Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

Pop culture is a funny thing. You never know what will take off and become the “new” thing. Once it does, you see it everywhere. Books, movies, music, social media. The story of Alexander Hamilton is the “it” thing right now. You’d have to be living under a rock not to know this. Early American …

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Sometimes those algorithm recommendations work out for the best. After listening to Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10, Audible decided that I would be a fan of her other books. Notably, In a Dark, Dark Wood. So, when I had my next credit I downloaded it. I loved Imogen Church’s narration with Cabin 10 …

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When I was young, there was this story a missionary told my youth group. As a young girl in Africa, she was sitting under a tree in the yard where her family lived and served. Her father came out of the house and called to her. He told her to slowly get up and walk …

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Upstate New York. University campus. Death of a young female student. Professor of some sort of liberal arts subject. Large amounts of water imagery. You can bet it’s a Carol Goodman novel. River Road is no exception. I’ve read about seven of her novels so far, thanks to my friend, Niki. I’ve enjoyed many of …

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My mom has been talking about these movies she’s been watching while she works at her desk or putters around the house. Over the last couple of months, she’s told me a little about some plots and the characters. Come to find out, she’s been watching some Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries channel and their films …

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I’ll just get the obvious out-of-the-way. I LOVE Melinda Leigh’s books. Honestly, I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon her Midnight series, but I quickly devoured the first three, which were the only ones available at the time. I now pre-order her books as soon as they are available. I highly recommend all that …

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On a vacation whim, I picked up what I think is Mary Kubica’s very first book from 2014. I was intrigued by the cover, but I’ve also seen her latest book, Every Last Lie, everywhere! I was on vacation, so I thought I should be spontaneous. I was rewarded with a fun read while hanging …

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Sometimes when you’ve read a really heavy book, topic and not page number, you need something fun and light. You need something sweet or funny to help lift your spirits. Over Easy by Pamela Ford was all of those things. It was an enjoyable romantic comedy with a funny cast of characters. The perfect summer …

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There are times when I open a book and it takes me to another place. There are times when it takes me to another time. Sometimes it’s an escape for a couple of hours. With David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon, it was an uncomfortable trip to another time and just a bit north …

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True confession. Before reading this book, I hadn’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve heard the buzz, but I just hadn’t gotten to Fangirl and Landline. When Attachments popped up in my Kindle Daily Deals, the premise sounded intriguing and I couldn’t pass it up. I’m really glad I hit the “buy” button! Not only …

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