Reviews have never been my strong suit. I always try to format the page before I actually write – a crutch I have with my own novel – so I think this time I’ll just write before I even think about adding graphics or links or fancy flourished lines. I think that’s mostly why I stopped writing them – the frustration with trying to make the pages pretty rather than having good content – and that I hadn’t been making the time to read anymore.
Disclaimer: Well, this section was supposed to include reviews of books but time is limited and I ran out of it, especially with writing my own novel and, well, real life stuff. So I’m going to start linking to their pages so you can go follow them as well!
I’ll admit it: I have a problem. I start reading at 2:00 AM and, even though I know the book is STILL there, I won’t be able to put it down regardless of if I like it or not.
I recently reopened Instagram account after seventeen weeks of being inactive. (The only reason I know that is because that’s when I last commented on one of my favorite author’s posts). The appeal of that site had been lost. My page didn’t have a defined purpose or theme. I don’t have kids or cats or a husband or any “popular” hobbies. I don’t lead the California lifestyle, a big house that I can constantly organize or declutter, and I don’t have a brain that can think of clever quip-y titles. At that point I was also going through a huge transition in my life in general and I was finding my own posts repetitive.
Behind every writer is a collection of books they enjoy reading. Apparently I like an eclectic mix of science fiction and young adult novels that leans towards the fairy tale and medieval themes. I joked recently with another author that I need to quit reading so much because it was cutting into my writing time. “No!” she exclaimed. “Don’t stop!” If you stop reading your imagination could stop too. Not only that but it is a great way to support your favorite authors as well.
Books have always been a constant for me. When I initially started list on here it really did help me remember what I’ve read, how much I enjoyed a specific author or series and how much I wanted to share those with others. So this section has been revamped to have links to each page on this main one instead of trying to order an inevitably cumbersome main menu situation. I like making my edits as hassle-free as possible (we all know that won’t always happen though!) Happy reading and I hope you enjoy this list!
A Medieval Fairy Tale Series – by Melanie Dickerson
The City of Ember Series – by Jeanne DuPrau
The Inkworld Series – by Cornelia Funke
The Princess of the Midnight Ball Series – by Jessica Day George
The Destined Series by Kaylin Lee
(The fairy tale retelling, not the YA vampire series that also goes by “The Destined Series).
The Entwined Tales series by K.M. Shea
The Unfinished Fairy Tales series by Aya Ling
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
A Loyal Heart, An Uncertain Choice and For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund
The Princess Search and An Inconvenient Princess by Melanie Cellier
More titles and authors to come!