Month: July 2017

July 2017 Morning Pages

July 2017 Morning Pages

I don’t want to shock you, but today is the last day of July. Summer is almost over and I couldn’t be happier. Last night I had snickerdoodle ice cream and it was full of cinnamon – delicious! Which only made me think of apple pie, and then my heart ached for Fall. Tell me that’s …

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What’s the Purpose of Blogging Again?

What’s the Purpose of Blogging Again?

I’ve been having quite a difficult time with this blog over the last few weeks. I’ve been in the process of switching to a self-hosted blog, and I did everything wrong on my first go round. That meant that I had to re-do everything and I still don’t think it’s quite right. And on top …

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is the seventh Flavia de Luce novel and I think this might be my favorite yet! All of these novels build off of each other and it’s difficult to write a review without giving anything away, which is why I’ve chosen to be sparse with plot descriptions. But it feels …

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“Blackberries need the rain AND sun” — on writing and its fuel

“Blackberries need the rain AND sun” — on writing and its fuel

When we moved into our house, we started planting berry bushes almost right away. Our blueberry bushes have exploded in the last few weeks, and we’ve already picked all of our raspberries and strawberries. We were lucky to find some wild blackberry bushes all over the bluff down to the river behind our house. My …

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is my second novel by Ishiguro. I was so pleased with my first that I couldn’t wait to find another by him. I think I tried to read this one at least five years ago but didn’t make it very far.  I’m glad that I returned to it because this might be a …

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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches is the sixth Flavia de Luce novel. Other than the Baby-Sitters Club and the Sweet Valley Twins, I don’t think I’ve ever read so many books in a single series.  I keep waiting for Flavia to get annoying or for the story to fall through, but either I’m not paying …

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Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

“What kind of schedule? Something like this.  One-thousand or two-thousand words every day for the next twenty years. … For I believe that eventually quantity mill make for quality.” This was my favorite piece of advice from Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury.  I came upon this book by happenstance.  I’d only just …

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This is my 100th Post!

This is my 100th Post!

Friends, today I am posting my 100th post! WHAT?! Thank you all for being so kind and generous with your time. I’ve truly enjoyed finding my tribe and sharing my interests with all of you. The best part about bookish communities is how no one really judges – people who read have such deep empathy …

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Getting my hands on this book was almost like real magic. I recently finished reading Faithful, which I got on NetGalley last summer. Less than a week after finishing that Alice Hoffman novel, I got an email from Simon & Schuster asking me to read her upcoming work, which I’ve been waiting for with baited breath …

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Faithful has an eerie beginning that feels like a ghost story. Each year, the town honors a young girl that was critically injured in a car accident.  Her name is Helene and she’s been in a coma since that day, lying in a hospital bed in her childhood bedroom.  Some people believe that she can heal …

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