A Few of Her Favorite Tropes!

B: Better late than never, we are switching things up this week due to work schedules, so Lauren will be posting first and Chelsea will post later in the month! All right – welcome to my third and final post in my series on some favorite tropes! This one isn’t going to focus on any…

Romance Recommendations!

In deference to the season, I am postponing the last in my series on favorite tropes to address how some of my favorite books handle romance (or, less frequently, the lack of it). If, like me, you enjoy a fun historical fantasy or historical romance, I cannot recommend these three highly enough: Sorcery & Cecelia:…

Troperific Villains!

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday season! We’re back in business, churning out the blog posts, and I’m continuing my series on some favorite tropes. This week, I’m going to focus on tropes concerning villains! But don’t worry, I’ll cave to the peer pressure and have a short section at the end…

Trope Spotlight #1: Featuring Protagonists

I love tropes. Consider this your only warning – there will be tropes ahead! Think of a trope as a pattern in writing convention. Tropes can clue a reader in – give them an idea of what to expect. When a trope becomes so widespread – or is taken to such an extreme – that…

Lauren’s Favorite Halloween Reads!

Aaaaand it’s my turn to share some favorite Halloween books! Now, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween; don’t get me wrong! I love the chocolate and candy, and dressing up to go trick-or-treating holds a special place in my heart. But I don’t like being scared, so reading spooky or suspenseful books isn’t typically…

Partnerships in Fantasy

One of the things that attracts me to fantasy novels in general is the strength of the relationships and friendships that develop over the course of the epic adventure or perilous quest. These relationships are often my favorite parts of the books, especially when that relationship plays a role in the plot, too… Frodo could…

A Musical Experience

So, this past week, I’ve been going through Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m not done with it yet, but one of the things that has really struck me so far is how Rothfuss has treated music in his novel. My train of thought went on to consider which other fantasy novels have…

A Trip Down Memory Lane

The past few weeks, my head has been stuck in the past (high school reunions are supposed to cause such nostalgia, right?), and this has been reflected in my reading habits. I’ve been going through and re-reading some of my favorite books from my school years, and thought I’d share some of the realizations I’ve…

Elizabeth Moon Author Spotlight!

Okay, I’ll be honest – I started Author Spotlight mostly because I love Elizabeth Moon’s work, and I cannot recommend her work highly enough. She is foremost among several authors that I don’t think are as widely read as they deserve; thus, Author Spotlight is born! I’ll begin by admitting I haven’t read everything she has…