I love books. I’ve loved them for pretty much my entire life, and I don’t know what I’d do without them. That said, there’s no denying that sometimes, it can be hard to be a book lover. Here are a few problems you might have run across: -Moving. What a nightmare. You have to pack all your books. Then you have all these heavy boxes that no one has to carry. Then you have to figure out how to fit all of your bookcases into your new home, and then you have to unpack all the books, which takes five […]
As we enter new relationships, we go in blind. For the most part, we trust until we are given reasons not to. ~ Kelly Smith, Signs In The Rearview Mirror Author: Kelly Smith Publisher: Sunny Day Publishing LCC My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Signs In The Rearview Mirror: Leaving Toxic Relationships Behind is a first hand account of how easily we can slip into the worst situations with the best intentions. In her novel, Smith reveals how the tiniest of choices – the ones we scarcely think about – play a large role in where we end up in life, but she shows, through […]
One reason why I was excited to start writing for this blog was that I saw tea reviews alongside the book reviews. I love tea and books about equally (and they go so well together), so I knew this was the place for me. I also knew that it was the place to review Darjeeling, which had been on my TBR list for a while.
Let’s take a step back for a second and get real: I lack some serious diversity in my tbr pile. Most of the authors I read are women, Southeast Asian, or white men. Only one of the authors I have on my tbr shelf is anAfrican-American: Octavia Butler. THIS IS NOT OKAY. IT’S A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF UNACCEPTABLE. With February being Black History Month, I decided to ask librarians for diverse book recommendations. They hooked me up with some awesome books that celebrate African-American writers. So, let’s talk about the books I’m reading for Black History Month:
I’ll be perfectly honest, I put in a NetGalley request for Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories based solely on the cover. Oh, ok, maybe the comparison to Neil Gaiman helped, but mostly it was those beautiful dragonfly wings. Dreadful Young Ladies is a single-author short story collection featuring the work of Kelly Barnhill. All of the stories are of a fantastic nature, though a couple lean more literary despite the fantasy elements. The collection starts off strong with “Mrs. Sorenson and the Sasquatch.” I enjoyed the author’s voice and how the story was told through the eyes of outsiders, and […]
I’ve never one-clicked a book faster than when I found out about Robots vs Fairies. The only thing better than an anthology of stories trying to prove that either fairies or robots are the rightful masters of humanity is such an anthology that happens to feature work by some of your favorite authors and others you’ve had your eye on. I expected a delightful romp, and this book did not disappoint. It kicks things right off with an entertaining intro by editors Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. The first story, Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire, is sure to […]
♥♥♥ Happy Thursday, Lovely Readers! ♥♥♥ As the weekend rushes to greet us, I cannot help, but freak out. This week I became co-founder of CraftQuest, a YouTube webinar series for writers, with Maria from Crafting Your Novel. We knocked our brains together to create our equivalent version of The View for kickass writers. Our motto? Seriously professional writers gettin’ shit done. Each month, we’ll be hosting up to 10 writers to discuss the realities of their writing lives, master approaches, and dive into a few open critiques, where we select a couple first pages to review during the live stream. […]