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Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 46

Today’s weekly round-up is an exercise in brevity. I hope to have a more substantial post for you next week.

Literary Hub writes about the intersection between noir and science fiction.

The search for a fantastical ancient city

SubPress has a contest on Twitter to win Speak Easy or A Fantasy Medley 3.

Tesla gets even more futuristic, with cars that reverse park themselves. #sciencefictionnotfiction



The Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 45

A skeleton was recently found under a tree, after a storm blew the tree over. I can’t wait to read more about this archaeological find.

I loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Sure, it repeated all the plot elements and tropes of the earlier movies (father-son opposition, hidden Luke Skywalker, future Jedi knight living a hard existence on a desert planet who discovers the Force on a mission to save the republic, giant metal orb that destroys planets…). The young hero, a woman called Rey, was the best hero I’ve seen in theaters in ages. No adjustments were made to her character or the plot because of her sex. She didn’t have to be rescued; she rescued others. She could have been a man, except she was a woman. A fierce, independent, compassionate, strong, determined, hero.

Anyway, Vanity Fair interviewed J.J. Abrams about the movie.

A few weeks ago, I posted about ways to read DRM-Free. One way I didn’t really talk about? Reading public domain works. That is, reading books that are no longer covered by copyright, and are freely available to the public.

The Public Domain Review lists all the authors that will entered the public domain on January 1st.

The Victorian serial novel returns, mashed up with app technology. They’re calling it “appointment reading.”

Book Riot has created a new Read Harder challenge for 2016.

In the art world, an expert discovered the real-life location of Vermeer’s painting “The Little Street.”

And for a little bit of humor on this Monday morning after a long weekend, try to sympathize with this poor raccoon who accidentally dissolved their candy in a stream.

Adventuring Year in Review: 2015

As 2015 wraps up, its time for the Adventurers to reflect on what we loved most this year. This is always a tough post to write because how do you pick your favourites? We can only presume this is like picking your favourite child: sacrilegious! Yet, we push forward since, heck, it’s fun to revisit the ones we enjoyed the most.

Jaclyn’s Favourite Adventures

11890816This year’s been a bit unusual for me. I switched jobs and ended up commuting over an hour each way to work every day. Every. Single. Day. Obviously this dramatically changed my reading habits. I wasn’t able to read as much and I discovered a love for the audiobook (a format that I never thought I would actually embrace). And despite my newfound love for audiobooks, it turns out it’s a format that I found extremely hard to review; it’s hard to refer back to the book when you don’t have it physically in front of you. That being said, Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham is my favourite audiobook that I’ve listened to this year. Followed very closely by Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series. Both have outstanding narrators, which I have learned is rather important when you’re listening to someone for over an hour. (more…)

Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 44

Good morrow, good book adventurers! The year end approaches. We hope you’re gathering your piles of to-reads and tallying up the books on your Goodreads challenge, in preparation for some time off and new beginnings.

The Book Smugglers are nearing the end of their Smugglivus celebrations. Today, Erika of Book Punks describes why she loved her favorite books of 2015, and looks forward to a few in 2016.

For all the ancient history lovers out there, Paul Weimer answers the question, Why Rome? (Also on Smugglivus)

In more on Rome, archaeologists just found human remains where Caesar defeated two Germanic tribes in modern the Netherlands.

The top 20 searches of the Europeana public database in 2015. links to novellas for $2.99, including The BuildersBintiThe Last Witness, and The Drowning Eyes.

I have no words for this story and these photos about Mongolian eagle hunters. Except maybe “beautiful.”


Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 43

Happy Monday, y’all. We’re back again with our weekly round-up of bookish news. Grab a coffee and get settled in, this week we’re focused on lists of books to read.

Canada’s CBC lists the biggest book news stories of 2015.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass is on my to-read list. Not sure? Read reviews of it by Fantasy Faction bloggers.

Book Riot on finding comfort in books.

Looking for books with Christmas cheer? Book Riot gives you five recommendations. Looking for books with Hanukkah cheer? Goodreads has plenty. How about a book about winter?

If you’re trying to escape winter, you might like to read about hot and dusty Australia. has you covered.

For another perspective, try one of these books by what Book Riot calls “5 Essential Japanese Writers.”


Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 41

The long holiday weekend is over (for some of us), and we’re back to work, so here’s a short list of bookish news to help with that.

The folks over at Book Riot share the best books they read in November. Some genre books appear, like The Builders (see our review), Black Wolves, Radiance, and Cold-Hearted Rake.

Another voice in the debate raging in the United States about coddling vs. creating safe spaces for students. This time from Canada.

The New York Times posts its list of 100 Notable Books of 2015. Where do December books get listed?

From Buzzfeed UK: Anatomy of a Bookworm. No doubt many of you will find some of the parts familiar.

Time to listen? Here’s the story behind Keep Calm and Carry On.

Fantasy Faction has a new blog post series about the battle between science and magic.

A Reader’s Guide to New England  

Happy Thanksgiving, American readers!

Many of us spend this time with family and friends. For those of you heading back to (or staying in) New England this year, I put together a list of books from our favorite genres that are set in the region.

A note about this controversial holiday: I admit I have very little knowledge of non-colonialist fiction about New England. I believe that the Thanksgiving holiday has been simplified, and that we need to expand the narrative to include voices from other cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. As a start, I’ve included in the list below some novels I have enjoyed that take place in New England, and some that I’ve found that add native voices to the narrative.

If you have more knowledge, or have read great books from the American Indian (or First Nations) perspective that you think should be on this list, do please share in the comments!

Click on any of the images to see the full caption and mini-synopsis of each book, or scroll down for linked titles.


  1. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare
  2. Nightlife, by Matthew Quinn Martin
  3. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  4. Return of the Sun: Native American Tales from the Northeast Woodlands, by Joseph Bruchac
  5. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe
  6. Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman
  7. The Dreamer, by Lora Innes
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  9. Carousel Seas, by Sharon Lee
  10. Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England, by Siobhan Senier

Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 40

The big 4-0! Welcome to the new week, and here is your bookish news round-up:

As a lifelong learner, I dabble in online education (aka MOOCs). A year ago, I completed a course and printed out my unofficial Statement of Accomplishment, to prove (unofficially) that I had taken and passed the course. Coursera is no longer offering free, unofficial certification. (I haven’t found it on EdX, either).

More medieval manuscripts are online! University of Leiden has digitized 80,000 pages.

Did you pledge to Read Harder? There are book groups in a handful of cities meeting this month.

Still want great books but don’t want to support Amazon? Try these alternative resources from Book Riot.

So this is interesting. Bill Gates’ Must-Read list.

Particularly relevant to this blog, where one of its authors is American and the other Canadian: how reading habits in the USA and Canada compare. (It’s from a Canadian source, don’t forget to take that into account…)

Have great adventures this week!



Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 39

It’s Monday again, and that means another edition of Book Adventures Weekly! Read on for your weekly round-up of bookish news.

Were you wondering what that new Netflix show, Jessica Jones, is all about? Evidently it’s a new take on the Alias comic from Marvel.

There’s a lot of depressing news everywhere. Buzzfeed has an uplifting list of books that will restore your faith in humanity. Although you could also do something kind for someone and observe the ripples that follow. It feels odd to me that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the only genre book on the list. If you were to write a similar list with books from science fiction and fantasy, romance, mystery, or other genre-fiction genre, which books would be on it?

Barnes and Noble’s Science Fiction and Fantasy blog lists their top SFF picks for 2015. It’s early, but just in time for Christmas lists, I suppose. Lots of them are on my to-read list, and a couple of them I really enjoyed. Check out our reviews of Vision in Silver (Jaclyn liked it better), Uprooted, and Signal to Noise.

Calling all romance lovers, a film about romance readers and writers premiers this week in NYC. If you’re in New York, Eloisa James and Radclyffe will be there! If you’re not, ask your library to purchase the film.

Have you heard of Crimson Peak? Seen it and loved it? Book Riot suggests 13 books to read if you’re into the Gothic romance genre. Readers will probably recognize Jane Eyre and Rebecca.

If you follow the awards, you may be interested to know that Lovecraft’s likeness has been removed from the trophy for the World Fantasy Award.

Shakespeare & Company, the bookshop and cafe in Paris, reopened this morning.

Top 5 Friday: Lady Detectives

The mystery genre is a favourite of mine. There’s something about the mystery formula that just works for me. The bad guy is always caught and the hero or heroine always get their man. The particular feature that is my catnip is the concept of the lady detective. Whether it’s a historical or contemporary setting, I always enjoy a story that features a woman detective. She doesn’t have to be a super sleuth but she does have to solve crimes. Happily there are many books out there that feature this type of character. My list for today is my current favourite lady detectives that I’ve read so far.