Author Archives: Jocelyn

Prose Bowl 2017 – Round 1

Welcome to Prose Bowl 2017! As we teased in Monday’s post, this is where the competition begins! We’ve narrowed it down to sixteen of the most popular, recent books and we’re looking for your help to find the winner. What books are your favorites? Which would you like to see make it to the next […]

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Question of the Week: What do you read that scares you?

To me, October is a horror-filled month full of scary movies and costumes, terrifying decor (i.e. entirely too realistic looking, over-sized spiders), and creepy sounds. It’s one of my favorite times of year! In anticipation of this month I’d like to know, what do you read that scares you? Here are a few books that […]

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Do you like to watch movies or tv series that are based on books?

Absolutely! Sometimes I’ve read the book and would like to see how well they capture it on film. Other times, I’ll decide that I simply must read the books after watching the movie or show. Here are a few of the many that exist: Under the Dome – Stephen King The small town of Chester’s […]

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Books Gone Viral

The plague. Just hearing this word chills me to the bone (and the thought of being in the midst of one terrifies me). And yet, ever since I first learned about the bubonic plague in middle school, I have been fascinated by plagues as well – both how the diseases work and how humanity has […]

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Not Your Ordinary Kind of Cat…

I don’t like living with cats. But I do enjoy stories about them. I particularly enjoy reading stories about humans who are also cats, in other words, shapeshifters. (Haven’t you ever wondered what it’d be like to shapeshift into an animal?) Here are a few of my favorite stories featuring shapeshifting cats…. Branded by Fire […]

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What is your favorite system of magic?

One of the main reasons I enjoy reading fantasy novels is because of the world building. It’s fascinating to learn about a society – the history, the lore, and the magic. If I had to choose just one favorite magic system, I don’t think I could – there are so many! Instead, I’ll share a […]

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Question of the Week: You’ve shipwrecked! What 3 books do you want stranded with you?

Oh no! You’ve unexpectedly shipwrecked on an island and you have no idea when, or if, you’ll be rescued. Whatever are you going to do with the rest of your days (after creating a shelter and finding water and food)? You’ll read, of course! Your carry-on has conveniently washed ashore, and it contains the 3 […]

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Question of the Week: What book has stayed on your mind long past the time you finished reading it?

I’ve read a few novels over the years that’s done this, but most recently it was State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Not only was the tone more melancholy than I’m used to reading, it provided a lot of food for thought. For instance, I’ve never really thought about whether women should be able to […]

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Romantic Suspense, or Mysteries for Romance Readers

I don’t know about you, but when I read a mystery novel, I enjoy those with some romantic elements as well. For this reason, the romantic suspense genre is one of my favorites. Here are a few romantic suspense reads you might enjoy… Hard Truth – Mariah Stewart Two children who mysteriously disappeared twenty-one years […]

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Question of the Week

Do you use the maps that are included in some books? Absolutely! Not only are some of the maps wonderfully detailed, for me it makes the reading an even richer experience. Of course, I’m one of those people who likes to collect maps, so it only makes sense that I’d enjoy following the characters’ journeys […]

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