1st Birthday Celebrations!!!

Cut the cake and pop the champagne, it’s Parsecs & Parchment’s first blogiversary! I feel like I’m stuck in some kind of time warp cos, despite 2020 lasting for seven years already, it only feels like yesterday I posted my first review. The world might be a trash fire right now but I’m glad to say amidst it all I’ve found a great community of like-minded book lovers to escape from it all from time to time.

I was actually on holiday in Nice, France around this time last year when I decided I wanted to start a blog (holidays, remember them?). I’d started listening to Calvin Park’s Under A Pile of Books podcast and binged through all the episodes while sitting on the balcony of my Airbnb sipping Carrefour rosé cider in the warm dusk of the Côte d’Azur. I’d also started following some of the folks from The Fantasy Inn on Twitter, noteably Sara and Jenia, who happened to be organising a readathon around the same time. I enjoyed getting involved in that and found this little community so welcoming I just wanted to be more involved. I don’t think they know it, but right at the start it was these three folks that did the most to make me feel welcome and encouraged me to be part of the online book community. So a special thanks to them, I raise my glass to you.

Obviously since then I’ve made new pals who share my love of all things speculative and found a bunch of other really quite wonderful blogs to follow. The recommendations I’ve got from you all have improved my reading life immeasurably.

I was a big SFF nerd beforehand obviously, but in hindsight the range of books I was exposed to was quite homogenous and I wasn’t adventurous at all, despite what protestations past me might have had if you told him that. Not to say none of those books were any good (I still think A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read, despite how unfashionable that might be now) but over the past year my horizons have expanded beyond recognition and some of my now favourite authors are writers who I would likely never have heard of without the book community.

Jade City and Jade War by Fonda Lee are hands down some of the best fiction I’ve ever read; everything P. Djèlí Clark has ever written blows me away; Snow Over Utopia by Rudolfo A. Serna and Coil by Ren Warom, both published by small press Apex Publications; and most recently I’ve finally started getting into some of the fantastic self-published fiction that graces the shelves of the SFF world these days, with books like The First of Shadows by Deck Matthews and The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang. These are just a small selection of the amazing books I’ve encountered over the last year that otherwise I simply would not know about.

So I owe a big debt of gratitude to all you guys, for your recommendations and insightful reviews, as well as for your kindness and warmth in welcoming a new member into your flock. Here’s to you all and long may our little community flourish. Cheers!

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  1. Happy Blogiversary! 😀 I feel like the online book community–and particularly the blogging community–is so friendly and welcoming, and I’ve met so many cool bloggers from all around the world and discovered so many books I never would have discovered if I wasn’t a blogger. I’m glad to be able to count you as a blogger friend–here’s to another year of books and nerd-dom!

    (At some point I might even finish Critical Role, and then I’ll finally be able to bombard you with my feelings about it because I don’t really know anyone else who watches it!)

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    1. Oh I haven’t even finished it. It’s still ongoing and I’m about a year behind what’s currently happening haha. Whereabouts are you up to? Who’s your fave character?

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      1. I can’t remember which episode I’m up, but Tiberius hasn’t left yet so I’m still not too far through it yet! I think I took a break because I’m not too far away from when Tiberius leaves and it’s getting a bit uncomfortable to watch, but I don’t want to miss any of the story. I’m sure I’ll binge another chunk of episodes very soon!

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        1. Yeah the story is too good to skip for sure and a lot of the characters that get introduced and the stuff that happens during that arc are pretty formative to the rest of the story. I know what you mean though, there’s times where it gets super awkward. Good thing is though it gets even better after Tiberius leaves, so you’ve got the best yet to come 🙂


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