Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

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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It seems like there are more and more memoirs being published every day. Everyone from politicians to movie stars to scientists to moguls are writing them. I don’t remember there ever being so many, but it could also be that age-old problem of I just wasn’t paying attention. There is something ironic about my not …

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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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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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