Easter Egg Hunt

Hey hi, happy Easter Monday (if you celebrate) or just Monday (if you don’t)!

While going back through my blog archives for [secrets redacted 🀫], I found this tag I created for Bookending Spring two years ago and thought it might be fun and timely to revive. There are no small children in my life so I haven’t gone Easter egg hunting in a very long time; I kind of miss it.

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Why do we blog?

One scene in Fangirl (by Rainbow Rowell), which has stuck with me for multiple reasons, features Professor Piper asking the students in her Fiction Writing seminar why they write. Although the ensuing conversation is arguably somewhat cliched, it does provide great early insight into the characters β€” and, to get to the point of this post, I think the question bears thinking about, even in the real world.

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[Review] Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane’s started to see her son’s father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: “KING CITY”. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures … if they can ever find it.

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Mini-Reviews, Volume 7

Is reviewer’s block a thing? Because I totally have it, as the metaphorical cherry on top of my reader’s block (aka a reading slump) + writer’s block sundae.

Still I refuse to accept defeat, so here’s to making another dent in the backlog.

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January 2022 Reading Report

*peeks out from under a rock* Oh heck, is it February already? The passage of time is really something, huh.

Since around mid-January I’ve found myself really not wanting to pick up anything off my TBR, for some genuinely inexplicable reason, so my read count is a bit lower than usual (though still respectable, if I do say so myself) and comprised largely of rereads β€” but hey, reading is reading.

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[Character Aesthetics] October Daye & Co.

Earlier this month, I finally caught up on the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire β€” yes, all 15 books (so far). That’s a lot of time to spend with the main cast; naturally I’ve gotten quite attached and thus wanted to pay tribute to a select few of my favorites.

Note: General warning for possible spoilers through When Sorrows Come.

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