About The Illustrated Page

iphone self portraitMy name’s Sarah Waites, and I have been reading fantasy and science fiction for a very long time. This blog originally started as both an art blog and a book blog, but it’s slowly become primarily a book blog. However, all the featured images are my own artwork. Scroll down for stock image credits.

My reading list is heavily skewed towards fantasy, with science fiction being my second most read genre. I’ve always been particularly interested in important and capable female characters and my reviews will reflect that. In the years since I’ve started this book blog, I’ve also come out as queer and asexual, and I’ve been trying to read more books with queer characters as well as more diverse books generally.

I have an overview of my reading from 2014.

And now also an overview of my reading stats from 2015.

Wow, it’s now onto a 2016 overview.

… Wait, we’re up to 2017 already?

Comment Policy

I will let through self-promotional comments on the “Diversity in SFF” list posts, as it can be a way for indie authors to gain relevant exposure. However, I will not approve promotional comments elsewhere on the site.

You are welcome to disagree (or agree) with me on a book reviews, but I ask that you refrain from mean-spirited comments (“this book is garbage!”) and similar use of profanity (“this book is @#(@!”). While I do believe in criticizing literature (why else would I have a book blog?), such comments are not a useful form of critique and will be deleted.


The numerical, starred ratings I give to books are entirely subjective. Most books receive somewhere between three to four stars, since I rarely give five stars and don’t rate books I don’t finish (although I will include them in my monthly recaps). Three stars means I’m apathetic towards the book and unwilling to ever reread it. I only tend to recommend books that are three and a half stars or higher.

Reviewing Policy/ARCs

I am currently closed to review requests. 

What am I looking for in a book?

In general, these are elements that my favorite books tend to have in common.

  • Strong world building.
  • Competent and well crafted female characters who interact with each other.
  • Queer characters who don’t end in tragedy.
  • A cast of characters who are diverse along numerous axes.
  • A strong and distinctive voice.
  • Low on romance – more focused on adventure or political intrigue.
  • Low on explicit sex.
  • Heist plot lines or roguish characters (definitely not a requirement, but I tend to enjoy these)

Image Credits

“Storybook Sunset” Stock Image Credits (Home Page)

“A Witch’s Library” Stock Image Credits (Book Review Index)

“The Star Lady” Stock Image Credits (About Page)

“Defender” Stock Image Credits (Non-White Protagonists in SFF)

“Falling Through Time” Stock Image Credits (Favorite Books)

“Smoke Signals” Stock Image Credits (Short Story Index)

“The Queen” Stock Image Credits (Guest Post Index)

The art for Diversity in SFF is fan art for the Legend of Korra TV series. Medium is watercolor and color pencil.

The art for Female Protagonists in SFF is fan art for Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence (specifically the character Elayne Kevarian). Medium is Photoshop.

The art for LGBTQIAP Protagonists in SFF is a photograph taken by me of Afterparty by Daryl Gregory, Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee, The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun, and Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. nitapan14 says:

    I’ve nominated you to do the 2016-2017 tag. https://eccentricgirl14.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/2016-2017-tag/ Thank you for your time!

    1. I don’t really do these tag things… but thanks for thinking of me!

      1. nitapan14 says:

        That’s fine. 😉 You’re most certainly welcome. I’ve enjoyed what little of your blog that I’ve read so far, and I’m looking forward to reading more.

  2. MIKE EYE says:

    Hello Sarah, I love your page! I have a captivating and mystifying extra-tall tale to tell you in my story THE AQUEOUS TRANSMISSION, my first epic Sci-Fi novel featuring a bad-ass woman protagonist who is faced with restarting humanity on a freshly nuked planet Earth. I have a feeling you would enjoy hearing these Words. Please contact me to receive a free copy of it (PDF, ePub, or mobi) if you feel like giving me a Review, which I would greatly appreciate! I also invite you to check out my blog @ darkesoterika.com. Thanx. -MIKE EYE / darkesoterika.com

  3. Raney Simmon says:

    I’m definitely going to be giving your blog a follow. I love reading science fiction and fantasy too though that’s not all I tend to read. Looking forward to reading your blog posts.

    1. Sarah Waites says:

      I’m glad to have you along!

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