Top 10 of 2020

HOLY SMOKES! What a great year for books I’ve had! This is, hands’ down, the best reading year I have ever had. Ever. I know I say that every year, but there are eight, count ’em, EIGHT five-star books on this list. YOWZAH!

In all seriousness, I’m so excited to share this list with you all.

1. The Mirror & the Light

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Utterly brilliant historical fiction. Captivating and compelling.

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Review: The Angel of the Crows

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

Genre: Fantasy
Maturity Level: 4- (non-graphic disembowelment)
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings under a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.

I loved this book! Sherlock fan-fiction set in a London with every supernatural creature you’ve ever thought of (and some you haven’t) and a vaugly steampunk vibe, plus Jack the Ripper. What’s not to love?

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Guest Post: My Wife Reading The Goblin Emperor

Okay, so I don’t know if this is technically a guest post. This showed up in my inbox yesterday from my husband, and he’s not a blogger or anything. But it was too sweet to not post.

17910048When Katie is truly happy, she becomes at a loss for words, which is why she is always silent after the hilarious dad jokes I tell. This was the case for her when reading The Goblin Emperor by Sarah Monette (as Katherine Addison). On nearly every occasion where I found her reading this book, she would invariably come to a stopping place, put the book down and exclaim, “This book is so good!” But, that was essentially the end of her commentary; no explanation. And none was necessary for in that moment, I saw how happy she was, and that was enough. Katie connected with the book, and that’s what I find to be important about books and about art in general. Connection is what makes art valuable and meaningful. Continue reading “Guest Post: My Wife Reading The Goblin Emperor”

Review: The Goblin Emperor

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

17910048Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Maturity Level: 3
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.

Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend… and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne – or his life.


The Goblin Emperor was delightfully unusual. It was like nothing I had ever read before. Refreshingly free of action/fighting sequences, graphic romance scenes, or cliffhangers, it still grabbed my attention from the beginning and held it. The pace was a little on the slower side, but my regular readers know that I prefer it that way. Continue reading “Review: The Goblin Emperor”