Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

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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Imagine being able to jump into any one of your favorite books and watch the story unfold. Want to drink tea with the Mad Hatter? Want to run into Jane and Elizabeth Bennett on a walk in the countryside? Or maybe you have a taste for Wonka Bars? That’s no problem for Bethany, one of …

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Recently, I read a blog post about whether adults should finish a book when they aren’t enjoying it. The blogger came down on the side of closing the book and moving on, but there were plenty of comments from those who are unable to walk away from a book unfinished. In my own experience, I …

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When the epilogue of the first book in the series leaves your chin on the ground, you know the second book will have all kinds of twists and turns. And Kerry Lonsdale’s Everything We Keep had a killer epilogue. The kind that made me say, “Damn, that epilogue though.” Luckily, unlike some fans, I didn’t …

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We reach another weekend and I can’t say I wasn’t ready for this one! Short weeks at work always seem so much longer than a normal five-day. A few things made the week pass a little more quickly.   I caught up on my podcasts. I finally made it through S-Town. I’ll be honest. I …

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There has been a lot of discourse about the roles women have been forced to play throughout the course of history. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Saint. Boxes were created and women were placed neatly into them. Those who didn’t fit neatly into those boxes were given other names. Names meant to carry very negative labels. Trouble …

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Having just finished Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning, it was interesting to listen to this book. While both tales are about the Victorian period, women who don’t conform and murder most foul, the books have very different paces and atmosphere. Raybourn’s was a rollicking adventure with quick Gilmore Girls-like dialogue. Thomas’ A Study in Scarlet …

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I finally picked up the first book in Raybourn’s newest series about Veronica Speedwell. “A Curious Beginning” lived up to the title! I’ve been a fan of Raybourn since I read her Lady Julia series. She excels at creating mysteries and then ingenious clues for her heroine to discover. Oh, and her heroines are firecrackers. What …

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