To start things off, here's Sunili Govinnage's article in The Guardian on reading only non-white authors in 2014. One of the things that stuck out to me the most was this: What this means is that if diverse books are only valued because they can be categorised as being different per se, they are still othered. … Continue reading Literary Linking 28/02/15
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is favourite heroines. Without further ado, my list: 1. Celaena Sardothien, from Throne of Glass. Who else would I pick as my number one favourite heroine? I love Celaena because she's so flawed and you still can't help but love her. Also, … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday – Heroines
I never like it when books are published under different titles in different Anglophone countries. For a start, it makes it harder to title the reviews 😉 This book, by Canadian author Susanna Kearsley, was released in North America as The Winter Sea and in the UK as Sophia's Secret. The book interweaves the story of Carrie McClelland, … Continue reading The Winter Sea/Sophia’s Secret, by Susanna Kearsley
From Book Riot, What Not to Say to Bookstore Employees. From the pretentious ("I only read signed copies") to the downright rude ("I'm buying this on my Kindle while we're talking"), here's a basic list of things not to say to bookstore employees. More interesting than the fact that some of E. B. White's books … Continue reading Literary Linking 21/02/15
It seems just about every aspiring author dreams of quitting their day job to work full-time. I often find myself daydreaming about some ideal life in the future when I spend my days reading and writing books. When I really think about it, though, I don't imagine I'd ever quit my job just because I … Continue reading Would you quit your day job?
Last week I read Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, and I was very impressed. It's the best dystopia I've come across in a long time. The world is richly-imagined, the characters are three-dimensional, the plot twists and turns, it's just amazing. The story follows two teenagers in the Republic of America, a nation formed from the western … Continue reading Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy
The Falconer is set in an alternate, steampunk-inspired version of Victorian Edinburgh, in which ornithopters and mechanical tea-making machines (Mrs Doyle from Father Ted would loathe this world!) are commonplace. After Aileana Kameron's mother is killed by a faery, she trains and hunts down faeries in the hopes of one day killing her mother's murderer … Continue reading The Falconer, by Elizabeth May