November Wrap-Up

This month just felt like constant chaos. I was tired more than I was not, and I know a lot of that had to do with NaNoWriMo, but I’m so looking forward to Christmas when I can just take a week off and not do anything. I didn’t get to read as much as I’d […]

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Book Tag: End of Year

I saw this floating around a few weeks ago and kept thinking that there was no way the end of the year had already arrived, but alas, here we are. I recently saw this on Lisa @ Way Too Fantasy, and it seemed like a fun, quick little callout for myself! Are there any books […]

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TTT: Top 20 Favorite Covers of 2020

I know this is hella unorthodox, a top twenty, and I could have easily solved this problem by just dropping all the non-2020 releases, but the way we roll is by doing whatever the hell I want, and I picked twenty covers right off the bat that I absolutely adored out of the books I […]

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A Case for New Adult

A children’s book is generally marketed for readers around the age of 5-8, though it depends on when the child starts reading. Around 8, they’re probably ready for some light chapter books, which start to teeter toward the middle grade age range of 8-12. Eventually, and this is where it gets sticky, young adult comes […]

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#marywrites: Nobody Told Me That!

My mom has forever joked, “Aren’t you the one writing the story?” And sure, yes, I am the one physically putting the words on paper, but that’s about where it ends. And you might think that sounds crazy, but consider this. But I met a lot of things on the way that astonished me. Tom […]

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Bookshelf Tour: High Fantasy, Part IV

Welcome to the bookshelf tour! Previously: Nonfiction | Buddhism & Yoga | Poetry & Adult Fiction | Adult Fiction & Graphic Novels | Horror & Classics | Tolkien | Contemporary Romance | Middle Grade | Middle Grade & Classics | Harry Potter & Shadowhunters | Urban Fantasy, Part I, II, III, IV & Classics | Top of Shelves | High Fantasy, Part I, II, III. ICYMI, since I’m […]

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TTT: Characters I’m Still Screaming about

While reading Return of the Thief recently, I unintentionally tweeted a list of characters that I’m still screaming about because I was currently screaming about Eugenides (yes, he’s on this list), and then realized that I haven’t screamed about any of those characters recently, so here we are! I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by […]

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Urban Fantasy VS High Fantasy

This is not going to be a divisive post. Wow, I just had the hardest time spelling the word divisive. I hate the versus here because it sounds like I’m pitting urban fantasy against high fantasy when, really, I’m just talking about what I like about each, and why they’re such different subgenres of fantasy, […]

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#marywrites: Using Your Friends as Characters

In middle school, I started writing this series, Chronicles of Kings. It was inspired by LOTR & DragonLance initially, and then the Inheritance Cycle came along and ruined my life, which is to say that there were a lot of dragons in it. Like, so many. In the beginning, there was also a portal between […]

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October Wrap-Up

IT’S SPOOKY SEASON! I am never not going to post this gif during Halloween. I remember when this first happened, and I will love it until the end of my days. I read and watched a lot of spooky things this month, and though I am definitely done reading those kinds of books, I had […]

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