July Book Wrap-Up

July Book Wrap-Up

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...

How to Sneak in Short Story Collections

How to Sneak in Short Story Collections

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...

Free Supplemental Courses for Writing (Coursera)

Free Supplemental Courses for Writing (Coursera)

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...

Checking in Mid-Year

Checking in Mid-Year

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 they need...

A Parisian Bookstore Review: Shakespeare & Co.

A Parisian Bookstore Review: Shakespeare & Co.

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 lovely...

June Book Wrap-Up

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 lot of my...

May Book Wrap-Up

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...

The Age of Adaline – Novelization please?

The Age of Adaline – Novelization please?

"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 new...

Online Course Review – How to Write a Great Novel

Online Course Review – How to Write a Great Novel

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 give it a shot. The...

April Book Wrap-Up

What an up and down month of books! I'm going to jump straight in: Landline - Rainbow Rowell - 3.75* - (Apr. 2): I may have deducted a quarter-star for naming a character "Georgie McCool." This novel follows Georgie over the course of approximately a week leading up...

Four Tips for Writing Book Reviews

Four Tips for Writing Book Reviews

Everyone who reviews books does so differently, but these are the things I find helpful when I'm reading reviews to decide whether or not I want to pick up a book. I also try to include a lot of the information below in my reviews on Goodreads or the rare review I...

March Book Wrap-Up

March Book Wrap-Up

This month seems to involve a bit of "don't judge a book by its cover." So many pretty books, so many fantastic reviews and summaries, so many disappointing reading experiences. But don't worry, it's not all bad. I found a couple of good reads in there as well! Let's...

February Book Wrap-Up

For such a short month, I crammed in a lot of reading. Thank you, winter storms and long plane trips! Let's get started: Attachments - Rainbow Rowell - 4.5* - (Feb. 6): My second Rainbow Rowell. I forgot I was on the waitlist at the library for this one but I was...

January Book Wrap-up

It's a new year but I'm going to stick with this old format. Let's get started: Zen and the Art of Happiness - Chris Prentiss - 5* - (Jan. 3): This is the 4th time I've read this book, which is saying a lot. Ariel Bissett, of Booktube, has made it a tradition to begin...

Best Books of 2014 and Looking Forward to 2015

But didn't I already do a Reading Report for 2014/2015? Kinda. I talked a lot about numbers and genres but I didn't talk at all about quality or individual books. Since I shared that post a week ago, several people have asked me questions relating to what I actually...

Writing Report for 2014 and a Preview of 2015

I saved the weakest of my reports for last. Writing in 2014 Writing in 2014 wasn't what I wanted it to be. The biggest issue I had was that the manuscript I've been working on for a very long time has reached a bit of an impasse. I've tried to edit it, I've attempted...

Editing Report for 2014 and a Preview of 2015

Editing is my primary source of freelancing income so it's fortunate that I can say I did a lot of it last year. Today, I'll take a look at the projects I took on in 2014 and what I hope to do this year. Editing in 2014 I did a LOT of editing in 2014. When the year...

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