Book Review

Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print

I picked this book up when I heard the Director of my MFA program praise it. Taking recommendations from my professors is a good way to read a lot of really amazing books.I’m surprised I didn’t know about this before, and really glad to have read it now. Block gives a thorough, yet completely accessible,… Continue reading Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print

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Witches of America

There’s a lot of controversy in the Pagan community when it comes to this book. I haven’t dived into either side or researched what everyone is saying. I’ll just say that after reading this book, and hearing the basic arguments, I’m not surprised at the controversy.Is this a good book, on its own merits? I… Continue reading Witches of America

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The Writing Diet

As a fan of The Artist’s Way, and as someone who is doing a lot of intentional analysis of her relationship with food this year, it made sense to pick up The Writing Diet. I really like Julia Cameron’s approach to creativity and productivity, melding the spiritual approach with the practical. This book was definitely… Continue reading The Writing Diet

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The Danish Way of Parenting

I think every parent should read this book. It's short enough that you can finish it in a few commuting sessions, or over a week of reading a bit at night after your little ones have gone to bed. Honestly, people who don't have kids should read this book, because it will help you re-parent… Continue reading The Danish Way of Parenting

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

There are some parts of this book (basically every sports metaphor) that dragged on for me. I think the book could have been a lot shorter and would have been a little more effective. However, I can see a use case for the longer length. I can see how example after example in the book… Continue reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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Your Story Is Your Power

This book is a quick read, perfect for the person who is just starting to awaken to the inequalities and injustices in modern society. I haven't always considered myself a feminist--the patriarchy does a good job trying to convince young people that feminism is a dirty word. Now that I do, however, and now that… Continue reading Your Story Is Your Power

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The INFJ Writer

I’m an INFP, and I still got a lot out of this book. When you do any formal schooling in creative writing, there will be a lot of focus on the technical aspects of the writing. There will be talk of structure, form, voice, tense, person, etc. etc. etc. All of those things are amazing,… Continue reading The INFJ Writer

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The Crossroads of Should and Must

This quick read is an inspirational pep talk for people who struggle setting aside their everyday responsibilities in order to chase their passions. I feel like a recent theme in my life (and in my late twenties, in general), is questioning the either-or mindset. We’re taught that we can only do so much, we only… Continue reading The Crossroads of Should and Must

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Story Engineering

I had no idea what I was missing before I picked up this book. I have an MFA, I've been a writer for a long time--but somehow no one managed to phrase things quite like this before. I adore organization, and orderly approaches to tasks and goals (with iterations to fix past mistakes, because we… Continue reading Story Engineering

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Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses

This is a great introduction to the gods and goddesses of the Celts. Stewart doesn't shy away from mentioning that historical evidence cannot completely confirm our suspicions when it comes to these gods. So much of what we "know" about them is second-hand, passed through the Romans and monks seeking to preserve some aspect of… Continue reading Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses