Book Review: The Demon King

Book Review: The Demon King

I feel very, very late to the game with this one. I mean, it’s the start of a very, very popular fantasy series. And I’ve been holding onto it for a LONG time now, but never felt any real urgency to read it. Something came over me a couple weeks ago, though, and I had to read this book. I’m so happy I did, too, because while I didn’t exactly love it, I am very invested in what comes next. […]

Posted December 17, 2015
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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: Best Books of 2015 bekka’s picks This was actually a lot harder to put together than I thought it would be – and I anticipated difficulty! The problem this year was that I hardly read any five star reads, but I read a ton of four to four and half star. It was easy to pick the first handful, but deciding which four star books […]

Posted December 15, 2015
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When is the Best Time to Post ARC Reviews?

When is the Best Time to Post ARC Reviews?

When I started getting arcs as a wee blogger back in 2011, I was a mess. I had no idea what I was doing. I would read them as soon as I received them, and then review them pretty much immediately, too. I had basically no regard for pub dates whatsoever. As I grew and learned, though, my attitudes and behaviors changed. There was a long while where I was very good about getting the reviews in the week of […]

Posted December 14, 2015
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Stacking the Shelves #26

Stacking the Shelves #26

Oh man this week was absolutely insane, but in the best way possible.  I joined Bekka here after some careful consideration, and I can honestly say that it was the best decision I’ve made in awhile. Bekka and I work well together and we have so many great ideas for this blog. Thank you everyone for the warm welcome, I am excited to call this place, my new home. On the personal side, my mom underwent an MRI to see […]

Posted December 12, 2015
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The Hype Problem

The Hype Problem

So I never thought I’d be someone who places so much emphasis on hype. Before I became a book blogger, I would get excited about movies that were coming out. Not because I didn’t love reading (I’ve been a voracious reader since I was 4) but because I never really knew when a book was coming out because I wasn’t a part of the book world, marketing-wise. I’m trying to remember what the first book was that got me all […]

Posted December 11, 2015
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Playing With Format, Perspective, and Voice

Playing With Format, Perspective, and Voice

One of my favorite things ever is when authors take risks. This can mean a lot of things, from certain character traits, to voice, to plot twists, to genre bending. I mean, I love all of it, but today I want to talk about formats, voice, and perspective. This post started out as a draft about epistolary novels, but as I was going through my library, I realized I don’t have too many of those. These are some of my […]

Posted December 10, 2015
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Top Ten Tuesday: Fave New-to-Me Authors of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Fave New-to-Me Authors of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish This week’s theme: Favorite New-to-You Authors of 2015 This year was a strange reading year. As I’ve been going over my stats and looking at my books read for all the upcoming Best Of lists and surveys, I’ve noticed a few things. My most frequent Goodreads rating is 4-stars (though that could easily mean my most frequent rating is 3.5. Damn GR and their hatred of half star ratings.) […]

Posted December 8, 2015
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