Welcome to The C.K. Beggan Bookish Blog! If you’re looking for your next read, titles are listed alphabetically and divided by indie and traditional publishing. (If you look closely enough, you may even find some non-fantasy books.) And while you’re here, don’t forget to check out the author interviews and special features, which include book lists by theme!
Reviews of the best (and my favorite) fantasy and speculative fiction novels I’ve come across so far, all by indie authors.
Droplets of Magic (Emily Bybee) – live 8/9/22
To Carve a Fae Heart (Tessonja Odette) – live 8/2/22
My favorite books in the fantasy, noir, literary and speculative fiction genres that have been released by traditional publishers.
A new category! In which I do my best to pose thoughtful questions to some of my favorite indie authors.
Chesney Infalt, June 3, 2022 – 10 Questions with Chesney Infalt, author of The Fox and the Briar
Anna Velfman, April 15, 2022 – 10 Questions with author Anna Velfman (Snowblind)
Andrew Einspruch, May 25, 2021 – Questions with the hilarious, award-winning author of The Light Bearer
From Ask an Indie Author to trivia to Book Lists, find blog posts featuring by topic, writing tips andIndie Author Spotlights.
Rise of the Fire Queen is here! (Book News) – live 8/7/22)
Indie Author Spotlight: Anthea Sharp – June 2022
Six of Crows month content (June 2022)
From Storm and Shadow cover reveal! – 5/30/22
16+ Awesome Asian-Inspired Fantasy Worlds – 5/27/22 – A book list with settings from the Middle East to the Pacific Islands
Weaver cover reveal! – 5/10/22
Vow of the Shadow King cover reveal – 5/4/22
A Throne of Shadows Cover reveal! – 4/28/22
A Darkness at the Door cover reveal – 4/22/22 – in which I discuss the Dauntless Path series and reveal the fabulous cover
Retellings to Thrill Any Fantasy Reader – A complete list of fairy tale and classic book retellings I’ve reviewed on the blog
Supporting Diversity in Fantasy – A mission statement for the blog, plus links to authors who feature diverse characters in their work
Lessons from Bestsellers Part I (Using Contrast to Create Depth) – Learning from Hannah and Leo in The German Girl, by Armando Lucas Correa
Lessons from Bestsellers Part II (Using Contrast to Create Depth) – A look at the many sides of Ali in S.A. Chakraborty’s City of Brass
Lessons from Bestsellers Part III (Using Contrast to Create Depth) – A mystery and a terrible truth rounds out Bethany C. Morrow’s A Song Below Water
5 Awkward Situations to Make Your MC Shine – Examples of awkwardness that endear main characters to readers in some of my favorite books