2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 3 books toward her goal of 245 books.
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Book Review: Door to Door by T.L. Brown

I don’t even know where to begin… This is a fantastic story. Absolutely fantastic. And I say that not only because I’ve known about it since its early genesis and been able to watch it develop over time, but because it is a well-written story populated by deeply relatable characters set in a universe that is original and magical and entertaining. Continue reading Book Review: Door to Door by T.L. Brown

Excerpt: Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

About the Book

People don’t just disappear without a trace…

Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold. Continue reading Excerpt: Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Book Review: Weeper by Greg Morgan

What an unusual, fascinating topic for historical fiction! I was vaguely familiar with the concept of weepers (professional mourners), but can’t say that I recall ever reading a novel that encompassed the topic before. Now that I have, I can honestly say it’s a gap that is well-filled – what a superbly interesting way to address issues of family, society, social pressure, and the role of women in old Southern society! Continue reading Book Review: Weeper by Greg Morgan

Guest Post: What Happens After NaNoWriMo?: by Hank Quense

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ve met Hank Quense before, on numerous occasions. He’s shared information on kids’ writing workshops on more than one occasion, as well as on self-publishing and web page creation. Today he’s taking us through the writing challenge that is NaNoWriMo. Enjoy!

What IS NaNoWriMo?
For those who don’t know (and according to its own promotional materials), National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists. Continue reading Guest Post: What Happens After NaNoWriMo?: by Hank Quense

Excerpt: A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon

About the Book

A gripping page turner about two young mothers, one grisly murder, and the lengths both women will go in the name of their children.

When young decorated combat veteran Travis Hollis is found stabbed through the heart at a U.S. Army base in Germany, there is no doubt that his wife, Luz, is to blame. But was it an act of self defense? A frenzied attempt to save her infant daughter from domestic abuse? Or the cold blood murder of an innocent man? Continue reading Excerpt: A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon