Bookish Musings: Time Skips in Books

Just in the past year alone, I've read books with stories that took place over the course of anywhere ranging from a few days to a few years. In fact, I even read one that took place over the course of 600-something years. It's got me thinking about what I like and dislike when it comes to how much time a story covers and how the author handles that time. But honestly, I'm not really sure what I...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Quotes About Love and Cats

So this week's Top Ten is all about Valentine's Day---OTPs, love declarations, swoon-worthy quotes, Valentine's Day reads, etc. I was going to go with swoon-worthy quotes, but they proved to be a lot harder to find than I thought they would be. But then I came across some cat quotes and decided an anti-Valentine's Day post would be fun... except I had a bit of a shortage of cat quotes too. So,...
 

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...
 

Book Review: His Master’s Summons (Azgarth’s Chosen Book 1) by Cassie Sweet

When famous violinist Andres Valentine is murdered, Dr. Stanslovich, a man who has been studying the art of reanimation, refuses to let the object of his obsession stay that way. But when Andres comes back to life, he forms a bond with Dr. Stanslovich's assistant, Henri, and Andres's dark fae master sets his sights on all of them, causing the scientists to question everything they know and Henri...
 

Bookish Musings: Pros and Cons of Rereading Books

The topic of rereading may not be the most original one, it's been widely discussed I'm sure, but *I've* never discussed it, so it seemed as good a choice as any. I'm actually in the middle of rereading one of my favorite series now, so the timing was perfect, plus it means you can trust me because I'm totally an expert on the topic ;-) I never used to reread because I only thought of the...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Historical Fantasy Books I’ve Read

This topic came at a perfect time because I've recently discovered, contrary to what I previously believed, that I really like historical fantasy. I know historical *fantasy* is not quite the same as non-fantasy historical books since they often alter the history, but I've found they still make interesting use of the settings and cultures, and it's still different than if the book had been set in...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Skylines

I love skylines. Maybe it has something to do with growing up (and still living in) a big city. Ok, ok, I live in the suburbs of said city, but, when I write my address, it's still the city I write, so close enough. Maybe it has to do with my love of the night---the way lights glow and twinkle on skylines in contrast to the darkness of the night is almost surreal. But regardless of why, I think...
 

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

This volume rewinds a bit back to when Marko, Alana, and co. decide to head out and look for author D. Oswald Heist in the hopes that he can help them---unfortunately Robot IV is also looking for D. Oswald Heist, but in the hopes that it will lead him to Marko and Alana. Meanwhile, The Will, Gwen, and Slave Girl are stuck in a remote location until they get their ship...
 

Bookish Musings: Audiobooks, Yea or Nay?

A couple weeks ago I did a discussion post on what everyone listens to while they're reading, but a couple people mentioned audiobooks, and the whole thing got me thinking about *why* it is that I'm able to multitask with music in the background when so many others aren't and if it has anything to do with my inability to listen to audiobooks. So... I made a post about it :-) And now we shall all...