Ugh, why has it been so cold?! My tiny little space heater cannot keep up! Also, the only warm shoes I have are boots, and I can’t wear those with sweatpants because that looks weird. It’s a real problem lol.
Anyway, I had some fun and educational dreams last week! It was a nice change from the usual weird ones. In one of them I got to dance! The person I was dancing with in the dream was kind of teaching me as we danced, which is ironic considering the whole thing took place in my head where I can’t learn anything I don’t already know. But I was in some shows in high school, and there was one year when we had a lot of dancers in the show and almost every practice and gathering we had turned into a Latin dance party, haha, so I guess some of that came back to me in my dream. In another dream, a baseball player was teaching me, but apparently I can’t even hit a ball with a bat in my dreams lol. None of my show practices ever turned into baseball games, so I guess that makes sense. Although, actually, my girl scout meetings in middle school often did. Well, not actual games, just throwing and swinging and hitting. But I did manage to hit the ball sometimes back then, so psh, what was wrong with dream me?
While we’re on the topic though, do you ever actually learn things in your dreams? I feel like sometimes I do wake up like, “I didn’t even know I knew that…” or my brain will make up something or some sort of explanation, and I’ll wake up and be like, “Damn, brain, how you so creative? Why can’t you be like that when I’m awake??” I swear my brain has made up songs before in dreams even. Brains are so incredible.
Also, I’m buying a new bed, but I have an issue because the width of a queen isn’t necessary, but I’d like a longer length since my feet reach the bottom of twin/fulls when you include the space for the pillow and the way your feet kinda point when you sleep. Except I’m not going to have much space for furniture :-/ Thoughts?
First of all, it appears my comment replies are going to spam again. I have no idea how often this is happening, but it’s really frustrating because my blog is not spammy -_-
Second, I won this prize pack from A.G. Howard from a giveaway at Paper Fury:
Third, I need input. I tend to be very broad with my definition of urban fantasy. I consider most books that have fantasy/paranormal/magic aspects and are set in our world to be urban fantasy. But it seems like a lot of people have a more specific definition, or maybe its definition has been shifting with this particular running-through-cities-and-killing-supernaturals thing that seems to be exploding lately, and I don’t want to accidentally mislead people by categorizing a book as urban. So anyway, I’ve changed urban fantasy on my blog to paranormal/urban fantasy. Does that better fit what I described?
I’ve also completely removed the magical realism genre because I have no clue what that is. I thought it was one thing, then I saw an explanation that it was something else, then I looked it up and found completely different definitions… I’m starting to think no one actually knows what it is lol.
Books I Received for Review:
I got Ensnared from Lola’s Blog Tours, and yay, finally a book that seems like it’s going to be an actual retelling, not just something vaguely inspired by another story! Peter Darling was from NG and it was awesome, so go request it.
Books I Finished:
Apparently it was sci-fi week for me since 3 of the 4 books I read were sci-fi. Scardust was a good book, but it wasn’t what I was expecting, so it just wasn’t right for my mood. Hell Divers (which I read thanks to Daniela’s awesome review) had incredible post-apocalyptic world building and was intense and amazingly well-written. I wanted to love Foamers because of the disability aspect, but there were quite a few logic flaws and coincidental things and flat characters :-/ But I loved Peter Darling! A trans Peter Pan and a Peter/Hook romance! It was short but super sweet and still satisfying.
Song of the Week:
“Wings” by Hurts – This song is absolutely beautiful. It will give you all the feels. Trust me. I found it on the author’s Pinterest board for Scardust.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen, a paranormal YA with disability and amazing characterization/voice.
– I discussed how POV affects the way we “see” stories in our minds.
– I reviewed Rogue Magic by Kit Brisby, a realistic look into what might happen if we had magic in our modern world, plus some m/m romance in the background.
– I reviewed Blackwell by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor, a book with a villainous protag that unfortunately fell flat for me.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)