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...
 

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...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre

I LOVE PARANORMAL AND URBAN FANTASY. Human-like creatures (e.g. vampires, incubi, ghosts, witches, shifters, demons, etc.) are my jam. I also love historical fantasy, magical realism, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and even the occasional genetic-engineering or cyborg book. So those are the genres I read. Therefore, those are the genres this post will not be about. But I like certain genres for a...
 

Book Review: The Shifter (The Healing Wars Book 1) by Janice Hardy

In a world where both pain and the pynvium it's stored in are valuable items, Nya has an ability that no other Taker has---she can shift the pain she takes into other people. But then, against her better judgment, Nya starts using her ability to help people, not realizing the consequences it will have. When the wrong people find out and Nya's sister goes missing, things start to spiral out of her...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Male Characters from Books I’ve Read This Year (2015)

Unlike with female characters, there never seems to be a shortage of male characters I like. I often prefer a male protag, but, even as love interests and side characters, they can be just as great. Also, I find it amusing that only 6 of the 16 characters mentioned are normal humans. Not sure if that says more about my taste in books or my taste in men ;-) Anyway, these characters deserve a...
 

Updates & Info: The Weekly Update (7)

Book-wise, I had a good week. I read seven (yes, SEVEN!) books, most of them at least pretty good. I also got a lot of free ebooks, including numerous ones off my Amazon wishlist that I've wanted for a while that went on sale. Plus, I found a whole bunch of books I really want to read, which doesn't sound like a good thing considering my TBR was already a mile long, but, truth be told, my TBR is...
 

Updates & Info: The Weekly Update (6)

My past week was fairly uneventful, but, unfortunately, I have a stressful one (well, probably more than one, but we'll see) coming up. I've gotten as far ahead on posts as I could, so they're still scheduled to go up even if I'm not on the computer. (Don't you just love being able to do that?!) For some reason though I always end up with a few typos and issues that I don't catch until the post...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

This TTT topic could not have come at a more PERFECT time. I almost never plan my books ahead of time. I read whatever I feel like reading whenever I feel like reading it. I did plan books this month because I just so happen to be doing my own Series September Reading Challenge, but that's also the reason I now have a whole list of books I didn't get to read when I stumbled upon them the past few...