Book Recommendations – 20 Diverse and Modern Retellings of Old Classics

In case you’re new to the Pond’s book recommendation posts, the recommendation posts are brought to you by Varian, the Pond’s very own Toadshifter who is knowledgeable in all kinds of magic! One of Varian’s ambitions is to get better at sewing, hence why whenever Varian has come up with their latest costume, they will always recommend a few books that inspired them!

I think we can all do with some diverse retellings in our lives.

Regardless of whether you think we should be reading classics – read classics, don’t read classics – I can confidently say that I personally enjoy diverse retellings more.

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Our Friend is Here! An Author Interview with Diana Pinguicha, Author of A Curse of Roses; On the Legend that Inspired Her Debut and Writing in a Second Language

Our Friend is Here! An Author Interview with Diana Pinguicha, Author of A Curse of Roses; On the Legend that Inspired Her Debut and Writing in a Second Language

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

If you love the idea of a Portuguese historical fantasy with a sapphic romance, about a girl who turns the things she touches into flowers, then you’re going to want to huddle around the Pond today – because we have an exciting and special guest visiting us today!

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Book Recommendations – Funny Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Book Recommendations - Funny Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

In case you’re new to the Pond’s book recommendation posts, the recommendation posts are brought to you by Varian, the Pond’s very own Toadshifter who is knowledgeable in all kinds of magic! One of Varian’s ambitions is to get better at sewing, hence why whenever Varian has come up with their latest costume, they will always recommend a few books that inspired them!

Sometimes, I think we can all do with a book that makes you laugh.

Nothing feels better than reading a book that is just so charming and funny that it pulls you into the character’s world – and helps you escape the rush and mess, even if it’s for a little while. I’ve had the privilege of reading some truly hilarious books this year, so I thought I would put together a list of the books that literally made me laugh out loud – a feat, since I’m actually a very stoic reader!

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Let’s Go on a Pond-cation: A These Violent Delights-themed Virtual Tour through Shanghai with Chloe Gong and Xiaolong

Xiaolong the axolotl, wearing big glasses on her head, holding a suitcase, and a camera around her neck.Let’s Go On a Pond-cation is a guest feature at The Quiet Pond that celebrates and highlights worldbuilding in stories!

In our Pond-cation posts, the Pond friends and authors team up to take all of us on a virtual vacation through the real life places in books or the places that inspired fictional places and worldbuilding. Find out more information about this guest feature here.

It’s pretty clear that all of us at the Pond are huge fans of These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. We had the honour of hosting the exclusive cover reveal and we also highly recommended the book in our review. Today though, we have Chloe visiting us at the Pond again in a new Let’s Go On a Pond-cation post, where Chloe and Xiaolong take us on a virtual vacation through Shanghai, the setting for These Violent Delights.

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Book Blogger Resources: How I Revamped The Quiet Pond (and My Tips For Your Next Blog Revamp)

Book blogger resources: how i revamped the quiet pond (and my tips for your next revamp!)

Recently, I revamped The Quiet Pond and gave my book blog a fresh look. In the past, my revamps were always a haphazard process – I changed things here and there and just hoped for the best. With this revamp, however, I took the time to plan my revamp – and I’ve never felt so happy with how my book blog looks.

To be honest, I am really proud of this recent revamp. I put a lot of thought, care, and effort into this revamp, and I’m hoping that I won’t have to revamp for another two years (Did you know that The Quiet Pond is two years old and has already been through three revamps?!)

I wanted to do a ‘behind the scenes’ sort of post, so today, I’m sharing with you all my process The Quiet Pond‘s latest revamp – one that I’m really proud of! – and also, along the way, offer some advice for those of you out there who want to revamp their blogs as well.

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