5 Historical Fiction Books to Read This Year

In this 5×5 series, I’m exploring five books in five different genres over five posts. Head back to the posts on fantasy and literature, if you missed them. Books transport you to new worlds, and historical fiction gives you a taste of life in the past. I’ve always enjoyed the genre—when I was in late elementary school, a historical fiction series got me so excited about … Continue reading 5 Historical Fiction Books to Read This Year

5 Classic Books to Read in 2017

In this 5×5 series, I’m exploring 5 books in 5 different genres, over 5 posts. If you missed the first post on fantasy books, you can check it out here. The first literary classic I read was Heidi in second grade. I found it in my school library, and while my friends were reading The Boxcar Children and The Magic Treehouse, I was pouring over … Continue reading 5 Classic Books to Read in 2017

5 Fantasy Books You Should Read

Welcome to the 5×5 post series—five posts that explore five books in five different genres. Over half of the 80 books I’ve read this year have been fantasy, so we’ll start there. I’m going to skip over some of my favorite series such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings because most people already know about them. These are books you might not know about, but … Continue reading 5 Fantasy Books You Should Read

Writing News

My apologies for the long silence. Am I still writing? Yep. Just not blog posts—for the moment. Here’s why: Just about a month ago, I finished writing the first draft of my fantasy novel! It clocked in at 122,000 words, which is a little longer than Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, to give you a reference. Since then, I’ve begun the somewhat-arduous process of editing. … Continue reading Writing News

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How to Decipher Russian Names

I’m currently on a Russian literature kick—I finished Crime and Punishment this weekend and just started War and Peace via audiobook. There’s so much about classic Russian literature I love, but the names drive me crazy. Each character seems to have  five different names, and the narrator changes which name he uses depending on the situation. Multiply this by 30+ characters in each novel, and you’ve got … Continue reading How to Decipher Russian Names