Fantastic Bookish Finds- Etsy

Every once in a while, I like to set the book down and go scour the internet for geeky fabulous book related trinkets, gifts, and gadgets (I do this more than I’d like to admit). Since the holidays are approaching with lightning speed, I thought now would be a great time to start coming up with thoughtful gifts for that book lover in your life (or maybe you are the book lover…eek!). Continue reading “Fantastic Bookish Finds- Etsy”

Review Fridays #2- Signs of Life

Signs of life cover

Book Author: Natalie Taylor

I had high hopes for this one. This memoir chronicles a wife’s first year and a half (or so) after her husband dies in a freak accident. At the time of his death, Taylor is only 24 years old and 5 months pregnant. The first few chapters reeled me in quickly, but somewhere in the middle, I found myself struggling to keep interest. I almost put the book down without finishing it, but I found that I couldn’t do it. I don’t know if it was just my obsessive need to finish books that kicked in or if I just hope this book would get better.
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Book Nerd Problems #2- When You Want to Break Up With a Book

Lately, I’ve been bypassing my extensive TBR list all together and opting for the this-cover-looks-good method at my local bookstore when choosing the next book I want to read. The last time I tried this it worked out really well, and I ended up with a memoir that I just couldn’t put down. (For any of you into memoir, I highly suggest A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. You can read my review of it here.)
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Review Fridays #1- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

 

A Long Way Gone

Book author- Ishmael Beah

The key to reading this book is to read it as the author wrote it- detached. He relives the scenes with incredible detail and imagery, but moves through them quickly so as not to dwell too much on what they entail. My suggestion is that the reader does the same. The pain is real. The scenes are graphic. The content is disturbing.
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Book nerd problems- Reading more than one book at a time

It happens to the best of us. We peruse our Goodreads TBR list or go to the shelves of unread books in our bookcases and carefully select the next text to read. We commit to said book wholeheartedly. We promise to take it with us everywhere and open it up every chance we get. We will read its pages with zeal and dedication.

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Press On, No Matter What

Recently, a family member sent me a text that stated she had come across a book I was published in back in 2002.  I haven’t seen or thought about that book in quite some time, but her text prompted me to go dig it out. I found my publication and reread it for the first time in at least 10 years. At the time of publication, I was just 16 years old. I had written this insightful poem threaded with fancy words and laced with extended metaphor. I found myself in a slight state of shock. How did I come up with this? How in the world did I have so much insight about this subject at 16 years old? 
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My BookRiot Quarterly Book Box is Here!

To my fellow book lovers who haven’t discovered the BookRiot blog: now is the time. They have a slew of postings on everything “bookish” as they call it. Links to great information like writers that have published before they were 25 years old, fantastic libraries, book reviews, general bookish news, best books of the week, what their writers are reading, podcasts, etc., etc., etc is at your disposal. It is basically the blog to end all blogs for book lovers. If you want to completely distract yourself for hours, make sure to check it out soon.
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Consider Writing Your Story

I had always fancied myself a creator of characters so naturally, I chose fiction as my genre for my thesis in college. I had a story idea in my head. I had a fully fleshed out main character and a believable setting- or so I thought. I sat down to write a story about a character I’d created, and I lamented over every move. My pen got stuck when it should have been effortlessly (ha!) floating across the page, articulating scenes of great triumph and emotional connection and maybe even great pain. Instead, I stumbled over the smallest of details. My scenes were missing vital elements. My characters were flat. I couldn’t understand why. I felt defeated and started questioning my decision on being a writer.
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Quit Writing Crap: A Few Tips to Help You Hone Your Craft

Writing–like riding a bike or drawing– requires constant practice. The only way a writer gets better at his or her craft is through dedication. Here are 5 tips to help you hone your craft:
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