The Shadows I Cast

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Hello and thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my blog!

A bit about me…well, I share my life with a wonderful man and our three fur-kidz. Those of you who have dogs, you gotta agree with me here that they are a lot like human kids. I love them all and without them my life would be gray and devoid of laughter, love, and hope.

I love to read and much prefer a good book to a movie. In fact, I use reading as a reward. For example, if I want to pick up the latest book that has sucked me in to its fantasy realm, then first I have to workout for an hour (okay, maybe only 30 minutes). Apparently it’s very amusing to watch me read as I tend to scrunch up my face, smirk, smile, laugh, cry, you name it. Basically, I LOVE books. Mostly I prefer series to single novels. I love discovering characters, lands, magic systems, customs, and so many other things in stories that authors create. Really marvelous books enslave me – it’s completely common for a story to sneak its way into my dreams where I am side by side with main characters. Sometimes a book is so well written that I can easily visualize scenes and characters that I have read about. Those are some of the BEST books. The problem is that once I finish with a fantastically addicting book, I instantly crave another. First step is admitting it. So here goes. My name is Shannon and I’m a story-junkie (and I know I’m not alone).

So, I decided to start this little blog to post some reviews about books by well-known authors (as well as highlight authors that aren’t so mainstream) in the hopes that you might find another book to pick up and lose yourself in for a couple of hours/days/weeks.

And, as it’s no secret to those who know me well, I dream of one day writing a best-selling novel. Yeah, I know, that’s a pretty big (and probably unrealistic) dream. But what can I say, I dream big dreams. So, if the mood strikes, or a muse shows mercy on me, maybe I’ll post an original short story from time to time. I haven’t come up with a fitting name for my little 10-sentence tales yet. Once I do, there will be a tag on the sidebar so my hopefully-future-fans can find them easily.

Some of my favorite authors, in no particular order, are Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Erin Morgenstern, Laini Taylor, A.G. Howard, Susan Kaye Quinn, Brandon Sanderson, Mercedes Lackey, R.A. Salvatore, J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Dora Machado, Cassandra Clare, Dan Brown, Terry Goodkind..

One of my favorite quotes by George R.R. Martin is: 

“Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofus, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middel-Earth.”

– George R.R. Martin

Anyway… feel free to explore my blog. Just remember, these posts, these reviews, these rambling, are but shadows . . .

I can also be found at:
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6 responses to “The Shadows I Cast

  1. Love your blog!
    I saw that you’ve got George R.R. Martin listed as one of your favourite authors but I can’t find any of your reviews of his work (maybe I’m looking in the wrong categories?) I’m currently churning through his Song of Ice and Fire series – I’m so addicted to the Game of Thrones world it’s not funny!
    I’ll be sure to keep checking back for new reviews and book ideas. =)

    • Thanks for your kind comment 🙂 I haven’t posted my reviews of Martin yet. I just started blogging for the first time ever two weeks ago and there’s just so much I still need to post! I hope to get those up in the next couple of weeks. I really enjoyed his novels and am eagerly awaiting book 6!

    • Thanks! I have to disclose that I totally cheated on the background. And I still am not completely satisfied with the sunglasses. But it was a really fun experience . . . albeit very time consuming!

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