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I write poetry, stories, madness. I transcribe my life into words. Beauty can be found anywhere and I guess I'm here chasing after my muse. Yet again. To contact:

How To Prepare For Your Thesis Defense

How To Prepare For Your Thesis Defense

As I may have said a couple of hundred times already, I’m defending my thesis on the 18th of September so I have roughly a month to prepare for it. I shall give you some basic steps on how to prepare for a thesis defense (or defence, I don’t think it matters):

1. Don’t.

Really, don’t. Just do something else. Watch a drama, read a book, go outside. Have a staring competition with a strange…

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Review: The Accidental Keyhand (The Ninja Librarians #1) by Jen Swann Downey

Review: The Accidental Keyhand (The Ninja Librarians #1) by Jen Swann Downey


Hardcover, Advanced Reader Copy, 384 pages Published April 21st 2014 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source: Raincoast Books

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the cover of this middle grade fiction. Sword-fighting librarians? Or perhaps book flinging librarian wannabes. What I got was a pleasant surprise. Downey’s middle grade debut is fantastically readable and contains a secondary world that is…

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Changes Are Good for the Bookish Soul

Changes Are Good for the Bookish Soul

A few posts ago, I briefly mentioned that changes are coming to Bibliophilic Monologues. As you may or may not know, I contribute reviews fairly irregularly to Cuddlebuggery and am one of the founders of the children’s lit blog The Book Wars. The Book Wars in particular is quite demanding in terms of blogging and social media-ing so I have not been able to devote as much time to this blog. Truth…

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Non-medieval historical novels

Let’s talk a bit about non-medieval historical novels, because there are, after all, a lot of other periods in history, right?

The Bronze Bow

Elizabeth George Speare’s The Bronze Bowis set in Roman-occupied Palestine about two thousand years ago. David, our protagonist, has abandoned his grandmother and younger sister to join freedom fighters in the hills. David’s goal: to drive every last Roman out of Israel,…

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4 more minutes and I would have been lost
His desultory charms would have charred my forever
As it is, I realized upon a blink before the final credits rolled
This is not how I want my story to end.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez


Hardcover, 286 pages Published June 3rd 2014 by Knopf
Source: Publisher

The Book of Unknown Americans is absolutely beautiful and will wrench your heart out and give it back to you on a platter, bleeding and raw. Cristina Henriquez gives an authentic voice to the faceless and yes, unknown Americans who live their lives with a frustrated dignity, far from all they hold dear and often treated as…

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Questioning the Lack of Diversity in Historical Fiction

Questioning the Lack of Diversity in Historical Fiction

Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008)

Two weeks ago, I talked in a complicated sort of way about why it is so important to be aware that the language history is written in is not necessarily the language it occurs in and as such, discrepancies exist and the lens through which we view history is, perhaps unavoidably, flawed.

This week I want to question a marked lack of diversity in…

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Review: The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

Review: The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

18668051Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st, 2014 by Putnam Juvenile
Source: Penguin Canada

Mama wouldn’t start a new project until she had every piece. Sometimes it took months of gathering. We’d go to yard sales and junk shops and she’d let her hands run along rows of knobs and buttons and screws that had held other people’s lives together in one form or fashion for more years than I’d been alive.…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books They Insist I Read

Top Ten Tuesday: Books They Insist I Read

Top Ten Tuesday

From the, Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often).


I read a lot of Children’s Lit (surprising no one) so this list will be heavy on the adult fiction because you know, I don’t read it that much. Here it goes!

  1. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
    Everyone is…

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Jennifer Gold’s Soldier Doll

Jennifer Gold’s Soldier Doll


I received this copy of Soldier Girl from Second Story Press when I visited back in June and I slotted it in for Historical Fiction month. I have to say, again, I am loving Historical Fiction month – I’m getting to books that have been on my shelf for far too long, and I am loving them.


Meg took a deep breath. “Hold my hands,” she said quietly.

Meg grasped Ned’s hands and held them…

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Another week, another reading forecast. Here’s hoping I return to a more reliable posting schedule now that I have sorted out my thesis somewhat. I had no internet for almost the entirety of last week, well okay, 4 days but it felt like a week. And you would think that having no internet would mean I would read more. It didn’t because I was doing final revisions on my thesis so I could sent it along to the second readers. Perhaps that is just an excuse though. I was reading The Hero of Ages and it’s such a long, complex, dense novel that all my attention was stuck on it. I did manage to finish it though and I read some other books so maybe I’m whining about nothing.

What I Read Last Week:

  1. Scale Bright – Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  2. The Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
  3. The Days Are Just Packed – Bill Watterson
  4. Blacksad, Vol 1 – Juan Diaz Canales, Juanjo Guarnido
  5. The Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
  6. Rookie Yearbook Two – Edited by Tavi Gavinson
  7. Above the Dreamless Dead – Edited by Chris Duffy

What I’m Currently Reading:

Nothing. I just finished The Red Queen a few minutes ago and I’m trying to read only one book at a time.

What I Plan to Read:

  1. The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
    I must read this before I have to return it to the library. It’s a beast though so I hope it doesn’t take up the entire week.
  2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jenny Hwang
    This graphic novel has been a long time coming. It looks really fun and not that long so I should be able to do it.
  3. Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
    I’m going to start it this week and read a chapter a day or a certain number of pages per day. I have a feeling this is a book you need to read slowly so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
  4. Servants of the Storm – Delilah S. Dawson
    I really should get around to reading this. I have had it on my pile for long enough.
Another week, another reading forecast. Here’s hoping I return to a more reliable posting… Another week, another reading forecast. Here’s hoping I return to a more reliable posting schedule now that I have sorted out my thesis somewhat.

Megan Crewe’s Earth and Sky (#1) by @RazorbillCA

Megan Crewe’s Earth and Sky (#1) by @RazorbillCA



DISCLAIMER: This is a review for Penguin Random House’s imprint Razorbill. I don’t actually have this final cover, I just have the fancy cover-that-isn’t a cover ARC version.

I have to say right now that from the very first sentence I was captured by the voice of Skylar, the protagonist of this text.


I’d like to think the courthouse won’t be a problem. It’s older than my house, older…

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An Apology and Some News

An Apology and Some News

So I’ve been pretty much absent from the blog for the past week apart from the reading forecast post and I apologise for that. I didn’t have internet connection for the better part of this past week and what time I did have was spent last-moment revising my thesis so I could send it to my second readers.

I have decided some stuff for the blog and I will go into detail about that at a later time…

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The Cover Wars


The Cover Wars! Where we judge a book based on the cover and the blurb – because we all do it, you know you do. Let us know if you agree, disagree or have read what we have so harshly judged.


A highly contagious book virus, a literary society and a Snow Queen-like disappearing author. ‘She came to realise that under one reality there’s always another. And another one under that.’ Only very…

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