Book Review: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

This book was recommended to me after I read The Lost City of Z by David Grann, which I read a few years ago. It took me a couple years to read, but I'm glad I finally got to it, because it is such a fascinating book filled with historical details. Many reviews I read … Continue reading Book Review: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Mardi Gras Book Tag

For those who don't know, tomorrow is Mardi Gras. As I know some of my readers who aren't in the US, Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday) originally started as a celebration before Lent (beginning the next day on Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, Lent is a time of fasting in the Catholic Church, so Mardi … Continue reading Mardi Gras Book Tag

NaNoWriMo 2018: Day 4 Update

We are four days into NaNoWriMo. Gosh, this month I seem to be so undisciplined when it comes to writing. I'll write a lot one day, and just skip writing the next day. I'm also not calculating how many words I should be writing each day. Math and me just do not care for each … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018: Day 4 Update

Book Review: The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward

No, I am not a conspiracy nut. Yes, I may or may not have been highly amused by this book. And yes, this book was certainly research for a book I’m writing and definitely not me believing in this stuff. Okay, so I feel as if this book needs a little bit of background information … Continue reading Book Review: The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward

Book Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

A couple months ago, I was catching up on trailers for all the newest movies coming out and I came upon a movie called The Little Stranger, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Will Poulter. The plot looked really interesting, so I searched it on Wikipedia, only to find it was based on a book…this … Continue reading Book Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Book Review: Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas

When I was about twelve, a movie by the title of Amazing Grace was released in 2006, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Romola Garai. It tells the real story of William Wilberforce, who was the main instigator of abolishing the slave trade in Great Britain. I loved the movie. I had never heard of … Continue reading Book Review: Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas

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

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 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