The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

So much of me wanted to roll my eyes at the common tropes and general unoriginality in The Book of Three… but then I had to remind myself:  this book was first published in 1964.  A lot of the tired tropes in The Book of Three were fresh and new 54 years ago.  For all the fantasy I read, I rarely stumble across classic epic fantasy I haven’t read before.  That makes this a bit complicated to review. So.  Taking a step back from modern fantasy.  Taking a step back from the diverse themes and relationships woven into a lot of the […]

Posted April 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Ancient City of Tulum (Caribbean Cruise 4/4)

The Ancient City of Tulum (Caribbean Cruise 4/4)

The final leg of our Caribbean cruise adventure landed the Carnival Horizon at the port of Cozumel.  My husband was looking forward to the Cozumel stop, because he’d been there before.  The night before, he animatedly told me, “Make sure your camera is ready!  Cozumel is a beautiful port!”  It had been about ten years since he had last been to Cozumel, and he was excited to see it again. But, we never went to Cozumel, although the ship docked there.  Instead, we boarded a water taxi that took us across to Playa de Carmen. Playa de Carmen was still […]

Posted April 13, 2019 in Real World // 0 Comments //
The Ins and Outs of Fanfiction

The Ins and Outs of Fanfiction

In the last few years, I haven’t heard much dialogue about fanfiction.  It use to be a big thing.  The fanfic behemoth, FanFiction.net, hasn’t had any news updates since 2017… although it looks like people still actively upload fics on the site. So?  Is the world of fanfic dead? I don’t think so. Fanfiction has always been one of those things that people don’t talk about too much, or at least, that has been my experience.  Writing in general has that shameful vibe, which makes absolutely no sense, but every writer friend I know is more likely to hug a […]

Posted April 12, 2019 in Writing // 5 Comments //
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The Witchlands series has a pretty devoted following, and as such, I’ve been curious about it.  It’s not hyped in the way that Strange the Dreamer or Six of Crows is hyped, but the people who love this series are fiercely devoted.  I’ve had this one on my TBR for a while, but I’ve heard negative things about the audiobook version, so I was a little nervous when I borrowed this one from Libby. So, on one hand, I will say that Cassandra Campbell’s narration isn’t my favorite.  BUT.  It’s not the worst I’ve ever read?  I sped up the audiobook to […]

Posted April 11, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Murder & Mayhem // March 2019 OwlCrate Unboxing // SPOILERS

Murder & Mayhem // March 2019 OwlCrate Unboxing // SPOILERS

After posting the February OwlCrate Unboxing last month, I got some great feedback about unboxings and ultimately I decided based on what y’all told me, I’d keep doing them when I can!  I agree it is interesting to hear about the different subscription boxes out there, and perhaps on more of an opinion-basis as opposed to a “this is what was included” thing.  Alors, I bring you the March 2019 OwlCrate unboxing! For those of you who aren’t familiar with OwlCrate, it’s a monthly young adult book subscription box based in the US.  Monthly subscriptions are $29.99 + shipping and […]

Posted April 10, 2019 in Unboxings // 6 Comments //
Off-The-Grid Readathon III

Off-The-Grid Readathon III

What a time for a readathon. I generally LOVE the Off the Grid Readathons, because allowing myself to sit down for a weekend and skimp a little on chores and just read is such a treat for me.  And I particularly love this one, because the Off the Grid Readathon is practically rules-free.  All you need to do is spend a little time off your phone and read. This readathon in particular has been very successful for me in the past.  Last year, it helped me catch up  on my 2018 Debut Author Challenge books, and back in January it helped me […]

Posted April 9, 2019 in Readthons & Reading Challenges // 4 Comments //