Favorite Dragon Books

It’s not much of a secret around here that I absolutely love dragons. Any type of dragon! Big dragons, small dragons, tame dragons, wild dragons, evil dragons, dragons that fly, dragons that don’t, fire breathing dragons, gold hoarding dragons, intelligent dragons, non-talking dragons, I pretty much love them all. My favorite dragon books usually present dragons in a new or different way from the books I’m used to reading.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some of my favorite books about or featuring dragons.

His Majesty’s Dragon

28876An alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars where in addition to the army and navy, each side has an aeronautical division.

“When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.”

If you enjoy historical fiction and fantasy, this mash-up is absolutely brilliant! Continue reading

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Creatures of the Night Book Tag

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I was perusing blogs this morning, and stumbled across this tag on Book Princess Reviews. She linked to the original post from Katytastic on youtube, which (get ready to gasp here) was my first ever booktube video! Might be checking out some more of that later today… I’ll try not to get sucked too far down that rabbit hole, lol.

ANYWAY, this tag seemed right up my ally, so I went ahead and tagged myself.

Basically, you just pick a favorite book featuring each of these monsters. Woo! I love monsters! He we go!

Vampire

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
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I actually had a really hard time choosing here, because you all know how obsessed I am with Dracula. But I feel like I’ve gone on and on about that classic enough, and maybe it was time to talk about something different. Also, since it’s not scary, I probably like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter better, if you can believe it.

So for those of you weirdos who don’t know, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is written as Abraham Lincoln’s diary. The author is given the diary by a mysterious person, and is shocked and terrified to discover that it accounts Lincoln’s journey as a vampire hunter. It’s full of actual real-life research and true to history facts about Lincoln’s life, mixed in with the obviously fantastical element that he spent his nights destroying vampires. It’s hilarious, and creepy, and emotional, and everything that makes a novel great, in my opinion. If you like to laugh and you like vampires, I strongly recommend this book! Continue reading

5 Books That Changed my Life

I saw this as a discussion post on reddit, and it really piqued my interest. I thought it would make an interesting blog post, although I’d much rather hear about books that changed YOUR lives, to be honest. So I’ll make y’all a deal. I’ll give you 5 books that changed my life if you’ll tell me about one of yours in the comments. Sound good? Great.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

51HSkTKlauL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve been an avid reader literally my entire life. I can’t remember a time when my nose wasn’t lodged in a book at every possible moment. I started reading Goosebumps when I was five years old. Books have always been a huge part of who I am. But when my fifth grade teacher started reading us the first book in the Harry Potter series, a whole new world opened up for me. It was the first book I’d read that was over 150 pages. Honestly, it was probably the first book I’d read at my reading level in YEARS. Prior to Harry I’d basically been reading the same couple of books over and over and over again because I didn’t know how to find new books I would love. Harry Potter launched me into higher reading level books and a whole new set of options that I loved to explore.

Aside from that, it launched a love affair with Harry Potter. Before fandoms were a thing the Harry Potter fandom was forming, and I was in it. To this day it remains one of my all-time favorite series, and I never hesitate to share it or talk about it with random strangers. I can’t wait to read this book with my boys, especially my beautiful illustrated editions. ❤ Continue reading

Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

I was tagged in this a bajillion years ago by The Orangutan Librarian. If you have somehow never been over there, go today. She’s the BEST. Seriously.

No. 1: The First Book You Ever Read (or was read to you)

51hXWiuxGYLGood grief, I don’t know. Probably something by Sandra Boynton. Ever since my son was born my mom has been obsessing about Moo Baa LaLaLa, so I guess she read that to me? Continue reading

Winter Olympics Book Tag

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Guys, I confess, I ADORE the Olympics! It’s such a cool time when everybody comes together to cheer each other on, and I love getting to learn about other cultures. Plus, I confess, the sports are so exciting! I always say I love the summer Olympics more, but as I’m watching this year I’m realizing that there aren’t any events in the winter Olympics that I’m not interested in. Except maybe curling. Anyway, we’re only what, three days in?, and I’m already loving watching.

So in the Go World spirit, I went searching for an Olympics book tag. I found this one from Brittany at Beauty and the Bean Boots, who I’m really looking forward to reading more from. You should go check her out!


Figure Skating

Ice skaters go to the “kiss and cry” area after skating. Name a book character you would like to kiss or a book that made you cry.

Hp7It doesn’t take a lot to make me cry, lol. But I sob through Harry Potter 7. Like, starting in the first couple chapters literally all the way through. If it didn’t make you cry too I am suspicious as to whether or not you have a soul. Continue reading

Dumbledore’s Still Not Gay

In an interview that exploded onto the internet this week, the director of the new Fantastic Beasts movie revealed that the character of Dumbledore will not be explicitly gay in the upcoming film. And people are more than a little upset.

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When the Harry Potter books were released in the 90s and early 2000s they were almost revolutionary in the way they dealt with discrimination. There were even a couple of studies (read more here) that showed that readers of Harry Potter had better attitudes toward minority groups, especially immigrants and homosexuals. However, to many 21st century readers, it isn’t enough. They want to see representation. This is most easily exemplified in the black-Hermione movement, which did eventually lead to the casting of black women for the role of Hermione in the Cursed Child play. However, LGBTQ readers and allies still lack a character to identify with.

Long-time fans have been anxiously awaiting the Fantastic Beasts sequel, because we assumed that any moving including both Dumbledore and Grindewald would HAVE to include something about their relationship and/or sexuality. It’s incredibly disappointing to me, but even more so to others, to find that this won’t be the case. Not just because of this lack of representation, but because I know I was personally hoping to get to know Dumbledore better. He is such an enigma in the books, which is presumably why his sexuality never came into play. I think fans are itching to find out more about him. (I can’t help but think of all the times I’ve heard a call to read a “Life and Lies of Albert Dumbledore” book…)

So, yeah, it sucks. Continue reading

Me In Book Characters Tag

Thanks to Anatomy of a Book Thief for tagging me in this one! I’ve been watching it go around, and it’s really interesting to see what characters people identify the most with. I think it’s going to be a difficult one for me, partly because I identify with pretty much every character I read, and partly because none of them are quite the same as me. At the very least we should all get a good laugh out of my bending and stretching! Haha.

The Rules:

  • Thank the creators of the tag (Us! Ash and Lo @Windowsill Books)
  • Thank whoever tagged you
  • List 5 book characters who you are most like and why
  • Tag your friends!

Hermione from Harry Potter

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by tho-be on Deviant Art

I feel like this almost goes without saying. Is there a bookworm out there who doesn’t relate to Hermione? I know that growing up, especially, I really looked up to her and wanted to be like her. It’s not just her love for books that I relate to, but also her feeling of being an outsider. I never really feel like I fit in either. I also strongly identify with her long-standing crush on Ron. Not that I have a crush on Ron, haha. But once I would get attached to a boy, no amount of lack of interest on his part would cause me to stop crushing. Continue reading