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What are You Reading?

I thought I might do a quarterly-ish post on what we’re all reading or looking forward to reading soon. I read across genres and am always up for suggestions! 177 more words



This captivating movie features the strong duo cast of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. This was definitely one of the main reasons why I chose to watch this movie as I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Silver Lining Playbook’ which also starred both. 36 more words

Serena by Ron Rash


The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. 577 more words


Bloggers’ Opinions Must Not Be Bought: A Cautionary Tale

I’m leery of accepting self-published work for review. If this is prejudice on my part, it’s not unjustified: I’ve reviewed hundreds of self-published books during my four years of freelance work for Kirkus, Foreword, BlueInk, Publishers Weekly, and The Bookbag, and although I do find the very occasional gem that could hold its own in a traditional market, the overall quality is poor. 946 more words

Reading Habits

MONSTERS IN APPALACHIA: a compelling contemporary take on Southern Gothic desire, temptation, and elusive salvation

Monsters in Appalachia: Stories

By Sheryl Monks

Vandalia Press/West Virginia University Press

$16.99, 168 pages

As someone who has lived in California for all but two years of his life and feels a powerful attachment to this place — its weather, light, ocean, mountains, valleys, flora, and fauna – I am fascinated by writing that conveys the power of other places. 736 more words

Book Reviews

Serena by: Ron Rash

As my husband and sister will tell you, I am naturally drawn to “woman on the cover, looking off into the distance” books. They aren’t wrong, but I’m making a conscious effort to steer away from this unless there is a real reason I am pulled into the novel.  608 more words