First Lines Fridays, hosted by Wandering Words, is a weekly feature that works like this: you pick a book, open to the first page, copy the first few lines sans spoilers, and then reveal the book. Here’s mine for this week, from the book I just started today:

The image might’ve given it away…It’s The White Mare by Jules Watson.

Buy it here, or learn more about it from its Goodreads page here.


#TopTenTuesday: 10 of My Favorite Haunting/Creepy/Cozy Alt-Country & Folk Songs to Welcome Fall

I love making lists, and I love especially making playlists. My favorite season is fall, and my husband and I have a tradition of making and mailing fall mixtapes as part of our celebration of the Fall Equinox/Winter Finding.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Haunting/Creepy/Cozy Alt-Country & Folk Songs to Welcome Fall. Give them a listen and recommend me some! If you want to take part in #TopTenTuesdays, head over to The Broke and Bookish.

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#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Weird Fiction Favorites

You wouldn’t know it to look at my fledgling book review blog here, but I do read things outside YA fantasy. I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of YA, though, and I’m smitten. But truly if I had to pick my favorite genre it’d be dark fantasy, and specifically weird fiction. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Top 10 All Time Favorite Books of X Genre.” I’m submitting the following from weird fiction:

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Soundtrack Saturday: Grisha, Grisha, Grisha!

The Hardcover Lover’s Soundtrack Saturday is a book blog meme after my own heart. I know I love a book and it’s really reached me if I think about it while I’m going about my day, especially when I’m listening to music. I’m sure you’ve experienced it, too. You’re settling in to do the dishes (insert mindless domestic drudgery) or driving, turn on some music, and next thing you know you’re transported to Velaris on Starfall, and Feyre and Rhysand are dancing, and obvisouly it’s what the songwriter intended because it’s just too perfect. 🙂

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#TopTenTuesday: Back to School – 10 Feminist Fantasies That Should Be on a Women’s Lit/Gender Studies Reading List 

Though old school feminist SFF writers like Octavia  Butler, Margaret Atwood, and Angela Carter seem increasingly present in college courses, I think the 10 books below have a lot to offer in terms of  diverse, important, feminist fantasy (though one is technically SF).

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

1) The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley

  • It has: a disabled heroine; mother-daughter dynamics; lesbian relationships; three nations with vastly different sets of gender identities [one has 5!]; women everywhere doing everything including being heroes, villains, and abusers; a dark matriarchy in one culture that shows any kind of elevation of one sex over another breeds cruelty; women are portrayed as people, flawed, avaricious, heroic

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