The Harry Potter Project…continued (Reading Update: July 3, 2020)

After knitting my way through Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/und der Stein der Weisen (and winding up with a pair of fabulous blue socks), I happened to notice the English audiobook was two chapters longer than the German one. Couldn’t leave it unheard, now could I? It turned out to be another hour ofContinue reading “The Harry Potter Project…continued (Reading Update: July 3, 2020)”

Reading Update: April 11, 2020

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I may be falling in love. It would be nice, I think, if I fell in love with a gentleman of a book for a change. The last one I fell in love with was The Kingkiller Chronicle. I have not fully recovered as of yet. Thinking on itContinue reading “Reading Update: April 11, 2020”


Book Review No. 19: Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas Series: Standalone Genre: Children’s Fantasy (middle-grade) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Family tension, level of battle/suspense/violence typical for fantasy. Completion Date: Summer 2019 BookmarkedOne Rating: 7/10 So after falling in love with Sarah Prineas’ Magic Thief series, I had to snap up Dragonfell. I mean, seriously. Dragons.Continue reading “Dragonfell”

Catching Up: Book Haul

So as an apology for not blogging as often lately, and for the absentee blogger I am almost certainly going to become during NaNoWriMo, I am going to bend one of my rules and blog about my life instead of books or things that didn’t happen or someone else’s stories. That way you can understandContinue reading “Catching Up: Book Haul”

The Thief Lord

Alright, so after griping over The Wizard of Oz, I owe you a good book review. And here it is, in all its whimsical, gritty, beautiful, bizarre, glory. The Thief Lord, everyone. Book Review 7 (spoiler-free): The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke Series: (standalone) Genre: Children’s Fantasy/Magical Realism Bookmarked One Rating: 8/10 Completion Date: LateContinue reading “The Thief Lord”

To Fantasy, High and Low

A list of the best and worst in fantasy for anyone just starting to read (or write) the genre.

Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather

Book Review no. 5: Dragon Rider: the Griffin’s Feather by Cornelia Funke Series: Dragon Rider, no. 2 Genre: Middle-grade fantasy/magical realism Completion Date: August 10, 2019 Content for the Sensitive Reader: some conventional mild language, oath-swearing by mushrooms and the Norse gods, references/appeals by characters to unknown gods for help, violence below the level typicalContinue reading “Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather”


Book Review 3: Fearless by Cornelia Funke (and Lionel Wigram) Series: Mirrorworld, no. 2 Genre: YA High Fantasy Completion Date: August 5, 2019 BookmarkedOne Rating: 7/10 Content for the sensitive reader: fantasy violence (with pistols this time because of the Mirrorworld), characters getting drunk and/or using magical drugs, multiple innuendos, a mildly gory scene inContinue reading “Fearless”

Writing Update: July 30, 2019

If I don’t have a story on the brain, I’m not myself. I literally get depressed if there aren’t books in my hands and words flowing from my fingers. But today is a better day. A day I can hear the whispers of “What if?” and wonder about impossible. A day I can think aboutContinue reading “Writing Update: July 30, 2019”

Reading Update: July 28, 2019

It’s still high summer. Summer always means reading. Usually it means heading to my favorite local library branch, staying for several hours, and leaving with as many books as I can carry. I give myself one rule at the library: if I can’t carry all my books, then I’ve gotten too many. It’s amazing howContinue reading “Reading Update: July 28, 2019”

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