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.


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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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Calendar Girls November Wrap-Up

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What a great November it’s been! I’ve been really enjoying talking about book series with you all. I’ve got several great ideas for future blog posts, so if you’re a fan of book series, be on the lookout! Even though right now I’m more into standalones, it’s been great reminiscing about old favorites and adding some new books to my tbr.

Best Middle Book in a Series Picks

The Mark of AthenaKatie @ Never Not Reading (that’s me!)
Queen of Shadows – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
This Cruel DesignTeri Polen
Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Krista and Dawlyn @ Little Blind Book Finds
Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Samantha @ Modern Witch’s Bookshelf
A Court of Mist and Fury – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
A Court of Mist and FuryPlot Monster
A Court of Mist and Fury and Heir of FireSophie @ Beware the Reader
Charmed Things – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
The Girl in the Tower – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading
The Heart Forger – Dani @ Mousai Books

Our Favorite Pick is…

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Mid-Year Freak Out Tag – 2018 Edition

I did this tag last year, and I was so much fun! It was maybe the first book tag I ever did? Can’t remember for sure… Anyway, I was surprised to see it going around again this year. Does it make the rounds every year? I wouldn’t know, I guess I’m still a bit of a book blogging newbie. 🙂

Anywho, after seeing it on a couple of blogs, I decided to tag myself. Which, I am happy to say, Kay at Hammock of Books invited me to do, so there.

Best Book You’ve Read so far in 2018

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Hands down, no contest, The Goblin EmperorI would just set it down every ten pages or so and yell “This book is SO GOOD!!!” then go back to reading it. If you like fantasy and you haven’t read it, you MUST! Continue reading “Mid-Year Freak Out Tag – 2018 Edition”

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.

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Review: The Girl in the Tower

34050917The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Series: Winternight Trilogy
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction
Maturity Rating: 4
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Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop. 


The Girl in the Tower was not quite as amazing as The Bear and the Nightingale, but was still an outstanding read.

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