#5OnMyTBR: Classics

Hi everyone,

I have been waiting for this week’s #5OnMyTBR because I’ve wanted to talk about several of these on previous weeks but thought I’d save them all for today’s classics theme! I’m doing the Gothtober readathon in October, a readathon celebrating gothic fiction, and several of these are on my TBR for it, I can’t wait to read some new gothic classics as well as reread some favourites.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca is one of my new classics, I’ve never actually read it. But, I want to read it before the Netflix film release near the end of October because I’m very much someone who needs to read the book before they watch something. I’m aware of the plot because it’s just one of those books where you kind of know what happens, but that doesn’t make me any less excited to finally read this!

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

This is another I’m planning to read for Gothtober. I have read this one, but it was absolutely years ago and I’m very much due a reread! Oscar Wilde is just such a fascinating person, he’s the one I always choose when I’m asked ‘who from history would you like to have a dinner party with’. One of my most precious books is a collection of his poetry in a hardback with foil that I found in a second hand bookshop and it’s so pretty.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Of course, how could any gothic fiction readathon tbr be complete without Dracula?! This is another of my favourite classics, and is actually the novel I chose to write my dissertation on in my senior year (I pretty much wrote an essay on queer sexuality in Dracula and Carmilla and it was MUCH FUN).

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The last classic on both this list and on my Gothtober TBR is The Phantom of the Opera, which despite being a HUGE fan of the muscial and the film version with Gerard Butler, I am ashamed to say I’ve never actually read… I will finally be righting this awful wrong in October!

Olivia by Dorothy Strachey

Last but definitely not least is the only non gothic classic on the list, huzzah! Olivia is “considered one of the most subtle and beautifully written lesbian novels of the century” therefore obviously I need to read it.

And those are five classics on my TBR! Are any of your favourite classics on this list? If not, what are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!

#5OnMyTBR: Red covers

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

It’s another one of my favourite weeks on #5OnMyTBR! I love cover prompts because I get to look at gorgeous covers and the posts always look so beautiful and cohesive. I actually did struggle a bit with red covers though, it turns out I don’t actually have that many books with red covers on my owned TBR right now! So some are maybe more pink than red…another a bit orange….one is half blue… Clearly I need to buy more books with red covers!

A Burning by Mega Majumdar

A Burning is a literary fiction novel set in India about a Muslim girl from the slums who is imprisoned for a terrorist attack thanks to a careless comment on social media. I’ve been trying to read more widely genre wise this year, so this is one of the books I bought to explore more adult lit fic!

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

This month I’m aiming to get all outstanding 2020 ARCs read, and this is the one I’m most excited to get to! It’s about an artist who is recruited to paint the mystical sygils on the government’s automaton soldiers. But when they discover how the paint is created, they say fuck the government and steal an automaton dragon.

Proxy by Alex London

I’ve had a copy of this for a while and I really need to find time to read it! It’s about a world where rich people have “proxy’s”, people who take all their punishments for them. Knox is a rich kid, Syd is his proxy. And the two run away together to try beat the system after Knox kills someone and Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

The Red Threads of Fortune by Neon Yang

I read and adored Neon’s Yang’s novella The Black Tides of Heaven, which is the first in a four part novella series. I immediately bought the following three after I read it but I still haven’t found time to read them! The Red Threads of Fortune is the second in the series and follows the twin of the main character from the first book.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Okay yes, this cover is definitely more pink but I ran out of red covers. This verse novel is about a boy coming to terms with his identity as a mixed race gay teen who finds himself through drag at university.

So yes I totally failed this week. There’s two vaguely pink covers, an orangey one and then one that’s half blue.. Oh dear. I promise I will do better next week! Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

#5OnMyTBR: Autmum Reads

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Hi everyone,

It’s offically September which means it’s finally getting warm again here in Australia!! Bring on Spring and sunshine! Even though this week’s theme is all about autumn, and I’m currently heading into Spring, there is one thing in common with autumn in the Northern hemisphere: SPOOKY SEASON. This week’s theme is all about autumn reads, and nothing feels more autumn to me than reading spooky, ghostly, horror reads for all of October. So here’s some autumny spooky reads I’ll be reading over the next few months.

This October I’m participating in the Gothtober readathon which is a readathon celebrating gothic fiction, and I’m planning to read a lot of gothic classics for that one which would work really well for this theme. However, I actually read the themes ahead for once and we have a classics week in two weeks! So I’m saving all my spooky autumn classics for that week.

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (translated by Jonathan Wright)

Okay but how terrifying and amazing does this sound: it’s a black humour Frankenstein retelling set in US occupied Baghdad where someone collects corpses and stitches them together and accidentally creates a monster who wants to feast on the flesh of criminals.

Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (translated by Julia Meitov Hersey)

This leans more to the dark academia lane than spooky, but there’s something about dark academia that feels very cosy and Autumny to me? I’ve been meaning to read Vita Nostra for years, finally picked up a copy this year and have still not read it because I am the worst. SOON. It’s all about a strange magic school where if you step out of line, your family pays the price.

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I’ve only read one book by Hargrave so far, The Mercies, and I absolutely loved it so I’m really keen to get to one of her YA books! The Deathless Girls is a sapphic book that tells the story of Dracula’s brides and thus is perfect for spooky season.

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeymi

In true spooky gothic fashion, White is for Witching is set at a creepy, mysterious house which does very mysterious things and has generations of women living in its walls. One of the household is more attuned to these spirits than the rest of her family and is slowly leaving them to join the spirits, and one night vanishes completely.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Last one for today is a book that comes out this month! Susanna Clarke is the author of Jonathan Norrell and Dr Strange and her new gothic novel is set in a strange labyrinth house where a terrible truth is unravelling.

That’s my top 5 Autumn reads on my TBR! What kind of books do you associate with Autumn? Let me know in the comments!

#5OnMyTBR: Disabled MC

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

Another week, another month, another year older. September is my birthday month! And Melbourne Stage 4 lockdown is supposed to end a few days before my birthday so maybe I’ll get to celebrate by standing outside of my home at 8:01pm (we currently have an 8pm curfew.)

This week is all about disabled characters! And you’ll be pleased to hear that even though Seven Devils could also qualify for this theme, I have restrained myself from putting it on this list for the third week running.

The Outside by Ada Hoffman

The Outside is a science fiction novel with an autistic scientist who aciddentally destroys a space station (and kills the many people on board…) She is abducted by agents (robot angels) of the AI Gods who offer her mercy if she’ll lead them to her missing mentor.

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram

The sequel to one of my favourite books ever, Darius the Great is Not Okay! Darius has depression and TAKES MEDICATION and I love seeing this normalised in a YA! I can’t wait to see what happens now that Darius is back in the US and has a boyfriend!

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Everyone who’s read this says it’s absolutely beautiful and I really need to finally read it!! One of the two girls in this has a chronic illness, I think leukemia. It follows a girl from Trinidad who is sent to the US after her mother catches her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor’s daughter; and the girl who befriends her and helps get the hang of a US school.

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

This one was recently longlisted for the Man Booker and explores a complex mother-daughter relationship when the mother starts losing her memory and is unable to take care of herself.

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

And let’s end on a horror! I have been dying to read Christina Henry’s work, she writes horror fairytale retellings. This one is, obviously, Red Riding Hood. It’s set in a world decimated by a plague, and Red has a prosthetic leg and hunts men in the woods…

Are any of these books on your TBR? What books would you like to read with disability rep?

#5OnMyTBR: Ensemble Cast

Hi everyone,

Today I come to you a little sore because I have actually exercised for like the first time in three months. My partner and I have been horrific about getting any exercise in lockdown. But I’ve now been doing yoga for four days running and thus am a little on the sore side from like, actually stretching and using muscles.

This week’s theme is all about ensemble casts, groups of chaotic, useless friends who encourage each other to do dumb shit! I actually struggled a little to think of books this week, I feel like I don’t read many books with huge ensemble casts? Which feels like a weird thing to say because I read so much fantasy and these often have huge cast lists, but I don’t think a lot of them really count as “ensemble” because there’s very clearly usually a main character or two. But the following books, I think, all have an ensemble cast that is actually an ensemble cast. Maybe. Who knows really?

Burn the Dark by S.A Hunt

First up is a book with one of the coolest book pitches of all time. This horror novel is about a witchhunter who has a YouTube channel where she films herself killing witches. But the only issue is her followers don’t know it’s all real. DUN DUN DUUUUUN…..

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

This baby is sitting absolute top of my fantasy tbr right now (minus like….all my ARCs due in September/October). I’ve had a copy since it released last year and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. But I’m trying to tackle the books that have sat on my TBR the longest so I want to read this asap! This is a Silk Road inspired fantasy full of magical creatures and independent, badass women!

Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

Okay I really need to start looking ahead at the topics for the next few weeks when writing these because I featured this last week BUT it fits so well for this theme, I couldn’t skip it. Seven Devils has a whopper SEVEN POVs which I think could be the most I’ve ever read in a book. It’s about a group of resistance fighters trying to free the galaxy from a ruthless empire.

Ravensong by T.J Klune

There isn’t much more of an ensemble cast than in books about wolf packs, where family is so so important (and usually pretty large). I read and loved Wolfsong last year but haven’t yet read the sequel, Ravensong. I’m probably going to have to reread Wolfsong before I get into this though…

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Okay I know we’re all shocked and surprised to see this fantasy novel by a WHITE MAN on this list, especially given my recent series about speculative fiction you can read that specifically aren’t written by white men. But I bought an eBook of this before I started not buying fantasy by white men, and it’s apparently sapphic and many queer book bloggers have given it good reviews. So for now, I am giving Bennett the benefit of the doubt and will try read this at some point….

And that’s my five books for this week! What’s your favourite book with an ensemble cast? A recent favourite of mine was Dangerous Remedy, which has the best group of queer disasters just fucking shit up in the French Revolution and it is fantastic.

#5OnMyTBR: 2020 releases

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I ate some donuts and that was pretty much the highlight given we’re still in hard lockdown in Melbourne. But this week’s #5OnMyTBR is a really good theme, 2020 releases! I’m really going to struggle to actually narrow this down to just 5 books, because I have so many 2020 books on my TBR! So I decided to *cough* double the number of books on this list and do my top 10 2020 books on my TBR! This year I’ve really expanded the genres I read (I mean, I’m still definitely a SFF reader first and foremost) but I’m trying to read a bit more widely too so I think this week’s list really reflects that!

Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

Okay yes I’m starting with a scifi but the rest of the list has more variety I swear. This adult scifi has a whopping seven different POVs, each one of seven resistance fighters who are trying to free the galaxy from a ruthless empire.

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is fast becoming one of my favourite authors so of course I’m super excited to read their newest release, The Death of Vivek Oji. It’s a story of family and friendship and , as you can probably guess, the death of Vivek Oji.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

I usually try to read a few of the books longlisted for the Man Booker, and as I’m Scottish, I of course had to read this one! Set in Glasgow during the Thatcher years, Shuggie Bain follows a young boy growing up in public housing. It’s also written with Glasgow dialect so will I get homesick reading this? Probably. It’s a very dark read too I believe, check out the content warnings in some of the Goodreads reviews before reading!

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

This is another of my picks from the Man Booker shortlist, this one about a complicated mother-daughter relationship, as a daughter who felt neglected in her childhood now has to care for her mother at the onset of dementia.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Onto a slightly more fun one, this is a fake dating romance and so many people are seeming to love it so I can’t wait to jump in!

The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Genderfluid pirates anyone? This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I can’t believe I still haven’t read it yet! It’s about a pirate and a noblewoman prisoner who fall in love and also there are mermaids and pirates and bears oh my! (Okay probably not the bears…)

The Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty

Yes I still haven’t read the final book in the Daevabad trilogy because I’m a WIMP and I am SCARED.

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

This UKYA contemporary books looks like it’ll be so so powerful but I am waiting until I’m in the right headspace to read it as it deals with some very difficult topics. It’s about a teen boy trying to find out why his brother committed suicide.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

One of the biggest books of the year? Definitely. The Vanishing Half is an adult fiction novel about two sisters who live completely different lives: one lives with her daughter in the Southern town they grew up in, and the other passes for white and lives with a husband who knows nothing of her past.

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson

And finally, All Boys Aren’t Blue is next on my list of nonfiction/memoir reads. It’s an essay collection by LGBTQIA+ activist George M Johnson, and covers topics from toxic masculinity to Black joy.

That’s it for this week! Sorry for the doubley long post, I just couldn’t resist talking about all the amazing 2020 releases on my TBR!

#5OnMyTBR: Mystery

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a great first week of August! This week’s five on my TBR theme is all about mysteries. Now I’m not usually the biggest mystery or thriller reader. But between the two, I will always pick a mystery. Give me a soft, gothicy mystery over a fast paced intense thriller any day. And since I’ve been really keen lately to read some more books with this vibe, I think I’ve managed to find just about five from my TBR shelf that will fit this theme!

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Wilder Girls was one of my favourite YAs of 2019, and was also the book that helped introduce me to a whole new genre (horror!) So of course I bought a copy of Power’s new horror Burn Our Bodies Down, which looks like it’ll just be as mysterious and creepy as her debut was! This one’s all about a family mystery as Margot returns to her mother’s hometown to find out about the family she’s never heard of.

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell

Gothic horror is pretty much my favourite genre at the moment, I have been loving getting back into this genre this year! The Poison Thread is one of those currently on my TBR, this gothic horror mystery is all about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

I feel like I’m letting down the sapphic team by having never read a Sarah Waters book. I’m the worst. But I have Fingersmith on my bookshelf and I promise I will read it soon! This is a Victorian era mystery about a maid trying to con her employer for her inheritance but they start to care for each other more than expected… Aka it’s gay.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Apparently most of the mystery I read is 1800s Victorian era, because here’s another one! The Watchmaker of Filigree Street follows Thaniel Steepleton who finds a watch on his pillow which saves his life 6 months later, and so he goes in search of its maker.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I read mysteries that are set in the Victorian era or are horror, those are the only two cases! I haven’t actually seen the Bird Box film, but I bought a copy of this book when it was on a deal on Kindle because it sounds very very creepy and that was pretty much the only reason I bought it. A world where you can’t open your eyes or you’ll see things and start harming yourself and those around you?! So creepy.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What mystery books do you have on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

#5OnMyTBR: Long books

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

Happy August! This year is certainly flying whilst simultaneously never ending. This week’s #5OnMyTBR theme is long books, which is MY JAM! I am a massive fantasy reader so often read very long books (hello Priory). However, for today’s list, I did try to mix it up a little so you aren’t just getting a list of all the hefty fantasy tomes I have to read.

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Coming in at the smallest book on this list at 448 pages, The Bone Shard Daughter is quite literally at the top of my TBR (I’m about 5% in at the time of writing!) It’s about the daughter of an emperor who has to fight to earn her father’s approval by gaining power over the bone shard magic which keeps the empire running. I mean, how cool does BONE SHARD MAGIC sound?!

Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliot

Coming in at 528 pages is another ARC I’ve got to read asap! Unconquerable Sun is a reimagining of Alexander the Great but in space and as a woman. Yes, does that does sound amazing!

The Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty

And finally, the chonkiest baby on this list is of course, The Empire of Gold, at 766 pages. I know I had this on my list last week too, but how could I not mention it when we’re talking about chonky books?! This is the end to the Daevabad trilogy and is definitely going to be a) amazing and b) soul destroying.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

At 629 pages, The Secret History is both a rather large book and has a rather large reputation to live up to. This book is hailed as one of the definining books of the dark academia genre and it’s the favourite book of some of my favourite authors. I finally bought a copy this year and I can’t wait to read it!

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

And ending this list is another book with a very big reputation! A Little Life is 720 pages of pure pain according to reviews I’ve seen from bloggers which means I’m probably going to absolutely adore it.

And that’s the 5 chonky books on my TBR! I even managed to find a few that weren’t actually fantasy, though that’s probably in part because I’ve done pretty well at keeping on top of my long fantasy reading list this year. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

#5OnMyTBR: Sequels

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

This week’s theme is sequels, which is a great one for me because it actually ties in to one of my 2020 goals! When 2020 started, I had several very awesome sequels that I vowed to get to this year because I had been too chicken to start them last year. And as we’re now halfway through the year, this post is giving me time to re-evaluate how I’ve been doing with sequels! So far I’ve read three rather big fantasy sequels – The Kingdom of Copper, Jade War and The Dragon Republic which together surely make up like 6 six regular sized books right? Now that I’ve finished those, here’s the next 5 very epic sequels on my TBR.

The Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty

So the second book in this series, The Kingdom of Copper, was actually one of the books I’d been too scared to read in 2019 after how destroyed I was by The City of Brass. But I did finally manage to get to it in early January, and was so equally scarred that I haven’t yet opened my copy of EoG because I am SO FUCKING SCARED. I know it’s going to be amazing. But….my heart needs to get into the right place to be able to survive the epic conclusion to one of my favourite fantasy series.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes is one of the most popular YA fantasy series and I finally read it last year! I loved it so much that I immediately ordered the sequel, A Torch Against the Night, and then…..never read it. I am officially the worst.

The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Okay so technically this one is a bit of a cheat, because I’ve (obviously) already read The Electric Heir, which is the sequel to my favourite book of all time, The Fever King. And it was just as incredible as the first in the series! However, I read it as an eARC and haven’t actually reread it since my print copy has arrived so I’d love to reread the series now that I’ve got my matching copies!

The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

This is a very new addition to my list of sequels because I only read the first book in this novella series, The Black Tides of Heaven, last week, but I absolutely ADORED it. I fell so completely in love with the world and these characters that I immediately ordered the three following novellas in this series and I will definitely be reading them asap!

Drowned Country by Emily Tesh

And another new addition to my sequels list, I also recently read the first Greenhollow book, Silver in the Wood, and it was such a sweet, lovely, relaxing book, it felt like a fairytale! So obviously, I will be reading Drowned Country as soon as it releases in the middle of August!

That’s my list of sequels up next on my TBR! There are definitely going to be a few more added before the year is out, namely three follow ups to some of my favourite fantasy series, The Burning God, The Archive of the Forgotten and The Ikessar Falcon as well the most exciting sequel of the year, Darius the Great Deserves Better! But I’m doing much better at reading sequels this year than I did in 2019, so I’m confident I’ll get to all of these before the end of 2020. Hopefully.

#5OnMyTBR: Summer reads

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

We’re onto week 2 of the new lockdown in Melbourne and I’ve decided to start a new hobby to try keep me more upbeat in the current situation: candle making! I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my candle kit. I bought some black dye as well so I can make goth candles and I can’t wait!

This week’s #5OnMyTBR theme is summer reads, which may be more difficult for me because it’s the middle of a rather cold winter here and thus I have forgotten what sunshine and vitamin D feels like. But more importantly: despite the fact I work in publishing, I still wouldn’t even be able to tell you what a summer read is. Something that’s relaxing and pleasurable to read on a beach? But that’s different for everyone, I cry! So for this, I tried to pick books on my TBR that feel lighthearted, warm, and easy to read, and thus the perfect book to curl up with under the sun!

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Wen

This YA novel is literally set across a summer, so surely that counts for this theme! It follows teen Ever Wong whose parents send her to Taiwan for the summer to study Mandarin. However the program she’s been sent to is less late night study and more late night clubbing as over-achieving kids let loose.

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

This book sounds the lightest of the stack of SFF I have on my TBR, gifted to me by my lovely cat for mother’s day (yes, pets give gifts in this household). It is a Sherlock Holmes retelling with a female, pansexual sorceress Holmes and a trans Watson, and it’s full of sharks, gods, vampires and pirates! Aka: FUN.

Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Kerr

Donuts = summer. I don’t make the rules…. Please Don’t Hug Me is a #LoveOzYA contemporary with ownvoices autism rep, written entirely in letters from Erin, a teen on the edge of adulthood struggling to accept herself, to her brother.

In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard

Novellas feel like such as summer read because they’re usually quick and easy to get into and therefore make for a relaxing read on the beach! In the Vanisher’s Palace is one I’ve been meaning to read for so long but I finally picked up a copy. It’s a dark f/f Beauty and the Beast retelling if the beast were a dragon!

Ravensong by T.J Klune

I read Wolfsong in the Australian summer last year next to a pool in the sunshine and therefore it only makes sense that I put the second one in this series onto this summer reads list! I got about halfway through this and then got distracted by other books and never went back to it. But Ravensong is book 2 in Klune’s Green Creek series, which follows a pack of werewolves and their run ins with local witches. Whilst the first book followed Ox, Ravensong follows Ox’s friend and father figure Gordo.

That’s it for this week! I’m pretty sure that everyone else’s lists will be much more summery than mine because I tend to go for more intense, heavy duty fantasy books than light summer reads. But now I’ll go back to dreaming about sunshine whilst shivering on my couch because Australia has terrible building insulation!