Top Ten Literary Love Triangles

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Happy Almost-Valentine’s Day, friends! Last year for Top Ten Tuesday I listed my favorite friends first romances. This year I’m going with another trope I love from romance, the love triangle. Maybe it’s cliched. Maybe it’s overdone. I don’t care. The automatic tension gets me every time. And here are ten of my favorites! Let me know how you feel about love triangles in the comments! And have a happy cupid day, no matter your relationship status, tomorrow! Continue reading

10 Books That Have Been On My TBR For Way Too Long

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Happy Tuesday! I don’t even remember what it’s like to go into a bookstore and have no ideas for books I want to read. These are a collection of books that have been on my TBR – and in some cases on my bookshelf – for WAY too long. Tell me if you have tips in the comments for what to start reading ASAP and what I can skip/hold off reading a bit longer. Continue reading

Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

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Happy Tuesday! I think I know my reading habits well enough to usually predict what books I will like and what books I won’t. But that wasn’t always the case. Also … sometimes when I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone, I’ve ended up loving a book, learning something new about writing or storytelling, or at least appreciating that I read it. This week I dived into my goodreads archives, and came up with these ten books that, frankly, I’m surprised I ever decided to read. Continue reading

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2017

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Hi friends and happy new year! I hope you had a restorative holiday with lots of cozy reading time. I know, I did. Although now it’s back to writing, writing, writing. I worked hard to read lots of debut and new-to-me authors this year, so this list was particularly tricky for me to narrow down. But somehow I’ve managed to cull ten authors I’m so glad I discovered over the last year. I’m excited to read more of all of their books in the year ahead! Continue reading

Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

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Hi friends! Sorry, I’ve been missing. Trying to finish NaNoWriMo and do revisions on another project kept me busy! But I didn’t want to miss this Top Ten Tuesday. I always ask my creative writing students this questions as a springboard for talking about using sensory language in setting descriptions. Here are books with places that are vividly described and characters I’d love to meet. Continue reading

Not Too Scary Books for Halloween

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Happy Halloween, friends! I am the biggest scaredy cat in the world. In 2nd grade, I got so queasy when the teacher said blood that for our spelling test it was called “the b word” before the other kids spelled out B-L-O-O-D. I had to leave the theater during Parent Trap for the ear piercing scene. The only horror movie I’ve ever seen is Pet Cemetery – and I still think about it and get freaked out fifteen years later. Here are ten books featuring suspense, magical realism, witches, vampires, ghosts, or just some great spooky vibes. None of these were too scary for me (including There’s Someone Inside Your House – the only horror novel on the list) and I hope they won’t be for you! Continue reading