New York Comic Con 2018 – Sunday, October 7

The first panel of the day was Family-Friendly Fantasy: Keeping it PG in the Age of Grimdark & Game of Thrones.

Most of the fantasy works we discovered as readers new to the genre were books the whole family could read together, without worrying about graphic descriptions of rape, torture, or violence. But many of the popular fantasy works being created today contain images that are simply too graphic for some readers. There’s a place for gritty realism in fantasy, but how much is too much?

Colleen Lindsay was the moderator and Katherine Arden, Emily R. King, and Elle Katherine White were speakers.


Katherine Arden wrote the Winternight Trilogy. Emily R. King wrote The Hundredth Queen Series. Elle Katherine White wrote the Heartstone Series. 

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Top Ten Tuesday: October 9: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

What constitutes a long book? I think that depends on the reader. A person who doesn’t read much may say anything over 200 pages is long. But to someone who reads 50 books or more a year, they may say it’s anything over 600.

To keep this list reasonable and in the realm of 10 books I am sticking with anything over 500 pages.I’ll do this in order of page numbers, which means I am not grouping trilogies or series together.

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Top Ten Tuesday – July 17: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

July 17: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories


1) Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

My favorite short stories in this collection are:

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Top Ten Tuesday: April 10: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

April 10: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read (submitted by Brandyn @ Goingforgoldilocks)

There are many, many books I love that I will only read once because there is just so many books to read and I can’t devote the time to reread everything I love. I’m keeping this list short to just highlight a few that really stood out to me.

1) Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
It’s so beautifully written but so, so, so sad. It’s a difficult read because of everything Tess endures.

2) Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.
I like the movies a bit more than the books. So, I can just pop the DVD in when I am in the mood.

3) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.
Such a good story and I like the way it is told in letters. But the prose takes some getting used to and it is a story that gives you a book hangover.

4) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
I am currently listening to the unabridged audiobook. I love it, however, it is 52 hours long. I am about three quarters finished and have been listening since mid-February. Considering how long it takes to get through I am only doing this once. I did bookmark my favorite moments and the important plot points though if I ever want to skip to a certain part.

5) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
I have already done a reread when the movies were coming out. If I am in the mood to revisit the story, I’ll just watch the movies. They’re close enough adaptations that can scratch the itch.

December 5: Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.


Places I want to visit again:
1) Oxford (All Souls Trilogy) and London, England (Shades of London, All Souls, Tunnel Vision). I loved these places. I can never tire of London and I am rereading the All Souls Trilogy so I want to go on a tour of Oxford with Deborah Harkness. I wish I was there when they were filming the TV show.

All Souls College in Oxford, Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library.

2&3) Paris and Grasse, France (The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni)
Shopping spree!!!!!!!!!

4) Volterra, Italy (Twilight: New Moon)
I wore a green shirt and jeans like Bella did in the movie. It was such a quaint and beautiful town. I’d love to go back and spend more time there than just a few hours. They also had a beautiful alabaster shop. More shopping!

They had a Twilight section in the alabaster shop. I have always regretted not getting these alabaster white queen chess pieces.


New places:
5) Naboo, which was really Lake Como, Italy.
I hear they have tours of the villa where they shot Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. I want to stand on the terrace where Anakin and Padmé were married.

6) NOLA (A Density of Souls, Out of the Easy)
Not during Marti Gras and not during hurricane season. But I would like to see the famous sites.

7) Hawaii (Everything, Everything)
Warm weather, heavenly beaches (and I am not a beach person), and volcanos. I want to go!

8) Salem, Mass. (The Crucible)
It’s my favorite play and the witch trials are a sad part of American history.

9) Scotland (Harry Potter, The Winter Sea)
I want to take a train there from London.


10) Siracusa, Italy.
I have yet to read Siracusa by Delia Ephron but I won’t say no to Italy.

Top Ten Tuesday – November 21: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

November 21: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!)

I feel like this list is redundant of last week’s topic. The books I would want my future children/Godchildren/nieces/nephews to read are the same books I am thankful for. They changed and shaped me in someway and for some of them I became a part of a fandom.

So, in addition to last week’s list I will add these books that I am thankful for.

1-3) All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.


I have read them more than once, participated in the Real Time Reading events and am part of a Facebook group where I can talk about it with other obsessed fans. Now that they are filming a TV series, and that only fuels the obsession.

4-7) Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.
I made so many friends through this fandom and am still friends with a few of them today. I am thankful to Twilight for those friendships. Back in the day we would go to the midnight book launches, the movie screenings, the morning talk shows, and would try to meet Rob on the set of Remember Me.

8) Star Wars. There are too many books and comic books to count here, but when I was 13 I read my first EU books: Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson (Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, Champions of the Force). I didn’t really get into the EU again until Revenge of the Sith was about to come out. By then I had soooooooo many to catch up on and it helped to be part of a Star Wars book club on a message board. I was on a binge read and wish I just kept up with it when I was 13 in the mid-90s. Now they’re considered “Legends” and there is a new Disney canon, but I still have shelves and piles of those old EU novels and comic books.

9) A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice.
I remember I bought this from a mail order book club way, way back in the day (17 years ago!) I loved it so much and gave it to a friend to borrow when she was going to Sicily for the summer. She was visiting family in the middle of nowhere and to keep her from boredom I let her borrow it. She was (and still is) the only friend I have that I trust with my books because she is just as neurotic with them as I am. Thing is, her younger sister read it before she did while in Sicily. I should have warned her about the adult themes! But it was the start of our own mini book club. We don’t trade books as often as we used to, but this was the first and I’ll always remember that.

10) She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
This is another book that was part of our mini book club. My friend read it first and suggested it to me. We even came up with a list of our dream cast for the movie (that was never made) giving the roles to our favorite actors and actress of the day. From time to time we say to each other, “Remember our casting list for She’s Come Undone?”
I would love to reread it some time and do an updated dream cast.