Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

Continue reading

Book Review: Creatures of Will and Temper

Creatures of Will and Temper
By Molly Tanzer

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 368 pages
2017, John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books
ISBN: 9781328710260 (paperback)

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bitter after learning her longtime friend has proposed to another woman, Evadne hopes to ruin her spoiled sister’s trip to London by exposing her scandalous relationship with another girl. Instead, Evadne is sent along with young Dorina to keep an eye on her as they visit their Uncle Basil, a painter. The girls meet Basil’s friend Lady Henry and while Dorina is immediately smitten, Evadne remains skeptical. As Dorina moves deeper into Henry’s world both sisters discover a link to the supernatural that could put both their lives at risk.

While I DNF’d The Picture of Dorian Gray in high school, I was very much interested in a sort of gender-swapped reimagining.

Continue reading

Tips for New (…or not new) Bloggers

April of this year will mark my fourth year as a blogger and I would like to think I’ve learned some things over the years. Alas, not how to gain lots of followers, design a visually stunning layout, or receive boxes full of books from publishers (you know, the ones with all sorts of cool swag or multiple books that you see the stars of Youtube receive).

I know there are plenty of posts out there full of tips on how to reach a wider audience and engage with readers. What I want to share today are some of the more…let’s say…administrative tips and tricks I’ve developed (some more recently than I’d like to admit).

If you’re starting out, these might make your blogging journey easier. If you’re already established, it might be worth doing some extra legwork to make things easier in the future!

Continue reading

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Harry Potter Extras

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

Continue reading

Book Review: The Little Book of Hindu Deities

The Little Book of Hindu Deities
By Sanjay Patel

My Edition:
Paperback, 143 pages
2006, Plume
ISBN: 9780452287754

This book is just what the title says it is – a tiny book of Hindu deities! It’s friggen adorable and gives an overview of the different types of gods, such as the manifestations of Shiva, demigods, animal gods, the planets and even details on the different epic works.

Continue reading

Book Review: Damn Fine Story

Damn Fine Story
By Chuck Wendig

My Edition:
Paperback, 231 pages
2017, Writer’s Digest
ISBN: 9781440348389

Using examples from pop culture (with an emphasis on Star Wars and Die Hard) Wendig shares his wealth of writing tips on subjects like character development, story arcs, building tension, dialogue, empathy and more.

This was actually the first book by Wendig I’ve read (I have read his blog before and need to do so more regularly because he’s fucking hilarious) and now I’m forever in love.

Continue reading

Book Review: Dune

Dune
By Frank Herbert

My Edition:
Paperback, 883 pages
2010, Ace
ISBN: 9780441172719

Duke Leto Atreides moves his son and her mother to the desert planet of Arrakis in order to establish their new rule. But treachery lurks within the castle walls and Paul and his mother must learn to live in the inhospitable desert in order to escape their pursuers. But can they adjust to life where every drop of water is precious and sandworms lurk under every dune?

Guys, I don’t know how to blurb this book….because I didn’t enjoy it. –Gasp!- I know, it’s a sci-fi classic, but man, it just wasn’t for me.

Continue reading

Book Review: Strange Practice

Strange Practice
By Vivian Shaw

My Edition:
Paperback, 357 pages
2017, Orbit
ISBN: 9780316434607

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited her father’s practice and its paranormal patients. Amidst treating ghouls, mummies, werefolk and other creatures that remain hidden from the average eye, Greta finds herself caught up investigating a string of strange murders after a friend of a vampire friend is attacked.

I had the chance to buddy read this book with Ekho (their blog and Instagram), if you call the two of us finishing it in a span of two and four days, respectively, a buddy read. I’m pleased to be able to bring you our buddy review too!

Continue reading

Book Box Subscriptions Revisited

You may recall my previous thoughts on book subscription boxes from over a year ago – I’m revisiting my opinions after having received three months of PageHabit.

I want to be totally transparent about what I received in each box and how much I paid for it and what I honestly think about the contents, so if you’re ready to dig deep into my thoughts on sub boxes, keep reading!

Continue reading