(57) First We Make the Beast Beautiful // Bookish Blurb

Image result for First we make the beast beautiful by Sarah WilsonFirst we make the beast beautiful by Sarah Wilson

This is a nonfiction book about anxiety. It’s like semi memoir, part exercises, part itnerviews and other people’s thoughts.

At fist I was kind of put off by this book. It felt like it started off quite extreme when she explains all that she experienced and has been through. Bascially, she has really bad anxiety as well as other disorders etc. and it made me feel like what I feel is insignificant and like I should just get over it because she obviously struggles with so much more than I do. Continue reading “(57) First We Make the Beast Beautiful // Bookish Blurb”

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(55) The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There // Bookish Blurb

Image result for The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M ValenteThe Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M Valente

This is the sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

In this book September returns to Fairyland and learns that her shadow has caused all sorts of trouble. Continue reading “(55) The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There // Bookish Blurb”

(56) How to Train Your Dragon // Bookish Blurb

Image result for How to Train your Dragon by Cressida CowellHow to Train you Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Somewhere recently I was reminded of the fact that this movie we all know (if you’ve never watched it you should) started out as a book. So I went and read the book.

First off, this book is NOTHING like the movie, so just forget anything you know aboug the movie and let me tell you about this book. Continue reading “(56) How to Train Your Dragon // Bookish Blurb”

(54) The Good Lord Bird // Bookish Blurb

Image result for The Good Lord Bird by James McBrideThe Good Lord Bird by James McBride

I thought I would give this book a try after all the fantasy I’ve been reading but I think I’ll go back to all the fantasy.

In this book we follow Henry, a slave in Kansas who gets ‘freed’ by violent abolisionish John Brown. However somehow John , also referred to as “old man’ and “captain’ thinks he’s a girl. Thus we follow Henry as he becomes Henrietta and follow along this crazy man bent on freeing the slaves and killing anyone who gets in his way. Continue reading “(54) The Good Lord Bird // Bookish Blurb”

(53) A Natural History of Dragons // Bookish Blurb

Image result for A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie BrennanA Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

First off I want to say I LOVED THIS BOOK! Although perhaps it’s really not that remarkable of a book, it is exactly the type of book I love and it feel very much like the type of book I tried to write in middle school (although to compare this book to my writing in middle school is quite an insult).

In this book Lady Trent tells us the story of her early years. Its starts off when she is seven and ends when I want to say she’s 20ish.

How do I explain this?  So basically this is set in a world where there are dragons (and other related dragon like creatures) but they aren’t very well studied (since studying them is often very difficult give that they are super dangerous creatures and don’t tend to survive in captivity). This is also what I would think of as an ‘old fashioned’ society. Think Victorian England when women had to wear dresses and ‘came out’ and looked for husbands etc. Basically, Isabella (who later becomes Lady Trent) is a woman who is fascinated by dragons and natural history which is very unladilike etc. Continue reading “(53) A Natural History of Dragons // Bookish Blurb”

(52) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making // Bookish Blurb

Image result for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M ValenteThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente

I didn’t realize that this was a series but in this book we follow September as she gets whisked away by the Green Wind to Fairyland where she has adventures. Continue reading “(52) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making // Bookish Blurb”

(51) Spinning Silver // Bookish Blurb

Image result for Spinning Silver by Naomi NovikSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik

This book is by the same author as Uprooted which I read last year and really enjoyed (I think it was even in my top 10 list from last year).

In a similar vein from Uprooted, this book is losely inspired by various folk tales. Pleople said that this was inspired by Rumplestiltskin but don’t let that turn you away. Really the only similarities is that things are turned into gold and names hold power.

In this book we follow three women: a Jewish moneylender’s daughter who takes up her father’s trade when he fails at it, a peasant girl who ends up working for her, and a lord’s daughter who gets married to the tsar. Did I mention we’re in Russia? Continue reading “(51) Spinning Silver // Bookish Blurb”

(50) I Capture the Castle // Bookish Blurb

Image result for i capture the castle by dodie smithI Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I think this book just got reprinted (it was first published in 1948) and I saw it in a bookstore with a cute cover (not the one pictured above) so I wanted to read it. Also this is the author who wrote 101 Dalmations. And JK Rowling has a quote on the cover. So I picked it up. Continue reading “(50) I Capture the Castle // Bookish Blurb”