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“Should Roe v. Wade be overturned?,” was the question asked by one of my friends on Facebook the other day. Normally, I would have scrolled on past, sure that if I were to weigh in, it would become a raging inferno of disagreement, insults, and hurt. The divisiveness of our country scares me, but for…Read More
Say you’re scrolling down your Twitter feed, and you come across someone spouting something particularly opinionated, rude, or derogatory. Just a quick scan of their post reveals that it’s about something you heartily disagree with, and/or is expressed in such a prejudicial way that you immediately scroll past it. You think, “Why should I engage…Read More
You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as frequently as I was in the past. This is due, in part, to a long bout of sickness at our house, marriage problems, the holidays and my full-time job as a book editor. But also, it’s because I’ve been rethinking the direction my blog should…Read More
Bronchitis is not fun, people, but coming “back to life” afterwards is. I’m recovering from a bout of it. The week before, I nursed my kids through croup, pink eye, and a cold. From recent experience, therefore, I can tell you: coughing up a lung is not good, but regaining energy and rejoining civilization is…Read More
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Oh boy, have I been reading like crazy lately…and busy! I just finished Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. When I read non-fiction, which isn’t often, I love books like this. It was fascinating. What Is Brain on Fire About? Brain on Fire is the memoir of a young woman who…Read More
This week, I give you three book reviews in one: The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime, and The Winner’s Kiss, all part of the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. Altogether a rousing and emotional, if somewhat ponderous, speculative fantasy series about a young woman, Kestrel, who is the daughter of a general, the owner of…Read More
I read three books this past week, and wrote the first 4,000 words of another one of mine. So, forgive me if I review more than one book in this post: Willowkeep by Julie Daines and Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. What Is Willowkeep About? It’s a Regency romance about a young woman who inherits a…Read More
I must start this book review by mentioning another book review site, The Book Smugglers, because it is from that site and its really good, in-depth reviews that I learned about These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. The book is sometimes called “Titanic in space” because the crash of a giant spaceship…Read More
You guys. Have you read anything by Elana Johnson? She’s written almost thirty books, under either her name or the pen name Liz Isaacson. She’s local (i.e., Utah), super nice, and an awesome speaker. And her books are addictive. I just read Echoes of Silence by Elana, and it was not-put-downable. Here’s the blurb: Twenty-three-year-old…Read More
What Is Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet About? Reading a synopsis like this, what would you think? Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of…Read More