What We’re Reading

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Some fiction, some fact.

Just finished reading a historical fiction called Fast Girls by Elise Hooper for my book club. Interesting look at the first women olympians in the track and field sports. A good read, but I might have liked it better if the author had focused on fewer girls/women. There are a lot of characters to follow!
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Og-Grim-Dog: The Three-Headed Ogre

When I saw this title, I just had to give it a shot. This is an epic fantasy tale turned on its head. Our hero is a three-header ogre who tells his tale like Kvothe (Name of the Wind). It’s a hilarious fantasy quest from the perspective of the monsters. If you love high fantasy and spoofs, this may be the book for you. I certainly enjoyed it.
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Interesting double story lines

The Things We Keep — Lots of characters to keep track of in this one. I enjoyed the way two major story lines came together: a woman losing her mental abilities due to Alzheimer’s and another starting over after her husband is caught running a Ponzi scheme and wrecks their lives. A story of how quickly life can change! As the photo indicates, I read with tea and chocolate! 🙂
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Story Trumps Structure

If you are a writer of any kind, you will appreciate this book which encourages you to write “organically” rather than by outlining. Focus on what lies at the heart of your story: tension, desire, crisis, escalation, struggle, discovery, rather than plot templates and formulas. Important tips include: Set up promises for readers and deliver them.Discover how to craft a satisfying climax.Master the subtleties of characterization.Add mind-blowing twists to your fiction. Buy Link
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My New Toy

I got a new toy today–a new tablet. I read most of my books as ebooks, and I like having a small tablet. This Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has an 8.7 inch screen and it’s lightweight. It’s far from the best tablet or ereader out there, but it is perfect for reading in bed (with a bluelight filter, of course). I normally hate getting new electronic devices, because the customization is so hard. But with Samsung SmartSwitch, it took less than an hour to transfer all my settings from my old tablet to this new one. Except for a