Category: Read this!

2013 Book Recommendations

For the first time in my life, I don’t have time to read. This seems like not that big a deal, but this is coming from someone who is never without a book. While growing up, I constantly had a book in hand; while eating, watching TV, getting ready for school, on car or bus

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TLC Book Tours: Married Love by Tessa Hadley

A short story is often treated like a stepping stone that grad students and lesser writers use to build their skills.   Tell someone you wrote a book and you get congratulations; tell them you wrote a collection of short stories and they’ll ask you how your book is coming along.  For most people, short stories

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TLC Book Tours: Because You Have To by Joan Frank

I was about two pages into Because You Have To: A Writing Life by Joan Frank when the following three sentences gave me pause- A teaching mentor during a MFA program once wrote to me, in calm response to my own bewildered longing for time: “One has plenty of opportunities during the day to write.”

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TLC Book Tour: Love, In Theory by E.J. Levy

Due to a rookie mistake (setting a post to publish at 2 AM instead of 2 PM, Alyssa?!? I mean, honestly…) this post is being run a day late. My apologies to the people at TLC Book Tour and anyone who came over from there looking for the review; however, my regular readers won’t be

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TLC Book Tour: A Simple Thing by Kathleen McCleary

I was super excited when TLC Book Tours contacted me again about doing another book review, this time fiction!  Contemporary fiction!  Yay! I was given A Simple Thing by Kathleen McCleary.  I’d rehash the plot, but since the publisher paid someone a lot of money to do that for them, I’ll let them do their

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TLC Book Tour Review: Marriage Confidential by Pamela Haag

Y’all know how I feel about books, so when TLC Book Tours contacted me and asked if I wanted to be a part of one of their online book tours, I had pretty much said yes before I even finished reading the email.  And then when I found out the book was Marriage Confidential: Love

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2012 Book List

I have admitted defeat.  Between writing for A Practical Wedding, We Heart This, my grad school class and here (when I actually do…sorry guys…), making Christmas presents and cards and being married to the most wonderful and annoying man on the planet, I am all tapped out.  Fun stuff like reading has fallen to the

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Messy Reads

It was mentioned a while back that I should join Good Reads, and I did.  A CRAZY amount of y’all are on there, though I shouldn’t be surprised given how many bookworms there are on here. Now, if you’re interested, I’ve started a “Messy Reads” group on Good Reads.  It’s not a book club, it’s just

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Before I announce the winnerof our giveaway of Awkward.: What to Do When Life Makes You Cringe – A Survival Guide, can I just mention that the lovely and fabulous Becca, formerly of A Los Angeles Love and currently at Stumble and Leap, is good friends with the author Sam Scholfield???  Even MORE proof that

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Kind of a Mess Giveaway!!!!

WHAT??? You haven’t entered the giveaway to win a copy of “Awkward: What to Do When Life Makes You Cringe” by Sam Scholfield?!? Click HERE and rectify that situation post haste. Do it.