30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 30 (my “Currently Reading” list is never limited to *one* book)

What book are you reading right now? I have three books that I’m currently reading. I have to read more than one at a time — usually a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Once I really get into a fiction book, I’ll stop reading the other fiction ones, but continue slowly going through the non-fiction. So, as I just finished La Chiripa (which is fracking amazing, by the way — when it’s out in stores in October you have to pick up a copy; it’s just so incredible, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t usually like fiction

30 books in 30 days / Books

30 in 30: Day 29 (in which I talk about Harry Potter some more, but don’t worry I SWEAR it’s the LAST time…for NOW.)

Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!) I realise I’ve been talking a lot about Harry Potter in the past few weeks, but you’ll have to bear with me as I do so again with this particular topic. Warning, thar be spoilers ahead. (Major fucking spoilers for the last book/movie, so if you haven’t read or seen it by now DO NOT READ THIS POST.) The Harry Potter series is full of character deaths. Perhaps not so many as other fantasy series, but a fair whack. They’re all written well enough to bring at least a

30 books in 30 days / Nostalgia and Remembrance

30 in 30: Day 28 (hate mail in 3, 2, 1…)

First favorite book or series obsession This one is easy. When I was young, perhaps just before my first year of high school, my mom flung a book at my head and I started to read. As I’ve written about here before, that book and its sequels changed my life. Harry Potter was my first series obsession. Which, I mean, is weird, because usually I’m pretty damn scary when I obsess over things, but I was less so with Harry Potter. Perhaps I just didn’t feel the need to go all bugfuck nuts in my expression of joy with

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 27 (in which I shamelessly plug my own writing, but I’m entitled as it’s my fracking birthday)

If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)! This is honestly a very tough question. It’s hard to think of a single thing that will always make me read something; I could say strong female lead characters, but that’s not true — there are books that I refuse to read containing that quality. I suppose something I am truly a sucker for is a sense of myth in the story. Kushiel’s Legacy is a very good example of this; not only is there a very rich backdrop to the

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 26 (please don’t do this, future authors)

OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending The Epilogue, Harry Potter. JK Rowling said (somewhere; I don’t have a quote) she wrote the epilogue before she wrote the rest of the series. It shows. The ending of the book was really satisfying. And then you read “Nineteen years later…” and your entire evening is ruined. It’s so trite, so contrived, so fanfic-ish — wait, that’s unfair to fanfic writers, because I’m pretty sure most of them could have written a much better epilogue. Where was the rebuilding of the Wizard World after the fall of Voldemort? Where was the

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 25 (you seriously don’t want to know how big my “to read” list is)

Any five books from your “to be read” stack Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination, by Dr. Christopher Hart The Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations, and Rituals, by Patricia Monaghan Bodhisattva of Compassion, by John Blofeld A Lion Among Men, by Gregory Maguire The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over, by Starhawk

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 24 (A quote? how the hells am I supposed to choose just ONE?)

Best quote from a novel Oh my goddess, we have so many contenders for this post. I simply can’t list just one, unless I wanted to be funny. Contrary to my usual nature, I wish to share quotes that actually mean something to me. So, from the very talented Jacqueline Carey and her quite astounding literary masterpiece, Kushiel‘s Legacy, my favourite quotes from the Phedre Trilogy. We are all of these things […]. Pride, desire, compassion, cleverness, belligerence, fruitfulness, loyalty…and guilt. But above it all stands love. And if we desire to be more than human, that is the

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 23 (walruses are dicks, man)

Most annoying character ever Not so much annoying as frustrating — Vernon Dursley, Harry Potter’s uncle. Every book he’s coming up with new and exciting ways to torture Harry, and he stokes the ire of every kid who’s ever been brushed aside so casually by an adult. (So, every kid, pretty much.) He was meant to embody that character we all know and love so well — the one who disregards everything you say simply because you’re too young/old/inexperienced/too experienced, have black/red/blonde/green/purple hair, are a certain person’s offspring/not a certain person’s offspring, have special abilities that provoke jealousy and,

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 22 (the embers of romance start young)

Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships) Lina Mayfleet/Doon Harrow, The City of Ember (and its sequels, presumably, though I’ve yet to read them). (Mild spoilers.) Obviously the relationship is non-sexual; Lina and Doon are only 12 or 13 (can’t recall exact ages), so having their relationship involve sex would be…creepy, honestly. And completely unnecessary for a good romance. Because that’s what their relationship is — a romance. Or will be, once they get older. It has the same quality of being forged in hardship as the previous relationship I talked about. You can tell, reading the book, that

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 21 (more Kushiel spoilers, be warned)

Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships) Phedre/Joscelin, Kushiel Series. I would classify them as a romantic relationship between a sexual and asexual person. Yes, they make love, and yes, Joscelin enjoys it — but he’s still pretty asexual. You can be asexual and enjoy sex. It’s just…not necessary for life. Sexual people (like Phedre, and the writer of this blog) need sex. It is a physical need. Phedre needs something a step further — she needs BDSM sex, because she’s an anguissette. (This is [part of] why she becomes Namaah’s Servant again in the second book, and why