May Day Patterns: Writing The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley

By Aliya Whiteley

 

I can remember, when I was young, being taught a simple dance. All of my schoolmates were taught it too. We stood in a circle, each raising one arm in the air, then skipped around each other in a pattern: in and out, round and round. It made no sense to me until May Day came around and we were marched out of class to a Maypole that had been erected in the playground. Each given a colourful ribbon to hold in those outstretched hands, we did our dance as directed, and found we had woven a pattern that spread out from the pole until there was no space left to dance.

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3 Non-Fiction November Books for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Fans!

It might not be apparent from the blog’s theme, but I’m actually a fan of non-fiction. However, science fiction or fantasy themed nonfiction isn’t always something that’s easy to find, and so not very many of these books make it onto this blog. So, in honor of Nonfiction November, here is a list of nonfiction books with science fiction and fantasy themes.

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Looking Glass Reads Turns 2!

Happy Birthday to us! Looking Glass is now officially two years old! Time has really flown by. I’ve read a ton of books, I’ve learned a lot more XML and HTML. And I’ve gotten to edit some amazing work in my freelancing life. Now, lets look forward to next year. And, more importantly, next week!

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#WickedReads – 5 Times Edison Could Have Used a Break and Shared a KitKat

Happy (day after) Halloween, everyone. Today, we are celebrating Halloween, candy, #wickedreads, and sharing some candy with friends. This week I was invited participate in the #WickedReads campaign being run by Penguin. The book this post is based on is a fantastic middle grade graphic novel by Frank Cammuso titled Edison Beaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door.

Due to the nature of this post, there are going to be some spoilers. I’ll try not to spoil too many huge plot points, but I will be mentioning various events very briefly. If you haven’t yet read Edison Beaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door by Frank Cammuso and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading here, go find a copy of this wonderful graphic novel, and dig in. Everyone else, let’s dig in!

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Book Haul – An Update and Books I’ve Gotten from Publishers Recently

Some of you may be wondering why things have been a little slow over here at Looking Glass Reads. This is two-part. I was sick twice in the last three weeks. After it took a solid 30 minutes to read three pages of a book, and retaining none of it, I decided to call off reading for the time being. Then, upon getting well, I immediately dove headlong into some heavy editing of a nonfiction title for work. So…I’m a little behind.

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#Spookathon TBR

This readathon was originally begun by BooksandLala with the intent of reading a thriller in October. The hosts this year are booktubers BooksandLala, Bookerly, and Peter Likes Books. The rules of this readathon are pretty loose, especially compared to other readathons I’ve been participating in recently such as the NEWTs Readathon. There are five challenges in all this year. One book can count for two or more challenges. And for the fourth challenge – read a book with a spooky word in the title – readers can pick whatever word they feel is spooky. The readathon will be running from October 15, 2018 to 21.

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Women in Translation Readathon Wrap-Up

Whoo boy. I did not get half as much reading done for this readathon as I’d hoped. Life just sort of snuck up on me and, well, here we are. I only finished two out of five things I had originally planned to read. Those two books were both by Japanese authors. One was a cozy female/female romance manga that was extremely adorable and I highly recommend. The other was a horror novel written in the 80s and only recently translated. I’d had my eye on this novel for a long time and only recently got a copy. Both were not only written by women, but translated by women as well.

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N.E.W.T.’s Readathon Wrap Up

Throughout the month of August I was participating in the N.E.W.T.’s Readathon hosted by BookTube channel Book Roast. This was a very fun readathon based off of the N.E.W.T. exams from Harry Potter. Which classes you participated in and did prompts for were based off of which O.W.L. classes you completed in a readathon held earlier this year.

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My TBR Pile and How I Read

 Ah, the backlog of books I’ve been itching to read. Those wonderful tomes with fantastic premises that I haven’t gotten to, the ones that stare at me from the shelf as I put them off for anime or video games or woodworking. How exactly do you choose which book comes next? What book do you choose when you’ve had fifteen you want to read next, definitely next, because they’re from your favorite author or are the next in your favorite series or this book was the one you’ve been waiting to release all year.

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