Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

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It’s always a good day when you get a book in the mail. Even better when it’s an ARC you receive in exchange for a review. And on top of a free book, it’s a free Lauren Willig book! I’ve read two of Willig’s books, That Summer and The Ashford Affair, both of them stand …

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That Summer

There are times when I grab a book, knowing very little about in, and read/listen to it because I needed something and it was available at my library. Not too long ago I was traveling to some not-so-exotic location for work. I had a drive ahead of me and needed a quick audio book to …

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Not long ago I was honored at work for my fifteen year anniversary of employment there. Along with a catalog of nifty gifts to choose from, they also passed around a journal and wrote entries to me or about me. Then on the actual day they took thirty minutes of a meeting to say wonderfully …

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Mrs. Poe

I wouldn’t call myself a great fan of Edgar Allen Poe. I read the requisite stories and poetry in high school. You know the drill. It’s Halloween and your English teacher pulls out “The Raven” or “The Tell-Tale Heart” and they try to be all spooky. As a modern teenager you think “um, what?” and …

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Books

I may have set some kind of record this month—a personal record anyway—in the number of books I consumed. And, yes, I’m using the word consumed on purpose. My mom has always said I devour books, that I should slow down and enjoy them. I do enjoy them! Just at a quicker pace than most. …

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Longbourn

If you hang around readers for very long, you begin to see a pattern. Most have read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Many of those who have read it claim it is, not only their favorite Austen book, but on their list of favorite books of all time. There have been a dearth of Jane …

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2013

I am well behind the curve on this post. In reviewing my blog, it has been a few days since I posted. That should be testament to the craziness that was the end of 2013. Now it is 2014. Before I leave 2013 behind though, I want to remind myself of a few favorite things …

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World of Ash

As far as dystopian fiction goes, I haven’t read widely. Of course, I’ve read “The Hunger Games.” I also read the first in Veronica Roth’s series, “Divergent.” In those, though, there is still an order to society. There are rules, systems and leadership. None of these exist in Shauna Granger’s new book, “World of Ash.” …

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