NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s that time of year. I’m sipping tea out of a giant owl mug and I’m getting ready for my first November participating in National Novel Writing Month! When I was in school, my English department used to run a version of NaNoWriMo during the summer, because as college students we were usually too busy in… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2017

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The Handmaid’s Tale: A Lecture

I got to see one of my literary heroes in person last night. Needless to say, it was a bit surreal. Margaret Atwood is, if possible, even more wry & witty in person than in her books.‬ She began her lecture by recounting the ways that The Handmaid’s Tale has been adapted to modern culture.… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: A Lecture

Review by Ashley Simon

Often Clueless, Always Shoeless

Read the whole review here!

In particular, I loved her impression of my dear, darling Willow

“And finally, there’s Willow Ayers. Willow likes to think of himself as an ordinary guy who loves fantasy novels. But he’s also the guy who invented Unitime. And when the system breaks down, people everywhere turn their eyes to him. He’s the only one who can fix Unitime and restore order to their world. But Willow’s in hiding, and he doesn’t seem to be making a whole lot of progress. In fact, some people would say he doesn’t really want Unitime to be fixed at all. Or does he?”

  • Ashley Simon, Online Book Club reviewer

With a novel as unusual as ABWD, it just warms my heart when I see a reviewer who really understands what I was attempting, and seems to have taken something positive away from the experience. 

 

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The Shoeman Curse by Chris A. MacKinnon

When Chris reached out asking if I would read and review his debut novel, The Shoeman Curse, I agreed to take a look at the PDF, not quite sure what to expect. But within a few pages, I was hooked! You can read the rest of my thoughts below or hop over to Chris' website to check out The… Continue reading The Shoeman Curse by Chris A. MacKinnon

Meet Libby

I downloaded Libby by Overdrive after I poked around my library's website and found that we have a HUGE collection of e-books and audiobooks. I spend a lot of time in the car but I've been hesitant to drop money on an Audible subscription. Libby is a free app that lets me check out e-books and… Continue reading Meet Libby

A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier

Confession time: I was not expecting to like A Book Without Dragons. Sci-fi isn't usually my genre. But as the title implies, this isn't your ordinary fantasy! Here's an excerpt of my review over at OnlineBookClub: [I]t’s the year 2054. Thanks to a satellite system known as Unitime, cars run on Refined Solar Energy instead of… Continue reading A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Reading a memoir is a bit like stalking someone on Facebook. You might feel a little guilty but that probably won't stop you from hungrily searching through the private parts of their life. I'm fascinated by this genre—and even hope to write a memoir someday myself—so I found The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr… Continue reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

More Review-y News

I've been writing for OnlineBookClub.org for a few weeks now, and I've finally earned the ability to do paid reviews! Check out my latest review over the delightfully whimsical children's story Farmer Beau's Farm. I've also been given the opportunity to participate in something called The First Ten. Every day, OnlineBookClub sends an email with their Book… Continue reading More Review-y News