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My Year in Books

I’ve been using Goodreads to track my reading for years now. I look forward to the year end statistics report every December. It’s fun to see how the numbers stack up. I also like to quickly scan the book covers to … Continue reading

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Review: Lady Catherine’s Necklace by Joan Aiken

Lady Catherine’s Necklace By Joan Aiken Thorndike Press, 2000 This variation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, is set a few years after the events of Austen’s original. Lady Catherine and her daughter, Anne, are residing quietly at Rosings Park … Continue reading

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What I learned about writing from reading The White City by Alec Michod

The White City By Alec Michod St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004 I’ll start off by saying that I didn’t actually like this book. I finished it not because I needed to know how it ended, or because I cared about the … Continue reading

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What I learned about writing from reading all 19 Thomas Lynley mysteries in order

Every once in a while, I like to pick an established author who has written a respectable set of books and read their books in the order in which they were written. I first did this back in the mid-aughts … Continue reading

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Writing advice from somewhere in the middle of a great book: Barry Hughart Edition

The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox By Barry Hughart Subterranean Press, 2011 From the beginning of Part 2: The Story of the Stone Jen Wu is a day Master Li sets aside for my literary endeavors, and … Continue reading

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The 3 books rocking our Family Togetherness Reading Separate Books Time

Weirdly, our entire family is happy with the books that we’re reading right now. This never happens. Not the reading part. Reading is constantly breaking out over here. We even have an official name for it: Family Togetherness Reading Different Books … Continue reading

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Books I can’t wait to read: The Giles Milton Edition

Just two scant days before Christmas, the Washington Post informed me that historian Giles Milton has written an entire book full of surprising facts about famous people. His book, When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain, appeals to … Continue reading

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What I learned reading 1-star reviews of Wuthering Heights on Amazon

Apparently, ripping off the iconic Penguin Classic covers and slapping them onto poorly produced versions of the original book using CreateSpace (Amazon’s self-publishing service) is a thing. Caveat Emptor. Related Links:  Four things I learned reading 1-star reviews of Pride & Prejudice … Continue reading

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4 things I learned reading 1-star reviews of Pride & Prejudice (yes, they exist)

I wish I could claim this as my own idea, but in truth I first heard of this on Twitter, when @elizabethscraig (one of the most useful writing mentors I follow) pointed me to this article by Amber Skye Forbes at The … Continue reading

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A novel way to pick your next book

This map from Hog Island Press in Philadelphia organizes 42 Great American Novels by the locations in which they are set. Want to read a book set in New Orleans? This map lists three. California, Florida, and Chicago all have their share … Continue reading

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