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My Reading Alphabet Challenge – sum up

I had terrific fun with my alphabet challenge. It made me look beyond the books and authors I always choose, with the result that I’ve found some absolute treasures that I’ll be looking out for more from.

Rachel E Carter's Black Mage series
Start with the prequel and I bet you won’t want to stop.

Having to (mostly) stick to a particular letter of the alphabet provided some structure and there was a lot less dithering over what I was going to read next, which probably gave me more time to actually read. Although to counter that, there were a couple of letters where I spent far too much time trying to find something that fit the alphabet criteria but also seemed bearable to read. I admit to being fussy, but I was also surprised by how incredibly difficult it is to browse Amazon if you don’t know what book or author you’re looking for.

One book/review a week felt like a hectic schedule at times, but I managed it pretty much consistently (even if there were a couple of weeks where I needed to cheat mildly). I do read a lot and this challenge demonstrated that a book a week is more than do-able for me.

Cover of David Kudler's Risuko
Click to start reading

I will definitely be back with another challenge, although I’m not sure what. Shout out if you have a suggestion, otherwise I’ll think something up for myself in a week or two. Until then, though, I’m going to have fun reading more from some of the new writers I’ve discovered. Rachel E Carter and Rhonda Sermon are priorities (I’m halfway through First Year already), but I also want to find out what happens next in the Clearwater world created by Madeline Freeman, I hope David Kudler will be releasing a follow-up to Risuko soon, and I just saw on Facebook the other day that there’s a new Kitty Peck novel available.

Cover of Rhonda Sermon's The Midnight Society
Click for the preview (bet you’ll love it)

Maybe that’s the best result of my alphabet reading challenge – it’s reminded me what terrific writing talent is out there and what wonderful worlds are waiting for me to step into them. Now, please excuse me, I have reading to get on with…

R is for … riding high again!

Oh, this week was a breath of fresh air! I fell into Risuko and, frankly, didn’t want to ever come out. It’s absolutely glorious!

In short, it’s a Japanese medieval warlord adventure. I loved, loved, loved the world. It’s the sort of place I’d like to go on holiday (except with a really good guide who could ensure I wasn’t run through with a samurai sword!). If you’ve read (or only heard of) Lian Hearn’s Across the Nightingale Floor series, it’s a lot like that.

Cover of David Kudler's Risuko
Click to start reading

Sadly, I did swoop through it in two days, and now I just want the next to come out so I can vanish into that world again!

With my spare time I moved on to another on my TBR pile, Melle Amade’s Remnant. It’s the second in her shifter series and the series is really hotting up.

So that’s two fabulous R books in a week, and I am raring to go with my ‘S’ book – Sand Runner. Check back next week to discover how I got on.