Sorting Hat Sunday: The Winternight Trilogy

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Vasya looked around her nervously. Could it really be true that all these other children were special too? She was used to being different, to being the only one who could see the creatures around her. But these other children were all looking at them too. And none of them seemed afraid.

This strange contraption she was riding on was nice as well. Much warmer than a sledge. And it moved so quickly! Yet she wondered why it was such a vivid red. Was there a purpose to that, somehow?

One boy, however, looked at her angrily. She glanced away quickly, unsure what she had done to offend him. When she chanced to peek at him again a few moments later he was still staring at her, fire in his eyes. She stole a look at her sister out of the corner of her eye. Olga didn’t seem to notice anything was wrong. Vasya tried to ignore the boy, but that horrible feeling in the center of her chest would not go away.

“Olga, can we go sit somewhere else?” Vasya whispered to her sister.

“Of course not. Hush,” Olga scolded, eyes never leaving her book.

Vasya crossed her arms and slouched in her chair. Exactly as she thought, this place would be just like every other place she’d ever been, full of silly rules. Fine, she’d run away before, she would just run away again.


Hmmm, this is interesting. Because Vasya is, without a doubt, very courageous. Often to the point of acting without thinking. But while she might not always think things all the way through, she is incredibly wise in the old ways. Her open-mindedness allows her to see and understand things other people miss. She also refuses to be constrained by society’s expectations for her. While she could go in either house, I imagine she would have looked up to Rowena, a fellow woman breaking the mold.

Sorting Hat Says: RAVENCLAW!

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Six Degrees of Separation: The French Lieutenant’s Woman to Angels and Demons

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Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly blog event hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavoriteandbest. It’s inspired by the 6 Degrees of Separation, a movie game where you attempt to connect actors in six movies or less. But we do it with books!

This month we’re starting with The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles.

Well, I’ve never read The French Lieutenant’s Woman20th century literature, ick. However, I read the synopsis on goodreads! It appears to feature a looooove triangle. Another classic novel featuring a love triangle is… Continue reading

Anticipated Books: January 2019

WOW!!! You guys! It’s 2019!!!

It’s going to be an amazing year. One of my splurges on myself this year for Christmas was a subscription to Book Riot Insiders. Or course the first thing I wanted to do was dive into the New Release Index! How are there so many amazing books coming out every week?!

So something I’d like to start doing in 2019 is featuring ten or so of my most anticipated releases each month. If you like what you see, go get your own subscription for only $5 a month!

Book Love by Debbie Tung

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Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!

Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.  Continue reading

Top 10 of 2018

2018 has been such a great year for me for books! Probably my best reading year ever. In addition to setting a record for the most books I’ve ever read in a year (not counting the upper/elementary middle school years where I read a book a day), I read the most 5-star books I’ve ever read. Where last year’s Top 10 list had I think three 5-star books, this year there are nine. NINE!

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Sorting Hat Sunday: Christmas Characters

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Santa looked around him in confusion. He’d been teaching at Hogwarts for many, many years, and this was without a doubt the strangest assortment of children he had ever seen. Why, that child over there was actually GREEN!

But, if he had learned anything over these many years, it was that every child had something to offer. Even, probably, that weird one with the bald head. He brought the Sorting Hat forward, set it on its three-legged stool, and waited patiently for the sorting to begin.


Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of this movie. In fact, I quite hate it for lots of reasons that are ALL to due with it being extremely problematic. So I’ve only seen it just a few times in recent memory. However, my main impression of Rudolf is that it’s impossible to get him to NOT do something that he has his mind set to. Even if he has no idea what he’s gotten himself into, he jumps full in. I mean, this kid tries to take on the Abominable all by himself! He reminds quite a bit of an annoying Fred and George, if I’m being honest. Continue reading

Sorting Hat Sunday: Percy Jackson

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Percy looked around the Great Hall awkwardly. He didn’t belong here. All of these kids, they’d grown up knowing who they were. They were more powerful than him, they probably didn’t all have ADHD, the probably knew what the heck they were doing. But Percy didn’t.

Percy didn’t even know what he was doing here. His mom hadn’t explained anything, she’d just hurried him onto the mysterious red train on a platform Percy couldn’t even see almost moments before. He guessed it had something to do with his dad, but he’d never met him.

Whatever, at least he was away from Stinky Gabe. There was no way anyone here was as bad as Stinky Gabe.

Feeling reassured, he stood up a little straighter. He would make his mother proud. Whatever challenge Professor McGonagall was about the place before him, Percy would face it as best he could. As long as they didn’t ask him to read anything… Gods forbid.

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I’ve put off sorting the Heroes of Olympus, despite it being the only book anyone has ever requested, specifically because I was worried that everyone would just end up in Gryffindor. Because, I mean, they’re heroes. Seriously, where else would I put Percy? Seaweed Brain wouldn’t fit in Ravenclaw (seriously, his utter lack of basic vocabulary is frankly embarrassing) and he doesn’t have an ambitious bone in his body. One could make the argument for Hufflepuff, except for that he’s pretty lazy. This is a no-brainer. Continue reading

Sorting Hat Sunday: Throne of Glass

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Caelena waited impatiently in her compartment, alone, as always. A few other kids had attempted to enter a few hours ago, but she glared at them until they went away. She wasn’t here to make friends. She was here to learn exactly as much magic as she needed to find out what happened to magic in Adarlan, then she was going home.

Home. To Sam. That was the only reason worth going back, anyway. If Arboynn hadn’t kept Sam back in Adarlan, she’d never go back. Which, she knew, was exactly why Arboynn hadn’t let him come along in the first place.

Arboynn hoped she’s learn skills at Hogwarts to make her a better assassin, but after ten minutes on the train it was clear that she would learn nothing useful here. This was a school for children, not assassins. But she didn’t have to tell Arboynn that. If she could figure out what happened to magic, it would all be worth it.

Why? she asked herself. It’s not your responsibility. Not anymore. She pushed the thought away. It was dangerous. Nobody could know. It would be best to just forget.


Aelin is tough to sort, because Aelin and Caelena have completely different personalities. And I don’t know that it’s even as simple as Aelin pretending to be a different person when she is Caelena, her time spent as a different person seems to truly change who she is. But, arguably, that she is able to make the choice to be who she is as Aelin suggests that’s who she really was all along, that perhaps she just lost sight of it. I don’t know. Disagree with me if you want! Continue reading