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How Fires End Book Review

Synopsis A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. After soldiers vacate the Sicilian hillside town of Melilli in the summer of 1943, the locals celebrate, giving thanks to their patron saint, Sebastian.… Continue reading How Fires End Book Review

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Sudden Traveler Book Review

Synopsis: "Featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism, and existential quest, the stories in Sarah Hall's third collection travel far afield in location and ambition--from Turkish forest and coastline to the rain-drenched villages of Cumbria. The characters in Sudden Traveler walk, drive, dream, and fly, trying to reconcile themselves with their journeys through life, death, and love.… Continue reading Sudden Traveler Book Review

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Overcoming Reading Slumps

Personally, reading slumps happen to me when I start reading a book that doesn't engross me completely, and I put off reading it because I dislike being bored. So, I end up not reading at all. I started reading Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald in July, and although the writing is beautiful and the… Continue reading Overcoming Reading Slumps

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Get Your Writing On!

It's back to school season, and every year I feel the blues of not being a student anymore. I'm one of those people who, if given the opportunity, would be a student for life. I think that's part of the reason why I love working with students so much. For those of you who don't… Continue reading Get Your Writing On!

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Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?

This past year, I’ve realized that I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. It’s ironic, really, because I’m such a plotter in my regular, day-to-day life. I have a planner, which I schedule every Sunday with tasks for the upcoming week (including house chores and lunch ideas). Whenever I travel, I love to plan… Continue reading Are You a Plotter or a Pantser?

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Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Today is #nationalbookloversday and I felt the urge to write a blog in honor of such a beautiful celebration. There are uncountable reasons why we #bibliophiles love books so much. And here are five of mine: 1). Books are the best teachers. Through books, I’ve learned about subjects I would’ve never learned otherwise (mostly science… Continue reading Happy National Book Lovers Day!

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Writing is Hard

I've come to the conclusion, in the last couple of months, that writing a book with 100% seriousness and dedication is one of the hardest professional challenges a person can face. At least it has been for me. Not even graduate school was this hard (or maybe I'm forgetting my #gradschoolproblems). Anyway, I think part… Continue reading Writing is Hard

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Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

I finished reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia a couple of weeks ago and never wrote anything about it, so here are my thoughts on it. Synopsis ”The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers… Continue reading Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Thank You!

Thank you for 100 follows! My little heart is dancing! This is such a huge milestone for me. I started this blog in 2017 with the simple hope of sharing my thoughts on books that I loved. However, in the past two years, so many changes have shaken my life that the purpose of this… Continue reading Thank You!

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Writing Update

I've been so absent from here! So I figured I'd update you guys on how my WIP is going. Originally I'd planned to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo to work on another writing project I've been researching for the last few months. That, however, didn't turn out to be a good idea. I knew in my… Continue reading Writing Update