Yes. Post's over! You can all go home now, guys. You--...what? I need to write a little more than that? Honestly, this is one of those questions I've never understood. "The best writers are avid readers" appears in every "Advice for Writers" forum, book, and blog ever written. But writing communities are full of posts … Continue reading Do authors need to read a lot of books?
I read this ages ago, but hey. Let's talk about YA tropes, through the lens of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. My complete review is on Goodreads. Like always, I'm not going to duplicate the review here. Instead, I'm going to wax philosophical. Bear with me. So, I read Miss Peregrine's a while ago, … Continue reading Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Here's a question I don't have an answer to: Should a writer also write book reviews? Unsurprisingly, opinions differ. (Here's a recent thread from Absolute Write.) (EDIT: Eep! It just occurred to me that this isn't clear. I'd never argue that a writer who doesn't review books should start. I'm asking from the other angle: … Continue reading Should Writers Write Book Reviews?
The more I think about this novel the more conflicted I become. My full review is on Goodreads. YA readers have been raving about Daughter of Shadow and Bone and its sequels, so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. And I'm conflicted. Still. Here's the problem: I don't really like romance. I … Continue reading Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
I love Bill Bryson's books. I always leave feeling like someone could've removed 100 pages, but I love them anyway. He's amusing, and I love amusing history books. One Summer: America, 1927 is exactly that. My review on Goodreads is here. The novel (roughly) follows the summer of 1927. It covers all the big events--Lindbergh's … Continue reading Book Review: One Summer: America, 1927