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Review: Reading Like a Writer

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Goodreads Amazon The most important things, I told them, were observation and consciousness. Keep your eyes open, see clearly, think about what you see, ask yourself what it means. I read this book on the recommendation of a good writing friend who suggested it as a way to improve my writing (yes, I write but I [...]

Review: Flash Fiction International

By | April 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Very Short Stories from Around the World Edited by: James Thomas, Robert Shapard, Christopher Merril   Amazon Goodreads I'm going to make a confession. I'm addicted. I'm absolutely addicted to reading in general, but also to flash fiction in particular. Whenever I open one of the numerous sites I follow or one of the anthologies I [...]

Guest Book Review – The Lion by Joseph Kessel

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Guest Post, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Joseph Kessel Amazon Goodreads Guest Review by Florence Lefebvre "She had the same right as any animal to experience the sacred spasm that makes the earth quiver with a wet trembling every spring." (Belle de Jour) Forget everything you know about Africa. Let the songs of the Masai warriors carry your thought to the deepest [...]

Review: On Becoming a Novelist

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Amazon Good Reads This is not a review as much as a collection of impressions. "We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images." I'm not going to pretend to contextualize John Gardner's [...]

Review: Eight Letters to a Young Writer

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Inspiration, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Teju Cole Eight Letters to a Young Writer_ by Teju Cole "Above all else, resist the temptation to be trite." This is not a review as much as a collection of impressions. I recently went through a period of "writer's block." Nothing severe - I was burned out, having participated in one writing challenge after another [...]

Review – Palm Trees in the Snow

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Amazon Author's Page Amazon Goodreads Review My thoughts: Palm Trees in the Snow is a translation of the novel by the Spanish writer, Luz Gabás. The novel addresses the tensions between Spain and it's colony, Guinea, through the lives of the Rabaltué family. The scope of the novel is ambitious and I [...]

How Do You Read? – The Pleasure Of The Slow Read

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Teaching, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |

by C.T. D'Alessandro I'm a slow reader. Not slow as in I-read-100-words-a-minute slow. I'm actually a terrifyingly fast when looked at in terms of word count (a consequence of a speed-reading class I took in 8th grade). When I say I'm a slow reader, what I mean is that I actually sit with a book for [...]

The Tragedy of Man Driven by Desire

By | May 4th, 2016|Categories: Reading, Reading Challenge, What I'm reading|

Source: The Tragedy of Man Driven by Desire

Book Challenge – Twitter Hashtag

By | April 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

April 30, 2016 May's novel for the Reading Challenge will be Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. I realize that it is listed as number 7 on the Reading Challenge post of April 29, 2016 but the list is in alphabetical order and I already have this book on my tbr pile. [...]

Book Challenge | The Memory of Fire

By | April 29th, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, What I'm reading|

by C.T. D'Alessandro Have I mentioned that I’ve read a lot of books?  Too many to count!  And the fact is, I want to read more!  I have a letter to write to each of them, all half-started (well, the salutation, anyway), all ready to be sent. I am taking on a reading challenge for [...]

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