Some might say Eurovision is over for the year, but the truth is, Eurovision is never over! If you haven't guessed, I'm a big fan, and because May is both the month of this fantastical music contest AND the bookish Wyrd and Wonder, I thought I'd mash the two together to create something weird and wonderful (pun intended). The premise is simple: any outfits/stage looks that took my fancy, whether during the premier, or the show itself, paired with a fantasy book cover I think matches its colours and vibes.
Author Chat: Lucy Holland
Sistersong is a lyrical, mythical story based on the folk ballad, The Two Sisters, and set in and around the hold of a great chief in the Dark Ages of Britain. I did review this book last year, and will provide a blurb at the end of this article, but today I wanted to talk to Lucy about her inspirations and writing process, especially since a follow-up book is in the works! So welcome, Lucy Holland, to the Book Nook.
2021: My Year in Books
For those who know me, I've always been a book lover, but the last couple of years have seen me a little more hyper-focused on reading than usual - I started writing on this blog, I joined book twitter and met other bloggers, readers, and writers, and I've been working in a bookshop where I… Continue reading 2021: My Year in Books
Top Ten Tuesday: Give the Sidekick Some Love
I am definitely guilty of falling in love with the side characters in novels, especially in SFF, so I’m excited that I get to talk about them for this TTT! I’m not entirely sure if there is something specific about a minor character that attracts me, but I think the thing they all have in common is the way they each walk that line of being incredibly badass and soft-hearted at the same time, and it causes me to think “wow I wish I could be them” at the same time as thinking “I wish they could just hold me”, with a bonus feeling of “I just wish I could hold them” when they have tragic events occur.
Women in SFF: Lifetime Achievement Awards
The Fantasy Hive blog have an awesome Women in SFF feature, and July is the month for it! As part of this, there's a really fun photo challenge, and we're taking some of those to the next level! Today's prompt is 'Life-Time Achievement Award' (actually, it's yesterday's prompt, but life gets in the way). We decided to do something a little different for it, and we set five categories and nominated a book, author, or character each. Here are our final choices, but we'd love to hear what you think!
Wyrd & Wonder Prompt Catch-Up
IMAGE CREDIT: pegasus image by Svetlana Alyuk on 123RF.com Hello fellow adventurers. I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of May, and thus Wyrd & Wonder has come to an end. I'm pretty sad about that, but I've loved this first experience of mine so so much and can't wait for the next one! I'm sure I'll write… Continue reading Wyrd & Wonder Prompt Catch-Up
Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag
IMAGE CREDIT: pegasus image by Svetlana Alyuk on 123RF.com I saw this tag done by the awesome Book Forager at the start of the month, and I don't exactly know where the tag started but if you follow the links I'm sure it'll lead you somewhere exciting! I've seen quite a few fun interpretations of it doing it this… Continue reading Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag
The StoryGraph Tag
Last year I swapped over from Goodreads to The StoryGraph to track my reading, and I've absolutely loved it. It's got a polished look, is user friendly, has so many more features and is adding more every week, has personalised recommendations, and isn't owned by Amazon. Seriously, I can't recommend it enough! It also lets… Continue reading The StoryGraph Tag
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
In a magical ancient britain, bards sing a story of treachery, love and death. This is that story.