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 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…

Top 5 Tuesday – Cozy Fall Reads
Top 5 Tuesday / September 25, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 Cozy Fall Reads I’m not entirely sure what criteria I used for this list other than “Books I would most love to curl up and lose myself in again for the first time. A number of them just “feel” fallish to me for some reason, maybe because of travelling through woods and such.  

Top Ten Tuesday – Back to School
Top Ten Tuesday / August 28, 2018

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 Back to School –  Books that take place at school/boarding school (at least in some part)

Top Ten Tuesday – Purple Cover Lover
Top Ten Tuesday / May 8, 2018

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 :  Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title) I listed only books I’ve read, though a number of them I read before I started writing reviews (Lies of Locke Lamora, Way of Shadows, Beauty, Odd Thomas). BUT … this list is all about the covers, so here you go!   The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life. Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate. Fallon was warned. Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix. In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire. When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help…

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…

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
4 Stars , Reviews / October 30, 2014

This is not an ordinary tale. But it is about Auri, so I think one should not expect a normal sort of story. We’ve had glimpses of her and the Underthing when exploring with Kvothe. But this story is something different. It’s a tale that shows the life of Auri. It’s a simple sort of story, content to be as it is. Happy even as everything is in its right and proper place. Everything is as it should be. One shouldn’t ask for more, that would be rude. Auri has always been alluring and mysterious. The elusive girl that lives beneath things and views the world in a different way. Things are not simply things to her. Inanimate objects have feelings and moods. She can gauge their disposition and interact with them accordingly. She wants to set things to right, to keep all things in life happy and as they should be. There may not be a traditional story arc in this, but it is captivating. Every day and everything Auri does is an adventure in her mind. There is conflict in the simple placement of items that needs to be righted. This is a story that could have gone…