"It was late winter in northern Rus', the air sullen with wet that was neither rain nor snow."First line in The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathrine Arden I recently reread the entire Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden, and since I love that series so very much, I wanted to write posts about it. At… Continue reading The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: A Discussion
"The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself."First line in Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman I have a confession to make although you can probably tell what it is from the title: I prefer books with male main characters. Those are the ones I gravitate towards, the ones that make it… Continue reading Discussion: Preferring Male Characters
"If I had to do it all over again, I would not have chosen this life."First line in The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen I'm back with another discussion about tropes after a slightly longer break since my first two posts about the strong female character and the chosen one. Since both of those… Continue reading Trope Discussion #3: (Medieval) Europe as a Fantasy Setting
"There's a candle in my window."First line in Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell Are you even a book blogger if you haven't written about the Goodreads Choice Awards at least once? I've never dedicated an entire post to that controversial topic so that's what I'm doing today. As the reader I am,… Continue reading How Goodreads Choice Awards Sparked An Existential Crisis
"There was a boy in her room."First line in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell This post has been inspired by a number of different things, but especially by a tweet I saw a while ago now (I forgot to like it so it's gone now, sorry). It was a response to the growing opinion that after… Continue reading What Is a Comfort Book To Me?
I'm here with another post in my trope-discussion series where I share my opinion on a specific trope that often appear in the fantasy genre. This time I'm talking about one of my all-time favorite ones and that is the chosen one trope. It refers to a character who is chosen for one reason or… Continue reading Trope-Discussion #2: The Chosen One
"The queen waited."First line in The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner I'm starting a new discussion series here on my blog all about tropes that I want to give my opinion on. It will mainly be from a fantasy perspective because that's what I mainly read but that's not to say that the… Continue reading Trope-Discussion #1: The Strong Female Character
"Dear friend, I'm writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have."First line in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky I've had this topic on my mind for a while now, and therefore naturally pondered… Continue reading How and Why Do My Tastes in Books and Movies Differ?
"Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half-sunken grave."First line in Vicious by V. E. Schwab It's time for a discussion post, and as the title suggests, I want to take a closer look at the SFF term that is so often used in the bookish community. SFF stands… Continue reading Do We Need to Retire the SFF Term?
It was midday and the passageway quiet and cool.First line in Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner Hi, today I wanted to explain why I'm weird. And maybe make you feel less weird because you feel similarly about book reviews. The title explains this post quite well: Why I find book reviews to be… Continue reading Yes, I’m A Book Blogger Who Doesn’t Like Book Reviews