archive: 2020

Gotham High is a Delightfully Fresh and Indulgent Spin on Your Favourite DC Characters | Review: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz and Illustrated by Thomas Pitilli

6:00 AM

You know those books and graphic novels you cannot believe you've managed to snag? And you just kind of stare at them for hours on end before feeling like someone needs to pinch you? That's me with Gotham High. So, extra thanks to my friends at DC Comics for sending me a free copy of this book! Spoiler alert: Gotham High is a delectable, vivid, diverse spin on some of the most iconic DC characters. AND. YOU. CAN'T. MISS. IT.

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Scribd is Free for the Next Month! | 30 Great Audiobooks and eBooks to Check Out

7:00 AM

Last week, in the midst of nearly everything temporarily shutting down due to coronavirus, Scribd announced that it'd be making its entire catalogue (which includes a variety of books, audiobooks and magazines) free for the next month (no credit card or commitment required: click here to take advantage of this offer) to combat boredom during social distancing.

And as Scribd is one of my favourite bookish apps, I figured now was as good a time as any to share some recommendations.

archive: 2020

Gothic Fiction at its Most Horrifying | Review: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

5:00 AM

With us all seemingly on lockdown for the unforeseeable future, and memories of my complete roast of these books last year, I decided to dive back into V.C. Andrews' highly disturbing Dollanganger Saga. First up: Flowers in the Attic. In truth, I realized that not only did I not remember clearly which books I had and hadn't read (aside from the few of the faux-V.C. Andrews penned Christopher's Diary series and Secret Brother) and severe boredom has an... interesting effect on someone.

Clearly my solution to 'the world is currently a highly f*cked up trash fire' blues is 'let's read something horrible' and really there's no turning back from that. And honestly that is the only way one can approach a V.C. Andrews novel: acknowledging that it isn't going to be pretty.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite YA Trilogies (#85)

11:00 PM

For today's genre freebie, I couldn't think of just one genre that I wanted to cover. Instead, I decided to just talk about my favourite YA trilogies of all time. Which is a topic I've been wanting to explore, anyways! And, of course, in these uncertain times... it's always good to look back on favourites and embrace bright-spots whilst we cannot embrace each other.

I hope you are all staying safe during this pandemic. We're officially under a stay-at-home order out here and the world is unbelievably silent outside my window. I'm working from home and trying to do all the heavy lifting for friends and family who cannot re: heading out to the stores for essentials.