Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Backlist Book on my TBR
Top Ten Tuesday / July 30, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is a Freebie, and I found myself lately thinking more about the backlist books I want to read, so I decided it was the perfect time to highlight them.

Throwback Thursday – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Throwback Thursday / July 11, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  This week’s choice is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. This is a classic book that many people read as an assignment for school. I wasn’t one of those, so read it with the Fantasy Faction book club a while back. It’s a really interesting book and concept. After scientists found they had increased the IQ of a mouse with an experimental procedure, they decided, “Hey, let’s get a human!”. They take someone with a low IQ and do the same experimental procedure on him as they did on the mouse, because, why not? We get journal entries from Charlie, the human test subject, and it is interesting to see and read his thoughts as his IQ, vocabulary, ability to…

Top Ten Tuesday – Female Characters Dressed as Boys
Top Ten Tuesday / July 9, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is July 9: Character Freebie (any topic you want that deals with book characters!) Girls Dressed as Boys

Friday Face Off – Historic London
Friday Face Off / July 5, 2019

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted at Books by Proxy. Every Friday two books will be lined up to be judged solely on their covers (that thing we are never supposed to do, but you know we all do it!) This weeks theme: “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic    I went with something perhaps a bit less specific, and just decided on London (when you read mainly fictional worlds and characters, the options start getting a bit more limited). So, ofcourse I landed on Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman I have to admit, I like a lot of these, but honestly not sure I love any of them. I’m going to go with the Slovak cover because I’ve never seen it before and I like the flipped city.

Throwback Thursday – The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Throwback Thursday / July 4, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  This week’s choice is The Water Knife bu Paolo Bacigalupi. It is a fantastic book that deserves to be mentioned again regardless. However, I was reminded of it in particular because of the recent stories about the real life water crisis in Channai (a city of 9 million in India, that has had their water supplies dry up). Obviously Channai is a real place in a seriously dangerous situation, so I don’t want to sound disrespectful by mentioning a link with a book of fiction. But I think good fiction can highlight serious concerns and issues, and The Water Knife is about a dystopian world where water is so scarce cities have shut down, mafia style gangs control access and…

Review – Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
4 Stars , Reviews / July 1, 2019

I have to admit, I am a sucker for the girl dressed as a boy trope, so this book had an immediate edge for me. Maia dreams of becoming the best tailor in the empire. However, a dream is all that it can be as women are not allowed to be tailors, a career reserved only for men. So instead, she works quietly behind the scenes of her father’s business, gaining skill and experience, but knowing that she can never take over or become the face of the business. Instead, she will be expected to marry and be a good wife and all that boring stuff that is expected of women. But when an invitation is extended to her father for an incredible opportunity and honor to the royal court, Maia seens an opportunity. Her father has been declining in ability and would certainly not be able to attend himself, and her brother would have no interest or ability as well. So, that leaves her, with the option of attending as her brother. It’s a real risk to both her and her father’s reputation, but the allure of it plus her confidence that she was skilled enough outweighs the risk….