Rant/Discussion – Does Book Blogging Have Restrictions?

Some very good ranting. For me quite eye opening at least

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I’ve come to notice that book blogging can put and keep you in a box. Tell me what you think about that.

Look around, there’s a bunch of book bloggers on WordPress alone. There’s clearly a standard most of us think when we come into the blogging community whether it be doing book hauls or book reviews or needing to get ARCs – it’s all a standard misconception. 

How many of the book bloggers are entirely unique. Very, very few. Some stick to book reviews, some don’t do book reviews, some only do giveaways – it doesn’t really matter what certain bloggers do, most are traditional in every sense.


What do I mean by that?

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2 New “Harry Potter” Books

I just have to ask, what are your thoughts on these two new “Harry Potter” books – Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic – that are set to be released in October?

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My first reaction was complete fangirling with everything that includes. Then I went to sleep and now I checked them out on the British Library Shop, and when reading the descriptions I am not as sure anymore. Are they just some sort of companions to an exhibition or will there be actual new facts from J.K. Rowling’ Wizarding World? I don’t want a book that is the overall history of magic, I want the Harry Potter history of magic.

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After having read the descriptions I don’t feel at all as strongly about these two books. It feels like something not relevant to the world of Harry Potter. So what are your thoughts on them? Are they anything you’d like to get your hands on?

The books at the British Library Shop:

The Powder Mages Saga Continues!

Remember the trilogy I fell head over heels for back in the beginning of 2017? The trilogy that really got me into audiobooks? Well, there is a new book out set in the same world! The story of powder mages continues in a new trilogy and I had NO IDEA!

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
March 7th 2017

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Sadly the cover doesn’t have as much of an impact as the covers in the Powder Mages Trilogy, but that won’t stop me from diving straight back into this world.

 

What Brian McClellan Managed to do with his first trilogy can only be better, and with a rating of 4.51 (as of 18.7.2017) for Sins of Empire I can barely contain myself. I have only one thing to say, if you haven’t read anything of his, it is time you do so. He’s definitely one of my new favourites. And if I still haven’t convinced you to pick them up (through my crazy ranting), maybe one of my reviews will:

Promise of Blood | The Crimson Campaign | The Autumn Republic

“An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with wile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall’s present.

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.”

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2017

This last weekend I attended my second music festival ever, and it was the first one where I attended more than one day. Tuska, the place for every metal fan in Finland. They celebrated their 20th anniversary and they had a line up to be proud of!

All pictures are from the Tuska Facebook Page and I do not own them.

This year they managed to set a new record, 37 000 metal heads gathered to see the bands, and once again it was a festival with close to none disturbances. I think I saw maybe 2 people who were a little shaky on their legs due to alcohol and the rest just enjoyed the music. Loved it!

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The music was (of course) fantastic. Even though I don’t like every type of metal, I can appreciate their skills as musicians. And after having listened to quite a few bands the ones I didn’t really fancy before suddenly started sounding incredible (e.g. Suicidal Tendencies, Soilwork, Dirkschneider). I have a full list of the bands we saw at the end of the post, as well as the Tuska20 Anniversary Song. But now let’s talk about the three main bands – Sabaton, HIM and Mastodon.

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Finding My Way Back

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This picture really feels like me at the moment. The last week I have had no motivation to blog. Crazy last week with the last week on campus before summer. Labs every day and trying to meet everyone before people before leaving. Then May 1st happened and after a short night work started. Then long days and last weekend driving a total of 600-700 km. That’s like halfway across the country. This has lead to not time and energy to blog. It’s just been uphill, and those stairs have been awful!

So what have I done?

  • Working 8 hour days
  • Watching Pretty Little Liars
  • Reading:
    • Finished: First Days by C.L. Stone
    • Finished: Meeting Sang: Kota by C.L. Stone
    • Meeting Sang: Victor by C.L. Stone
    • Friends vs. Family by C.L. Stone
    • The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
    • Fata Morgana by Ken Mitchroney and Steven Boyett
    • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
    • Audiobook: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  • Doing the last school stuff. Last exam tomorrow and I’m free!

As you can see I cannot settle for one book at the moment. PLL takes a lot of time as well and I only have two episodes left of the first season. But I finally start feeling relaxed and my motivation is getting back. So now when summer… hrrmm…. is coming, I will get back into this!

(Check the video to see what even the meteorologists think of the weather in Finland atm.)