Reading Around the Globe: Julie in Norway

“We also have a concept called Bookbus where several libraries fill buses with books to drive out to the population.”

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Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.

  1. What is your name? Julie
  2. Blog URL? Julie has a Booktube channel!
  3. Twitter handle? @StrixAlucoBooks
  4. Where do you live? One hour from Oslo, Norway
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Interview with Novel19 Debut Author Claire Eliza Bartlett of We Rule the Night, available now!

Welcome friends to my second author interview as a part of my Novel19 Class! This year I wanted to do something to help boost new author voices and stories, and this is a project that I am really excited about! For more information about my Novel19 Class and the other five books that I’ve chosen, please check out my announcement post.

Today I am really excited to have Claire Eliza Bartlett on the blog, whose debut fantasy novel We Rule the Night was be published on April 2, 2019! I’m really excited to share our conversation about how going to a metal concert was her introduction to the Night Witches, her path to publishing, and how people like me can live their dreams of living abroad.

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The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz

TLDR: Deliciously dark and imaginative, ten writers are brought off the grid for a prestigious competition. Little did they know the competition is more than they bargained for and they would fight for their lives. If you are a fan of horror, then you need to pick this one up.


“I learned that stories have incredible power. They can teach. They can transport. But they can also bring misery. They can enslave. Some stories can kill.”

Friends, I have been itching for a new release from Janz since being wowed by The Siren and the Specter last year. I’ve been reading his backlist voraciously and I was so happy to be offered an eARC of this title. I was not disappointed: The Dark Game is deliciously macabre and unputdownable; while I struggled with the multiple perspectives at first, I settled into the narrative and was fully engrossed!

“Wells’s mansion looked like every ghost story he’d ever read. And as they drew closer, Rick couldn’t shake the feeling he was about to become part of one.”

One of my favorite writing devices is when the ending is set up or heavily alluded to at the beginning of the book. I love the sense of foreboding behind every chapter as I try to piece together what is happening, and as a person that adamantly avoids spoilers like a cat avoids water this is one of the greatest mysteries of my psyche. From the beginning of the book we know that The Dark Game is to pit the authors against one another as they fight for their lives. The deaths aren’t a surprise, we are just left wondering who will be first. The journey is following the characters as they notice all the weird things happening and trying to figure it out… and will they make it out alive?

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On Hiatus

Hi friends, Reader Voracious is on a brief hiatus while I focus on my health.

I am finally reading again (yay!) and will do my best to write and post reviews for the ARCs I have been fortunate enough to receive as I am able to do so.

Because I have Reading Around the Globe and other posts features, there will be some scheduled content during my hiatus. I will make an update post when I’m officially back. Thanks for your love and support.

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Reading Around the Globe: Chinelo in Nigeria

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Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.

  1. What is your name? Chinelo
  2. Blog URL? https://bookedunicorn.com/
  3. Twitter handle? @Booked_Unicorn
  4. Where do you live? Nigeria
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