Eight Life Lessons from A Wrinkle in Time

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1. If you don’t know how to begin your story, start with something classic: “It was a dark and stormy night.”

2. Some things you have control over and some things you don’t: “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.” Continue reading

Top Ten Characters I’d Invite to a Costume Party

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As I said Monday morning, it’s almost Halloween. Let’s keep the theme going! The amazing folks who host this amazing book meme over at The Broke and the Bookish declared this a Halloween themed freebie. I decided to list the ten characters I’d most want to invite to a costume party. From wacky to well dressed, here are my choices: Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, & Roderick Usher

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It’s almost Halloween! I’ve got my (literary!) costume picked out and am loving seeing decorations going up all around my neighborhood. Accordingly, here are three spooky characters for you to marry, date or dump. We’ve got Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster (sometimes misidentified as Frankenstein) and Roderick Usher from the Edgar Allen Poe story “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Excited to hear who you pick! And about any fun Halloween plans you have!  Continue reading

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

23734628 (1)I’ve been looking forward to reading Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell, since I heard about it for a few reasons. First and foremost, I look forward to reading every Rainbow Rowell book I hear about. She’s an amazing writer and an amazing storyteller. Secondly, Fangirl is one of my all time favorite books. As I’ve written before, it’s a book so nice I reviewed it twice. While some readers of Fangirl didn’t like the Simon Snow asides, I was not in their number. I liked Simon and Baz and Penelope and was very excited to learn more about them their world. The final reason I wanted to read this book is that I like Harry Potter, which Carry On is definitely an homage to in many ways. So yes, I was looking forward to reading this book. I read it this week. And here are some of my thoughts.  Continue reading

Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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  1. Number one wish always is to get to write books and have other people read/like/buy books that I write.
  2. Have a room/apartment/house big enough for a library area. Oh and a library to fill it.
  3. Meet J. K. Rowling. Can you imagine?
  4. Have time to read every book I want to read. Like maybe an eighth day every week just for reading.
  5. Another book in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before story. More Laura Jean please or maybe Kitty getting her own book!
  6. An unlimited supply of fancy notebooks and nice pens.
  7. The ability to time travel and meet Shakespeare and Jane Austen and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  8. Calvin O’Keefe come to life to be my real live book boyfriend. Gilbert Blythe will also do.
  9. Isla Martin or Cather Avery come to life to be my real live book best friends.
  10. Unlimited wishes. Obviously.

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Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme!