STORIES | Shocking and disturbing, but I loved it. A review of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga.

STORIES | Shocking and disturbing, but I loved it. A review of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga.

Can I let you in on a little secret? (Okay, if you’ve known me long enough this will definitely be no surprise.)

I am not one to enjoy happy, fluffy, love-filled reads.

I get why people read them, I do, but for some reason they’ve just never appealed to me.

I think my heart has always just strayed more towards the pessismistic side of things. Sure, it would be great for Prince Charming to sweep his way into a lonely girl’s life and for them to fall in love with things ending happily ever after. But that doesn’t happen! I just don’t believe it. Life is never that simple.

So for me, the books that tend to draw me in and keep me turning the pages are those that shock and disturb. And I’m not sure when’s the last time I’ve read a series that has done it so effectively as Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga.

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STORIES | I’m not a fan of spooky stories, except for this one. A review of Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods.

STORIES | I’m not a fan of spooky stories, except for this one. A review of Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods.

I don’t tend to do horror. Scary movies, haunting books, spooky stories, they’re generally not my cup of tea. I mean, c’mon, I am one of those adults who still sleeps with a teddy bear and doesn’t trust the dark. I’m definitely not made for the grim and disturbing.

That being said, I have found it incredibly hard to resist reading all the graphic novels these days so when Stacey recommended Through the Woods by Emily Carroll I knew I had to give it a go no matter how unsure I was of the spooks inside. (You can read her review here!)

And I’m so glad I did.

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STORIES | Two gay and fabulous shows you should be watching

STORIES | Two gay and fabulous shows you should be watching

Okay, I know I just recommended some TV shows to you last week but you’ll have to forgive me because I’m about to encourage you to watch two more series. And these ones you need to watch right now.

You see, my British crime dramas recommendation post had been sitting in my drafts folder since December. I love those shows, don’t get me wrong, but I never felt any sense of urgency when recommending them because their seasons were finished. Those were more of “binge these whenever” recommendations.

These two shows though? They’re the here and now. They’re what’s new on Netflix and what’s currently showing on TV. And if you haven’t started watching them yet, you’re seriously missing out. 

(And if you are watching these already, please, let’s chat! I’d love to know who you favorite queens are or which of the Fab Five you most need in your life. Let’s compare notes!)

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STORIES | My top three favorite British crime dramas.

STORIES | My top three favorite British crime dramas.

It’s no secret that moving back to the UK has been on my mind a lot this past year. Thinking about it has seeped into everything I do, even to the point that when browsing Netflix for shows to watch I find myself leaning towards British programs. (I even started watching The Great British Bake Off at one point, much to Dave’s disappointment.) It’s been a fun change to my usual consumption of American reality competitions and dark comedies (which I still love), and I find myself pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed these shows in genres I don’t usually watch.

So today I thought I’d highlight three British crime dramas that I’ve watched and loved on Netflix and I look forward to either celebrating the shows with you in the comments or hearing what other shows you’d recommend!

Of course, a small note that I think is important to mention: I may be biased in liking these shows. Not only are they British programs which automatically win for me right now, they also all feature male leads with high cheekbones. And that may not seem like a big deal to some, but as I mentioned in my Fantastic Beasts post, I am a sucker for men with good cheekbones.

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STORIES | Six reasons the Six of Crows duology is amazing.

STORIES | Six reasons the Six of Crows duology is amazing.

I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t feel like I fit the typical description of most bookworms on the internet. I’m not an overly voracious reader who consumes hundreds of books every year. Instead, I like to read books in small doses over long spans of time, meaning I’m lucky to hit the double digits of books read by the time the year is up.

I’m just someone who is always in the midst of reading something, even though I’m not often reading. (Does that make any sense?)

Anyways, the point I’m trying to get to is that because I don’t read many books each year, I get really excited when a book (or series) I devote my time to ends up blowing me away. I become relieved that the book (or series) I’ve chosen to read wasn’t a waste of time, since I’ll read so few in a year, and feel compelled to shout about it so other on-again off-again readers like myself get a chance to read only good books too.

Today’s post is dedicated to one such series I want to shout about: the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.

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