Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read b/c So and So Told Me To

28260587I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a very long time, so I’m excite to do it again. Top Ten Tuesday is the first Bookish meme I took part in when I started out as a book blogger LINK TO FIRST REVIEW

This week the topic is “Top ten recommended books I’ve read.” This one is easy. When I was in college, before the Goodreads phone app, I wrote down all the books I found in BN. Now that I follow Booktube channels and other blogs, I’ve come across many rec’d books.

  • The first one is blatantly obvious and I’m embarrassed that I hadn’t read it until this year: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It is now easily one of my favorite series, though the Hunger Games and Harry Potter top the charts.
  • On that note, The Infernal Devices, a series that took place in the middle of The Mortal Instruments is a steampunk series.
  • Throne of Glass series. It’s funny. I got Queen of Shadows the day it was released, as I did with Empire of Storm. It feels like QOS only just came out and I…omg…haven’t read it yet. I was just happy to own it. I made it about a chapter in and stopped.
  • ACOTAR. I read this book when it was released, but because it was Sarah J. Maas I knew I’d have to read it, as did my other book blogging friends. I now have A Court of Mist and Fury and that, too I haven’t read.
  • On the topic of buying books I haven’t read yet–I have Lady Midnight and I haven’t even finished The Mortal Instruments series. It’s still fun owning it and getting excited about it with all the other book bloggers.

This list turned into a list of books I own but haven’t read. Well, not quite. That would actually make for an AMAZING list that would be far, far too long. Regardless, I thank book bloggers everywhere for introducing me to these books!

Book Date Monday: ADHD, My Lovely


My current ADHD read.

It’s Monday which means, of course, another week full of reading–this time all bout. Right now I’m reading a non-fiction book, something that I feel will help me immensely: You Mean I‘m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with ADD. While my diagnosis is officially ADD /w the “H”, that doesn’t make this book any less relevant. The extra letter adds an additional facet to ADD but that’s all. It’s just one word.

Why I’m reading ADHD books

I’ve been struggling with this diagnosis for almost ten years. However, it reached a point last week where I’m not able to focus long enough to hold a job. I’ve been meaning to write a post about reading and blogging with ADHD and I swear it’ll happen. This is actually the perfect time to make that post, while I’m in the midst of dealing with my ADHD.

I may or may not have gone a tad bit crazy and ordered four more books on adult ADHD. Just maybe. If I did do that, hypothetically, I will be reviewing ADHD self-help books in a series I’m calling “Where’s Her Brain?” or something less offensive. As I learn more about myself, and how my brain functions, I will share that with you. One of the notable things in this book is that it addresses “ADD” in the title but also ADHD in the content.

It’s a goal of mine to be able to read without my mind wandering off every ten seconds (no joke) and I’m hoping stuffing my brain with these books whose sentences I have to read over and over again will help me get control over my life and help me find a job I love that I can succeed at. That being said, in the meantime, I’m going to have to learn to love and respect myself while I get my life and my brain under my control, not my ADHD brain ruling everything.

I can do this guys, and I hope that the reading I share with you will help you understand yourself better and find ways to cope with your ADHD. Or, if you’re not an ADDer, I hope this series will shed light on this wild world that never ceases to surprise me.

Page-to-Page Tarot Art: Lowbrow Tarot

Lowbrow Tarot: An Artistic Collaborative Effort in Honor of Tarot Book Cover Lowbrow Tarot: An Artistic Collaborative Effort in Honor of Tarot
Aunia Kahn, Russell J. Moon
New Age
October 1st, 2012
Schiffer Publishing

A mixture of Tarot books and Tarot decks to create beauty

Never reviewed a Tarot art book before. I’ve got this snitch (er, I’ve got this Lowbrow Tarot book).

I’m not going to lie, I thought I was getting a deck.  Tarot Gothica, Tarot of the Night, and Lowbrow Tarot package surprised me when I opened it. The Lowbrow Tarot book is, well, a book, and I didn’t expect that. The whole purpose of my new blog was to review Tarot decks and Tarot books. It only took me a few moments, once I opened the book, to realize that the Lowbrow Tarot is a beautiful mixture of the two.

There are many ways to read the Lowbrow Tarot…

I read it mainly for the pictures, not so much the backstory from each author but I did find many of them memorable. On the right margin the author offers an interpretation of the card they drew and a bit about themselves. At first I was interested in the pictures more than the interpretations. I quickly found that I was able to understand the cards more if I payed attention to both the artist and their creation. Reading the author’s note on their card took away some of my freedom of interpretation.  I found, though, that there are many ways to read–and use–this book.

The creativity of the authors’ cards were astounding, even if I didn’t love them all. Most of them made me wish that these authors would create their own deck out of the card they displayed.

Female nudity is a common element in many of many Tarot decks.  Did that bother me? Not at all. A beautiful naked woman is something to be celebrated. The Lowbrow Tarot book explored female nudity when it was present.

How I interacted with the Lowbrow Tarot art book…

I found a way to interact with the cards from the book. I like to draw a card and sleep with it under my pillow. So I flipped to a random page and studied the card and kept it in mind for the following day.  Tarot for Life (my go-to Tarot book) gave me some insight and I cross-referenced that with what the artist of the card had to say on the matter. I made my own conclusion once I read the artist’s work and the Tarot book.

This was a happy surprise, though I would prefer to stick to decks and instructional Tarot books. The Lowbrow Tarot book made me realize how darn beautiful each Tarot card can be. Each card had so much thought and meaning put into it.  It’s my job to read a card both by looking at it, knowing some of what it stands for, and using my intuition. I love it when a card speaks to me without me struggling to understand it. While not all of these cards did that, many, many did and that’s what makes me confident to say that this book was beautiful.

Thank you Schiffer for giving me this amazing book and two other interesting decks. I hope to continue to review for you in the future. I’m so happy you let me review for you.

New Age Books for Friday Finds

A girl can wish and hope and dream and marry someone rich b/c… BOOKS. SO MANY BOOKS I WANT DEM ALL. But, unfortunately, like most people in the bookish world, I can’t have them all. For now I’ll have to make due without adding a gazillion books to my already overflowing bookshelves. Actually, I just added a new bookcase so it ain’t as overflowing as I’d like it to be… Anywhoozle, these books are what I found in Barnes and Noble while I was creeping about and I MUST HAVE ALL DEM NEW AGE BOOKS.

There was a mix of both non-fiction, New Age books, and YA fantasy/scifi/dystopia  with a few adult books in the mix which I am unlikely to read; however, today I’m only going over the New Age books because there are so freakin’ many books I want.

Here are dem non-fiction, New Age books that my spirit aches for. (Actually, that’s an exaggeration but I finally spelled “aches” correctly so I’m going to keep it.) These are for my mind and spirit to better my body and well-being.

Non-Fiction, New Age Books I MUST. HAVE. NOW.

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy Book Cover The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
Sam Maggs
Non-fiction, fangirl-style
Quirk Books

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book I’m, well, fangirling over (is that how you spell it?). Sam Maggs, the book’s author, is clearly an expert in the matter. Riddled throughout the entertaining and thorough book are one-page interviews with fangirl’s stories.

I love that Sam Maggs speaks in a language all of us geek-girls and boys speak. In The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy she addresses things like speech (“I can’t even”). It also provides a field guide for all types of fangirls–from Trekkies to Potterheads–and beyond. It doesn’t matter your fandom what matters is that it matters to you and it makes you happy. She isn’t able to brush on every fandom out there, being that there are so many. (One of my major fandom is Stargate but it’s not mentioned. Doesn’t mean it’s any less valid than a Trekkie.)

While she does focus on the positive parts of being a fangirl, she also addresses the unfortunate parts of being a fangirl in a boy’s world.

Unfortunately for us girl’s the internet doesn’t like us for…

  •  being a girl…
  • a girl on existing on teh interwebs…
  • simultaneously being a girl IRL and online… (The nerve!)

That being said,

I absolutely love that The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy validates our girl-geek-i-ness. Like the fact that it’s okay to dress in the slutty outfits the creators of all fandoms have forced us women in. Come on, if we’re going to be true to the character we’re going to show some skin. (NO, that does not mean we are posers.) It does NOT mean that we’re just doing it for attention. We’re doing it because that’s the image we’re given and some of us (I) don’t care if we show skin.

I’ve never been to a convention, though it is my ultimate goal to be able to attend Book Expo America (BEA). Before I delve into how to survive conventions, it’s interesting to note that she provides a list of conventions for a lot of the popular fandoms (squee!).  While, obviously, she couldn’t include everything, it was still super cool exploring what she was able to provide.

In the section titled, “Geronimo! How to Survive Conventions”, Sam Maggs outlines everything from a guide for “Flying (Han) Solo” (get it lolol get it) to hunting down tickets; and the importance of following the con’s Twitter feeds.

I am so happy Sam Maggs wrote this book to validate girls and women all around the world and teh interwebs. We need some lovin’ among all the hate and personal, sexist, and woman-hating attacks. To Sam Maggs, I form a “V” with four fingers and an outward thumb and say, “Live long and prosper…and please write more books.” The end.

Thank you Quirk Books for sending me The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for GIRL GEEKS. It was my pleasure.


The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate feminist book for geeky girls.

Tarot Gothica the Flimsiest of Flimsy Tarot Cards


Tarot Gothica (bet ya couldn’t tell that by looking at the cover)

What I liked about the Tarot Gothica:

  • Beautiful graphics
  • Life-like pictures that make it feel “real”
  • Clear, concise meanings in the booklet w/ an additional two sentences exploring the meaning of the individual cards

What I didn’t like about the Tarot Gothica:

  • Cheap paper
  • Large pixels
  • Not durable–will most likely be damaged in, say, a purse

Tarot Gothica’s paper quality is that bad?

When I first peeled away the Tarot Gothica booklet that is common with Tarot decks I was thrilled. The graphics were vibrant and real but, unfortunately, as soon as I (gracefully) tipped  the deck into my hand I was disappointed. The paper was thin, so thin that it almost immediately ruined the deck for me. Tarot is many things: an art form, it’s a form of divination and a tool to explore your life and answer the questions you struggle with. If you’re going to invest $25 into a Tarot deck you should be getting quality cards that won’t bend if you dhold them wrong.

Let’s take a look at the graphics

I’m big into graphics. Tarot of the Night had subpar graphics but was on excellent, thick paper, well-deserving of the craft. It was this that compelled me to give a rather positive review, even though the graphics were Sims 3-styled. Tarot Gothica isn’t going to hold up for frequent use, the way Tarot decks are meant to be used and used again. In my case, that has the potential to be a problem. I like to carry my decks with me in a muslin bag to make the deck as light and portable as possible. This decks just won’t hold up in my purse unless it’s in the sturdy box it comes in; my purse is heavy as-is without a full Tarot deck in a heavy box.

That’s not all, you see

There was another huge problem with this deck: the pixels. Tarot Gothica is incredibly pixelated. I was viewing the Tarot Gothica as if it were on an old-fashioned TV screen. However, because of the poor quality of the paper on which they were printed, this deck is the least heavy deck I own, which is could be a positive aspect. The characters on the cards are the main feature of this deck, not the environment around them. Some decks, like the Housewives Tarot Deck for instance, have backgrounds that are intricate and are part of the story that the decks tell; it is not so with the Tarot Gothica. The humans depicted on the card are the main story, though there are various degrees of how intense the backgrounds are.

For instance, the 9 of Swords depicts a woman in a gothic/Western dress that is holding her severed head above her neck. The background is incredibly simplistic and has nothing but a door at first glance. If you were to look at the background in more detail, there is a grim reaper hiding in the background. The first few times I explored this card I didn’t see it and when I wasn’t aware of it, it was still plenty true to the 9 of Swords. As the booklet says, “Horror,” which describes the card with or without the knowledge that the Grim Reaper hides in the far right corner.

Here’s the deal

The deck reads well but the quality of the deck, even though the pictures are amazing, detract from the experience of using them, though not necessarily of owning them. The box itself is quite beautiful, the quality is significantly better than the cards themselves. The graphics on the box are significantly better though more simplistic than the cards themselves.

The Tarot Gothica deck may be for you if…

You don’t intend on using them on a regular basis, or if you don’t plan on carting them around in anything other than the box in which they came. The Tarot Gothica is a great addition to a collection, for those of us who can’t get enough of artsy Tarot, and the cheap paper and large pixellation should not necessarily be a deterrent to these cards.

Thank you Schiffer Publishing for sending me this deck. Reviewing it was my pleasure and I hope to continue to review for you in the near and distant future.

The Sleeping Prince (Book) Review

The Sleeping Prince Book Cover The Sleeping Prince
The Sin Eater's Daughter
Melinda Salisbury
YA Fantasy
Scholastic Press
May 31st, 2016

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

I loved that this story was set in the same universe as the first Sin Eater’s Daughter book was. It was wild to find out that the main character has such a close connection to Twylla through her brother. Because I read the first book so long ago I vaguely remembered that there was a boy named Lief, though I couldn’t remember what his significance was. I pulled out book #1 and flipped through the book until I reached the last chapter. Boom. There he was and the story made a bit more sense.

It took me a while to catch on to the fact that Twylla was not the main character in this book. I went into it expecting the book to follow her story in the after-math of her crazy adventure, so it took me about two chapters to realize that this was not Twylla. Now, I swear I’m intelligent but for the life of me I could not remember who the MC was in the first book. I had to revisit The Sin eater’s Daughter in order to orient myself.

This is a series that would best be marathoned. I still don’t remember everything that happened in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, however, I can tell you that it lacks the love triangle that the first book has, though there is a tad bit of romance that does not overshadow the plot and the strength of Errin as a young woman. She is hell-bent on saving her mother and that is an immense display of strength for a woman so young (compared to me, at least…).

The plot was fast-paced in hindsight, but the slow reading progress was a bit off-putting. I kept waiting for more to happen and it did–in the final third of the book. It was so worth the wait, though, because the ending was crazy good, what with the plot twists and all that. Almost all of the twists in the final third bit of the book were unexpected. Now, I’m quite good at reading into things, but I wasn’t good enough for this book; something which I appreciated very much. I had some suspicions but I hadn’t made up my mind that my assumptions could very well be true.

I haven’t mentioned Errin’s mother’s illness because I don’t want to give to much away, however, it makes me wonder, how far would you go to protect your family, especially when they’re dangerous? Thinking about it, I’m not sure of my answer. It’s a hard decision to make.


Set in the same universe I absolutely loved in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, I was surprised at every turn and pleased to find that I was following the story of someone so connected to the MC in the first book, without the young woman, Errin, even realizing that.