• 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: The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

    June 25, 2020 by

    The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock Imogen Hermes Gowar Harper, 2018 ★★★★☆ I think the best way to describe The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock would be: uneven, meandering, and unbalanced, in terms of both pacing and genre. It’s almost as though it can’t quite decide what it wants to be. Somehow, it is too long and… Read more

  • The Friday Five: Travel Time!

    June 19, 2020 by

    The Friday Five is a Livejournal community that posts five random questions every Friday for community members to answer either on the community itself or in their own journals. These questions are actually last Friday’s, but they’re all travel themed, which I thought would be fun to talk about while we’re all stuck in place… Read more

  • The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

    June 17, 2020 by

    We’re halfway through the year already. Incredible. It feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye, but it’s also felt like approximately three thousand years. Anyway. My reading this year has been pretty steady; I’ve read 56 books thus far. At the beginning of, you know *gestures at everything* I was still… Read more

  • Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    June 15, 2020 by

    Mexican GothicSilvia Moreno-Garcia Del Rey, 2020★★★★★ The Guardian describes Mexican Gothic as “Lovecraft meets the Brontes in Latin America,” which is rather apt. Moreno-Garcia has written a delectably Gothic, deliciously weird, and appropriately horrifying tale of a young woman tasked with rescuing her cousin, allegedly imprisoned in a dilapidated old mansion, potentially being poisoned by… Read more

  • Wrap-Up: May 2020

    June 1, 2020 by

    Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (★★★★☆) Beach Read by Emily Henry (★★★☆☆) The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (★★★☆☆) A History of God by Karen Armstrong (★★★★☆) Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Basterrica (★★★★☆) The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (★★★☆☆) The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water… Read more

  • Book Review: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

    May 23, 2020 by

    The Black Prism Brent Weeks Orbit, 2020 ★★★☆☆ At its heart, The Black Prism is a spin on the classic fantasy Farm Boy trope. Kip, our farm boy, is just an ordinary 15-year-old kid living in a humble little village, when destiny suddenly comes a-knockin in the form of an army that slaughters his entire… Read more

  • Most Anticipated Releases for the Remainder of 2020

    May 20, 2020 by

    Normally I would do this post a little bit later in the year, like July, but since time has lost all meaning and I already have a huge list of anticipated releases for the remaining half of the year, I figured why not.

  • 10 Work From Home Tips (I Don’t Always Follow But Should)

    May 12, 2020 by

    Full disclosure: I don’t follow most of my own advice. This is very much a case of “do as I say, not as I do” because I’m terrible at establishing any sort of healthy habits or routines. I started a work-from-home position in February, before the rest of the world transitioned to the same lifestyle,… Read more

  • Wrap-Up Post: April 2020

    May 1, 2020 by

    The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson (★★★☆☆) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (★★★★★) The Silence of Bones by June Hur (★★★★☆) The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker (★★★☆☆) Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (★★☆☆☆) The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (★★★★★) You Deserve Each Other… Read more

  • Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

    April 22, 2020 by

    The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue V.E. Schwab Tor Books October 6, 2020 ★★★★★ This is by far the best Schwab book I’ve read, and yet I’ve still come away from the experience in much the same way I’ve come away from reading all her other books, which is to say: I think that, on… Read more

  • Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

    April 19, 2020 by

    Saw this on YouTube and on Acquadimore’s blog; Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers. I haven’t done a tag in ages and ages, and what’s more appropriate than this one?

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