The Fussy Librarian

The Fussy Librarian is a website that provides a newsletter to readers with customized lists of discount and free eBooks. For writers, the site is an email marketing service. There are other services such as BookBub, which is a huge one and merits its own post. I’ll be talking about BookBub at the end of …

Book 27 Inkheart

Inkheart by Connie Funke fulfilled the “Book that passes the Bechdel test” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. It was probably not a great choice for this category. But I’ve been wanting to read it for years, so… The Bechdel test is a measure of gender equality in literature. The women must engage in dialog …

Sites for Readers: Series and Recommendations

Welcome to Summer Reading! In July, I plan to highlight some great apps for readers. As a writer, we need to be familiar with these apps. Stay tuned for Goodreads, Book Bub, The Fussy Librarian, and Book+Main. Here are a few sites to help you find books for your own reading. As writers, we need …

Book 26 Emily Goes to Exeter

Emily Goes to Exeter by Marion Chesney (aka MC Beaton) fulfills the category “Book Published in the Twentieth Century” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. I cheated a bit here. I read the eBook which was published in 2018 by Rosetta Books. The original publication date (all paper) was September 1991 by St. Martin’s Press. …

Hemmingway

Comment: I should have changed the order of the blog posts. In an ideal world, I would’ve started with Hemmingway, moved to Grammarly, then wowed (overwhelmed?) with ProWritingAid. I say this because the program has underwhelmed me. Hemmingway is an online grammar editing tool. You can purchase the software for desktop for a mere $20 …

Book 25 Halfway to the Grave

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost fulfilled the “Book Recommended by a Blogger” category for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. Blogger Shelly Lazar of Sexy Book Reviews by Shelly and April recommended the story to me. You can visit them here on Facebook for more great recommendations. Thank you so much, Shelly, for putting …

ProWritingAid—Updated

ProWritingAid had a major update. This post is a revision of my original post from June 16, 2020. (Yep, if I had just waited a few weeks to write it up…anyway…) ProWritingAid is a multipurpose program that checks style, grammar, and more. It is a free extension on browsers. At the premium level, it can …

Book 24 Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rey Terciero fulfills the category “A Book with a Pink Cover” for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. It is a graphic novel adaptation of Little Women. I want to confess now that I have not read the original nor seen any version on-screen of Little Women. I know…But sometimes, …

Grammarly

Grammarly is an editing app that checks texts for common grammatical errors. But wait, there’s more. It’s also an added extension for Word (for Windows) and various browsers. Grammarly checks grammar on apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger. It has a free component and a paid subscription service.  The Free Service: It works on …

Book 23 The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini fulfilled the “Book that is a bildungsroman” category for the PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge. A bildungsroman is a coming-of-age book. It focuses on the spiritual, moral, and/or psychological growth of a person. The Kite Runner is an excellent example of this genre. The novel takes place in Afghanistan in …