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Coffee with Catherine

Coffee with Catherine: May 2020

Hello book bees new and old. For those that may not be familiar with this segment, Coffee With Catherine is a monthly post on the last Sunday of the month. I touch less on my blogging–as I cover that pretty well in my monthly wrap ups–and more on my personal life, thoughts, and feelings. And […]

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Monthly Wrap Up

May 2020 Wrap Up

What I read this month Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories by Bram Stoker, 2 stars The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter by Julia Drosten, 4 stars The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold, 5 stars The Burning Sea (Furyck Saga #2) by A.E. Rayne, 4 stars Sawkill […]

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Saturday Wrap Ups

Saturday Morning Wrap Up: 5/30

What am I reading? The Princess Companion (The Four Kingdoms #1) by Melanie Cellier Murder at the Fitzwilliam (Museum Mysteries #1) by Jim Eldridge The Social Tutor (Branches of Love #1) by Sally Britton Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2) by Kat Ross The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton […]

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Reviews

Review: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Lilliet Berne has grown to great fame in the opera world, and so it is a great honor when a man approaches her on behalf of a composer. He explains that he has written a novel about a circus performer he was enchanted by as a younger man, and a composer has agreed to set […]

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Discussion Posts

Discussion: Happy Endings in Horror/Thriller Novels

Hiya book bees! Today I’d like to talk about adding a happy ending to an otherwise terrifying, traumatic, and horrific tale. CW: I will be discussing common elements in horror and thriller novels which may include discussions of murder, death, gore, and violence. I will not speak explicitly on these topics nor use detailed descriptions. […]

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D&D Series

D&D Series #10: Anecdote Time!

Hello book bees and dungeon bees alike, and welcome to my tenth post in this blog series about Dungeons and Dragons! I’ve decided every tenth post I will be indulging myself and telling an anecdote from my times as player and DM. For this anecdote I will be telling a story from my early days […]

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Discussion Posts

Discussion: Inserting Characters into Real History

Hi there book bees! To start with, I’ll explain what it is I mean by my title. I’m discussing historical fiction novels that focus on real events, places, and people but have a protagonist that has been invented by the author and placed into these events. These protagonists are often based on a mix of […]

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Reviews

Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Marion and Charlotte Althouse have just lost their father. The wake of this tragedy, their mother moves them to Sawkill, a small town located on a rock in the sea. Their arrival is marked by strange noises and events circling around Marion, and the connections made immediately between both sisters and Val Moritmer–daughter of their […]

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Fairy Tale Posts

Fairy Tale Background: The Princess and the Pea

Tale’s Origins The original tale of “The Princess and the Pea” was by Hans Christian Andersen, renowned Danish writer most famous for his story “The Little Mermaid.” Andersen said he had heard this story as a child, but it is unknown in Danish folk tradition and is most likely based in an oral folk story […]

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Monday Schedules

Monday Schedule: 5/25 – 5/31

Monday: 5/25 Blogging: I have a schedule post for a fairy tale background, this time on The Princess and the Pea Tuesday: 5/26 Blogging: Having finished Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, I’ll have a review out on Tuesday Wednesday: 5/27 Reading: I’ll be starting The Vampyre since I was trying to finish The Queen of […]