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Saturday, September 15, 2018


Forgive me if this is a repost, but I came across this while searching for a link for my Keeper of the Bees review, and I've looked and looked and can't see that I ever posted this video here, which was uploaded to my youtube channel back in May... Dropped the ball on this one.

Anyway, today's video brought to you by Casper the Friendly Ghost... Sorry about that. But here are some things that I can't get enough of, that make a book auto-buy/add.
Let me know some of yours in the comments!

And if you'd like to see dedicated videos with recommendations/favorites on any of these buzzwords, let me know, because I think that could make for a very fun new series!


  1. Yep, space westerns need to happen more often. Quirky small town is definitely a thing for me, too.

    My buzzwords are 'gothic', 'atmospheric', 'adorkable', 'witty' 'awesome worldbuilding'

  2. Yay buzzwords! Mine have for sure changed, and are:
    Space Western for SURE (crap, now I want to read Tin Star even more).
    Non-Disney fairytale retelling (less of a word, more of a concept).
    Non-contemporary bisexual and homosexual characters.
    Cultural sensitivity with alien species.
    Historical fiction with kickass females (like historic assassins or ice-cold queens that aren't the villain).
    Rogues with a heart of gold or moral compass (of all genders).
    Ensemble cast (in all mediums, really).
    Women empowering women/sisterhood (literal and figurative).
    Dangerous magic/magic that comes with a real cost.
    Set in Seattle (at any time period).
    Genre-bending or genre-transcending.
    Also YES to soft magical realism- I love the way you phrased it. It makes me feel like the world is a better place than I generally think it is. :D And huge to the baking/cooking bits. Like Water for Chocolate is ENTIRELY magical realism. I got but haven't read yet The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, which is all magical realism baking. I'll see if I can remember the ones I've read and loved, to recommend to you.

    I need to hear how Kingfisher Club is! It's on my list, too. Oh, and you should read the graphic novel Lackadaisy- anthropomorphic cats in the 1920s set in a speakeasy, illustrated by the amazing Tracy Butler.

    Side note- you may enjoy reading The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, and The Expanse series, and you may enjoy watching Farscape (character-driven scifi with alien and/or Western themes). :)

    1. Read Tin Star.
      Concepts totally work for buzzwords, and may I recommend Spinning Silver.
      Non-contemp gay: have you read The Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue?
      Ensemble cast, yes. Women empowering women, YES.
      Magic at a i store, always. More of that. More of consequences in general.
      The books you recommended are definitely added to my list, and yes, love Farscape, though I need to finish it

    2. Oh, and cultural sensitivity with aliens: Read. TIN STAR.

    3. Wow, I wasn't paying attention while typing, and what the hell happened in that first comment. MAGIC AT A COST.


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