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Subjective Chaos: our award winners

It all started – as so many things do – with a proposal on Twitter: what would happen if a group of bookworms had a go at calling the best genre reads of 2017? Well, firstly an explosion of reading lists as our opinions cross-pollinated. Then an outbreak of glee. Finally, much Serious Debate. And now, at last, we can reveal our winners…

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Bright Ruin: taking back control of Britain

Book cover: Bright Ruin - Vic James (a hand grasping golden lightning against an orange-red London skyline)The Hadleys are on the run, at the heart of a struggle that is challenging their convictions about who they are. The Jardines are in control of the country, the ruthless Chancellor happy committing atrocities and ruling by fear. But power is a slippery thing, and family can’t be trusted any more than rebels…

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Throwback Thursday: The Obelisk Gate

Book cover: The Obelisk Gate - N K Jemisin (a floral boss in pink/purple)No Season is forever, but this one promises to be longer than humanity can endure. In the underground refuge of Castrima, Essun must master powers that might save her new people. But a powerful city state has emerged from the ashes of Sanzed, and far to the south, the Fulcrum is not yet dead. The Season is not all Castrima must survive…

Avoiding major spoilers, with effort

July Redux: on the road again

It’s been a scorching hot summer so far, but thankfully the extra degrees haven’t interfered with my appetite for reading. In fact, July’s reading has been extensive, fuelled by daily London commutes, a long-haul flight back to the US mid-month and the 24 in 48 hour readathon! It’s been lovely to reach the end of assigned reading lists and read free-range – before I tackle my ARC backlog in August (probably)…

Reading round-up, Stacking the shelves and goal progress

Top Ten Tuesday: books that lived up to the hype

Top Ten Tuesday is was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, we’re talking about books we’d heard a lot about – and that lived up to our expectations.

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The Tethered Mage: scorching fantasy debut

Book cover: The Tethered Mage - Melissa Caruso (a blueblack bird and a woman's silhouette on an orange background)Amalia Cornaro is a good-hearted scholar who likes wearing trousers. She’s also the daughter of La Contessa, the most powerful woman in the Empire. And she’s just forged an unbreakable bond with Zaira, the most destructive warlock the Empire has seen in centuries. Life’s about to get complicated…

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Bite-size Books: The Citadel of Weeping Pearls

Book cover: The Citadel of Weeping Pearls - Aliette de Bodard (an Asian woman in flowing red dress sits on a dragon throne against a backdrop of stars and towers. Seriously gorgeous, this one)The Empress ordered her fleets to destroy the Citadel of Weeping Pearls and its ruler – her daughter – for fear of the weapons their unusual science was creating. But the Citadel disappeared. 30 years later, with war looming against an enemy who can turn their mindships against them, can the Bright Princess be found – and persuaded to come home?

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24in48: a weekend of all the books

24 in 48. Never heard of it? Neither had I. It’s a twice-yearly weekend readathon, where bookworms around the globe try to cram 24 hours’ reading in between midnight Friday and midnight Sunday. Unlike the relentless Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, you can stop to eat, sleep, walk the dog, or just rub your eyes clear of words – cheered on by other readers worldwide who have given themselves permission to read all weekend. I had to give it a go…

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The Burning Page: this time, Alberich means business

Book cover: The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (mostly text treatment, with a silhouette of a man and a woman in period dress)Irene is still working off her superiors’ displeasure for abandoning her assigned world to rescue Kai. The dragons are irritated that she won’t accept their protection to stop it happening again. And the Fae probably want to kill her. But soon they’ll all have bigger things to worry about: Alberich is back – and this time he has his eyes set on the Library itself…

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Born to the Blade (1.11): All the Nations of the Sky

War has been declared. Closely-guarded secrets are being made public. The rules of engagement are battered if not broken. Can Kris summon the Warders’ Circle one last time and broker a peace with Quloo now they have evidence of Mertika’s treachery?
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July 2018 #24in48 Readathon Sign-ups are Here!

Well here’s a thing I didn’t know about until this morning and delightfully has crossed my radar _just in time_ for me to a) realise I have no plans for this weekend and b) sign up to join in. Now I can spend all day delightfully fretting about what to read! So… what are you doing this weekend?

24 in 48 Readathon

Happy summer reading season, friends! We are back with another #24in48 readathon on July 21-22, 2018 and we cannot wait for you to join us. Back in January, we welcomed close to 1,900 readers and we hope each and every one of you comes back for an excellent weekend of reading.

It’s a perfect way to hang out in a hammock (if it’s not too hot where you are) or chill in the A/C with a stack of great books. However you choose, we hope you’ll spend your weekend reading with us and your 2,000 closest friends.

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour…

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Throwback Thursday: Nemesis Games

Unexpected saviours of Ilus, the crew of the Roci scatter for a well-earned break. But old feuds die hard. As humanity streams through the Gates to colonise new worlds, the Solar System is ripped apart by unexpected violence on an unimaginable scale. Can Alex, Amos, Jim and Naomi survive alone?

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