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10 Books I Read in 2019 – Part 2

The saga continues! Here is the latter half of the ten books I've read in 2019 thus far. Missed the first half? Click here. 6. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien The first time I read the Lord of the Rings series, I think I was too young to appreciate it. I was probably 11… Continue reading 10 Books I Read in 2019 – Part 2

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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.