First Impression Friday: “A Gathering of Shadows” by VE Schwab

It looks like this is going to be a VE Schwab January. A Gathering of Shadows is the second of her books that I've previewed here, and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get to the third one by the end of the month (spoiler alert: I'm actually writing these in December and scheduling them … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “A Gathering of Shadows” by VE Schwab

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First Impression Friday: “Practical Magic” by Alice Hoffman

I think I'm a few decades late getting on this train. I read The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman while traveling to LA a few weeks back and was absolutely stunned at how amazing it was. It was one of those where I was almost tempted to skip sight-seeing just to stay inside and finish … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Practical Magic” by Alice Hoffman

Top 5 Bookish Maps

Okay, I haven't really participated in a lot of T5T topics this month. Many of them I haven't had material for, and others I've started writing and wound up realizing that I only had one thing to put on it. Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm has come up with something I haven't really thought about, … Continue reading Top 5 Bookish Maps

Book Review: “The Dollmaker of Krakow” by R.M. Romero

This is a book I picked up on a whim from NetGalley. I assumed it would be a much more involved novel, like "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. I was wrong in some ways and right in others, but I know this is not a book that anyone should miss. This is a children's book, … Continue reading Book Review: “The Dollmaker of Krakow” by R.M. Romero

Book Review: “A Great & Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray

Gemma Doyle tries the patience of everyone around her. In the beginning of the novel, she's in India with her family. They're British, so there's a very specific set of rules they have when interacting with the "locals." (Oh, and they do fetishize the character of Indian descent in the novel as being "exotic," which is … Continue reading Book Review: “A Great & Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray

Book Review: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

I'm finally getting through the backlog of book reviews that piled up while I was working on #TheReadingQuest way back during the months of August and September. This is the book I read for the "Book That Has a TV/Movie Adaptation" category. There may be minor spoilers in this review! (Although really, it's nothing you … Continue reading Book Review: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

Book Review: “Magyk” by Angie Sage

I'm going to be the odd one out here and say that I prefer this series over Harry Potter. Please, put down your pitchforks. I love Harry Potter. That's why I can confidently say that I prefer this series. It's a little less well-known than JK Rowling's bespectacled wizard, and it takes place in a different time … Continue reading Book Review: “Magyk” by Angie Sage