How Important is the First Sentence of a Novel?

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?

Reading Wrap-up: April, 2019

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

Contenders for the Second Book Curse

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

Reading Challenges I’m Competing in 2019

I know, today's post was supposed to be about foreign films, but I wasn't quite sure where to put this post, so it's going up today. As one of my reading goals for 2019, I said I was hoping to compete in more Reading Challenges. My problem is that I'm incredibly bad at reading challenges, … Continue reading Reading Challenges I’m Competing in 2019