Discussion: Realism in Books – Big Things vs. Little Things

I talk a lot about realism (obviously, since I've got this whole unofficial series about it going on my blog), and I've made it pretty clear that I like things in the books I read to be pretty realistic. But so far I've talked about specific things, like characters and injuries. Today I want to get a little more broad. This was actually something I noticed in a book I read lately. The book,...
 
 
 

Book Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Maire doesn't remember anything about her life or who she was prior to a few years ago when she was found on the side of the road, but she knows that she has the magical gift to infuse emotions and abilities into the treats she bakes. When marauders raid her town one day and kidnap her, she gets sold to a strange man who somehow knows of her talent and wants to use it to make money. But amidst...
 
 
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Zombies

So I seem to be on a bit of a zombie kick lately, reading and adding to my TBR quite a few books that have zombies as main characters or love interests, and even some that have the more stereotypical, shambling, post-apocalyptic kind of zombies. I've never been a huge fan of zombies, even though I have started giving their books more of a chance, but that doesn't mean I can't be a fan of their...
 
 
 

The Weekly Update: 6/26/16

Well, this hasn't quite been my best week. I got rid of headache problems I had a year or two ago and have since only taken Tylenol a handful of times, but this week I had to take it twice :-/ One of the times was because I tried a different air filter for my AC, and that turned out to be a huge mistake. I have screwy sinuses, and it dried out the air too much or something, and my whole face and...
 
 
 

Book Review: The Bleeding Dusk (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 3) by Colleen Gleason

The vampires in Rome have allied themselves with demons, and it's now up to Victoria to lead the hunters and figure out how to stop them from their latest plans. She turns to Sebastian and Max for help, but Sebastian's games and Max's secrets make Victoria unsure of who she can trust, and when a certain vampire sets his sights on her, things get even more complicated than...
 
 
 

Book Review: My Zombie Boyfriend (The Undead Canadian Book 1) by T. Strange

When Edward, a necromancer, finds a beautiful dead guy on his way home one night, he decides to reanimate him as a zombie and name him Kit. But Kit isn't like any zombie he's ever seen---he can talk and think for himself, though he can't remember his past---and Edward soon finds himself having feelings the zombie who has now taken up residence in his...
 
 
 

Discussion: Feminism and Double Standards in Books – Strong Characters

"Strong female character" is a pretty common phrase nowadays. I even used to include a tag for it in my book review posts. I mean, we all know (or should know) that sexism is still a problem in our world, and I just wanted to do my part by pointing out the female characters who could help combat the sexism, who could show that women are just as good as men, etc. But one day I decided to remove...
 
 
 

Book Review: Thereafter (Afterlife Book 2) by Terri Bruce

Irene has finally decide to follow the light and cross over to the other side only to discover it's really just a dreary purgatory where billions of spirits are gathered and stuck, not knowing how to move forward. As Irene tries to figure out what to do next, she ends up with a knight and a cowboy as her companions, and they navigate the realm, filled with dangers such as phantoms and nephilim,...
 
 
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Hair

Ok, I had way too much fun with this post. This is not the official topic this week, but I didn't care for the official topic and got inspired when I came across one cover in particular and was mesmerized by how gorgeous the character's hair was, so here we are. I happen to love long hair, I think it's pretty, so basically I just went and found a whole bunch of covers with long, flowing,...
 
 
 

The Weekly Update: 6/19/16

Did you all know that Facebook has safety checks now?! There was a shooting in Orlando, and I know a few people who live there, so I went to FB to try and make sure they were all ok, and FB made that really easy. Right in my notifications, there was a "safety check." Basically, it was a page created specifically for the shooting event, and there was a list of all my FB in the area who had marked...