Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Traits that Make Me Love a Character

I have no idea what characters other people like or dislike, and I mostly read indie books, so this week's topic is another one of those topics that's just too difficult for me. That's why I've tweaked it! I've come to realize there are certain things that usually make me immediately start to love a character. I'm not talking the typical personality traits like brooding or sarcastic---those are...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Hands

Wow! There are A LOT of gorgeous book covers out there that prominently feature hands on them. I had a ridiculously hard time narrowing down my choices, so I can definitely see this being a topic I do a part 2 for---there are so many more covers I still want to share with you all! But, as usual, I somehow managed to choose just ten ;-) and I don't have a whole to say about hands other than they...
 

The Weekly Update: 3/6/16

It's March! Seriously though, I am going to be glad when the cold is gone. Of course it will just be replaced by rain, but what can you do. So remember how I complained last Sunday about the lawn mower in the mornings? Well this past week, either the person below or next to me (I was half asleep, I just know it was someone very nearby) decided 9 in the morning would be the perfect time to drill...
 

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Marko and IV have become unlikely allies, united against a common enemy, along with Ghus and Yuma, but have so far been unsuccessful in their mission and are struggling more and more each day to get along even moderately well. Meanwhile, Gwen, Sophie, and The Brand are working on obtaining what they need to cure The Will, and Alana, Kiara, and Hazel are fighting against enemies of their...
 

Bookish Musings: Why I Don’t Watch Movie Adaptations of Books

It seems as though I'm rarely in the majority when it comes to bookish things. Sometimes I feel like my entire blog is like one big unpopular opinion :-P But this opinion especially seems to be the minority of the most minor minority. I do not watch a movie adaptation after reading a book if I liked the book. Yes, I know, you're probably gasping at me and clutching your pearls. Everyone (except...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read If You’re in the Mood to Laugh

This week we've been given a partial freebie for Top Ten Tuesday: "Books to Read If You're in the Mood for..." But my whole blog is practically books to read if you're in the mood for sci-fi/fantasy, and I don't even have ten recommendations for books in any other genre. That's why I thought it'd be fun to do something more specific---funny books! I don't know about you, but sometimes I just am...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Gargoyles

I've never really given a whole lot of thought to gargoyles. They can be kind of creepy and ugly, but they can also be kind of intimidating and beautiful. They do seem to be gaining popularity in fantasy books though as a paranormal creature. They also seem to be on a surprising number of book covers. I thought this would be a hard topic, but it turned out to be rather easy. I don't really have a...
 

The Weekly Update: 2/28/16

I need to gripe about something, but first I have to explain something else. So gather round everyone, it's storytime! When I was in college I had this really great world civilizations professor. He was nice, he was passionate about his subject, and he genuinely wanted his students to succeed. It was one of the few classes I never read the textbook for because he gave us all the information we...
 

Book Review: House of Kings (House of Royals Book 3) by Keary Taylor

King Cyrus is in town and anxious to find out if Alivia is his reincarnated wife, but between her newfound bloodlust, her concerns for the person she's becoming, and her pain and confusion about her relationships, Alivia doesn't even know what she wants anymore. But that won't stop Cyrus who's ready to play some games, shed some blood, and wreak some havoc on the House of Conrath and the city of...
 

Book Review: Mud (Chronicles of the Third Realm War Book 1) by E.J. Wenstrom

As a golem, Adem has spent his entire immortal life forced by his maker to guard over a mysterious box and kill anyone who touches it, but all Adem really wants is to be human. When an angel comes to Adem, offering him a soul, and thus his humanity, in exchange for bringing back the angel's love from the Underworld, Adem decides to take the risk, not realizing the consequences his actions could...