Reader’s Maps

Spicy Nodes for Reader’s Advisory – Follow the map to find books with characteristics in common.

Adventures in Desert Climes: A Reader’s Map

While the desert is not my first thought when I’m wishing to get away from the winter and cold, reading a book set in a desert is almost as good as being warm again. If your imagination’s good enough, you might even feel the sun’s heat… That’s what this reader’s map is for. Click through and scroll down to read the descriptions under the images. As always, if you have suggestions for additions to the map, share in the comments!

Dragon Territories in the Realms of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Our latest Reader’s Map is all about dragons. And there are plenty! Click on the image below to see a map full of dragon books, categorized by genre or dragon characteristic, e.g. Where the War Dragons Fight, The Kingdom of Magic Dragons, and The Empire of Epic Fantasy.


Sword-Wielding Heroines: A Reader’s Map

It’s been a while since we’ve done a reader’s map at Spicy Nodes. Today, you can interact with a map of books (mostly fantasy) that feature women who wield swords. There’s a Celtic fantasy series, several books about mercenaries, “sword and sorcery” books, an alternate fantasy, and of course, romantic fantasies.

Click the image below to be taken to the interactive map.

Do you know of any other books with swashbuckling, bada$$ women who wield swords? Share in the comments and I’ll add them to the map!

We’re never too old for fairy tales…

Cruel Beauty  Ella Enchanted  Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #6)  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Yesterday I reviewed Michelle Diener’s The Golden Apple, an adult re-telling of a Norwegian fairy tale and I’m kinda loving the theme at the moment. I recently finished Marissa Meyer’s Cress and Stacey did a review of Cinder, the first book in that futuristic series. So fairy tales are on the brain.

I love what authors are doing with fairy tale re-tellings right now. There are so many inventive tales out there and a few forth coming. Look at Marissa Meyer’s series, she’s got a Cinderella cyborg, a genetically modified wolf hunting down Little Red, and Rapunzel’s tower is a space station. This is amazing and unique. And it is why I love fairy tale re-tellings. Authors can take the bare bones of a story and make something completely new and reach a whole new audience. This is an amazing thing.


On the fourth day of Christmas…we suggest some holiday romance

After spending the afternoon shoveling my impossibly long driveway, I’m ready to take a break and head to Romancelandia and suggest some holiday reads.

I have to admit that I do love a good holiday romance, and I’ve read a lot of historical themed ones. Below is my reader map that will help get you started with some fun holiday reads. I have read all the titles suggested in the historical category, and I’m suggesting some other good authors in the other categories. Click on the image to take a look and let me know what you think.

holidayThe one area that I had a hard time finding some good titles was in sci-fi. There just doesn’t seem to be very much sci-fi holiday-themed romance (clearly a very niche area). I have read the one I suggested and I loved it, so I would be happy to hear about any suggestions in that area.

Happy Holiday reading!

A Reader’s Map for Science Fiction Romance Reads

For a fun twist on read-alikes, I have created an interactive Spicy Node that will allow you to navigate around a web (remember the brainstorming webs you drew in primary school? It’s kind of like that) to find books that are related to one another by various features. The node centers on a book I reviewed earlier, The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord. Every book in the web has something in common with that book.

To view the Node, click on the image below.


Navigate by clicking on the bubbles, and scroll down for synopses. Drag the background to move the bubbles around.