Why I Like to Reread

Given that I’m fresh on the heels of an entire Grishaverse reread, this seems like the most appropriate time to discuss this! Reread is perhaps one of my favorite things in the world, and though I haven’t done a lot of it over the last few years, I’m really trying to convince myself that it’s […]

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Tomes I Want to Read

I have been vibing fantasy tomes lately. I definitely go through phases where I just want some light fantasy and end up reading four Shadowhunters in a row, or I just can’t stand the thought of trying to figure out a magic system, so I swallow a heaping pile of contemporaries. But lately? I don’t […]

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TTT: Favorite Settings

Sometimes I come up with these grand ideas like figure out what your ten favorite settings are, and I just want to throttle past!Mary. Like, bro. Chill the heck out. Future!Mary does not want to deal with deciding what her top ten favorite settings are, ughhhhhh. I recognize that I could also just not do […]

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Multiple vs Single POV

I could honestly summarize this entire post down to one point: it’s completely subjective. I’m not even going to argue that one is better than another because that’s the most subjective thing in the world, and just because I think multiple POVs in high fantasy work because of xyz doesn’t mean that’s actually the truth. […]

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World-building

This was originally slotted as another in the #marywrites series, but given how much I love world-building in general, I thought I’d just mic drop discussion it. There’s so many different kinds of world-building–soft vs hard, urban vs high, subtle vs massive exposition–more than I’m even thinking of right now, and while I could break […]

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TTT: Mardis Gras Covers

Happy Mardis Gras! In celebration, That Artsy Reader Girl‘s topic for this week is purple, yellow, and green covers, and you know ya girl is always down to shout chaotically about some beautiful covers. I’m not totally certain how I want to format this–three doesn’t add up to ten nicely, so maybe I’ll just do […]

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Favorite Romance Tropes

There’s just so many. I’m going to try to limit it to my top five, which, like, don’t quote me on this later saying that these are my top five because there’s always something new that I haven’t realized that I love, or something that I’ve forgotten about. And look, three of these are basically […]

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TTT: Top 10 Sequel Reads of 2020

Yo whaaaaat, we got a top ten?? Look, I don’t put sequels on my general top ten reads because I like to only include books that are new to me, and I was going to do a top five for this list, but there were so many sequels this year that absolutely knocked it out […]

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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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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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