Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2018

My annual recommendation of the best holiday stories I’ve read in the last ten years.

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Recommended Reading List: October, 2018

Alas and alack, October did not start well. The traditionally published novel I read first was disappointing. Sadly, it wasn’t the author’s fault. Her stupid traditional publisher ruined everything. Let me explain without naming the book. The book had three reversal/surprises built into the narrative. The first, nearly halfway through, is that a character we thought was dead turns out to be alive. That should […]

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Recommended Reading List: September, 2018

Lots of reading this month. I am gearing up on various projects so I had to increase my reading time (oh, how sad). I also line edited a Fiction River, which was really enjoyable. Plus, I seem to be getting my magazines in order—finally! So I have some articles to recommend as well. By the middle of the month, some of the goodness in my […]

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Recommended Reading List: August, 2018

Typos abound, even here on my website. I had this labeled August 2019 for the longest time. Who knew that I would be able to recommend books I would read a year from now? Seriously, though, August started out well, with the Amanda Quick book that I just devoured. I had a lot of other reading to do, and much of it was fun. I […]

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Recommended Reading List: July, 2018

I turned off the TV much of the month, and decreased my consumption of news, out of necessity. I can’t watch the images of my country doing things I so deeply hate. I do read about these things on my phone (thank heavens for notifications!) so I’m not uninformed. I’m just not losing myself in the imagery, which is probably good for my mental health. […]

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Recommended Reading List: May, 2018

I’ve been reading a lot in the month of May, but much of what I’m reading is online and ephemeral. I had missed a lot of the ephemeral stuff during the move because I didn’t have the bandwidth for it. Apparently, I do now. I’ve also been reading some rather large books, some of which are taking time to get through. So this list might […]

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Recommended Reading List: April, 2018

So much fantastic reading in April, and no time to write it all up. That’s why this is a few days later than usual. First, I line-edited an issue of Fiction River, Spies, which is just marvelous. I had forgotten how good those stories are. You’ll see them next year, but for now, you can read a Fiction River that I edited, Justice. The stories in that […]

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Recommended Reading List: March, 2018

As I mentioned in my writing blogs on Thursdays, I ended up moving this month. I thought I was going to move in early May, but life forced the change earlier. So I’ve been a bit scattered. Fortunately, the reading has been good. Even the reads I’m not going to recommend were readable, just not great. My challenge was simply remembering to post my notes, […]

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Recommended Reading List: February 2018

I’d like to say I had no time for leisure reading this month, and while that’s mostly true, it doesn’t feel true. I spent most of the month reading for the anthology workshop. 1.2 million words of really great fiction, some of which will appear in upcoming Fiction Rivers. I mentioned the Justice issue of Fiction River last month. This month, I line-edited another Fiction […]

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Recommended Reading List: January, 2018

Well…I’m writing this on January 26, 2018, and at the moment of this writing, I have nothing to recommend. That’s not because I’ve had a terrible reading month. I’ve had a terrible recommending month. Let me explain. I line-edited two Fiction River volumes, both of which you’ll see later in the year. The current volume, Justice, which I edited, just appeared. (That was what I […]

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