Category: Bookish Things

The Lures & Dangers of Escapism in Fantasy

The Lures & Dangers of Escapism in Fantasy

I have always loved fantasy.  A few years ago, I actually wrote an… enthusiastic post on the fantasy genre and why it appeals to me, but to briefly review, fantasy has this aspect of being “larger than life”.  While it requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief from the reader, the fantasy genre offers opportunities to exist in a place of impossible things. For that, most than anything, I adore fantasy.  I love the feel of impossibility, of magic and dragons and being able to do something to change the world through great acts of heroism. And yes you can […]

Posted May 25, 2020 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments //
AVENGERS!  ASSEMBLE!  – The Marvel Avengers Book Tag

AVENGERS! ASSEMBLE! – The Marvel Avengers Book Tag

For the longest time, it felt like there were SO MANY Avengers movies coming out.  One every few months.  I like the various avenger films, some more than others, but even I was starting to burn out.  I think we’ve had about six months between the last Avengers film and Black Widow, and honestly… thank you, I needed that breather. I stole this tag from Hammock of Books, who posted it last fall.  Thanks for sharing, Kay, this one looked super fun and I couldn’t resist!  I believe the original was Super Space Chick on BookTube, but this one got tricky to […]

Posted May 22, 2020 in Bookish Things, Tags // 0 Comments //
Book Vs. Movie: Nerve (SPOILERS!)

Book Vs. Movie: Nerve (SPOILERS!)

Nerve is one of those movies I’ve meant to watch for four years.  I remember being interested when I first saw trailers in 2015, and somehow, never got around to it.  I read the book last summer, and decided it was time. Going into the book, I had low expectations.  The little bit I knew about the book and the movie told me that they were very different.  Ultimately, I didn’t love Nerve as a book, but that didn’t stop me from watching the movie.  Because the core of the story – the game itself – was interesting.  And every once in […]

Posted May 11, 2020 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments //
A Walk Down Memory Lane: Scholastic Book Fairs

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Scholastic Book Fairs

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today. Who remembers going to Scholastic Book Fairs when they were younger? Those things were the best, right?  I am so glad they’re still around, because they were a highlight of my school year.  I still remember that moment when it felt like books were going to go digital and I remember one of my concerns being these book fairs… so many kids would want to go just to get out of class and go, and they’d find a book and it would change everything.  Not that it is an impossible stretch in a technologically driven world, but […]

Posted May 8, 2020 in Bookish Things // 8 Comments //
10 Great Books That Have Fallen Off The Radar (Or So It Seems?)

10 Great Books That Have Fallen Off The Radar (Or So It Seems?)

Every once in a while, I like to dig through my archives of reviews and see the books people have stopped talking about.  Sometimes I feel like bookish hype rules the day, but to be honest, I really like reading books after the hype has died down.  There’s a lot less pressure to deliver a certain kind of review, and you’re left to enjoy the novel in a suspended state – no rush to meet deadlines, no pressure from the community. Unfortunately, because the publishing world is a business, the world keeps moving and the clock keeps ticking and things get […]

Posted April 27, 2020 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments //
Fun Fact:  The Martian Was Originally Self-Published

Fun Fact: The Martian Was Originally Self-Published

While it’s not as prominent as it used to be, self-publishing still has a bit of a stigma about it for many readers and writers.  For many readers, these books are a greater risk as they are not often as thoroughly edited and proofread.  For writers, there are ups and downs to self-publishing.  But for many, self-published books aren’t considered with the same weight as traditionally published book. And while that isn’t necessarily fair, it’s important to remember that sometimes you can find a diamond in the rough.  The Martian is such a story.  But it is also important to remember […]

Posted April 24, 2020 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments //