As we head into June, I figured now would be as good a time as any to take a quick glance at my 2021 reading goals and see how we are doing. I’m going to refer back to my Setting My 2021 Reading Goals post for the books that I wanted to get to this year, … More 2021 Mid-Year Reading Check-In
You know, with a name so common and short as “Katie,” I really did trick myself into thinking this was going to be an easy one, but nope! My bookshelf is still waiting to be filled out, at least with physical books. Most of the books I’ve read throughout my bookish career, I borrowed from … More The Name Game Book Tag
Romance. It sounds a bit extreme to say a romance subplot can make or break a novel, but the truth is, they can. In YA fantasy, especially, relationships are often either too insta-lovey, abusive, or both. Admittedly, most romance subplots, I’ll just read over and ignore, not feeling the chemistry between the love interests. Sometimes, … More My Five Favorite YA Fantasy Relationships (And What Makes Them So Good)
Continuing on in our book tag spirit of these past few weeks, I have another one that I wanted to do. It was originally from jamishelves, who titled it “Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want to Read.” The idea for all of these books are ones that you wish you had under your … More Forgotten TBR Book Tag!
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!
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
Recently I watched a video by Daniel Greene called “Dear Authors: Writing Magic Systems,” in which he discussed hard magic versus soft magic, and why one isn’t necessarily better than the other. If you aren’t familiar with his videos, I would check them out as Daniel posts fantasy-related content, like me, but better. If you … More On Magic and Writing
There exists in fantasy a trope that doesn’t quite feel like a trope until it comes to your attention that it appears quite frequently. It is the adventurer’s best friend and most subtle deus ex machina. It is, in essence, the “ancient language” trope, in which there exists two languages in a fantasy setting: the … More A Matter of Language and Culture
There are many types of relationships a character can pursue during the course of a novel. Oftentimes, they tend to be more romantic pursuits than platonic, as romance is seen having higher stakes with a higher payout than anything platonic. While I would highly discourage the concept that the only worthwhile relationship is the romantic … More Adding Romance to a Story
This post primarily discusses King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, though I also talk about her other works and compare it to A Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin. There shouldn’t be any spoilers, but I make no promises. So, without further ado, let’s reflect. I talked about the issue of information flow … More March Reading Reflections