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Book Review: The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.G. Waggoner

Book Review: The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.G. Waggoner

Posted September 30, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I have mixed feelings about The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry. I picked it up because it looked light and funny, and it was amusing, but not so much funny. It’s a book largely written in a fantasy-style slang and takes some adjusting. The first third of the book requires slow, deliberate reading until the reader learns what some of Delly’s slang, the world-specific and magic-specific terminology, and what things are just verbal mannerisms. If I’d been listening to the audiobook, I think this would have gone more smoothly as I could rely on the narrator’s tone for some interpretation […]

Mid-Month Crash & California Bound – My August Wrap Up

Mid-Month Crash & California Bound – My August Wrap Up

Posted September 7, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

My loves, when you read this I should be standing in line waiting to get into Disneyland. I imagine it will be warm and sunny and I’ll be eagerly checking and double-checking everything because I don’t know the layout of the park. I’ll be with my spouse and a friend and 100% ready to prove to her that fun at Disney Parks is contagious (or at least it is when you go with me!). Where I am while I’m writing this isn’t too bad either. It’s a beautiful day outside – sunny, but not too hot and there’s a light, […]

Book Review: An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

Book Review: An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

Posted August 26, 2022 in Reviews // 1 Comment

An Arrow to the Moon is a modern retelling of the story of the archer who shot down nine suns and his wife, the moon goddess. Over the last couple months, I’ve become very familiar with multiple versions of Hou Yi and Chang’e’s story between this book, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, and researching the Mid-Autumn Festival for work. It’s appropriate, I suppose, because the Moon Festival is in about two weeks, so this is a timely book to be reading.

In Which We Eat Ice Cream & Hide Indoors – My July 2022 Wrap Up

In Which We Eat Ice Cream & Hide Indoors – My July 2022 Wrap Up

Posted August 3, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

So July… happened! It ended up being an interesting month for us here, some rollercoaster days, but generally better than June. The one thing I don’t love? The heat. I’m sure y’all have read that 2022 is on-pace to be the hottest summer on record and I am not a fan. There are reasons why I live way up here in New England with all its seasons and 91-degrees at 6am is not one of those reasons. Things I am grateful for – the shade, fans, air conditioning (which I didn’t have most my life so I am still in […]

Book Review: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonato

Book Review: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonato

Posted July 29, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I want you to know that I have a lot of respect for Crystal Maldonato and her craft in writing this book. She did an excellent job portraying realistic friendships and complicated high school romances. The myriad of family dynamics is fantastic and the variety of representation is lovely to see. As a book, I think Fat Chance, Charlie Vega was fantastically done. Nothing about the writing or the quality of the story made me want to set it aside.