Introducing Brandee – A New QTL Writer

Hello everyone. Today we are excited to bring you a special announcement: we have a new reviewer joining us! I am pleased to introduce Brandee, who will be starting with The Quill to Live as our newest writer. She will introduce herself later in this post but we wanted to take a moment to announce an exciting event at the QTL – Brandee week. This week, starting tomorrow, all of the posts will be by our newest writer to give you all a strong taste of her writing and style. This is just another of the new great changes we will be made to the site in the coming days to tune up the Quill to be a more fresh and fun place to get your fantasy and science fiction content. But without further adieu, please meet Brandee:

How does an awkward person introduce themselves? Poorly, I’ll admit. But I’ll give it a go! The name is Brandee, and I love to read just like you. I grew up indulging in fantasy and always enjoyed it. However, something clicked into place when I read A Song Of Ice And Fire, and I don’t think I’ve stopped dreaming of dragons since. The fantasy genre is a wonderful companion and has shaped me into the person I am today. These books are the foundation of my most treasured relationships and have always created avenues to meet someone new. It was the thread that wove my friendship with Cole, which was spun even further to lead me to Andrew, Alex and Julia.

QTL has shaped my TBR and exposed me to several fantastical series, so it truly is an honor to join the group that has influenced my reading evolution. I’ve been swirling in young adult fantasy for a long time, and there’s a lot of uncharted SFF out there for me to discover. It’s exciting, and my growing TBR shows no signs of slowing down. I hope you’ll join me on my journey and fall in love with some books along the way.

Fresh Looks, Great Books: We’re Upgrading The Quill To Live

Hey, hello, and howdy, Quill to Live readers! And thanks for visiting our site, whether this is your first excursion into our TBR-addled brains or you’re a daily visitor. 

We’ve been around since 2015, and The Quill To Live has changed very little in that time, aesthetically speaking. What started as a passion project by site founder Andrew has grown into a respected destination for content that’s as fun to read as the books we write about. In its current state, The Quill To Live staff comprises Andrew, his wife Julia, Alex, and Cole (hey, that’s me!). We work together to bring you polished content about the books we adore (or the books we hate) for one reason: we love to read. 

And now, the time is as ripe for change as it ever has been. So we’re giving the site some much-needed TLC. Here’s what you can expect.

New Logo and Branding

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already noticed we have a new site logo. We hired a brilliant designer to create a logo that we thought best captured what The Quill To Live is all about, and quite frankly she knocked it out of the park. 

Expect to see this logo around all of our platforms, including Twitter and Bookshop

Speaking of Bookshop…

You might see more overt nudges to buy books from our Bookshop.org storefront. If you want to read a book we’ve reviewed, just click on the picture that looks like this in the review:

When you purchase a book using our link, we get a small portion of the profits, and another portion supports independent bookstores. 

We’ll use any proceeds from our Bookshop storefront to operate the site and keep it looking fresh. 

Speaking of Site Looks…

You might see some changes to The Quill To Live’s structure. We toyed with the idea of a complete overhaul and a move to a self-hosted platform. But at the end of the day we decided that would take too much time away from reading books and writing reviews, which is why we’re here in the first place. 

Instead, you can expect to see some small changes and possibly even an updated theme or new site features. Our main goal is to make the site easy to navigate. More on this to come!

Thank You!

Thanks for being a part of our journey, and we hope you’ll stick around. We’ve got some great things in store. Keep up with The Quill To Live right here–new content every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday–or on Twitter @QuillToLive

The 2017 Clean-Up

Hi Everyone! As usual we have spent some time before the end of 2017 with a site clean up. The recommendations page has been updated thoroughly, both with new series and movement of older series with new releases. We are looking into redoing the reviews page to make it more easily navigated as well. If any of you would like to see something new in the coming year, in terms of site design or content, please feel free to reply to this post with suggestions, we would love to know! Thanks again for making Quill great and know that you all are appreciated.

-The Entire Quill to Live Team

On Vacation!

Hi Everyone!

Somehow we managed to have almost our entire staff on vacation this week and the next, so we will not have any new content until two weeks from today on September 19th. I apologize to those of you who like our pieces, but we promise to have a ton of new books read while we travel so that we have some great stuff lined up for you when we get back. Have a great week!

Best,
Andrew and The Quill to Live Team

The 2016 Clean-up

Hi Everyone! As usual I am following my best of 2016 post with a site clean up today. Most noticeably the recommendations page has been updated thoroughly, both with new series and movement of older series with new releases. If any of you would like to see something new in the coming year, in terms of site design or content, please feel free to reply to this post with suggestions, I would love to know! Thanks again for making Quill great and know that you all are appreciated.

Wrapping Up 2015 With A Facelift

With the year coming to a close, and The Quill to Live approaching its first birthday, I decided it was time to give the site a facelift and update.

The banner has been updated with a collage of my favorite books and their covers and the recommendation page has been updated after a year of new books. Two series have moved down out of tier 1 – Raven’s Shadow and The Powdermage. Raven’s shadow has moved down because while I enjoyed Queen of Fire as its own book, the more I thought about it I didn’t really feel satisfied with it as the trilogies end. It is still an amazing read, just not one of my all time favorites. The Powdermage has moved down simply because I feel it has been eclipsed by one of the series that moved up; The Shadow Campaigns. While both amazing flintlock fantasy, The Shadow Campaigns just has the polish that The Powdermage is lacking, and Price of Valor really stood out to me this year. I have also moved The Lightbringer up, because after a reread I realized that I was criminally underrating it.

There have been a ton of additions that I have read throughout the year, and to the dismay of some of you, the must read list will only get longer. Happy holidays everyone