4 Captivating First-Person Narratives For Your TBR

“I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.” Great Expectations The best books show us what it feels like to be human. No type of story does a better job of this (in my opinion) than a powerfulContinue reading “4 Captivating First-Person Narratives For Your TBR”

5 Five-Star Books to Add to Your Must-Read List

Whenever I rate a book, I have a system. A four-star review means I loved it. I’ll probably reread the book at some point and also read any sequels if it’s part of a series. I know right away if a book merited four stars.  A five-star review is different. Five stars isn’t just aboutContinue reading “5 Five-Star Books to Add to Your Must-Read List”

NaNoWriMo Inspiration

We are officially halfway through Nanowrimo, and if you’ve taken up the challenge, you might be needing some extra inspiration about now. It can be hard to believe that anything you write in a month could ever get published, but several books that got their first draft written during NaNoWriMo have gone on to topContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Inspiration”

Using Fairy Tales in Your Writing

In June, I read two very different books that both draw on fairy tales and folklore to inspire their stories and settings. Today I’m going to be talking about Uprooted by Naomi Novak and House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. First, I’m going to give you an overview of what these booksContinue reading “Using Fairy Tales in Your Writing”

Reading Challenge Book List

*These books were reviewed from fall 2019 through June 2020, the reviews are still available for you to read and are tagged under “Reading Challenge” Reading Challenge Book List: Genres Outside My Comfort Zone Welcome to my reading list! This list is the first of many that I will be using as I tackle myContinue reading “Reading Challenge Book List”

Writing the Other: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Hello Everyone, This blog is hitting close to home. I just read a book about the black experience in America, and now I’m blogging about it days after the brutal killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by police. As I sit to write today, I’m feeling a lot of anger, but rather thanContinue reading “Writing the Other: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison”

Mathematical Warfare: My Review of Ninefox Gambit

Hello everyone! I hope that you are all staying safe. Today I am reviewing Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. After the review, I will have some updates for you about how the pandemic is affecting the blog and what you can expect in the coming months.  I’m going to be honest; this book wasContinue reading “Mathematical Warfare: My Review of Ninefox Gambit”

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

Hello everyone, and happy Leap Day! Today I am reviewing The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer.  First, I want to refresh everyone about why I chose this book to read for the blog. As writers, we often find ourselves in the position of writing ‘the other.’Continue reading “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer”

10 Fresh SFF Books to Read in 2020

It’s a whole new reading year, and I’m making up my list of new fantasy books that I must read over the next eleven months. (If you want to follow my progress you can check out my Goodreads page ). A few years ago, I found myself in a bit of a reading rut. IContinue reading “10 Fresh SFF Books to Read in 2020”