This Week by Proxy: 01 – 18 March


Welcome to This Week by Proxy. Join me as I look back on the past week to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted and the goals I’ve completed.


| This Week by Proxy: 01 – 18 March 2018 |

I seem to have managed to avoid doing an end of week or end of month post for some time so this week’s post will be a little more beefy than usual! Even though it serves to make me look as though I’ve read a hefty amount of books, it really does highlight the abysmal number of reviews that have surfaced over that time. A big fat zero. I definitely need to schedule in a few more… or at least one. Yes, one would probably do it.

I hope you’ve all had wonderful weeks, happy reading everybody!


| Books Read |

| 1. |

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

A complete impulse buy, the hype surrounding this book completely went over my head. But wow, were they right. With a band of gritty and dangerous characters, Kings of the Wyld is a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish.

| 2. |

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Following on from my Top Ten Tuesday post about books I could re-read forever, I realised it was about time I reread The Secret Garden, one of my childhood favourites. As charming now as it ever was, this book is an enchanting tale of growth, friendship and childhood in Edwardian England.

| 3. |

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

Having spent far too long on my bookshelf, the sequel to the wonderful Copper Promise lived up to all expectation as an exciting and dangerous adventure through icy kingdoms and frozen wastes. The Silver Tide, here I come.

| 4. |

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Another book from my Top Ten Tuesday list, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a book I can return to again and again and always find enjoyment.  Nonsensical and amusing, Lewis Carroll’s famous works never get old.

| 5. |

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

My favourite book of all time, this year’s re-read of The Lord of the Rings couldn’t come soon enough. The absorbing narrative, the beautiful descriptions and the intricately drawn characters all work together to create a book that is a perfect component of the whole.

| 6. |

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti is a beautifully wrought novella which, in its few pages, manages to create an absorbing tale with believable characters, and wonderfully succinct worldbuilding. I cannot wait to continue Binti’s adventures in book two.


| Currently Reading |

Shamefully I’m still currently reading The Vagrant by Peter Newman and The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. Neither of these books have really got my juices flowing so they’ve fallen a bit to the wayside, however I am determined to continue with them both!

Having also added two classic re-reads to my currently reading list, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë I’ve decided I’ll probably put together a Classics Club list in the very near future.

Added to this, I’m also re-reading The Builders by Daniel Polansky, a beautifully dark novella and Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell, the second book in the wonderful Spellslinger series.


| Posts |

Tough Travelling: Apprentices

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Could Re-Read Forever

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Book Quotes by P.G. Wodehouse

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books With Plot Twists and Surprises

Teaser Tuesdays: February 27 – Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Teaser Tuesdays: March 06 – The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Teaser Tuesdays: March 13 – Binti by Nnedi Okorafor + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Waiting on Wednesday: The Hyena and the Hawk

Waiting on Wednesday: Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell

Waiting on Wednesday: Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

Friday Firsts: The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

Friday Firsts: The Builders by Daniel Polansky

Friday Firsts: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

The Friday Face-Off: Greek Mythology

The Friday Face-Off: …But Icarus Flew Too Close

The Friday Face-Off: I Got No Strings to Hold Me Down

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter IV – Over Hill and Under Hill


| March Goal Progress |

To read five books

Status: 5 of 5 Complete


What have you been reading this week? Have you accomplished any goals?

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This Week by Proxy: 19 – 25 February


Welcome to This Week by Proxy. Join me as I look back on the past week to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted and the goals I’ve completed.


| This Week by Proxy: 19 – 25 February 2018 |

Once again, I’ve seemingly been mired under a never-ending to-do list – which didn’t even manage to include a review! At least this week I managed to finish two books, which is a far cry better than the last. I’ve also moved on to my first re-read of The Fellowship of the Ring in preparation for future There and Back Again posts – and because I couldn’t resist starting it already! (Mostly because I couldn’t resist starting already). And I can’t even describe my joy at picking up a book I used to re-read on a yearly basis.

I hope you’ve all had wonderful weeks, happy reading everybody!


| Books Read |

| 1. |

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

With an interesting magic system, a witty narrator and twists and turns a-plenty, the first book in the trilogy of the same title is an exciting young adult fantasy that had me tearing through its pages. (Though not really as I’m very gentle with my books… also it was on kindle).

| 2. |

Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell

Lois the Witch is a short story by Elizabeth Gaskell published in 1861. This piece of historical fiction, depicting a young girl’s experience of the Salem witch trials, is a dark, depressing and incredibly well written tale.

 


| Posts |

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Teaser Tuesdays: February 20 – Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Waiting on Wednesday: The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams

Friday Firsts: Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Friday Face-Off: The Staircase

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter III – A Short Rest


| February Goal Progress |

To read four books

Status: 4 of 4 Complete

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To write a review once a week

Status: 2 of 4 Complete


What have you been reading this week? Have you accomplished any goals?

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This Week by Proxy: 12 – 18 February


Welcome to This Week by Proxy. Join me as I look back on the past week to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted and the goals I’ve completed.


| This Week by Proxy: 12 – 18 February 2018 |

This week has been quite a busy one and, though I’ve been reading throughout the week, have not actually finished any books at all! Shocking, I know. I have however, probably done the equivalent of reading The Hobbit once again as part of my There and Back Again season – so I’m going to take it as another re-read down! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!


| Reviews Posted |

The Hit by Nadia Dalbuono


| Posts |

Top Ten… Doomed Romances of Fantasyland

Teaser Tuesdays: February 13 – Half the World by Joe Abercrombie and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Waiting on Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday by Raymond E. Feist

The Friday Face-Off: Groovy Baby

Friday Firsts: Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter II – Roast Mutton


| February Goal Progress |

To read four books

Status: 2 of 4 Complete

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To write a review once a week

Status: 2 of 4 Complete


What have you been reading this week? Have you accomplished any goals?

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This Week by Proxy: 01 – 11 February


This Week by ProxyWelcome to This Week by Proxy. Join me as I look back on the past week to see which books I’ve read, the reviews I’ve posted and the goals I’ve completed.


| This Week by Proxy: 01 – 11 February 2018 |

The beginning of February saw my return to blogging – something I have missed for a long time. While I’m still finding my feet once again, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed creating new posts, reading books, both new and old, and catching up on everything I’ve missed in this wonderful blogging community. A huge thank you to all my blogging friends for welcoming me back, continuing to reading this blog and for continuing with my neglected memes in my absence!


| Books Read |

| 1. |

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

With the start of my There and Back Again season, I decided to give The Hobbit an initial re-read before proceeding chapter by chapter every week for my Chapter + Verse posts. Suffice to say my love for this book only grows with age, and I cannot wait to explore the ins and outs of Middle Earth a little further.

| 2. |

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

The second book in Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea trilogy lived up to all expectations as an action-packed, exciting read full of the trademark sword swinging, blood letting, comic violence and sticky ends. I cannot wait to continue the series with Half a War in the near future. 


| Reviews Posted |

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley


| Posts |

The Month Ahead: February 2018

Tough Travelling: Shapeshifters

The Friday Face-Off: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The Friday Face-Off: My, What Big Teeth You Have

Friday Firsts: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Friday Firsts: Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Chapter + Verse – The Hobbit: Chapter I – An Unexpected Party

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books I Still Haven’t Read

Teaser Tuesdays: February 06 – The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu + The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Waiting on Wednesday: Black Mirror – Volume 1 edited by Charlie Brooker


| February Goal Progress |

To read four books

Status: 2 of 4 Complete

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To write a review once a week

Status: 1 of 4 Complete


What have you been reading this week? Have you accomplished any goals?

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