Author Archives: Controlled Abandon

Favorite Books of 2015

These are the best of the new (to me) books I read in each month of 2015. January: Ordinary Magic (Caitlin Rubino-Bradway); City of Bones (Martha Wells) because it’s such an unusual world February: The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison) because … Continue reading

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National Coming Out Day

Coming out is scary. It doesn’t matter if you know that the person you’re coming out to is going to be fine with it; there’s still the worry of “what if,” because really, how can you know? It’s still revealing … Continue reading

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Ballet Obsession

I’ve been wanting to read more non-fiction for a while, but I find it hard to get into. I start a book, but then get distracted by other reading and never return to it. Some time ago I had the … Continue reading

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Diversity in YA Giveway

In the past couple of years I’ve been seeking out diversity in my reading. I started out looking for more books with queer characters, and quickly expanded from there to all types of diversity. I hope to post more on … Continue reading

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Top Ten ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years

I’m considering only books I read for the first time within the past three years (2012-2014), but ones which I either read a lot of times in those three years or which I think are likely to become long-time favorites … Continue reading

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Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson has an awesome math-based magical system (geometry in particular), and I can’t wait for the next one. The Giant Slayers by Iain Lawrence is an excellent piece of story-telling, and really brought the time when … Continue reading

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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Laure J. Marks (Fire Logic) Andrea K Höst (Champion of the Rose) Elizabeth Wein (The Lion Hunter) K J Charles (Magpie Lord) Melissa Scott (Astrieant series) Dorothy Gilman (Mrs. Pollifax) Judeth Merkle Riley (A Vision of Light) Nnedi Okorafor (Akata … Continue reading

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