I have never done a book haul before on my blog, mostly because I don't buy that many books. Most of the books I get are from the library, mostly because it is a rare book that I want to read multiple times. However, a couple weeks ago I took a trip to the Goodwill … Continue reading Book Haul #1
I read...a lot. Anyone who has happened upon my blog will know this. And since I read a lot, I start to notice patterns. I've done several other posts on things that I like or that bother me in literature, but today I'm going to compare two types of books: a standalone and a series. … Continue reading Which One is Better: Series Or Standalone?
A couple weeks ago, I came across this challenge on the web. I found it here, but when I tried to find the original creator, the link didn't work. I've probably never mentioned this one my blog, but I have an absolutely horrible memory. I have a great short-term memory, but if you ask me … Continue reading The Book Blogger Memory Challenge
I've been writing for years, and have done so much research on how to write I'm rather surprised that my brain hasn't exploded already. However, along with all the amazing advice I have found, there has also been the advice that either I thought instantly was horrible or now that I am older I realize … Continue reading Writing Tips I Can’t Stand!
I've been meaning to do this challenge for months, since Lysi from Living One Day @ a Time did it last November. But due to me being busy and then moving (during which time my books were all packed), I wasn't able to do this challenge. But today I can! The main idea of this … Continue reading Do I Have That Book Challenge
Hype is a common concept to hear in relation to books coming soon. In fact, you can make the same argument I'm making today with movies and video games. For me, "hype" is eerily similar to advertising a product. It is how a company gets us, the reader, excited about a new book. They create … Continue reading Dangers of Hyping Books
For the record, I have no problem with any person named Mary Sue. It's a lovely name, with a long and respected history. However, Mary Sue as a character trope is one of the few tropes I don't think can ever been done well. This is strange to me, because I have said previously on … Continue reading My Problem With Mary Sue
Quite a while ago (at least a year), I wrote a blog post on why Show Don't Tell Is a Lie. It remains today one of my top ten most read posts. But recently, I've started to wonder how many do's and don't's I learned in college that I now actually disagree with. And one … Continue reading How Important is the First Sentence of a Novel?
What with spending most of my time on my move last month, I only read eight books and two short stories in April. Hopefully, since the move will be over in about a week, I'll have more time to absorb books. Until then, I left Minnesota behind today and am making the long drive currently … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: April, 2019
We've all felt that sensation as readers. You discover a book and fall in love with it. Everything is perfect. Then you learn it's the first book of the series. And you wait with anticipated breath for the second book to be released (or be delivered to your library, if you discover a series already … Continue reading Contenders for the Second Book Curse