Reading Update: July 6, 2020

If someone had told me there were secret passages and enchanted maps at Hogwarts, I imagine I would have read Harry Potter a long time ago. Now, I’m only equally delighted at the prospect as my little self would have been, slowly and surely, against all my curmudgeonly better judgement, being lured into the spellContinue reading “Reading Update: July 6, 2020”

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)”

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

So here we are! After all this time, I have finally read Harry Potter! Or the start of it, anyway. And what did I, the diehard Tolkien reader think? Well, honestly, that it’s a bit odd people keep comparing the two. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are completely different. Saying they’re alike isContinue reading “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

Fantasy Rant: “Hidden Magic”

If the world knew about people with magic, they would want them to solve all their problems. And therefore magic only can exist in a beautiful, hidden world. I’ve heard this excuse so many times I can’t even remember which book I first read it in. Did I think it was a good reason then,Continue reading “Fantasy Rant: “Hidden Magic””

Reading Update: June 28, 2020

Summer is destined for books. That’s just the natural way of life. So what am I reading? That’s…not so simply answered this time around. At the moment: East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon. Norwegian folk tales. Because, y’know, I already read the complete Grimm’s fairytales, the Arabian Nights, and the Longest LayContinue reading “Reading Update: June 28, 2020”

Reading Update: June 26, 2020

It’s reading season. Every summer, when I got off from school, the first thing in order was a trip to the library. I waited every year for the summer reading programs. Not for the prizes or for many of the events, though I won and went to a few. I lived for the challenge. HowContinue reading “Reading Update: June 26, 2020”

Book Review: Heart of Iron

Book: Heart of Iron by Erkaterina Sedia Genre: Steampunk/Alternate History/Fantasy Content for the Sensitive Reader: mild language, discussions of religion and historical attitudes toward race and gender, implied romantic affair, distantly depicted death of several side characters. Very acceptable for YA and most middle-grade audiences. BookmarkedOne Rating: 4/10 SPOILERS CLEARLY MARKED, read at your ownContinue reading “Book Review: Heart of Iron”

Reading Update: May 31, 2020

So we’ll start with the confession. I have never ever in my life read Harry Potter. I’ve visited bookshops with their own “closet under the stairs.” I’ve had people categorize me into a “house” without really knowing what it means. I’ve listened to people argue over whether it’s worth all the hubbub or not withoutContinue reading “Reading Update: May 31, 2020”

Book List: WWII Books

So after making my way through Amy McAuley’s Violins of Autumn, it seemed only fair to make a list of World War II books that I actually did enjoy…or at least find deeply accurate to history. It’s a fascinating topic and makes for some thrilling (and sometimes tragic and deeply introspective) reading. So! Here’s theContinue reading “Book List: WWII Books”

Book Review: Violins of Autumn

Book: Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley Series: (standalone) Genre: YA WWII Historical Fiction (emphasis on women in the French Resistance) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Three violent but not particularly graphic on-page deaths, amount of violence otherwise typical in WWII stories, some PG-13 and mild language scattered throughout, mild romantic themes, underage smoking andContinue reading “Book Review: Violins of Autumn”

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