Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Fantasy · Picture Books

8 Spooky Halloween Books for Kids

Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Do your kids like books? Do you want your kids to appreciate your aesthetic, without being traumatized for life? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve got eight spooky, scary, monster-themed book recommendations for Halloween, starting with an adorable picture book and working up to a legitimately scary middle-grade choice. And…… Continue reading 8 Spooky Halloween Books for Kids

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · History

Review: The Keepers Trilogy by Lian Tanner

The Keepers Trilogy is a middle-grade fantasy by Lian Tanner, consisting of Museum of Thieves, City of Lies, and Path of Beasts, published 2011-2013 and complete as a trilogy. It’s a hidden gem, found through sheer serendipity — I searched for the word “museum” in my library’s ebook database to see what came up, and Museum of Thieves was the…… Continue reading Review: The Keepers Trilogy by Lian Tanner

Comics · Fantasy · Queer · Sci-Fi

My Top 14 Indie Comic Books

My definition of “indie” is extremely loose here: Basically anything that’s not Marvel or DC, including some DC properties. It’s just an easy way for me to distinguish between “Marvel/DC” and “everybody else,” but I’m on the hunt for better terminology if you have any suggestions!  1) Abadazad by J.M. DeMatteis A three-volume series designed…… Continue reading My Top 14 Indie Comic Books

Adult Fiction · Romance · YA

Where to Find Strong Female Characters in Books

This week, I’m posting lists of my favorite stories that have female protagonists or POVs. Today I’m featuring books, both fiction and nonfiction. Leave your recommendations in the comments, especially if they’re nothing like these, and check back Friday for open discussion on strong female characters! Fiction Antigoddess by Kendare Blake – I adore Percy…… Continue reading Where to Find Strong Female Characters in Books

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy

Banned Books Week: Harry Potter and the Handwritten Warnings

Doesn’t that sound like a Harry Potter title? 😉 Bear with me through the Harry Potter remembrances, I do have a point. Over the weekend, while Banned Books Week was getting under way, I saw various blog posts listing popular and well-respected books that have been challenged. Harry Potter is usually on the list, and…… Continue reading Banned Books Week: Harry Potter and the Handwritten Warnings

Children's & Middle Grade · History · TV & Movies

Talk Like a Pirate Day Pirate Awards: The Best Pirate Stuff Ever

My friends — dare I say, mateys — the day has come. Talk Like a Pirate Day. The revered holiday on which we talk like pirates. In celebration of this all-important holiday, I give you, a completely random and subjective list of pirate-themed awards, in no order at all!  ~~ Best Middle Grade/Children’s Pirate Book The Pirates’ Mixed-Up Voyage by Margaret…… Continue reading Talk Like a Pirate Day Pirate Awards: The Best Pirate Stuff Ever

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy

Review: Frostborn by Lou Anders

Let’s trace this back a little ways, shall we? Lou Anders presented to Science Fiction & Politics class nearly a year ago. I think it’s fair to say he was the highlight of an already great class. Much of his presentation was devoted to the structure of movies, based in part on the book My…… Continue reading Review: Frostborn by Lou Anders