The first trailer for the upcoming Emma adaptation dropped today, and I have thoughts! If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here: So right off the bat, spot-on casting of Miss Bates. Miranda Hart, 100%, absolutely, done and done. I also love the casting of Bill Nighy as Mr. Woodhouse. I do wonder if he's … Continue reading Let’s Dissect the New “Emma” Trailer!
This post is part of a Rhonda Pods About Books podcast episode, which you can listen to on your favorite podcatcher, or right here: What I brought from my experience as a filmmaker is that I write in a very cinematic, visual style... it's basically like seeing a movie in your head. I actually … Continue reading A Conversation with “Shadow City” Author Anna Mocikat
*I was given a review copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. So I've had this idea for a Middle Grade novel rolling around in my head for awhile, and I recently decided to go ahead and take a crack at writing it (and I'm actually attempting it as … Continue reading Review: Esme’s Wish
If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, it's an annual event in the month of November in which people try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Daunting? Yes. I have no clue whatsoever how this is going to go, so that's fun! The novel I'm going to attempt is … Continue reading So I Guess I’m Doing NaNoWriMo (a Crisis)
I'm pretty sure I've at least mentioned before how Emily Croy Barker's The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic (click the cover to buy through IndieBound) is one of my favorite books of the last several years, maybe of ever. The story has been described as "Harry Potter for grown-ups" (even though lots of grown-ups read Harry … Continue reading The “Thinking Woman’s Guide” Sequel Has a Title!
I've long loved Book Riot's regular feature Reading Pathways, wherein they guide you through which books from a certain author to read and what order to read them if you're brand new to the author. I really wanted to do something similar, but of course I can't call it "Reading Pathways," and I have to … Continue reading Author Itinerary: Jane Austen
*This post is part of a podcast episode (Rhonda Pods About Books), which you can find on your favorite podcast platform, or listen right here: In honor of Harry and Meghan's wedding in May of last year, I wrote a post about my favorite royalty-related books. That original list was as follows: On Royalty, Jeremy … Continue reading Update: More Favorite Royalty Books
We all know Amazon is The. Worst. There are reports and lots of articles detailing how the multi-billion dollar corporation has put small, independent retailers out of business, as well as the terrible ethics with which they treat their employees, both warehouse workers and delivery drivers. (Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos is a billionaire a hundred times … Continue reading So You Don’t Want to Support Amazon Anymore
If you know me well, you know that Autumn is my favorite time of year. Come mid September, I am trash for all things pumpkin spice, my boot collection makes its way out of my closet, and I find myself wanting to get cozy at home with a cup of cocoa and a spooky read, … Continue reading Spooky Adaptations to Watch this Autumn
The most highly-anticipated book release of 2019, The Testaments, Margaret Atwood's companion novel to her 1985 dystopian classic The Handmaid's Tale, was waiting for me on my Kindle when I woke up this morning (it's Tuesday, September 10 as I write this). I wanted to spend all day reading, but alas, the duties of adulthood call. But as … Continue reading I Live Blogged the First Chapter of “The Testaments” Because of Course I Did