Top Ten Tuesday – Titles with Numbers
Top Ten Tuesday / October 1, 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 : Book Titles with Numbers In Them (You could really challenge yourself and do numbers 1-10 or just any numbers at all. Submitted by Emma @ Words and Peace) SO I tried to stick to only books that I have read and have read and I tried to go sequentially. However, I got stuck with the number 8, and for number 5 I used I book I have but have not yet read. So I threw in a couple of extras, because why not? I also avoided using the number in a series a book is, otherwise I would have used the eighth book in a series for number eight. 🙂 ZERO ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE I may not have read this yet, but I do have a copy and hope to read it! SIX SEVEN EIGHT? yeah, I got nothin that I’ve read or have. Sorry eight, you are just not a cool enough number evidently. NINE A couple random extras, just because my 5 and 8 were a bit weaker than I’d have…

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

Top Ten Tuesday – Page to Screen
Top Ten Tuesday / May 14, 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 Page to Screen Freebie (Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa, etc.) It’s been decades since I read the book, but the recent movie was fantastic, and I am so excited to see there is going to be a sequel This book was just a fun read, and the movie was every bit as fun and exciting. I’ve only read one of the books in this series, but really enjoyed it and want to read more. That said, I am really looking forward to this adaptation coming from Netflix. Hoping it holds up as well as the books! If nothing else, the promo looks awesome. Whenever people talk about the books always being better than the adaptation, I pull this out as my example of the rare exception. I read all (or almost all, there…

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Want to Reread
Top 5 Tuesday / May 7, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 books I want to reread This first pick is because of all the books I’ve not read the sequels to, this is the one that I most wish I had made the time for. Now that its been so long, I feel like I need to re-read it before continuing the series. This one is because when I when I featured it for Throwback Thursday, I became very curious what I would think of it were I to read it now. The next three books are pretty much my 3 favorite series, so any chance to re-read them (not just the first one, but entire series), would be very, very welcome. Hobb’s books are such an emotional roller coaster. Any book that can drag my emotions through such highs and lows and leave me wanting moreis worth a re-read. One can never have enough of Locke Lamora and his crew of thieving orphans.  These books are a great mix of fun and darkness I feel like this series has the most complex and interesting characters. I…

Top Ten Tuesday – Standalone Books
Top Ten Tuesday / March 12, 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  Standalone Books Technically, the suggested theme was Standalone Books that Need a Sequel, but I find that the standalones I am happy with, even if I think I’d enjoy reading more, I don’t think they *need* a sequel. That’s kinda the point. So I’m just listing 10 of my favorite standalones.

Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned In Books I’d Like to Visit
Top Ten Tuesday / February 26, 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  Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit (submitted by Georgia @justreadthemm) The Eolian My first pick is the The Eolian. A place where the top musicians come to try and earn their pipes (the highest honor, that will pretty much ensure they can work as a musician anywhere). There are so many reason why I love The Kingkiller Chronicles, and the magic of The Eolian is definitely one of them.   Glamourist Histories I honestly can not remember what the setting for this one was exactly, but it’s pretty much Regency with magic and glamours. It just sounds beautiful, so I wanna go. Camorr A city of canals, bridges, and elderglass (which can glimmer in the dark), towers of different colors, it just sounds beautiful. The Great Library I mean, the name says it all. Even if the people running this library are a bit evil, I still want to go. Just have to make sure not to piss off the killer automatons guarding it.    The Just City A place where the greatest…

Stacking the Shelves – August 11, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / August 11, 2018

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review   This book is monstrous in size!! I still have to read the first volume, but it sounds like a really fun series. So many thanks to Saga Press for sending this one my way!   This is another series I am behind on, but am really curious about. My thanks to Pyr for sending me an early copy!   I find that I don’t tend to pick out Science Fiction on my own very often, but I do usually enjoy it. I hope I get a chance to read this one. Thanks to Harper Voyager for the copy!     I was so excited about this package! I really can’t thank the author enough. Not only was it completely unexpected, it was also sent overseas, and signed and came with amazing art cards. Thanks so much to Anna Smith Spark for sending this to me!!!     I love the cover on this one, and am curious about how Estep will…

Tough Traveling – Beginnings

Tough Traveling is back! Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the original mastermind of Tough Traveling. And Laura is reviving it as a monthly feature over at Fantasy Faction. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, on the first of the month where we dig around to come up with examples of that month’s chosen trope in fantasy. We are using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. There will be link ups available over at Fantasy Faction, so join in and link up. This weeks theme?  BEGINNINGS   The Tough Guide states that you will begin in rather poor circumstances in an unimportant corner of the continent; a kitchen menial, perhaps, or a blacksmith’s apprentice. From there, the Guide advises that ‘you will be contacted by your TOUR MENTOR (normally an elderly male MAGIC USER with much experience) who will tell you what to do, which is almost certainly to discover you are a MISSING HEIR.’   Oh, what an appropriate theme for Tough Traveling 2.0. I have to confess that for my list, I went with the most memorable, powerful or even perplexing beginnings. Something that grabs you quick. I found a good number of these matched that blurb from…

Review: A Knight of Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
4 Stars , Reviews / November 2, 2015

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a compilation of the first three Dunk and Egg short stories by George R. R. Martin that have previously been available in separate anthologies. I have been wanting to read these for years, and have just not hunted down copies of the separate anthologies yet. Now that they are conveniently packaged together, I figured there was no excuse. And as an added bonus, the art work in it makes getting the physical copy of the book well worth it. A Knight of Seven Kingdoms tells three tales in the traveling adventures of Dunk and Egg. The first story, The Hedge Knight introduces us to both Dunk and Egg, as well as how they met and some their history prior to being brought together. We also learn about the life of a hedge knight. It was a fun story, and I quickly latched on to both Dunk and Egg. The second story and third stories each highlight a particular escapade in their travels. They are interesting and engaging, and Dunk and Egg are characters I want to read more about. Especially Egg (and Dunk)! I found these stories to be really fun and much…

Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
4 Stars , Reviews / October 20, 2013

  Looking back over my book club reads for the year, Fevre Dream was one of my favorites, so I decided to write up a review of it. I am a huge fan of ASoIaF, but had not read Martin’s Fevre Dream. With such a successful series, you have to wonder about earlier books by the author. Will they live up to the expectations built from the work you have already read and loved? I was concerned. Also, vampires? Martin does vampires? Hmmm… Wasn’t real sure about that. Well, all I can say, is I am so glad I read this book. It was absolutely wonderful. Fevre Dream leaves the reader struck by such wonderful imagery that the riverboat era and the Mississippi river come alive before the reader’s eyes. For some reason, the main descriptions I remember in ASoIaF are of food, which I really didn’t care about. I often felt like Martin needed to take a break, go eat a snack and come back when he could stop thinking about food. It may just be that it’s been awhile since I have read those books and the politics and characters are more memorable than any of the images. Not…