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Amanda Hocking- Torn
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Amanda Hocking- Torn

          Torn is the sequel to Amanda Hocking’s Switched. Princess Wendy is torn between the Trylle and the Vittra kingdoms and between Finn, her mysterious bodyguard, and Loki, the Vittra prince. In Torn, Hocking masters the classic love triangle which reminds me of one of my […]

Amanda Hocking- Switched
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Amanda Hocking- Switched

Amanda Hocking sold over a million copies of her YA paranormal books by self-publishing, which makes her an outlier. Non-fiction writer Malcolm Gladwell describes an outlier as a man or a woman who “for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that […]

76 of My Favorite Authors
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76 of My Favorite Authors

As much as I love the idea of the Thank A Writer Project, I’m doubtful that I’ll be able to chose five of my favorite authors to thank- how can I choose?! Here are 75 of my favorite authors (in no particular order): Gillian Flynn- Gone Girl, Sharp Objects Suzanne […]

Thank A Writer Project
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Thank A Writer Project

I just read a post by Nathan Bransford, (former literary agent, author, and one of my favorite bloggers) about the “Thank A Writer Project.” Bransford and his friend Maggie Mason (aka Mighty Girl) are going to hand- writthank you notes to their five favorite authors, then post them on the […]

Splintered- A.G. Howard
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Splintered- A.G. Howard

One of my favorite lines in A.G. Howard’s YA novel Splintered: “Look inside yourself. Because finding who you were meant to be? What you were put into this world to do? That’s what fills the emptiness. It’s the only thing that can.” Splintered is a modern day twist on Lewis Caroll’s […]

Make History
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Make History

I just read “You’ve Got to Sell Your Heart,” a fabulous post by Christian Mihai. Mihai mentions a letter written in 1938 to Frances Turnbull by F. Scott Fitzgerald. At the time, aspiring writer Turnbull sent a short story to family friend and prolific author, Fitzgerald. His response to her story […]

Son – Lois Lowry
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Son – Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry, Newberry Award winning author of The Giver quartet, didn’t start writing professionally until she was in her mid- 30s, which gives me hope considering I’m nearly 33. Like The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger, I thoroughly enjoyed Lowry’s young adult dystopian novel, Son. One of the best reviews […]

It’s Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini
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It’s Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini

I found Ned Vizzini’s novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, on our middle school’s lost and found cart in the cafeteria. I skimmed through it and it did seem kind of funny, so I decided to borrow it. (I promise to bring it back!) After the first few pages, […]

Pure – Julianna Baggott
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Pure – Julianna Baggott

Imagine receiving a message from the chosen ones; the people who were saved from the horrors of an apocalypse: “We know you are here, our brothers and sisters. We will, one day, emerge from the Dome to join you in peace. For now, we watch from afar, benevolently.” Imagine waiting […]

Attentionally Challenged
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Attentionally Challenged

On February 15 I wrote a post called “Super Focused,” where I explained the Pomodoro Technique; a time management method that actually works! (If you’re interested in learning more about this effective time management technique, scroll down and check out that post). I’ve used parts of this method at work; […]

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