The Wheel of Time Saga Continues …

If you like: epic adult fantasy, high fantasy, stories that have those middle ages/medieval/renaissance vibes about them, magic, adventures, world-building, classic fantasy tropes (that are tropes for a reason: because we love them)

Similar Reads:  The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien / The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss / Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) by Robin Hobb


I was unsure of whether anyone cared for a quick review of the next two books in The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan, and I was surprised to see that there was actually some interest. So, let’s do a quick review!

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The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5)

Rating: ✫✫✫✫✫/5

If you like: adult fantasy, short stories, folktale/grim-esque tales, books turned into movies or shows, fantastical creatures and monsters, stories that have those middle ages/medieval/renaissance vibes about them, a little bit magic, adventures, a bit of blurring the lines between good and evil, books in translation

Similar Reads:  The jury is out on this one for now!


Another first book of a series to review! It would seem this is the year that I’ve unintentionally thrown myself into all the fantasy series (what have I done?). But it’s all okay. Let’s get to it!

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The Eye of the World

Rating: ✫✫✫✫✫/5

If you like:  epic adult fantasy, high fantasy, stories that have those middle ages/medieval/renaissance vibes about them, magic, adventures, world-building, classic fantasy tropes (that are tropes for a reason: because we love them)

Similar Reads:  The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien / The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss / Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy) by Robin Hobb


First book of the year, first review of the year, and the first five-star read of the year. I’d say I’m staring 2020 off on a good note as far as my reading life is concerned. So, let’s get into it.

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The List Revisted

At the start of 2019, I created a list. Not just any list but a list of my “top favorites of all time.”

I look back on my initial thoughts when putting together The List and appreciate that I gave myself permission to acknowledge that a “Top Favorite Books of All Time” list is difficult to create and makes sense to be subject to change with the more that’s read (and reread) and with the more time that passes. I continue to give myself the permission to change.

So today, at the end of the year, I’m revisting The List. Some of the new additions might only remain on the list for a year or two before being bumped while others may stay. Already a few favorites from last year’s list have been bumped to honorable mentions; they don’t pull at my heart as strongly as they once did. So only time will tell how The List will change as the years go by, but I went with my gut as this current year comes to a close!

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The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

Rating: ✫✫✫✫/5

If you like:  Young Adult books, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, anything by Ally Condie (especially the Matched series), books that’ll keep you turning the pages


It’s been a while since I’ve posted a brief review, but I picked up an advance reader copy of The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe (through a Giveaway), and then passed it off again to my students, because it was that good. Check out the quick review below!

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Once Upon a River

Rating: ✫✫✫✫✫/5

If you like:  Myths or fables, stories about stories, a bit of magic, atmospheric language, one narrator who narrates from multiple perspectives, a bit of mystery, historical fiction, real life places connected to the past


The best sign of a five-star read is if it keeps me up long past my bedtime. And I think I might have a new favorite author, and her name is Diane Setterfield. Oh my goodness, this book.

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The List

It’s hard to create a list of favorite books of all time when I’ve read so many good books. Throughout the process of creating The List, I added a few books at a time, then second-guessed myself and took them away, ultimately to only put them back on the list again. All the books listed, more fiction than nonfiction, speak to my soul in some way and many are books I’ve connected with through personal experiences and memories and people I’ve known and loved. For each of these books, I can provide you with a snapshot image of a moment in time when the book was opened between my hands; I can describe what I was doing, where I was, and the thoughts tumbling around in my head … but I’ll save those stories for a different time.

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