Monthly Archives: July 2013

So….Change of Plans

So....Change of Plans

Why this GIF of Sansa drinking like it’s going out of style?
Just last week I was well on my way to being on my way to possibly being on the track to finding and possessing a job after graduation this upcoming May. However, I am now considering doing what I had decided previously that I wouldn’t do: and that is go straight into another graduate program. This time for English and Creative Writing. And all because of words. That I read. That changed how I thought about my future plans. Damn you words!!!!!
So now on top of finishing one graduate degree, I am probably going to be worrying very soon about gaining another.
Also, I’m going to be over my page limit on the paper I am currently writing.


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July 31, 2013 · 9:24 pm

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I was instantly pulled into the world of the Seven Realms, Winterfell, King’s Landing, and the Wall. George R.R. Martin creates memorable and multidimensional characters. The story switches back and forth between a group of main characters but is always written in third person. Some readers might find this format daunting, but as the story continues to grow in intrigue and the pace picks up, I think this no longer becomes an issue. The world Martin has created is vast and full of people, but since he keeps the narration close to just one set of main characters it is not overwhelming. The names of the places, people, and the hints of fantasy language that are introduced to the reader are not so completely unfamiliar to those in our own world. In addition to this, while A Song of Ice and Fire is set in a fantasy world and does have a fantasy element, it has the feel more of medieval historical fiction or even literary fiction. I absolutely would recommend Game of Thrones to those who enjoy the HBO show (admittedly I watched the series before picking up the books) or for those who like fantasy or want a really enthralling book series to begin reading. I know that I will definitely be reading the other books in this series! I’m hooked!
Also, for your enjoyment, here is a picture of Jon Snow from the HBO Series. I just couldn’t post a review about GOT without a good Jon Snow pic…
I’d go direwolf shopping with Jon Snow any day….


July 25, 2013 · 9:43 pm

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Sometimes I just can’t help it….I judge a book by its cover. And this book’s cover is what drew me to read it even though I was supposed to begin Game of Thrones. The girl with a murderous look on her face, fabulous red gown, and crossbow just seemed to scream “Yes! Read me! Read me!” So I did. And while a convent of assassin nuns steeped in the politics of medieval France might not sound like the ideal summer read, it really was. This book, though copious in page length, was a pretty fast read–filled with adventure, mysterious, dark, handsome strangers, and yes…assassin nuns serving the patron saint of death. While the premise might be a bit unbelievable, if you can suspend your disbelief this is a fun, entertaining read that treads the boundaries of fantasy, historical fiction, and romance.


July 16, 2013 · 4:44 pm

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Claire Randall, an Englishwoman in 1945, is suddenly transported back in time to the mid 18th century through the Standing Stones near Inverness, Scotland where she had been on a delayed honeymoon with her husband. Now Claire must learn how to survive in 18th century Scotland with the Jacobite rebellion underway.

This was a great book to read after visiting Scotland! I greatly enjoyed the characters and the setting of the novel. In Jamie, Diana Gabaldon has created a completely irresistible character. I absolutely fell in love with him, as Claire does (though it takes awhile for her to admit). This book is rich in historical detail as well as romance and makes for a compelling, fun read: perfect for the summer (since imagining Scotland’s weather will certainly cool the reader off!).

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July 7, 2013 · 7:27 pm