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    5 Must-Have Reference Books for Writers and Bloggers

    I hoard books. There. I said it. My name is Maggie, and I’m a book hoarder. We often joke that we moved into our bigger house a couple years ago because we ran out of space for our books in our old, smaller house. It’s a half-joke. I love books, no question. Yes, you can get a ton of great information on the internet, but there’s something about thumbing through real paper. This is especially true when it comes to reference material. Sure. I can google a specific grammar or style question, but it’s just not the same as picking up my well-worn style manual and finding the in-depth reference.…

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    Book Review: My Beloved World

    “There are no bystanders in this life…. Our humanity makes us each a part of something greater than ourselves.” — Sonia Sotomayor I recently finished My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and the third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. I can’t overstate this: Read it. Next. Finish what you’re reading now, then pick this up. Prior to digging in, I worried that it would be dry, that it would be a picture of her swift rise to the top with nods to adversity here and there. Why? Many books written by people in political power – and, yes, she’s in judicial power, but they’re so similar…

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    Book review: Cathedral of the Wild

    Before I dive into this book review, I’ll just pause for a sec so you can go buy it. Right now. It’s that fabulous. Did you buy it? OK, good. Let’s talk about the book, shall we? Cathedral of the Wild reads like a series of essays strung together. Every chapter could stand on its own. It’s in loose chronological order, walking us through Varty’s unconventional childhood on a game reserve, Londolozi, in South Africa. He writes in a tongue-in-cheek style that retells death-defying adventures with a sense of humor.  The first two-thirds of the book go into great detail about the formation of the game reserve and all the of animals…

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    Book review: Authorpreneur in Pajamas

    Many writers are choosing to self-publish their work. It’s swifter than going the traditional route, and it allows authors the ability to manage their platform and promotion. In her eBook, Authorpreneur in Pajamas, Geraldine Solon walks the aspiring writer through the many components of promoting self-published work. The short book – it’s only 80 pages, including the acknowledgments – touches on the various social media channels available and a smattering of promotion ideas, like hosting a virtual book tour or offering a giveaway. The book provides a mile-high view of each step, though many of the chapters include links to references to get more information. I think this book could…

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    My Current Reading List

    I am a bookworm. Reading is my great escape, and it provides quiet, calm solace in the busy rush of life. Because things have been nutso lately – from sick dogs to deadlines – I’ve fallen behind on my reading. So, I wanted to recap my current and upcoming reading list so you can follow along. The Amazon links below are affiliate links. If you purchase a book through those links, it won’t cost you a penny extra, though I’ll get a tiny commission. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain I’m nearly finished with this book; in fact, I plan to…

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    Book Review: A Creative Toolkit of Meditations

    Believe it or not (ha! I’m sure you believe it by now), I struggle with stress. I put a ton of pressure on myself, constantly over-schedule my days and weeks, and panic when I can’t complete all my “to dos” or meet all my goals. However, as I’ve gotten older and – not necessarily wiser – but maybe more mindful, I’ve been trying to integrate ways to manage and eliminate that excess stress. In theory, I’ve been interested in meditation for quite a long time. In practice, I just haven’t found a way to actually practice it. Everything I’ve read – from books to websites – and the online courses I’ve…

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    Are you on Goodreads?

    My idea of heaven: a comfy couch with a big pile of soft blankets, a mug of rich hot chocolate, a crackling fire, and a big pile of books to read! I love to read. It’s partly why I launched the dedicated book reviews section of this website. In the past, I’ve dabbled on Goodreads, but now I’m trying to keep up with it… writing and reading reviews, joining groups, and sharing on forums. Are you on Goodreads? Let’s connect!