Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Loved Reading with Book Club (plus some I wish I had)
Top Ten Tuesday / January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club (or you could pick a specific kind of book club — like if you had a YA book club or an adult book club or a science fiction book club etc.) It’s late on Tuesday, but when I saw the theme, I decided I had to do the list. I’ve been running the book clubs at Fantasy Faction for a couple of years, and I help organize the Book of the Month for r/Fantasy’s Goodreads group, so when it comes to book club choices, yes! I have an opinion, and yes! I can make some lists!! I decided to break this one up though and do two sets of 5. The first was going to be my 5 favorite book club choices that I have already done, the other is 5 books I have read, but would have LOVED to do with a book club. But I got carried away with my first list, and decided to make…

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More
Top Ten Tuesday / September 16, 2014

  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More I tried to keep this to authors that actually have more than one book published, meaning, I could have read more by this author by now, but for some reason, I just haven’t. Otherwise, this list could be insanely long!! 🙂 And I figure I can’t feel guilty about not reading more when there’s not more to be read. Not that the list has to be about book guilt, but yeah, that’s how I’m doing it. A shame list of sorts. K. J. Parker -I read The Folding Knife (review) for book club last year, and absolutely loved it. It’s very low fantasy, there was even some debate about wether it should be considered fantasy, butI honestly didn’t care. I was blown away by the protagonist (quite a morally ambiguous nasty piece of work), the politics, the scheming, and the questions I had about everything (in a good way). Parker has plenty of other books out there, and short stories. I often question why…

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
4 Stars , Reviews / January 21, 2014

  Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson is on an undeniably epic scale with battles, betrayal and all the rest of that good stuff. Oh, and a very healthy dose of magic. It’s also a very interesting book in how it divides readers into that those that love it and those that don’t. There is never going to be a book that is guaranteed to make all readers happy, but there are some that are more likely to have a wide range of reactions. This is definitely one of those books, a marmite book. Reading along with a group reinforced this and also gave opportunity to see (and understand) the other readers’ reactions. One of the key things that really divided those readers who love this book and those who found it a chore to read is the reader’s expectations about how much they needed to understand and/or connect the various ongoing storylines. Gardens of the Moon takes no mercy and no time with the backstory, it just drops you in and shows you what is going on through various points of view. There are no info dumps in this book, no extraneous information, just the story that is…