Reading Railroad: September’s Reading

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I read a lot of excellent books in September! From fairy tales to dragons to apocalypse to feminism, I read a little bit of everything, and most of it was a blast. While still behind on my reading goal, I’m hopeful I can catch up by the end of the year. I read 7 books … Read more Reading Railroad: September’s Reading

2016 Favorite Novels and Reading Stats

I exceeded my expectations in 2016 and read a total of 105 books (goal was 100). Yay! Before I list my favorites, here are some stats, for those interested: 70% women writers, 35% men writers (overlap due to some collections having multiple editors) 25% people of color writers (aiming for 33%) Longest book Middlemarch by George … Read more 2016 Favorite Novels and Reading Stats

A Formula for Epic Fantasy

Recently, I’ve been mulling over a 3-part formula for epic fantasy. It focuses on broad plotting in fantasy series versus micro plotting. Here’s the formula: Individual Community Globe Book 1, or the beginning of the fantasy series, focuses on the individual hero(ine) and their conflict. The hero(ine) discovers they’re different, or they’re given a task, … Read more A Formula for Epic Fantasy

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