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Hidden Book Gems You Need in Your Life

I have a suuuper soft spot for these six lovelies. Some of them are older and therefore mostly forgotten, what with all the shiny new stuff coming out every year. A few are newer, but might not have had the best marketing. Whatever the reason, they’re the underdog and we all know I’m a complete sucker for the underdog. (Book descriptions come from Goodreads and let’s face it; I’m totally trying to suck you into reading them) Beauty Robin McKinley –Of…

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Sewhitebooks Recommends the Clever Bastards

Hello and welcome to my tangent! I’ve previously covered this topic in Top Ten Tuesday, Villain Edition and had a lot of fun with it. So today I’m going rogue again and picking my favorite clever villains. I want the best plotters, the most urbane, cultured, and ridiculously devious little psychopaths for the list today. I want the type who have plans A-D ready to go, are already one move ahead in the chess game of hero vs. villain, and could pick…

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Sewhitebooks Wants Your Childhood

Our theme today: Favorite Books from Childhood Full on nostalgia hit this week. I blame my fourth cup of pumpkin spiced coffee. Anyway, allow me to throw this entire list at you and then fight off the urge to go re-read all of these immediately. And also let me know your own childhood favorites! I’ve got two school-age mini bookworms growing up and I’m sure we’d all love to read them, too. The Beatrix Potter stories For some reason we…

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Book Tropes: The Grovel in The Novel

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a super specific, really niche trope. It’s like a food craving, where only that certain brand from that one store will do. In this case it’s a good old grovel. Not the little token apology with immediate making-out, ohhh no. I want the real down-and-dirty, sincere, I-fucked-up, oh-my-god-I-was-so-dumb, dawning realization. It doesn’t particularly matter to me which character (hero or heroine or all three heroes in a reverse harem) is doing the groveling. There…

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Book Tropes: I’m A Damsel, I’m In Distress, I Can Handle This. Have a Nice Day.

Every once in a while I’m in the mood for a SUPER specific, niche type of trope. In this post, it’s the typical Damsel in Distress situation, but with an atypical damsel. I want the kind of book where: things are going down, it’s getting grim, the odds are against them the hero has literally *just* said something like, “We’ll never make it!” or “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” then the heroine strolls in all unconcerned and takes…

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Friday Favorites Tag Teams

November 22 is: Favorite Character Team Ups From The Lord of the Rings Universe Frodo Baggins & Samwise Gamgee: ultimate team-up goals. Full stop. Meriadoc Brandybuck & Peregrin Took: a partnership forged in the Shire which only grew stronger through adversity and separation and eventually saved the whole Shire. Legolas Greenleaf & Gimli son of Gloin: the unlikely friendship which persisted even after death. From The Discworld Esmeralda (Granny) Weatherwax & Gytha (Nanny) Ogg: seventy years of tag-teaming witchcraft and taking…

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Friday Favorites is a Little Magic

October 25 favorites is: Magic Wielders Did I use this post as yet another excuse to bust out the Shia Pornstache gif? YOU BET YOUR SWEET EDIBLE BRITCHES I DID. Here you go: On to the favorite magic wielders in my nerdy bookish heart. Fred & George Weasley, Harry Potter series, JK Rowling “Hey, look — Harry’s got a Weasley sweater, too!” Fred and George were wearing blue sweaters, one with a large yellow F on it, the other a…

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Friday Favorites is a Clever Bastard

October 18 is: Favorite Villains Hello and welcome to my tangent! I’ve previously covered this topic in Top Ten Tuesday, Villain Edition and had a lot of fun with it. So today I’m going rogue again and picking my favorite clever villains. I want the best plotters, the most urbane, cultured, and ridiculously devious little psychopaths for the list today. I want the type who have plans A-D prepared, in their sleep, and could pick out a good bottle of wine (which are…

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Friday Favorites wants Your Childhood

October 11: Favorite Books from Childhood Let me just throw this entire list at you, and then try to fight off the urge to go re-read all of these immediately. Beatrix Potter stories For some reason we also owned the VHS animated BBC versions of these stories and guess what I bought as soon as I could (on DVD, yes, THERE ARE DVDs!) for my own children. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis Re-read all of them to this day. No,…

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group October

It’s the first Wednesday and you know what that means! Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Awww, yeah. Come bask in the support, my friends, and know you’ve entered a judgement free zone. Possibly the only one left on the flame filled inter-web. As always you can sign up to be part of the group here. The awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor! The optional question this month…

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