The Weekly Update: 7/3/16

-_- Do you see that face? That is my face right now. Can you guess why? Can anybody guess why? MY LAPTOP IS STILL BROKEN. Three times. THREE TIMES I sent it in already, and it's still doing the exact same thing. And I say with complete honesty that I do not see how it could be anything I did since I didn't even get the chance to use it the other times, and this time all I've used it for is a bit...
 

Bookish Musings: Ten Awesomely Interesting Book Titles

I share a lot of book covers on this blog, but I also find myself noticing a lot of other bookish things like blurbs and titles, and sometimes I like to share those too. I mean, covers are not the only thing that influences my decision to buy or read a book. Titles are the first thing I see right along with the cover, and they probably have just as much influence since they often are what gives...
 

Book Review: Dark Blood (Dark Blood Saga Book 1) by Caleb James

Miles has been warned his whole life by his grandmother never to use his healing gift, and when he ends up using it to heal a terminally ill cancer patient, he finally understands why. Miles and his best friend/crush both end up in a tangled situation when they discover the horrifying truth about Gerald Stangl, an esteemed doctor, and his son---they want Miles's gift, and they're willing to do...
 

Bookish Musings: Realism in Books – Big Things vs. Little Things

I talk a lot about realism (obviously, since I've got this whole unofficial series about it going on my blog), and I've made it pretty clear that I like things in the books I read to be pretty realistic. But so far I've talked about specific things, like characters and injuries. Today I want to get a little more broad. This was actually something I noticed in a book I read lately. The book,...
 

Book Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Maire doesn't remember anything about her life or who she was prior to a few years ago when she was found on the side of the road, but she knows that she has the magical gift to infuse emotions and abilities into the treats she bakes. When marauders raid her town one day and kidnap her, she gets sold to a strange man who somehow knows of her talent and wants to use it to make money. But amidst...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Zombies

So I seem to be on a bit of a zombie kick lately, reading and adding to my TBR quite a few books that have zombies as main characters or love interests, and even some that have the more stereotypical, shambling, post-apocalyptic kind of zombies. I've never been a huge fan of zombies, even though I have started giving their books more of a chance, but that doesn't mean I can't be a fan of their...
 

The Weekly Update: 6/26/16

Well, this hasn't quite been my best week. I got rid of headache problems I had a year or two ago and have since only taken Tylenol a handful of times, but this week I had to take it twice :-/ One of the times was because I tried a different air filter for my AC, and that turned out to be a huge mistake. I have screwy sinuses, and it dried out the air too much or something, and my whole face and...
 

Book Review: The Bleeding Dusk (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 3) by Colleen Gleason

The vampires in Rome have allied themselves with demons, and it's now up to Victoria to lead the hunters and figure out how to stop them from their latest plans. She turns to Sebastian and Max for help, but Sebastian's games and Max's secrets make Victoria unsure of who she can trust, and when a certain vampire sets his sights on her, things get even more complicated than...
 

Book Review: My Zombie Boyfriend (The Undead Canadian Book 1) by T. Strange

When Edward, a necromancer, finds a beautiful dead guy on his way home one night, he decides to reanimate him as a zombie and name him Kit. But Kit isn't like any zombie he's ever seen---he can talk and think for himself, though he can't remember his past---and Edward soon finds himself having feelings the zombie who has now taken up residence in his...
 

Bookish Musings: Feminism and Double Standards in Books – Strong Characters

"Strong female character" is a pretty common phrase nowadays. I even used to include a tag for it in my book review posts. I mean, we all know (or should know) that sexism is still a problem in our world, and I just wanted to do my part by pointing out the female characters who could help combat the sexism, who could show that women are just as good as men, etc. But one day I decided to remove...