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Friday Favorites, You Little Rebel

July 12th favorites: Books outside your usual genre We all know I’m a romance reader. Lots and lots of smushy fluff. When I need a break from that I generally turn to my *other* source of bodily fluids, which is horror. Yes, I know that seems strange. In the midst of this chaos of conflicting reads, certain genres are neglected. Like nonfiction. I don’t often pick up that genre and it has to come highly recommended, whereas I will pick up…

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Friday Favorites goes ‘Freedoooom!’

  I couldn’t resist the Braveheart homage in the title. So sorry to hit you with bad puns on a holiday Friday. I’ll make it up to you with a fun mix of books which promote rebellion against tyranny, murderous mutiny, and much use of uprising to promote the plot. Enjoy! July 5th favorites is: Books about rebellion/freedom 1. Redwall & Mossflower, Brian Jacques Think ‘Game of Thrones’, but with cute animals like mice, rabbits, moles, squirrels, shrews, and badgers. It…

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Friday Favorites Wants to Rip Your Heart Out

The favorites for June 21: Character Deaths Kibby, what are you trying to do to us!? Alright. Okay. If we’re going to do this, let’s get in the properly devastated mindset first: Now that I’m ready (WHY GOT WRITERS, WHYYYY) I’ll go ahead and list for you the literary deaths which were the most shattering, traumatic, extremely upsetting, unexpected, and terrible I’ve ever read, and therefore qualify as my favorites. **SPOILERS AHEAD. Obviously if I’m going to tell you who died,…

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Friday Favorites is on Fire, Everything’s on Fire

Let me surprise absolutely no one by informing you all I was a HUGE NERD in high school.  I grew up in a very small town and went to a very small school. My graduating class (2005! I’M SO OLD) had 22 people, most of whom I had known since preschool. It was like being surrounded by cousins, all the time, who know every idiotic phase you’ve ever gone through as you try to figure yourself out. Now, I lucked out…

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Friday Favorites Urban Fantasy Feels

Friday favorites is a bookworm celebration created and hosted by somethingofthebook.com. On Fridays, we make lists about books! Come join. June 7 Favorites: Urban Fantasy books Before joining #bookstagram and getting flooded with fabulous recommendations from fellow readers, I actually thought I didn’t like urban fantasy. AHAHAHAHA poor smol me. Actually, what I didn’t like was missing out on two of the biggest names in urban fantasy romance and I am so very glad Teresa, The Romance Reader and Lubnaa, Romance Library fixed this lack in my life.…

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Friday Favorites Classical Feel

May 31 Favorites is: Classic Books If I’m being honest, the main type of Classics that I like are children’s books. Maybe I’m a child at heart (aka super childish… but I can’t be the only 32 year old who thinks pillow forts, a Disney movie, and hot chocolate are the epitome of a good Friday night). Maybe I like to rest my eyes, and heart–and vocabulary–by reading simply written books with brilliant illustrations. It could also be that these are…

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A Rainbow of Friday Favorites

Our favorites for today (May 24) is Diverse Books. I’m taking this to mean “diverse” in the all-inclusive sense. Okay that came out as a weird sentence. What I mean is, main characters who are persons of color (NOT just side characters), books which include the LGBTQ spectrum, and ownvoices stories. There will be multiple types of plots going on this list. My Favorite Diverse YA & Fantasy: Tamora Pierce YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD ESCAPED MY TAMORA PIERCE OBSESSION, DIDN’T…

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A Tool for Detecting Passive Voice: Author Toolbox

There are some generally accepted Golden Rules for authors (which, okay, change from century to century, genre to genre, and are not so much rules as guidelines?) One of them is DEATH to All Adverbs, which I am personally fighting against because I love me a good adverb. Another is Conflict is King. Too bad no one can really decide on the definitive definition of “conflict” for any given novel since it’s pretty much subjective and changes depending on what…

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Friday Favorites is an Enabler

May 10: Favorite Books that were recommended to you Where would I be without #bookstagram and all of the wonderful, plentiful recommendations I find there? Well, for a start, I’d be in a house with about 150 less books. Also, not buried under the weight of a TBR equivalent to most small libraries. I add about two books a week to my wishlist and my “note to self, check these out, they might be good” reminder list grows by leaps and…

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The Insecure Writer’s Group has Got the Power

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for our writing insecurities to pop their little heads out, just in time to get whacked back down into the depths of our subconscious by multiple author-hammers. GET BACK IN YOUR PLACE, INSECURITIES! Ahem. Anyway. The optional question for May 1: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? The co-hosts for the month of May are Lee Lowery, Juneta Key, Yvonne Ventresca, and T. Powell Coltrin! Thanks to all…

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