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Bookish Finds for Book Fiends

With the holidays swiftly approaching, you might be thinking to yourself: what should I buy the bookworm in my life? How do I make my beloved introvert leap for joy? As a noted bookworm and introvert, I'm here to give you some ideas.

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Spoooooky Reads

Claire and Marshall of Halloweens Past Happy Halloween, friends! In honor of the spookiest holiday, I thought I'd give you a list of some of my favorite chill-inducing books, at varying levels of scariness. The Exorcist by William Blatty If you're looking for a truly horrific read, this is a great place to start. The… Continue reading Spoooooky Reads

Books, Personal, Updates, Writing

One Published Year

A year ago today, Across the Formidable Sea became available for purchase on Amazon. In the year since it's earned 22 reviews on Amazon with an average 4.6 stars. On Goodreads, it has 30 and an average 4.37. It's been purchased over 500 times in more than 3 countries. My words. My ideas. It's utterly humbling.

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Postmortem: Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell managed the rarest of feats: she made us root for an utterly unlikeable character -- a female character at that. Throughout Gone with the Wind Scarlett struggles with the fact that she lacks many of the traits most desired in women of her time: humility, docility, and gentleness of spirit.  Though we pride ourselves today on embracing "strong female leads", even the most independent of female heroines are usually still kind at heart, reaching toward the greater good, kind to children and animals, and ultimately feminine. Scarlett is cutthroat, grasping, and selfish, and worst of all, unapologetic, but you still find yourself wanting her to succeed.