Oh hai friends. I learned a pretty critical lesson this week. Honestly, I don’t know what happened. But, it turns out one of the plug-ins I use on my blog compromised the whole thing. Death by Tsundoku was off-line for over a day, and it wasn’t until my Admin got in touch with WordPress that we figured it out. I don’t recall updating any plug-ins, but one of them was the source of my blog’s distress. In the end, we had ...

  It’s obvious why 1984 is considered classic literature. Originally published in 1949, Orwell’s story projects a future for post-war England right at the start of the Cold War. A 1950’s atomic war transformed the globe and now is divided into 3 super-countries which control their population through shortages, surveillance, torture, propaganda, and fear. Oceania, the Americas and England, are ruled by the Party, led by B...

  Woah. It’s been a long while since I’ve picked up a fantasy book that I couldn’t put down. Often, I find that I run into world building or character development which seems forced, or the pacing is off. Then, I find that I’m putting the book down for a few days at a time (which is completely ludicrous for me when I’m actively reading) because I’m just not that into it. And yet, once I started A Darker...

  An engaging, if predictable, YA fantasy novel, Threats of Sky and Sea brings the importance of family and friendship to the fore in this debut novel for Jennifer Ellision. Most importantly, this novel is written in first-person subjective. When was the last time you read a YA fantasy novel in first person subjective? Possibly never. Breena Perdit lives in the far North of Egria, working as a barmaid in her father’s tavern. She lov...

          is a series of posts focused on all things book club related: discussions, listicles, how to’s and more! Picking a type of book group to join can be intimidating. There are many options, but some can feel very exclusive. On behalf of the bookish community, I apologize if you feel left out! Below is a list of the types of book clubs I see most often, tips for how to join them, and a ranking for commitmen...

  I had seen Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDxEuston talk before. But, in light of everything happening around the world, and today being International Women’s Day, I felt like I needed to reconnect with it on my own time. And at my own pace. It was time to pick up the published text. An eloquent and personal essay, We Should All Be Feminists addresses Adichie’s experiences as a woman experiencing internalized, culturized,...

This is a review for Golden Son, the second book in the Red Rising trilogy. This review is spoiler-free. You can find my review of Red Rising here if you want to start from the beginning.   Golden Son takes us out of the Academy, and we see what Darrow is really up against in the “real world”. School is out, Darrow has publically declared his alliances, and well, we learn that politics isn’t really Darrow’s strong ...

  I picked up this book for my Science Fiction/Fantasy book club. I was really excited because I was going to be reading a book within weeks of it being published. I never do that! And yet… I knew within 5 pages that I would likely DNF this book. By the time I reached 38%, I was done. I couldn’t read another word in The Fortress at the End of Time. The premise of the book is simple: The clone of a soldier exists on the other s...

  I am a bit embarrassed to say this is the first Maya Angelou book I have ever read. I am so thankful to be introduced to her works via Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club. This memoir is moving, powerful, and heartbreaking— Maya Angelou writes beautifully, and I loved everything about this book. Mom & Me & Mom is Maya Angelou’s 7th and final autobiography. For the first time in her books, Angelou addresses...

  Brandon Sanderson is a powerhouse of science fiction and fantasy writing. He has published over thirty novels in his 41 years of life and continues to write more and more and more. He has announcements for at least another three series of books he hasn’t even published yet! How he does it, no one really knows (I swear it’s black magic). I haven’t read many of his books, but I’ve adored everyone one I have read. S...

Blogging Life: Why You Need To Understand Your Platform
Book Review / April 7, 2017

Oh hai friends. I learned a pretty critical lesson this week. Honestly, I don’t know what happened. But, it turns out one of the plug-ins I use on my blog compromised the whole thing. Death by Tsundoku was off-line for over a day, and it wasn’t until my Admin got in touch with WordPress that we figured it out. I don’t recall updating any plug-ins, but one of them was the source of my blog’s distress. In the en...

A Very ARCish Readathon
Read-a-thon / April 5, 2017

The amazing Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks has come up with a wonderful April challenge! As a kick off to my own personal Spring Cleaning efforts, I will be participating in her A Very ARC-ish Readathon! (Complete with super-sweet banner above. I am so impressed!) This is a low-pressure readathon during the month of April with the sole goal of getting through the ARC backlog. And what book blogger doesn’t have an ARC backlo...

March 2017 in Review
Month in Review / April 1, 2017

Newsworthy As I warned everyone in my February in Review post, March was a crazy month for me. I knew this would be very much “In like a Lion” and the month did not disappoint. A lot happened for work, personal, and bookish lives! I spent a long weekend at home with my family, which was lovely. The craziest part was venue hunting for the wedding! I think we’re finally making progress… No one ever told me weddi...

1984
Book Review / March 31, 2017

Title: 1984 Author: George Orwell Genre: Speculative Fiction Publisher: Plume Release Date: 2009 Format: Hardback Pages: 294 Source: Library First Published: June 8th, 1949 Nineteen Eighty-Four (mostly written 1984) is a 1948 dystopian fiction written by George Orwell about a society ruled by an oligarchical dictatorship. The Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, and incessa...

Between the Lines: On Reviewing Writing
Between the Lines / March 27, 2017

              is a series of posts focused on better understanding books, trends in writing, and the labels associated with these.   One of the best parts about reading communities are the connections you make. Over the last year, I have made a ton of new friends all over the world. While we all share a love for books, we don’t all share the same perspective, which I adore. Similarly, I h...

A Darker Shade of Magic
Book Review / March 21, 2017

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic Series: Shades of Magic, #1 Author: V.E. Schwab Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor Books Release Date: February 24th, 2015 Format: Hardcover Pages: 400 Source: Library Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dy...

Threats of Sky and Sea
Book Review / March 15, 2017

Title: Threats of Sky and Sea Series: Threats of Sky and Sea, #1 Author: Jennifer Ellision Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Smashwords Release Date: May 16th, 2014 Format: eBook Pages: 360 Source: NetGalley Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldie...

Building Better Book Clubs: Types of Book Clubs to Join
Book Review / March 11, 2017

          is a series of posts focused on all things book club related: discussions, listicles, how to’s and more! Picking a type of book group to join can be intimidating. There are many options, but some can feel very exclusive. On behalf of the bookish community, I apologize if you feel left out! Below is a list of the types of book clubs I see most often, tips for how to join them, and a ranking for...

We Should All Be Feminists
Book Review / March 8, 2017

Title: We Should All Be Feminists Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Genre: Essays Publisher: Anchor Release Date: February 3rd, 2015 Format: Paperback Pages: 49 Source: Library First Published: 2012 In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, o...

Golden Son
Book Review / March 4, 2017

Title: Golden Son Series: Red Rising, #2 Author: Pierce Brown Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Del Rey Release Date: January 6th, 2015 Format: eBook Pages: 430 Source: Owned As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betr...