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
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?
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