Flights of Fancy | A Rose by Any Other Name?

I’ve realized something about myself lately, and I’m finding it a little bit alarming.  I need to know if I’m the only one out there with this affliction! I struggle to remember the names of characters when I’m not actively reading the book!  The second I put the book down, I struggle to remember the […]

Flights of Fancy | Big News for Birdie

I’m normally of the opinion that bloggers don’t usually notice when someone we’re following hasn’t posted, or commented, in a while.  We’re so caught up in visiting others, working on our own, and dealing with our real world that it may not jump right out at us when someone disappears.  It doesn’t mean we don’t […]

Flights of Fancy | Parenting a Reader

As a parent, I frequently think about how I should monitor and censor my daughter’s media intake.  I ask myself, at nearly 14 years old, what should be allowed and what shouldn’t? Growing up my mother never really monitored the books that I was interested in.  Looking back, as an adult, I recognize where some […]

Flights of Fancy | Getting Personal

Life, Currently… This Flights of Fancy is supposed to be about what’s going on in my life, and why I’ve been a little quieter lately.  I’m sure readers probably haven’t noticed, but I can’t stop thinking about it.  The thing is, I’m not really good with talking about personal stuff.  I never have been.  Something about […]

Flights of Fancy | Random Thoughts About Blogging

The reason I created ‘Flights of Fancy’ was to give myself a mental outlet.  They’re like my online reading, and now blogging, journal for stray thoughts.  Plus, maybe someone else feels the same and we’ll be able to bounce ideas back and forth. Lately I’ve been thinking about the logistics of blogging, and why I […]

The Reading Vacation!

VACATIONS are a magical time, right?  When they’re coming up, even if you’re not going anywhere, you feel feel like all your worries and cares are just going to evaporate and it’ll be a week of the most peaceful relaxation you’ve had in a long time.  They’re almost like magical rejuvenation for your mental balance.  It’s […]

Flights of Fancy | Book Obsessive?

Am I Book Obsessive? Or, am I Normal? I was riding in the car with my husband, Mr. Birdie, this past weekend, he was listening to music and I was reading.  I thought it was peaceful, but I guess he was feeling lonely because he made a joke about how my reading in the car […]

Flights of Fancy | How I Blog

I’m not sure how fascinating anyone else will find this, but for some reason it’s been on my mind a lot so I thought I’d jot it all down and see if anyone else manages their blog the way I do, maybe get some blogging tips from how others. My Schedule I was obviously heavily […]

Flights of Fancy | Characters I Couldn’t Steal

I’ve got a new topic for you, one that might be a little strange, but it’s one my friend and I talk about.  Over and over.  A pretty much identical conversation each time it happens. We randomly start talking about the fictional characters that we love so much we want to rip them out of the […]

In Which I Compare Myself to YA Parents

Today, for the first time, I allowed my daughter to walk with her friends (in a group) to the gas station up the road.   I’m sure there are people out there who would shrug like it’s no big deal, and probably people who think I’m nuts.  I generally fall into the second category.  She’s […]

Flights of Fancy – Fancasting Faces

Casting a beloved book, for a movie or just among the fans, is a problematic situation.  We’re all so involved with the characters as we see them in our own heads, and it can get a little dicey when someone points out why we’re wrong. I’m not normally someone who reads a book and starts […]

Subconscious Gender Bias

I pride myself on being a real world feminist.  I believe women are equal to men in every way, and that includes our strengths and our weaknesses.  We’re just as capable of greatness, but we can also share the same flaws.  This is something I know deep in my foundation. However, when I read a […]

Don’t Worry, Read Happy

Life is hard, right?  Sometimes life throws you curve balls and you just can’t hit them.  They smash into your eye, or stomach, and you double over and it’s just hard.  I think that’s why I love reading so much, because it’s so easy to disappear to somewhere better.  When you pick up a book […]

Operation ReRead 2017

I’ve always loved to reread my favorite books.  I feel like the first time you read a book, it’s like meeting the story.  Then, each time you reread you’re getting to know the book more and more.  The book begins to share its secrets with you, you become more intimate.  It’s like going out on […]

My Not So Secret Quirks

I’m pretty sure the title of this post gives away the topic, but just for conversation’s sake- I believe that everyone in the world has strange little quirks that may be weird to others yet make perfect sense to ourselves. For example, my husband gets upset when you push down the buttons on his fast […]

Blogging in 2017

2017 started off with a pretty significant change in my life.  After three years, I decided to part ways with Badass Book Reviews and commit to blogging solo.  What does that mean for Birdie’s readers?  Nothing.  I’m pretty sure my post amount will stay the same.   I just won’t also have to try and do […]

Literary Fingerprints

Are you guys ready for another one of my reading ramblings?  I hope so, because I’ve gotta get it all out and you are my wonderful audience.  Here goes… About a week ago I was reading a Rhys Ford book, and it got me thinking about how her writing style is so recognizable.  There’s a […]

Shelfing with Granny!

Before I get into My Big Day, let me drop a note here about myself.  I hate housework.  I do it.  I’m a mom, and a wife, and an adult, which all means that I can’t avoid housework.  (Hey, I’m a feminist, I’m not saying that wives have to do the housework.  My hubby and I […]

The Biblio Buddy System

Do you love Buddy Reads?  Do you hate them?  Have you not taken part in one? I’m pretty sure, for all the obvious reasons, I love them. If this were a Pro/Con list there would be one big tally mark in the pro column, simply because who wouldn’t choose to have someone right there to […]

It’s All About the Stars!

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about book ratings.  Ultimately that means that you guys are going to get some over-analyzed drawn out post from me, where I detail out things you probably don’t care about.  So, in advance, thank you for humoring me. First of all, now that I follow a lot of blogs […]

Guilty Pleasure or Private Information?

There’s been a lot of Guilty Pleasure conversations recently.  On my morning radio show the topic was “Guilty Pleasure” artists, or specific songs.  I remember listening and laughing, but feeling like I really don’t have any.  I don’t care who’s standing in front of me.  I’ll just say what I like, because my music tastes make me who […]

Free Little Libraries

If you are anything like me, you get a huge rush of excitement when there’s a push in the world of reading.  I was overjoyed when the kiddies discovered Harry Potter; when they were lining up at midnight to  buy the new release.  I actually think that Harry Potter was the start of this new […]

Personality Doppelganger

As a reader, I tend to look for ways that the characters I’m reading about are like me, or are like I was as a kid.  I think it’s something that most imaginative people do, if they’re readers.  We enjoy relating to these fictional characters, maybe because it makes it easier for us to imagine […]

Opinions are like ***holes…

Before I start this blog post I want to clarify that, as a reviewer, I would NEVER tell anyone how they should write a book review.  I don’t believe it’s fair of authors to try and influence a review, nor do I think it’s right for reviewers to argue with each other about how they […]

Sometimes Reading is a Curse

All of us recognize the one universal truth of being a biblioholic: There’s no greater joy than reading a good book and getting transported to all kinds of amazing far away places.  Most of the time, loving books as passionately as we do is a blessing.  Each read is like a new adventure, full of the usual […]