Author Spotlight: Neil Gaiman

577px-kyle-cassidy-neil-gaiman-april-2013In honor of Fall Fantasy, I’ll be spotlighting on some of my favorite fantasy authors this month. There’s so many to choose from, but I’m going with the tried and true blue team (at least for me).

If you were to ask me who is the author I always buy time and time again, it would be Neil Gaiman. While the master of the fantastical and dreary, Neil Gaiman always reminds me of the bookish Tim Burton. He’s dark and a little bit scary, but his stories have so much heart to them. Every time I think of Coraline or Neverwhere, I immediately think he needs to do a collaboration with Tim Burton to make those movies.

His books are always a sneak peek into an underground world, a place that exists within space and time but you just don’t see it. The people who move under your feet when you’re walking down the street and the adventures happening while you sleep.

I’ve always been fond of this kind of writing because I’m a strong believer that magic exists everywhere. You just have to let yourself see the magic to believe it.

This month, I’ll be reading Good Omens by both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett in anticipation of the new TV show. I love reading a book before a new show starts and this one looks to be a really entertaining one.

It’s the story about the apocalypse and how the prophecy was about to take place. However, an angel and a demon who have lived on Earth since The Beginning are a little against the plans their superiors have for Earth.

I’m so excited about this one especially because of the duality between Life and Death as well as Good and Evil. It also sounds hilarious, which I can’t resist.

If you’ve never read anything by Neil Gaiman, I would start with Coraline. It’s a middle-grade read, but perfect for Halloween spooks. I was a little freaked out when I read it and I read this around ten years ago. I was just a young adult back then, but this book and the movie were both so scary to me.

Some other great reads from Neil Gaiman include:

Have you ever read Neil Gaiman?

My Fall Fantasy Reading List – October 2018

My Fall Fantasy Reading List – October 2018

Ahhh, that crisp LA air is so cozy during these fall times. Just kidding. It’s 80 degrees today. Sadly, that seems to be the running theme for a lot of folks all over the United States. Global warming? Good question. But let’s talk about my favorite types of reads.

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Welcome to My Fall Fantasy Kick-Off!

Welcome to My Fall Fantasy Kick-Off!

Welcome to a new week and welcome to FALL! Well, I know fall officially started last month, but I don’t feel fall until October. I grew up in New York where summer lasted through all of September and you don’t really feel fall until mid-October. Because of that, I feel like the only time I deem worthy to be fall is mid-October. And here we are!

This year, I don’t get to experience all the magic of fall. Living in LA means sacrificing those beautiful changing seasons, but that’s okay. The weather drops enough to warrant sweaters and I’m hoping that winter will be more like fall and I don’t mind an entire winter of fall.

Of course I’m drinking my pumpkin spice, making apple everything, and reading what I love to read during the fall; FANTASY.

For me, fantasy reads and fall weather go hand-in-hand. I think it has a lot to do with those late nights waiting to see the new Harry Potter movie or Lord of the Rings. Somehow, my brain has mapped fall with fantasy and I’m so excited about it.

I’ve collected a pretty good number of fantasy reads that I’ve been dying to read for a few years now. I think this will be the perfect season to finally catch up and maybe level up my fantasy reading. I’ll share my list in a couple of days.

What are you excited about reading this fall?

September 2018 Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

I’m going to be honest, August and September were crappy reading months. I was in the middle of moving everywhere and spending time on people’s couches and on air mattresses. I feel like the last thing on my mind is reading a book, which is something that I don’t normally say to anyone.

But I did finish reading some books in September and finished the month strong with 8 books. September felt like a lull in the beginning and then a mad rush to read as much as I can before the end of it. Some were shorter and others were longer, but all of it enjoyable. Check out what I read below.

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My Most Anticipated Reads – October 2018

My Most Anticipated Reads – October 2018

I didn’t think the fall would be a huge time for new reads, but it’s turning out to be a better month than the entire year. Here’s what’s publishing this month that I’m super excited about.

Of course there are some books that I’m more excited about than others. The list is pretty long this month in comparison to other months, so I’ll put a little star next to those titles. For now, get ready to get your wallet out. Here comes the books!

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A Few Books to Get You Started Reading Diversely

A Few Books to Get You Started Reading Diversely

Reading diverse novels is such a rewarding way to get to know other people’s culture without opening a textbook. However, it can be a pretty daunting genre if you don’t know how to get into it.

Luckily, there’s a ton of Young Adult novels centered around diverse issues. In my opinion, I think these help with easing into the genre without being overwhelmed with heavier stories. If you’re thinking about diving into reading diversely, check out these wonderful YA novels. They’ll be easy to digest and spring you forward into more adult authors like Colson Whitehead or Yaa Gyasi.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I had the crazy opportunity to watch Love, Simon a few weeks ago on a plane trip across the country. The movie didn’t disappoint, but I hadn’t read the book. I felt like I should read the book as well and that’s exactly what I did. LOL.

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