I’ve been wanting to start a Follow Friday (#FF) series for a while and now’s the time. OK, I’ll be honest and admit I’m feeling a little guilty. You see, last month as part of Wyrd And Wonder, Beth over at Bethan May Books published a “Follow Friday” post each Friday where she featured reviews from bloggers she follows. One of those weeks she included me. Beth is across the pond so I didn’t realize the post was up until I woke up Friday morning and saw a bunch of twitter notifications. My first thought was, “uh-oh…what’d I say that pissed off so many people!?” Thankfully it was just a lot of likes and new follows. I was both honored and humbled to say the least. And as I thought about it I realized this was yet another example of what I love about sci-fi/fantasy/book twitter and the blogosphere. For the most part the whole community is super supportive and generous. So I thought I’d give back a little too and start giving a shout-out to some of the bloggers I follow.
First up is Bethan May Books. Because how rude would it be not to mention her right? I also really enjoy her reviews and she seems to appreciate a lot of the same kinds of stories as I do (even if we don’t see eye-to-eye on The Lord Of The Rings). Beth participated a ton during Wyrd And Wonder and I enjoyed all of her posts and daily topics. (Be sure to check it out on twitter @WyrdAndWonder if you haven’t already.)
Beth is a freelance editor and book reviewer. I think I first started interacting with Beth when she reviewed The Copper Promise by Jen Williams. I’m a sucker for beautiful covers so I was already debating picking it up, but Beth convinced me to add it to my TBR based on her review. I’d already bought Jen Williams’ The Ninth Rain, and had it sitting on my TBR, but after Beth finished her reviews of The Iron Ghost, and The Silver Tide (both follow-ups to The Copper Promise) and then posted her review of The Ninth Rain she convinced me in a discussion to read them first so that I might appreciate Williams’ progression as a writer.
Some of Beth’s other reviews I particularly enjoyed (which helped convince me to add them to my want list and/or TBR were for The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark, and Godblind by Anna Stephens.
More recently Beth reviewed my favorite fantasy novel from 2017 (and one of my favorite of all time) Kings Of The Wyld, by Nicholas Eames. For this review she took the boys to the beach for some much needed R&R. Her summation at the end says it all, “Exquisitely written and at the same time the most fun book I’ve read… fuck it, ever.”
I really need to take some time to explore more of Beth’s past reviews. Hell I need to do that with a lot of the blogs I follow, but as I’ve scrolled down the page I see Beth musing about a lot of books and topics that look like they’re right up my alley. I encourage you to check out her blog and follow as well. And tell her Jason sent you when you do. You can also find her on Twitter @BethanMay.
And if you have any blogs you’d like to recommend mention them in the comments below and I’ll check them out.