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TBR Thursday #17 + Blog stuff

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And I am perfectly aware I am a bit late for Thursday but let’s see the positive: It’s Friday! The weekend is here! The reason why I haven’t had time to post a TBR Thursday yesterday was because I was too busy with changes in my blog – hopefully you have noticed it by now.

I was extremely happy with my old theme visually wise – so happy that it hurt to get rid of it. Unfortunately, I kept having issues with how slow it took to load the posts – even after I have installed image and cache optimizers. People kept suggesting me to change the theme, even if I didn’t really want to. But hey, I did it! I found this beautiful theme – at least I think it’s beautiful, with integrated review system too. I hope my website is now working well for everyone – please, let me know in the comments if the speed is good now, and if it was worth it (I surely hope it was). For me, it’s loading quicker. Of course, I’ve also tried to contact my hosting provider, and complained about the many times the server was down. (Yes, my personal blog being down is the end of the world!) Did they understand me? No. They simply and politely blamed my ‘plugins’, ‘themes’, ‘complex website’ using a basic hosting package. Ok, fair enough, I am paying very little for the package, but if I am going to upgrade, I will be switching the hosting provider, that’s for sure.

But enough of this. Let’s get to business!

Finished reading:

I have been reading many short stories (not only because of the two anthologies I am reading at the moment, but also daily stories I receive in my inbox).

Included in ‘Fragile Things’ by Neil Gaiman, is his American Gods Novella (American Gods #1.5) which I specially enjoyed. I hope there’s a review coming eventually – a short one, of course.

The Monarch of the Glen (American Gods, #1.5)

Other stories I’ve read, and that are not included in the anthologies:

Mr. Know-All by W. Somerset Maugham
Pendulum by Ray Bradbury
A Moonlight Fable by H.G. Wells
Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
Jemina the Mountain Girl by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Yellow Paint by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells
Beautiful Boys by Theodora Goss (Lightspeed Magazine, with audio)
Many of these are very well known, and most are classics, so they are on public domain and you can read them for free. I am linking you to the ones that are available to be read for free (above). 


What am I reading:

I hate being repetitive, but I am still reading these books – because 1) I am slow; 2) I am still trying to get to the 50k words in NaNoWriMo; and 3) come on, three books! At least, I am almost finishing them!

Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders

Writers of the Future Volume 31

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss


And that’s all for today, I hope you all have a lovely weekend. For those who are doing NaNoWriMo, let’s finish this, ok? We have three days, we can do this. Let me know how you are doing in the comments.


  1. BBC

    Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Thank you

  2. suzannerogersonfantasyauthor

    I like the new website design and its much faster navigating around it (shame the old one had to go though).
    My book group have recommended Neil Gaiman, so I hope to get around to reading some of his novels soon.

    1. Author

      Thank you so much for your comment. The next step, I think, is to switch hosting, as I am still having a few issues, but I agree it has improved a lot. If you get to read some Neil Gaiman’s novels, let me know what you think.

    1. Author

      Thank you very much Lisa, I am very happy to hear that. I’ve only started reading Neil Gaiman now but I am having a very enjoyable experience.

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