“Into the Drowning Deep” review

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It’s winter break and I’ve been spending a lot of time with my nose in a book. This is the latest one I’ve finished: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. If you like scary science fiction… then you’ll probably like this one. Continue reading ““Into the Drowning Deep” review”

“The Book that Matters Most” review

Trying to get back in the swing of things with another post! Anyway, here’s one of the books I read over Thanksgiving break (as mentioned previously):

The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood

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I don’t think I want to give this book a rating… I think I’m going to move away from that. But I really enjoyed this book, especially considering how I plowed through it in a few hours.


Ava’s twenty-five year marriage has just fallen apart, and her kids are both grown and out of the country, pursuing their own lives. Searching for companionship and a way out of her grief, Ava joins a book club. The book club’s goal for this year is to read one book chosen by each member – and the theme is “the book that matters most”. Ava chooses a book from her childhood – one she’s almost forgotten – that had helped her through the deaths of her mother and sister.

At the same time, Ava’s daughter Maggie is in Paris, entering into a destructive relationship with an older man and with drugs. As Ava searches for the author of her book that matters most, the secrets surrounding Ava’s past are unraveled and offer Ava and Maggie a chance to start over. Continue reading ““The Book that Matters Most” review”

“Hidden Monster” review

I don’t have a picture of this book, since this is another one I read on kindle! So here’s a picture of one of the trails around my college campus. Learn more about this book here.

Another kindle book (that I actually read over the summer): Hidden Monster, by Amanda Strong. It’s a young adult novel, which I usually shy away from (because of the obscene amounts of romance that tend to characterize this genre), but I thought I’d give it a try.

I give it a 3.9 out of 5 stars. Surprisingly.


Seventeen-year-old Samantha Campbell loves to run, as an escape from her life. At least, until she’s abducted one morning and wakes up bound to a mattress. Her masked captor repeatedly injects her and promises that one day, she’ll love him.

Unexpectedly freed, Samantha returns home, intent on guarding her heart – especially since her captor is still out there. This becomes more difficult when she meets her new neighbor, eighteen-year-old Blake Knightley. When she starts to experience strange changes, she realizes her captor may have left her more damaged than she originally thought. Ending up turning to Blake for help, Samantha must discover who the monster really is and what he’s done to her. Continue reading ““Hidden Monster” review”

Comfort reading

Hey! Let’s discuss books. More specifically, those books you always come back to and read over and over and over again. The ones that bring you joy and happiness and leave you with a lovely sense of contentment.

Those books make up my comfort reading.

Earlier I posted a short list of books that fall in this category for me (maybe not so short – some of those were series. Actually, I think most of them were series… I guess that just means I like to read series?). You can find that (relatively short) post here.

And, naturally, there are a couple of simple guidelines for how I choose my comfort books:

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Inventing stories

Apologies for not posting this past week! Life’s been pretty hectic, as I adjust to classes and working (I have a campus job!). As I settle in, I’m hoping to have a more regular schedule.

Anyway, here are some thoughts on inventing stories.

When it comes to writing story lines, I seem to work a little differently every time. Sometimes, I invent the world first, and characters who fit in that world simply come to me (or I work at developing them). Other times, I create characters first, and they world they live in evolves as I figure out what their story is. Generally, the character comes first, with a snippet of their world as backstory, and I go from there.

The hard part is actually coming up with an idea. There isn’t really a good way to do it – and there isn’t a good way to regularly come up with ideas. Continue reading “Inventing stories”

Life bubble 1

Life has been pretty hectic since classes started! And I, naturally, have been doing a lot of thinking as I work on adjusting to college life.

The picture above is from my college campus – that’s Johnson Pond. It’s on the far side from me, but, going to a small school, that isn’t actually too far away. I can walk there in a bit over ten minutes. It takes about half that time to get to my first class, and the nearest dining hall is actually in my dorm building. When that’s closed, the next nearest is only a couple minutes away.

As I’m experiencing independence (and adjusting to it), here are some thoughts I’ve had during the week:

  1. Classes are fun! So far, I’m really enjoying them. Especially my Latin American history class – more on that later.
  2. Lab periods are really long… which will definitely take some getting used to.
  3. Doors get slammed. A lot. Especially since the doors in my dorm building are really heavy – so if you just let go, they’ll slam.
  4. It’s important to not do homework all the time. I knew this already, but it really sank in the first few days of classes.

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“The Ice Maiden” review

I don’t have a picture of this book, since I read it on kindle. Find out more about this book here.

Recently I read The Ice Maiden by B. D. Smith. It was an interesting book, especially since I don’t typically read murder mysteries, and I liked it okay.

I give it a 3.9 out of 5 stars. Mostly for plot.


Detective Doug Bateman partners with newly arrived Anne Quinn to solve a homicide in central Maine. As they research the murder of the young woman, it becomes clear that the killer is playing an elaborate, deadly game with them. The killer continues to abduct, torture, and murder young women as Doug and Anne struggle to catch him, showing off his superior intellect; as they investigate, it slowly becomes clear that there might be a deeper purpose behind the homicides. Continue reading ““The Ice Maiden” review”

Comfort reading: a list

As a reader, there are books I always come back to.

In fact, there are books that I could reread over and over and over again. It’s a lot of fun, actually. Later I will delve into why some books stand out to me more than others, and there are different reasons for each book that eventually becomes beloved.

But here is a list of some of my favorites:

  1. Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce
  2. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  3. The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher
  4. The Frontier Magic trilogy by Patricia C. Wrede
  5. The Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce

These are actually some of the books I’m taking with me to college!

It’s important to always have a way to relax and to keep yourself from fracturing; I do so by reading. Especially by reading my comfort books. They help me keep from going insane.

I would love to hear your favorite titles!