Category Archives: 26-Week Book Challenge

The unanswerable question

I made it! This is the very last entry in my 26-Week Book Challenge, even if this is an afterlude. Don’t tell me that’s not a word; it is now. Anyway, I posted 37 entries in total: 26 actual entries and 11 interludes on questions I could not (or would not) answer. Today’s is the last of those, and it’s the question which, to me, is the silliest of them all: your favourite book of all time.

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Comics are books too!

This is my last but one entry in my 26-Week Book Challenge, and my last proper entry, since next week is an interlude. Or a coda, if you will. Whatever. This week is also the only entry I have added to the challenge by myself, because I realised it was missing. And yes, the title of the post gives it away: this entry is for my favourite comic book.

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Falling out of love

I’m nearing the end of my 26-Week Book Challenge (and I do believe I’ve managed to string it out for almost a year), only to find that for this week’s entry I already sort of wrote a post. However, since that was now about a month ago, I’m going to shamelessly tread the same ground and talk about it again. ‘It’ being an author I used to love but don’t anymore.

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The point of no return

Before I get down to this week’s entry in my 26-Week Book Challenge I would like to pay tribute to Rik Mayall, who sadly passed away earlier today. He was a pioneer of British comedy, and while the slapstick, often puerile humour of The Young Ones and Bottom may be a bit of an acquired taste, there were several gems of absolute comedy genius in both shows. He definitely was a prominent presence in my youth, and I was deeply shocked to hear the news.

It feels a bit callous to follow that with a simple blog post, but life goes on for the rest of us. This week is an interlude, because I will not give you a book I couldn’t put down.

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Virgin sacrifice

I wasn’t entirely in the mood to do this 26-Week Book Challenge post today, due to my husband getting me addicted to Plants vs. Zombies over the weekend. Must defend my brains! But then I saw the subject, and figured it ought to be nice and ranty.

Why, do you ask? Because this week’s subject is my least favourite plot device used by way too many books I enjoyed otherwise. This has got to be the most specific (or at least the longest) challenge in this series, but I also find it the most interesting, especially since I actually have several things I want to list on this subject.

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Likes, Loves and Influences: Iain M Banks

This will probably be the last of my LL&I posts (unless I ever do one for Scott Lynch, but he’s a recent love and I think I’ve gushed enough about his books on my blog, so maybe not). This is also part 32 of my 26-Week Book Challenge. I should have posted this last week, but I was feeling a bit meh and took the week off instead.

Before I get going on the post proper, I’d like to take the time to point out a site that might be interesting/of use to other indie authors like myself: Indie Author Land. They dedicate themselves to promoting indie authors, and if you are such an author you can fill in their Author Interview questionnaire entirely for free to be featured on their site.

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Pretentious bullshit

Apologies for the strongly-worded title, but it is time for another interlude in my 26-Week Book Challenge. (Which is sort of nearing the end now, and I’m not really sure what I’m going to be posting about once it’s done. Suggestions welcome!) The subject that I do not have an answer for is a book you tell people you’ve read but haven’t. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to regular readers of my blog, because I don’t buy into that kind of (and here’s the title!) pretentious bullshit.

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The importance of a good villain

Before I start part 29 in my 26-Week Book Challenge I would like to say that it’s quite hard to keep on track with finishing your third book when you wake up at 5am because the characters from your previous book demand sex. Needless to say I’ve taken a little detour. On the plus side, this means I will have one more story for my erotic short story collection.

So, this week will be a post quite close to my heart, because I will be discussing my favourite side character, and from the title of the post you can probably guess that this one is a villain.

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Delayed pleasure?

Another Monday, another post in my 26-Week Book Challenge. I have no idea how long this one will be, since I’m still a little distracted with what I’ve been doing this past weekend, which is this:

Not to that standard, but the fantastic Mugenkyo run a taiko dojo and every now and then they do a workshop where you are taught the basics of how to play taiko, which is the most brilliant fun I’ve had in a long time. I’ve got the bug.

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