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Review: An Ordinary Wonder by Buki Papillon

An Ordinary Wonder is a story of the courage needed to be yourself. Oto leaves for boarding school with one plan: excel and escape his cruel home. Falling in love with his roommate was certainly not on the agenda, but fear and shame force him to hide his love and true self. Back home, weighed […]

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Review: A Hope Divided (The Loyal League #2) by Alyssa Cole

For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike. Her formerly enslaved mother’s traditions and the name of a white father she […]

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Review: No Sweatpants Allowed- Wine Club (Wine and Sweat Pants #1) by Jan Romes

Suddenly single, in her forties, and eager to do what it takes to start over, Elaina Samuels meets three women with similar circumstances at a cash-for-gold event. They quickly become friends and form the No Sweat Pants Allowed – Wine Club. This newly found alliance brings about some humorous escapades, a few tears, and a […]

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Discussion: Fictionalized Mythology

Hello book bees and welcome to another discussion post. Today I want to talk about what happens when authors fictionalize or include real mythology in their works of fiction. This does not include retellings such as Madeline Miller’s Circe and The Song of Achilles, but does include such works as American Gods by Neil Gaiman, […]

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Discussion: Family drama in fiction

For this discussion, I really want to answer three questions about putting familial drama into a novel. First: is it necessary to do so? This is a bit of a subjective question because it could vary from book to book, but still. Second: is it realistically portrayed? And third: is it cathartic to read about? […]

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Discussion: What makes a plotline a romance?

Introduction: Why I’m asking this question Recently when trying to find a book to fulfill a prompt in a readathon, I found myself reading the Goodreads reviews of Seafire. I saw a common theme that several folks were not a fan of the “romance” plotline in the book, and that it felt rushed and unnecessary. […]

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Discussion: Dragons, from fantasy monster to our favorite creature

All right buckle in book bees. We’re tackling dragons today! Dragons are pretty iconic, especially in the bookish community. A lot of fantasy readers get their start consuming the iconic Dragonology and then spiral through the most popular dragon books. A lot of us dream of having a dragon ourselves, or just getting to ride […]

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Discussion: Historically accurate female characters

Introduction: What I mean by “historically accurate” To start with, if you’re looking for a blogger who holds up abused and poorly written female characters in historical fiction and says ‘at least they’re accurate’ then you’ve come to the wrong post. See yourself out if that’s something you agree with, and pull up a chair […]

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Discussion: Vikings in Fiction

Hello book bees and welcome to another discussion! Today we’ll be covering Vikings, and specifically Vikings in fiction. This is a topic I’ve got a bit of background in. When I was in undergraduate school I studied some Viking history, and went on to pursue a graduate degree in Denmark thus gaining a lot more […]

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Discussion: Pirate Literature

Hello Book Bees and welcome to another discussion post! This one is about the genre known as Pirate Literature, also called Transatlantic literature. Don’t worry, I’ll be getting into all the definitions you need as well as giving you some book recs if you’re interested in this genre but not quite sure where to begin. […]