Excerpt & Contest: A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

Sourcebooks is offering 10 readers the chance to attend a LIVE online event with Susanna Kearsley. To enter, find the HIDDEN MESSAGE within the excerpt below and use it to crack the SECRET CODE. Email the correct answer to…
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Weekend E-Reading: Americanah & The Vacationers


While I am a big fan of reading books and turning pages, I read in fits and starts on my Nook and tablet. Books act as great physical reminders to me of their actual existence. I find that I forget about…
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Literary Movie News: Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper in the Movie Adaptation of Ron Rash’s Serena

Serena by Ron Rash

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting to star in Ron Rash’s Serena, and the only thing I am worried about is that I haven’t read the book yet. The trailer makes it look all kinds of angsty and dramatic,…
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Weekend Reading: Michel Laub, Bich Nguyen, & Elizabeth Cooke – July 18, 2014

Pioneer Girl, The Dark Wild Flowers & Diary of the Fall

I have plans with a friend this evening and an afternoon seminar set for tomorrow, but I am also planning on some quality time with my books. I’ve got three going at the moment. Diary of the Fall by Michel…
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Armchair BEA 2014: An Introduction Post

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?  I’m Nicole. I’m from New York City and I…
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Public Notes to Myself: A Mid April Reading List

Sometimes I need a written reminder for what it is I have committed to reading for the month, and this is one of those times. How is April getting away so quickly? It is the middle of April already, people!…
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Happy Spring! And. A book list.

And hopefully to a better spring. With more posting. I did a double take to realized that I have posted a whopping 2x in the last three months. Time does fly when you are having fun. So what have I…
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Labor Day by Joyce Maynard – Movie/Book Club

Stack of books

Readers react with mixed emotion when they hear that a book they’ve read is being made into a movie, especially a favorite one. I confess that I’m no different. I try to judge by the attached director, approve or seethe…
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In Search of the Perfect Romance: Four Tempting Romances I Wouldn’t Kick Out of Bed

Gwynneth Ever After by Linda Poitevin_Fotor_Collage

I use Grammarly for proofreading because I’d be loss without it. See, get it? Ha! (Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Grammarly. I also got to test drive their proofreading software, which offers the basics for checking the grammar of your writing…
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The Book Thief – Screening the Film and Conversations with the Cast


Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief is a novel that I’ve heard much about since it was  published in 2008. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Though there have been some quibbles here and there, almost every opinion I’ve seen raves…
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