Halloween Marry, Date or Dump: Dr. Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll

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Happy Friday before Halloween! I hope some of you have some spooky plans this weekend! In honor of the holiday, for this marry, date or dump I chose characters from three scary (but not too scary) books. We’ve got Dr. Frankenstein – not to be confused with Frankenstein’s monster- from Mary Shelley’s classic. We’ve got Dracula, and then we’ve got Dr. Jekyll. In the comments say who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump.  Continue reading

Double Book Review: Arrows, by Melissa Gorzelanczyk, & The Romantics, by Leah Konen

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Top Ten Book-Themed Costume Parties I’d Like to Throw

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Halloween is all about the costumes for me. I don’t like chocolate (it’s pretty much my least favorite taste), and am not the biggest candy fan. Over the last two years I’ve talked about book characters I’d want to dress up as and characters I’d want to invited to a costume party. This year, I thought I might be stumped. Then I imagined throwing a costume party where everyone had to come dressed like the characters in a just one book/series/etc. Thus this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was formed. Here are the top ten book-themed costume parties I’d like to throw, also known as Alison’s new bucket list. Continue reading

Ten Characters I’d Name My Children After

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I LOVE baby names. Seriously, as a kid I would ask Santa for baby name books to peruse. And, as you all know, I love books. So this was pretty much my favorite Top Ten Tuesday topic ever. Keep in mind that my children at this point are as fictional as the stories that inspired these names, but here are a few favorite character-inspired name I’ve been mulling today: Continue reading

Marry Date or Dump: Pride and Prejudice

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Happy Monday, friends! Over the last five feverish, ouchy-throated days I have, of course, watched both Pride and Prejudice adaptations. So I’ve got Jane Austen on the brain! I’ve done a lot of Austen combinations in past Marry Date or Dumps, but I don’t think I’ve done this one. This is frankly shocking because I think about it a lot. We’ve got Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and Colonel Fitzwilliam. At first, it seems pretty straight forward. But people can have very different, very strident opinions when it comes to these men. One of my favorite English teachers in high school strongly felt that Colonel Fitzwilliam was the best man of the bunch. Let me know who you’d pick by writing who you’d marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump in the comments! Continue reading

Writing & Being Sick

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On Tuesday, I had my best writing day in months. Not only was I moving through lots of edits/critiques from my critique partner, but I was back in love with my story and in love with the process of actually writing. Amazing! I parceled out a plan to finish the draft within the week or so. Then Wednesday hit with a high fever and a wicked sore throat. Lately, I’m worried this blog has become a bit of a wambulance. But, I guess this is a good lesson in patience and that I’m not (and never will be) totally in control.

I’ve been sick this year more than any other. My last two cold/flu guys have come during big writing weeks for me. During one, in thesis semester, I pushed through so I wouldn’t have to give money to this guy. I ended up writing everyone’s favorite scene (and one of the only ones I didn’t have to edit) in a fever haze. Right now, I’m feeling a little too fuzzy to get much writing done. Instead, I’m reading through a friend’s WIP and catching up on other reading. Also drinking plenty of fluids, Mom!

Hope you all are having more productive and more healthful weeks than yours truly!

Top Ten Books Recommended By Bloggers

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I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years. I really can’t believe it! The best part is definitely the relationships I’ve made with other bloggers…and the books I’ve been turned on to because of the book blog world. These are some of my favorites from bloggers (also vloggers & podcasters if we’re being precise!). Thanks for all the amazing recommendations. Continue reading