The Newbie’s Guide to Fantasy – If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’re probably already well-versed in Fantasy. However, if you stumbled across this out of curiosity, this post is for you.
Fantasy Faction – Can’t get enough of all things Fantasy? Head over to Fantasy Faction.
7 Standalone Novels for Fantasy Lovers – It seems like just about every Fantasy book I read is a part of a series, but sometimes I only want one story told in one book. No cliff hangers, no first book that is a setup of the world and characters so you can get to the story in the next book, no long-term commitment. I stand by the recommendations for Uprooted by Naomi Novik and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Locus Online – This is the website for Locus magazine, and while it covers both Science Fiction and Fantasy, it’s a great site to check out for news and new releases.
“Thursday’s Things” is a collection of interesting stuff I’ve found during my meanderings on the net. Sometimes it’s monthly, other times it’s whenever I happen to find at least 10 topically related links I think are worth reading, but it’s always on a Thursday.
March is Women’s History Month, and yesterday was International Women’s Day. That makes today the perfect Thursday to give you tons of stuff about Women, Women’s History, Feminism, etc. Most of these links are reading suggestions, but when do we not need more books to add to our TBR piles?
I named this month’s Thursday’s Things after Ray Bradbury’s short story collection “The October Country” because it sums up all the weird and spooky bookish links I discovered during my wanderings around the internet.
The Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Guide – Have you ever wanted to read one of the many Star Trek books out there, but have no idea where to start? Check out this website for all your Star Trek reading questions.
Elijah Wood Joins the DIRK GENTLY TV Series – My BFF got me the Dirk Gently books for my Birthday a couple years ago. Now that I know it’s being adapted by the BBC, I’ll be adding it to my TBR for the Sci-Fi Summer reading challenge.
Bookish Boozing: 12 Beers With Literary Names – While these beers aren’t Irish, why settle for the beers that everyone else is drinking on St. Patty’s Day? If you’re going to drink while reading, you might as well pop the top off a bookish beer.
TBR Calculator – Do you want to know how much longer you’ll need to regularly dust all those unread books on your shelves? Tally up the number of books you own, enter in how many you read last year, and this handy calculator will make you consider culling those shelves once again.
How To Weed Your Bookshelves – If the amount of time for you to get through your TBR mountain is too long to handle without hyperventilating, use this to get rid of the books you know you’ll never read.
Normally, I only do one “Thursday’s Things” a month, but there are a lot of great things happening right now that I wanted to make sure all of my readers know about before the end of the month.
Geeky Giving: What It Is & Awesome Giveaways! – Felicia over at Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog posted about this amazing way to donate money to an awesome cause and get a Sci-Fi book bundle and the chance to win a very cool giveaway while you’re at it. Side note: I’ll be hosting a Sci-Fi reading challenge in the near future, and the book bundle looks like it would make for some excellent reading.
Outlander Season 2 Premiere Date and Trailer – Amazon has added a way to stream Starz, Showtime, and other subscription cable channels to their Amazon Prime Video service for a monthly fee. I haven’t tried it out yet, so I don’t know any of the specifics, but you can be sure I will when Outlander Season 2 comes back in April.
Classic Romance Novels Worth Reading – Valentine’s Day may be over, but if you’re still in the mood for a love story, and you also enjoy or want to try out some Classic literature, give one of these a try. My personal favorites are Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
16 Perfect Books To Fill The Void Left By Mad Men – This was posted back when the show aired its last episode, but the Boyfriend and I don’t have cable. We’ve been waiting not so patiently for Netflix to add the second half of the last season, and now that it has, I’m not sure what to do after we watch it. Maybe this list of books will help.
Unusual Jobs of Famous Writers – I also started my new job on Tuesday. While I’m not a famous writer, I thought this would be fitting since my job has nothing to do with writing or books. It also has nothing to do with my degree.
Feminist-Friendly Romance Novels – I’m not much of a Romance fan, no matter how Feminist; however, if you’re looking for a love story or two to read this month, you may want to give some of these a try.
13 Times Books Perfectly Described Heartbreak – If you’re like me, and Romance isn’t your thing, here’s an entirely different list of books. Maybe you recently had your heart broken, or you’re so head over heels that you want to remind yourself that not everyone is so lucky. Either way, the books on this list and the quotes that go with them are perfect.
Word for Word: Bookshops– Where Love Stories Begin – I know this to be true since I became 100% sure I wanted to go on a second date with the Boyfriend after we stopped by a bookstore near the end of our first. We discovered that not only did we own and love many of the same books, but we also despised the same author and everything she ever wrote. We don’t always agree about books, but we do about the important ones.
Bookish Boozing: 5 Literary Wine Labels – Do you know what’s the perfect beverage for Valentine’s Day (and most other days, too), regardless of your relationship status? Wine. You know what’s even better? Bookish wine.
First David Bowie, who, while he was more involved in music and film than literature, played one of my favorite characters in Labyrinth, a movie that celebrates Fantasy and stories. Now Alan Rickman, a man who played a role in several of my favorite movies, many of which were adaptations of well-loved books.
As many of you already know, I happen to be re-reading one of those books right now as part of my Harry Potter Re-Read. After the range of emotions I’ve gone through since I read the horrible news this morning of Rickman’s passing, I don’t even know how I’m going to handle Snape’s death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’m also not sure if I’ll be able to re-watch the movies for a while. While Severus was never one of my favorite characters, more someone I loved to hate throughout most of the series, I do remember feeling that he redeemed himself through his actions in the final book and movies, and as much as I wanted to continue to despise him, I couldn’t. J.K. Rowling and Alan Rickman showed me that nothing is black and white, especially human beings. Grief is also complex.
On that note, here is a tiny round-up of links out of oh so many I’ve come across today in celebration of Alan Rickman and the mourning of his loss: