April 2021 Reading Blog

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve attempted one of these, but I’ve been reading a lot of books this last month so I thought, “It’s time”. I’ve used a podcast format for the first time on my blog to discuss these books and included my personal thoughts about them thus far. I’ve listed themContinue reading “April 2021 Reading Blog”

Book Review: The Red Necklace by Susan Gardner

Finally! I have never felt more accomplished finishing a book. For some reason this book took me a while to complete, not for lack of interest, but simply due to finding the time to go back to it while trying to read/finish library books. This novel takes place in one of my favorite eras toContinue reading “Book Review: The Red Necklace by Susan Gardner”

7 Favorite Fairytale Retelling Picture Books from Childhood

Fairytale retellings are some of my favorite pieces of literature to read. Many that I have come across remain original and clever, despite being based off of well-known tales. I’ve listed some of my favorites below. Let’s take a look! #1. The Frog Prince Continued This story interweaves not just the tale of The PrincessContinue reading “7 Favorite Fairytale Retelling Picture Books from Childhood”

Christ-Centered Historical Fiction TBR’s

Prior to Easter, I’ve been watching the new The Chosen series about the life of Christ and his apostles. There are things I like about it, like the fact that it focuses on the apostles and shows Jesus in a more human light. However, sometimes I wonder if they are trying too hard to beContinue reading “Christ-Centered Historical Fiction TBR’s”

Book Review: Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Contemporary romances are not what I am usually drawn to or even like to read for that matter, but for some reason, I’ve been in the mood to read contemporary romances that have a Hallmark-like air about them. Summary. Teenage Sophie wants nothing more than to leave her small country town and go to designContinue reading “Book Review: Maybe This Time by Kasie West”

Book Review: The King’s Witch, by Tracy Borman

Introduction. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while after listening to Tracy Borman talk about it and her other books on Tudor’s Dynasty Podcast with Rebecca Larson. I’ve read a lot about the witch trials in America as well as books about the Tudors, but nothing in between, so this was a gemContinue reading “Book Review: The King’s Witch, by Tracy Borman”

Secondhand Bookstore List – Finding Quality Reads for Less

I try not to spend more money than I have to when buying books to read or include in my home library. Given the plethora of thrift stores where I live and that exist on the internet, I have narrowed down some of the ones I have come across or recommend to other readers seekingContinue reading “Secondhand Bookstore List – Finding Quality Reads for Less”

6 Overdone Tropes in YA Literature and TV

The more I try to find new books/TV shows, the more frustrated I get from repeated tropes that I believe no longer need to exist or just need to exist in a new light than they already have been previously portrayed. Here’s a list of ones that are currently getting my literary goat. Let’s takeContinue reading “6 Overdone Tropes in YA Literature and TV”

My Jane Austen Novel Love-Interest Ratings

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d look at the love-interests of the heroines of the “Queen of Regency Romance Novels” herself, Jane Austen. How do they add up on my own literary romance spectrum 5 to 1 (5 being my least favorite, 1 being my most favorite)? Let’s take a look! 5.Continue reading “My Jane Austen Novel Love-Interest Ratings”

7 English Lit Classics I’ve had to Watch the Movie to Understand

Anybody ever like a movie adaptation better than the book because of confusion regarding the themes/language/historical context of the story? Below I’ve listed some that I’ve come across during my English Lit education. 1. Great Expectations I heartily tried a few times to read this book, but I just couldn’t seem to get past theContinue reading “7 English Lit Classics I’ve had to Watch the Movie to Understand”