True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

You are a writer:

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Writer Meme of the Week:

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Best Reader Meme of the Week:

Best Grammar Nazi Meme of the Week:

Grammar jokes :):

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The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless ~ Nonfiction Book Review

20828370This is the response to Into the Wild written by Chris McCandless’s sister, Carine. It’s supposed  to be the ‘real’ story, the one that helps readers to better understand Chris’s actions, and why they weren’t as rash or reckless or selfish as some people believe.

Let me begin by first saying that when I read Into the Wild, I didn’t judge Chris’s actions. He was simply a young man whose life came to an unfortunate, early end. I didn’t analyze his actions or scrutinize his motives. It’s not up to me to judge, and who’s to say that by doing what he did, that he didn’t manage to live more in 24 years than some do in a lifetime. To each their own.

That said, this wasn’t so much an expose as an emotional journey. Nothing shocking was revealed that wasn’t in Into the Wild to some extent, so if you’re looking for scandal, you’ll probably be underwhelmed. A powerful, moving, intimate tale about volatile family dynamics and a sister’s grief. 4 stars.

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If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch ~ Fiction Book Review

17412730Wow! It’s impossible for me to believe that this is a first book. It was just so . . . well, good, I guess, for lack of a better word. The writing was sharp, the imagery fresh and unique, the voice amazing.

And yet – this is a YA book?!?!

There’s something about this one that’s going to haunt me for some time to come. I’m not sure why it resonated so strongly with me, but this book made me both laugh and cry. I didn’t want to put it down. I didn’t want it to end. I want some more. Why hasn’t the author written more books yet? Come on, Emily Murdoch, I need more!

This isn’t my normal read, but I am SO glad I gave it a try. (Thanks, Kindle deal of the day!) Five stars!!!


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Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard ~ Fiction Book Review

162085I’ve heard about the TV show, Pretty Little Liars, and while I’ve never seen an episode, I have humored the thought that in another life (younger, more time, if I knew what channel it was on) it might be a show that I’d watch. I had no idea that it was based on a book series, though, until I found it at my local Friends of the Library book sale for a quarter.  What follows are my honest thoughts about this book. (Don’t judge.)

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the writing. I was quite worried to discover that I was reading about 7th graders, then quite relieved to find the characters are only that young for the first chapter. These girls are much naughtier than the adult women in the books I normally read. (Not that I wasn’t this age myself and that I don’t realize what goes on – I claim the 5th on ever misbehaving myself in any way – but I was slightly shocked that mothers let their daughters read this, and could not decide at what age I’d expose my daughter, if I had one, to this book.) I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and was almost through the book by the time I was able to keep them straight.

BUT – I’m hooked. I have to know what happens. Who is A? What does she have in store for these girls? I couldn’t sleep after finishing this book because I was so busy listing suspects and scenarios to identify and/or explain A. I’ll admit it – I felt myself blushing when my husband looked at the cover of this book, then at me with a questioning look – but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this series is my newest guilty pleasure. 4.5 stars.




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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

15 Inspiring Quotes – when you need some life motivation! |

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Writer Meme of the Week:

"I am a writer, therefore, I am not sane." Edgar Allan Poe:

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

The real reason I haven't switched to ebooks [cartoon]:

Best Grammar Nazi Meme of the Week:

Punctuation is important:

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris ~ Fiction Book Review

26050845This book was suspenseful. It kept my attention, my eyes racing over the pages so quickly that at times I thought I smelled smoke. I enjoyed the story very much, but there was something off, something lacking.

I can’t quite pinpoint what kept this book from being 5 stars for me. There was a lot of telling versus showing, which most writers will agree is one of those criticisms that make your eyes roll completely out of your head and onto the floor, but there’s merit in the comment. If left unbalanced, the rhythm of the text morphs into something that reads like a grocery list. It lacks sophistication, creating an, “and then, and then, and then,” feeling.

The plot was good, and I’m not one of those readers that has problems suspending belief, but there were some things that rubbed me the wrong way, like a tag abrading the back of my neck. It felt uncomfortable and wrong and I just couldn’t buy the characters’ actions. All that said, I really did enjoy the book. Parts of it were chillingly fresh and horrific! Had I read it another week, a different day, perhaps I would have rated it 5 stars instead of 4.45. A quick read and worth the time you’ll spend with it.

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Borderliners by Peter Hoeg ~ Fiction Book Review

429631Although published in the 1980s, this has all the makings of a modern psychological thriller. Orphans accepted into a private, elite school for unknown reasons, some type of ‘master plan’ conspiracy, the fight against the ‘establishment’. Yet, it’s so much more.

The struggle to grow up and survive, the yearning to understand, the desire for love, the need for family – the themes run deep in this fictional story that hints at autobiography.

Peter’s growing obsession with time is the underlying current that flows throughout the book, finally surging with the force of a tsunami to the forefront at the conclusion. The science of the study of time, the history of clocks, the physics of past, present and future is fascinating – but it detracts from the story, overshadowing it. Originally written in Danish, I can’t help but wonder what, if anything, may have been lost in translation. There was a lot going on in this book. A bit too much, for my taste. I found it a touch overwhelming. Very good, but a lot to handle. 4 stars.


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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

A ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it's built for. Albert Einsten Quote a power full journey: Motivation:

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