• 25 Books for a Spooky Season TBR

    September 3, 2020 by

    Happy September!!! With September, Spooky Season, otherwise known as THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR, has officially begun. How am I defining Spooky Season, you ask? Well, I’m pretty flexible about it. For me, Spooky Season begins in September and ends when November does. It’s not just about Halloween for me; it’s more about autumnal… Read more

  • Wrap Up: August 2020

    August 31, 2020 by

    The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (★★★★☆) Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie (★★★★☆) Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie (★★★★☆) The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (★★★★★) The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (★★★★★) The Burning God by R.F. Kuang (★★★★☆) MONTHLY TOTAL: 6YEARLY SO FAR: 80 So! This was an unusual… Read more

  • Book Review: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

    August 28, 2020 by

    The Dragon RepublicR.F. Kuang Harper Voyager, 2019★★★★★ There are some books that, while not perfect, just make you feel very strongly. I was on tenterhooks the whole time I was reading The Dragon Republic. I was so heavily invested in the characters and their relationships with one another that I really didn’t care about anything… Read more

  • 10 Weirdest Books I’ve Read

    August 25, 2020 by

    Emily from BookswithEmilyFox recently posted a video called Weirdest Books I’ve Read about…you guessed it…the weirdest books she’s read. I watched the video and I thought, hey, that’s fun. Weird, of course, is a matter of taste and opinion; one person’s weird is another person’s pedestrian. But, going off a generic interpretation of weird, I’d… Read more

  • Fancast: The First Law Trilogy

    August 15, 2020 by

    From the moment I started reading The First Law trilogy I knew I wanted to fancast it. Some books just have that cinematic quality, y’know? Frankly, I can’t believe this hasn’t been optioned for a TV series yet, considering the fantasy golden age we’re in! Anyway, for this fancast, I tried to stay true to… Read more

  • Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

    August 6, 2020 by

    The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie Orbit/Gollancz, 2006 ★★★★☆ The Blade Itself is a rather standard, basic high fantasy, which isn’t necessarily a criticism (I enjoy basic European-esque fantasy very much!), but I guess I just expected more from this series, since it’s often spoken of as one of the best in the genre. I enjoyed… Read more

  • Wrap Up: July 2020

    July 31, 2020 by

    The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar  ★★★★☆ (4/5) One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London  ★★★★★ (5/5) The Ballad of Black Tom by Victore La Valle  ★★★★☆ (4/5) Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin  ★★★★☆ (3.5/5) Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power  ★★★☆☆ (3/5) The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Anders … Read more

  • Hugo Finalists 2020

    July 27, 2020 by

    I’d never paid very much attention to prize lists before, but I have several friends who regularly read the entire Women’s Prize List, so these book prizes slowly started becoming ingrained into my psyche. This year, very much on a casual whim, I decided that I would read the all Hugo novel finalists. Partly, it… Read more

  • 20 Favorite First Lines in Books

    July 22, 2020 by

    First lines are magical. While a bad or mediocre first line won’t make or break a story, a great first line can absolutely propel it into greatness. A great first line will immediately attract a reader, will make them laugh in delight or quirk an eyebrow in curiosity or sigh in awe. I love the… Read more

  • Book Review: The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

    July 20, 2020 by

    The Light Brigade Kameron Hurley Saga, 2019 ★★★☆☆ Well, shit. I have no idea how to give this a proper rating, as I pretty much hated reading it, and not, as I had expected, because it is confusing (though it definitely is) but mainly because it’s so fucking bleak. That is, of course, the point… Read more

  • Book Review: The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

    July 18, 2020 by

    The City in the Middle of the Night Charlie Jane Anders Tor, 2019 ★★★☆☆ The City in the Middle of the Night takes great care to develop its characters, character arcs, character dynamics, and its worldbuilding, and pretty much forgets all about having a cohesive plot. The biggest criticism of this book would be that… Read more

  • Best Books of 2020 (So Far!)

    July 10, 2020 by

    Now that we’re officially halfway through the year, and I have read 62 books, it’s time to talk about my ten faves of the year so far! These are arranged in the order in which I read them. It’ll be interesting to see which books make it to the best books of the year in… Read more

  • Woman Crush Wednesday: Sara Howard (The Alienist)

    July 8, 2020 by

    Sara Howard is loosely based on Isabella Goodwin, who was the first female police detective in New York City. Similarly, Sara Howard works as a secretary for the police commissioner of New York City, Theodore Roosevelt (yes, that Theodore Roosevelt!) but she has ambitions of rising above her station and her gender. Her intelligence and… Read more

  • Wrap-Up: June 2020

    July 1, 2020 by

    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★★) A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (★★★★☆) The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (★★★★☆) Devolution by Max Brooks (★★★★☆) Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton (★★★★☆) Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (★★★★☆) Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (★★★☆☆)… Read more

  • Book Review: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

    June 29, 2020 by

    Middlegame Seanan McGuire, 2019 ★★★☆☆ This was definitely very good, no doubt about it, but I think I liked the idea of it far more than I liked the execution. The idea, at its core, is just so, so very cool! It’s all about alchemy and incarnating ideas into human bodies and trying to… Read more

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