Yuuto was the sort of man who thought of people as ink. Clever writers may dip a quill into ink and write whatever story they pleased. The calligraphy may be changed as to turn mundane ink into magnificent lines. Instead of writing, one may even draw and create something never before seen. Of course, in this analogy Yuuto did not see himself as the ultimate author, but rather the quill. The author, in the short man’s mind, would always be those women and men like Emperor An. Adventus by Andrew Mowere Adventus by Andrew Mowere Disclaimer: I received a copy … Continue reading Adventus

Top 10 Standalone Books that Need a Sequel

This week’s prompt (thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl) was a more difficult one for me – I always love reading series because of the joy of living in a universe for book after book, but I also have a lot of respect for a great stand-alone book that can wrap up a plot in 300 or so pages. Many of these books did a great job of wrapping up the plot, but I still wish they had a sequel, either because there is still a lot of world to explore or because I just loved them so much that … Continue reading Top 10 Standalone Books that Need a Sequel

Top 10 Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About

There are so many incredible books coming out these days, and I have such a hard choosing what to read! Just this week my husband gave me a dirty look for my giant stack of library books – let’s be honest, I’m not going to get through all of them before I have to take them back, and most of them are new releases. So thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt, here is a list of 10 books coming out soon that I just can’t decide on. If you have read any of these, I would … Continue reading Top 10 Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About

The Top 10 Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

This was definitely one of the harder Top 10 Tuesday prompts from That Artsy Reader Girl – I never really realized until now how rarely I actually track the books that I want to read! When I see a book that I almost certainly want to own (usually recommendations from friends), I tend to just add it to my Amazon list. So here are the 10 last books to be added to my Amazon list. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft I know that this one was a recommendation by a friend, but I don’t remember much of the context! A … Continue reading The Top 10 Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

Kingdom of Ash and Soot

Outside the window, a strange midday fog rolled in. The outline of Prague and its proud castle had become more mysterious and ethereal, and I wondered if it was really real, too. Before, everything about the city had a celestial touch to it, as if I could walk down a street and suddenly find myself in Heaven. In that moment, I could not say that; paradise was suddenly full of poison, and I had to wonder what parts of my life it had touched. I entered the room, confronted with the terrible sadness of this reality. I flopped onto my … Continue reading Kingdom of Ash and Soot

Top 10 Books I Meant to Read in 2018 but Didn’t Get Around To

It is always nice to look back on everything you accomplished the year before – but it’s also important to look back on the things that you didn’t accomplish, and perhaps consider what happened. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt, here are a few books that I meant to read last year but never got around to. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple This one has been on my list for quite awhile, and I even bought it for my mother-in-law thinking that it looks like a book she would enjoy. She loved, and even … Continue reading Top 10 Books I Meant to Read in 2018 but Didn’t Get Around To

Research Day at Watson

Some of you might know this already, but for the last two years I have been working on a book of my own, and guys, I am finally thisclose to being done! I finished the rough draft in August of this year and have been doing revisions. This isn’t the first book I’ve gotten this far on, but I have far more faith in this one than the others. I won’t get too much into the details, but it is a fantasy novel set in Denmark in 1525, under the reign of King Frederik I. There were some incredible things … Continue reading Research Day at Watson

Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases for January-June 2019

For my 2018 wrap-up, I set a goal for myself to finish all of the books I had started – I was “currently reading” eight books, and I wanted a fresh start for 2019. I did get all eight of those books finished (just barely!), so here at the beginning of the year, I am able to jump right in to whatever strikes my fancy. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top 10 Tuesday prompt, here is a list of ten new releases from January to June that I am most anticipating. 1/8/2019: The Widows by Jess Montgomery One of … Continue reading Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases for January-June 2019

True Places

True Places by Sonja Yoerg Her thoughts turned to Iris, alone in the forest for so long, neither wandering nor lost. Such freedom was foreign to Suzanne, and she wondered if her attachment to the girl was born of fascination with Iris’s independence. Growing up, Suzanne had been at the mercy of the tangled misery of her parents’ marriage; she’d had no agency and little love or attention as compensation. College was an escape route, and like a perennially captive animal, Suzanne had needed those years to begin to understand the mechanics of psychological freedom. Finally, believing in love at last, … Continue reading True Places

2018 Reading Statistics

Hello, all! For the first time this year, I kept track of my reading statistics. I admittedly did not track these as regularly as I wish I had, but with the help of my memory and Goodreads, I was able to pull together for some statistics for you (and me!) to look at. Copy Statistics This year, I listened to 52 audiobooks, read 19 ebooks, and read 32 physical books. I got 28 of these books from Hoopla, 43 from my local library, one on the internet (Neil Gaiman had Ananzi Boys up for free listening for a few weeks), … Continue reading 2018 Reading Statistics