For my second Follow Friday post I thought I’d give a shout-out to the first blog and blogger I followed in the book-blogger world and the one that made me think about starting my own blog: H.P. over at Every Day Should Be Tuesday.
It all started when I read H.P.’s review of The Guns Above, by Robyn Bennis. Back in the Spring of 2017 I made a decision to really dive back into reading fantasy. I’ve always been a big reader and I’ve been a fantasy fan since my teen years. But since 2008 my focus had mainly been theology (because of school) and history (because I’m a nerd). My fiction reading in general and my fantasy reading in particular had taken a huge hit for years. But even before 2008 my fantasy reading was primarily D&D series like Dragonlance and The Forgotten Realms with a few other series like A Song of Ice And Fire and The Lord of The Rings thrown in. I wanted to broaden my horizons and go deeper so I started checking out upcoming releases advertised by my local bookstore and by the major publishers. I saw The Guns Above, Googled it, and found Every Day Should Be Tuesday. I started reading reviews, found him on Twitter, followed him on Twitter, talked to him on Twitter, tried not to be a weird stalker on Twitter, you know how it goes. Before long I was debating starting my own blog and H.P. encouraged me to go for it.
Here’s a few highlights about H.P and Every Day Should Be Tuesday:
He likes many of the same books I do. That alone makes his blog good right? See his love for Blackwing for example; a book he calls “Grimdark with Hope (but mostly Blood).”
One aspect of Every Day Should Be Tuesday that I really enjoy is that (at least for the last two summers) H.P. has picked a theme and gone for a deep dive. Las summer it was The Summer of Conan where the goal was to look at the books written by Howard and Jordan and others, as well as the movies and comics that sprung up around the classic series.
This summer the focus is on Tolkien who has a special place in H.P.’s book reading heart. For this Summer School: Tolkien 101 everything from the Lord of The Rings, to The Hobbit, to the Peter Jackson movies, to the animated movies we grew up with and even non-fiction associated with the master is covered.
He’s also recently started a new blog with a totally different focus called Hillbilly Highways: Country Noir, Hillbilly Studies, and Texas Country. Check it out.
H.P. is one of a handful of bloggers I keep up with pretty regularly and is the only fellow blogger I’ve had the honor to met in person. He, his wife, their new baby, and dog Strider were coming through town a recently and agreed to meet for dinner at a local brewery. We sat outside, had some good food, some good drinks, got to talk about cities we’ve lived in (at different times), and I got to babysit the dog while they took care of dirty diapers. It was a good night here in the Bluegrass.
Anyway, you can follow H.P. on his blogs (linked above) or on Twitter @tuesdayreviews. I hope you’ll enjoy his reviews. Tell him I said hi and that I said thanks.
Oh, and as always if you have suggestions for great blogs to follow leave them in the responses below.