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 [...]

Friday Favorites is Scholastic Fantastic

August 30: Favorite Books You Read in School Brave New World, Aldous Huxley This one definitely started my lifelong love of post apocalyptic/dystopian novels. Opening up a little window and peering into a totally deranged future is one of my favorite things and damn is the future in this book disturbing. 1984, George Orwell Again, a [...]

Friday Favorites goes ‘Freedoooom!’

  I couldn't resist the Braveheart homage in the title. So sorry to hit you with bad puns on a holiday Friday. I'll make it up to you with a fun mix of books which promote rebellion against tyranny, murderous mutiny, and much use of uprising to promote the plot. Enjoy! July 5th favorites is: Books [...]

My Favorite Things About Being a Reader

May 17 favorites: Things about being a reader Today we're doing a listicle, because listicles are so fun. And gifs are even better. Combining the two? The Very Best, even though it makes a silly word (gificle? gifsticle? giflist? Whatever it's fantastic and I'm going with it). 1. I have a whole house FILLED WITH BOOKS. [...]

Friday Favorites is an Enabler

May 10: Favorite Books that were recommended to you Where would I be without #bookstagram and all of the wonderful, plentiful recommendations I find there? Well, for a start, I'd be in a house with about 150 less books. Also, not buried under the weight of a TBR equivalent to most small libraries. I add about [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Top Ten Tuesday: The Bookworm Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesdays were born on The Broke and the Bookish and then moved to That Artsy Reader Girl just this year. It's all about a love of books, lists, and combining the two as a gloriously nerdy whole. Come join in! This week's list is all about bookish items or merchandise I’d like to own. Tie down all [...]

The Fall Book Tag

   Something about Rowell's writing style feels like nothing I've read before, and I love it! I mean. This ending is iconic for a reason. The movie kind of captured it, but not . . . quite.  All of them are nonstop, brutal action, TBH.  I think I caught up on all of Tessa Dare's [...]

Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Sometimes a long book, like a really long one, can be the most satisfying read. Short stories have their own charms, regular size books are satisfying, but when a good author has you in hand a thousand page book just feels like dropping into a new world and staying there. You really get to know the [...]