Category Archives: Reading

2017 Reading Challenge, Part 4

I’m still plowing ahead with my promise to read at least 4 books per month throughout 2017… and I’m also trying to expand my horizons, so to speak, by reading some books outside my normal, favorite genres. Here’s a run-down on what I read in April.   The Awakening and the Selected Short Stories– Kate Chopin …

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2017 Reading Challenge, Part 3

I am still keeping my promise to read at least 4 books a month… I’m just a month behind in posting them. So, without further ado, here are the books I read in March. My Sister’s Keeper– Jodi Picoult Since Picoult’s novel Great Small Things was my favorite book of 2016, I decided to delve …

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Month #2 of Reading Challenge

I  don’t want my readers to think that I have abandoned my self-imposed challenge to read at least 4 books a month throughout 2017. I posted a pretty extensive report of the books I read in January. I don’t have the time or energy to post as detailed a commentary on the books I’ve read …

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4 Books a Month? Why Not!

If you followed my Reading Challenge in 2016, you might have noticed I got a little frazzled at times. Some of the topics were challenging for me, especially “Read a book that intimidates you.” There were only twelve categories, and I normally read more than one book per month, so I’m not sure why I …

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Stop the Presses! Here’s My New Book!

I’ve been trying to write a cat book for what feels like Forever.   Actually, I HAVE had a completed “cat book” sitting on the shelf, for more than two years. It’s a children’s book (whose title I’ll keep to myself for now), and its plot revolves around a specific cause which I am passionate …

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Authors We Lost in 2016

We lost a lot of great authors in 2016. Here is a tribute to some of the unforgettable writers we lost in the past year.   Harper Lee (died Feb 19) Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and won a Pulitzer Prize the following year. It is considered a classic in American …

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2016 Reading Challenge… DONE!!!!

  Well, 2016 is just about over, and I am happy to announce that I have FINALLY completed the Reading Challenge that I so eagerly undertook in January! The second-to-last step of the Challenge really held me up. “Read a Book That Intimidates You.” At first I thought this was a preposterous notion… I never …

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The Most Challenging of the 2016 Reading Challenge!

    The tenth assignment in the 2016 Reading Challenge was holding me up from accomplishing my goal… threatening to sabotage me from completing the challenge by December 31st! Why? Because it required me to read a book that has been in my house (well, apartment, really) for a long time that I never read. I …

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2016 Reading Challenge: I’ve NOT Given Up!

Earlier this year, I dove into the 2016 Reading Challenge with great gusto. I eagerly plowed through the different categories: Read a Book Published Before You Were Born, A Book That Has Been Banned At Some Point, etc. I was making such progress that I wondered if I was going too fast. I thought I’d …

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Picking the Perfect Name

Naming characters can be one of the trickiest parts of creative fiction writing. You can picture them in your head… but the perfect name eludes you. It’s kinda like when you meet someone familiar at a cocktail party, and their name is right on the tip of your brain. But… is it Jack? James? Joseph? …

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