First lines are difficult no matter the genre, and although fantasy allows for a wider range of topics to start off the book, the variety of choices can make it harder to pick which one is best. I’ve taken some of the fantasy books off of my shelf, a mix of urban fantasy, YA fantasy, … More The Craft of Bookish First Lines
As an avid lover of Avatar the Last Airbender, I was super excited to see there was a book tag connected to the absolutely stunning animated TV show. If you haven’t seen it, I would certainly recommend watching it; although the first season is aimed more at younger kids, it gets better with each passing … More AtLA Book Tag!
I know that there are people who don’t read fiction. The idea is that reading fiction is pointless because the narrative either never happened or it doesn’t play out exactly the way it happened in real life. Supposedly, there are better things to do with one’s life than waste it on things that aren’t real, … More Why Reading Fiction is Important: An Analogy
I haven’t done a blog tag before, but what better one to start with than the confessions tag? The questions come from bookidote’s confessions post. 1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish? Like a lot of the other book bloggers that do this tag, I really hate starting a book and then not … More Book Blogger Confessions Tag!
After somehow managing to get the fictional song, “Color of Trust” stuck in my head the other day, I decided it would be fun to go through all of the songs in Wheel of Time and just say which ones are the best. A few things first: I know a lot of people are reading … More Ranking Wheel of Time Songs
Wheel of Time is a massive series. I know, because I’m almost finished reading them, and adding fifteen books–none of which are thin by any means–to my bookshelf meant I needed another bookshelf. It’s a daunting task to write a series so lengthy, and that Jordan manages it so well will never cease to inspire … More The Wheel of Time and What it Has Taught Me About Reading
Look, I’m going to be honest: book covers are important. If I haven’t heard of or read an author before, this is how I decide if I want to buy their book or not: 1) The title has to catch my eye. 2) The book cover!! 3)The synopsis has to sound cool. That’s it. That’s … More Top 5 Book Covers of Books I’ve Read
A few nights ago, I finished reading I’m Not Dying With You Tonight. It’s the first realistic-fiction novel I’ve read since graduating college, and one of the first of which I’ve read by choice in a very long time. You guys know me. I’m a fantasy nerd. But if you only study fantasy to write … More Story-Beat Study: I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
Four years ago, I wrote a blog post on my old Mad Chronicler site called “Who’s Who? The 8 Character Archetypes.” I’ve been thinking about it a lot, lately. Four years is a long time for any individual writer, and even in the bookish community, our understanding of tropes and archetypes can shift in that … More Eight Character Archetypes, Then and Now
I cannot tell you how excited I was to learn that we were going to get another book in the Graceling Realm series. If you know anything about me from my blog, it’s probably that I absolutely adore this series. It’s been eight years since Bitterblue had been published, and with the way it ended, … More Winterkeep: Publication Info and Personal Expectations