Book Review: The Alice Network

The latest by Kate Quinn is a departure from Roman intrigue, be it during Antiquity or Renaissance, but not from her masterful gripping storytelling. The Alice Network is a wartime novel about daring female spies, a determined American socialite on a rescue mission and a lot of damaged souls on a quest for redemption. Two …

Reading Like a Writer – Different Points of View (POV)

A determining factor for the  story and tone in every book is the POV, or point of view. This is certainly no news to any reader. When you read like a writer, though, the POV can help you predict how the story will develop and with what pace. Being aware of the pros and cons of the different …

All I Want For Christmas

As the world bustled in preparation for the warm conviviality of Christmas Eve, I quite literally headed into a bout of migraine. Before the familiar dizziness, pain and nausea managed to settle in, I had enough time to obsess and panic over my ruined plans. It's not fair, is it - planning for months a …

Book Review: The Ship of Brides

The premise of The Ship of Brides did not instantly strike the right chord with me. I had settled for a guilty-pleasure read to take my mind off a mind-boggling book. After all, it had all the appearance of an ordinary war romance story, and I have always been a sucker for those. Mind you, it …

A List of To-Reads, If You Ever Saw One

Autumn has always been an especially favorite time for me to snuggle with a book. Not to mention Black Friday is upon us, which means quality time at a couple of local bookstores, and not few online ones. I have amassed a huge number of new books I have no time to tackle; and an as impressive list …

Get Excited – It’s Time for NaNoWriMo

Scroll down for printable NaNo Calendar 🙂 Last year was the first time I actually won NaNoWriMo (won means made it to 50k in the allotted time in NaNo terms) and it gave me unbelievable boost in confidence. Not to mention, I finally witnessed for myself that making time to write is completely viable even …

Princess Sisi -Then And Now

We girls often fall in love with princesses and the idea of being a princess very early on. Be it because of the way we are raised, the movies we watch, the pink dresses that are marketed for us - but it's more the norm than not. (I would actually argue against this early stereotyping, but in …

Underrated Books To Read And Love

It's been a while since I have done a Top Ten Tuesday post. What luck that the topic for this week  - Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Goodreads Ratings - should be so fun and so different! (Also, tbh I love that I don't have to rattle my brains to figure out what books …

Book Review: The Fiery Cross

Outlander No.5 is nowhere close to becoming a classic. The Fiery Cross pretty much extinguished my love for the Frasers saga. The numbers say it all - it took me 382 days to finish. The first four books took me roughly a month each, so a total of 120 days. I had heard the entire series …

Pocketbook Ultra 650 eReader Review (long read)

I bought my first ever e-book reader last week. It took my mom less time to catch up on the Facebook fever than me - on the whole e-book thing. And that's saying something. To me actual books made of actual paper will always be preferable, but I can't begin to tell you how many times I've wished …