book from my childhood that I would love to read again from an adult perspective.

Legend Series

One of my favourite YA series that I’ve read. I always got the books from my school library, so owning them would be nice, especially since there is a new one coming out soon.

Various Shakespeare Works

Something about owning a bunch of Shakespeare stories makes me feel distinguished? Educated? Either way I’d like to own some more.

Sherlock Holmes

I’ve read a few Sherlock Holmes pieces in various books, but I’d like one giant collection of them all.

UnNamed Book from Childhood

I don’t remember the name of it, or who wrote it, but I remember it was about a boy who was kidnapped and dragged to an island in order to figure out a water pumping system his dad built to get at some buried treasure. If that makes any sense to you and you know the name, please let me know!

Join My “Book Club”

As a book lover, I’m always interested in what other people are reading to see if I might enjoy it myself. I also like discussing theories and ideas for books that are coming out.

I have a very limited circle of friends, and my experiences are limited to my regular schedule, so I don’t often get to experience what books other people are interested in. Plus being busy most days I don’t get to be involved in the regular chatter and excitement of upcoming books.

That’s why I decided to come up with the idea for a little community “book club”.

It won’t be a scheduled book club. I’m not planning on making people read certain books by a certain date or anything. I just figured I should make a community of book loving people, whether you’re a blogger or not, who want to talk about books, get opinions, and talk about what’s coming up.

It’ll all be hosted on Discord, so it’s not anything formal. There will be some rules against profanity and such, but other than that there will be channels depending on what book you want to talk about.

I’ll throw in a link here: https://discord.gg/sNYTree for you to follow if you’re interested. It’s still a work in progress, but you’re more than welcome to join. If you want a certain channel made, let me know and we can make one.

I’d love to see some people join the “book” club to talk about what books their interested in right now, or talk about the latest in book news. I think it’s a good chance to bring the global book community together for some fun.

Having a favourite genre…

As a reader, it is impossible not to have a certain genre or genres of books that you gravitate towards.

Maybe you love going on a thrilling chase through space, shooting lasers and meeting alien life forms. Maybe you love a wise old magician shooting fireballs from his staff, vanquishing the dragon that has plagued his country for eons. Or maybe you love crying alongside two characters who are so madly in love, but the world seems to be keeping them apart.

Either way, everyone has a genre that they like, and everyone has a genre that they don’t like.

What I want to talk about today is the genres that you don’t like, but first, let me tell you a little bit about me.

I can appreciate almost any genre of any form of art, music, books, or whatever you have in mind. I don’t necessarily like every genre, but I can appreciate and understand why people like those genres.

I have a favourite type of music — country — but I don’t limit myself to just country music. I listen to a bit of rap, a pinch of hip hop, some top 40, and just a dash of classical.

It’s the same thing with my reading habits and the genres that I like. Obviously my main genres would be historical and fantasy, but I don’t limit myself to those categories, and I think it is wrong if you do.

I don’t think you should limit yourself to a few genres just because you aren’t a “fan” of fantasy, or you can’t stand sci-fi, or romance books make you want to vomit.

If you don’t like a certain book, by all means don’t feel obligated to finish it, but if you’re not a fan of sci-fi, but you love romance…what about a sci-fi romance book.

Blend the love and the hate together and try it out. It’s got a bit of what you love, and a bit of what you hate, so maybe that’ll save it for you.

Maybe it will, or maybe you’ll think the romance aspect of the book was ruined because of the sci-fi part. That decision is yours to make.

What I really want to say is this.

Just because you hate a genre, or you hate a certain stereotype in a genre shouldn’t mean you shun it completely.

In today’s world, where reading is slowly becoming a dying passion, I don’t think us readers have the luxury of hating anything. I think we need to appreciate what we can about books, and do our best to keep them alive. Don’t hate on a certain genre because you don’t like it. Instead try to find a niche area of that genre that you do like.

Not only will it broaden your mind and understanding, I think it will also help you realize how much you love reading and make you fall in love with it all over again.