Book Review of Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Title and Author: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho Publication Date: September 2015 Genre: Fantasy How I got it: Originally read the eBook from the library, but recently won the OSPB copy from the Mookychick website. Thanks Mookychick!   Review: Sorcerer to the Crown is an absolute blast. Set in regency era England, Zacharias is … Read more

Book Review of Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Title and Author: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman Publication Date: February 2015 Genre: Short Story Collection, Speculative Fiction How I got it: Bought from Amazon when it went on a kindle daily deal   Review: Trigger Warning is full of the creepy and unsettling. With a few exceptions, these short stories … Read more

Writing from Experience, or Exploring Something New

Several friends and I have recently discussed whether writers can and should write outside their experience. For me, becoming someone else, experiencing the world through different ways of perceiving, is what makes writing a joy. But my friends argue that only those who have experienced something can write truly about it, and that the best … Read more

Book Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  Title and Authors: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne Publication Date: August 2016 Genre: Play How I got it: Bought it used at the used bookstore I work at the day after publication!   Review: As pretty much everyone who knows me knows, I’m a big Harry … Read more

Reading Railroad: July’s Reading

Everything I read in July.  Novels Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Published in 2009. A pretty darn adorable middle grade novel that’s also illustrated by the author. It would be perfect for reading aloud to 6-10 year olds, but it’s also a lot of fun to read as an adult. It’s … Read more

Book Review of Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

  Title and Author: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard Publication Date: May 2016 Genre: Fantasy, fairytale novel How I got it: Bought the print book from Amazon   Review: “Once upon a time, there were two sisters, and there was a forest. The forest was, in the way of these things, full of secrets. … Read more

Recommendation List! Favorite Animal Transformation Fiction

Last week, I wrote about Beauty and the Beast and animal transformation fairy tales, so for this week I’ve gathered a list of my favorite fiction featuring animal transformations. These are in no particular order. Please feel free to share your own favorites in the comments.   Novels The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness: About … Read more

Book Review of Beauty and the Beast: Tales from Around the World

  Title and Editor: Beauty and the Beast: Tales from Around the World collected by Heidi Anne Heiner Publication Date: October 2013 Genre: Fairytale Collection How I got it: Bought the ebook from Amazon   Review: I’m in the minority among fairytale lovers—“Beauty and the Beast” is not my favorite fairy tale. In fact, I’d … Read more

Reading Railroad: June’s Reading

As a joke about my reading habits, my husband coined the railway that passes behind our home Reading Railroad, the trains bringing me ever more books to satiate my bookish needs (if that’s even possible). So I’ve decided to name my monthly reading roundup after the railroad. I’ll post a Reading Railroad thread at the … Read more

Response to Censorship, and a Joint Book Review of Between the World and Me and Kindred

Title & Author: Kindred by Octavia Butler Publication Date: 1979 Genre: Science Fiction How I got it: Bought used from McKay’s   Review: “The nigger, the fag, the bitch illuminate the border, illuminate what we ostensibly are not, illuminate the Dream of being white, of being a Man.” This line from Between the World and Me … Read more

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