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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how NOT to confess your love // with examples from literature

Confession: I love reading stories with romance.

(Notice that I didn’t say “romances.”)

I used to pretend I didn’t. I used to say oh, I don’t care if a story has romance and I wish there were more books with platonic relationships instead of all this romantic stuff. It was out of a desire to seem open-minded, to make it clear that I don’t think everyone needs to fall in love and I don’t think every story should be a love story.

But I eventually realized that, despite my attempts to make it appear otherwise, I really, really like reading stories with romances. I ship couples with my whole heart, squeal when they finally get together, cry when they’re separated, and just can’t stop reading until I know how their relationship ends.

I still haven’t changed my mind on the issue of whether or not every story should have romance: no, they shouldn’t. Some stories shouldn’t be romantic (for example, almost every story for young and middle-grade readers, stories about characters who don’t want romantic relationships, stories where romance doesn’t add to the plot, etc.). But… I personally love reading books with romance.

Sometimes I even love it when the romance doesn’t work out. When it’s cringy and awful and they break up… even if they never get back together, it can be incredibly, weirdly enjoyable to read.

In my many years of reading, I’ve amassed a large collection of scenes (yes, you can collect scenes) in which confessions of love don’t go quite as planned. These passionate admissions amuse me every time I read them, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I do want to get married someday, so future husband, if you ever read this, take note: please don’t propose like these characters. Thank you 😆

Warning: spoilers ahead. Each section heading includes the name of the book, so feel free to skip a section if it spoils a book you want to read.

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the mid-year book freak-out tag // speculative, historical, and much Goldstone Wood

Hello hello, readers, and welcome to (as the title suggests) a post in which I talk about the books I have read so far this year, the books I want to read later, and the fact that despite my grand plans to read 40 works of nonfiction this year, I have yet to read a single one.

(Yes, seriously, I haven’t read any nonfiction.)

I’ve seen this tag on several blogs already; I’m going to be taking my questions from Heather @ The Frozen Library and May @ Forever and Everly.

Before we start: I wrote this post on June 21; I will have (hopefully) read more books before its publication. (Including some nonfiction?) And, I’m going to relegate rereads to the “honorable mention” category (unless there’s a very good reason not to).

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reading stats

books read

  • total: 77 (+ two in-progress works by friends and about 10 Melanie Dickerson books — more on that later)
  • library books/borrowed: 47 (that was hard to count!)
  • ebooks/read on computer: 18
  • audiobooks/read alouds: 3
  • DNF: plenty that I will finish (including some I’m currently in the middle of); I don’t think I’m abandoning any
  • rereads: 46
  • sequels: 46 (I think?)

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