Contenders for the Second Book Curse

We've all felt that sensation as readers. You discover a book and fall in love with it. Everything is perfect. Then you learn it's the first book of the series. And you wait with anticipated breath for the second book to be released (or be delivered to your library, if you discover a series already … Continue reading Contenders for the Second Book Curse

Indie Book Review: Murder by Misrule by Anna Castle

There are many mystery novels I have read which feature a real historical person and gives them a fictional murder mystery series. You see it with the Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron (where Jane Austen solves murders) and The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert (starring Beatrix Potter, the author of … Continue reading Indie Book Review: Murder by Misrule by Anna Castle

Reading Wrap-up: March, 2019

Despite being so busy this month, I read a total of 24 books and 2 short stories. This is probably because I'm reading every moment I have free. I find it so relaxing when I'm stressing about moving to just sit in the silence and read. Plus, it helps that ten of those books are … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: March, 2019

Throwback Book Review: Cecelia and Kate by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

Have you ever wanted to read a series which combines the magical humor of Howl's Moving Castle and the romantic Regency of Jane Austen? Well, if so, this series is for you! I fell in love with this series just around the time the third book was published (so around 2006 or 2007), which means … Continue reading Throwback Book Review: Cecelia and Kate by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

Reading Wrap-up: February, 2019

I read 9 books this month, and two short stories. Not as good as my 17 from last month, but it's not completely horrible. And most of the books I really enjoyed. Before I get to my ratings, let's take a quick look at how my New Year's resolutions and reading challenges are going. Reading … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: February, 2019

The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

I know, I know, I'm two days late with this post (Valentine's Day was Thursday, for reference). However, I am writing this post on Valentine's Day, in my defense, and I wanted to do another fun book tag. Holiday-themed book tags are some of my favorites. I found this tag on The Sassy Book Geek, … Continue reading The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

Book Review: The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

This book is possibly the most traumatizing book I have ever read. I almost couldn't get through it all, considering just how graphic and detailed it is. It is rare for me to do this but trigger warning if you plan to read this book. I will not be including any of the graphic details … Continue reading Book Review: The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

Movie Review: Escape From the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story

In 1887, American journalist Nellie Bly, who was twenty-three at the time, decided to fake insanity to be admitted into the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island (right off the coast of New York City). She was inside ten days before she was rescued, and then she wrote of her experiences in the book Ten … Continue reading Movie Review: Escape From the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story

Short Story Review: The Oracle of the Dog by G.K. Chesterton

As one of my reading resolutions of 2019, I wanted to read more short stories (two a month at least), because I find so often I only end up reading longer books. And since I haven't ever reviewed a short story on my blog, I though I'd reviewed this one. I am a massive fan … Continue reading Short Story Review: The Oracle of the Dog by G.K. Chesterton

Chinese Movie Reviews: Detective Dee

Since finishing the book Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik, I was anxious to watch movies based on his character. If you're curious to read my book review and haven't, here's a link. As it turns out, there are quite a few adaptations centering around this famous magistrate during the Tang … Continue reading Chinese Movie Reviews: Detective Dee