Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Historical Fantasy Books I’ve Read

This topic came at a perfect time because I've recently discovered, contrary to what I previously believed, that I really like historical fantasy. I know historical *fantasy* is not quite the same as non-fantasy historical books since they often alter the history, but I've found they still make interesting use of the settings and cultures, and it's still different than if the book had been set in...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Skylines

I love skylines. Maybe it has something to do with growing up (and still living in) a big city. Ok, ok, I live in the suburbs of said city, but, when I write my address, it's still the city I write, so close enough. Maybe it has to do with my love of the night---the way lights glow and twinkle on skylines in contrast to the darkness of the night is almost surreal. But regardless of why, I think...
 

The Weekly Update: 1/31/16

Wow, I have definitely gotten off to a great bookish/bloggy start this year! I finally started taking my blog more seriously and getting the hang of things this past month, and I'm happy about that. Normally I just talk about the week, but with this post falling exactly on January 31st, I couldn't resist doing a bit of an update about the whole month :-) So what are all these good things you ask?...
 

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

This volume rewinds a bit back to when Marko, Alana, and co. decide to head out and look for author D. Oswald Heist in the hopes that he can help them---unfortunately Robot IV is also looking for D. Oswald Heist, but in the hopes that it will lead him to Marko and Alana. Meanwhile, The Will, Gwen, and Slave Girl are stuck in a remote location until they get their ship...
 

Bookish Musings: Audiobooks, Yea or Nay?

A couple weeks ago I did a discussion post on what everyone listens to while they're reading, but a couple people mentioned audiobooks, and the whole thing got me thinking about *why* it is that I'm able to multitask with music in the background when so many others aren't and if it has anything to do with my inability to listen to audiobooks. So... I made a post about it :-) And now we shall all...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Laugh Out Loud Book Blurbs

This was a hard post to put together because I only had three that I could think of off the top of my head. Aside from those, I'm lucky if I even vaguely remember what a book is about let alone whether or not I was entertained by its blurb. But TTT freebies are like the bane of my existence, and I couldn't think of anything else good, so I stuck with it. I looked through my TBR and checked out...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Butterflies (2)

I couldn't find anything good for pianos (the official topic this week), and I said however many weeks back that I was going to do a part 2 for butterflies since I had so many extra, so here it is! I really don't remember what anyone else used in their butterfly post though (hell, I don't even remember what *I* used), so if used any of the same ones, I swear I didn't mean to steal it :-P At any...
 

The Weekly Update: 1/24/16

I'm starting to feel the blogging pressure, guys. How do you people do this? I mean, my blog isn't even big, but making the time to write posts, respond to comments, comment on other blogs, post on numerous different social media sites, and read, all on top of eating and sleeping and running errands and working... and some of you people have spouses and even kids?!?! That's it, give me your...
 

Book Review: The Heartless City (The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles Book 1) by Andrea Berthot

It's 1903 and the city of London has been quarantined for 13 years due to the Hyde drug, originally created by Dr. Jekyll, an experiment that went horribly wrong and created a city of heart-eating monsters. Elliot, a 17-year-old who accidentally made himself an empath when he tried to escape his troubles with a serum he created, is struggling to cope with his new abilities and his life in general...
 

Book Review: A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick

Told in alternating chapters from both Anna's and Hans' perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple's backstories, motivations, and doomed...