July Book Wrap-Up

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Now THIS was a reading month… We’re going to jump right in because there’s a lot to cover: The Breaking Point: Short Stories – Daphne du Maurier  – 3* – (July 6): Short story collections are so hard to rate. I picked this book up, excited to learn Daphne du Maurier…
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How to Sneak in Short Story Collections

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Last year, I said I wanted to start reading more short story collections. Like many ideas, it looked good on my list, but I found I was faltering when it came time to put it into practice. What do you mean, I had to actually do something to accomplish the task? It’s…
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Free Supplemental Courses for Writing (Coursera)

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In the past few years, MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) have become increasingly popular. You can now find these free courses online in almost any discipline from personal finance to guitar lessons to computer programming to advanced physics. Well-respected instructors present lessons from top-notch institutions around the world and in…
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Checking in Mid-Year

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It’s mid-July, which means we’re also more than halfway through 2015. I thought I’d use this week’s post to look back at my 2015 kickoff posts to see what plans I had in January and where I am in relation to them. Are they still plans I want to achieve? Do…
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A Parisian Bookstore Review: Shakespeare & Co.

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Last month, I traveled to France with my husband for 11 glorious days. We brought back a lot of memories, over 2600 photos, and not a lot of souvenirs. In fact, as of our final night, we hadn’t bought much at all. And then, my husband chose dinner (at a…
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June Book Wrap-Up

Remember my May wrap-up when I was upset about reading only 5 books? Oh, the good old days… Then came June, when I read even less, sorta, though please see the end note for reading not counted here. Also, I spent 11 days in France so that accounts for a…
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May Book Wrap-Up

Not my best reading month in terms of quality OR quantity. Here we go: The Fortune Hunter – Daisy Goodwin – 3* – (May 11): Interesting depictions of society and lifestyle during the late 1800s weren’t enough to overcome unlikeable characters in this historical fiction/romance. You know you’re in trouble…
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The Age of Adaline – Novelization please?

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“Before I Sleep” “The Haunting of Hill House” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” “A Long Way Down” “The Westing Game” Just a few titles I would add to a list of books poorly translated into films. Every reader has a similar list. But recently, I started a…
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Online Course Review – How to Write a Great Novel

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Most of the Groupons that come through my inbox are for food I don’t need to eat or for services I didn’t know I needed. So I was surprised when I saw a novel writing class offered (at a hefty 94% discount, no less!) and decided for the price, I’d…
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