From the Bookshelf: Habits of the Creative Mind

Habits of the Creative Mind (HCM) is written to be used as a college textbook, however it is not a typical college-level writing textbook by any stretch of the imagination and can (and should) be used by a wider audience. This new book (published in 2016) is based on five core principles: (1) writing is…

Want to visit Heaven (with a quick side trip to Hell)?

Fiction Review: Fall from Grace Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My review is very detailed, so if you want the bottom line scroll to the end of the post!  Heaven. Whether or not you are of the religious variety, the word “Heaven” is synonymous with a place…

GIVEAWAY! Book & DVD combo – Child 44

In honor of Leap Year, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY with a nod to books that have made the leap (see what I did there?) from the page to the screen! You can enter at the bottom of my post OR click here to enter now! There are hundreds of books that have been turned into movies (for an…

From the Bookshelf: We the Animals

I read a lot of books, and sometimes the details of the different stories get a little blurry over time.  I cannot imagine this ever happening with We the Animals by Justin Torres. This memorable book is beautifully crafted and the story is impossible to forget.  We the Animals is a book worth reading both for the story…

Creative Nonfiction Review: The Boys in the Boat

Every September, the Maryland Humanities Council hosts One Maryland One Book.  The idea is that all over the state, people read and talk about the same book, which fits into the year’s chosen theme.  This year, the theme was “Sports: the human drama of athletic competition” and the book was The Boys in the Boat…