Recommended Reading List: August, 2022

I finished a book by an author I love at the start of the month, then spent two weeks trying to decide if I want to recommend it. The book doesn’t really work. She left out depth entirely, so all we had were these great characters (related to other great characters of hers). She had experimented with something difficult and didn’t quite pull it off. […]

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Recommended Reading List: July, 2022

July was a good month for reading, only I can’t share much of what I read. I read wonderful manuscripts in my Romance Spies in-person class. The class was an advanced class, so all the writers were good. They were just trying a subgenre that some of them were unfamiliar with. I read incredible stories, and I hope those hit print soon enough. As a […]

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Recommended Reading List: June, 2022

June was a weird month. As I blogged about earlier in the week, I got so sick I couldn’t read. When I came back to reading, I read a few novels that were good, but not compelling. Certainly not worth recommending. One I had been reading as I got sick and thought maybe the problem was me. No. The problem wasn’t me. The book was […]

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Recommended Reading List: April, 2022

I got a lot of reading done in April, but never had time to update this post. That’s why it’s late. I was trying hurriedly to finish the next Fey novel, and everything else seemed to get thrown overboard. Much of what I read I liked, which is a nice change of pace from earlier in the year. I also think I’m a bit more […]

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Recommended Reading List: March, 2022

I started out reading great guns at the beginning of March and then…I have no idea. Life, maybe? The time change did zing me more than I expected, and I had to study for midterms, but those were gone by mid-month and my reading declined in the second half of the month. So I have no idea. I did start two different mystery anthologies that […]

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Recommended Reading: February, 2022

February got away from me. I was working on a deadline and dealing with several other things. Plus a nightmare course at school that I eventually dropped. (The course was cursed; the original prof had left the university suddenly, so they substituted a woman whose Spanish was as good as mine [which is to say, not great]. All the native speakers dropped out. It was […]

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Recommended Reading List: November 2021

Well, I learned something about myself this month. I am not ready to face 2020 in any realistic way. I picked up, as I always do, The Best American Essays, and dove in. This year’s came from 2020, even though the volume is marked 2021. (That’s standard.) And…I just…couldn’t. I had to put the book down. Not just the pandemic, but the election, and the […]

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Recommended Reading List: October 2021

Totally insane month with a lot of legal reading—maybe 500 pages—which I find fascinating, but you won’t. I added Grisham’s latest to that, but it’s emotionally cold and didn’t have much of an impact on me. Okay, yes, all of Grisham is emotionally cold, but usually that suits the story. It didn’t here. I enjoyed the read, but not enough to recommend. Mostly, I’ve been […]

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Weird Glitches and Holidays

I love the little image above this post. It’s a perfect description of the Holiday Spectacular. Yes, we’re doing it again. This year, we will send you or a friend or both of you or all of you 38 stories between American Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November) to New Year’s Day. You will receive one story per day throughout that time. It really is a […]

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Recommended Reading List: September, 2021

It’s been an interesting reading month. I started reading a book on West Side Story, which looked truly interesting. It was unbelievably boring, but I finished it anyway. I’m not usually that completist. I think it simply points out how tired I am and how unwilling I was to look for something new. I read a lot of court cases and stuff in Spanish. I […]

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