Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

An actual Top Ten Tuesday, because The Broke and the Bookish is back, baby! And this one is pretty much perfect, actually, because I think I might get just as much enjoyment out of planning what I’ll be reading as actually reading.

(Just as much? That might be a bold claim. Take that with a grain of salt.) Continue reading “Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR”

Fave Book Couples

Top Ten Tuesday! Hawww yiss!

Actually, the folks who run Top Ten Tuesday are on hiatus, so there is no Top Ten Tuesday for today. BUT – I live by no man’s rules, so I fearlessly chose a prompt from – wait for it – 2010. Brace yourself, because it’s

FAVORITE COUPLES

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What’s up in March?

In Wisconsin we’ve been alternating between crazy-warm weather (in the 40s!) and blizzards. But as soon as March hits, it’s officially spring in my book. This may be partly because after 4 months of snow and wind, I’m craving sunlight like Toucan Sam craves Froot Loops.

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September Reading List

September is here! I’m going back to school, in a flurry of moving boxes and new eraser smell and tears over how much my textbooks cost. There are so many books I’d rather buy. It’s fine, though. I’m over it.

My reading (and writing) might slow down a bit, but I’m still feeling pretty ambitious. There are several books on my TBR pile that I’m ready to tackle once and for all, and of course there will always be random books that I pick up. I’ve got several books on hold through my online library system (if you’re not connected to yours, definitely check it out!), and my birthday was in August, which means I have some gift cards to spend. *devilish smile*

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Kickbutt Heroines Who Actually Kick Butt

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a few annoying trends for female characters, specifically in YA. One is the whole “tougher than the boys” character. She fights, she swears, she’s probably got the lockdown on her emotions. But hey, what did you expect from a tough girl? The problem here is that being more traditionally masculine doesn’t make you strong. Femininity isn’t weak. But that’s not what I really want to write about today, so if you’re interested in that, check out this awesome blog post from Kaitlin over at Ink and Quills.

Today, I’m focusing on the problematic other side to these characters. They’re so painted as strong and competent, but when it comes down to the wire, they end up needing to be saved.

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6 Fantastic Fairy Tale Retellings

In 1909, G.K. Chesterton wrote “Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

It’s 2016 now, and it’s pretty clear from the recent wave of fairy tale retellings that they’re still resonating with people: there’s still some magic left out there. Fairy tales combine a clear sense of good and evil with a (usually) happy ending, even if it can be pretty grisly (I’m lookin’ at you, Brothers Grimm). Continue reading “6 Fantastic Fairy Tale Retellings”