My Favourite Things

Teardrops on letters and detailed descriptions
Brave warrior heroes and feminine women
Adventure that leads you across distant lands
These are a few of my favourite things

Well-researched history and realistic scenes
Suspense and romance and glad, happy endings
Fierce, scary villains driven by motives
These are a few of my favourite things

Captures and battles and clever disguises
Banter and laughter and foreshadowing
Fantasy worlds that still somehow seem real
These are a few of my favourite things

When the plot fails
When I get stuck
When my characters are mad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

(Yes, I know. The syllables don’t always match the tune…just stretch some of ’em a bit. πŸ˜‰ )

What on earth was that all about?

Well, you see, I am beginning a new series called – you guessed it – “My Favourite Things.” In this series, I plan to go one by one through my favourite books, giving them reviews of sorts. But these won’t be your normal reviews. Instead of “I loved this, I hated this, content issues here,” I will be trying to focus on what we can learn about writing from the books I love. Though I may descend into “fangirling” at some points. πŸ˜‰

Oh, you want to know what some of those books are? Well, okay, but the list is subject to changes and additions.


  1. Crown Duel (Sherwood Smith)
  2. Books of Bayern series (Shannon Hale)
  3. Pegasus (Robin McKinley)

{Historical Fiction}

  1. Circle of Silver trilogy (Maxine Trottier)
  2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  3. Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)
  4. Revolution is not a Dinner Party (Ying Chang Compestine)
  5. The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Emmuska Orczy)

{General Fiction}

  1. Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart)

I know I’m forgetting some, so they’ll just be lovely surprises, right?

Now it’s your turn. What would you interested to see these “reviews” cover?


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