Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Sunday Post #160

Current mood.




The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Book Haul: From A Nice Lady




Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. I met a nice lady who was trying to get rid of her kids’ old homeschool curriculums. Since I like kids’ books, she gave me 5 children’s classics. Thanks, nice lady!



Books From A Nice Lady




Thursday, August 16, 2018

I’d Love To Read About: Useless Mythical Creatures




Have you ever learned a strange fact or seen an unusual thing and thought, I wish there were more books about that? It happens to me all the time. Authors, if you’re listening, here are five unusual critters that I wish somebody would write about. (Or take inspiration from. I’m not picky!)





We’ve all heard about the awesome mythical creatures. You know, the unicorns, dragons, bigfoots, and vampires. But what about the useless mythical creatures? The ones that look stupid and don’t have any badass talents. Those critters need love, too. Here are five mythical creatures that I think deserve more page time in books.




Useless Mythical Creatures


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Your Book Blog



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is my top ten favorite book blogs. My current favorite blogs are always over there --->, in the Blog Stalker. Please click on them! (Well, click on them after you read this post.) Since my favorites are already in the sidebar, I thought I’d talk about what makes me love a book blog.*

*Please remember that these are my opinions. I’m not trying to criticize anybody’s blog. Feel free to ignore me.



Ten Things That Will Make Me Love Your Book Blog




Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Sunday Post #159

Your guess is as good as mine . . .




The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.



Saturday, August 11, 2018

Book Haul: Recommendations (Part 4)





Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. Way back at the beginning of the year, I asked for book recommendations. Here are some of the books that you recommended I read. Sorry, I didn’t write down who recommended which book because I’m a lazy, terrible person, but thank you for the recommendations!




Your Recommendations



Thursday, August 9, 2018

Discussion: The Blogosphere’s Favorite Books Of 2018 (So Far)

The 2018 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts At Midnight



The Accidental Making Of A List



My favorite time to be a blogger is during July and December. Those are the months when most of the “best books” lists come out. I’ve spent an embarrassing number of hours searching the Internet for posts and videos about people’s favorite books. I’m hopelessly curious about what strangers are reading. This year, I decided to do something different. Instead of just watching/reading the lists, I took notes (like the nerd I am). If I saw the same book title multiple times, I wrote it down. That’s how I accidentally ended up making a list of the blogosphere’s favorite books of 2018 (so far).

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Sunday Post #158

This dog illustration was created in the 1800s, but it looks exactly like a dog I used to have. There's only one logical explanation: My dog was a time-traveling supermodel.




The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.



Saturday, August 4, 2018

Book Haul: Recommendations (Part 3)




Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. Way back at the beginning of the year, I asked for book recommendations. Here are some of the books that you recommended I read. Sorry, I didn’t write down who recommended which book because I’m a lazy, terrible person, but thank you for the recommendations!




Your Recommendations




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Blogiversary Giveaway!




Read All The Things! has been around for 5 years. Can you believe it? (I can’t. I usually don’t have that kind of follow through with my projects.) To celebrate, I’m giving you a gift! Enter below to win a book of your choice (up to $20 USD value) from Book Depository. The giveaway is open internationally, as long as Book Depository ships to your country for free. The giveaway ends on September 4, 2018. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books That Don’t Suck





Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is popular books that live up to the hype. Honestly, I’m usually disappointed with popular* books. That’s why I don’t read many of them. But, the books on this list deserve their popularity. All of them are excellent.

*I’m defining “popular” as more than 500,000 ratings on Goodreads. 



Popular Books That Don’t Suck




Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Sunday Post #157

"But, I don't want to leave the house, Mother. There are people out there."




The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

This Or That Tag (The Stressful Edition)



This edition of the This Or That Tag was created by Cait @ Paper Fury. It’s stressful because most of the choices are terrible. I hope you enjoy watching me make difficult bookish decisions. Some of these are painful.









This Or That Tag (The Stressful Edition)


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Memories






Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is reading memories. It’s story time! Grab your cookies and your juice box. I’m going to tell you about all the places I’ve read books. (You’re excited, I can tell.)







Reading Memories



Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Sunday Post #156

Always a little off-kilter.



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.



Saturday, July 21, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I’d Love To Read About: Watery Places And The Afterlife




Have you ever learned a strange fact or seen an unusual place and thought, I wish there were more books about that? It happens to me all the time. Authors, if you’re listening, here are four unusual things that I wish somebody would write about. (Or take inspiration from. I’m not picky!)







I’d Love To Read About . . .




Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Short Stories Of All Time



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is my favorite short stories ever. Read that sentence again. My favorite short stories ever. How am I supposed to choose! I’ve read approximately three gazillion short stories. When I saw this topic, I immediately thought of a hundred favorites, and my brain overheated, and I melted into an angsty puddle on the floor. This list was agonizing, but I managed to narrow it down to ten.




My Favorite Short Stories Of All Time



Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Sunday Post #155

There's something about the way they watch me that I just don't trust . . .



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Discussion: Best Books Of 2018 (So Far)

The 2018 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts At Midnight



The year is half over, and that means it’s time to pick the best books I’ve read in the first 6 months of 2018. If you’ve seen my Mid-Year Freak-Out Tag, then you already know my favorites, but I guess we should make it official. Every book on this list got 5 stars from me on Goodreads. Click the titles to see my reviews (if I have them).






Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Wish List Additions




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is whatever I want! I’ve blogged before about how I manage my reading life. I used to have a problem with impulse-buying books. I solved that problem by using a wish list. Whenever I come across an interesting book, I write it on the list and leave it there for weeks (or months, or years). Every few months, I go through the list and delete the books that no longer appeal to me. Here are ten books that I recently added to my wish list. I may or may not ever read them. 



Recent Wish List Additions



Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Sunday Post #154

I hope you ended your July 4th celebration with the same number of fingers that you began it with.


The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Book Haul: Life And Death




Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. Here are a few books I’ve acquired about people who find themselves in perilous situations.






Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: USA! (In Book Photos)




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is red, white, and blue book covers. For me, this was a perfect opportunity to practice my bookish photography. If you look very closely at the pictures, you’ll notice that I included a book set in Russia in some of my “America colors” photos. I apologize for my warped sense of humor. I couldn’t resist.




Red, White, And Blue Books



Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Sunday Post #153

Breaking news: This dog has just been voted Goodest Boy.


The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Mid-Year Freak-Out Tag






This tag has been around forever. I think I’ve done it several times already. Good thing I always have new stuff to freak out about.




Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: A Storm Of Swords by George R.R. Martin


A Storm Of Swords by George R.R. Martin


Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #3
Pages: 1179
Genre: Adult high fantasy
Publication Date: August 2000


Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage, alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons left in the world. And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mystical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.