Category: Memes

“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” Books – #Top5Tuesday

“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” Books – #Top5Tuesday

I think everyone has books they devour.  These are the books that light you up inside and even if you have to pause in your reading to go adulting or to school or whatever, your brain is still where with the characters and following the plot down different possible paths and you simply cannot shake yourself from the world. That, mes chers, is what makes an excellent book. These are definitely the types of books that cause reading slumps because when you come out of them, your head is still spinning and life feels meaningless and how can another book ever add up?! […]

Posted May 21, 2019 in Memes // 16 Comments //
10 Book to Movie Adaptations I Actually LOVED

10 Book to Movie Adaptations I Actually LOVED

Most of us bookish sorts talk about film adaptations with contempt.  We see the stories we know and love adapted into monstrosities that make our hearts ache and misrepresent everything we love to the non-reading public.  Believe me, I can relate.  I watched this happen with particular favorites, like Ready Player One and The Dark Tower. All that said, I’ve also come across several book-related films that I have particularly enjoyed.  Some of these weren’t even particularly faithful adaptations… but they managed to retain (for me) the spirit of the book and brought to life characters I adored.  In the bookish community, […]

Posted May 14, 2019 in Memes // 22 Comments //
How I Discovered Dante’s Inferno

How I Discovered Dante’s Inferno

In 2005, I joined a Harry Potter online role-playing community. I’ll give you a moment here to throw out endearing terms: I loved this community – it did SO MUCH for as far as developing my ability to write three-dimensional characters.  Harleyquinne Cathors, one of my favorite characters of all time, started on these forums and was later integrated as a completely different character in my WIP, although with the same spirited personality.  There were other reasons as well – the community was amazing and supportive in a time where I needed that.  But I can’t deny that it helped […]

Posted May 10, 2019 in Memes // 0 Comments //
The Fear of Unoriginality

The Fear of Unoriginality

Today I’m going to talk about my favorite WIP. I’m one of those writers who loves first drafts, and basically never gets to a second draft.  I have two WIPs that have made it to draft two: this is one of them.  It’s my favorite story to write and has the most lively characters.  The world in my head is so expansive that I’ve started two spinoffs (last year’s Camp NaNo novel, Quest, is one of them). The first story I ever wrote, the one I started drafting when I was twelve, is Fate.  I was heavily inspired by Tamora Pierce’s The Circle of […]

Posted May 3, 2019 in Memes, Writing // 8 Comments //
The First 10 Books I Reviewed on My Blog

The First 10 Books I Reviewed on My Blog

Did you know that The Literary Phoenix has been online since 2009? I will fully admit that I haven’t been consistent with my blog over the years.  I’ve taken breaks.  And by breaks, I’m talking one post every six months for years.  I was not a good blogger for 85% of the time that I’ve been here.  But there’s been book reviews over the years. Some of the reviews are for books I wouldn’t read again… but there are plenty of books I read back in 2011 that I would still read again!  I can tell you that my reviewing has […]

Posted April 23, 2019 in Memes // 6 Comments //
Reviews on Your Blog:  Worth It?

Reviews on Your Blog: Worth It?

On and off in the last several years, I’ve bounced around about my stance on including book reviews on my blog.  Even though it’s a book blog.  There’s a lot of variety in the way book bloggers handle their content, and I think it’s important to include whatever content you personally want, and stick to it. A lot of my content is book reviews.  I make sure to include two non-reviews a week (sometimes more), but ultimately, you’re looking at about 65% of my content being reviews.  For a while, I felt like this was just filler content.  But I’ve […]

Posted April 19, 2019 in Memes // 22 Comments //