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Friday Favorites is on Fire, Everything’s on Fire

Let me surprise absolutely no one by informing you all I was a HUGE NERD in high school.  I grew up in a very small town and went to a very small school. My graduating class (2005! I’M SO OLD) had 22 people, most of whom I had known since preschool. It was like being surrounded by cousins, all the time, who know every idiotic phase you’ve ever gone through as you try to figure yourself out. Now, I lucked out…

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Friday Favorites Urban Fantasy Feels

Friday favorites is a bookworm celebration created and hosted by somethingofthebook.com. On Fridays, we make lists about books! Come join. June 7 Favorites: Urban Fantasy books Before joining #bookstagram and getting flooded with fabulous recommendations from fellow readers, I actually thought I didn’t like urban fantasy. AHAHAHAHA poor smol me. Actually, what I didn’t like was missing out on two of the biggest names in urban fantasy romance and I am so very glad Teresa, The Romance Reader and Lubnaa, Romance Library fixed this lack in my life.…

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Friday Favorites Classical Feel

May 31 Favorites is: Classic Books If I’m being honest, the main type of Classics that I like are children’s books. Maybe I’m a child at heart (aka super childish… but I can’t be the only 32 year old who thinks pillow forts, a Disney movie, and hot chocolate are the epitome of a good Friday night). Maybe I like to rest my eyes, and heart–and vocabulary–by reading simply written books with brilliant illustrations. It could also be that these are…

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A Rainbow of Friday Favorites

Our favorites for today (May 24) is Diverse Books. I’m taking this to mean “diverse” in the all-inclusive sense. Okay that came out as a weird sentence. What I mean is, main characters who are persons of color (NOT just side characters), books which include the LGBTQ spectrum, and ownvoices stories. There will be multiple types of plots going on this list. My Favorite Diverse YA & Fantasy: Tamora Pierce YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD ESCAPED MY TAMORA PIERCE OBSESSION, DIDN’T…

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Friday Favorites Takes Me Away

April 19 Favorites: Fictional Worlds For this week’s post I wanted to mix it up a little. So I’m making a half-and-half list. Five bookish worlds I would move to tomorrow sign me up, I’m bringing the family, see you later reality! Then five bookish worlds where I’d last long enough for one good Hollywood scream, and yet, I still love to disappear into them while I read. First, the top five worlds I would disappear to in an instant if it were somehow…

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Magic and Mayhem and Friday Favorites

April 12 Favorites is: Magic Systems Wands & Wandlore, Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling I’ll go ahead and lead off with my very favorite magic system, which is wands. Current diversity criticism aside, we can’t deny that JK Rowling can worldbuild with the BEST of them. Her lore about wands is one of the better examples from the Harry Potter series and I can’t get enough of the little details. Not in a creepy Mr. Ollivander way, just an interested…

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Friday Favorites is a Smooth Criminal

April 5 Favorite is Fictional Criminals My friends: My family: Strangers on the street: SE *gets a bullhorn* *climbs up on box*: TAMORA PIERCE IS THE BEST YA FANTASY AUTHOR EVER. And you all should have read her already. I do keep trying to use other authors for this list, but Tamora just seems to happen. Want a great anti-hero? Pierce. Good solid magic system and thorough worldbuilding? Pierce. Diverse characters facing real-life problems? Pierce. The Power of Friendship™? Yep. Pierce.…

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Make a Wish: an IWSG Post

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a judgment-free presence in your author life. Tell us about your doubts or fears, and how you have conquered them. Bring us in on your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who might be struggling. Visit and connect with your fellow writers. The group aims for a dozen visits each IWSG Wednesday. And make sure to return comments. This group is all about connection! The awesome co-hosts for the April…

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Friday Favorites Gets Twisted

Friday Favorites is a blog hop hosted and created by the wonderful somethingofthebook.com March 29 My Favorite Plot Twists I love a good twisty moment in a book but I don’t go out actively seeking them. I tend to be a pretty oblivious person at the best of times and small details fly far, far over my head while I hum along, blissfully ignorant below. Hi, I’m Dory. This makes things like walking down a hallway without banging my elbows on doorknobs…

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Friday Favorites Makes Friends

Find the sign-up and topics at somethingofthebook.com March 22 Favorites: Fictional Friendships. Can I also say that alliteration is my favorite thing? Yes? Okay. On to the best buddies you’ll find in a book. The Golden Trio-Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling Who isn’t going to lead off today with the three who made it through literally everything together? Starting off with murdery plant life & giant killer chess pieces, working up to dragons & Death Eaters, and ending with an actual epic battle.…

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