Unlimited Free Reading – Consider Fanfiction

Fanfiction is the ultimate readers’ buffet. Social media is teaming with fan works that get liked, shared, and lauded in comments for months even years after they’re created, recirculating among lovers of the original franchises and enchanting new fans...

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The Name of the Wind and strange couches

Coming back to reading fiction after nonfiction feels a bit like hitting Friday night and picking your favorite poison. Some people throw themselves into it, drown in a glorious oblivion, and suffer their hangover while counting down to Friday...

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Can’t afford the book you want? Wait a week.

Book shopping is serious business. … Actually, scratch that, book shopping is generally a party. Book selling is serious business. Book pricing is my problem. I want a new paperback of this book. This book, its sequel, and the next one…...

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Examining the Dinner Party

Food and Entertaining - January 2017 Face to face friendships and food go hand in hand, at least in my mind. Put them together and they produce one particularly daunting concept: Modern Entertaining. Is it actually an oxymoron? Surely we’re...

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Read Responsibly: Reading Goals 2017

At the beginning of the year, Goodreads invites readers to set a reading goal. I love the little tracker that pops up, and watching the numbers rack up as the weeks go by. Deciding how many books to work toward...

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Jaded Christmas – December 2016

"Jaded Christmas" sounds like a terrible theme. The first idea was to find books that described the big holidays in fall/winter for a variety of religions, cultures, and countries. That search got me nowhere fast. It did, though, send me...

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Reading Month by Month: Getting More From the Reading Year

This year I confronted this unfortunate truth: I (and many other avid readers) will never have all the time I need to read every book I want. Not only does that mean I won’t get to adventure in every...

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What Goes into Calculating a Work’s “Readability”?

I recently read a reading level analysis post over on Contently.com, one with a subtitle promising it would change the way I write. It does. And it also woke in me one of the crucial reasons for knowing how to...

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Weird History – November 2016

Not gonna lie, this month was a terrible one for reading. Just for me, obviously, but it very nearly ruined the victory of October’s stellar five-book mountain. My theme was “weird history”. Honestly, because I’m working on a supernatural book,...

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Too Real Drama: What Do We Look For?

Entertainment, beyond simply being engaging and appealing, serves different purposes for people. My folks watched The Good Dinosaur just after it came out for purchase. I told them they should, because even though I didn’t love it, I did enjoy...

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