Famous Times Books Were Burned

It’s something that traumatizes booklovers all across the world. Imagine burning precious books, watching millions of words go up into flames because of cruel fate. Suffice it to say, there have been many times in history that just that happened. Whether by accident or by unjust hands, this is my list for famous incidents when … Continue reading Famous Times Books Were Burned

Things I’m Totally Obsessed With: March, 2018

I'm starting a new series near the end of the month, where I share some of the things I am obsessed with during that month. Yay! Song: The Night We Met (originally by Lord Huron, cover by Trevor Holmes) My New Salt Lamp! TV Show: The Flame’s Daughter (Chinese, starring Dilraba Dilmurat, Vic Chou, and Vin … Continue reading Things I’m Totally Obsessed With: March, 2018

Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: A Visit to the Minnesota Institute of Art

Last Friday I had a chance to visit one of my favorite places in Minnesota: the Minnesota Institute of Art (or as everyone I know calls it, MIA). This was my fourth or so visit to this museum, and it never gets old. If anyone comes to Minnesota and asks me one place they should … Continue reading Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: A Visit to the Minnesota Institute of Art

Top Strangest Looking Animals

Yes, I’m weird, and yes, I love looking surreal but real animals on Pinterest. Since I couldn’t think of anything else to write about today, I thought I’d share with you my favorite weird looking animals. You might ask why I would feature this post on a writing/reading blog, but honestly a lot of these … Continue reading Top Strangest Looking Animals

A Note on Book Translations: Who Do You Trust?

Odds are that sometime in your life you have found yourself reading a book which has been translated. Some of the greatest classics in the world weren’t written in English (and since you’re reading this now, I will assume that you read in English). War and Peace. Arabian Nights. The Art of War. Around the … Continue reading A Note on Book Translations: Who Do You Trust?

Top Resources for Researching a Historical Novel

Picture this. You have this great book idea. A romance set in 17th century France, and the dastardly villain of a count who’s threatening to replace the male lead as the new lead. You’ve got a great female protagonist. You’ve got a setting. And then you realize it…you know nothing about 17th century France. Where … Continue reading Top Resources for Researching a Historical Novel

Top Historically Accurate Films

Let’s face it: as much as I love watching historical TV and movies, it’s rare to find ones that are actually accurate to history. Whether the creators changed a little bit or a lot (I’m looking at you, Reign!), it’s almost impossible to find a show that is really close to reality. So today I … Continue reading Top Historically Accurate Films

My Top 9 Favorite Banned Books

This week was the American Library Association’s (ALA) yearly Banned Books week (Sep. 24-30), meant to encourage intellectual freedom. Throughout history, certain books have been banned for various reasons—some understandable and some really stupid. However, some of these books are so great I cannot imagine why anyone would ban them. And yet it happens. So, … Continue reading My Top 9 Favorite Banned Books

Top 9 Series for Anyone Filled With Wanderlust

According to Dictionary.com, wanderlust means “a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.” I love to travel and learn about new places. But let’s face it: time, money, and resources are limited to the majority of us who love to travel. So we often engage in our wanderlust through photography, books, TV, etc. So … Continue reading Top 9 Series for Anyone Filled With Wanderlust