Reading Fantasy Staples and Introducing Treasure Chest Feature

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In my first week of July, I have started participating in Tome Topple. Eager to explore fantasy staple novels, I took on two installments in two very different yet related series.

Fantasy Staples

It is all kinds of fun to read a book series that inspired one of our most influential fantasy novels up to date. So, when I finally started reading Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, it was exciting to see how it inspired Brandon Sanderson as a writer.

Right now, I am almost 50% of the way through Eye of the World, the first book of the Wheel of Time series.

Here are some thoughts:

  1.  As much as Rand, Perrin, and Mat are interesting, I find the girls in this book way more intriguing.
  2. I want a whole more of the Aes Sedai and the Wisdom mythology
  3. Protect precious baby squad

The other reading experience I am going through is The Well of Ascension. I am about 20% of the way through. The way Sanderson portrays Vin is influenced by Jordan’s own depictions of women in his novels. It’s really nice. Granted, there are not that many women in the story so far, however, I like how Vin has developed as an ally and a Mistborn.

Really good stuff.

Treasure Chest


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My Treasure Stash feature is where I highlight topics or things that elicit deep thought or enjoyment for me.

Here we go.

YouTube Videos

On Evelyn From the Internet’s YouTube channel, there was a discussion about the friction between African and African American people in the United States. It is something I wouldn’t have known much about. The discussion is sincere and thought-provoking.

Plus, this interview with Naomi Novik led me to fall in love with the way her mind works. I cannot wait to read more of her books. She is the epitome of reinvention and creativity. There is another video of her at a talk for Google that drove me to reminisce about the role fandom played in my development as a person and as a reader.

And, in a way, I realized that I missed the friendship in Uprooted and the female empowerment the story provided. Intimate scenes make me cringe, but, aside from that, I find myself missing Agnieszka.


As I attended one of my online classes this week, my teacher for the course linked an example of her work for inspiration. The essay was on Buzzfeed and it just got me thinking about memory and authentically telling a story with a purpose.  Here is a link.

The post on Aimee’s influential books that led to her interest in books made me smile. Listen, it’s like we matched up on what got us started to read ravenously. It is such a cute post. Give it a read.

A wellness post on Mind, Body, Green shared 20 natural anxiety remedies. It spoke to my soul. I am in need of managing my mental health beyond medication at this point.

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