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Good Books for Teen Girls…or Women Who Want Fun Reads

By Jamie | October 12, 2020
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Note: Some of these books I got for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest reviews. None of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I’m recommending these books purely out of the goodness of my heart. Some of them have already been published; some you’ll have to wait a little…

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Best Self-Help Books

Everything You Need to Know About the Best Self-Help Books

By Jamie | September 22, 2020
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The readers of GoodReads and Amazon have spoken, on the best fiction books of 2020 so far and now about the top 20 best self-help books. I’ve built on a Goodreads list of top self-help books with Amazon’s rankings of those same books, counting down from #20 to #1. Here’s everything you need to know…

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Everything You Need to Know About 2020’s Top 10 Best Fiction Books So Far

By Jamie | August 25, 2020
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You know 2020 hasn’t been all bad, right? Yes, there’s a pandemic going on, civil unrest in the U.S and other countries around the world, earthquakes, bombings, wildfires, and a lot of contention, but there have also been more opportunities to hunker down and enjoy books! And we seem to have an almost inexhaustible supply!…

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Can We Talk? Like, Really Talk?

By Jamie | August 10, 2020
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Can we talk? Please? We really need to talk. Like, really talk. Actually, we need to have a dialogue, with not just talking but also active listening, efforts to understand, all of us putting our all into expressing all that we feel and think on some really complicated, thorny matters, and then listening when others…

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11 Books to Help you Know What to Do About Problems in Society

So…What Now? Books to Help You Know What to Do About Problems in Society

By Jamie | July 29, 2020
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If I know you–and I think I do–you’re nervous or scared about how things are going in the world and in the U.S., with the pandemic, racism protests, and other problems. You’re tired because you’ve either had to hunker down at home with your kids, becoming their co-teacher, or keep going to a job at…

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How to Write Better Characters: the Occupation Thesaurus

By Jamie | July 20, 2020
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Hi everyone! Today I have something fun to share…a special chance to win some help with your writing bills. Awesome, right? Some of you may know Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writers Helping Writers. Today they are releasing a new book, and I’m part of their street team. I’m handing the blog over to…

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Books on Racism, Anti-Racism, and Empathy for Teens and Tweens

By Jamie | July 15, 2020
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I mentioned last month the journey I’ve begun as a result of the continued anti-racism protests. It started with providing a short list of science fiction and fantasy books by black authors, books that I’ve enjoyed, found deals on, and recommend. It continues with my participation in What Lies Between Us, an anti-racism course taught…

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Books That Should Be Made Into Movies

By Jamie | July 7, 2020
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Did you know that Goodreads has a list of 28,871 books that its users have said should be made into movies, the top ten of which are all YA titles? They are: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare Marked,…

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Book Review: Two Emotional Books: If I Stay and Where She Went

By Jamie | June 29, 2020
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What would you do if you were a teenage girl–one of those amazing ones that really gets along with their parents–and the only survivor of a car wreck that killed them and the rest of your family? What if you survived the wreck, but just barely, and you’re somehow conscious, in an out-of-body way, and…

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Science Fiction Books: Passage is a Long Masterpiece

By Jamie | June 27, 2020
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Connie Willis continues to be one of my favorite science fiction authors, in part because she writes about time travel without making it convoluted and difficult. There’s nothing like reading some time travel books to make me feel stupid because I can’t keep all the timelines straight. The other books I’ve read by her–Doomsday Book…

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A Winner of a Keto Cookbook: Zilker Press’ Ketogenic Diet

By Jamie | June 23, 2020
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As I’ve mentioned before, my family and I have been on the keto diet for the past few years, primarily because my husband has IBS and was pre-diabetic (even though he’s a sugar nazi). His functional medicine doctor recommended that he go on keto as a way of lowering his blood sugar and ameliorating some…

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A Good Contemporary Book Read: Plot Summary & Review for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

By Jamie | June 15, 2020
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In my mind, it’s not often that the back-cover description of a book matches to a T what the book is about or conveys without hyperbole what makes it unique and special. The back-cover of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has one of those few en-pointe descriptions. “[It’s] the story of a…heroine whose deadpan weirdness…

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An Incomplete List of Science Fiction and Fantasy Books by Black Authors

By Jamie | June 8, 2020
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Like you, I’m watching the protests all across America this week and realizing that racism is more pervasive than I thought, still, and that I need to be more active in doing what I can to get rid of it once and for all. To start compiling a list of constructive actions I can take,…

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