Attempting to read book two of the All Souls Trilogy was killing me. The first one was actually pretty OK, but as I delved into the second, I found it to be such a chore -- and reading should never be a chore. I was desperate for something to save me from that drab novel, … Continue reading An enchanting reprieve: Le Cirque des Rêves
On my own Fairy-Story.
Both Gollum’s character throughout the Lord of the Rings, as well as Grendel’s character in Beowulf, serve as monstrous creatures. However, both are portrayed in a way that evokes pity in the reader. Both Gollum and Grendel fell into a dark voids of existence, and there are striking similarities between their surrender to temptation. Through … Continue reading On Monsters: What shaped Gollum and Grendel?
Weird dystopian novels with a medieval-type setting? Sign me up. This trilogy is pretty great, and our protagonist, Kelsea, is a strong, intellectual humanist who is thrown into the role of queen after a life of virtual solitude. With almost every part of the kingdom serving as a haunting reminder of her mother's failures, as … Continue reading My short-lived fling with ‘The Queen of the Tearling’
I've just finished A Discovery of Witches. I was a bit worried diving into this one, because I'm the type of person who tends to lurk around the interwebs and read all the comments (I wouldn't recommend it). This means I also have a bad habit of poring over book reviews on Goodreads. For this … Continue reading In defense of junk-food novels: A Discovery of Witches
It's been almost two years since I read Naomi Novik's "Uprooted," a lovely, magical tale about a girl named Agnieszka, whose entire world becomes upended in one fell swoop. Upended by the famous, perhaps infamous, Dragon, that is. What follows is a beautiful, curious and mystifying tale narrated by a strong, relatable heroine. The story … Continue reading A quest to find books like ‘Uprooted’
The new year is upon us, and for bibliophiles and casual readers alike, adding more books to your yearly repertoire can be high up on your list of resolutions. Like any promise you make at the beginning of the year, sticking to your goal can be a bit daunting. But alongside hitting the gym or … Continue reading 7 ways to achieve your 2018 reading goal