Currently Reading

Today I decided I’d do a quick post on what I’m currently reading. Let me know in the comments what you’re currently reading.

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Goodreads Synopsis: When kingdom come, there will be one.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown. 

I got this book in an OwlCrate box and I still haven’t got around to finishing it. But I hope to finish it soon.

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Goodreads Synopsis: The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

This book was a NetGalley book, and I was supposed to finish it months ago. But I ended up getting a lot of library books and got behind on my reading.

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Goodreads Synopsis: Art is a spiritual path–not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit together the ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer, ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity with others in small groups can serve as sanctuary, asylum, ashram, therapy group, think tank, and village square. Pat Allen has developed a reliable guide for walking the path of art through a series of simple practices that combine drawing, painting, and sculpture with journal writing. Designed for readers at any level of artistic experience, the book shows how to:
– awaken the creative force and connect with the divine source of creativity
– access inner wisdom and intuition about life issues, including both personal and community concerns
– find a path to meaning that includes honoring, celebrating, and giving thanks
– explore the images and symbols of traditions such as Catholicism, Judaism, shamanism, and Goddess worship
– join in spiritual community with others who are following the path of art
– discover that artmaking can help us live our ideals and be of service in the world

This book is from the library and I’m super excited about reading it.

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Goodreads Synopsis: A preeminent scientist — and the world’s most prominent atheist — asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.

With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe’s wonders than any faith could ever muster.

Another library read, and one of those that takes a long time to read just because it’s so much to digest. But it’s a fantastic book and I can’t wait to finish it soon.

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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Goodreads Synopsis: Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

Find on Amazon and Goodreads.

I had read this book back when I was younger, like 17-18, and liked it but hadn’t been super interested in the rest of the series.  Then just last year I watched the TV show and fell in love with the characters and the world,  and decided to go back and read all of the books.

A Game of Thrones is a fantastic first book, I loved all the world-building and the introductions to all the characters.  It’s interesting seeing the slight differences in the TV show, little things like the characters seem to be a few years younger than they are in the book.  Daenerys Targaryen is 13 years old!

Maybe it was just me, but seeing the TV show helped to give faces to a lot of the characters that weren’t main characters.  The first time I read the book I wasn’t confused, but I would forget about characters. This time round I didn’t have that problem.  I could tell who Little Finger was, as well as other more secondary characters. And let me tell you, A Game of Thrones has a ton of those.

It’s hard to know who to recommend this book too. I know some people are bothered by, or simply just don’t like sex in books. If you’re one of those people you probably want to steer clear of this series.   This is also a long book, at 835 pages the reading can be long, though never boring.  Martin’s characters are all different and have different motives and desires.   This is one of the things Grant and I love about the series.  Motives, character’s fears and wants are all very clear and Martin isn’t afraid to let bad things happen to his characters.   I hope to someday be half the writer he is.

My rating for A Game of Thrones on Goodreads is four stars.

 

Coming Soon…

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I’ve recently been a little swamped with editing projects. Between my internship and starting to freelance I’ll be working on two novellas. Which is all super exciting for me, but it means I haven’t been able to write on my novel in awhile. So in the little spare time I have I’ve been working on a poem for my grandparents, who are subscribers through Patreon. I’m so humbled and excited to have their support. And I can’t wait to share this poem with you all. 🙂

Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

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Goodreads Synopsis: Horatio Hornblower, now Admiral, sails over seas as challenging as any in his victorious career. As admiral in charge of His Britannic Majesty’s West Indies Station he is as gallant, daring, implosive as ever. In this tense time after Napoleon’s defeat, all kinds of vagabonds, revolutionaries, Imperial Guards. and pirates come sailing into the waters where Hornblower is working his small contingent of naval vessels to preserve the peace and eliminate piracy. With intrepid daring and brilliant strategies, Hornblower wins his victories. With this series of adventures, Volume 11, Hornblower’s professional life as a British naval officer reaches its climax, not in a battle against men, but against nature. Here the inner Hornblower shows his colors.

I have officially read this whole series!  It took me awhile, but the series is well worth it.

Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies follows the normal pattern of the series, Hornblower is out at sea making daring but calculated decisions and doing is duty for King and country.   There’s a really great scene where he boards a French ship and tricks them into believing that Bonaparte is dead, risking his honor and good name to stop the captain of the ship from bringing troops to St. Helena.  It’s one of my favorite scenes in the book.    This book is more like a collection of short stories than a single novel, the format is interesting, though not how I would have preferred.  Still it’s a fun group of stories, with sea battles and the romantic setting of the British Navy.

This last book is a great ending to the series.  Hornblower is finally in retirement, Barbara at his side. 3 stars on Goodreads.

Saga Vol. 7

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Goodreads Synopsis: From the worldwide bestselling team of Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained Saga event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience.

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I will warn you now this latest volume of Saga will crush your heart and feels.

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Saga Vol 7 brings you everything you’ve ever loved about this series and more. It’s fantastically told, it’s funny, it’s adorable, and heartbreaking.  Hazel is growing up and if you thought you couldn’t love her anymore, this volume will prove you wrong.

We get updates on Gwendolyn and Sophie and of course Lying Cat.  The Will is still having a rough time, I mean this poor guy just keeps having a shitty day.  Alana is pregnant again, and as always adorable af. Prince Robot is also going through some stuff. And we meet a whole host of new characters!

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As always this is a four star read. Saga is the best comic series ever. You all need to read it asap. 🙂

 

Phoenix Award

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Earlier this week I was awarded the Phoenix Award by Callum McLaughlin. Which was a lovely surprise! I’m humbled that he thought of me, this is such a fun award. 🙂

Also I should mention this was originally started by Audrey ,  her idea was that: “Recipients of this award personify the Phoenix because they seemingly arise from ashes to thrive in strength, love, and setting a positive example of personal growth and rebirth for others.” 

So thanks so much to Audrey for starting the award, and to Callum for passing it my way. Callum also left some questions for me so I’ll answer those now. 🙂

  1. What made you decide to start a blog? Gosh it’s been so long ago I can’t even really remember.  When I was around 13-14, around the time that I started writing more seriously, I was following a plethora of blogs and they seemed so much fun. I guess I just thought to start one to see if I had fun with it. Which I did. I think I’ve moved from three different sites since then, but wordpress has definitely been my favorite.
  2. What one book would you urge everyone to read if you could? That would have to be Just Kids By Patti Smith.  This book is such a beautiful tale of love and art, it never fails to inspire me. Especially for fellow writers and artists I think this is a good book to read, it shows how far we have to go sometimes to work with what we love.
  3. What was the inspiration behind your lit mag, Cauldron AnthologyI was reading a book last year, titled Seduction and the Secret Power of Women: The Lure of Sirens and Mermaids. It’s a fantastic book and it was all about the mythology of Sirens and how it’s changed over the years.  I’ve always been fascinated by mythology and the more you look into it the more you realize that women had a more sacred space in the lives of ancient people, but the patriarchy has turned that around and even marred how we look at women in myths.  I realized that I wanted to write something that celebrated both women and mythology and a magazine seemed the best place to do this.
  4. What are some of your favorite non-bookish interests? My life basically revolves around writing, editing and reading these days. Grant thinks I stay inside too much. 😀  But besides that I do have an adorable cat that I take care of, and occasionally I like to go out to some of the local bars with friends.  I’m such an introvert.
  5. What one fact would you like people to know about you? Is it wrong of me to use this time to say that I’m starting work as a freelance editor? And that I’d love to work with anyone who wants an editor! This would be free of charge, but I’d really love it (if you like what I did) if you give me credit for the work, and recommend me to friends! I’m hoping to do 4 novels free of charge over the next few months.  If you’re interested let me know how best to contact you in the comments. 🙂

And now it’s time for me to nominate someone! I’m nominating my friend Sarah! She is a poet who never fails to inspire me, and she’s been working with me on Cauldron Anthology.  She recently published a chapbook of poetry, and she shares lots of her writing on her blog. Her work often has a quiet haunting quality to it that is simply stunning.

My questions for you are:

  • What first inspired you to write?
  • What is your chapbook about?
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What’s your favorite book?
  • What’s a random fun fact about you?

The Rules of Nomination (Paying It Forward)

  1. Nominate one recipient only, so as to preserve its authenticity and to keep it alive and thriving.
  2. Present the nominee with the award by notifying them.
  3. Provide a link to an excerpt of the blog that inspired your nomination, and a brief explanation of why you chose that post.
  4. 5 random questions may be asked to the recipient.
  5. Remember to appreciate the blogger who nominated you.
  6. Display your award for all to see and be proud to call yourself a Phoenix.
  7. Mention the creator of the award and please don’t let the chain die out.