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 / Nostalgia and Remembrance

30 in 30: Day 18 (Wiccans in Space, female-dominated societies, and the family Jewels)

Favourite Opening Scene to a Book This is honestly something I haven’t given a lot of thought. Either the opening scene of a book is interesting enough grip me and I read the rest of the book, or it’s not and I don’t. I don’t rank the opening scenes as “favourites”. A few books’ opening scenes that stand out are Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop, The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk, and an as-of-yet unpublished work the name of which I can’t remember by Kara Smith, an old friend of mine from high school. It was science

30 books in 30 days

30 in 30: Day 06 (in which I quickly get distracted just thinking about a certain Shalador Warlord)

Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time My favorite series is The Black Jewels Series (not Dark Jewels, which it is commonly known as because the Pit of Voles had it listed as such, no doubt so they could get around the fact that the author explicitly requested no fanfiction be written at this time — now I see they’re being more brazen about it, bless their little hearts), by Anne Bishop. I’ll read anything she writes, honestly, and the only things of hers I’ve yet to read are The Shadow Queen and