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Friday Favorites is at Your Side, to Kick You Into Shape

September 6th is: Favorite Side Characters The title is supposed to reference sidekicks, but I suspect it’s just going to annoy Google’s search parameters, so really I see no downside to this. Onward! Favorite Lord of the Rings Side Characters Samwise Gamgee: The ultimate, gold-standard, shall-not-be-topped loyal, devoted, fearless, practical, loving side character. Sam is just the best. Pippin & Merry: It takes some skills to be the comic relief to Gandalf Greybeard, Wizard of Sass, but I also love how deep the…

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Friday Favorites is Totally Adorkable

August 23: Favorite Nerdy Characters Quick internet searching tells me that a nerd is defined as; “a person seen as overly intellectual, obsessive, introverted, interested in obscure or not-popular things, and lacking social skills.” Basically? I am ALL OF THOSE THINGS. It’s like the internet knows my life! (Hi, yes, agents of Big Brother, in all honesty I do hope you enjoy my blog. Quality geek content here.) I am a nerdy-shaped peg and I have found my perfect nerdy-shaped hole…

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Friday Favorites is Gonna Be Me

August 9: Favorite Books that Define You Watch me rebel this week by listing the authors who have defined me. If I started listing books we’d be here all day and I don’t think we’re ready for that conversation! Consider these authors the most favorite, the ones I can quote without pausing to think, the ones who fill my shelves…the ones whose books helped shape the (admittedly slightly twisted) spaces in my soul. Robin McKinley “Roses are for love. Not silly…

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Writing the Good Bad Boy: Author Toolbox

This is an author toolbox blog post. To get in on the authoring goodies distributed every month, go sign up on the website of our generous leader Raimey Gallant The Brooding Bad Boy* as a trope (otherwise known as Damaged With a Heart of Gold, Alpha Male, or Redeemed Rake, depending on what time period you’re writing) seems to be huge, ESPECIALLY in YA literature right now. Dark romance and angst as a plot line are trending, which means the…

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Friday Favorites, You Little Rebel

July 12th favorites: Books outside your usual genre We all know I’m a romance reader. Lots and lots of smushy fluff. When I need a break from that I generally turn to my *other* source of bodily fluids, which is horror. Yes, I know that seems strange. In the midst of this chaos of conflicting reads, certain genres are neglected. Like nonfiction. I don’t often pick up that genre and it has to come highly recommended, whereas I will pick up…

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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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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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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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