Bookish Musings: Opening Lines

I don't think the first line of a book has to be the absolute best. Truthfully, how many people are reading ONLY the first line and then giving up on a book? I do think a great first line can hook a reader who might've been on the fence though. And regardless, I just thought it'd be a fun idea to look at the opening lines of some different books... and have a fight to the death! Just kidding...
 

Bookish Musings: Top Ten Books I Read in 2018 (+ Some Non-Bookish Things)

I've already shared with you all my favorite covers and favorite characters from books I read in 2018, so that means... it's finally time to share my favorite books! I don't know why I keep calling these posts "Top Ten" when I never manage to stop at just ten. My blog is just full of lies. It sounds good as a post title though, you know? Anyway, I'm excited, as I always am for this post, because...
 

Cover Characteristics: Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2018 – Runners Up

As I was gathering covers for my annual best covers post, I came to the conclusion that I had too many. Competition was fierce this year, and I had to draw the line somewhere when it came to how many covers to include. But there were just so many great ones! So I decided to do a separate post for the runners up, the covers that didn't quite make it into the top 20 but were close and still deserve...
 

Bookish News: November/December 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Releases to Get Excited About

My gosh, did I say I was excited for the releases coming out the last two months? Well, I was. But the next two months---THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. These are some great books, my friends. I already know it. (And this isn't even all of them since the post got long and some aren't on Goodreads yet.) Anyway, we've got demons, elves, shifters, dragons, fae, mages, orcs, and even a human or two. Many of...
 

Update: Life and Books (10/7/18)

Hello, everyone! It's been another month since I did a Life and Books post. I might just make these a monthly thing from now on. I'll see what I feel like doing. Just to update everyone on my teeth, I had another root canal, but that's it so far. It feels like something might be wrong though, so I'm giving it some time to heal, seeing what happens, and hoping like hell that I won't need to...
 

Bookish News: More September/October 2018 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Releases to Get Excited About

You might have noticed the start of a pattern. I do a "Month/Month Releases" post, and a month later I do a "More Month/Month Releases" post. You're probably thinking, "Why doesn't Kristen just do these posts one month at a time if she's doing one a month? This seems overly complicated, and also, these post titles are way too long." You are not wrong about the titles, dear reader, but the...
 

Book Review: Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound Book 1) by Annette Marie

Thanks to her temper, Tori has a hard time holding down jobs, so, in her desperation, she answers an ad for a bartender only to discover the place is a guild and the members are mages, sorcerers, psychics, and other types of magic practitioners. Tori takes the job, despite being human, but it turns out to be a lot more dangerous than she...
 

Bookish Tag Post: You’re Not Good Enough Tag

This sounds like it's going to be a really sad or mean kinda tag, right? But don't you fret, it's actually really fun. The way it works is, you take 30 characters from books you've read, you choose two to use for each question, then you decide which is the better of the two for the answer. I tried to keep this as random as possible, so I chose the books mostly randomly by using my Goodreads...
 

Bookish Musings: Can You Guess Which Supernatural Creature Said These Quotes? (A Quiz!)

To celebrate Wyrd and Wonder 2018 (a bookish/blogging fantasy event taking place during the month of May), I thought it'd be fun to make a quiz! And it's no secret that I love supernatural creatures, so what better topic? Some of these quotes are probably pretty obvious, some are more vague, some might be tricks ;-) It's hard to find quotes for something like this, and I wasn't going to sit...