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What I’m Reading: Lotería

Now here’s a beautifully written novel for older kids: Lotería, by Karla Arenas Valenti. And great for practicing your Spanish, too, as there are numerous Spanish phrases throughout, always followed by a translation in the text. The book is organized around a game of… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Lotería”

What I’m Reading: The Way of Kings

My brother sent me Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings a couple years ago with his highest recommendations, but I’ve been put off until now by the sheer length of the book. It’s a bit more than a thousand pages, and I just don’t… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Way of Kings”

What I’m Reading: Book Marketing Is Dead

Book Marketing is Dead is a free downloadable book by indie author and guru Derek Murphy (available here). The thesis of his book is that the old way of book marketing–hiring publicists, sending out press releases, going to book signings or on book tours,… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Book Marketing Is Dead”

What I’m Reading: Setting the East Ablaze

Setting the East Ablaze: Lenin’s Dream of an Empire in Asia is a thoroughly-research book from 1984 by Peter Hopkirk. It covers the efforts of Communist Russia from 1918 to the beginning of World War II to spread its gospel of communism, by persuasion… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Setting the East Ablaze”

What I’m Reading: Bodies Full of Burning

Hey, it’s a Writers of Chantilly book, sort of! Bodies Full of Burning is a horror anthology, and one of the stories is by WoC writer D. A. Jobe. And I really probably wouldn’t have picked this up if not for that, as the… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Bodies Full of Burning”

What I’m Reading: Ender’s Game

My book this time is about a bright young boy who is oppressed at home and school, but one day receives an invitation to attend a very special school, a place where life is far different than the normal, boring existence of everyday humans.… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Ender’s Game”

What I’m Reading: The Left Hand of Darkness

I’ve been wanting to read Ursula Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness for years, but somehow had never gotten around to it until now, as the latest selection in the book club at my work. Thanks be to the book club! Anyway, I quite… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Left Hand of Darkness”

What I’m Reading: Bel Canto

Another book for my book club at work, this one a beautifully written work from 2001 titled Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett. Bel Canto is a style of opera from the late 18th to early 19th century characterized by flowery, virtuosic vocal performances. I… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Bel Canto”