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:
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.
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:
My #SeriesSaturday (hosted by P.S. I Love that Book) submission is Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy, comprising of Range of Ghosts, Shattered Pillars, and Steles of the Sky.
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. 🙂
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).
- 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