The Wonderstruck Book Tag // Taylor Swift + Books= YES!

The Wonderstruck Book Tag // Taylor Swift + Books= YES!

Welcome, loves, to the first book tag this year!  Tags are something I enjoy on the blog, and I absolutely intend to keep them up, especially because it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers, and add a bit of a fun list-style post to the daily roundup. January’s tag is one I stole from Purely Olivia, and one she posted about this time last year.  This tag combines Taylor Swift and books, which is a fun combo, and Olivia created it herself!  I very rarely talk about music on this blog (except for tags like The Song Request […]

Posted January 30, 2020 in Tags // 4 Comments //
Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

  Three Sisters, Three Queens is not one of Philippa Gregory’s stronger novels.  After listening to her addendum at the end of the novel, I think the lack of historical content may have affected the story – simply put, there’s not a lot known definitively about Margaret’s life, and so many things had to be imagined. What I’ve found in my personal preferences within Philippa Gregory’s canon is that I prefer the books built around more famous figures.  The Other Boleyn Girl is absolutely fantastic.  I really enjoyed The Lady of the Rivers as well.  On the other hand, I didn’t care particularly for The […]

Posted January 29, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Disclosure by Michael Crichton

Disclosure by Michael Crichton

  Disclosure is a tricky book.  Early on, I almost put it down because I was truly afraid it was about to be a train wreck.  Historically, I like Michael Crichton.  Or, at least, I enjoy his Jules Verne-esque ability to zero into science aspects of science fiction and create an intriguing, unique thriller. I own a bunch of Michael Crichton books, largely because there was a library book sale and they were all there and I plucked them up without abandon.  Disclosure ended up being one that I would not have read if it was not there for a […]

Posted January 28, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

  I must be completely honest. I struggled a little bit with Children of Virtue and Vengeance. It wasn’t a difficult book to read, and I’ll be honest, when I sat down and focused, I read it pretty quickly.  It’s significantly shorter than Children of Blood and Bone… and it’s significantly less organized.  I’m going to discuss it, but this seems like a good time to warn you all of spoilers if you haven’t read the first book.  Also why are you reading a review of book 2 without reading book 1?  Go read Children of Blood and Bone, it’s fantastic. On most […]

Posted January 27, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
A New Decade, A New Design (& Mad Props to Kat @ Novels and Waffles!)

A New Decade, A New Design (& Mad Props to Kat @ Novels and Waffles!)

I don’t know how many of you knew this, but my oldest post on The Literary Phoenix is from 2009. Yes, lovelies, that’s from 11 years ago! This blog has been around a long time, but my commitment to it has been flighty at best.  Flighty, until the second half of 2017, when I dove myself into this old hobby blog and decided this was going to be My Thing.  In the last decade, a lot of things have changed about this blog: It went from a writing blog (with some reading) to a reading blog (with some writing). The […]

Posted January 26, 2020 in Blogging // 16 Comments //
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

  You don’t have to like Stephen King to appreciate his skill as a writer.  While I tend to prefer his fantasy, I have to admit, he has a way of pulling the reader deep into his story, whether you want to be dragged in or not.  When it comes to the gruesome horror, I don’t really want to be dragged in… but I’m a glutton for punishment and he’s a master storyteller – what can I do? Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of four short stories.  And this is King, so “short” is a relative term.  King’s […]

Posted January 25, 2020 in Reviews // 4 Comments //