Tough Travels #4: Adepts

Tough Travels is a monthly meme that recommends fantasy books based on tropes, themes, and clichés cited in Diana Wynne Jones’s The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. The meme was created by Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn and is now hosted by Fantasy Faction.

Since I haven’t read many fantasy books, I instead create my list at the end of the month, after reading everyone else’s, and include recommendations from them that are interesting to me.

July’s theme (I’m late):


The Tough Guide defines an ADEPT as ‘one who has taken what amounts to a Post-graduate course in Magic. If a Magic User is given this title, you can be sure he/she is fairly hot stuff. However, the title is neutral and does not imply that the Adept is either Good or Evil.’

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Weekend Reads #40: Blog Update

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

I do not have a discussion question this weekend. Instead, this is an update post to let you know I’m back. I don’t know if anyone realized that I was gone for a while there. It’s been, what, 2 weeks since I last posted on here and before that I was a little sporadic. Things have been busy and I’ve been in a foul mood since the year started. As for blogging, I didn’t feel motivated to do posts. I kept reading, of course, so now I’m way behind on book reviews.

However, the good news is that my mood took a positive spin a few days ago so now I feel bright and cherry. (The random warm temperatures are probably what caused this mood boost.) My plan is to get back to my somewhat consistent posting schedule on here and back to interacting with all my fellow bloggers and commenters. Hopefully, it all goes well. Be on the lookout for reviews and other fun posts.

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