The Blogger Squad – What we are reading update

Hello!  Welcome to the first feature post from the new crew at The Book in Hand!  Westu hal!  I am delighted to be kicking this document off and showcasing what I am reading at the moment and what everyone else is reading as well.

While we are telling you, why don’t you let us know in the comments about what you are reading?  It was always interesting and great to learn about other readers and add to the TBR pile as well (not that mine isn’t worryingly high) but anyway let us begin!


Well I am very excited at the moment, my reading has gone so well this month that I was able to get to my bonus September read early and thoroughly enjoyed re reading Northern Wrath by Thilde Kold Holt, book 1 of The Hanged God Trilogy. This was mostly in anticipation of the sequel Shackled Fates which I was granted a physical ARC for by the publisher.  I am at this moment reading another eARC, The Bone Ships Wake by R.J Barker and seriously enjoying my return to this amazing world but sad because it is coming to an end.  I am also beta reading A Skeleton’s Eye for Michael Baker – and if you have never read anything by this chap then I highly suggest you do as he is an author to watch. 

Anyway I now turn the table to the next member of the squad 

Arthur / nocrackedspines

Hi everyone! I am excited to be stepping back into the Wheel of Time this month with book number 7 – A Crown of Swords! I started my journey through the series for the first time last March. With all of the excitement around the Amazon series, I have been itching to get back into the world. I recommend picking up Wheel of Time if you haven’t read it yet especially if you love Lord of the Rings and Dune! I picked up an eARC this month from an author for a book called Scion of the Oracle. Looking forward to reading in the next couple of weeks!

I will turn the table once to the next member of our squad

Edpool / Hatboy’s Hatstand

By the time you read this, it will be out of date. I’m currently churning through three books a week as a judge for the first ever Self-Published Science Fiction Contest, the SPSFC. Each book I read gets a review and I’m posting them on Amazon, Goodreads, The Book In Hand and my own blog. I tried Reddit but it turned out to be Reddit. So look for those books as they pop up! There’s some mithril to be found in the self-published mine. I’m currently just finishing up with Week 7 out of 10 for round one of the contest, and then I will have a little break to read a couple of books written by the contest organisers: Wool by Hugh Howey (soon to be a live action show on Apple+, I believe!) and Monstre by Duncan Swan. I’ve been looking forward to them!

Preparing to turn the table to the next member of our squad, turning the table, table turned


Hello everyone! I’m not reading anything. 

JOKE! I am actually at the very start of The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler, which is book two of The Shadow Campaigns books. Book one was fantastic so I jumped straight into book two. I also had to due to peer pressure of my buddy reading companions who finished the book way sooner than me 🙈😂 Yes, David and Eleni I’m talking to you!

I am also currently listening to The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley, which is also the second installment of its series. Again book one was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed my listening experience. I’m liking the change in pace in book two and also more time with other characters!

Turning table to the next squad member…


Hey Folks !! I am currently embroiled in the dark and sordid goings on of Earwa. I’m reading The Great Ordeal By R Scott Bakker.This series remains to be completely consistent in every way and i do think that this series has reached new heights and surpassed the first half of the series in some ways. Bakker is one author that doesn’t pull any punches and I would say that some of the content is not for the faint of heart, but it’s totally uncompromising in every way, as intended. It’s writers like this that really have a lasting impact on me and I love that he goes near subjects that most writers won’t and still manages to write something that’s completely credible.. His character work still continues to blow me away and im currently so impressed with one character that he’s created, as he is by far one of the most psychotic characters that ive read in fantasy and this is a seven year old boy… Enough rambling lol  I will be continuing with The Aspect Emperor series and finishing the series with The Unholy Consult coming up next! Its looking like I will be starting my journey into the Mazalan book of the Fallen series after I finish Bakkers series. My Erikson and Esselmont collection seems to be growing at an alarming rate in the last few days…. I cannot wait !!!

Turning table to the next squad member…


The final entry here is me, William. I have quite the world of chaos going on. The deepest read I’m in right now is Rise of the Ranger, book 1 of The Echoes Saga by Philip C. Quaintrell. This is the first book I have read by him and color me impressed. The best way I can describe this book is classic fantasy with Peter’s own twist. We have elves, dwarves, humans, dragons, and magic. The twist is that Elves are in quite a dark place. Peter’s writing is in the classic vein, but it is more action oriented than grand epic feel. It does have an ultimate evil. I’m enjoying this book and would be done, but this is my first Kindle Paperwhite read so I’m still adjusting to using it. As for my Audible book I have just finished one and will continue on with The Sandman production with Act II. Hoping Kat Dennings as Death is around more because she kills it. I also have ventured into The Obelisk Gate, book two of the Broken Earth Trilogy. I have moved slowly on it because its post apocalyptic fantasy which just hasn’t really hit my current mood. It’s brilliantly written just as The Fifth Season was, I’m just not exactly sure where it’s going yet. I do like the new PoV of our protagonist’s daughter though. Anyways. I will probably steer towards a horror read for October as well. 


Hello Bookish folks..

When it comes to finding new contributors to ones blog, the search is one of great importance. Without incredibly talented contributors what would we all spend our down time reading when we don’t have our heads in a book? How would we continually increase our TBR’s without gushing reviews from the awesome bloggers out there? It would be a sad and lonely place without them…without you all!

I have been writing my own reviews and bookish posts for over a year now, and it always surprises and wows me when I find new people to connect with.

So, these last few weeks me, myself and I set out on a delightfully perilous journey through the innumerable threads and vast armies of followers to the most magical and dragon plagued world of TWITTER.

The goal: to hopefully find some more awesome contributors to join me.

After trekking through the immense world of social media, I stumbled across quite the find. So, in this update post today, we are going to introduce and get to know some of the awesome contributors joining The Book in Hand!

Sit back and relax, because I’m about to show you just who decided to join!


Our first new blogger is a dark rogue, who is also a self confessed fantasy nut from all the way across the pond! He likes piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain…

Ok. For real! He likes to spill his thoughts about books, especially Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Thrillers. Some of his favourites are…

and is also branching out into the self-published world to with the likes of Will Wight!

Welcoming to the fold…


You can find him on Twitter talking books or on his blog!

@ThatDarkRogue | Twitter


Our second new face to the blog is a swordsmith and explorer of other worlds! His mission in life to read through as many amazing books as possible!

Some of this swordsmith’s favourites are…



The Swordsmith | Blog

@Eldrazi56 | Twitter

@the_sword_smith36 | Instagram

Peter | Goodreads

Our third addition to the blog is a mercenary with many names and master debater from Finland!

Originating in southwestern Australia in the late 1970s, he was raised on a diet of Doctor Who, Red Dwarf and books by Douglas Hill as often as Hill’s poor imitators Asimov and Clarke. He was deemed “too annoying” to be permitted into his school Dungeons and Dragons club. This left him with more time to read.

ANDREW from Hatboys hatstand

Edpool was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011 and decided to make a book out of the harrowing and hilarious series of social media exchanges he collected about the ordeal, from first symptom to final clean bill of health. For more info on that head here!

Hatboy’s Hatstand | Blog

@St_EdPool | Twitter

Chucky Hindle | YouTube

Andrew Hindle | Amazon

Andrew Hindle | Goodreads

Our last addition to the blog, but by no means the least is a world wandering genius who has come all the way from…dare I say it? Instagram!

Some of his favourite series’ are…


ARTHUR from NO cracked spines

@nocrackedspines | Instagram

Arthur | Goodreads


Well, you can expect beautiful photos and a well polished review of Dune from Arthur this Friday!

A certain dark rogue will also be giving us his thoughts on Gideon the Ninth on Sunday!

EdPool is currently reviewing a whole of host of glorious self-published Sci-Fi books for The Self-Published Science Fiction Competition so watch out for those!

Peter is getting us even more excited for the next Tide Child book with his thoughts on the series so far!


Good Evening Book Friends!

My name is Dan, and I have recently been given the opportunity to be a contributor for the wonderful Sam at The Book in Hand Blog. So just wanting to introduce myself a bit.

I basically began reading fantasy full time after reading the Wheel of Time series which opened up a new world for me and has dominated my reading life since then. So like most people I started using Book Twitter to connect with people who had a passion for books as I did and have benefited greatly by making so many friends and more importantly getting those honest reviews. In my experience, I feel that the fantasy genre is home to some greatest writers working today, some of the world building and the character work is truly amazing, the sheer scope of these books just amazes me!! I’m huge fan of classic epic fantasy, high fantasy and grim dark, I’ve been reading my way through the majority of popular sub genres and loving every minute of it. So after watching hours of book tubers, reading countless blogs, I’m happy I have the opportunity to have a small part in something I’m genuinely really passionate about! I’ve been totally obsessed with fantasy genre for a long time and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

Some of my favourite writers include Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb, Patrick Rothfuss, Tad Williams, Anthony Ryan, John Gwynne, R Scott Bakker and many more!!

So I’ll be dropping honest reviews, generally adding content to Sam’s already very popular blog. I hope you find it useful! Looking forward to having conversations and banter with you guys !!!

So I’m obviously really interested in reading as much as I can continue to build my knowledge, so all recommendations welcomed and to give honest reviews in return!!

You can also find me on…