Bookish Musings: Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

Yay, it's time for one of my favorite posts of the whole year because this is the post in which I get to talk about ALL the books that I loved most all at once! It's a post full of happiness and good feelings, and I get to reminisce about the highlights of my reading year. What more can any book blogger ask for? Anyway, I debated how to do this. I mean, there are standalones, there are complete...
 

Cover Characteristics: Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2016

So you know how I usually choose ten covers/series for my Cover Characteristic posts? Well... Hahahahahahahahaha---Not happening this time. I don't know what happened this year, if it was just coincidence or if I started judging books more by their covers and letting myself be drawn in by all the pretty ones, but I read SO MANY books with gorgeous covers this year, and I want to share them all....
 

Bookish Musings: Top Ten Male Characters from Books I Read in 2016

Alright, peeps. It's that time of year again when I tell you all about my favorite characters! I know this probably won't be my most popular post, but I love it nonetheless because characters are my lifeblood. They are what gives me the emotion and the feels when I read, and that's what I love most in books. I might still sometimes give a book a high rating even without great characters if it's...
 

Book Review: Shade Chaser (City of Crows Book 2) by Clara Coulson

It's been a couple months since the incident in the first book, things have slowed down a bit, and Cal is trying to get to know his new team members and learn how to cope with the unsettling deja vu he acquired from his trip to the Eververse. But then a werewolf, a wizard, and a former mayor are murdered, causing the different supernatural factions to start blaming each other, and it's up to the...
 

The Weekly Update: 12/11/16

Even though I like to complain about my arguing neighbors, noisy construction, and electronic woes a lot, I try to keep my blog a fairly positive, happy place, but *sigh* I don't feel very positive right now. I've been resting my wrist. Some days I haven't even done anything other than eat, shower, and read. The bad news is, not only does my right wrist still hurt, the left one, and my forearms,...
 

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...
 

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 People Holding Glowy Magic in Their Hands

I know you must be thinking whaaaaaaa? But allow me to explain. My first response is that this was not the official topic this week for the meme. (Really, Kristen? Shocking. I know.) My second response is that I know it is highly specific, but yes, there actually *are* a lot of covers that have exactly this on them. I think it's an urban fantasy thing. And since I read a lot of urban fantasy, I...
 

The Weekly Update: 1/17/16

I HAVE HAD SUCH A GREAT BOOKISH WEEK!!! But if I explain it all here in the intro it will just get redundant, so you'll have to keep reading to find out why :-P Actually, screw the intro, I've too much to talk about...
 

Book Review: Soul Breaker (City of Crows Book 1) by Clara Coulson

Calvin Kinsey, former rookie with the Aurora Police until his partner was murdered by a vampire, is now a brand new detective with the Department of Supernatural Investigations, and he's just a few weeks in when a creature from the Eververse shows up and goes on a murder spree. Cal's determined to send the creature back where it came from before it can claim any more innocent lives, but between...