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2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 25 books toward her goal of 175 books.
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Book Review: Killer Fashion by Jennifer Wright

This was a clever idea, coolly executed, that I wish had been longer with more depth… I was aware of many of the fashion dangers highlighted herein – that didn’t make reading about them here any less enjoyable, but it did leave me curious for more detail. The illustrations and poems were a fantastic addition to the text – darkly whimsical and often laugh-out-loud funny. Without them, this would have been three stars at most because of the brevity and lack of an underlying organizational principle beyond the premise itself… Continue reading Book Review: Killer Fashion by Jennifer Wright

Book Review: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

OK, I seem to be on a rough run, review-wise, and it’s starting to wear on me. This is yet another book that I thought sounded so interesting and that turned out to lose me COMPLETELY… I will grant that the book was original – I have not read anything like it. I will grant that Halliday is a strong writer – there were some very lovely (and some equally disturbing) sections in the text that were resonant and poignant and pointed and sharply spot-on. And the cover is stunning, and what drew me to the book even more than the concept. But I can’t grant that this was a success for me, overall, because I never felt like I understood why the three pieces were all in one book… Continue reading Book Review: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Book Review: Holy Crap! The World is Ending! – by Anna-Marie Abell

What an awesomely fun read this was! Abell has managed to write a clever, interesting, snarky conspiracy-alien-Annunaki-ancient civilizations tale that not only grabbed me from the first pages, it doggedly refused to let go until the bitter end… I tend to shy away from conspiracy theory stuff, it usually irks me. But this was so marvelous and darkly funny and twisted that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud and flip pages faster and faster as the shenanigans wove on. On top of the clear, engaging writing, there are darling cute line drawings sprinkled throughout that highlight tidbits of the story, and they are a fantastic and fun way of creating emphasis and feeling like a knowing nod at the ridiculousness of life simultaneously. Continue reading Book Review: Holy Crap! The World is Ending! – by Anna-Marie Abell

Guest Post: 15 Books to Spark Your Creative Inspiration

Today I’m pleased to bring you a guest post courtesy of ShowFlipper. If you’re not familiar, ShowFlipper is, in its own words, an Online Art Gallery. But don’t think you automatically know what that means. It’s much more than what you’re probably thinking… “We are artists, writers, musicians and software developers. Call us an odd bunch if you may but we have a passion, and that is to make Showflipper the best Online Art Gallery . Do not be mistaken to consider art just a painting. We are a platform for the artist, writers, musicians, designers, jewelers, knitters and basically any artists who wish to showcase their talent. This Online Art Gallery is to promote and sell creations online. Our online art platform will help artists, writer’s musicians, jewelers to earn money and give them an international exposure.” So check out their thoughts on inspiration AND their site for some of your own!


15 Books to Spark Your Creative Inspiration
Creative inspiration is occasionally hard to find, but reading right is one of the surest ways to let one facilitate the same. A book could change the frame of mind, inspire, motivate, develop a liking towards something or may even let one overcome a state of fatigue.
Let’s have a look at 15 of the best books for creativity that work in more ways than one!

1. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision & Reality – Scott Belsky
It is often believed that when one is in the quest for creativity, it is one’s own grit and determination that enables one to light up the very first spark towards creativity in its true format.
Continue reading Guest Post: 15 Books to Spark Your Creative Inspiration

Book Review: Brain Damage by J.A. St. Thomas

I wasn’t sure about this one at first – I liked the beginning, but it wasn’t sucking me in the way I hoped it would (it felt a little too “teenage angst”), until all of a sudden I just found myself hooked… I can’t point to what did it, but at some point early on it shifted and felt like more than the typical YA story arc (a “misfit” kid that doesn’t quite fit in turns out to be more than anyone – himself included – expected) it appeared to be at the start. From there, things got weirder and weirder and more intriguing, and by the end I was thoroughly engaged and couldn’t wait to see what the Big Reveal would turn out to be. Continue reading Book Review: Brain Damage by J.A. St. Thomas

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