book review // The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

I’ve been hearing about Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief for a while now, and a few months ago, a friend gave me a copy of The Queen of Attolia (the sequel), so I finally read it this November. It was fantastic and I can’t wait to talk all about it!

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the Tales of Goldstone Wood tag

Well met, Knights (and everyone else)! Today I’m doing the Tales of Goldstone Wood tag, which was created by the Knights of Farthestshore. (I did help found that site, but I didn’t create this tag… credit for that goes to Knights Kendra and StarJoy!)

rules:

~ use the tag graphic (see above)
~ link back to Knights of Farthestshore as the creators of this tag
~ answer the 10 questions
~ tag at least 4 people

Note: minimal spoilers here! You can enjoy this post even if you haven’t read the books.

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know the novel, part two: within the WIP // a writers linkup from Christine Smith Author

*hands you your favorite writing snack* Heyyy, writer! How’s NaNo going for you?

Oh wait, this post is about my NaNo experience? *cough*

Welll… remember back in October when I said my goal was 25k?

As of right now, it’s November 16 and I have less than four thousand words. (Plus two thousand I accidentally handwrote yesterday… but I’m not counting that until I type it up, hopefully later today.)

So… I don’t really think I’m going to get 25k words this month. And you know what? That’s okay. I’m living through the absolute insanity that is senior year — meaning essays due every week and scholarship essays all over the place. I have probably written closer to 15k words this month if you count all the school writing.

Current plan is to write every single day until this novel is done. Because I’ve been working on it for seven years (*hides* yes that’s not a typo) and I just need to finish it.

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the Narnia tag // feat. me fangirling + I need to reread the series

Hey, friends of Narnia! (At least I hope you’re a friend of Narnia. If you’re not… allow this post to turn you into one. ;)) Today I’m doing a tag that I first saw on Jenna Terese’s blog (and also Kendra Lynne’s), and was then tagged for by Ryan Elizabeth, who informed me that it was created by S.J. Barnard! (Go check out all those blogs. They’re amazing.)

It is, obviously, the Narnia tag, and I’m so excited!

(Also, I haven’t blogged for way too long. I’m just so happy to be posting again.)

I first discovered Narnia at age six when my dad read the books to my little sister and me, and I appreciate them more and more as I get older. They’re true masterpieces of literature (*glares at Tolkien*) and I love them to death. (Well, not literally to death. But, you know. A lot.) I actually, well, haven’t read them in far too long, so we’ll see how much I remember 😉

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blog tour + book review // Fifteen by Amie Woleslagle

Hello hello, lovely readers! Today I’m participating in the amazing Amie Anne’s blog tour for her book Fifteen. The book is a collection of poetry about mental health, and *squeals* I got to read it!! It’s beautiful and important and I can’t wait to tell you what I thought. But first — the book info:

You’re not alone

You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. 

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the Tolkien Blog Party tag // feat. my favorite fandom ever

Elen sila lumenn’ omentielvo — a star shines on the hour of our meeting (depending on what time it is where you live, of course), and I have returned to take part in this marvelous tag created by Hamlette. I discovered it on Kendra’s blog and couldn’t resist taking part (I also love Olivia’s post, especially the aesthetics). If you know anything about me (and you should by now), you know I love Tolkien. He’s my favorite author, LOTR is my favorite book, and I’m known as the Middle-earth expert (aka Quenya, Tengwar, and Elvish history geek) among my friends.

So naturally, I’m doing this tag. 😉

(I’m still mostly active on my other site, but this tag seemed to fit better on my main blog here. I’ll be posting rambles/poetry on when through the woods, and tags here, for the foreseeable future.)

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introducing Knights of Farthestshore, a Tales of Goldstone Wood fan site

Beyond the Final Water falling,
The Songs of Spheres recalling,
Won’t you return to me?

If you’ve been paying attention to my posts, you know that I absolutely love Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s Christian allegorical fantasy masterpiece, the Tales of Goldstone Wood. (And if you didn’t know that, I just neatly summed it up in one sentence — check out my posts featuring the Tales here). I first read the series in February and I’m currently rereading it (next up is Shadow Hand, my favorite the first time around).

I began to research the series and learn more about the author, and I discovered that she stepped back from writing the books and managing the old fan site about three years ago. So three months ago, I thought I might create a new fan site. I played around with a new WordPress blog and, after I had something I liked, I emailed a bunch of other fans and asked if they’d be interesting in collaborating on a fan site. I also — and this is the best part — got permission from the author (!!) to create the site.

And so, my friends, today I get to announce the launch of our fan site, Knights of Farthestshore: a haven for fans of the Tales of Goldstone Wood. Run by fans, for fans, the site will feature posts about the Tales. What character are you? Which love confession was the best? What do we still not know about Eanrin’s eyes? (Disclaimer: none of these posts are yet published, or even written. They are ideas for the kind of posts you’ll see.) We’re also accepting submissions of fanfiction and fanart from the Tales!

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From the Heart by Eva Grace // poetry book review + author interview

Hey there, my friends! (*awkward wave at any strangers present*) My friend Eva Grace wrote a poetry book, and I’m here to talk all about it (plus share my interview with her!).

about the book

A poetry collection about life, the world, people, beauty, and adventure. Dare to dream, try, and conquer.                                                                                                                                  
Here I leave my thoughts
Here I tell my dreams
Here I unveil my secrets
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Here my heart is opened
And everything pours out

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my review

If you couldn’t tell from all the poetry book reviews/cover reveals/blog tours on my blog, I read a lot of poetry, especially books by young writers. It’s one of my very favorite things to do. So I was very excited when Eva told me she was publishing hers.

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cover reveal: Fifteen by Amie Woleslagle

I’m back! I know it’s only been a day since I talked about a brand-new poetry book… but I can’t help it. I love it when young writers publish poetry, and so I sign up to share new books all the time 🙂

Today I’m honored to show you the cover for Amie Woleslagle’s book Fifteen!

You’re not alone

You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. 

The blurb really makes me want to read it! I can’t wait to start my copy.

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And here’s the cover:

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Waiting Spaces by Acacia Mitchell // poetry book review + launch!

Hey there, my friends! I’m excited today to talk about my friend Acacia Mitchell’s poetry book, Waiting Spaces. I was honored to be a beta reader for it and I can’t wait for more people to read it!

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of modern, lyrical poetry, and Acacia’s was just right for me. I’m going to tell you all about why I loved it — after I tell you about it and its author (:

about the book

We have all waited.  

While searching for answers. Staying in places of rest and growth, or unsure of where to call home.

Waiting Spaces explores the feelings of waiting through poetical thought and spoken word. 

Each poem is written as a letter to those who are in their own spaces of waiting. 

Perhaps you will find one written to you. 

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