May ’21 Wrap Up

It’s June and the weather is finally getting a little better and now I’m too hot, I’m nothing if not consistently British in my ability to complain about our weather. It’s been a weird month, we’ve gotten a whole heap of freedoms back but I find myself rather reluctant to do anything, but I did make it out on my roller skates a couple of times and my ice-skating past really did me a solid.

I read a whole heap of books this month too, or at least a heap for me, and I actually made it through half of the books I bought in a moment of mad kindle panic. It has been a little light on the posts this month though, and there are a few different reasons for that, but I’m going to attempt to bring you some publishing content this month!

April ’21 Wrap Up | Bimonthly Book Haul | Review: Rule of Wolves
Review: Threadneedle

What I read in May

I read a lot of really good books this month. I think at least four of these ended up being five star reads and I like to think I’m pretty picky, but it was lovely to dig into so many good stories across a range of genres.

The review for Blackheart Knights should come out shortly, and it’ll be no surprise that a girl that wrote her whole dissertation around Arthurian myth loved it. My review of the witchy fantasy Threadneedle is already up, and I think I’m going to attempt to combine my thoughts on the Feverwake duology so look forward to that!

Covers from left to right*
Idol by Kristen Callihan | The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang | Threadneedle by Cari Thomas | Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
| The Fever King by Victoria Lee | The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee | Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro | Blackheart Knights by Laure Eve

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April ’21 Wrap Up

So here we are another month another wrap-up. Lock-down is lifting but I still find myself reluctant to leave the house, I’m not quite ready to test my rocky social skills on acquaintances and strangers, but this is causing a fair bit of fomo and I could really do without it. I did buy a pair of quad-rollerskates though in an effort to try and bring some sort of exercise back into my life, I wish I could bring back the head-space that had me loving the gym back in February 2020 but we’re going to try learning something new instead. I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress!

Post-wise I actually posted more than normal this month, hurrah for a busy month! I’ve updated the Publishing Work Experience Master Post, alongside all the loveliness below so don’t forget to take a look at that too.

March Wrap-up ’21 | Women’s Prize Book Haul | Review: A Touch of Darkness
Review: Gideon the Ninth | Review: King of Scars

What I read in April

Can you tell that Rule of Wolves and the Shadow and Bone Netflix series came out this month because I can. Basically, I put everything off and re-read the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Nikolai Duology, and if I’m honest I might get through the Six of Crows duology next month because who cares about my to be read. It’s been nice to be back in this world with some of my favourite characters and these books are just so easy to read.

The nice part is that I made it through both my currently reading books for this month! Detransition, Baby and A Dark and Hollow Star were two very different books and hopefully my reviews of each book with show up next month.

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March Wrap Up ’21

Somehow it is April, and I’m enjoying a much needed long weekend this bank holiday! I’ve actually been using this weekend to work on some cosplay stuff, which has been lovely, and playing a bit of Persona 4 Golden and Hades (again) rather than picking up a book. It’s nice to do other things sometimes right? I think I may be in a bit of a rut reading-wise, and I’m struggling to pick anything up after being so thoroughly gripped by Luster (review incoming) earlier in March. I’ve been reading some really punchy contemporary literary fiction lately and I think it’s hard for me to switch back to a young adult lit mentality, which is slightly ridiculous because I have read many fantastic YA books, but it’s the only thing I can think of that could cause it.

Anyway, onto the blog related stuff! I’m actually planning a bit of a publishing q&a post and I’ll be putting a call for questions up on twitter in a week or so, but if you’ve got a burning publishing question and you think I could answer it drop me an email over here. I also have a clutch of books I’ve read recently and just never reviewed, so I’m hoping to bombard you with reviews including my thoughts on Gideon the Ninth and A Touch of Darkness! But let’s get back to what went live in March:

February Wrap-up | Review: Reaper of Souls
My Webtoon Top Ten | One Year Working from Home

What I read in March

Okay, so I’m adding in a new segment to these posts to talk about what I read alongside what I plan on reading! I haven’t been good at reviewing everything that I’m reading each month, so I thought this would be a great way to let you guys know what could be coming your way. We can also be friends on Goodreads as that bad boy is usually completely up to date.

This month I managed to make it through four whole books! Gideon the Ninth, The Other Black Girl, Luster, and A Touch of Darkness, but I don’t want to spoil my upcoming reviews so I won’t say much more about these. The addition of a What I Read In… should really highlight my inhability to stick to any kind of plan when it comes to what I’m reading, and hopefully encourage me to pick up what I’d planned to read.

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February Wrap Up ’21

Hi, hello, anyone actually ready for March yet? I cannot believe that February has been and gone, how has this happened. My office in Oxford closed officially on the 23rd of March, so it’s quickly becoming a whole year since I’ve sat at my desk at OUP and I miss seeing peoples faces. I love the freedom work from home has given me, lunch time naps have been a newfound ability that I love, but I miss my independence and friends.

The part I’m finding scariest, I suppose, is the worry of what the heck I’ll do when lockdown lifts and we’re free to move. Work from home allows me to live anywhere, but I’m so worried that moving away from the southeast will limit my career options. I really am hopeful that more publishing companies will be offering more remote opportunities at all levels, but the closer we get to even the vaguest hint of normal the less likely this seems. It’s a real shame because the industry has proved that it can function without forcing people to exist in London, but hey maybe they’ll get there eventually.

Anyway, lets end this little pity part and push on with the wrap-up. It was a quiet month on the blog, but here are the two lovely posts I published this month:

January Wrap-up | Review: Mexican Gothic
Prioritsing in Publishing: Trade, Impact, and Monograph

Currently Reading

My whole getting my “advanced reader copies read” thing didn’t really work out last month. I did manage to read Reaper of Souls though (review incoming), and I started a book I’ve been waiting forever to read Gideon the Ninth so hopefully that review will come out this month too! My copy of Klara and the Sun arrives this week too, I probably won’t be reviewing it but I’m so excited to read another Kazuo Ishiguro book.

To Be Read

So I need to carve out some real time this month to get through arc’s! This time we’re going to focus on Hall of Smoke and The Cup and the Prince, but I really want to make an earnest attempt at There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job before I dnf it. Hopefully, my mental health will improve and we’ll be powering through books and reviews like a beast!

February has been a bit of a mess, but I’m hopeful that as we come out of the darker winter months I’ll feel much better. Vitamin D and longer days really do make me feel better and more productive, so look forward to more from me this month!

January Wrap Up ’21

Well this first month of the new year has been a wild mess to say the least. It’s taken me nearly the full month to really feel human again after my brush with COVID, and I’ve been struggling a lot with brain fog ever since. I did manage to read some wonderful books this month though, and got a rather good start on my Goodreads challenge for this year. There should be some rave reviews coming your way this month because everything I’ve picked up has been top notch, but that does mean the end of “Nia reads what she wants” January and the start of “Improve your Netgalley rating” February.

January has been a rather bookish month on the blog with no publishing posts in site! This blog has always been a book blog first so it’s been nice to take a break from writing about my career, and instead review some lovely books and talk about what I’m excited to read this year.

2020 Wrap Up | Best of 2020 | Review: Piranesi
2021 Most Anticipated | Review: These Violent Delights

Currently Reading

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2020 Wrap Up

This year has been a wild one to put it mildly, and I’ll be getting into my best of 2020 in another post, so this’ll be a little more personal. It’s been a rather wild month and my content shows it because, well, I haven’t posted anything since the beginning of the month. This is due to a wide variety of things including a hectic work schedule, but mostly due to the fact that I finally ended up catching COVID-19.

Just in case you were wondering COVID sucks. I caught it just before my Christmas holidays and I was laid out for eight days, I had none of the usual symptoms but luckily I haven’t left the house in weeks. My mum is a key worker in our local hospital so it was pretty inevitable with this more infectious strain making it’s way through Wales right now, but we’re all fine and you can look forward to my triumphant return to blogging this month.

This year has brought one good thing though and that’s this blog. It’s been an amazing year for growth on Nia’s Book Fort, and I’m really proud of myself for everything this year has brought. We tripled last years views and I’ve posted more than ever! I got to really start posting about publishing and my career alongside the usual bookish things, and it’s been amazing to hear from the people I’ve helped with my efforts. All in all when it comes to this place, I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved together. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my posts, and I have a few tentative plans for 2021 so hopefully you’ll all stick around!

Well anyway, here’s the the rather sad amount of content that I created in December:

November 2020 wrap-up | Work in Publishing Week: Fave posts

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November Wrap Up ’20

Oh gosh, I feel like I start every wrap-up with this, but how the heck is it December already. This year has somehow managed to fly by and be so, so, slow at the same time, 2020 is just too powerful.

I’ve been struggling a little with reading this month, rather annoyingly. My ability to power through multiple books a month has vanished, and the couple of arcs I’ve started I’ve been struggling to finish. It’s so irritating because I’d been doing so well, but that seasonal depression has swung into action and taken away my drive. I will say that Christmas this year has made me feel better already, it’s wild because I’m not normally a festive person, but I think my brain is taking any hit of serotonin it can right now.

This month on the blog was pretty publishing focused due to Work in Publishing Week on twitter, so I focused my content around that! This includes a little video Q&A I did and uploaded to YouTube, I’m not an on-camera person and the video definitely reflects that, but I did enjoy talking to myself about publishing for a while. Oh, and I also attempted NaNoWriMo this month…it did not go well. Just like my reading I really struggled to sit down and write, so I lost momentum pretty quickly after week one and didn’t even hit 10,000 words. Sad times.
Anyway here’s my November content for your perusal:

October Wrap Up | Making a Sideways Move: Publishing
NaNoWriMo Week one | Imposter Syndrome: Publishing
Bimonthly Book Haul | Review: Cinderella is Dead

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October Wrap Up ’20

Well hello there welcome back to the post that tells you what I’ve been up to! I’ve sadly not been up too much if I’m honest, work has been absolutely wild, and so blogging and reading has fallen a bit off my radar; I did end up reading the entirety of the All for the Game series in three days, but we’ll just forget about that.

I’m going to attempt Nanowrimo again this year, so if you’d like to be buddies or something click here. I’m writing a little anthology of horror short stories in the hope that writing five 10,000+ word narratives will hold my attention, I’ve only made it past 10,000 words once so…wish me luck.

There’ll also be some publishing posts on the blog next week! I will finish my post on imposter syndrome if it kills me, and I’m working on a post exploring my recent sideways move into a new Marketing Assistant role. Anyway here’s what appeared on the blog this month:

September wrap-up | Books I read in September | Review: Addie LaRue
Review: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
Five Popular Trilogies I Haven’t Read | Review: Into the Drowning Deep

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September ’20 Wrap up

Hello again friends! I took a week off which is why this post is coming at you a little late, because ho-boy has September been exhausting. I’ve just made a side-ways move into a different team within my department, which has been the strangest experience. I’m still working with all the same people but on completely different things, and there’s been bit of a learning curve that’s come with it. I’m also in an area that’s currently in local lock-down so I’ve had to stop a lot of the fun stuff I’d been doing lately. No bouldering, and I’ve reluctantly been avoiding the gym to prevent accidentally infecting my parents. It’s the indefinite feeling that has made this particular iteration of “lock-down” worse for me, and I think this will likely be part of our so called “new normal” for a while yet.

I do have some good news that I wanted to share though! This month I was on the SYP Oxford podcast talking all things rejection with the wonderful Charlotte and Caroline. I think it’s a really important episode as it’s something almost everyone in publishing (and outside of it) will have to experience, perseverance is key my friends! You can listen to the episode here and on Spotify ❀

Well, here’s what I posted this month:

August ’20 Wrap up | Two Years in Publishing | Review: Midnight Sun
Review: The Ghost Tree | Review: The Dragon of Ynys
Remote Interviews: Publishing Edition

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August ’20 Wrap Up

Hi again! I’m back to wrap-up the month and I can’t really believe we’re so close to 2021 now; this year has somehow managed to feel like the longest, and still fly by at a rip roaring pace. One of the few positives of being trapped at home for an extended period has been the amount of time I’ve been able to put into this blog lately! I’ve actually been considering paying for the domain, so if anyone had any advice when it comes to wordpress premium I’d be grateful for it.

Any-ho here’s what showed up on the blog this month:

Books I Read in July | July ’20 Wrap Up | Review: Seven Devils
Review: Boy Parts | Review: Orphanage of the Gods
Salaries on your Job Ads | Bimonthly Book Haul | Books I Read in August

Currently Reading

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