In one of my first post for this blog, I wrote about how much I loved "Uprooted" by Naomi Novik. Honestly, I think it might be one of my favorite books of all time. I've been reading fantasy almost constantly since I read that book, and I've found a few that remind me of the … Continue reading 4 books that sort of helped me quell my craving for ‘Uprooted’
I have a strange relationship with death. When I was 8 years old, my father died. That night, and other aspects of his death, have inevitably stitched themselves into my memory. That being said, while having that happen at such a young age was tragic, it also made me contemplate mortality from a young age. … Continue reading How ‘From Here to Eternity’ reshaped my view of death
One of the tips I wrote about in my New Year's post was to not be afraid to put a bad book down. Reading should never be a chore. I started to read the second novel in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, and I went into it ready for a fun adventure. A … Continue reading It’s OK to put that book down: So long, All Souls Trilogy
I kind of hate myself for not delving into this book sooner on my quest to read all of the best fantasy novels I can get my hands on. This novel, the first in the Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin, is probably one of the best fantasy/sci-fi books I've ever read. In another blog … Continue reading An intense trek through the Stillness: The Fifth Season
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’