Classics · Thoughts

Entrusting Sometimes Means Giving Away: Connecting the Thenadiers to the beginning of Les Mis

  We just finished reading Fantine: Book Four, a.k.a. “Entrusting Sometimes Means Giving Away,” last Thursday for the Les Mis Readalong. It was pretty short, which makes it easier for me to take the time to reflect on it as a whole. It has made me think about how it relates to what we read… Continue reading Entrusting Sometimes Means Giving Away: Connecting the Thenadiers to the beginning of Les Mis

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 2, by Kore Yamazaki

No longer a slave but now an magus’ apprentice, Chise Hatori has been introduced to people and creatures of many sorts, including fae royalty. We start where we left off with the King of Cats and the blight haunting the cats’ home. As the story goes on, she learns about more of the cruel effects of being a sleigh beggy, a person who can generate and use tremendous magic. This second volume of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, by Kore Yamazaki, continues one story line and shows more of the side effects of being a sleigh beggy.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

School shootings are appearing more in the national news. Told from four perspectives, Marieke Nijkamp’s This Is Where It Ends is about a school shooting in Opportunity, Alabama. A school assembly has just ended, but over the next few minutes, everyone finds themselves locked in the auditorium. Then shots start firing. Over the next hour, one student terrorizes the school to exact revenge.

Book Tags

Music Monday: Wintersong

I want to try something new by connecting books to music. Fortunately, Spines on a Line hosts the monthly meme Music Monday. It was inspired by #MusicMonday on Twitter. It seems to be pretty flexible about making those connections. Today I’m making a soundtrack for Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. This novel is very music-focused with four… Continue reading Music Monday: Wintersong


How to Find Good Fanfiction on FanFiction.Net

It’s hard to find really good fanfics, especially when the platform you use hosts a lot of fandoms. FanFiction.Net is one of the oldest and one of the most popular fanfic sites, but it can be hard to find high quality stories. Now, I can binge on poorly written fanfics or crackfics, but I love… Continue reading How to Find Good Fanfiction on FanFiction.Net

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 1, by Kore Yamazaki

I first learned about The Ancient Magus’ Bride anime from akidearest, but I decided I would watch it when it becomes available on a platform I have access to. Then I saw the manga at my library and checked it out. The recommendation I heard for the anime was that it gives you a sense of wonder and tells you just what you need to know for current events and feel there’s still more to the fantasy world, and the manga delivers on that too.

Historical Fiction · Modern Fantasy · Review

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Li Lan is a young girl from a good, bankrupt family. She soon learns that she her reclusive father left her with few marriage prospects. Then one of the Lim family’s women contacts her with a proposal. Marry her dead son in exchange for security. Li Lan and her grandmother are horrified by this offer. Her ghostly stalker haunts her, dragging her into the affairs of the afterlife. As she discovers dark secrets, she has to escape cold, ghostly clutches.

Classics · Quotes

Two Weeks into the #LesMisReadalong: An Upright Man

When I read a title like Les Misérables, I assume most of the focus on this book will be about miserable people or miserable conditions. Even though I entered this knowing the first section would be about “An Upright Man,” I did not expect these chapters to make me feel warm toward any character in… Continue reading Two Weeks into the #LesMisReadalong: An Upright Man