One of my friends has a book coming out at the end of February! I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of it and let me tell you, it's so lovely. So, so lovely.
So much emotive smut. A roguish man with a heart of gold wanting to reform. (Or as Erin, the author says, a DILF in training LOLZ). A widowed mother displaying ALL THE QUIET STRENGTH while she does everything to keep custody of her children, because misogynistic laws threaten to tear them apart. With super supportive side characte
Stealing this from @Aphoride because this is fun and I don't feel like writing or reading anything else tonight. 😁
1. the book that now lives rent-free in my head
Safe to say that this was my grandmother asked you to tell me she's sorry by Fredrik Backman. I have the fanfic on my AP to prove it. 😅 Basically Elsa is different and no one understands her quite like her grandmother. Her grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of clues to Elsa to follow in order to understand the fairy
Idk if we’re doing the monthly forum challenge this month, but I’m here with two recommendations, regardless.
I read my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Frederik Backman recently, and ooh boy…ooh boy…I never expected to be so emotionally wrecked by this little story.
Synopsis: Elsa’s different from most people, but that is her superpower. Her best friend is her Granny, who is also different. Sadly, Elsa’s Granny dies and leaves behind a slew of letters for Elsa to deli
If that title is any indication, I think I'm hilariously punny hah. 😅 Honestly "deck the halls with boughs of holly," was the first thing that popped into my head while I was trying to mashup the word Hollywood with the lyrics hah. But anyway, we’re embarking on that time of year where holiday films become most, if not all, of my personality. There are SO MANY films that just instantly brighten my spirit and make my heart full.
As I sat down to write this entry, I decided I could break this
As your resident “lover of old people in love,” fanatic, I must tell you all about Someone to Kiss by Jamie Anderson (while attempting to woo a Siren).
📖 The general synopsis is…during a NYE wedding, Kate makes a drunken promise to herself. She'll find someone to kiss during this day next year. As a forty-three year old cat Mom, Kate hasn't historically been lucky in love. But at the insistence of her best friend, Julie, she decides to give online dating a shot.
But after a slew of d
I don't know if I'll have time this week to properly court our darling Casper (not to be confused with the evil douche, Caspar, from HH), but I just need everyone to know about this collection of drabbles because it would be great reading material for this event/time of year if anyone is looking for something to put you in the spooky spirit!
So let me tell you about Dark Psyches by KittenKnife! It is a collection of mostly original* microfictions that are unique in their subject material, e
Here are a few recommendations based on books I’ve recently read. And one I read last year that just stuck with me.
👻 White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson → If you’re looking for YA horror/suspense, then this is the book for you. Jackson does not shy away from how everyday issues can lend themselves to horror. Because sometimes the scariest things aren’t ghosts of supernatural phenomena, but the twisted capabilities of human nature.
This book was heart pounding and gripping from start to
Have you ever heard of Anita Kelly? Have I ever sung their praises? I am shocked that I have not yet! Anita Kelly is an amazing writer whom I greatly admire. They originally hailed from my own state before relocating to the Pacific Northwest and they began as an independently published author. They have since gotten an agent and a book deal of three, so I am weirdly happy for them as one of their many fangirls.
Anita Kelly started out with three independently published novella’s centering
I stumbled upon a podcast that is delightful beyond words that I wanted to share with all of you! It is called The Thing About Austen hosted by two highly educated Janeites: Zan and Diane. The podcast starts with a focus on objects and their significance not only in Austen’s novels, but in the Regency Era as a whole.
For instance, did you know that Wentworth’s umbrella in Persuasion is a totally swoon worthy, symbolic gesture that signifies his preparedness to take care of Anne Elliot, even
Hello, it's me again! With some lovely Regency Recs bent on inclusion.
In the spirit of @inmyownlittlecorner, kicking off her Regency Rep. Challenge, I have an author recommendation for you this month, who writes representation into all of her historical romances. Cat Sebastian has a slew of works attached to her name, most of which handle queer romances throughout different points in history. But it isn’t just smut. 🔥 I mean yes, they are exceptionally steamy. 🔥 But Sebastian addres
Hey friends! Gather round, gather round, let me tell you about a fabulous drabble series!
In Light of You by @quill2parchment, tells the story of Harry and Ginny prior to a certain 🥺 tragic event 🥺 prior to her other story In This Darkness (which is another story that you all should have on your reading list, if you don't already. 😉
I'm about halfway through In Light of You and I really just can't stop with how good it is. Admittedly, I was not a Hinny shipper based on canon nor
Listen. There is a bi-Violet Bridgerton drabble in this collection (ch 14) that literally lives rent free in my head that I'm liable to grow broke from the length of time I've let it live there. Not only do we get an intriguing glimpse into Violet's past (pre-Edmund romance as well), but cheeky!Benedict is also in attendance. Their dynamic is also incredibly sweet in this piece.
Overall, the writing is so purposefully descriptive yet lovely and not at all utilitarian. It honestly feels like
“You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (narrated by Jason Isaacs if anyone’s curious about the audio), inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd, is an absolutely profound piece!
The general idea: A monster comes to Conor O’Malley, at night (like they always do), with a proposition. He will tell Conor three stories, in exchange for Conor to share one of his own wi
I’m kicking it back to books for this month’s recommendation post because I'm actually reading them again LOL. Anyway, I wanted something light and romantic, and so I picked up You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria from the stacks and stacks of books that fill my bedroom.
The jist of this story: After a very public breakup with a world renowned musician, actress Jasmine Lin Rodriguez, swears she isn’t going to commit to love for a long time. Instead, she hatches a Leading Lady Plan that invol
Ok so, three stories in particular have had my full attention over the last couple of weeks and I just needed to shout out and recommend them in this very flaily, erratic blog post. These three authors do long form stories SO WELL. With their pacing and cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, these novel length stories had me clicking “next,” without a second thought and whispering “just one more chapter,” in the early morning hours, over and over again. I may have lost sleep and forgotten to w
A fine romance with no kisses
A fine romance, my friend, this is
I recently fell down a Fred & Ginger rabbit hole (again). And with that, came a re-watch of Swing Time (1936). Which is an absolutely delightful musical rom-com, btw. So that in itself is a small recommendation, if anyone is into old timey films. Long story short: Two people are engaged elsewhere, but come together through their love of dance. I mean, other things happen too in this film. But they're utterly charming and
I only finished 📚 four books 📚 this month, but all things considered I am TOTALLY fine with that. They were four wonderful books, but two of them just really grabbed me in the feels, and I want to shout about them from a rooftop. But since it’s barely 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) these days, I think a mini blog rec post will have to do. Without further ado, come read these books, you will not regret it.
📚 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab will take you on a magical journey acro
What is an alternate universe really? Is it a mishmash of two different universes? Is it taking canon events and retelling one characters story differently throughout them? Or is it removing certain elements (like magic) and transplanting those characters into a different story genre? Or is it just playing with characters in different professions and/or how they meet and eventually fall in love? Actually it's all of these things! And here are some delightful stories that deserve all the recognit
I totally stumbled upon these three stories at different points in time since joining the FFT. But they are all AMAZING if you are looking for stories that feature a well plotted mystery with morally ambiguous characters whose pasts are slowly revealed to us as present events unfold. So if you’re looking for something that fits all of THAT, these stories got you covered.
The Color of Violets by @kuusi palaa→ Abby creates such likeable characters that grab you from the beginning. You really