If I could only describe my reading taste in two terms, they would be "Jane Austen" and "fantasy." This is a totally hypothetical and unlikely scenario, but the point is that I love Jane Austen and I love fantasy fiction, almost (well, not really, I'd say about half-way) to the exclusion of any other reading … Continue reading Jane Austen, Mother of Dragons: A Lady’s Influence in Modern Speculative Fiction
Category: Geek Outs
Want to Try Afrofuturism? Start With the “War Girls” Series
Thanks to Penguin Teen for providing me with an advance reader's copy of Rebel Sisters, which I review in this post. As a somewhat new reader of Afrofuturism, I'm always excited to discover new-to-me authors and approaches to the genre. I guess my introduction to Afrofuturism was technically Nancy Farmer's middle grade novel The Ear, … Continue reading Want to Try Afrofuturism? Start With the “War Girls” Series
Audiobooks, Libraries, and Other Adventures: Reader Chat with Amanda Garrison
Listen to this podcast episode on Spotify, Apple, or anywhere you find bookish podcasts. For this week’s Reader Chat, I got to talk to the cohost of Fictional Hangover Podcast, Amanda Garrison. You’ll remember that my very first reader chat was with the other cohost of that show, Claire Eastaugh, so now my collection of … Continue reading Audiobooks, Libraries, and Other Adventures: Reader Chat with Amanda Garrison
I Recreated the “ACOTAR” Covers Using Myself as a Model and Free Online Graphic Design Tools
We can call this part 2 of my literary cosplay post, I suppose. So for anyone who didn't know, I've been technically unemployed since late June--but I start a new job on August 26th, yay! (That's not a sarcastic yay, I am actually excited about it)--so I've had a lot of free time on my … Continue reading I Recreated the “ACOTAR” Covers Using Myself as a Model and Free Online Graphic Design Tools
“Midnight Sun,” the Hugo Awards, and Other Concerns: Reader Chat with Claire Eastaugh
Listen to this episode on Spotify, Apple, or anywhere you find bookish podcasts. I'm joined this week on the podcast by the cohost of Fictional Hangover, Claire Eastaugh, and we have some concerns. We discuss the release of a new Twilight book, ponder the relevance of dead white male science fiction authors, and Claire gives … Continue reading “Midnight Sun,” the Hugo Awards, and Other Concerns: Reader Chat with Claire Eastaugh
What Your Jane Austen Opinions Say About You (as Explained by My TikTok Videos)
So I've been really into TikTok lately, and I've gradually discovered a bookish community on this social media platform, known as #booktok. I may be about 10 years older than the average TikTokker but I'm having so much fun! And I've started to build up a bit of small following with my niche Jane Austen … Continue reading What Your Jane Austen Opinions Say About You (as Explained by My TikTok Videos)
Cover Reveal: Behind Blue Eyes
Hey, Shadow City fans, have I got some good news for you! (If you haven't read Shadow City, check this out.) If you liked Anna Mocikat's sci-fi/horror/adventure novel (and are anxiously awaiting book 2...), then you will love her brand new series, the first installment of which will be available this May! The … Continue reading Cover Reveal: Behind Blue Eyes
The “Thinking Woman’s Guide” Sequel Has a Title!
I'm pretty sure I've at least mentioned before how Emily Croy Barker's The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic (click the cover to buy through IndieBound) is one of my favorite books of the last several years, maybe of ever. The story has been described as "Harry Potter for grown-ups" (even though lots of grown-ups read Harry … Continue reading The “Thinking Woman’s Guide” Sequel Has a Title!
I Live Blogged the First Chapter of “The Testaments” Because of Course I Did
The most highly-anticipated book release of 2019, The Testaments, Margaret Atwood's companion novel to her 1985 dystopian classic The Handmaid's Tale, was waiting for me on my Kindle when I woke up this morning (it's Tuesday, September 10 as I write this). I wanted to spend all day reading, but alas, the duties of adulthood call. But as … Continue reading I Live Blogged the First Chapter of “The Testaments” Because of Course I Did
Did I Mention I Met Katherine Arden?
This is a little late, but I met Katherine Arden, author of the incredible Winternight trilogy (I've posted briefly about it before, if you're not familiar, and probably will more in the future...) at her book signing at Emerald City Comic Con last weekend! She was really friendly; she gave me a free poster and said … Continue reading Did I Mention I Met Katherine Arden?