The Fear In Fiction

There are certain types of fiction that I automatically avoid – not out of a sense of morality or even preference, but because I know myself enough to know what will affect me. What will affect me in such a way as to leave me lying awake at night hiding my face under the covers and startling at my laundry basket, that with my glasses off, looks like a hunched-over figure in the dark.

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In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond by John Zada

Every year, I think to myself “I should read more non-fiction” and inevitably go a little wild picking out books in such a variety of subjects that I’m quickly overcome by the dearth of possible information. In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch is my first non-fiction read of the year, and may very well be my favorite of the year.

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WWW Wednesday – March 9, 2022

This is my first post joining the WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. WWW Wednesday is simple: just answer these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
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When the Book Community Becomes A Battleground

Anyone who spends a good amount of time in the bookish communities on multiple platforms has probably seen the various dramas or conflicts that have risen to public notice recently. While not invalidating or making light of some of the controversies, there are some very simple ways to avoid said conflict, for both readers and writers.

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Friday Face-Off – Made for Each Other

This is my first time participating in the Friday Face-Off book tag started by Books By Proxy, with the most recent upcoming Friday Face-Off list at Lynn’s Books. This week’s theme is “Made for Each Other”, with the caveat to interpret that however you please. I chose to look at different covers of one of my favorite books, Crocodile on the Sandbank.

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Canceling the Noise

Whether you are trying to be a traditionally published author or self-publish, writers in today’s marketing world are often told that having a social media presence is key to selling their work. I’m not entirely against this assertion, and in some cases, many writers have Youtube channels, or Tik Toks, blogs, Instagrams, etc. that they put time and effort into, not because they have to, but because they want to.

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Deal With the Devil and The Devil You Know by Kit Rocha

What first caught my eye about this new series, other than the awesome cover, were the words “Mercenary Librarians”. As I read the concept behind the phrase I was intrigued by the idea of a dystopian world where, in that particular neighborhood, some of the only people willing to help the population were librarians – essentially -collecting, digitizing, and disbursing knowledge, literature, tools, and even food.

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Writers and Lovers by Lily King

I saw Writers and Lovers on Goodreads first, but it was Anne Bogel, host of the fantastic (and TBR list filling) podcast What Should I Read Next, that convinced me to actually sit down and read this book. Why did it take so long from the time I put it on my Goodreads TBR list to when I actually picked it up? It came out almost two years ago, and I had my eye on it from the beginning. But it was the way Anne talked about the story that made me finally sit down and read it.

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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

When you get to the 9th book of a series you have already spent hours with the characters, the story, and in some way the author. You feel like you’re coming home, even if “home” is a strange, half-familiar echo of the past with some murder and time-travelling and brave Scots fighting for their new home thrown in.

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Reader Depression

As someone who suffers from both reader depression and depression depression (sometimes together, sometimes separately) the difference between the two can seem acute. Reader depression really only affects my reader life. Depression, in the original sense of the word, affects every aspect of my life, including my reader life.

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