It's that time of year when everyone seems to weigh in with a list of Best Books of the Year--from libraries and magazines to authors and bloggers, including our own Rosalyn Eves and Amanda Rawson Hill. I'll admit, I'd planned to post my own list today, and it included Long Way Down, The 57 Bus, Orphan Island, … Continue reading Best Books of 2017: A List of Lists (and What to Do with It)
My cousin messaged me the other day to sheepishly ask an etiquette question. The mother of one of her daycare kids had given her a book to read, and she just couldn’t make herself get into it. She’d tried and failed and tried again. It’d been sitting on her shelf for almost a year, and … Continue reading Book Giving vs Book Recommending
I was recently in an online discussion concerning a new presenter in the MasterClass series. There were several people who were excited about the new presenter, but wondered if the curriculum they would have access too would be too fundamental for their current level. It’s a valid question, in particular when it comes to a … Continue reading Dear Writer: Keep Learning
So far this year, I’ve read 94 books (no idea if that’s a lot—many people read lots more a year), 28 of which happened in the last month and a half. I’m in the middle of three more right now. I always think I like one particular genre, but based on my selections, that’s not … Continue reading Thoughts on Reading
Good books, great friends, beautiful town, perfect weather. Is there a better recipe for a fantastic day? When I learned about Hide a Book Day and its corresponding hashtag, I knew I had to participate. The idea was to spread the love of reading by hiding books in unexpected places. Surprise presents for an unsuspecting … Continue reading Hide a Book Day
We are thrilled to welcome Ella Joy Olsen as our guest today! I recently started teaching a course through Lifelong Learning at the University of Utah. The emphasis: How to Write Historical Fiction. While I had one historical fiction novel published and another in the hopper, I couldn’t imagine teaching a class on my process. … Continue reading The Simple Secret to Writing Better
I didn't actually set out to answer those questions. But over the past several months, they've been on my mind. A lot. Let's back up. My teenaged daughter is a voracious reader. She always seems to discover and read the "hot topic" books months before I even hear about them. She'd read all John Green's … Continue reading How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?